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Oodgeroo Noonuccal Papers

  • UQFL84
  • Collection
  • 1916-1985

This collection contains poetry, prose, speeches, and reports; correspondence; photographs, newspaper cuttings; press releases; invitations; programmes; research material; and plans.

Oodgeroo Noonuccal, 1920-1993

'Unpublished poems and stories, copies only, for America'

The original folder had the title 'Unpublished poems and stories, copies only, for America'. It contains a list of stories and poems (2 copies) with handwritten details for Kath Walker. The poems: ‘Blue Crane’, ‘Mangrove Bird’, ‘Minjerriba’, ‘Butcher Bird’, ‘Moongalba Peacocks’, ‘Credit and Loss’, ‘The Golden Voice’, ‘Oration’, ‘On Trugganner’, ‘Papua New Guinea’, ‘Bluff Mountain’, ‘Little Bean’, ‘Hari Sastra’, ‘Iban Longhouse’, ‘Yussef (Hi-jacker)’, ‘Commonplace’, ‘Exile’, ‘Grey Gum’, and ‘Sister Poet’. An extra poem, not on the list is included: 'Son of a son of mine'. Short stories: ‘Wail Rock’, ‘No horses for a month’, ‘Ole Mick’, ‘The Bunyip’, ‘Black Jimmy's Crime’, ‘We Look after our Own’, ‘I feared old Kindarra’

Speeches and reports

This subseries contains speeches and reports by (or attributed to) Oodgeroo Noonuccal in the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s.

Speeches and reports, 1961 to 1969

The file consists of 13 speeches or reports made by, or attributed to, Kath Walker between 1961 and 1969. There are:

  1. Copy of Speech by Kath Walker. Advancement of Aboriginal League & University of New England, 26 to 28 May 1961 (2 drafts, one with handwritten annotations)
  2. Copy of evidence given by Mrs Kathleen Jean Mary Walker to Parliamentary Select Committee, 16 June 1961
  3. The future of Aboriginal groups : report of conference held at Grafton 22 to 24 Sep 1961 [attributed to Kath Walker] (2 copies)
  4. Federal Council for Aboriginal Advancement : Situation of Aboriginal and Islanders in Queensland, 1962?
  5. Report on the history of Aboriginal Organisations, Brisbane, Queensland, 7 Jul 1963, (handwritten annotations)
  6. The following is a report covering what I consider must be done, in the interest of Aboriginals and Islanders in Queensland, 13 Jul 1964
  7. Speech delivered by Mrs. K. Walker? Q'ld State Secretary Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, 5 Sep 1964, beginning "1963 was described as the …."
  8. Speech to Brisbane Rotary Club, Lennons hotel, 20 Oct 1964, beginning "Gentlemen, The Aboriginal question is a very complex one."
  9. Conference report "Aborigines - the forgotten people" given at the Anthropology and Sociology Society Conference, 22 to 23 Apr 1967
  10. Report to the Australian Council of Churches on the World Council of Churches "Consultation on Racism" held in London 19 May 1969 (with handwritten annotations)
  11. Political Rights for Aborigines, Presented to the Easter Conference of F.C.A.A.T.S.I., 5 Apr 1969 (3 copies)
  12. White Racism and White Violence, June 1969 (2 copies)
  13. Coalition of Black and White Australians, July 1969
  14. Black Australians : Speech delivered to the Journalist Club, Sydney 16 Sept. 1969 (2 drafts)

Publishers, Jacaranda

This file includes correspondence, press releases, agreements and permission fee payments letters relating to Jacaranda Press and later, Jacaranda Wiley. Jacaranda Press published We are going, the first book of poems by Kath Walker.

Correspondence: Schools and Universities

Letters from children, high school and tertiary students and teachers and academics, mostly from Australia. Letters from Universities include inviting her to attend functions, be a guest speaker, comment on indigenous issues.

Teachers, school children and students, 1971 to 1979

This file contains letters to Kath Walker from school children, teachers and university students. Some letters by Kath Walker to school children and teachers are included. Many are letters from children thanking her for visiting their school and sharing her stories. Correspondents are teachers and students from various schools including: Presbyterian Ladies College (Orange, N.S.W.), Saint Mary's School (Broome?), Kindergarten Teachers' College (Kelvin Grove, Qld.), Sommerville House (South Brisbane, Qld.), Melbourne Church of England Girls' Grammar School (South Yarra, Vic.), Chermside State Primary School (Chermside, Qld.), Villanova College (Coorparoo, Qld.), Ipswich State High School (Ipswich, Qld.), Maroochydore State High School (Maroochydore, Qld.), and Saint Francis Xavier School (Goodna, Qld.).

Universities, N to W

Letters from Universities include inviting her to attend functions, be a guest speaker (classes and conferences), teach, comment on indigenous issues. Includes: North Brisbane College of Advanced Education; Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education; Salisbury College of Advanced Education; Torrens College of Advanced Education; University of California, San Diego; University of Melbourne; University of New England; University of Papua New Guinea; University of Queensland; University of Sydney; University of Tasmania; University of Western Australia; Woollongong University College Union.

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups and organisations, B to N

This file includes letters (often only one letter) from various Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups and organisations to Kath Walker because of her association with them and/or because of her status within the community. Some also sent form letters or flyers. Includes: Black Protest Committee; Black Womens' Action; Bundaberg and District Aboriginal and Islanders Housing and Advancement Society; Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Inc. ; Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service; Central Australian Aboriginal Support Group - Maralinga Campaign; Coranderrk Aboriginal Cemetery; Council for Civil Liberties; Council for Aboriginal Organisations; Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research Action (F.A.I.R.A.); Geelong Aboriginal Support Group; Queensland Indigenous Peoples Trust; Murrin Bridge Human Development Project; National Aboriginal Conference; National Aborigines' Day Observance Committee (NADOC); National Aboriginal and Islander Health Organisation; National Aboriginal Education Committee; National Aboriginal Sports Foundation; National Aboriginal TV Forum; National Aboriginal Writers, Oral Literature and Dramatists Association (N.A.W.O.L.D.A.); National Campaign for Land Rights and Self-Management in Queensland; North Coast Aboriginal Education Consultative Group.

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