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Teachers, school children and students, undated

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 are from children thanking her for visiting their school and sharing her stories.

Teachers, school children and students, 1980 to 1985

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: Bremer State High School, Woondall Heights State Primary School (Wynnum, Qld.), and Dunwich State School (Dunwich, Qld.).

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.).

Subject files

The series contains material collected by Kath Walker relating to her involvement in numerous organisations and issues. These files generally contain a variety of materials, often accompanied by corresondence, such as leaflets, newsletters, minutes of meetings, reports, and ephemera.

Speeches and reports, undated and loose sheets

This file contains 16 speeches or reports and notes by, or attributed to, Kath Walker. They are:

  1. Speech beginning, "I grew up on Stradbroke Island.."
  2. '20th Century Aborigines'
  3. 'Re Aboriginal Voting in Queensland : an Aborigines Point of View'
  4. 'Powerless Australians'
  5. 'International Women's Day : re Equality, Development and Peace'
  6. 'The Ethnic Problem in Australia'
  7. 'Political rights for Aborigines', F.C.A.A.T.S.I. Conference
  8. 'Black and White Power in Queensland : An Open Letter to the People of Australia'
  9. 'Moreton Island'
  10. 'Teachers notes: more contemporary Australian poets. Speak no. 2. Kath Walker.'
  11. Handwritten notes and transcript beginning, "Mr Elliott, Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome. Thank you for coming here tonight to demonstrate your interest in, and concern, for Stradbroke."
  12. Review of book by Kevin Gilbert Because a white man'll never do it by Kath Walker.
  13. 'Australian one-act plays : a select list' [by Kath Walker] with annotations.
  14. 'Kath Walker Transcript' of cassette from Cinetel Productions (9 leaves)
  15. Unruled notepad with handwritten notes for speech or report about the Queensland Branch of the Australian Labor Party, Women, Migrants, Aborigines and Youth. Notepad begins with unrelated notes such as shopping lists.
    There are also 8 loose pages which may belong to speeches in this subseries.

Speeches and reports, 1970 to 1983

This file contains 21 speeches/reports by, or attributed to, Kath Walker. They are:

  1. 'How well off are Aborigines in Modern Day Australia' : Speech delivered to Pius XII Seminary, Banyo, 21 March 1970 (2 drafts, one incomplete)
  2. 'Oration' : presented to the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, for use in the oration Parliament House, Canberra, Friday 27 March 1970 (2 drafts)
  3. 'Prejudice against minority groups in Australia' : presented at Australian Architecture Conference, Sydney, 19 May 1970
  4. 'Australians in the years A.C. (After Cook) : An Aborigine's Point of View', 20 Sep 1970 [Article for Bulletin] (2 copies, one incomplete)
  5. 'Speech to seminar on Aboriginal rights', Perth, W.A., 2 to 8 May 1971
  6. 'Recommendation to World Council of Churches', Southport, Qld, 19 Nov 1971
  7. 'Aboriginal Literature', Canberra, 22 May 1973 (4 drafts)
  8. 'Identity' : Melbourne FAW-SAA Seminar 5 to 6 Oct 1973 (handwritten)
  9. 'Report of Malaysian Visit …', August 1974
  10. 'Writers of Aboriginal Descent in Australia', [attributed to Kath Walker], 1974?
  11. 'Aborigines Today', Jun 1975
  12. 'Aboriginal women's role in society', 1976
  13. 'Opening Speech, Papua New Guinea, Workshop', University Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby, 1 to 4 Jul 1976 (2 drafts)
  14. 'Re 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts', Lagos, February 1977
  15. 'The Aboriginal Contritution [sic] to Australian Literature' : Speech delivered to Monash University 7 Jun 1977 ( drafts)
  16. Speech at National Aboriginal Conference beginning "My brothers, my sisters, my friends….", Canberra, 3 April 1978 (handwritten)
  17. Speech beginning, "Ladies and Gentlemen. As I have travelled throughout the world.." 1980?
  18. 'Black Literature', notes, Monash and Melbourne University, 2 Oct 1980 (handwritten)
  19. 'Educating Aborigines and ethnic peoples in Australia', LaTrobe Memorial Lecture, 10 Aug 1983 (handwritten draft, typescript)
  20. 'Opening speech to the Second National Aboriginal Writers' held in Melbourne, 21 Nov 1983 by Kath Walker.
  21. Transcription (2 copies) of interviewed by Hazel de Berg of Kath Walker (part of the Hazel de Berg collection at the National Library) accompanied by a letter from the National Library, 17 Jul 1979.

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)

Speeches and reports

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

Short stories

Original folder was titled 'Short stories'. There is one screen play and 28 short stories. Some are edited or annotated; some have multiple drafts; some are written by Kathryn Ruska. Contains the following short stories:
‘The Armada’;
‘Black Jimmy's Crime’;
‘Boonah’;
‘The Boy who shot the kookaburra’ (condensed from Stradbroke Dreamtime) [on heat sensitive paper];
‘The Bunyip’ (4 versions, one by Kathryn Ruska);
‘The Bush Ranger’ (by Ruska);
‘Cookie’;
‘Edward Ruska’ (2 drafts, one missing first page);
‘Fantasy in Sepia’;
‘Flight into Tunis’ (2 drafts);
‘Gooboora and the Bunyip’;
‘Gubbin and Grasshopper’ (5 drafts);
‘Joshua and Roo-Roo’;
‘Judge Not’ (K. Ruska);
‘Koo-Poo’ (3 drafts);
‘Koorie and Boorie’ (2 drafts);
‘Lucy McCullock’;
‘The Magic Hour’ (2 drafts by Kathryn Ruska);
‘The Magic Hour’ (screenplay);
‘No Horses for a Month’ (2 drafts);
‘Poetic Justice’;
‘The Rosary Beads’ (2 drafts);
‘Swans and Che’ (handwritten);
‘The Tail of Pinky Platypus’ (2 drafts by Kathryn Ruska);
‘Tiny and Wee’ (3 drafts; one by Kathryn Ruska) ;
‘The Turtle’;
‘The Unhappy Golliwog’ (3 drafts; one by Kathryn Ruska);
‘We look after our own’ (2 handwritten drafts); and
‘What the Seagulls told me’.

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