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Oodgeroo Noonuccal Papers File
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Newspaper cuttings, 1939 to 1985

This file consists of one school exercise book of newspaper cuttings featuring Kath Walker and a folder one folder of newspaper cuttings, many undated, on various subjects related to Aboriginal civil and human rights. Articles about her political statements with miscellaneous articles about other Aboriginal people, and about the poor living conditions, education and welfare of Aboriginal people throughout Australia. Some articles on other Aboriginal activists.

Moongalba: correspondence

This file includes correspondence (over two folders) regarding the establishment and running of Moongalba from: the Queensland Land Administration Commission; Parliament of Australia. The Senate; Queensland Department of Education; Redland Shire Council; Aboriginal Arts Board; various schools, some arranging visits to Moongalba; and supporters. There is also a folder of notes and correspondence titled 'Historical documents'. There is also correspondence, in the second folder on grants for tourism, incorporation of Moongalba, and letters from various Government Departments.

Moongalba drawings

9 site plan drawings for Moongalba: Drawings (7) for Moongalba (Architect unknown); and Sketch drawings (2) for the Proposed development 'Moongalba National Aboriginal Cultural and Training Centre Stradbroke Island' by John Kershaw (Architect).

'For the Anti-bridge committee'

Original folder titled 'For the Anti-bridge committee'. Includes reports, newspaper cuttings, correspondence, newsletters, journal article, press statement, and ephemera relating to the proposed bridge to link the mainland and North Stradbroke Island.

'North Stradbroke'

Original folder titled 'North Stradbroke'. Includes correspondence; the Stradbroke Island Management Organisation Constitution; reports; peat-mine proposal information; journal articles; and ephemera. There is an inscribed copy of: Meitz, Mervyn N. The Cleveland log : history of South Moreton Bay Area from 1770-1900's. Cleveland : Redland Print, 1971? (inscription: With thanks Kath Walker from Cleveland School M. N. Beitz)

Mining on North Stradbroke Island

This file has reports and minutes from government departments to Kath Walker regarding sand mining on North Stradbroke Island, protection of significant sites, and evidence from a hearing where Kath Walker was cross-examined (in Feb 1984).

Papers relating to overseas trip to Fiji

Kath Walker was a delegate at the Fifth Conference of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS) from 3-8 January 1980, at University of South Pacific, Suva, Fiji. This file includes the programmes for the official opening, bus time-table for special trips during the conference, a list of delegates, abstracts, notices, notes, articles of association, business cards, a map of University of South Pacific, and names and addresses collected by Kath Walker.

Papers relating to overseas trip to Malaysia

Kath Walker was the Australian delegate at the International Writers' Conference (Hari Sasra) in Malaysia, 1974. This file includes:
correspondence between Department of Foreign Affairs and Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur; newspaper cuttings, 'Report of the Malaysian visit' by Kath Walker (August 1974), menu, 'Welcome' booklet for the conference (with annotations), certificate (of attendance), and invitations. It also includes two exhibition catalogues (one inscribed) and a book of poems (inscribed). Some material is in Malay.

Papers relating to Nigeria and the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture

The First World Festival of Black Arts was held in 1966 Dakar, Senegal. Nigeria was invited to hold the second festival in 1970. This second festival, called the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture was to be held in November/December 1975. Political problems in Nigeria caused the festival to be postponed for some years, but it was finally staged as "Festac '77" in Lagos in January, 1977.

As part of the preparations for Australia’s involvement in the festival, an Australian Coordinating Committee was formed in February 1974. In October 1974 Kath Walker was asked to become involved in this committee. Kath Walker attended the 5th meeting of the International Festival Committee held in Kaduna in November 1974. On her return flight, the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) plane she was travelling on was hijacked in Dubai and flown to Tunisia. The hijack lasted three days, and one passenger was killed. She wrote two poems during this ordeal (held in Subseries 1).

During the lead up to the Festival in 1977, Kath Walker was involved in the preparations for the event and eventually attended it as an Australian delegate and senior advisor.

These folders include documents from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs; correspondence, meeting agendas, minutes and reports for the Nigerian Co-coordinating Committee of the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture; an open letter to the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (dated 24 Jul 1975) regarding the poems she wrote when her plane was hijacked; reports from other countries; contract between Kath Walker and The Elizabethan Theatre Trust; Itineraries and quotations for proposed group travel to Nigeria with general background information about Africa from ACTU World Travel; Aboriginal Theatre Foundation - correspondence with Department of Aboriginal Affairs and interim reports regarding costings and budget for dancers, musicians and song men for trip to festival; and Tickets, invitations, brochures, programmes, report by Kath Walker about festival to the Australia Council, souvenirs, 1977.

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