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'Unpublished playscripts and stories'

The original folder had two titles 'Unpublished playscripts and stories'. Some scripts have multiple copies, some have drafts, and some have annotations. It contains the following scripts: 'Bora. Initiation' (3 drafts), 'Civilised savages: one act play', 'Old Mick' (3 drafts, one incomplete), 'Playabout corroboree', 'Tail of platypus' (3 drafts), 'Tea party. Review.' (2 drafts), and 'You can't trust no one no how'. The last item is a photocopied typescript (8 leaves) with 'Tape excerpt (verbatim)' written across the top of every page. The 'interviewee' is an Australian Aboriginal giving a commentary on the 'Police' ; 'What is an Aboriginal?'; and 'Discrimination'.

Play, radio and film scripts

This folder contains:
2 play scripts. -- 'Manhunt' (handwritten in a notebook, dated 1968) and 'The play that never was' (cover title), 'Patience required for the problemental pass' (title on contents page) (stapled typescript booklet);
1 script for a radio program titled 'An Aboriginal Legend' which was part of the Australian Broadcasting Commission (Queensland Branch) series 'Grade 3 Social Studies' aired on 6 Apr 1973;
1 script for a film broadcast of 'Stradbroke dreamtime' starring Kath Walker, produced by Val Hartigan - includes a shooting schedule, timings and footage estimates (13 leaves; handwritten annotations);
1 [radio] script titled 'Kath Walker : Story teller' (which includes the story 'Biami and Bunyip);

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)

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, 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.

Correspondence

This series contains a large amount of incoming correspondence. The correspondence covers the broad range of Oodgeroo Noonuccal's activities and interests. It covers her activities as a writer and guest speaker. There is correspondence from Aboriginal organisations, government departments, school students, teachers, universities and letters of appreciation for her work. The bulk of the correspondence is in the 1970s and 1980s. Correspondence is also scattered in various files throughout the collection. The correspondence is mostly incoming letters with only a small number of outgoing letters.

Correspondence: Publishers, publishing and copyright

This subseries includes correspondence from Kath Walker’s publishers regarding her publications, and correspondence relating to copyright. Requests from individuals and other organisations to use Kath’s work are included in this subseries, some of which have been addressed to the publishers and some of which have been addressed directly to Kath.

Publishers, A to I

This file includes agreements, royalty statements, requests to write articles and/or review books, and reproduce literary works from publishers including: Angus & Robertson; Australian Book Review; Australian home Beautiful; Australian Illustrated Features; Blond; The Bulletin; Colorado State University; Cripac Press; Heinemann Educational Australia; Hodder and Stoughton; and Identity.

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.

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