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Kath Walker works of art

Kath Walker drawings: 9 drawings; 2 drawings on card (covered with contact?); Sketch Book (25 cm); Sketch Book (25 x 36 cm); and 1 drawing, sticky taped onto board (signed on back by Kath Walker); One A6 unlined notebook with pencil sketches. In a separate folder: Invitation to an exhibition of Artwork (and fabric design by) Kath Walker, 6 to 15 Jul 1981: 4 typescripts (all annotated) with the price list for the Kath Walker Exhibition, 6 to15 Jul 1981; Program from the Noosa Gallery Society for an Exhibition of Paintings by Kath Walker, 12 to 17 Sep 1981 which includes prices and poems No More Boomerang and Biami; photocopy of invitation list for Kath Walker Exhibition; handwritten list of invitees; Kath Walker Exhibition expenditure (2 copies, annotated).

Publications by authors: A to D

Publications:

5 poets, 75 1975, North Brisbane College of Advanced Education, Kedron. [Inscribed by Ray Carmichael. Includes a sketch]

9 poets 80 1980, Nine poets eighty, North Brisbane College of Advanced Education, Kedron Park, Qld. [Inscribed: To Kath, Love Jan TJ. (Note the ‘Moongalba’ ref. on p 3)”]

Aboriginal Council 1979, Barambah, Cherbourg 1904-1979, The Council, Cherbourg

Aboriginal land rights : action booklet : extend the freeze! amend the Bill! : Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Bill, 1976. 1976, [Aboriginal Land Rights Campaign?], [Redfern, N.S.W.?]

Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders Advancement League 1969, Social services for Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, The League, Cairns, Qld.

Adler, E 1981, Justice for aboriginal Australians : report of the World Council of Churches team visit to the aborigines June 15 to July 3, 1981, Australian Council of Churches, Sydney.

Andersen, M, Neill, L & Pitt, G 1974, 3 poets 1974, North Brisbane College of Advanced Education, Kedron Park.

Angus, A 1967, Variety of verse, s.n., Bairnsdale. [Inscription from Dorothy Hilda Featerstone. Includes a letter from Dorothy and an accompanying a copy of The Poetry Lover, no.107, 1965, with handwritten note]

Answering your questions about Aborigines : with directory of Aboriginal Departments and reading guide 1969, 4th ed. edn, Aboriginal Affairs, Parkville, Vic. [‘Aboriginal & Islanders Tribal Council’ stamps]

Anti-Slavery Society For The Protection Of Human Rights 1970, The Aborigines of Australia : a report to the Committee, Anti-Slavery Society for the Protection of Human Rights, London

Australia. Department of Territories 1963, The Aborigines and you, Government Printer, Canberra.

Australia. Department of Territories 1960, The skills of our aborigines : prepared for use by the National Aborigines' Day Observance Committee and its associates in connexion with the celebration of National Aborigines' Day in Australia, 8th July, 1960, Government Printer, Canberra.

Australia. Office of the Commissioner for Community Relations. Australia. Office of the Commissioner for Community, R 1979, Let's end the slander : combating racial prejudice in teaching materials, Office of the Commissioner for Community Relations, Canberra.

Australian National Commission for Unesco 1953, Australian Aboriginal culture : an exhibition, Government Printer, Sydney.

Bamaga High School 1973, Bamaga High School magazine, [The School], [Bamaga, Qld.]. [‘Mrs K.W.’ on cover]

Barker, B & Barker, M 1979, Australian Aborigines - towards a history (trial course), Brenn Barker, South Caulfield, Vic. [Signed by Brenn Barker to Kath Walker]

Baxter, JK & Olds, P 1972, Letter to Peter Olds : poem, Caveman Press, Dunedin.

Beier, G 1976, Exhibition of batik, prints, gold leaf drawings, and welded iron sculpture, Port Moresby, 25 June 1976.

Bennett, MM 1957, Human rights for Australian aborigines : how can they learn without a teacher?, Truth and Sportsman Ltd., Brisbane.

Bennett, S 1975, Poems from the paddy wagon, Cochon, Townsville. [Limited to 50 copies. Inscribed to Kath from Steff Bennett 22 Feb 1975]

Black Resource Centre 1976, The Queensland Aborigines Act and Regulations, 1971, Black Resource Centre, Brisbane.

Blandford, PWPW 1941, Netmaking : for seamen, yachtsmen, Boy scouts and others, Brown, Son & Ferguson, Glasgow. [Handwritten on cover ‘Museum Art Gallery Moongalba’]

Boyd, D 1974, Rolling thunder: a personal exploration into the secret healing powers of an American Indian medicine man, Delta, New York, NY. [Inscribed by Riley Smith, December 1978, Bloomsburg, Penn., USA]

Buchanan, C 1974, We have bugger all! : the Kulaluk story, Race Relations Department, Australian Union of Students, Carlton.

Campbell, AH 1958, The Aborigines and Torres Islanders of Queensland, United Nations Association, Western Suburbs Branch, Brisbane.

Cato, N 1957, The dancing bough, Angus & Robertson, Sydney. [Inscribed by Nancy Cato, 27 May 1967]

Cato, N 1958, All the rivers run, Heinemann, London. [Inscribed by Nancy Cato, 1981]

Chatswood High School 1965, Punari : the annual magazine of Chatswood High School, The School, Chatswood [Handwritten on cover ‘page 15’]

Chester, L 1965, Unikara, Penpress, Brisbane. [Inscribed by Leonard Chester, 28 Oct 1965]

Chimojalmako / Soul, 1975, University of California, Santa Cruz, Calif. [Inscribed by some contributors]

Church and community (Christchurch, N.Z.) 1969, 1972, National Council of Churches in New Zealand, Christchurch. [Interview with Kath Walker in vol. 29 no. 9 1972 issue; Aboriginal Charter of Rights on back cover of vol. 26 no. 3 1969]

Colliver, FS & Queensland. Dept. of Aboriginal and Islanders Advancement. Archaeology, B 1974, Some plant foods of the Queensland aborigine, Colliver, Frederick Stanley and Queensland. Dept. of Aboriginal and Islanders Advancement. Archaeology Branch, St. Lucia.

Conspiracy by the state : defend Walker, Garcia & Lacey 1975, Ad Hoc Committee for the Defence, Spring Hill, Qld.

Coreno, M 1964, Ricordanze : liriche, R. Ozola, Rome. [Inscribed by Mariano Coreno 19 Dec 1964]

Council for Aboriginal Affairs 1970, *Report on consultations with Queensland Aborigines, Council for Aboriginal Affairs, Townsville.

Dalgleish, HD 1968, Tie my swag to a rainbow, The Author, Perth. [Signed by author, 1968]

Daugavas, V 1978, Latvia and Latvians, Central Board 'Daugavas Vanagi', London. [Accompanied by letter 17 Sep 1979]

Dawe, B 1978, Sometimes gladness : collected poems, 1954-1978, Longman Cheshire, Hawthorn, Vic. [Inscribed ‘To Kath From friends at North Brisbane C.A.E., 1 Feb 1981’]

Dennis CJ [1916?], Moods of Ginger Mick, Angus and Robertson, Sydney. [Inscribed by Hilda Lane, 16 Mar 1965 with newspaper cutting, poem by Hilda Lane ‘Black Babies’ pasted to inside cover and ‘The glove tree’ pasted to inside back cover; includes a poem by Hilda Lane to Dame Mary with love inserted in book]

Dostoyevsky, F 1974, Notes From The Underground, Bantam Books, New York, NY. [Inscribed by S.S. “Smokey” Rovner, 28 Aug 1975]

Downs, I 1970, The stolen land, Jacaranda Press, Milton, Qld. [Signed Kath Walker 1979]

Correspondence: Environmental and social issues

Letters (often only one letter) from representatives of various environmental, social interest and church groups including: Bribie Island Bicentennial Community Committee; Brisbane Migrant Resource Centre; Brisbane Wildlife Survey; Campaign Against Nuclear Power (Qld); Committee to Boycott the Games; Australian Heritage; Institute of Cultural Affairs; Moreton Island Protection Committee; National Conference for a Democratic Constitution; Tasmanian Wilderness Society.

'Poems'

Original folder titled 'Poems' containing typescript and/or handwritten poems which may have multiple copies or drafts. This file contains the following poems:
‘Aboriginal Charter of Rights’ (2 drafts, from My people);
‘Balance’;
‘The Black Commandments’ (2 drafts);
‘Bluff Mountain’ (2 drafts);
‘The Boomerang’ (2 drafts);
'The Bunyip’ (2 drafts, from My people);
‘Civilization’ (2 drafts, from My people);
‘Commonplace’ (2 drafts, one typescript, one handwritten – with photocopy);
‘Community rain song', Dawn’ (2 drafts);
‘Dead Life’;
‘Death of a Bunya Pine’ (handwritten);
‘Dim Lit Street’;
‘Exile’ (8 drafts, handwritten);
‘Film Man’ (handwritten);
‘First Love’;
‘The Fisherman’;
‘For Llwelyn’;
‘Forbidden Love’ (3 drafts);
'Germany forgive our sins';
‘The Golden Voice’ (2 drafts);
‘Justice’ (written on the back of booklet, Information for your visit to Rome);
‘Lament of the Dead’;
‘Life gets Teadious’ (2 drafts);
‘Lost Love (for Bill)’ (with attached poem, 'Bill') (both handwritten);
'The Masterpiece’ (handwritten);
‘Mia Filo’;
‘Minjerriba’;
‘Moongalba Night’ (handwritten);
‘Moongalba Peacocks’;
‘Not my Style’;
‘Oh Truganner’;
‘Oration’ (written in red pen across typescript poem ‘Censored’);
‘Peacocks’ (handwritten);
‘Return to Nature’ (2 drafts);
‘Sammy Sparrow’;
‘Sister Poet’;
‘Son of Son of Mine’ (3 drafts);
‘A Song of Hope’ (with letter);
‘Spinners’;
‘Spring is’ (photocopy of handwritten poem);
‘The Storm’ (handwritten);
‘Sunrise’ (2 drafts);
'Teachers';
‘Time is Running out’;
'United we win' (handwritten);
'We are Going’.
Untitled poems (title from first line): 'But the speakers voice', 'Hello tree', 'Oh ancient city of Kano', 'We, at the Jungai Summer School', and 'Who stole his pride'.

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.

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.

'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)

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.

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