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Oodgeroo Noonuccal Papers File
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Literary groups

Included in these subject files are materials, often accompanied by correspondence, such as leaflets, newsletters, minutes of meetings, and reports of activities, that relate to the following literary groups: Association for the Study of Australian Literature (Invitation); Australian Authors Fund; Australian Book Publishers Association; Australian National Playwrights Conference; Australian Society of Authors; Australian Literary Society; Commonwealth Literary Fund; Fellowship of Australian Writers (Victoria); Poets Union of Australia; English Association of Queensland; Ethnic Arts Directory; World Literature Today; and South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (SPACLAS)

Publisher and filmakers

Included in these subject files are materials, often accompanied by correspondence, such as leaflets, newsletters, minutes of meetings, and reports of activities, that relate include some of the following: Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, Incorporated ; Cinetel Productions; Riverside Studios; and Oxford University Press

Women's organisations

Included in this file is correspondence, leaflets, and newsletters from various women’s organisations including: International Womens’ Day Committee; National Council of Women of Queensland; National Woman’s Christian Temperance union of Australia; National Women’s Advisory Council; Townsville Women’s Shelter; Union of Australian Women; Women’s Action Alliance; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; and women's softball associations (Bluebirds Amateur Softball Club and Redlands Women's Softball Association).

Environmental matters

Included in this file is materials, often accompanied by correspondence, such as leaflets, newsletters, minutes of meetings, and reports of activities, that relate to the following: Brisbane Wildlife Survey; papers on disarmament; papers on wildlife and the environment; and uranium

Politicians, politics, government

In this file, often accompanied by correspondence, are leaflets, newsletters, minutes of meetings, and reports of activities, from the following politicians and government departments: Aboriginal Loans Commission; Australia. Department of Aboriginal Affairs; Australia. Department of Aboriginal Affairs; Australia. Department of Aboriginal and Island Affairs; Australia. Department of Education; Australia. Department of Foreign Affairs; Australia. Department of the Interior; Australia. Department of Veteran's Affairs; Australian Labor party; Bonner, Neville T.; Commissioner for Community Relations (Albert Jaime Grassby); Coombs, H. C.; Everingham, Doug; Keeffe, Jim; Office of the Public Service Board; Papers sent by Senator Jim Keeffe; Papers sent by Senator Stewart West; Papers sent by Senator Susan Ryan; Parliamentary papers, Bills, and Acts; Queensland. Board of Adult Education; Queensland. Department of Children's Services; Whitlam, Edward Gough; All African Peoples Revolutionary Party. Australia-USSR Society.

Writings from other authors

Authors sent their writings to Kath Walker, some in admiration, some for professional reasons. They may have been accompanied by correspondence that is filed elsewhere. Included is a thesis, prose, and poems.

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.

Papers relating to overseas trips to Papua New Guinea

Kath Walker was invited to Papua New Guinea in 1973 and 1976.

In 1973 she was invited to attend the Third Nuigini Arts Festival with the Yirrkala Aboriginal dancers. She presented poetry readings and spoke about Aboriginal literature. Included is correspondence, itineraries, and programmes relating to her attendance at this Festival.

At the First Independent Papua New Guinea Writers' Conference, held between July 1 and 4, 1976 at Port Morseby, she presented a keynote address. A copy of her speech is included as well as programmes, workshop information and schedules, an invitation, an information sheet and a writers survey form (not filled in). A book which was given to her is included with this PNG material and is inscribed by the author to Kath: Liyong, Taban Lo (1976). Myth language and literature. 2. The literature of developing nations: negritude. University of Papua New Guinea

Papers relating to North America

Kath Walker conducted a study tour of the United States from September 1978 to March 1979 as a Fullbright Scholar. Her itinerary was divided into two sections: first, she was Poet-in-Residence at Bloomsbury State College from 1 October 1978; and from January 1979, sponsored by the National Endownment for the Arts, she was centred on Berkeley and other Southern campuses, Indian communities and Arts Centres. Included in these papers are: Letters of appreciation, photographs, postcards, programme for speaking engagements; her report on Fulbright Scholarship; correspondence 1978 - 1979 about the Scholarship and from North American contacts; travel documents; flyers; and newspaper cuttings.

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).

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