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'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 trips

Kath Walker travelled overseas on several occasions to attend conferences, as an official Australian delegate for committees, on speaking tours, lecturing and as a poet-in-residence. Included in this series are her files from her trips to New Zealand (1972), Malaysia (1974), Nigeria (in 1974 and 1977), North America (1978-1979) and Fiji (1980).

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.

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.

Cultural organisations

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: Australian Participation in United States Bicentennial Celebrations; Australian Council of Churches; Australia Council. Public Lending Right Committee; Australian National Anthem Quest; Christian Science Monitor; Conference on Inter-cultural Education; Ethnic Broadcasting Association of Queensland; Festival Music Pty Ltd; Orange Festival of Arts; World Literature Today; Popular Theatre Troupe (includes the following programmes) -- Black Theatre Arts and Culture Centre proudly presents “The Cakeman” by Robert J. Merritt , 9th January thru to 30th, Directed by Bob Maza. -- Aboriginal Mowanjum Dancers Parkerville Amphitheatre: Jan 22-31. Presented by the Aboriginal Theatre Foundation with assistance of the Australian Council for the Arts. --Yeti presents on stage Vietnam, directed by Paul Richards, choreographed by Vivian Walker; Queensland Multicultural Task Force; Queensland Arts Conference; and Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Conference, August 1984 (Kath Walker presented a paper on significant landscapes in the histories of Aboriginal peoples, with special reference to Stradbroke Island)

Writings from admirers and others

Poems and prose from admirers. Some of these writers are not identified. Some were regular correspondents. The writings in this file may also relate to letters from correspondents held elsewhere in the collection.

Autobiographical and biographical material

This file includes:
Curriculum Vitae of Kath Walker, Managing Director of the Moongalba Noonuccal-Nughie Education and Cultural Centre, 1978;
'Sidelights on a profile ... Kath Walker. C/M 3 June 1981';
Exercise book with 'Biography' on cover which has the handwritten story that starts 'On November 3rd 1920, two events took place at...';
Typescript autobiography that starts with a poem 'When the white glug contemptuously...' (8 pages, page 3 missing);
Typescript copy with heading 'Kathleen Jean Mary Walker' that begins 'On November 3rd, 1920 two events took place...' (4 pages) with poem 'Song of hope' attached;
Handwritten notes for curriculum vitae;
Photocopy of 1 page biography from book (unknown);
'Kath Walker story' by Bruce Dickson, June 9 1981;
3 cards (13 x 21 cm) with handwritten notes (on both sides) about 'Florries Place and the beach at Dunwich' 16 Nov 1976;
1 page (21 cm) with handwriting that begins 'A biography of Kath Walker as an example of the role of aboriginal women...' (undated);
13 pages (21 cm) with handwriting that begins 'That the small black baby girl born in....' (undated);
6 pages of handwritten notes.

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