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Oodgeroo Noonuccal Papers File
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Moongalba photographs

Album 3 - Photographs 15.2 to 15.68 are a sequence taken at Moongalba Camp and other locations on North Stradbroke Island, circa Aug-Sep 1973. Captions for most of these photographs were added at a later date by family members. All are from 1973 unless otherwise indicated. Photographs 15.69 to 15.131 are mainly photographs of friends and relatives of Kath Walker, including many children.

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 There is also a folder of notes and correspondence titled 'Historical documents'.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Moongalba: foundation and historical documents

This file contains several documents which include:
'Submission to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs re the Moongalba Project' from the Noonuccal-Nughie Board;
'Submission re Myora Park Project to Redlands Shire Council, 21 October 1971 by Kath Walker;
'Specification for Moongalba, National Aboriginal Cultural and Training Centre, Stradbroke Island Queensland' (typescript and one carbon copy, in binders);
Correspondence regarding the proposed National Aboriginal; Lease of reserve - Aboriginal Cultural Centre - Mrs Kath Walker - letter and agreement, dated 23 Aug 1976;
Typescript draft by Judith Wright 'An island meeting-place';
Photocopy of article by Ray Carmichael 'For Kath Walker and Moongalba : the last noble savage';
Photocopy of article by Margaret Read Lauer "Kath Walker at Moongalba : making the new dreamtime';
Typescript by Bob Tait 'Moongalba meeting';
Documents that were originally in a folder labelled "Moongalba": lease agreement between Kathleen Jean Mary Walker and Shire of Redland Council, 1972 with architectural sketches; and "Moongalba : a film proposal" by Helen Boyd. Ist draft. (typescript).

Newspaper cuttings, 1935 to 1983

Newspaper cuttings about early Dunwich on Stradbroke Island. Most of the newspaper cuttings feature Kath Walker's statements/photographs of her lobbying for improvements regarding human and civil rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in education, housing, welfare, recognition and self-determination. Some newspaper cuttings about Moongalba and Kath's struggle to establish Moongalba and keep it going.

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.

Newspaper cuttings, 1961 to 1972

This file consists of three items:

  1. A Collins Australian Diary for 1959 with 11 pages of newspaper cuttings regarding Kath Walker's activities in promoting Aboriginal rights (rest of diary is empty) from 1961 - 1972.
  2. A photograph album (half full) of newspaper cuttings regarding Kath Walker's activities in promoting Aboriginal rights, with one article about her son Vivian Walker (1971). Articles are either dated 1966 or 1971
  3. One photograph album with six pages of newspaper cuttings regarding Oodgeroo's activities in promoting Aboriginal rights, 1961 - 1967

Newspaper cuttings, 1976 to 1981 and undated

One folder has newspaper cuttings from 1978 to 1979 with the original folder marked "Uranium". Also included in this folder is undated newspaper cuttings. The second folder contains cuttings from 1976 to 1981 featuring articles about statements made by Kath Walker regarding the Aboriginal cause.

North Stradbroke Island research material

This file includes correspondence, The Stradbroke Island Management Organisation Constitution (which included a membership form at the end and had the poem Ballad of the Bridge by Kath Walker attached); newsletter; flyer Is a bridge to Stradbroke necessary (with S.I.M.O. membership form); and reports.

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 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.

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