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Oodgeroo Noonuccal Papers File
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Universities, N to W

Letters from Universities include inviting her to attend functions, be a guest speaker (classes and conferences), teach, comment on indigenous issues. Includes: North Brisbane College of Advanced Education; Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education; Salisbury College of Advanced Education; Torrens College of Advanced Education; University of California, San Diego; University of Melbourne; University of New England; University of Papua New Guinea; University of Queensland; University of Sydney; University of Tasmania; University of Western Australia; Woollongong University College Union.

Radio broadcast organisations

This file includes letters from organisations and individuals asking Oodgeroo Noonuccal to appear in programs, provide content, be interviewed, and give permissions to use her literary works for radio productions. Correspondents include: Radio 4EB, Radio 2EA.

Publishers, L to W

This file includes requests to write articles and/or review books, and reproduce literary works from publishers including: Lansdowne Press; Longman; Macmillan; McPhee Gribble; Nation Review; Penguin; Reader's Digest; Rigby; Social Alternatives; South Head Press; Thomas Nelson; University of Queensland Press; and Western Australia Department of Education.

Television and screen organisations

This file includes letters from organisations and individuals asking Oodgeroo Noonuccal to appear in programs, provide content, and for permissions to use her literary works for television and film productions. Correspondents include: Australian Broadcasting Commission, Ben Cropp Productions, Channel Seven, Circule Films, Nomad Films International, Riverside Studios, Screen Gems, The Pierre Berton Show, Talking Pictures, and United Telecasters Sydney Limited.

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.

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.

Short stories

Original folder was titled 'Short stories'. There is one screen play and 28 short stories. Some are edited or annotated; some have multiple drafts; some are written by Kathryn Ruska. Contains the following short stories:
‘The Armada’;
‘Black Jimmy's Crime’;
‘Boonah’;
‘The Boy who shot the kookaburra’ (condensed from Stradbroke Dreamtime) [on heat sensitive paper];
‘The Bunyip’ (4 versions, one by Kathryn Ruska);
‘The Bush Ranger’ (by Ruska);
‘Cookie’;
‘Edward Ruska’ (2 drafts, one missing first page);
‘Fantasy in Sepia’;
‘Flight into Tunis’ (2 drafts);
‘Gooboora and the Bunyip’;
‘Gubbin and Grasshopper’ (5 drafts);
‘Joshua and Roo-Roo’;
‘Judge Not’ (K. Ruska);
‘Koo-Poo’ (3 drafts);
‘Koorie and Boorie’ (2 drafts);
‘Lucy McCullock’;
‘The Magic Hour’ (2 drafts by Kathryn Ruska);
‘The Magic Hour’ (screenplay);
‘No Horses for a Month’ (2 drafts);
‘Poetic Justice’;
‘The Rosary Beads’ (2 drafts);
‘Swans and Che’ (handwritten);
‘The Tail of Pinky Platypus’ (2 drafts by Kathryn Ruska);
‘Tiny and Wee’ (3 drafts; one by Kathryn Ruska) ;
‘The Turtle’;
‘The Unhappy Golliwog’ (3 drafts; one by Kathryn Ruska);
‘We look after our own’ (2 handwritten drafts); and
‘What the Seagulls told me’.

'Manuscripts submitted to A&R'

The original folder was titled 'Manuscripts submitted to A&R' and contains short stories and poems submitted to Angus and Robertson. Some have corrections and annotations. Indicated in square brackets after the tile are handwritten notes that appear on the first page. Some may also have corrections. This file contains:
‘Beginning of Life’ (published as ‘The Beginning of Life’) [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘Biami and Bunyip’ [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘Burr+Nong (Bora Ring)’ [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
Boonah (Bloodwood Gum)' [submitted to A&R.];
‘The Carpet Snake’ (published as Carpet Snake) [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘Curlew’ [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘Dear Boys and Girls’ (letter) [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘The Dugong Hunt’ (published as Dugong Coming!) [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘Dunwich Stradbroke Island Assimilation of Aborigines’ (2 drafts);
‘Edward Ruska’;
'The Exercise Book' [submitted to A&R.];
‘The Fisherman’ [? submitted to A&R.];
‘Going Crabbing’ [original had not submitted to A&R but the not has been crossed out. Accepted];
‘The Hunter’ (published as The Shark) [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘Interlude’ [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
'Joshua and Roo-Roo';
'Kill to eat' [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
'Mai (Black Bean)';
‘Midden’ (published as ‘The Midden’) [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘Mirrabooka (Southern Cross)’ [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘Muma's Pet’ [submitted to A&R.];
‘Not Our Day’ [submitted to A&R.];
‘Pomera (Banksia)’ [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘Racism’ (3 copies);
‘School Days’ [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘Stradbroke’ [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘Talwalpin (Cotton Tree) and Kowinka (Red Mangrove)' [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
'Tia Gam (Lawyer Vine)' [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
'Tuggan-Tuggan (Silky Oak)' [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘We three’ (poem) [submitted to A&R.];
'Wher's Mother (published as Where's Mother) [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
'Wonga and Nudu' [submitted to A&R. Accepted].

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