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Oodgeroo Noonuccal Papers
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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.

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups and organisations, [beginning with] A

This file includes letters (often only one letter) from various Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups and organisations to Kath Walker because of her association with them and/or because of her status within the community. Some also sent form letters or flyers. Includes: Aboriginal Arts Advisory Committee; Aboriginal Aged Persons Homes Trust; Aboriginal Aged Housing; Aboriginal and Islander Education; Aboriginal Artists Agency; Aboriginal Action; Aboriginal Women's Task Force; Aboriginal Council for the Arts; Aborigines Advancement League Victoria; Aboriginal and Islanders Catholic Council; Aboriginal and Islander Child Care Agency; Aboriginal and Islander Community Health Service Brisbane Ltd; Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders Corporation (Q.E.A.) for Legal Services; Aboriginal Development Commission; Aboriginal Hostels Limited; Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Scheme; Aboriginal Languages Association; Aboriginal Publications Foundation Inc.; Aboriginal Treaty Support Group (Tasmania); Aboriginal Writers, Oral Literature and Dramatists Association of W. A. (AWOLDA); Action for Aboriginal Rights; Anglican Ministry to Aborigines and Islanders of Central Queensland; Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Co-op Ltd; and Abschol.

'For the Anti-bridge committee'

Original folder titled 'For the Anti-bridge committee'. Includes reports, newspaper cuttings, correspondence, newsletters, journal article, press statement, and ephemera relating to the proposed bridge to link the mainland and North Stradbroke Island.

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.

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).

Material connected to Shadow sister [motion pitcture]

This file includes letters, flyers, media releases, story outline for film, reservation forms to 'attend the screening of the film and meet Kath Walker' and newspaper cuttings relating to the film Shadow Sister. Shadow Sister : a film biography of Aboriginal Poet Kath Walker, M.B.E. was produced and directed by Frank Heinmans of Cinetel Productions. The film premiered at the Sydney Opera House in November 1977 to 6000 people, mostly school children.

'Poems, unpublished'

The original folder was titled 'Poems unpublished' and has a contents listing by Kath Walker. Some poems have been published since the author created this file. It contains 34 poems, some with copies or drafts. The poems are:

  1. 'I'm Not’ (3 drafts, one handwritten);
  2. ‘Westerlies’ (On the back of ‘The glass island’ by Laurie Neill);
  3. ‘Butcher Bird’ (4 drafts, one handwritten);
  4. ‘Hari Sastra’ (3 handwritten drafts);
  5. ‘Little Bean’ (2 drafts, one handwritten);
  6. ‘Oration’ (5 drafts);
  7. ‘Full Moon’ (5 drafts);
  8. ‘Mangrove Bird’ (7 drafts);
  9. ‘Exhausted’ (2 drafts);
  10. ‘Wedding Song’ (6 drafts);
  11. ‘Dead Wood’ (6 drafts);
  12. ‘Hercules’ (2 drafts);
  13. ‘Child of Two Races’ (2 drafts);
  14. ‘No Place to Go’ (3 drafts, one handwritten);
  15. ‘Roebun Lament’ (2 drafts);
  16. ‘Blue Crane’ (handwritten);
  17. ‘Will I?’ (3 drafts);
  18. ‘Minjerriba’ (4 drafts, one handwritten);
  19. ‘To a Policeman’ (3 drafts);
  20. ‘Noises’ (3 drafts, one handwritten);
  21. ‘Credit and Loss’ (4 drafts);
  22. ‘Furry Friend’ (4 drafts);
  23. ‘Can you?’ (6 drafts);
  24. ‘Lovers Quarrel’ (4 drafts);
  25. ‘Yussef’ (6 drafts, two handwritten (one on a British airways waste disposal bag with an accompanying letter);
  26. ‘Commonplace’ (4 drafts, one a photocopied handwritten draft);
  27. ‘The Fisherman’ (3 drafts);
  28. ‘Grey Gum’;
  29. ‘Civilised Man’ (3 drafts, one handwritten);
  30. ‘Sunrise over Stradbroke’ (3 drafts);
  31. ‘Poets (for Jack Davis)’ (3 drafts, one handwritten);
  32. ‘Black Prostitute’ (3 drafts, one handwritten);
  33. ‘Sister Poet’ (1 draft, 1 carbon copy);
  34. ‘Iban Long house’ (3 drafts, one handwritten).

'Unpublished playscripts and stories'

The original folder had two titles 'Unpublished playscripts and stories'. Some scripts have multiple copies, some have drafts, and some have annotations. It contains the following scripts: 'Bora. Initiation' (3 drafts), 'Civilised savages: one act play', 'Old Mick' (3 drafts, one incomplete), 'Playabout corroboree', 'Tail of platypus' (3 drafts), 'Tea party. Review.' (2 drafts), and 'You can't trust no one no how'. The last item is a photocopied typescript (8 leaves) with 'Tape excerpt (verbatim)' written across the top of every page. The 'interviewee' is an Australian Aboriginal giving a commentary on the 'Police' ; 'What is an Aboriginal?'; and 'Discrimination'.

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