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'Unpublished playscripts and stories'

The original folder had two titles 'Unpublished playscripts and stories'.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'.

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.

Invitations, Requests to speak, Appearances, 1967 to 1980

This file includes correspondence from community and educational organisations requesting Kath Walker to participate in events and readings. Included are also invitations to events such as dinners, festivals, ceremonies, exhibitions, official functions, concerts, weddings and other social functions.

Speeches and reports, 1961 to 1969

The file consists of 13 speeches or reports made by, or attributed to, Kath Walker between 1961 and 1969. There are:

  1. Copy of Speech by Kath Walker. Advancement of Aboriginal League & University of New England, 26 to 28 May 1961 (2 drafts, one with handwritten annotations)
  2. Copy of evidence given by Mrs Kathleen Jean Mary Walker to Parliamentary Select Committee, 16 June 1961
  3. The future of Aboriginal groups : report of conference held at Grafton 22 to 24 Sep 1961 [attributed to Kath Walker] (2 copies)
  4. Federal Council for Aboriginal Advancement : Situation of Aboriginal and Islanders in Queensland, 1962?
  5. Report on the history of Aboriginal Organisations, Brisbane, Queensland, 7 Jul 1963, (handwritten annotations)
  6. The following is a report covering what I consider must be done, in the interest of Aboriginals and Islanders in Queensland, 13 Jul 1964
  7. Speech delivered by Mrs. K. Walker? Q'ld State Secretary Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, 5 Sep 1964, beginning "1963 was described as the …."
  8. Speech to Brisbane Rotary Club, Lennons hotel, 20 Oct 1964, beginning "Gentlemen, The Aboriginal question is a very complex one."
  9. Conference report "Aborigines - the forgotten people" given at the Anthropology and Sociology Society Conference, 22 to 23 Apr 1967
  10. Report to the Australian Council of Churches on the World Council of Churches "Consultation on Racism" held in London 19 May 1969 (with handwritten annotations)
  11. Political Rights for Aborigines, Presented to the Easter Conference of F.C.A.A.T.S.I., 5 Apr 1969 (3 copies)
  12. White Racism and White Violence, June 1969 (2 copies)
  13. Coalition of Black and White Australians, July 1969
  14. Black Australians : Speech delivered to the Journalist Club, Sydney 16 Sept. 1969 (2 drafts)

Teachers, school children and students, 1971 to 1979

This file contains letters to Kath Walker from school children, teachers and university students. Some letters by Kath Walker to school children and teachers are included. Many are letters from children thanking her for visiting their school and sharing her stories. Correspondents are teachers and students from various schools including: Presbyterian Ladies College (Orange, N.S.W.), Saint Mary's School (Broome?), Kindergarten Teachers' College (Kelvin Grove, Qld.), Sommerville House (South Brisbane, Qld.), Melbourne Church of England Girls' Grammar School (South Yarra, Vic.), Chermside State Primary School (Chermside, Qld.), Villanova College (Coorparoo, Qld.), Ipswich State High School (Ipswich, Qld.), Maroochydore State High School (Maroochydore, Qld.), and Saint Francis Xavier School (Goodna, Qld.).

Government departments

This file includes correspondence from Queensland and New South Wales government departments although the bulk of the letters are from Federal Government departments, in particular the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

Arts organisations

Letters from various Arts organisations such as The Acting Company; Adelaide Festival; Artists for Peace; The Australian Society for Education through the Arts; Brisbane Children's Theatre; Brisbane Community Arts Centre; La Boite Theatre; Community Arts Network of Queensland; Popular Theatre Troupe; Warana Festival; Women's Art Movement; Woolloomooloo Cultural Festival.

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.

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