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This series consists of both published and unpublished works by Oodgeroo Noonuccal and contains poetry, short stories, play scripts, speeches and reports.

Notebook titled 'Prose'

Notebook titled 'Prose' containing handwritten short stories titled: 'Motherhood', 'Dreaming', 'Son of a son of mine', 'The masterpiece', 'Occupational therapy', 'The exercise break', 'Palm Island' and two untitled short stories.

Note and exercise book containing handwritten short stories

Spiral note and exercise book containing handwritten short stories titled: 'Beginning of life', 'Follow follow', 'Mirrabooka', 'Curlew', 'The midden', 'Bora', 'Ole Mick', 2 untitled short stories, 'In the new time', 'Tuggan Tuggan (Silky Oak)', 'The tank', 'The fisherman', 'Pomera (Banksia)', 'Tiagam (Lawyer Vine)', 'Talwalpin (Cotton Tree) & Kowinda (Red Mangrove)', 'The carpet Snake', 'Cookie', 'The dugong hunt', and 'Myora'. On the last page (to 11 November 1969) is a list of titles that have been submitted (or not) and whether they have been accepted or rejected. The inside of the front and back cover have English words and their Indigenous language equivalent.

Notebook containing prose, speech and notes

This notebook includes: poem beginning with 'Was it dream....'; 'Dawn' (poem); 'Can you?' (poem); 'Blackmans club' (poem); 'No place to go' (poem); 'Dawn' (poem); 'Report to Aboriginal Aged housing' on her visit to Cunnamulla; 'Speech to Seminar on Aboriginal Rights, 7 and 8 May 1971, Perth, Western Australia'; 'What the sea gulls told me' (short story); survey results of Aboriginal children; draft letter to Consolidated Rutile Corporation regarding establishing an Art Gallery, Museum and park at Moongalba'; 'Old age' (poem); 'Occupational therapy' (short story); list with visitor signatures dated 18 May 1978; and random notes throughout notebook.

'Poems'

Original folder titled 'Poems' containing typescript and/or handwritten poems which may have multiple copies or drafts. This file contains the following poems:
‘Aboriginal Charter of Rights’ (2 drafts, from My people);
‘Balance’;
‘The Black Commandments’ (2 drafts);
‘Bluff Mountain’ (2 drafts);
‘The Boomerang’ (2 drafts);
'The Bunyip’ (2 drafts, from My people);
‘Civilization’ (2 drafts, from My people);
‘Commonplace’ (2 drafts, one typescript, one handwritten – with photocopy);
‘Community rain song', Dawn’ (2 drafts);
‘Dead Life’;
‘Death of a Bunya Pine’ (handwritten);
‘Dim Lit Street’;
‘Exile’ (8 drafts, handwritten);
‘Film Man’ (handwritten);
‘First Love’;
‘The Fisherman’;
‘For Llwelyn’;
‘Forbidden Love’ (3 drafts);
'Germany forgive our sins';
‘The Golden Voice’ (2 drafts);
‘Justice’ (written on the back of booklet, Information for your visit to Rome);
‘Lament of the Dead’;
‘Life gets Teadious’ (2 drafts);
‘Lost Love (for Bill)’ (with attached poem, 'Bill') (both handwritten);
'The Masterpiece’ (handwritten);
‘Mia Filo’;
‘Minjerriba’;
‘Moongalba Night’ (handwritten);
‘Moongalba Peacocks’;
‘Not my Style’;
‘Oh Truganner’;
‘Oration’ (written in red pen across typescript poem ‘Censored’);
‘Peacocks’ (handwritten);
‘Return to Nature’ (2 drafts);
‘Sammy Sparrow’;
‘Sister Poet’;
‘Son of Son of Mine’ (3 drafts);
‘A Song of Hope’ (with letter);
‘Spinners’;
‘Spring is’ (photocopy of handwritten poem);
‘The Storm’ (handwritten);
‘Sunrise’ (2 drafts);
'Teachers';
‘Time is Running out’;
'United we win' (handwritten);
'We are Going’.
Untitled poems (title from first line): 'But the speakers voice', 'Hello tree', 'Oh ancient city of Kano', 'We, at the Jungai Summer School', and 'Who stole his pride'.

'Time of Transition' by Woonona

Cover title for this typescript booklet is 'Time of Transition' by Woonona. It contains 14 poems: ‘Assimilation--No!’, ‘Integration -- Yes!’, ‘Municipal Gum’, ‘Understand, Old One’, ‘Biami’, ‘Civilization’, ‘Bora’, ‘Sounds Beset me’, ‘The Woor Woman’, ‘Artist Son’, ‘The Child Wife’, ‘The Food Gatherers’, ‘Community Rain Song’, and ‘Briefs’. Woonona would appear to be a pseudonym of Oodgeroo Noonuccal. Inside cover reads: Xavier Society Annual Literary Prize Competition 1965 'Collection of poems' by Woonona.

Bound typescript 'Stories and play' Kath Walker

Bound typescript titled 'Stories and play' by Kath Walker, containing: ‘The Rosary beads’, ‘Ole Mick’, ‘No Horses for a Month’, ‘Polly Anne Lou’, ‘Skid Row’, ‘Black Jimmy's Crime’, ‘The Boarders’, ‘The Photo’, ‘Obsession’, ‘Making the Grade’, ‘The Colour Question’, ‘The Man-Hunt, a Play’.

'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).

'French translations of Colloquium papers'

Original folder titled 'French translations of Colloquium papers' and contains 10 poems: ‘Le Crime du Pere Jacquot Le Noir’ (incomple), ‘Le Racisme’, ‘Le Bunyip’, ‘Banal’, ‘Yussef (Hi-jacker)’, ‘La Civilisation’, ‘Mon Enfant’, ‘Mont Bluff’, ‘Les Droits De L'Aborigine’, and ‘Premiere Partie La Nature du Reve’ (incomplete).

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