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'Unpublished poems and stories, copies only, for America'

The original folder had the title 'Unpublished poems and stories, copies only, for America'. It contains a list of stories and poems (2 copies) with handwritten details for Kath Walker. The poems: ‘Blue Crane’, ‘Mangrove Bird’, ‘Minjerriba’, ‘Butcher Bird’, ‘Moongalba Peacocks’, ‘Credit and Loss’, ‘The Golden Voice’, ‘Oration’, ‘On Trugganner’, ‘Papua New Guinea’, ‘Bluff Mountain’, ‘Little Bean’, ‘Hari Sastra’, ‘Iban Longhouse’, ‘Yussef (Hi-jacker)’, ‘Commonplace’, ‘Exile’, ‘Grey Gum’, and ‘Sister Poet’. An extra poem, not on the list is included: 'Son of a son of mine'. Short stories: ‘Wail Rock’, ‘No horses for a month’, ‘Ole Mick’, ‘The Bunyip’, ‘Black Jimmy's Crime’, ‘We Look after our Own’, ‘I feared old Kindarra’

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.

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.

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.

Teachers, school children and students, undated

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 are from children thanking her for visiting their school and sharing her stories.

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