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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.

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.

Correspondence

This series contains a large amount of incoming correspondence. The correspondence covers the broad range of Oodgeroo Noonuccal's activities and interests. It covers her activities as a writer and guest speaker. There is correspondence from Aboriginal organisations, government departments, school students, teachers, universities and letters of appreciation for her work. The bulk of the correspondence is in the 1970s and 1980s. Correspondence is also scattered in various files throughout the collection. The correspondence is mostly incoming letters with only a small number of outgoing letters.

Correspondence: Publishers, publishing and copyright

This subseries includes correspondence from Kath Walker’s publishers regarding her publications, and correspondence relating to copyright. Requests from individuals and other organisations to use Kath’s work are included in this subseries, some of which have been addressed to the publishers and some of which have been addressed directly to Kath.

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.

Correspondence: Media organisations

This subseries 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, film and radio productions.

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