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Autobiographical and biographical material

This file includes:
Curriculum Vitae of Kath Walker, Managing Director of the Moongalba Noonuccal-Nughie Education and Cultural Centre, 1978;
'Sidelights on a profile ... Kath Walker. C/M 3 June 1981';
Exercise book with 'Biography' on cover which has the handwritten story that starts 'On November 3rd 1920, two events took place at...';
Typescript autobiography that starts with a poem 'When the white glug contemptuously...' (8 pages, page 3 missing);
Typescript copy with heading 'Kathleen Jean Mary Walker' that begins 'On November 3rd, 1920 two events took place...' (4 pages) with poem 'Song of hope' attached;
Handwritten notes for curriculum vitae;
Photocopy of 1 page biography from book (unknown);
'Kath Walker story' by Bruce Dickson, June 9 1981;
3 cards (13 x 21 cm) with handwritten notes (on both sides) about 'Florries Place and the beach at Dunwich' 16 Nov 1976;
1 page (21 cm) with handwriting that begins 'A biography of Kath Walker as an example of the role of aboriginal women...' (undated);
13 pages (21 cm) with handwriting that begins 'That the small black baby girl born in....' (undated);
6 pages of handwritten notes.

Publications by authors: M to R

Publications: Maori paintings by Gottfried Lindauer : pictures from the Partridge collection of paintings, 1965, A.H. ; A.W. Reed, Wellington, N.Z. [Inscribed by Matakone, 11 Sep 1972]

Marawili, W 1977, Djet : this is a story about a boy who became a sea-eagle, Nelson Australia, West Melbourne.

McCall, TB 1957, Blood and race : a study of the colour problem, Anglican Truth Society, Sydney

McCarthy, J & Pfund, K 1973, Legends of Papua New Guinea, Rigby, Adelaide. [Inscribed by Kurt Pfund]

Mia-mia : the magazine of MU Australia, 1968, Mother's Union, Eastwood, N.S.W. [See page 71]

National Aboriginal Day, 1977, Aboriginal Resources Unit, Perth, W.A.

New times (St. Marys, N.S.W.), 1976, Alternative Press Australia., St Marys, N.S.W.

New world outlook, 1971, Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, Education and Cultivation Division, in association with the United Presbyterian Church USA, New York, N.Y.

Newcastle Campaign against War and, R 1970, Australia's expendable babies : from dreamtime to nightmare, s.n., Newcastle.

Oke, R 1970, What now at Wattie Creek : report of the third Abschol field team which visited Wattie Creek in May-June of 1970, Abschol, Melbourne.

Olds, P 1972, 4 V8 poems, Caveman Press, Dunedin.

Orientation handbook (Deakin University. Students' Association Council), 1981, Deakin University Students' Association Council, Waurn Ponds, Vic. [Picture of Kath Walker on the cover]

Ostwald, BD 1979, Branded black, Ostwald Productions, Gladstone. [Signed by author]

Pan Africa : fortnightly review of pan-African affairs, 1965, Pan-African Press, Nairobi, Kenya. [Handwritten note on cover ‘see page 13]

Patrick, J 1966, Inapatua : a novel, Cassell, Melbourne. [Inscription not identifiable. Inscribed by Kath Walker]

Pearson, WH 1968, Henry Lawson among Maoris, Australian National University Press, Canberra. [Inscribed by author, Sep 1972]

Pi, O 1976, Street singe, the Author, Melbourne. [Inscribed by author]

Pittock, AB 1968, Toward a multi-racial society : the 1969 James Backhouse lecture, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia, Pymble [Includes marking up and annotations]

Powell, C 1966, A different kind of breathing : poems, South Head Press, Sydney. [Inscribed by author]

Queensland. Department of Education 1968, School Paper : Grade 6 and 7 volume 36 no. 1, Department of Education, Brisbane [Includes poem Corroboree]

Queensland. State Public Relations 1982, A History of Brisbane, State Public Relations Bureau, Brisbane.

Reeves, T 1972, Stones : poems, Caveman Press, Dunedin, N.Z. [Book no. 238 of 500. Signed by author]

Robinson, J 1980, Experiences from the tree of life : a journey through the timescape of my being, Sunshine Art Gallery, Boreen Point, Qld. [Inscribed by author, 1981]

Robinson, R 1958, Black-feller, white-feller, Angus and Robertson, Sydney. [Inscribed by author]

Rose, F 1968, Australia revisited : The aborigine story from stone age to space age, Seven Seas Publishers, Berlin. [Inscribed by author, 1968. Very faded]

Rose, LM 1959, Country of the dead : a novel, Angus and Robertson, Sydney. [Inscribed by author, 1963]

Ryan, JS 1964, The land of Ulitarra : early records of the aborigines of the mid-north coast of New South Wales, Mid-North Coast Regional Office, Dept. of University Extension, University of New England, Grafton.

Ryan, WM 1969, White man, Black man : the true story of a white man who was initiated into an Aboriginal tribe, Jacaranda, Milton, Q. [Signed by Kath Walker]

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.
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