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Personal documents

Included in this series: autobiographical and biographical material, which includes the film Shadow sister; an address book; a diary; personal financial information; material by or relating to her sons, Denis and Vivian; notebook with rhyming words; notebooks with Aboriginal words; and unidentified material, most with Kath's' handwriting.

Papers relating to the setting up of Australian Aboriginal cultural centers, including Moongalba

Research material on other cultural centers; studies; and plans and timetables for students, work by children, and papers relating to the setting up of Moongalba. Includes: Paper presented by Mr. Ken Colbung of Western Australia to national seminar on Aboriginal art, A.N.U. Canberra, A.C.T. for proposed plan of Aboriginal Cultural College Complex 80 miles north of Perth : report on the use of Mogumber Training Centre by Aboriginal Cultural Enterprises Society (Inc.); 'Cross-cultural work with Aborigines - experiement at Stradbroke Island, Jan. 1976' by Divine World Missionaries; 'A list of bora grounds in south-east Queensland' compiled for the Directors of the Bronong Project by Elizabeth N. Marks; 'Aboriginal associations with the Nerang district' by the University of Queensland Department of Anthropology and Sociology; 'The project - Aranarawai Co-op'; photocopies of examples of Aboriginal music [for use by the Museum Art Gallery Moongalba]; and 'A submission to the Commonwealth of Australia Department of Aboriginal Affairs : The National Aboriginal Centre' by James C. Maccormick, Architect.

Papers relating to overseas trips to Papua New Guinea

Kath Walker was invited to Papua New Guinea in 1973 and 1976.

In 1973 she was invited to attend the Third Nuigini Arts Festival with the Yirrkala Aboriginal dancers. She presented poetry readings and spoke about Aboriginal literature. Included is correspondence, itineraries, and programmes relating to her attendance at this Festival.

At the First Independent Papua New Guinea Writers' Conference, held between July 1 and 4, 1976 at Port Morseby, she presented a keynote address. A copy of her speech is included as well as programmes, workshop information and schedules, an invitation, an information sheet and a writers survey form (not filled in). A book which was given to her is included with this PNG material and is inscribed by the author to Kath: Liyong, Taban Lo (1976). Myth language and literature. 2. The literature of developing nations: negritude. University of Papua New Guinea

Papers relating to overseas trips

Kath Walker travelled overseas on several occasions to attend conferences, as an official Australian delegate for committees, on speaking tours, lecturing and as a poet-in-residence. Included in this series are her files from her trips to New Zealand (1972), Malaysia (1974), Nigeria (in 1974 and 1977), North America (1978-1979) and Fiji (1980).

Papers relating to overseas trip to New Zealand

Kath Walker toured New Zealand between September 1 and October 16, 1972, under the auspices of the Citizens' Association for Racial Equality. This file consists of two folders of papers and 4 items. One folder includes: timetable for her visit, a Certificate of Appreciation from Lions Club of Dunedin South, a 1972 flyer for Kath Walker's New Zealand tour, and correspondence between Kath Walker and J C Nacola and Noel Parsloe (4 letters). The other folder has newspapers with articles covering her tour. The items are: a desk diary for 1972 with the names and addresses of people from New Zealand; and three booklets with inscriptions.

Papers relating to overseas trip to Malaysia

Kath Walker was the Australian delegate at the International Writers' Conference (Hari Sasra) in Malaysia, 1974. This file includes:
correspondence between Department of Foreign Affairs and Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur; newspaper cuttings, 'Report of the Malaysian visit' by Kath Walker (August 1974), menu, 'Welcome' booklet for the conference (with annotations), certificate (of attendance), and invitations. It also includes two exhibition catalogues (one inscribed) and a book of poems (inscribed). Some material is in Malay.

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