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'Time of Transition' by Woonona

Cover title for this typescript booklet is 'Time of Transition' by Woonona. 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.

It contains 14 poems:

Assimilation--No! (published in The Dawn is at Hand, My People, Jacaranda Press). -- Integration -- Yes! (published in The Dawn is at Hand, My People, Jacaranda Press). -- Municipal Gum, (published in The Dawn is at Hand, Jacaranda Press). -- Understand, Old One, (published in The Dawn is at Hand, Jacaranda Press). -- ‘Biami’. -- Civilization, (published in The Dawn is at Hand, Jacaranda Press). -- Bora, (published in The Dawn is at Hand, Jacaranda Press). -- 'Sounds Beset me', (Sounds Assail Me, published in The Dawn is at Hand, Jacaranda Press). -- The Woor Woman, (published in The Dawn is at Hand, Jacaranda Press). -- ‘Artist Son’. -- ‘The Child Wife, (published in My People, Jacaranda Press). -- The Food Gatherers, (published in The Dawn is at Hand, Jacaranda Press). -- ‘Community Rain Song’. -- ‘Briefs’.

'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, published in We are Going, Jacaranda Press);
‘Balance’;
‘The Black Commandments’ (2 drafts);
‘Bluff Mountain’ (2 drafts);
‘The Boomerang’ (2 drafts);
'The Bunyip’ (2 drafts, from My people);
‘Civilization’ (2 drafts, published in The Dawn is at Hand, Jacaranda Press);
‘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, published in We are Going, Jacaranda Press);
‘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, published in We are Going, Jacaranda Press);
'We are Going’ (published in We are Going, Jacaranda Press).
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'.

Oodgeroo Noonuccal Papers

  • UQFL84
  • Collection
  • 1916-1985

This collection contains poetry, prose, speeches, and reports; correspondence; photographs, newspaper cuttings; press releases; invitations; programmes; research material; and plans.

Oodgeroo Noonuccal, 1920-1993

Papers relating to Nigeria and the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture

The First World Festival of Black Arts was held in 1966 Dakar, Senegal. Nigeria was invited to hold the second festival in 1970. This second festival, called the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture was to be held in November/December 1975. Political problems in Nigeria caused the festival to be postponed for some years, but it was finally staged as "Festac '77" in Lagos in January, 1977.

As part of the preparations for Australia’s involvement in the festival, an Australian Coordinating Committee was formed in February 1974. In October 1974 Kath Walker was asked to become involved in this committee. Kath Walker attended the 5th meeting of the International Festival Committee held in Kaduna in November 1974. On her return flight, the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) plane she was travelling on was hijacked in Dubai and flown to Tunisia. The hijack lasted three days, and one passenger was killed. She wrote two poems during this ordeal (held in Series A Subseries 1).

During the lead up to the Festival in 1977, Kath Walker was involved in the preparations for the event and eventually attended it as an Australian delegate and senior advisor.

These folders include documents from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs; correspondence, meeting agendas, minutes and reports for the Nigerian Co-coordinating Committee of the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture; an open letter to the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (dated 24 Jul 1975) regarding the poems, Yussef and Commonplace which she wrote when her plane was hijacked; reports from other countries; contract between Kath Walker and The Elizabethan Theatre Trust; Itineraries and quotations for proposed group travel to Nigeria with general background information about Africa from ACTU World Travel; Aboriginal Theatre Foundation - correspondence with Department of Aboriginal Affairs and interim reports regarding costings and budget for dancers, musicians and song men for trip to festival; and Tickets, invitations, brochures, programmes, report by Kath Walker about festival to the Australia Council, souvenirs, 1977.

Speeches and reports, undated and loose sheets

This file contains 16 speeches or reports and notes by, or attributed to, Kath Walker. They are:

  1. Speech beginning, "I grew up on Stradbroke Island.."
  2. '20th Century Aborigines'
  3. 'Re Aboriginal Voting in Queensland : an Aborigines Point of View'
  4. 'Powerless Australians'
  5. 'International Women's Day : re Equality, Development and Peace'
  6. 'The Ethnic Problem in Australia'
  7. 'Political rights for Aborigines', F.C.A.A.T.S.I. Conference
  8. 'Black and White Power in Queensland : An Open Letter to the People of Australia'
  9. 'Moreton Island'
  10. 'Teachers notes: more contemporary Australian poets. Speak no. 2. Kath Walker.'
  11. Handwritten notes and transcript beginning, "Mr Elliott, Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome. Thank you for coming here tonight to demonstrate your interest in, and concern, for Stradbroke."
  12. Review of book by Kevin Gilbert Because a white man'll never do it by Kath Walker.
  13. 'Australian one-act plays : a select list' [by Kath Walker] with annotations.
  14. 'Kath Walker Transcript' of cassette from Cinetel Productions (9 leaves)
  15. Unruled notepad with handwritten notes for speech or report about the Queensland Branch of the Australian Labor Party, Women, Migrants, Aborigines and Youth. Notepad begins with unrelated notes such as shopping lists.
    There are also 8 loose pages which may belong to speeches in this subseries.

Speeches and reports, 1961 to 1969

The file consists of 13 speeches or reports made by, or attributed to, Kath Walker between 1961 and 1969. There are:

  1. Copy of Speech by Kath Walker. Advancement of Aboriginal League & University of New England, 26 to 28 May 1961 (2 drafts, one with handwritten annotations)
  2. Copy of evidence given by Mrs Kathleen Jean Mary Walker to Parliamentary Select Committee, 16 June 1961
  3. The future of Aboriginal groups : report of conference held at Grafton 22 to 24 Sep 1961 [attributed to Kath Walker] (2 copies)
  4. Federal Council for Aboriginal Advancement : Situation of Aboriginal and Islanders in Queensland, 1962?
  5. Report on the history of Aboriginal Organisations, Brisbane, Queensland, 7 Jul 1963, (handwritten annotations)
  6. The following is a report covering what I consider must be done, in the interest of Aboriginals and Islanders in Queensland, 13 Jul 1964
  7. Speech delivered by Mrs. K. Walker? Q'ld State Secretary Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, 5 Sep 1964, beginning "1963 was described as the …."
  8. Speech to Brisbane Rotary Club, Lennons hotel, 20 Oct 1964, beginning "Gentlemen, The Aboriginal question is a very complex one."
  9. Conference report "Aborigines - the forgotten people" given at the Anthropology and Sociology Society Conference, 22 to 23 Apr 1967
  10. Report to the Australian Council of Churches on the World Council of Churches "Consultation on Racism" held in London 19 May 1969 (with handwritten annotations)
  11. Political Rights for Aborigines, Presented to the Easter Conference of F.C.A.A.T.S.I., 5 Apr 1969 (3 copies)
  12. White Racism and White Violence, June 1969 (2 copies)
  13. Coalition of Black and White Australians, July 1969
  14. Black Australians : Speech delivered to the Journalist Club, Sydney 16 Sept. 1969 (2 drafts)

Papers relating to Moongalba and North Stradbroke Island

The papers in this series relate to Kath Walker's involvement in North Stradbroke Island issues in general, and also more specifically to Moongalba on North Stradbroke Island.

Stradbroke island was a large sand island that formed in Moreton Bay, off the coast of Brisbane, Queensland, that split into two islands in the late 19th century: North Stradbroke Island and South Stradbroke Island. The Quandamooka people are the traditional custodians of North Stradbroke Island. North Stradbroke Island, also known as Straddie or Minjerribah, is where Kath Walker spent much of her life. It has been home for many years to the Noonuccal (or Nunukul), Nughi and Goenpul people. The papers relating to North Stradbroke Island reflect Kath's involvement in issues such as opposition to sand-mining on the island, and opposition to a proposed bridge connecting North Stradbroke Island with the mainland.

Moongalba was established by Kath Walker as a cultural education centre in 1971. It was visited extensively by school children, as well as teachers, students, academics, writers and others. Kath Walker was initially granted a twenty-five year lease to the land by the Redland Shire Council; this was later extended to her lifetime. However, she was never granted legal title to the land, despite the support of many influential people. In 1979 Kath Walker prepared a submission to the federal Department of Aboriginal Affairs, requesting financial assistance and support in obtaining title to the land. Her application was never answered.

Denis and Vivian Walker material

Documents that relate to Denis Walker: Petition to Kath Walker to support the release of Denis Walker on bail; 'Letter to U.S.A.' by Denis B. Walker, 27 Jan 1982; letter regarding the 4th Sofia International writers meeting by Denis B. Walker, 19 Aug 1982; and article by Denis Walker titled 'The White Australian Psych'.
Documents relating to Vivian Walker: play script 'Urinchitta (Spark of fire)' by Vivian Walker (12 leaves); and 'Oodgeroo' by Vivian Walker (22 leaves). Also included in this file is a petition and forms requesting birth and marriage certificates by Vivian Walker from 17 Aug 1984.

Walker, Denis Bruce, 1947-

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]

Publications by authors: D to H

Publications:
Drake-Brockman, H 1959, West coast stories : an anthology, Angus and Robertson, Sydney. [Signed by members of the Western Australian Section of the Fellowship of Australian Writers]

Dutton, G 1976, Australian verse from 1805 : a continuum, Rigby, Adelaide. [Inscribed to Kath and Bill]

Ebony, 1966, Johnson Pub. Co, Chicago. [Handwritten note on cover ‘see page 96’]

Eisenberg, WD 1972, Forever is not long, Centro Studi e Scambi Internazionali, Rome. [Inscribed by William D. Wisenberg, 17 Nov 1978]

Elkin, AP 1944, Citizenship for the aborigines : a national aboriginal policy, Australasian Publishing Co., Sydney.

Engel, FG 1965, The land rights of Australian Aborigines, Gowans, Greenacre, N.S.W.

Engel, FG 1968, Turning land into hope : towards a new Aboriginal policy for Australia, Australian Council of Churches' Division of Mission, Abschol, and the F.C.A.A.T.S.I., Sydney.

Enos, A 1971, High water : poems, Papua Pocket Poets, Port Moresby. [Inscribed by author, 23 Sep 1973]

Erikson, H 1964, The rhythm of the shoe, Jacaranda Press, Brisbane. [Inscribed by author, May 1964]

Fogarty, LG 1970, Kargun, Cheryl Buchanan, North Brisbane, Q. [Signed by author]

Fowler, MM 1967, Land of the rainbow gold : poetry for young Australians, Nelson, Melbourne. [Signed by Kath Walker. Includes a handwritten poem ‘Bluff Mountain’ on inside cover]

Fox, L 1978, Gumleaves and dreaming, Len Fox, Potts Point, N.S.W. [Inscribed by author]

Foxcroft, EJB 1941, Australian native policy : its history especially in Victoria, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne. [Handwritten annotations in pencil at back of book]

French, D 1970, To Queensland in 1867! : an account, true and human, of a young English girl who made Queensland her adopted country, s.n., S.l. [Signed by author, Jul 1981]

Gribble, ERB 1930, Forty years with the Aborigines, Angus and Robertson, Sydney. [Includes taped in photographs, newspaper cuttings, and inscription ‘To Olga from Hector’, and leaflet ‘Welcome to S. George’s Church of England Palm Island’]

Gurindji Campaign, G 1971, Gurindji Campaign newsletter, The Campaign, Paddington, N.S.W.

Hall, R 1967, Eyewitness : poems, South Head Press, Sydney. [Inscribed by author]

Hall, VC 1968, Sister Ruth, Spearman, London. [Inscribed by author, 24 Oct 1969]

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