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Writings from other authors

Authors sent their writings to Kath Walker, some in admiration, some for professional reasons. They may have been accompanied by correspondence that is filed elsewhere. Included is a thesis, prose, and poems.

Writings from admirers and others

Poems and prose from admirers. Some of these writers are not identified. Some were regular correspondents. The writings in this file may also relate to letters from correspondents held elsewhere in the collection.

Works of art

This series includes sketchbooks and loose sketches by Kath Walker and others. These sketches are in pencil, felt pen and crayon.

Women's organisations

Included in this file is correspondence, leaflets, and newsletters from various women’s organisations including: International Womens’ Day Committee; National Council of Women of Queensland; National Woman’s Christian Temperance union of Australia; National Women’s Advisory Council; Townsville Women’s Shelter; Union of Australian Women; Women’s Action Alliance; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; and women's softball associations (Bluebirds Amateur Softball Club and Redlands Women's Softball Association).

'Unpublished poems and stories, copies only, for America'

The original folder had the title 'Unpublished poems and stories, copies only, for America'.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’

'Unpublished playscripts and stories'

The original folder had two titles 'Unpublished playscripts and stories'. Some scripts have multiple copies, some have drafts, and some have annotations. It contains the following scripts: 'Bora. Initiation' (3 drafts), 'Civilised savages: one act play', 'Old Mick' (3 drafts, one incomplete), 'Playabout corroboree', 'Tail of platypus' (3 drafts), 'Tea party. Review.' (2 drafts), and 'You can't trust no one no how'. The last item is a photocopied typescript (8 leaves) with 'Tape excerpt (verbatim)' written across the top of every page. The 'interviewee' is an Australian Aboriginal giving a commentary on the 'Police' ; 'What is an Aboriginal?'; and 'Discrimination'.

Universities, N to W

Letters from Universities include inviting her to attend functions, be a guest speaker (classes and conferences), teach, comment on indigenous issues. Includes: North Brisbane College of Advanced Education; Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education; Salisbury College of Advanced Education; Torrens College of Advanced Education; University of California, San Diego; University of Melbourne; University of New England; University of Papua New Guinea; University of Queensland; University of Sydney; University of Tasmania; University of Western Australia; Woollongong University College Union.

Universities, A to M

Letters from Universities include inviting her to attend functions, be a guest speaker (classes and conferences), teach, comment on indigenous issues. Includes : Australian National University; Brisbane College of Advanced Education; Capricornia Institute of Advanced Education; Darwin Community College; Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education; James Cook University; Kelvin Grove College of Advanced Education; Monash University; Mount Gravatt College of Advanced Education; Murdoch University.

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