Collection UQFL430 - Julian Burnside and Kate Durham Papers

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Julian Burnside and Kate Durham Papers


  • 2001-2011 (Creation)

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27 boxes, 3 parcels, 21 items.

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Biographical history

Julian Burnside QC is a Melbourne barrister and author. In 2001 he helped bring legal action against the Australian Government over its decision to prevent asylum seekers rescued by the ship MV Tampa from having their claims for asylum heard in Australia. He subsequently became a leading public critic of the Government's refugee and anti-terrorism laws.

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Biographical history

Kate Durham is a Melbourne artist who founded Spare Rooms for Refugees, a program to provide community accommodation and other support to refugees. In late 2001 Durham and others began exchanging letters with asylum seekers detained on Nauru by the Australian Government. Durham and BBC journalist Sarah Macdonald travelled to Nauru clandestinely in June 2002, becoming the first independent eyewitnesses to visit the refugee detention centre and interview its occupants.

Archival history

Collection previously titled as: Papers, 2002-2011
Collection alternatively titled as: Julian Burnside Collection.

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Scope and content

Correspondence from asylum seekers detained on Nauru; files of reports, newspaper cuttings and photographs relating to the asylum seekers; sewing projects created by the asylum seekers; paintings and relief sculptures created by Kate Durham.

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Arranged into four series by processing archivists.

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Conditions governing access

Restricted access. Copying of correspondence is not permitted. Application for access to restricted material may be submitted to the Fryer Librarian for consideration.

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Language of material

  • English
  • Persian

Script of material

  • Arabic

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Some correspondence written in Dari or Farsi (Persian) languages in Arabic script, sometimes accompaided by English translations.

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63063039 ; 42330986

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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