Collection UQFL446 - Elaine Smith Papers

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Elaine Smith Papers


  • 2002-2008 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

21 boxes, 5 parcels.

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Biographical history

Elaine Smith played a major role coordinating support for and communication with asylum seekers detained in Nauru by the Australian Government in the years following the 2001 Tampa incident. Beginning in 2002 she and her husband Geoff Smith corresponded with hundreds of detainees and lobbied Australian politicians, government agencies and community organisations on their behalf. She was a member of Rural Australians for Refugees.

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Collection previously titled as: Papers, 2002-2008
Collection alternatively titled as: Elaine Smith Collection.

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Scope and content

Correspondence and photographs from asylum seekers detained in Nauru; letters to asylum seekers, supporters, politicians and government agencies; newspaper cuttings, media commentary and reports; embroidery; publications and ephemera; artworks by asylum seekers.

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Conditions governing access

Access requires application to the Fryer Librarian. Access to compact discs in box 18 via library equipment only; material not to be copied or communicated electronically. Reproduction of letters and photographs not permitted.

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Language of material

  • English
  • Persian

Script of material

  • Arabic

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Some correspondence in Farsi or Dari (Arabic script).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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