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Records of the Australian Republican Movement, 1987-2009 [manuscript]
Bib ID 3294165
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Australian Republican Movement
 
Access Conditions Permission required for research until 31 December 2020. Not for loan. 
Description [1987-2009] 
18.45 m. (85 boxes) + 4 cartons + 3 fol. boxes + 2 elephant fol. packages. 
Summary

MS Acc04.201 comprises press cuttings, membership records, printed ephemera, photograph albums, accounts, financial statements, directors' reports, correspondence, videos and audio tapes and other records (29 boxes, 4 cartons, 2 fol. boxes, 2 elephant fol. packages).

The Acc09.188 instalment comprises press clippings, speeches, articles, correspondence, financial statements, publicity material, petitions to Parliament, ephemera, Senate enquiry papers, polling data/analyses, and fundraising materials. All the records relate to the campaign for an Australian republic and cover the major events of the period including the Constitutional Convention, the 1999 referendum, and campaign for a plebiscite. The contents of at least two of the cartons originated in the Sydney office of the Movement. The instalment contains some digital and audio materials (44 boxes, 1 fol. box).

The Acc12.134 instalment comprises business records relating to the campaign for an Australian republic. Contents include National Committee minutes (2006-2009) and committee details, Republican readings, information and newsletters, business correspondence, financial statements, press cuttings, policy and strategic planning documents, reports, statistics, polling data from 1990s-2004, speeches, media releases and assorted research data (12 boxes).

Biography/History

The Australian Republican Movement was founded in July 1991, following the Australian Labor Party's adoption of republicanism as a policy at its conference in June of that year. The Australian Republican Movement's first chairman was the novelist, Thomas Keneally, with other founding members including the investment banker and Liberal party politician, Malcolm Turnbull, the former Australian cricket captain, Ian Chappell, and the film director, Fred Schepisi. It is currently headed by retired Major-General Michael Keating. Although opinion polls showed that many Australians favoured becoming a republic, divisions emerged in the Movement between those who favoured indirect election of the President by Parliament, and those who favoured direct election by the people. This led to Australian voters rejecting at a referendum in 1999 a constitutional amendment to a specific form of republic described by some as the "minimalist" model because it involved the least change to the Constitution of the various republican models proposed.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS Acc04.201, MS Acc09.188, MS Acc12.134.

Subjects Australian Republican Movement - Archives.  |  Monarchy - Australia.  |  Referendum - Australia.  |  Constitutional amendments - Australia.  |  Republicanism - Australia.  |  Australia - Politics and government.
Time Coverage 1987-2009 
Occupation Social reformers.
Terms of Use Copying of the Australian Republican Movement’s copyright material permitted for research purposes. 

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