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Papers of Jan Gammage relating to Judith Wright, 1981-1992
Bib ID 6218111
Format ManuscriptManuscript [text, volume]
Author
Wright, Judith, 1915-2000
 
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [between 1981 and 1992] 
0.03 m (1 folder) 
Summary

MS Acc12.014 comprises papers relating to Judith Wright and Jan Gammage's involvement in the Aboriginal rights movement of the 1980s and 1990s. The collection includes correspondence from Wright to Gammage; "Network of News for Supporters of Aboriginal Rights" newsletters; "Wadjella Action Movement" newsletters; notes regarding the Aboriginal Treaty Committee (ATC) dinner; published articles about Wright; and fundraiser postcards printed by the Aboriginal Treaty Committee (1 folder).

Biography/History

Poet, essayist, conservationist and campaigner for Aboriginal rights. Judith Arundell Wright was born in Armidale, New South Wales in 1915. She was 25 when her first poem was published and her first collection of verse, The moving image, was published in 1946. She went on to publish many other works including poetry, a biography of her pioneering family, children's books and her autobiography. She received several awards for her writing, including in 1991 the NSW Premier's Special Award for Poetry and the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. Wright became actively involved with issues relating to conservation, wildlife preservation and Aboriginal rights.

These interests were reflected in her poetry and writings, which included her book, The cry for the dead (1981), about the treatment of Aborigines by settlers in Queensland from the 1840s to the 1920s. She was also involved in various organisations including the Australian Society of Authors as foundation council member, 1963; Australian Conservation Foundation as a council member, 1964-1972; Australian National University as a council member, 1975-1979; and, the Aboriginal Treaty Committee as secretary, 1979-1983. Wright died in Canberra in 2000.

Notes

Manuscript reference number: MS Acc12.014.

Subjects Wright, Judith, - 1915-2000 - Archives.  |  Poets, Australian - 20th century - Archives.  |  Civil rights workers - Australia - Archives.  |  Aboriginal Australians - Civil rights.  |  Aboriginal Australians - Government relations.
Time Coverage 1981-1992 
Occupation Poets.  |  Aboriginal rights activists.
Other authors/contributors Gammage, Jan  |  Aboriginal Treaty Committee (Australia), issuing body
Terms of Use Copying of Jan Gammage‚Äôs copyright material permitted for research purposes. 

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