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Papers of Sir Ronald Wilson, circa 1970-2003 [manuscript]
Bib ID 3806091
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Wilson, Ronald, Sir, 1922-2005
Access Conditions Part available for research; part permission required for research. Not for loan. 
Description [ca. 1970-2003] 
3.9 m. (26 boxes) 

MS Acc06.179 comprises correspondence, draft material, reports, memoranda, newspaper cuttings, media releases, ephemera, printed material and other papers. The papers primarily relate to the Bringing Them Home report, and Wilson's involvement with related activities and organisations, including the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, National Sorry Day Committee, Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation and the Polly Farmer Foundation, ca. 1995-ca. 2000. There is also a small selection of earlier papers, 1970s-1980s, relating to various interests, including the Uniting Church (8 boxes).

The Acc06.199 instalment includes material relating to: Box 1. AHISA conference, correspondence, Uniting Church of Australia, APHEDA, Oikoumere Foundation, native title, 1998-2002; Box 2. Speeches, human rights, correspondence, 1993-1999; Box 3. Correspondence, Oikoumere Foundation, UNESCO, legal aid, FECCA, reconciliation, Uniting Church, 1988-1999; Boxes 4-5. Correspondence, ACFOA, human rights, overseas aid, 1996-1999; Box 6. Speeches, Uniting Church, correspondence, Middle East, legal aid, 1998-2004; Boxes 7-8. Lecture notes, correspondence, republican convention, speeches, Manguir Corporation, Bringing Them Home Committee, 1988-2003.

Box 9. United Nations, human rights, ACFOA, correspondence, Palestine, TEOH, Children's Commission, 1995-1998; Box 10. Polly Farmer Foundation, Oikoumere, human rights, Vietnam, correspondence, 1992-1998; Boxes 11-12. Reconciliation Committee, Uniting Church, correspondence, court transcripts; Box 13. Correspondence Murdoch University 1992-1999; Boxes 14-15. record of oral history interview, 1999-2002, reconciliation, correspondence, 1992-1999, transcripts (Pearce v Florenca), Bringing Them Home Project, ACFOA, Uniting Church, 1992-2000; Box 16. Correspondence, conference papers, 1989-1999, Bringing Them Home Project; Box 17. ACFOA, correspondence; Box 18. Palestine, Bringing Them Home Project, 1997-2001 (18 boxes).


Lawyer, judge and social activist. Sir Ronald Darling Wilson served on the High Court of Australia, 1979-1989, and was chancellor of Murdoch University from 1980 to 1995. He was President of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, 1990-1997, and with Mick Dodson, led the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families which produced the Bringing them home report (1997). A man of faith, Wilson became the first lay president of the Uniting Church. In 1988 Wilson was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for service to the law, and in 2001 he was awarded a Centenary Medal for service as a Justice of the High Court of Australia and to human rights.


Manuscript reference no.: MS Acc06.179, MS Acc06.199.

Related Material Ronald Wilson interviewed by Stuart Reid; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 3882. 
Subjects Wilson, Ronald, Sir, 1922-2005 -- Archives.  |  Australia. High Court -- Officials and employees -- Archives.  |  Murdoch University -- Presidents -- Archives.  |  Australia. Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission -- Officials and employees -- Archives.  |  Uniting Church in Australia -- Presidents -- Archives.  |  Lawyers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Judges -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Human rights workers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Stolen generations (Australia)  |  Children, Aboriginal Australian -- Institutional care.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Government policy.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Public welfare.
Time Coverage 1970-2003 
Occupation Chancellors.  |  Judges.  |  Social reformers.


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