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Series 5: Yumba-Meta Housing Association, 1973-1982

This Association acquired houses in Townsville using Commonwealth funds and was responsible for renting them to black tenants. Mabo was President of the Association, 1975-1980. During the period 1978-1980, Mabo's presidency was contested by a group of disaffected members and evicted tenants who formed a new Board of Directors.
NB. In November 2001, with the agreement of Mrs Bonita Mabo, the papers in this series were transferred to the Yumba-Meta Housing Association in Townsville. Copies of the papers can be found on the microfilm of the original instalment of Mabo Papers which was made in 1996 (reels mfm G 27539-27549).


Folder 1 Legal and financial records, 1973-1974
Articles of Association, 1973. Financial statements, year ended 30 September 1974. Contracts for houses, 1974.
Folder 2 Minute book for Annual General Meetings and meetings of the Board of Directors, 1975-1978.
Folder 3 Financial records, 1975-1977
Loan register, 1976-1977. Annual Financial Report, 30 September 1976. Cash receipts worksheets, 1975-1976.
Folder 4 Membership applications, 1975-1978
Folder 5 Minutes and financial statements, 1976
Folder 6 Correspondence, financial statements, agendas and membership forms, 1976-1979
Folder 7 Membership records, 1978-1979
Receipt book, 1978-1979. Membership applications, 1979.
Folder 8 Directors' reports and meeting agenda, 1977-1979
Directors' reports to shareholders, 1977-1978. Annual General Meeting agenda, 1979.
Folder 9 Papers relating to dispute with tenants and associated eviction orders, 1977-1980
Include newspaper cuttings, minutes, notices and letters of termination of membership.
Folder 10 Minute book with inserts, 1978-1980
Folder 11 Board records and papers relating to Yumba Meta dispute, 1979-1980
Board of Directors, 1979-80, plus circulars and correspondence with solicitors. Newspaper cuttings reporting friction between Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders within Yumba Meta, together with newspaper notices relating to the dispute, 1980.
Folder 12 Papers relating to membership litigation, including correspondence with solicitors, 1978-1979
Folder 13 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1980-1982
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