MS 9486

Papers of Meredith Stokes



Scope and Content Note

Creator: Meredith Stokes

Title: Papers

Date range: 1971-97

Extent: 1.82 m. (13 boxes) + 17 folio items

Reference number: MS 9486

Administrative Information

Access: Available for reference

Provenance: The collection was donated to the National Library by Meredith Stokes, through the National Museum of Australia, in 1993.

A small addition was received from Meredith Stokes in January 2001.

Related materials : The records of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom are held at MS 7755. The papers of Vivienne Abraham are held at MS 9152. The papers of Julia Ryan are held at MS 9361.

The Mining at Noonkanbah radio interviews, conducted by Meredith Petronella (Stokes) and others, are held at ORAL TRC 800/3.

The papers consist principally of secondary source material relating to a wide range of issues relating to women, human rights and the environment. Among the issues reflected in the collection are women in the peace movement, the rights of indigenous Australians, energy conservation, the uranium industry, and United States military installations in Australia. International issues represented in the collection include the independence movements in East Timor and Papua New Guinea, apartheid and military intervention in Central America.

The activities and publications of several organisations, including many Canberra groups, are documented in the collection. They include the Women’s Electoral Lobby, the Canberra and South-East Region Environment Centre, the Canberra Programme for Peace, Canberra Women for Survival, the Registry of Women Artists, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (Australian Section) and the Committees in Solidarity with Central America and the Caribbean (CISCAC) (folders 55-58).

The collection includes some correspondence, circular letters, newsheets, articles and speeches, conference documents, printed ephemera, newspaper cuttings and miscellaneous journals. There are a few pages of notes made by Stokes on the Women and Development Network of Australia (WADNA) (folders 28-29) and on other subjects (folder 72). Two poems by Petronella Ardlie, entitled ‘Two arrive’ and ‘The markets’, appear in the Summer 1987 issue of WADNA newsletter (folder 29). A copy of a typescript draft of an article by Petronella Ardlie entitled ‘Social defence’ (n.d.) may be found in folder 40.

The National Labor Women’s Conference was held in Canberra from 29 January to 1 February 1982. Conference documents in the collection include notices to delegates, copies of the Programme, papers delivered and Resolutions carried by the Conference. There is a paper by Julia Ryan entitled ‘Capitalism and patriarchy’and one by Edna Ryan called ‘Labor women since Federation’ (folder 30).

The material on East Timor includes a letter from Petronella Ardlie to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, A. Street (1978) and a Statement by Jose Ramos-Horta, Fretelin representative to the United Nations (1984) (folder 66).

Organisation: The papers have been arranged according to the subject categories employed by Stokes in her listing of the files, with the 2001 addition being incorporated into the collection. The Museum records are not referred to in the listing.


Biographical Note

Meredith Stokes, who lives in Canberra, has worked for peace and women’s rights over many years. She has been associated with various networks, organisations and fora of nonviolence activists. She served as a Committee member of the Women and Development Network of Australia, ACT Branch. She was also involved in broadcasts for the Canberra community radio station 2XX.


Folder List

Folder

Women’s Issues

1 Discrimination and opportunity, 1971-84

2 Education, 1975-87

3 Health, 1979-84

4 Literature, cinema, art, electronic media, 1978-82

5 Rape and abortion, 1978-83

6 Social issues, 1976-85

7 Women achievers, 1980-87

8 Women against nuclear energy, 1982-84

9 Women’s Electoral Lobby, 1979-83

10 Women’s rights and status, 1978-83

11 World Vision of Australia leaflets and worksheets

Women’s Issues – Publications

12 If I was a lady and other picture stories (National Youth Council of Australia, 1975)

13 Labor women speak, Vol. 2, no. 3 (Sept. 1981) – v. 3, no. 1 (Mar. 1982) (3 issues)

14 Lobby: ACT ALP quarterly, 1984 and 1987-88 (2 issues)

15 Monitor, Vol. 4, no. 4 (23 May, 1979); Woroni, Vol. 31, no. 7 (11-25 June, 1979); National W, (5 Sept., 1978)

16 Poverty’s woman: a guide for teachers (World Vision of Australia, 1984)

17 Rouge, No. 1 (June 1979) – no. 3 (Sept. 1979)

18 Sister: a new direction for women, (Winter issue 1978)

19 Wilderness news, No. 4-5 (1984) (2 issues)

20 Wimminews, Vol. 1, no. 6 (n.d.) – Feb. 1981 (12 issues)

21 Wimminews, July - Dec. 1984 (6 issues)

22 Wimminews, Feb. – Dec. 1985 (7 issues)

23 Wimminews, Jan. – Nov. 1986 (11 issues – 2 issues published in August 1986)

24 Wimminews, Jan. – Dec. 1987 (12 issues)

25 Wimminews, Feb. – Oct. [1988?] (6 issues)

26 Women’s news service, No. 20 – no. 21 (1978)

27 Womanspeak, Vol. 3, no. 4 – v. 4, no. 4 (1978) (2 issues)

Women and Development Network of Australia (WADNA)

28-29 General matters, 1984-87

National Labor Women’s Conference, Canberra, 29 Jan. – 1 Feb. 1982

30-31Conference papers

32 Administrative documents

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

33 Pax et libertas, Vol. 51, no. 4 (Dec. 1986), Vol. 52, no. 1 (Mar. 1987) no. 3 (Sept. 1987), Vol. 53, no. 1 (1988), and no. 4 (1988), Vol. 57, no. 3 (Sept. 1992) and no. 4 (Dec. 1992), Vol. 58, no. 1 (Mar. 1993)

34-35 Peace and freedom: journal of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (Australian Section), Vol. 19, no. 3 (Spring 1982) – v. 24, no. 3 (Dec. 1987); Vol. 29, no. 3 (Oct. 1992), no. 4 (Dec. 1992) and Vol. 30, no. 1 (Feb. 1993)

36 W.I.L.P.F bulletin, No. 193 (Oct. 1982) – no. 194 (Dec. 1982) and Newsletter (W.I.L.P.F. New Zealand Section), No. 1 (Mar. 1983)

37 Miscellaneous documents, 1982-95

International Human Rights and Social Justice Issues

38 Aboriginal issues, 1975-88

39-42 Articles and other papers, 1977-86

43 Chile Solidarity Committee (Canberra), 1978-82

44 Human Rights Council of Australia, 1980-84

45 Philippines Action Support Group (Canberra), 1981-84

46 Newspaper cuttings, 1978-87

International Human Rights and Social Justice Issues – Publications

47 Action! (Australian Freedom from Hunger), Vol. 3, no. 2 (Apr.-June 1984) – v. 7, no. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1988) (9 issues)

48 Asia Pacific solidarity, No. 19 (Mar. 1985) – no. 21 (Sept. 1985) and Union aid report (Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad), Vol. 1, no. 1 (Aug. 1984)

49 AZANIA news, Vol. 19, no. 1 (Jan. 1983) – v. 19, no. 4 (Apr. 1983) (3 issues)

50 CARPA bulletin (Committee against Repression in the Pacific and Asia), No. 6 (Sept. 1980) – no. 18 (Oct.-Nov. 1984) (8 issues)

51 Development dossier, 3 (Dec. 1980) – 6 (Aug. 1981) (3 issues) and ACFOA news, No. 5-6 (June 1984)

52 Identity (Aboriginal Publications Foundation), Vol. 4, no. 6 (Jan. 1982) – v. 4, no. 7 (June 1982)

53 New leaves: a grassroots magazine on social issues, No. 8 (Feb. 1987) – no. 10 (Apr. 1987) (3 issues)

54 Resistance, No. 24 (Aug.-Sept. 1983)

55 Venceremos (Committees in Solidarity with Central America and the Caribbean), No. 2 (Feb. 1981) – v. 1, no. 4 (Nov. 1982 – Jan. 1983) (2 issues)

56 Venceremos, Feb. 1983 – v. 2, no. 7 (15 Nov., 1983) (7 issues)

57 Venceremos, Vol. 3, no. 4 (Feb.-Mar. 1984) – v. 3, no. 5 (Oct.-Nov. 1984) (5 issues)

58 Venceremos, Vol. 4, no. 1 (Feb.-Mar. 1985) – v. 4, no. 5 (Nov.-Dec. 1985) (5 issues)

International Human Rights and Social Justice Issues - East Timor

59a 2 speeches by Noam Chomsky, 1978-79

59b Letter relating to Mabo from Paul Keating, 1993

60 Newspaper cuttings, 1982-86

61 East Timor and Pacific report (Campaign for an Independent East Timor (ACT)), No. 1 (May 1979) – no. 6 (Oct.-Nov. 1979) (5 issues)

62 East Timor news: bulletin of the East Timor News Agency, No. 60 (Nov. 8, 1979) – no. 83-85 (Winter 1985) (5 issues)

63 East Timor report (Australian Council for Overseas Aid), No. 5 (Nov. 1983) – no. 6 (Mar. 1984)

64 East Timor report (Campaign for an Independent East Timor (ACT)), No. 1 (Jan. 1978) – no. 14 (Mar. 1979)

65 Report (Australia East Timor Association (ACT)), No. 8 (Nov. 1977); Dateline Darwin, Vol. 1, no. 1 (June 1977); Timor Information Service (journal), No. 24 and no. 26 (1978)

66 Miscellaneous documents, 1979-85

Environmental, Conservation and Anti-Nuclear Issues

67 Correspondence, 1980-87

68 Articles (photocopies)

69-70 Articles and miscellaneous papers, 1977-85

71 Canberra and South-East Region Environment Centre, 1980-85

72 Environmental and peace issues in Canberra, 1979-85

73 Nuclear Free Pacific, 1976-86

74 World Assembly for Peace and Life against Nuclear War, Prague, 1983

75 Miscellaneous publications, 1977-82

76 Miscellaneous publications, 1983-87

77a Newspaper cuttings, 1973-87

77b Peace research information, 1995-97

77c 10 postcards with message ‘Women demance peace for the world’, 1987

Environmental, Conservation and Anti-Nuclear Issues – Publications

78 Chain reaction (Friends of the Earth Australia), Vol. 2, no. 1 (Autumn 1976) – v. 2, no. 2 (1976)

79 Chain reaction, Vol. 2, no. 4 (1977) – v. 3, no. 3 (1977) (3 issues)

80 Chain reaction, Vol. 3, no. 4 (1978) – v. 4, no. 2-3 (1978) (3 issues)

81 Chain reaction, Vol. 4, no. 4 (1979)

82 Chain reaction, Vol. 5, no. 4 (Aug.-Sept. 1980) – no. 22 (Summer 1980-81) (4 issues)

83 Chain reaction, No. 23 (Autumn 1981) – no. 26 (Summer 1981)

84 Chain reaction, No. 27 (Autumn 1982) – no. 30 (Summer 1982-83)

85 Chain reaction, No. 31 (Autumn 1983) – no. 35 (Dec. 1983 – Jan. 1984) (4 issues)

86 Chain reaction, No. 36 (Feb.-Mar. 1984) – no. 40 (Dec. 1984)

87 Chain reaction, No. 41 (Apr.-May 1985) – no. 44 (Summer 1985)

88 Chain reaction, No. 45 (Autumn 1986) – no. 46 (Winter 1986); No. 58 (Winter 1989)

89 Groundswell, Vol. 1, no. 1 (Oct. 1982) and v. 1, no. 3 (Mar. 1983)

90 Novosti Press Agency Publishing House, Moscow, 4 publications:

Political declaration of the Warsaw Treaty member states (1983)

Gerasimov, Gennadi, Keep space weapon-free (1984)

Gromyko, A.A., To avert the war danger and stop the arms race (1984)

Kuznetsov, Vladlen, A nuclear age peace code is needed (1984)

91 Peace paper (Canberra Programme for Peace), No. 5/1983 – no. 2/1984 (4 issues)

92 Peace paper, Jan. 1985 – Nov.-Dec. 1985 (8 issues)

93 Peace paper, Jan.-Feb. 1986 – Oct. 1986 (5 issues – 2 different issues for Oct. 1986)

94 Peace paper, Feb. 1987 – July 1987 (2 issues and 4 undated issues)

95 Social alternatives, Vol. 1, no. 6-7 (June 1980) – v. 3, no. 1 (Oct. 1982) (3 issues)

Environmental, Conservation and Anti-Nuclear Issues – Folio Items

96 ‘Save the future in 1986: International Year of Peace’ calendar

97 ‘Scandinavian wildlife: SAS calendar 1975’

98 ‘The New Song Movement and Chilean Solidarity Committee present Los Parras & Jeannie Lewis in concert’ poster

99 ‘March to Commonwealth Park for Peace Festival’ poster

100 ‘Perspectives – Works by Carol Ambrus, Gwen van Leeuwen, 29 February – 2 March 1980’ poster

101 ‘Voices for harmony, Bitumen River Gallery’, 1983, poster

102 ‘Nelson Mandela: The struggle is my life – International Defence & Aid Fund for Southern Africa’ poster

103 ‘Leave uranium in the ground’ poster

104 ‘National Aborigines Day’ poster

105 ‘Return elected Bavadra: restore democracy’ poster (hand drawn)

106 ‘Art of noise: 2XX radiothon’ poster

107 ‘Land rights, not uranium!’ poster

108 ‘Land rights before games’, Newsletter (Black Protest Committee), Vol. 1, no. 2, poster

109 ‘Papua New Guinea Independence souvenir issue’, Papua New Guinea Post courier (Sept. 16, 1975) poster

110 ‘And one day my child, this will be all yours’ (Inquiry into the State of Pollution and Environmental Conservation by Thoughtful People) poster

111 ‘The Mapoon people demand their land back!’, 1975, poster

112 ‘Nuclear-free Pacific Forum, Public Meeting, Teachers’ Federation’, poster

Apartheid

113 Miscellaneous documents, 1985-96


Box List

Box Folder/Item
1 1-7
2 8-15
3 16-22
4 23-29
5 30-37
6 38-44
7 45-51
8 52-58
9 59-66
10 67-73
11 74-80
12 81-88
13 89-95
  113

Folio List

Location Item
Hyatt Wing map cabinet drawer no. 19 96-112
November 2000
Amended April 2001