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Gay and Lesbian Archives Western Australia (GALAWA) Inc.

The Gay and Lesbian Archives Western Australia (GALAWA) Inc. was formed in the mid-1990s to collect and protect various materials produced by and for the gay and lesbian community in Western Australia.

The collection includes the Lespar library.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Gay and Lesbian Archives Western Australia (GALAWA) Inc., QB 50, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

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Glaskin Collection

Gerald Marcus (Gerry) Glaskin was a West Australian writer of homosexual fiction, poetry and erotica.

The collection consists of the personal library of Gerry Glaskin that was donated to the Geoffrey Bolton Library. It also includes manuscripts (published and unpublished), correspondence, photographs and associated papers.

Image of Gerry Glaskin: © George Britnell

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Bob Hetherington Collection

In 1987, Bob Hetherington, a member of the WA Parliament, introduced a private member's bill into the legislative council to legalise homosexuality, which was narrowly defeated.

The collection consist of his personal and professional documents including letters, pamphlets and research materials relating to the laws surrounding homosexuality and sexual assault.

Image of Bob Hetherington: © Parliament of Western Australia


Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bob Hetherington Collection, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Western Australia.

Women's Studies

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Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRA) (WA branch) Collection

The Abortion Law Reform Association was established in 1967 and ceased in 2008. The group was established to lobby for the repeal of abortion laws in Western Australia. The organisation changed its name in early 1989 from the Abortion Law Repeal Association Inc. to the Association for the Legal Right to Abortion.

The collection consists of documentation covering the interests and activities of ALRA (WA branch) from its foundation in 1967 to 2008. It includes reports, correspondence, newsletters, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, journals, memorabilia, video cassettes, audio cassettes and fabric banners.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRA) (WA branch) Collection, QB 39, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

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Centre for Research for Women (CRW) Collection

The Centre for Research for Women (CRW) was established in 1993 as a joint initiative between Curtin University of Technology, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia.

The collection is comprised of organisational documents, meeting minutes, agendas, correspondence, documentation and policies.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Centre for Research for Women (CRW) Collection, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

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Dorothy Goodrick Collection

Dot Goodrick (1931-2014) was a women’s rights activist. She was a founding member of the Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) (Perth branch) and a member of the Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRA) (WA branch).

The collection consists of correspondence and various papers relating to Dot’s political activism.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dorothy Goodrick Collection, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

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Incest Survivors Association Collection

The Incest Survivors Association Inc. (ISA), established in 1984, provided counselling for children, adolescent and adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  The Association is now known as the Phoenix Support and Advocacy Service.

The collection consists of documents, newspaper clippings and correspondence relating to this organisation.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Incest Survivors Association Collection, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

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Irene Greenwood Collection

Irene Adelaide Greenwood (1898 - 1992): was a feminist, peace activist, political activist, broadcaster and writer. She was appointed an AO in 1975 and in 1981 was the first woman to be awarded an honorary doctorate by Murdoch University.  Irene was president of the Australian Federation of Women Voters, State President of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) (WA branch) (1966-1969) and was editor of their journal ‘Peace and Freedom’ for ten years.

The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, diaries, radio program transcripts, journal issues, books, published papers, manuscripts and ephemera, covering the period from 1935 to 1988.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Irene Greenwood Collection, QB 24, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

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Jean Teasdale Collection

Jean Teasdale (1928-2002) was one of the first full-time interviewers appointed to the J. S. Battye Library of West Australian History's Oral History Program in 1975. She was the inaugural convenor of the Oral History Association of Australia in July 1978.

The collection consists of audiotaped oral histories (recorded 1978-1982) with transcriptions, recorded for the book "Facing the Bow: European women in colonial Malaya 1919-1945”. It also includes articles, diaries, newspaper cuttings, photographs, rough drafts of “Facing the Bow” and other related material.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jean Teasdale Collection, QB 21, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

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Joan Williams Collection

Joan Williams (1916-2008) was a journalist and worked on the West Australian and the Daily News. She was politically active and a prominent member of the WA branch of the Communist Party. Joan was also a member of many women’s organisations.

The collection consists of materials from various women’s organisations including newsletters, correspondence, flyers and pamphlets from the Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) (Perth branch). It also includes manuscripts, personal and publisher’s correspondence relating to research for her book “On strenuous wings: a half-century of selected writings from the works of Katherine Susannah”.

Image of Joan Williams: © Roger Garwood

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Joan Williams Collection, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

Megan Sassi

Megan Sassi Collection

Megan Sassi was involved in a variety of organisations relating to the advancement of women’s interests. She was a long-term member of the Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRA), serving as its president.

The collection consists of pamphlets, ephemera, government publications, newspaper cuttings files and correspondence relating to the abortion debate, women’s rights and equality.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Megan Sassi Collection, QB 12, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

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Pankhurst Collection

The Pankhurst collection consists of source material documenting the United Kingdom Women's Suffrage Campaign collected by Tara Books Ltd. of Winchester, England in 1977 and offered for sale as part of the "Blue Moon" Collection. The collection covers the period from 1850 to 1930, with the majority of works published between 1900 and 1920.

The collection consists of books and pamphlets written by suffragettes and their critics. It also includes issues of the Englishwomen’s Review (1881-1891), the Vote, Votes for Women, The Suffragette and Britannica. The collection also includes news cuttings, scrapbooks, correspondence and ephemera compiled by suffragettes and campaign leaders.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Pankhurst Collection, QP, Special Collections, Murdoch University Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

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Women and Politics Conference, Canberra 1975, Papers and Related Materials   

The Women and Politics Conference was held at the Australian National University in Canberra from August 30 to September 6, 1975. The conference was organised by the International Women’s Year Secretariat on behalf of the National Advisory Committee for the International Women’s Year.

The collection consists of the conference programme and folder, conference newspaper "New Dawn", scrapbook of cuttings, copies of various conference papers, sound cassettes and some additional materials related to women's issues.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Women and Politics Conference, Canberra 1975, Papers and Related Materials, QB 5, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

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Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) (Bunbury branch) Papers

The Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) (Bunbury branch) was established in 1973 and ceased in 1977. The group was established as part of a national, independent, non-party political, feminist lobby group established to ensure the rights of Australian women were protected.

The collection consists of documentation covering the interests and activities of WEL (Bunbury branch) from 1973 to 1977. It includes reports, correspondence, newsletters, some pamphlets and journals.

 

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) (Bunbury branch) Papers, QB 2, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

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Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) (Perth branch) Collection

The Women’s Electoral Lobby (Perth branch) was established in 1973 and ceased in 2008. The group was established as part of a national, independent, non-party political, feminist lobby group established to ensure the rights of Australian women were protected.

The collection consists of documentation covering the interests and activities of WEL (Perth branch) from 1973 to 2008. It includes minutes, correspondence, reports, discussion papers, newsletters, pamphlets, journals, photographs and fabric banners.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) (Perth branch) Collection, QB 46, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

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

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom is an international body founded in 1915 by women to support the settling of international disputes by peaceful means and the extension of parliamentary suffrage to women. An Australian body was affiliated in 1915, and the first WA branch was formed in 1933. The branch folded and was reformed in the 1950’s, it appears to have ceased in about 2008.

The collection consists of documentation covering the interests and activities of WILPF (WA branch) from its reformation in the 1950’s to 2008. It includes conference papers, histories, minutes, newspaper cuttings, petitions, press releases, reports and submissions.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) (WA branch) Collection, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

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