Newly listed ICwS archives collection: The Australia-New Zealand Civil Liberties Society archive

Wednesday 16 July 2014

The Senate House Library staff (with the help of a volunteer) have completed the listing of a recently acquired collection, The Australia-New Zealand Civil Liberties Society archive.

The Australia-New Zealand Civil Liberties Society archive contains records and correspondence of the Society, which was based in London, where the inaugural meeting was held (in Conway Hall) in November 1951. The Society aimed to assist the maintenance of civil liberties and trade union rights with special reference to Australia and New Zealand. The Society was non-party and non-denominational. The Society actively supported a number of causes including the rights of aboriginal Australians. By the end of 1956, however, concern was being expressed at the decline in the Society's membership.

The Society was concerned with issues in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific and across the Commonwealth more broadly (including the Seretse Khama Campaign and the Struan Robert Davidson case (Kenya)). Material in the collection includes minutes, annual reports, bulletins, constitution, and correspondence files. Subjects include aboriginal rights, the nine islanders case, labour conditions in Fiji, the banning in the UK of a play by Mona Brand concerning Malaya, and the Petrov affair. Correspondents include Jessie Street, Fenner Brockway, John Platt-Mills, Shirley Andrews, and the National Council for Civil Liberties.

Further details and a list in PDF format are available here