Australia - New Zealand Civil Liberties Society

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Includes minutes, annual reports, bulletins, constitution, correspondence files. Subjects include aboriginal rights, nine islanders case, Struan Robert Davidson case.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Australia-New Zealand Civil Liberties Society 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. Committee members were urged to publicise the Society's existence among the Australian and New Zealand community in the United Kingdom.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research although at least 24 hours’ notice is required. Access might be restricted under the Freedom of Information Act. See archivist for details.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued at fonds-level. A list of files will shortly be added to the fonds description on the Senate House Libraries archive catalogue.