[From The Australian Women’s Register]

Born
21 June 1924 Grafton, New South Wales, Australia

Died
28 September 2000 Manly, New South Wales, Australia

Occupation
Feminist, Social activist, Pacifist, Political activist and Psychologist

Barbara Curthoys was an important figure in the history of Communism, feminism, the peace movement and the campaign for indigenous rights in Australia. An activist in the middle of the twentieth century, she was ‘one of that small band of women who fearlessly campaigned for racial and social equality and world peace at a time when it was politically risky to do so’.

This extensive collection contains material relating to Barbara Curthoys professional and political life. There are reports, notes, minutes and correspondence relating to the Union of Australian Women for the period 1953-1997; papers relating to Curthoys’ membership in the Communist Party of Australia and the Socialist Party; correspondence and documents relating to her membership of the Newcastle Peace Forum and the Australian Peace Committee in the mid-1980s, papers relating to the Newcastle Housewives Association and numerous interviews with women who were past members of the Union of Australian women.

Quantity: 22 Boxes

Date Range: c.1950 – 1995

Finding Aid: The Barbara Curthoys Collection – Archival Listing (PDF file)

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