Records

The records of government are a useful source for tracing a life story. Australian government records, held by the National Archives of Australia, are particularly valuable in looking at the life and work of political activist Jessie Street.

Documents, such as letters, cablegrams, newspaper cuttings and memos were filed by government agencies and the files were later transferred to the custody of the National Archives as part of the public record. The National Archives holds millions of government records.

Throughout this website you can see examples of some of the documents on Jessie Street. This section lists all of the documents we have referred to in other sections. In addition, we have a provided a list and description of the key items identified so far in the National Archives that are relevant to Jessie Street.

Key items on Jessie Street


Key items

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
ItemDepartment of the Interior file of Jessie Street's proposal for a General Social Insurance Scheme, 1934.1934 - 1934NAA: A1, 1934/216
ItemCommonwealth Investigation Service file on the Australian Russian Society, 1949.1949 - 1949NAA: A367, C94144
Item (Mrs.) Street Jessie M G Plan for community migration 1947 - 1947NAA: A436, 1947/5/4293
ItemCo-operative immigration from Great Britain - Proposals by Mrs Jessie Street1949 - 1949NAA: A436, 1949/5/1659
ItemCommonwealth Immigration Advisory Council - Recommendations to Minister.1947 - 1951NAA: A443, 1951/15/7485
ItemDepartment of Immigration file of the Commonwealth Immigration Advisory Council's agenda and minutes of its 3rd meeting on 7 and 8 May 1947.1947 - 1947NAA: A2169, 1947
ItemDepartment of Territories general file on the Council for Aboriginal Rights, 1952–60.1952 - 1960NAA: A452 1957/479
ItemDepartment of Territories file on Jessie Street's representations on Indigenous voting rights in Papua and New Guinea (the Sear case), 1959.1959 - 1959NAA: A452, 1959/3324
ItemDepartment of Territories file on Jessie Street's representations on social services benefits for Aboriginal people, 1959.1959 - 1959NAA: A452, 1959/3743
ItemDepartment of Territories file re enquiry by United Associations of Women re voting rights in Papua and New Guinea, 1962–641961 - 1964NAA: A452, 1962/4449
ItemDepartment of Territories secret file on Jessie Street representations on the welfare of Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory, 1957–61.1957 - 1961NAA: A452, NT1964/8052
ItemPrime Minister's Department file of correspondence re passports of Australian delegates to the second world peace conference, 1950–51.1950 - 1951NAA: A462, 696/6
ItemPersonnel to the United Nations Associations Conference in Canberra, November, 1945, January, 1946.1945 - 1946NAA: A1066, T/45/630
ItemInternational Co-operation Refugees Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees Australian Contributions1944 - 1946NAA: A1066, IC45/19/2/1
ItemDepartment of External Affairs file on the Economic and Employment Commission and establishment of other commissions of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, 1946.1946 - 1946NAA: A1067, ER46/3/6
ItemDepartment of External Affairs file on appointments to Commissions of the United Nations Economic and Social Council and the Council's 3rd Session, 1946.1946 - 1946NAA: A1067, ER46/3/16
ItemDepartment of External Affairs file on arrangements for Jessie Street to attend the Status of Women Commission in New York, 1946–47.1946 - 1947NAA: A1068, T47/1
ItemPersonal Papers of Prime Minister Holt: Volume 3 of press cuttings as Minister of Immigration, Labour and National Service, 1 Mar 1951–19 Jun 1953.01 Mar 1951 - 19 Jun 1953NAA: A1728, 3
ItemDepartment of External Affairs file on USSR Foreign Policy and the 'Peace Offensive', Part 1 1949–51.1949 - 19541NAA: A1838, 69/1/1/16/1 PART 1
ItemUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics - Foreign policy - World Peace Council1950 - 1950NAA: A1838, 69/1/1/16/1 PART 2
ItemDepartment of External Affairs file on USSR Foreign Policy and the 'Peace Offensive', Part 3 1951.1951 - 1951NAA: A1838, 69/1/1/16/1 PART 3
ItemDepartment of External Affairs file on USSR Foreign Policy and the 'Peace Offensive', Part 4 1951.1951 - 1951NAA: A1838, 69/1/1/16/1 PART 4
ItemDepartment of External Affairs file on Jessie Street's proposed coordinating committees in Australia for the United Nations Status of Women Commission, 1947 Part 1.1947 - 1947NAA: A1838, 856/15/5/2 PART 1
ItemDepartment of External Affairs file on Jessie Street's proposed coordinating committees in Australia for the United Nations Status of Women Commission, 1947 Part 2.1947 - 1947NAA: A1838, 856/15/5/2 PART 2
ItemMrs J Street to New York - Department of External Affairs file on arrangements and expenses for Jessie Street's official travel, 1949–51.1949 - 1951NAA: A1838, 1252/2/11
ItemCommonwealth Immigration Advisory Council file with agenda, notes and minutes of meetings 1–5, 1947.1947 - 1947NAA: A2169, 1947
ItemAustralian High Commission (UK) file concerning Jessie Street's visits to England, 1945–50.1945 - 1950NAA: A2910, 438/3/638
ItemDepartment of Defence file on the appointment of Australia's delegation to the San Francisco conference to establish the United Nations Organisation, 1945.1945 - 1945NAA: A5954, 2100/3
ItemAustralian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) file on Jessie Street, Part 1 1938–48.1938 - 1948NAA: A6119, 360
ItemAustralian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) file on Jessie Street, Part 2 1949–50.1949 - 1950NAA: A6119, 361
ItemAustralian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) file on Jessie Street, Part 3 1950–54.1950 - 9154NAA: A6119, 362
ItemAustralian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) file on Jessie Street, Part 4 1954–57.1954 - 1957NAA: A6119, 363
ItemDepartment of Immigration passport file on Jessie Street, 1945–1956.1945 - 1956NAA: A6980, S202852
ItemDepartment of Supply and Development file on supply of woollen manufactured goods to the Russian Medical Aid and Comforts Committee, 1941.1941 - 1941NAA: A12193, 10/1/16
ItemPersonal Papers of Prime Minister Joseph Lyons, correspondence 'S' file, 17 March 1931–18 December 1932.17 Mar 1931 - 18 Dec 1932NAA: CP103/19, 84
ItemPersonal Papers of Prime Minister Joseph Lyons, correspondence 'S' file, 5 August 1933–21 December 1934.05 Aug 1933 - 21 Dec 1934NAA: CP103/19, 92
ItemPersonal Papers of Prime Minister RG Menzies, file on Imperial Conference including corrrespondence with the United Associations of Women and the Australian Federation of Women Voters, 10 February–19 May 1937.10 Feb 1937 - 19 May 1937NAA: CP450/7, 339
ItemPersonal Papers of Prime Minister Curtin, correspondence 'S' file, 22 December 1941–24 April 1942.22 Dec 1941 - 24 Apr 1942NAA: M1415, 72
ItemPersonal Papers of Prime Minister Curtin, correspondence 'S' file, 11 May–29 December 1942.11 May 1942 - 29 Dec 1942NAA: M1415, 190
ItemPersonal Papers of Prime Minister Curtin, correspondence 'S' file, 2 July 1943–28 June 1944.27 Mar 1943 - 31 Dec 1943NAA: M1415, 332
ItemPersonal Papers of Prime Minister Curtin, correspondence 'S' file, 2 July 1943–28 June 1944.02 Jul 1943 - 28 Jun 1944NAA: M1415, 394
ItemPersonal Papers of Prime Minister Curtin, correspondence 'R' file with annual reports of the Russian Medical Aid and Comforts Committee, 1942–44.1942 - 27 Dec 1944NAA: M1415, 457
ItemPersonal Papers of Prime Minister Chifley, correspondence 'Mc' file Part 2, 31 January–29 October 1945.17 Oct 1941 - 17 Dec 1941NAA: M1455, 33
ItemPersonal Papers of Prime Minister Holt, articles and press statements prepared by Minister prior to 1954, 1 April 1941–20 Jul 1954.01 Apr 1941 - 20 Jul 1954NAA: M4299, 3
ItemDepartment of the Army file on request from Jessie Street (United Associations of Women) for more extensive use of the services of women, 1942.1942 - 1942NAA: MP508/1, 339/701/228
ItemDepartment of Labour and National Service file on protest by the United Associations of Women at limiting women's employment to the war period, 1941–42.1941 - 1942NAA: MP574/1, 220/9/22
ItemAustralian Broadcasting Commission (Victorian Branch) file on Jessie Street broadcast on 'Forum of the Air', 1944.1944 - 1944NAA: MP298/4, SZ/21/1

Audiovisual Records

Other archival collections

National Library of Australia
nla.gov.au/nla.ms-ms2683
MS 2683 Papers of Jessie Street

Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
www.sl.nsw.gov.au/
Includes manuscripts and pictorial collections on the Street, Lillingston and Ogilvie families, and records of the United Associations of Women.

Jessie Street National Women's Library
http://www.nationalwomenslibrary.org/
Includes Jerrold Nathan portrait of Jessie Street.

National Film and Sound Archive
http://nfsa.gov.au/
Includes a digital recording of Jessie Street and Lindley Evan's 1934 prize-winning song 'Australia, happy isle' and radio interviews.

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