Guide to the Records of Australian Rostrum Council

MS 7157

National Library of Australia

Date completed: 1994
Last updated: 1994

Collection Summary

Creator: Australian Rostrum Council
Title: Records of Australian Rostrum Council
Date Range: 1930-1988
Collection Number: MS 7157
Extent: 2.66 m (19 boxes)
Repository: National Library of Australia
Abstract: Correspondence, financial records, early Rostrum records and mementos, records relating to the constitution, Australian Rostrum Council annual meeting records, Rostrum Zone records, dias publications and minutes of dias meetings, 'Speak up Australia' conference records, nominations for freemanship, material relating to the 'Voice of Youth' national speaking competitions and other records.


Scope and Content

The collection comprises general correspondence, 1944-1987; financial records, 1953-1987 including cashbooks, balance sheets, bank statements and financial correspondence; Australian Rostrum Council annual meeting records, 1938-1987 including minutes and agenda; Rostrum Zone records, 1981-1987 including correspondence from state and territory dias'; dias publications and minutes of dias meetings; and 'Speak up Australia' conference records, 1954-1989. Also includes early Rostrum records and mementos; records relating to the constitution, 1968-1978; nominations for freemanship, 1968-1979; records relating to the 'Voice of Youth' national speaking competitions, 1974-1987; and other records.


The collection is available for reference.


The records were donated in July 1991.

Copying and Publishing

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Related Material

Records of Australian Rostrum ACT Dais are also held by the National Library at MS 4963. Earlier records of Australian Rostrum are held at the Mitchell Library, NSW.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Australian Rostrum Council, National Library of Australia, MS 7157, [series and/or folder number]'.

Historical Note

Rostrum is a non-political, non-profit organisation which aims to improve the quality of public speaking in the community. Rostrum was formed in 1923 in Manchester, England from members of the YMCA Businessmen's Speaking Class. It was introduced to Australia in 1930 by Alan Crook and Robert S. Swainson through the YMCA in Sydney.

The Rostrum national body in Australia is Australian Rostrum and its governing body is the Australian Rostrum Council (ARC). The State and territory administrative divisions of Rostrum are known as 'zones'. The co-ordinating authority of Rostrum in each zone is known as a 'dais'. Each dais President is an ex-officio member of the Australian Rostrum Council. The president of the Australian Rostrum Council is the National President of Australia Rostrum.

The Australia Rostrum Council coordinates national Rostrum activities including constitutional matters, the 'Voice of Youth' nationwide annual public speaking competition for secondary school students, and the production of instructional publications.

In August 1988, a national conference entitled 'Speak up Australia' was held at the Academy of Science, Canberra for the promotion of oral communication skills in the Australian community, especially amongst children. The conference was organised as a Bicentennial Project by Australian Rostrum and the Penguin Club of Australia.

Series List and Descriptions

Series 1 General correspondence, 1944-1979

General correspondence files for 1980-1986 are located in Series 2.

Folder 1 Correspondence, 1944-1947
Folder 2 Correspondence (outwards), 1953-1954
Folder 3-4 Correspondence (outwards), 1963-1965
Folder 5 Correspondence (inwards), 1964-1965
Folder 6-8 Correspondence, 1961-1966
Folder 9-10 Correspondence, 1967-1979
Folder 11-12 Correspondence, 1987

Series 2 Records and correspondence, 1980-1987

Folder 1-3 Financial records and general correspondence, 1980
Folder 4-5 Financial records and general correspondence, 1981
Folder 6-8 Financial records, Rostrum 'Voice of Youth' records and general correspondence, 1982
Folder 9-11 Financial records and general correspondence, 1983
Folder 12-14 General correspondence, 'Voice of Youth' records, miscellaneous notes and National President records, 1984
Folder 15-20 Zone correspondence, general correspondence, general ARC details, 'Voice of Youth' records, National President records, ARC Meeting records and miscellaneous details, 1985
Folder 21-25 General correspondence, 'Voice of Youth' records, National President records and ARC Meeting general information, 1986
Folder 26-28 General correspondence, zone correspondence, general ARC details, 'Voice of Youth' records, National President records and ARC meeting records, 1987

Series 3 Financial records, 1953-1987

Financial records for 1980-1983 are located in Series 2.

Folder 1 Cashbooks, 1953-1961
Folder 2-3 Balance sheets, 1960-1989
Folder 4 Financial statements, balance sheets and financial correspondence, 1977-1979
Folder 5 Bank statements, 1974-1979
Folder 6-9 Financial records, 1984-1987

Includes financial correspondence, accounts, applications for expenses, balance sheets and other financial records.

Folder 10 Bankbooks, 1977-1980, 1982-1983; petty cash books, 1982-1983 and deposit books, 1977-1987
Folder 11-12 Cheque books, 1977-1987 and docket books, 1980-1987

Series 4 Australian Rostrum Council meeting records, 1938-1987

Other ARC meeting records for 1985-1987 are located in Series 2.

Folder 1 Minutes, 1938-1964

Omits 1939-1943, 1945, 1947-1948, 1950-1952 and 1963.

Folder 2 Minutes and reports, 1961-1965
Folder 3 Minutes, 1962-1965
Folder 4-9 Agenda records, 1984-1987

Series 5 Zone records, 1981-1987

Zone correspondence and information files, 1981-1987. The files contain correspondence from state and territory dais; dais annual reports, dais publications, minutes of dais meetings, recommendations for freemanship and other records. Arranged chronologically, and then alphabetically by state.

Zone correspondence for 1985 and 1987 is located in Series 2.

Folder 1 1981-1982
Folder 2-9 1983
Folder 10-14 1984
Folder 15-23 1985
Folder 24-32 1986
Folder 33-41 1987

Series 6 Speak up Australia records, 1984-1989

Folder 1-4 Rostrum correspondence; other organisations correspondence, 1984-1989
Folder 5-6 Australian Bicentennial Authority correspondence, 1984-1988
Folder 7-8 Minutes of meetings, 1985-1988
Folder 9-10 Sponsorship, publicity and newsletters, 1986-1988
Folder 11-12 Files on the Australia Post 200 Club and oral communication in schools, 1985-1989
Folder 13-16 Conference activities; program; addresses; convention arrangements and venue, 1985-1988
Folder 17-18 Registrations, 1988
Folder 19 Printed material on the Australian Bicentennial Authority and newspaper cuttings on the 1988 conference
Folder 20 Speak up Australia 1988: national newsletter, nos. 1-7, 1986-1988
Folder 21 Printed leaflets and programs
Folder 22 Proofs and drafts of publications
Folder 23 Proofs and copies of final report, 1989
Folder 24-25 Photographs
Objects Award to Australian Rostrum by the Australian Bicentennial Authority for the 1988 'Speak up Australia' conference, 1985; videos of the Sydney Wicks competition, 1988; audio tapes of the Rostrum 'Voice of Youth' competition, 1988; and slides.

Series 7 Other records, 1931-1987

This series also contains some unnumbered publications, 1962-1987. These include the Rostrum Constitution (1971 and 1976), directories, handbooks syllabus; pamphlets and other publications from Australian and State Rostrum.

Folder 1 Early Rostrum records, 1931-1949

Includes letters from Sydney F. Wicks, 1939-1949.

Folder 2 Photographs, 1938-1961, autographed programs and other mementos belonging to Alan Crook, 1938-1963
Folder 3-5 Amendments to the ARC constitution, 1968-1979
Folder 6-7 Nominations for freemanship, 1968-1979

See also Series 5.

Folder 8 'Voice of Youth' records, 1974-1977, 1980

'Voice of Youth' records for 1982, 1984-1987 are located in Series 2.

Folder 9 ARC reports, 1969-1973

Includes annual reports, 1969-1973, and the National President's report, 1971-1973.

Folder 10 Records relating to the publication How to run a successful Rostrum club, 1980-1981
Folder 11-12 National Critics Seminar records, 1984
Folder 13 WA Convention records, 1986

Container List

Series Folder/Item Box
1 1-8 1
9-12 2
2 1-4 2
5-12 3
13-20 4
21-28 5
3 1-8 6
9-12 7
4 1-4 7
5-9 8
5 1-3 8
4-11 9
12-19 10
20-27 11
28-35 12
36-41 13
6 1-2 13
3-10 14
11-18 15
19-25 16
Objects 17
7 1-8 18
9-13 19
Publications 19