Guide to the Records of Australian Rostrum Council

MS 7157, MS Acc05.151

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Records of Australian Rostrum Council
Date Range
1930-1988
Collection Number
MS 7157, MS Acc05.151
Extent
3.66 metres (25 boxes)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

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.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for reference.

Conditions Governing Use

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

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, [class number, box number and series and/or folder number]'.

Provenance

The records were donated in July 1991.

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.

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.

Item Descriptions

Class MS 7157. Original consignment Show allonly 1

Comprises general correspondence, 1944-1987; financial records, 1953-1987, including cashbooks, balance sheets, bank statements and financial correspondence; Australian Rostrum Council annual meeting records, 1937-1987 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.

Contained in 19 boxes.

Series 1. General correspondence, 1944-1979 Show allonly 1

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

File 1. Correspondence, 1944-1947 Show allonly 1
File 2. Correspondence (outwards), 1953-1954 Show allonly 1
File 3-4. Correspondence (outwards), 1963-1965 Show allonly 1
File 5. Correspondence (inwards), 1964-1965 Show allonly 1
File 6-8. Correspondence, 1961-1966 Show allonly 1
File 9_10. Correspondence, 1967-1979 Show allonly 1
File 11-12. Correspondence, 1987 Show allonly 1

Series 2. Records and correspondence, 1980-1987 Show allonly 1

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

Series 3. Financial records, 1953-1987 Show allonly 1

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

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

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

File 10. Bankbooks, 1977-1980, 1982-1983; petty cash books, 1982-1983 and deposit books, 1977-1987 Show allonly 1
File 11-12. Cheque books, 1977-1987 and docket books, 1980-1987 Show allonly 1

Series 4. Australian Rostrum Council meeting records, 1938-1987 Show allonly 1

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

File 1. Minutes, 1938-1964 Show allonly 1

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

File 2. Minutes and reports, 1961-1965 Show allonly 1
File 3. Minutes, 1962-1965 Show allonly 1
File 4-9. Agenda records, 1984-1987 Show allonly 1

Series 5. Zone records, 1981-1987 Show allonly 1

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.

File 1. Zone records, 1981-1982 Show allonly 1
File 2-9. Zone records, 1983 Show allonly 1
File 10-14. Zone records, 1984 Show allonly 1
File 15-23. Zone records, 1985 Show allonly 1
File 24-32. Zone records, 1986 Show allonly 1
File 33-41. Zone records, 1987 Show allonly 1

Series 6. Speak up Australia records, 1984-1989 Show allonly 1

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

Series 7. Other records, 1931-1987 Show allonly 1

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.

File 1. Early Rostrum records, 1931-1949 Show allonly 1

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

File 2. Photographs, 1938-1961, autographed programs and other mementos belonging to Alan Crook, 1938-1963 Show allonly 1
File 3-5. Amendments to the ARC constitution, 1968-1979 Show allonly 1
File 6_7. Nominations for freemanship, 1968-1979 Show allonly 1

See also Series 5.

File 8. 'Voice of Youth' records, 1974-1977, 1980 Show allonly 1

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

File 9. ARC reports, 1969-1973 Show allonly 1

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

File 10. Records relating to the publication How to run a successful Rostrum club, 1980-1981 Show allonly 1
File 11-12. National Critics Seminar records, 1984 Show allonly 1
File 13. WA Convention records, 1986 Show allonly 1

Class MS Acc05_151. Consignment added 2005 Show allonly 1

Comprises four minute books, 1938-1991, and 21 files of ARC Conference information, agenda, and minutes, and Zonal information, 1988-1991.

Contained in 6 boxes.

Container List

Series File/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