National Library of Australia
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.
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
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]'.
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.
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.
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.
General correspondence files for 1980-1986 are located in Series 2.
Financial records for 1980-1983 are located in Series 2.
Includes financial correspondence, accounts, applications for expenses, balance sheets and other financial records.
Other ARC meeting records for 1985-1987 are located in Series 2.
Omits 1939-1943, 1945, 1947-1948, 1950-1952 and 1963.
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.
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.
Includes letters from Sydney F. Wicks, 1939-1949.
See also Series 5.
'Voice of Youth' records for 1982, 1984-1987 are located in Series 2.
Includes annual reports, 1969-1973, and the National President's report, 1971-1973.
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.