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  • Title
    Kevin Healy - papers, 1937-1999
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 6918
  • Level of description
  • Date

    1937 - 1999
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Physical Description
    1 box - 0.13 Meters
    Textual Records
    Textual Records - (computer printouts)
    Textual Records - (photocopy)
    Textual Records - (typescript)
    Textual Records - (typescript, photocopy)
    Textual Records - (typescript, processed)
    Textual Records - (typescript, carbon)
    Clippings - (photocopy)
    Textual Records - (printed)

    Kevin Martin Healy was born in Fremantle, Western Australia, in 1909. Two years later his father returned to his native Ireland with the family. Healy returned to Western Australia in the late 1920s. Among a succession of labouring jobs, he was a shed hand during the 1930 shearers' strike at Carnarvon. He joined the Communist Party of Australia in 1937. In 1949, as Chairman of the Party's West Australian State Committee, he was charged with sedition under the Crimes Act 1914-1942. He was subsequently acquitted after having prepared his own defence. Healy moved to N.S.W. in the early 1950s. He worked at Mort's Dock until its closure late that decade. In 1992 he founded the Ryde Aboriginal Interest Group to raise an awareness of Aboriginal contributions to Ryde City during the municipality's bicentennial celebrations. He is married to artist and peace activist Evelyn Healy.
  • Scope and Content
    Papers including his 1949 sedition trial in Western Australia, including copies of case documents from Australian Archives; correspondence with, among others, his parents, 1937-1939; J. D. Blake, 1949, 1998; Laurence W. Maher, 1987; and D. W. Mcleod, 1989, concerning supplies of the author's book How the west was won : the native question in the development of Western Australia (1984); and copies of letters of Evelyn Healy; 'Eureka and the Communist Inheritance', being biographical notes on Kevin Healy, compiled by Anne Beggs Sunter, 19-20 Apr. 1997; and newscuttings and printed material
  • Source
    Presented by Kevin Healy in 1999
  • Access Conditions

    This material is held offsite and can take up to four days to retrieve.
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