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421511
  • Title
    Captive Nations Council of New South Wales - records, 1953-1998, together with the records of the United Council of Migrants from Communist Dominated Europe in Australia, 1953-1966
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 7171
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    1953 - 1998
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    421511
  • Physical Description
    3.95 metres of textual material (24 boxes) - manuscript, computer printouts, photocopy, typescript, photocopy, typescript, carbon, typescript, processed, computer printouts, and printed
    Clippings - some photocopies
    Photographs
    Sound Recordings
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    The United Council of Migrants from Communist Dominated Europe in Australia was established in Sydney in September 1953. Representatives from various national organisations made up the Council. It sought to co-ordinate the groups' anti-Communist activities and actions aimed at liberating their respective homelands from Communist control. The Advisory Committee was composed of Australian representatives, including State politicians, Douglas Darby and Eileen Furley, and Federal politician, W. C. Wentworth.

    In 1959 the U.S. Congress authorised and requested the President of the United States to proclaim the third week in July as Captive Nations Week. The Captive Nations Week Committee was founded in Sydney in 1965 to organise the inaugural, and subsequently annual, commemoration of Captive Nations Week in Australia. In 1971 the Committee changed its names to the Captive Nations Council of New South Wales to reflect, in part, its broadening scope of activities. Foundation member organisations comprised the Byelorussian Association of N.S.W., Central Council of Croation Associations in Australia, Estonian Society of Sydney, Hungarian Council of N.S.W., Latvian Federation of Australia and New Zealand, Australian Lithuanian Community (Sydney District), Polish Association in N.S.W., Australian Romanian Association, Association of Australian Slovaks, Agency for Free Slovenia and Ukrainian Council of N.S.W.; by 1982 the Afghan Association in Australia and the Vietnamese Volunteer Youth in N.S.W. had become member organisations. In 1988 the Council made a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on the War Crimes Amendment Bill, 1987. The work of the Captive Nations Council of New South Wales wound down after the fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe.

    Lia Looveer was Secretary General of the United Council of Migrants from Communist Dominated Europe in Australia and was Secretary of the Captive Nations Council of New South Wales from 1968. Born in Estonia in 1920, she came to Australia with her husband and daughter in 1949. She settled in Sydney in 1952 and became a member of the Joint Baltic Committee. She was a member of the Board of the Estonian Society of Sydney and office manager of the Estonian weekly Meie Rodo, 1956-1966. Looveer joined the Liberal Party of Australia, N.S.W. Division, in 1955, and was a member of its Migrant Advisory Committee and of the federal Party's Advisory Committee on Ethnic Affairs, 1976-1981, as well as a member of the State Council over the same period. She is a foundation member of the Ethnic Communities' Council of N.S.W. Looveer was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1978 and received a Heritage Award from the Liberal Party of Australia, N.S.W. Division, in 2002.
  • Scope and Content
    I. CAPTIVE NATIONS COUNCIL OF NEW SOUTH WALES

    A. Minutes of meetings, with related records, 1966-1989

    1966-1974; Minutes of meetings, 4 October 1966 - 21 October 1974 (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/1/1)
    1975-1987; Minutes of meetings, 11 Feb. 1975 - 9 Nov. 1987 (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/1/2)
    1967-1982; 'Annual General Meeting', including incomplete agenda and minutes (Call No.: MLSS 7171/1/3)
    1968-1989; Meetings' attendance book, 28 Oct. 1968 - 28 Nov. 1989 (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/1/4)
    1990-1993; Meetings' attendance book, 6 Feb. 1990 - 23 Aug. 1993 (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/1/5)

    B. Correspondence, 1966-1998

    1966-1969; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/2/1)
    1971; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/2/2)
    1972; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/2/3)
    1973; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/2/4)
    1974; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/3/1)
    1975; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/3/2)
    1976; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/3/3)
    1977; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/3/4)
    1978; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/3/5)
    1979; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/3/6)
    1980; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/4/1)
    1981; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/4/2)
    1982; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/4/3)
    1983; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/4/4)
    1984; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/4/5)
    1985; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/4/6)
    1986; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/5/1)
    1987; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/5/2)
    1988; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/5/3)
    1989; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/5/4)
    1990; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/5/5)
    1991; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/6/1)
    1992; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/6/2)
    1993-1994; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/6/3)
    1995; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/6/4)
    1996-1998; MLMSS 7171/6/5

    C. Subject files, 1956-1998

    1982-1989; 'Afghanistan' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/7/1)
    1985-1991; 'Albania' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/7/2)
    1988-1989; 'Algeria' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/7/3)
    1979, 1991; 'Amnesty International' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/7/4)
    1975-1995; 'ABN [Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations]' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/7/5)
    1975-1991; 'Armenia' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/7/6)
    1972-1981; 'Australia-Free China Society' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/7/7)
    1973-1977; 'Australian Assembly of Captive Nations Organisations' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/7/8)
    1976, 1988-1991; 'Azerbajan' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/7/9)
    1986-1991; 'Black Ribbon Day [23 August]' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/7/10-12)
    1968-82; 'Blue Lady of Fatima' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/7/13)
    1981-1986; 'Bulgaria' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/8/1)
    1970-1989; 'Byelorussia' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/8/2)
    1972, 1983; 'Jim Cameron' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/8/3)
    1985-1990; 'Captive Nations' Council of South Australia' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/8/4)
    1987-1989; 'Captive Nations' Council of Victoria' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/8/5)
    Date unknown; 'Charter' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/8/6)
    1986-1992; 'Chernobyl' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/8/7)
    1973-1988; 'Chile' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/8/8)
    1968-1972, Date unknown; '[Australian] Citizens for Freedom [Qld]', 1969-1972, and Captive Nations Council of Queensland, 1968-1969, Date unknown (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/8/9)
    1978-1980; '[Soviet] Citizenship - Law', including correspondence with Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/8/10)
    1976, 1987; 'The Conservative Speakers' Club' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/8/4)
    1975, 1988; 'D.L.P.' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/8/12)
    1974-1988; 'Dissidents' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/8/13)
    1968-1969; 'Donations' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/8/14)
    1961-1992; 'Douglas Darby' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/8/15)
    1988; 'Dresdeni Pommitamine' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/8/16)
    1988; 'Endrey, Anthony [and the Australian Ethnic Reporter]' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/9/1)
    1981-1993; 'Festival of Light' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/9/2)
    1991-1998; 'Free Vietnam Alliance' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/9/3)
    1969-1970; 'Good Neighbour Council' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/9/4)
    1989-1991; 'Gorbachev, M.' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/9/5)
    1975; 'Hanoi - Puna Hiina' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/9/6)
    1965-1993; 'Human Rights' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/9/7)
    1963-1991; 'Hungary / Ungari' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/9/8)
    1986; 'International Year of Peace 1986 - National Conference for Peace, Freedom & Justice, Sydney, 3-6 Oct. 1986 (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/9/9)
    1961-1991; 'The Joint Baltic Committee' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/10/1)
    1971-1992; 'Kroadid [Croatia]' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/10/2)
    1982-1987; 'Keston College' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/10/3)
    1991-1992; 'Kurds' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/10/4)
    1959-1995; 'Latvia' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/10/5)
    1971-1990; 'League of Rights' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/10/6)
    1968-1992; 'Leedu [Lithuania]' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/10/7)
    1968-1985; 'Liberal Party of Australia (N.S.W. Division)', being four files: Miscellaneous, 1968-1985; 'foreign Affairs & Trade Committee', 1975-1977; Community Relations Committee, 1975-1977; and 'Liberal Ethnic Council of N.S.W.', 1977-1980 (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/11/1-4)
    1971-1979; 'Membership' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/12/1)
    1974; 'National Congress of Democratic Citizens' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/12/2)
    1984-1987; 'Nicaragua' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/12/3)
    1956, 1980; 'Olympic Games 1980 Moscow' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/12/4)
    1967-1979; 'Patrons / Credentials' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/12/5)
    1971-1991; 'Poland' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/12/6)
    1968-1969; 'Publicity' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/12/7)
    1979-1980; 'Red Army Choir Nov. 1979' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/12/8)
    1976-1979; 'Rodeesia [Rhodesia]' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/12/9)
    1961-1991; 'Rumanian' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/12/10)
    1987-1992; 'St. Andrew's Cathedral' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/12/11)
    1990-1992; 'Schiller Institute' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/12/12)
    1975-1991; 'Serbia' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/12/13)
    1968-1990; 'Slovakid [Slovakia]' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/12/14)
    1970-1990; 'Sloveenid [Slovenia]' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/12/15)
    1971-1990; 'Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/12/16)
    1968-1991; 'Taiwan' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/12/17)
    1988-1990; 'Tolstoy, Count Nikolai' partly concerning his Australian lecture tour, 1-16 Mar. 1988 (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/13/1)
    1968-1994; 'Ukraina [Ukraine]' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/13/2)
    1976-1993; 'Unification Church (Moonies) [and Women's Federation for World Peace] (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/13/3)
    1971, 1985; 'United Nations' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/13/4)
    1975-1991; 'U.S.S.R.' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/13/5)
    1968-1998; 'Urbanchich [Lyenko]' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/14/1)
    1968-1994; 'Vietnam', including National United Front for the Liberation of Vietnam (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/14/2)
    1961, 1998; 'Viks [Ervin Viks] (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/14/3)
    1991-1992; 'Vo Dai-Ton' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/14/4)
    1973, 1984; 'W. C. Wentworth', mainly concerning Grey Power Senate candidature, 1984 (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/14/5)
    1969-1971; 'W.A.C.L. [World Anti-Communist League]' (Call No.: MLMAA 7171/14/6)
    1983-1987; 'World Freedom Day' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/14/7)
    1972-1991; 'Yalta Pact' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/14/8)
    1978, 1989-1991; 'Yugoslavia' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/14/9)

    D. Chronological files, 1956-1990

    Include records concerning activities of the Captive Nations Week Committee and the United Council of Migrants from Communist Dominated Europe in Australia:

    1956-1971 file (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/15/1)
    1956-1986 [1987] file (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/15/2)
    1968-1972 file (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/15/3)
    1969-1972 file (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/15/4)
    1969-1972 file: 'Cutural Festival' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/15/5)
    1970 file: 'Captain Cook / Bi-Centenary / Arts. Crafts / Exhibitions / Waltons 1970.' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/15/6)
    1970 file: 'Opening Meeting' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/15/7)
    1971 file: 'Rocks Festival 1971' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/15/8)
    1971-1972 file (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/16/1)
    1971-1972 file: 'Cocktail Party' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/16/2)
    1972 file: 'Opening Meeting' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/16/3)
    1972 file: 'Pamphlet' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/16/4)
    1973 file (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/16/15)
    `1973 file: 'Conference 1 April 1973 [Seminar, Estonian House, Surry Hills, 31 Mar. 1973]' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/16/6)
    1973 file: 'Opera House - Folklorico 1973' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/16/7)
    1974 file (Call No.: MLMS 7171/16/8)
    1974 file: 'C.N. Week / 1974 / General' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/17/1)
    1974 file: 'Motorcade / March / Laying-of-Wreath / Opening - Exhibition / 1974' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/17/2)
    1974 file: 'Cultural Festival / 1974' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/17/3)
    1974 file: 'Folkloric Exhibition 1974' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/17/4)
    1975 file (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/17/5)
    1976 file (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/17/6)
    1977-1982 file (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/17/7)
    1983-1989 file (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/17/8)
    1984 file: 'Motorcade 1984' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/18/1)
    1985 file: 'Motorcade 1985' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/18/2)
    1986 file: 'Social, 26/4/86', being function at Lithuanian Club, Bankstown, 26 Apr. 1986 (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/18/3)
    1987 file: 'Captive Nations Week 1987' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/18/4)
    1987-1988 file (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/18/5)
    1988-1990 file (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/18/6)
    1990 file: 'International Concert, 11/11/90' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/18/7)

    E. Papers concerning war crimes legislation in Australia, 1985-1991

    1986-1988; 'War crimes legislation matters relating to War Crimes Amendment Bill 1987', including parliamentary reports and Captive Nations Council of N.S.W. Submission to Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs of Australian Senate, Canberra, on War Crimes Amendment Bill, 1987, 15 Jan. 1988 (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/19/1)
    1986-1989; Papers concerning war crimes investigation and legislation in Australia, including correspondence, submissions and newscuttings (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/19/2)
    1986, 1989; Correspondence with Senator John Stone (Qld), 1989, with related papers, 1986, 1989 (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/19/3)
    1987-1990; 'War Crimes', including correspondence with Federal politicians and newscuttings (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/20/1)
    1986-1991; 'War Crimes Demjanuk' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/20/2)
    1986-1987; 'Correspondence & newscuttings re Linnas [Karl Linnas]' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/20/3)
    1985-1986; 'Menzies inquiry 1975 / entry of war criminals to Australia', including photocopy of Report of Material Relating to the Entry of Suspected War Criminals into Australia (1986) by A. C. Menzies (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/20/4)
    1987-1988; 'War Crimes / Tolstoy ' concerning Australian lecture tour by Count Nikolai Tolstoy, 1988 (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/20/5)
    1986; 'War Crimes Zumbakis', being mainly photocopy of Soviet Evidence in North American Courts: An Analysis of Problems and Concerns with Reliance on Communist Source Evidence in Alleged War Criminal Trials by Paul S. Zumbakis (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/20/6)
    1986-1989; 'General (1) War Crimes', including correspondence and newscuttings (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/21/1)
    1986-1989; 'War Crimes (2) General', including correspondence and newscuttings (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/21/2)
    1986-1988; Correspondence with, among others, Alf Garland, Senator Peter Baume, Lionel Bowen, Anthony Endrey and B. A. Santamaria (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/21/3)
    1988-1990; 'Newscuttings 89/90', including correspondence, newscuttings and printed material concerning war trials in Australia, and documents from South Australian and Victorian branches (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/21/4)
    1988-1991; 'Correspondence & newscuttings 90/91' (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/21/5)

    F. Financial records, 1965-1991
    (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/22)

    G. Visitors' book, 1969-1987

    Include signatures of members and guests at various Council activities and functions (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/22)

    H. Printed material, 1967-1971

    Issues of The WACL Bulletin, vol. 1 no. 2, Sept. 1 1967 - vol. 3 no. 7, July 1 1969 (incomplete holdings) and Proceedings of the 5th WACL, the 17th APACL and the 3rd WYACL Conference, Quezon City, Philippines, 21-26 July 1971 (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/22)

    I. Photographs,1974-1976, 1985-1996

    Colour photoprints, colour slides and colour photonegatives of Lia Looveer and other members of the Council; Michael Darby; N.S.W. and Federal politicians, including Jim Cameron, Marlene Goldsmith, John Johnson, Chris Puplick, Philip Ruddock and James Samios; folkloric exhibitions, 1974, 1976; World Freedom Day, Sydney Square, 23 Jan. 1985 and 23 Jan. 1986; Captive Nations Week procession, 1986; Count Nikolai Tolstoy addressing audiences at Sydney University and the Croatian Club, Mar. 1988; Black Ribbon Day, Sydney, 1988-1989, 1991; Human Rights Day demonstration outside U.S.S.R. consulate, Woollahra, N.S.W., 10 Dec. 1988; In Solidarity with Lithuania demonstration, Sydney Town Hall, 31 Mar. 1990; International Concert, Ukrainian Youth Hall, Lidcombe, 11 Nov. 1990; and funeral of Paula O. Sakne, 20 July 1976 (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/23)

    II.UNITED COUNCIL OF MIGRANTS FROM COMMUNIST DOMINATED EUROPE IN AUSTRALIA

    1954-1959; Meetings' attendance book, with letter received from Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations, Central Delegacy for Australia and New Zealand, 18 Mar. 1960 (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/24/1)
    1953-1957; Correspondence [In/Out] register (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/24/2)
    1953-1956; Letters received (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/24/3)
    1953-1957; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/24/4)
    1956-1966; Correspondence (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/24/5)
    1955-1969; Memoranda and reports, including Secretary-General's Report, 1955-1956 and President's Report, 1955, presented to annual general meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/24/6)
    1954-1963; Miscellaneous records, including newscuttings and printed material (Call No.: MLMSS 7171/24/7)
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