Jessie Street Trust, 2019

All images of Jessie Street sourced by the National Library of Australia (MS2683/11)

The Jessie Street Trust promotes and celebrates the groundbreaking life of Jessie Street. 

Each year, around 300 people from all sectors of the Australian community, gather at the NSW Parliament House for the Annual Jessie Street Trust lunch, which serves as a fundraiser to support campaigns and projects around Australia inline with Jessie's values. Including the rights of women and indigenous people, peace and disarmament, and the elimination of discrimination. 

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The 2019 Jessie Street Trust Luncheon speaker was Dr Tim Soutphommasane, former Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner (2013 - 2018), political theorist, human rights advocate and author of 5 books. 

You can find a copy of Tim's speech here

The 2019 grant was awarded to the Medical Association for Prevention of War (MAPW, Australia) who aim to reduce the physical and psychological impact, as well as environmental effect of wars throughout the world. The grant will focus on their "Quit Nukescampaign. You can find a report of the 2019 fund here.

WHATS NEW

The National Library of Australia has digitised an oral History interview with Jessie Street. Jessie was interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection and speaks about her early childhood in India; the quality of life for women in Australia at the beginning of the century; her family history; her university years; England during the war years; working with prostitutes in New York; thoughts on trade unions and female membership; about how she prepares for her speeches.

Further, the NLA has further digitised from Jessie’s large collection of papers including letters and newspaper clippings.