MS 2765
Papers of Harry Hastings Pearce (1897-1984)

Scope and Content Note

  • Papers
  • c.1875-1984
  • 12.74m. (91 boxes) + 28 folio items
  • Available for reference

The collection comprises both personal papers of Harry Hastings Pearce and papers of mainly early twentieth century Australian literary figures collected by Pearce.

Pearce's personal papers include family and general correspondence; diaries; family and biographical papers; notebooks; scrapbooks; writings by Pearce including poetry, articles, speeches and pamphlets; subject files, photographs, drawings, articles, publications and other papers. The papers primarily relate to Pearce's lifelong interests in Australian poetry and literature, folklore, book collecting, the rationalist and free thought movements in Australia and New Zealand, and his works 'The true John Shaw Neilson' and On the origins of Waltzing Matilda. The collection also contains biographical files and papers, papers relating to the Eureka Stockade and New Australia Settlement, and records relating to organisations in which Pearce was involved including the Henry Lawson Memorial and Literary Society, Bread and Cheese Club, Australian Poetry Lovers' Society and the Folklore Society of Victoria.

The manuscript material collected by Pearce includes correspondence, literary manuscripts, notebooks, scrapbooks and other personal papers of Bernard O'Dowd, E.J. Turner, Henry Lawson, Ethel and G.W. Fielding, John Shaw Neilson, Alfred John Jarvis, Edward Harrington, Marie Pitt, E.J. Brady, J.K. McDougall, J.M. Neild, Marjorie Aubrey, Kate Baker, Charles Fawcett (Harold Charles), Louis H. Clarke, W.H. Davies, Mary Gilmore, Jim Grahame (J.W. Gordon), Victor Kennedy, Marion Miller Knowles, Roderic Quinn, Tom Tierney and others.

This collection is an amalgamation of material previously held at MS 2765, MS 6248, MS 1657, MS 1737, MS 1528 and MS 2563. The earlier components of the collection was received from Harry Hastings Pearce in seven instalments between 1965 and 1983.

Pearce's library, comprising over 14,000 books, serials, pamphlets and manuscripts, was transferred to the Library in two installments in 1984 and one in 1985 and has been held together as a collection. The manuscript component was separated from the published materials and transferred to the Manuscript Collection in 1986 and 1987.

Loose cuttings were discarded from the collection.

Pearce's family history 'The story of the Pearce and Williams families...' is available on microfilm at Mfm G22811. A microfilm of the title pages of Pearce's library is available at Nmfm 194. Two portraits of John Shaw Neilson and Edward Harrington purchased by the Library from Pearce and a bust of Henry Lawson are held in the Catalogue.

Other papers donated by Pearce are held in the State Library of Victoria and the Creswick and District Historical Society.

Biographical Note

Harry Hastings Pearce was born in Creswick, Victoria on 27 Aug. 1897, the son of Herbert Hastings Pearce (b.1859) and Harriet A. Williams (b.1867). Pearce attended school at Hollinwood, a mining settlement north of Creswick. He worked as a gold-miner and farm labourer in Creswick until the end of the First World War. In 1919 he moved to Melbourne, and joined the Hume Bros Cement Iron Pty Ltd (later the Hume Pipe Company), Maribyrnong, for whom he worked for 46 years until his retirement in 1965. During that time he managed the Company's factories in Tasmania (1920-22), Queensland (1923) and in New Zealand (1924-38). In 1939 he returned to Melbourne and bought a house in Nicholson Street Footscray, where he lived for the remainder of his life.

Pearce met Creina Elizabeth Traill (1894-1986) in Launceston in about 1921 and married her in Otorohanga, New Zealand on 15 October 1925. The couple had no children.

Throughout his life, Pearce was active in the rationalist movement and published several pamphlets in support of his views. He started collecting literature in 1919, much of it on the rationalist movement. Pearce's personal library grew to include material on freethought, atheism, folklore, mythology, legends, ballads, religion, and Australian poetry and literature.

Pearce was a committee member of the Melbourne Bread and Cheese Club, life member and Secretary of the Henry Lawson Memorial and Literary Society (he was editor of The Lawsonian until 1984), and a member of the Folklore Society of Victoria, the Book Collectors' Society, the Friends of the State Library of Victoria, the Australian Literature Society, the Victorian Secular Society, the New Zealand Rationalist Association and the Humanist Society of Victoria. He was also Treasurer and Secretary of the Australian Poetry Lovers' Society in 1948-73 and edited the Society's magazine, Poetry lover in 1955-73 and a collection of members' poetry entitled Poems (1952).

Pearce published two collections of poetry, The song of nature and other poems (1948) and Dreams and arrows (1969). He also wrote a narrative poem 'Thomas Kennedy's march from Creswick's Creek' (1954) to commemorate the centenary of Eureka; On the origins of Waltzing Matilda (1971) and The Waltzing Matilda debate (1974), and The history of the Australian Poetry Lovers' Society, 1934-1973 (1973).

Pearce died on 20 December 1984.

Series List

  1. Correspondence, 1914-84
    i) Family, 1920-77
    ii) General, 1914-84
  2. Diaries, 1914-72
  3. Family and biographical papers, c.1875-1984
  4. Notebooks, 1918-83
  5. Scrapbooks, 1895-1953
  6. Hume Pipe Company, 1920-83
  7. Writings, 1915-84
    i) On the origins of Waltzing Matilda, 1944-83
    ii) 'The true John Shaw Neilson', 1971-81
    iii) Poetry, 1915-84
    iv) Articles, 1932-83
    v) Speeches, 1926-84
    vi) Pamphlets, 1942-47
    vii) Other writings, 1893-1983
  8. Organisations, 1923-84
    i) Henry Lawson Memorial and Literary Society, 1923-81
    ii) Bread and Cheese Club, 1939-76
    iii) Australian Poetry Lovers' Society, 1951-68
    iv) Book Collectors' Society of Australia (Victorian Branch), 1958-84
    v) Folk Lore Society of Victoria, 1954-71
    vi) Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, 1962-82
    vii) Secular Society of Victoria, 1977-83
    viii) Other organisations, 1930-84
  9. Collections, 1884-1984
    i) Bernard O'Dowd, 1886-1966
    ii) E.J. Turner, 1925-64
    iii) Henry Lawson, 1907-83
    iv) Ethel and G.W. Fielding, 1910-58
    v) John Shaw Neilson, 1928-84
    vi) Alfred John Jarvis, 1884-1949
    vii) Edward Harrington, 1934-66
    viii) Marie Pitt, 1912-83
    ix) E.J. Brady, 1924-53
    x) John Keith McDougall
    xi) Joseph Masters Neild, 1919-44
    xii) Other collections, 1896-1984
  10. Biographical papers, 1895-1983
  11. Subject files, 1895-1984
  12. Rationalist and freethought movement, 1841-1984
  13. Photographs, 1905-83
  14. Drawings, 1917-71
  15. Other papers, 1841-1984
  16. Publications, 1891-1968

Series Description

Series 1 - Correspondence, 1914-84

Series 1/1 Family correspondence, 1920-77

Mainly correspondence from Pearce's parents, 1920-47, written from Donald, Yallourn, and Eildon Weir in Victoria, Molonglo Settlement (Canberra) and their home in Creswick, Vic (5 folders).

Series 1/2 General correspondence, 1914-84

Correspondence received by Pearce throughout his life, together with some copies, returned originals, and drafts of letters sent.

The New Zealand correspondence (1924-38) contains letters sent by Pearce to the editors of various New Zealand newspapers, some under the pen-name 'Profanum Vulgus', mainly on religious topics. There is also correspondence with the Auckland Rationalist Association, the New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Rationalism, the Rationalist Association and Sunday Freedom League, G.H. Barker, Eric W. Flint, Frank Sutherland, G.E. Collett and M.? Carrington.

The later correspondence reflects Pearce's continuing interest in New Zealand rationalism and his involvement in the New Zealand Rationalist Association, the Book Collectors' Society of Australia, the Australian Poetry Lovers' Society and the Henry Lawson Memorial and Literary Society. Other correspondence relates to magazine subscriptions, donations to libraries, submissions of manuscripts, letters to newspaper editors, book acquisitions and Henry Lawson. Correspondents include S.E. Craig, H. Scott Bennett, C.H. "Bill" Winter, Guy Howarth, Ursula Clinton, Louis H. Clark, J.K. McDougall, Jean Kurban, Cyril E. Goode, Walter Stone, Michael Dugan, Kit Mouat, Colin Roderick, Margaret Roberts, David Tribe and Richard Martin.

See also Pearce correspondence in series 6, 7, 9, 10, 12 and 16. Correspondence relating to Pearce's role as office holder in organisations is in series 8.


1 Correspondence, 1914-29
2-3 Correspondence, 1930-34
4 Correspondence with G.E. Collett, 1934-35
5 Correspondence, 1935-37
6 Correspondence with Eric W. Flint, 1937-38
7-9 Correspondence, 1938-49
10 Correspondence, 1950-53 and correspondence with Ursula Clinton, 1953-66
11 J.K. McDougall correspondence, 1950-55
12 Jean Kurban correspondence, 1952-65
13-14 Correspondence, 1954-64
15 Correspondence, 1965-67 and Michael Dugan correspondence, 1967-72
16 Correspondence, 1968-69
17-18 Kit Mouat correspondence, 1968-77
19 Louis H. Clark correspondence, 1970-74
20 New Zealand Rationalist Association correspondence, 1970-78
21 Colin Roderick correspondence, 1971-78
22 Correspondence on secularism, 1960, 1972-79
23 Correspondence with Colin Roderick and others relating to Henry Lawson
24-27 Correspondence, 1970-81
28 Margaret Roberts correspondence, 1981
29-30 Correspondence, 1982-84
31 Undated correspondence
32-34 Correspondence and receipts relating to land owned by Pearce at Coronation Park Estate, St Lucia, Brisbane, 1924-49

Series 2 - Diaries, 1914-72

Eleven appointment pocket diaries, 1959-72, one memoranda book containing the dates of significant events in Pearce's life, 1919-84 and one diary inscribed 'Lieu. H.H. Pearce, E Company senior cadets, Creswick, Dec. 1914' describing mainly farming activities (2 folders).

Series 3 - Family and biographical papers, c.1875-1984


1 Papers of Pearce's father, Herbert Hastings Pearce (b. 22 June 1859) including poems, 1917-31, and an incomplete letter written by Harry Hastings Pearce to his father from New Zealand in 1930. Also includes a typescript and cuttings relating to Herbert Hastings Pearce, 1939-51, a copy of a document relating to the families of Samuel and Jane (nee Hastings) Pearce, 1884 and notes on Samuel Pearce.
2 Manuscript volume of 'The story of the Pearce and Williams families on Creswick (and before) from 1853 up to the present' written by Pearce. The volume contains family photographs, poetry, cuttings, speeches and original letters, c.1875-1983.
3 'Index for Pearce Family history journal'. Also includes cuttings and other papers, 1950-84.
4-5 Autobiographical notes and incomplete drafts.
6-8 Other notes and drafts on family history and biographical details. Includes manuscripts on Pearce's book collection.
9-11 Papers relating to Pearce and his family including notes, cuttings, letters, articles, manuscripts, photos and other papers, 1908-83.

Series 4 - Notebooks, 1918-83


1 Notebooks containing addresses, jottings, calculations, verse, home remedies and other notes. One notebook is entitled 'Short-title list of books etc for Creswick Historical Museum from Harry Hastings Pearce'.
2-3 Notebooks containing extracts and notes from Pearce's reading on topics including Christianity, supernaturalism, secularism, 'primitive' religion, and education.
4 Notebook entitled 'Salt, savour and sparkle from the writings of Chapman Cohen'.
5-6 Notebook containing index entries and four notebooks containing extracts from rationalist and freethought publications
7 Notebooks entitled 'Scraps, gleanings and quotations of religion, morals, philosophy, history etc from all sources of literature of various countries and ages' and 'Developments and aspects of the new physics'.
8 Early notebooks containing quotes from a variety of authors and cuttings, 1918-19. Notebooks written in 1983 containing Pearce's thoughts on the right to life and the prospect of his own death.
9 Volume containing extracts and notes
10-13 Volumes containing lists of books and pamphlets including a catalogue of books in his own collection
14-19 Notes, correspondence and a speech by Pearce concerning slavery, 1926-48
20 Notebook containing notes on writing

Series 5 - Scrapbooks, 1895-1953


1-5 Scrapbooks numbered 1-5, 1895-1949 containing cuttings, quotations and extracts reflecting Pearce's interests in Australian literature and poetry and other topics.
6 Scrapbook, 1906-46 primarily on literary topics
7 Scrapbook, 1914-16 containing poetry
8-12 Scrapbooks, 1922-53 containing letters to the editor by Pearce (as 'Profanum Vulgus') and others, cuttings from the Truthseeker and elsewhere on science, evolution, New Zealand rationalist associations, atheism and other topics
13-15 Scrapbooks containing cuttings of international figures including scientists, philosophers, politicians, authors and intellectuals.
16 Scrapbook containing political cartoons and articles, 1914

See also scrapbooks assembled by E.J. Turner on Henry Lawson in series 9/2/29-31.

Series 6 - Hume Pipe Company, 1920-83

The Hume Pipe Company (formerly Hume Bros and the Hume Bros Cement Iron Pty Ltd) was established in 1892 by W.R. and E.J. Hume. From the 1920s the Company specialised in the manufacture of steel and concrete pipes used for drainage, sewerage, irrigation and water supply. Pearce joined the Company in 1919 and in 1920 was put in charge of the Launceston factory. In 1922 he was the Foreman at the Hobart factory and in 1923 moved to Brisbane to start the S & F pipe factory. From 1924-38 Pearce worked in New Zealand erecting, moving and reopening factories, installing plants, pipe laying, pipeline maintenance, reporting on difficulties and other tasks. In 1939 he returned to Melbourne where he requested to be relieved of his administrative duties and worked principally as a reinforcement maker.

The series comprises four letterbooks, 1931-38 containing letters written by Pearce in New Zealand to the Company Manager, NSW; notes and report on the operation of a continuous reinforcement machine, 1952-64; notebook, 1920-36; correspondence, cuttings, photographs, printed matter and other papers, 1926-83 (5 folders + 4 volumes)

Series 7 - Writings, 1915-84

Series 7/1 On the origins of Waltzing Matilda, 1944-83

Correspondence, drafts, cuttings, manuscript music and other research materials relating to Pearce's long interest in Waltzing Matilda and his monographs On the origins of Waltzing Matilda (Hawthorn Press, 1971) and The Waltzing Matilda debate: replies to criticism, new verification on the Bold Fusilier, Josephine Pene, etc (1974).


1-4a Typescript drafts and proofs of On the origins of Waltzing Matilda
4 Typescript of 'On the origins of Waltzing Matilda Part 2: new material confirming part 1. Authenticity of Bold fusilier: replies to criticism etc'
5 Waltzing Matilda - Matilda Metze - Hamburg and Bavaria, 1956-65
6 Australian national song based on Waltzing Matilda by Harry H. Pearce
7 Correspondence, cuttings and notes, 1956-76
8 John O'Neill correspondence, 1956 and 1971
9 Age letters and Frederick T. Macartney, 1960-74
10 'Craigielea' march, 1961-64
11 Mrs Cooper and The bold fusilier, 1962-74
12 National Library, Mitchell Library, State Library of Victoria, Edward Harrington and Cyril E. Goode, 1962-67
13 Publishers and M.H. Ellis, 1962-70
14 Czech, Rumanian and German, 1963
15 Ron Edwards correspondence, 1966-76
16 Max Dunn in Focus, J.S. Manifold in Canon, photostat from Cobbers, Roger Covell - Australia's music, 1967-70
17 Richard Magoffin correspondence, 1968-74
18 Expression - 'Waltzing Matilda' - when used, 1970-71
19 Correspondence, 1971-74
20 John Manifold correspondence, 1972
21 Hawthorn Press correspondence and royalty statements, 1972-80
22-23 Loose correspondence, 1944-83
24 Notes
25 Music, articles, printed materials and other papers
26-27 Newspaper cuttings and reviews

Series 7/2 'The true John Shaw Neilson', 1971-81

Corrected typescripts, publishers' correspondence (1971-81), clippings, notes and other papers relating to Pearce's unpublished study of Neilson. Correspondents include A.D. Hope, Alec Bolton, Walter Stone and Clem Christesen (9 folders).

See also John Shaw Neilson collection in series 9/5.

Series 7/3 Poetry, 1915-84


1-2 The song of nature and other poems (1948), 1947-60. Correspondence, cuttings, typescripts, proofs and other papers.
3-4a Thomas Kennedy's march from Creswick's Creek (1954), 1954-55. Correspondence, drafts, illustrations, illustration blocks, cuttings and other papers.
5 The lament of Bungaleen (1958). Author's signed copy of no. 1 of the first edition, receipts and correspondence.
6-7 Dreams and arrows (1969). Corrected typescripts, notes, receipts and correspondence 1969-72.
8-10 Commemorative ballad and story (1982). Cuttings, correspondence, printed copies, drafts and papers relating to the centenary of the Australasia No. 2 mine disaster, Creswick, 1981-83.
11-12 5 exercise books containing poetry, 1916-24
13-23 Folders and volumes containing manuscript and typescript poetry, 1915-83. Some of the files also contain small amounts of correspondence and other papers.
24 Loose poetry, 1917-84

Series 7/4 Articles, 1932-83

Manuscripts and typescripts of articles, printed articles and associated research notes, correspondence and other papers.


1 'Dickins and Lawson', 1974-83
2 'Early Dunedin freethought', 1938-39
'Early gold diggers' organisations', 1966
3 'Establishing the true John Shaw Neilson', 1972
4 'J.C. Watson versus the P.L.C. Executive', 1975
'Lucky horse-shoes', n.d.
'Miss Jane Goodall and the wild chipanzees', 1964
'The new psychology as applied to the interpretations of certain religious phenomena', n.d.
5 'Poetry and prose', n.d.
'Psychology, sex and religion', n.d.
'The ring', n.d.
'Thomas Paine - early life in England', 1979-80
'The uses of poetry', n.d.
6 'Unbelief in New Zealand', 1980-84
7 'What is science', n.d.
7-11 'What it was like to be a miner', 1972-79
12 'What is secularism' (lecture), 'Scientific thinking in rationalism' and 'Rationalism and philodophy', 1977
13 'The origin of White Horse Road', 'Some folklore of the finger ring', 'The functions of the Folk Lore Society of Victoria', 'From the savage to the civilised' (lecture), 'The Latin history of the word religio', 'The constitution and ritual', 1932-66.
14 Articles on mining published in Recorder
15-23 'Charles Southwell (1814-1860) in Australia and New Zealand', 1938-80. Includes correspondence with H. Cutner and others, research material, manuscript and typescript drafts, notebook and other papers relating to Pearce's research into Southwell, published in instalments in the New Zealand rationalist, 1957-58.

Series 7/5 Speeches, 1926-84

Typescript and manuscript drafts of speeches and broadcasts.

See also series 7/4.


1 Notes for a speech delivered by Pearce on his 82nd birthday party.
'The ballad'
'Collecting freethought literature' (Book Collectors' Society of Australia Victorian Branch)
'Collecting popular reform literature' (Australian Book Collectors' Society, Melbourne Branch, 28 Jan. 1966)
2 'Creswick ballads and lyrics' (Australian Poetry Lovers' Society)
'Dr Colin Roderick's editions of Henry Lawson'
'Evolution in art and aesthetics' (Gisborne Study and Discussion Society, 25 Aug. 1927) and 'Art and beauty, utility, materialism' (Gisborne, NZ, 4 Dec. 1926)
'Freedom of thought in its popular literature'
'The function of the Folklore Society of Victoria' (Annual Meeting, 10 June 1964)
'The future' (Australian Poetry Lovers' Society, 27 Feb. 1960)
'Future of the Lawson tradition' (Footscray Park, 5 Feb. 1984)
'Henry Lawson' (Channel 7, 9 Aug. 1975) and 'Statement to the Annual Meeting of the Henry Lawson Memorial and Literary Society' (19 Feb. 1977)
3 'Henry Lawson' (3ZZ Access Radio, Melbourne, 20 Sept 1975)
'Henry Lawson and Our way of life'
'Henry Lawson Memorial and Literary Society', 1971-72
'If I could paint'
'An interpretation of Sleelman and Smith' (Henry Lawson Memorial and Literary Society, 16 July 1977)
'International freethought'
'The Lawson behind Lawson'
'Lawson's relevance today' (Footscray Park, 6 Feb. 1983)
'Martyr to an ideal' (Footscray Park, 3 Feb. 1974)
'The moral problem' (Gisborne Study and Discussion Group, 28 July 1927)
'My tribute to Henry Lawson' (Henry Lawson Memorial and Literary Society, 18 Sept. 1976)
4 'The origin and evolution of the theatre'
'Poetry and culture'
'The real Henry Lawson'
'Sex and religion'
'Short talk on Creswick gold field' (Daylesford Rotary Club, 17 May 1972)
'Tribute to Henry Lawson' (Henry Lawson Memorial and Literary Society, 15 Sept. 1973)
'What is secularism' (Secular Society of Victoria, 1979) and 'What is science'
'What the world needs today' (Gisborne, NZ, 21 Oct. 1926)
5 'Biographical' - drafts on Bernard O'Dowd (Australian Literature Society), Banjo Paterson, Cyril Goode (29 Dec. 1982), William Whitehouse Collins, Hilda de Featherstone, Ted Harrington and Victor Kennedy.
6 'Lawson' - drafts of talks on Henry Lawson, mainly delivered at meetings of the Henry Lawson Memorial and Literary Society, 1958-81
7 'Poets and poetry' - drafts of talks, 1926-73. Subjects include ballads, Victor J.P. Daley, Will Lawson, Jim Grahame (Jim Gordon), C.H. Winter, A.G. Stephens, Edward Dyson, D.P. O'Reilly, Charles A. Souter and poetry theory.
8 Speeches on Waltzing Matilda, 1967

Series 7/6 Pamphlets, 1942-47


1 Signed copy of Back to the Bible - and what (1945) and cuttings
2 Freethought pamphlets including drafts of Back to the Bible - and what, 1943; The failure of Christian morality, 1943; and Will the Bible regenerate, 1943. Also includes correspondence, 1942-43.
3-5 'The new ruins of empire', 1944-45. Manuscript and typescript drafts and correspondence, 1945-47

Series 7/7 Other writings, 1893-1983


1-2 'Some notes on freethought journals', c.1945-65, together with correspondence, 1965-79
3 Tributes to Cyril E. Goode and Jim Grahame, 1949-83
4 Drafts of a short story, 'Put 'em up!' and a letter, 1972
5-10 Writings on the Eureka Stockade including speeches, articles, a review and statements, 1966-79. Also includes correspondence, notes, a map, poetry, printed articles, copies of letters to W.H. Archer, 1854 from Raffaello Carboni and Patrick Smyth, copies of a portrait of Carboni, two copies of From tent to Parliament: the life of Peter Lalor, and history of the Eureka Stockade (1893) by James Vallins and papers relating to Eureka Stockade celebrations, 1904-77.
11 Manuscript music of 'The hunter' (words by H.H. Pearce, music by Beatrice Phillips) and 'Where the beautiful' (words by H.H. Pearce, arranged by Elsa Marshall-Hall); manuscript draft of a review of The miners right by Rolf Boldrewood and miscellaneous manuscripts.

Series 8 - Organisations, 1923-84

Papers relating to Pearce's involvement and interest in various societies, associations and clubs. Correspondence in this series relates to Pearce's role as office holder in the organisations. General correspondence relating to organisations is held in series 1/2.

Series 8/1 Henry Lawson Memorial and Literary Society, 1923-81

Programs of meetings, 1946-58; correspondence, 1923-81; copies of The Lawsonian and work submitted for inclusion in The Lawsonian; pamphlets, cuttings, photos and other memorabilia relating to commemorative gatherings, 1937-67; articles on the Society; cuttings; papers relating to Hannah Thornburn and Albert Lee-Archer; notes by Pearce on Lawson; framed photographs of a Henry Lawson monument and the bust of Henry Lawson; wood samples from the Henry Lawson tree, Footscray Park, and other papers (14 folders/pieces + 4 folio items).

See also series 7/5 for speeches delivered to the Society.

Series 8/2 Bread and Cheese Club, 1939-76

Newsletters and circulars, 1942-76, correspondence, photographs, cuttings, rules and proposed amendments to the Club constitution, Christmas cards from J.K. Moir, programs, issues of Bohemia and papers relating to Pearce's resignation from the Committee in 1962

(5 folders/pieces + 1 folio item).

Series 8/3 Australian Poetry Lovers' Society, 1951-68

Correspondence, 1951-68; manuscript and typescript poetry; flyers; copies of The poetry lover; programs; a reel to reel tape and other papers

(3 folders).

See also series 7/5 for speeches delivered to the Society.

Series 8/4 Book Collectors' Society of Australia (Victorian Branch), 1958-84

Notices of meetings, correspondence, cuttings, programs and other papers (3 folders).

See also series 7/5 for speeches delivered to the Society.

Series 8/5 Folk Lore Society of Victoria, 1954-71

Correspondence with Jean Officer, Wendy Lowenstein and others, 1954-66, meeting notices, programs and invitations, 1954-67; typescripts including 'The powers and duties of a President', 'Proposals for the amalgamation of activities of the Folk Lore Society of Victoria and the Victorian Folk Music Club, 26/8/66', 'Folk Lore Society of Victoria constitution' and 'Collecting folk songs in Australia'; leaflets, cuttings and other papers (5 folders + 1 folio item).

See also series 7/4 and series 7/5 for speeches and articles on the Society.

Series 8/6 Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, 1962-82

Circulars, leaflets, meeting notices, reports and financial statements, subscription notices and other papers (2 folders).

Series 8/7 Secular Society of Victoria, 1977-83

Circulars, addresses, meeting notices, talks programs, constitution, and correspondence (3 folders).

Series 8/8 Other organisations, 1930-84

Papers relating to the New Zealand Rationalist Association, 1965-84; other rationalist organisations including the Rationalist Press Association, National Secular Society, Auckland Rationalist Association, Humanist Society of Victoria, Rationalist Society of Australia, Rationalist Association and Sunday Freedom League and the New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Rationalism, 1930-82; literary societies including the Australian Literature Society, Poetry Society of Australia and Realist Writers' Society, 1940-71; the Australasian Book Society, 1956-62 and other societies, 1948-75 (3 folders).

Series 9 - Collections, 1884-1984

Personal papers of literary figures collected by Pearce. The collections also contain material relating to each of the individuals, assembled by Pearce.

See also series 10 for biographical files containing mainly or exclusively secondary materials and series 16 for original manuscripts contained within volumes from Pearce's library.

Series 9/1 Bernard O'Dowd, 1886-1966

Poet and lawyer. Born Beaufort, Vic., 1866 and died 1953. Married Eva Fryer in 1889 but left her for the socialist poet Marie Pitt in 1919. Publications include Dawnward? (1903), The silent land (1906), The bush and Alma Venus (1921).


1 Statement by Pearce on how he acquired the O'Dowd papers, 1966, and related correspondence, 1962-63
2-9 General correspondence, 1888-1929
10-15 Letters from O'Dowd to Constance Holloway, 1905-8
16-25 Letters from Constance Holloway to O'Dowd, 1905-8
26-28 O'Dowd family correspondence, 1892-1927
29 Personal papers, 1908-20 including separation agreement (1920), will (1922) and correspondence.
30 Manuscripts
31 Poems, 1906-8
32 Poems, editor's notes
33-35 Literary drafts, notes, notices of meetings, syllabuses, membership notices, programs, invitations and other papers, 1891-1945
36-37 Papers relating to organisations, 1899-1964
38 Photographs
39 Articles and speeches by and on O'Dowd, 1891-1947
40-44 Cuttings and publications relating to O'Dowd and his poems, 1903-64
45-47 Notes, drafts, originals and extracts from O'Dowd letters, cuttings, and other papers of H.H. Pearce relating to O'Dowd, 1886-1966
48 Manuscripts submitted to O'Dowd while editor of Birth
49 Mary Gilmore poems and correspondence with O'Dowd, 1909-13

Series 9/2 E.J. Turner, 1925-64

Edgar James Turner was an editor of Bohemia and a member of the Bread and Cheese Club. He died in 1964. Pearce purchased Turner's papers from his family after his death.

1-2 Correspondence to Ted Turner from Edward McDonnell (Hugh Stone), 1938-43
3-5 J.K. McDougall correspondence, 1938-52
6 Walter Hobbs correspondence, 1940-45
7 C. Elliot Perryman correspondence, 1938-45
8 Pat T. Findlay correspondence, 1938-40
9 Victor Kennedy correspondence, 1938-48
10 Paula FitzGerald correspondence, 1942-48
11-12 E.J. Brady correspondence, 1938-46
13-14 Roy and Hilda Bridges correspondence, 1938-48
15 Phil Whelan correspondence, 1939-41
15a Rex Ingamell correspondence, 1939-40
16-22 General correspondence, 1925-64. Correspondents include Stan Cross, Alfred Dunn, Mary Durack, Florence Hagelthorn, Louis Lavater, Max Harris,, R.H. Croll, Clem Christesen, Frank Clune, Gertrude Hart, Alan D. Mickle, Leonard Mann, Cecil Mann, Will Ashton, Percival Serle, Harry Hooton, Paul Hasluck, Rudel O'Dowd, Flexmore Hudson, A.H. Chisholm, Col Lindsay and George Aiston. Also includes some letters by Turner.
23 Literary manuscripts and jottings
24-25 Notebooks containing mostly poetry extracts from other authors
26-28 Notebooks containing poems and writings by and about Henry Lawson
29-31 Scrapbooks (no. 1-3) on Henry Lawson, 1922-59
32 Diary, 1936-37
33 Bohemia papers including manuscript articles, letters and proof sheets of the first issue, 1939
34 Miscellaneous papers including drawings, photograph, cuttings, poems, and Bread and Cheese Club papers, 1935-40

Series 9/3 Henry Lawson, 1907-83


1 Manuscript poem 'Men of our ability' signed by Lawson; signed postcard from Lawson to Raoul and Lionel Broomfield, 1907; signed photo of Lawson; and notes written by Lawson to Jim Grahame and W.D. Mutch.
2 Framed public notice signed by Lawson
3 Typescript copy of a letter by Lawson, 22 Mar. 1920; manuscript and typescript copies of Lawson poems; and a collection of cards, stamps, programs, tickets, invitations and other memorabilia concerning Lawson, 1939-83
4-5 Pamphlets, booklets and articles containing Lawson's works or relating to Lawson, 1922-83
6 Cuttings
7 Typescripts by Colin Roderick, Harry Hastings Pearce, J.T. Commens and George Farwell on Lawson; typescripts on Lawson's early life possibly written by Charles or Gertrude Lawson and other papers relating to Lawson.
8-9 Portrait of Henry Lawson (pen and ink) by his niece, Valerie Lawson (with printed copies and illustration block)
10 Bound volume containing typescripts of 'A fragment of an autobiography', 'Joseph's dreams', 'The auld shop and the new Eurunderee' and 'Bohemia buries her dead' by Lawson and 'Farewell, dreamers' by A.G. Stephens

See also series 8/1 for papers on the Henry Lawson Memorial and Literary Society.

Series 9/4 Ethel and G.W. Fielding, 1910-58

Ethel Fielding was the founder of the Australian Poetry Lovers' Society.


1 Correspondence of Ethel and G.W. Fielding, 1936-58; manuscript of 'Hometown' (words by Ethel Fielding; music by Edith Harrhy)
2-5 Notebooks, c.1910-56 containing cuttings, literary extracts, and notes
6 Manuscript poetry of J.K. McDougall presented to Fielding
7-10 Notebooks containing notes on poems by J.K. McDougall, 1950-51
11 Collections of Australian poetry (cuttings)
12 Photographs of George and Ethel Fielding and papers on the Australian Poetry Lovers' Society

Series 9/5 John Shaw Neilson, 1928-84

Poet. Born Penola, SA, 1872 and died 1942. Publications include Heart of Spring (1919), Ballad and lyrical poems (1923), New poems (1927) and Beauty imposes (1938).


1 Letters, 1928-41. Correspondents include Charles Fawcett, Edward Harrington and Ted Turner
2 Letters from Neilson's brother Frank to C. Fawcett, J.K. Moir and H.H. Pearce, 1938-47. Letters relating to Neilson, 1934-78.
3 Personal memoirs of Neilson by Ted Turner, Charles Fawcett, Frances M. O'Flynn, Clair Kennedy, Les Hutchison and Edward Harrington, 1960-72. Also contains extracts from Shaw Neilson by James Devaney and extracts from J.S. Neilson papers held by R.J. McKimm, 1965.
4 Manuscript of 'Dark eyes are hers' (words by J.S. Neilson; music by G.W. Fielding), manuscript of 'The poetry of John Shaw Neilson' by Ethel Fielding, cuttings and other papers
5-6 Cuttings, articles and reviews collected by Pearce
7 New poems by Shaw Neilson containing letter by Neilson, 1937; transparencies, printed material relating to Neilson (1938-84), and other papers
8 Old Granny Sullivan by Shaw Neilson, 1907

See also series 7/2 for Pearce's unpublished work on Neilson.

Series 9/6 Alfred John Jarvis, 1884-1949

Jarvis, a poet, songwriter and composer, was born in Broken Hill in 1892 and died in 1949. Jarvis met Henry Lawson, Roderic Quinn and others of the Bulletin literary circle in Sydney in the 1920s. In 1929 he founded both Medley Publishing and the Amateur Musicians and Composers Society of Australia in Melbourne.

The Jarvis Papers were obtained by Pearce from Cyril E. Goode and Ted Turner.


1 Personal documents, 1844-1943 including references; merchant marine discharge certificates; birth, marriage and burial certificates for Jarvis Family members; army discharge certificates and photographs.
2 Scrapbook containing cuttings and correspondence, 1923-46
3-5 Manuscripts of poems, prose and songs
6-7 Correspondence, 1888-1949; letters to Ted Turner from Jarvis and his partner Doris, 1939-46; manuscripts, notes, printed songs and other papers, 1930-49
8 Manuscripts of 'Diary of a song writer' and 'Alfred John Jarvis' by H.H. Pearce; typescripts of Jarvis' poems, 1929-49; drawing of Jarvis by Pearce, 1948; photograph, letters and music by Jarvis.

Series 9/7 Edward Harrington, 1934-66

Poet and founder of the Bread and Cheese Club. Harrington was born in Colbinabbin, Vic., in 1896 and died in 1966. His publications include Songs of war and peace (1920), Boundary Bend and other ballads (1936), and The swagless swaggie amd other ballads (1957).


1 Letters (mainly to Ted Turner, H.H. Pearce, and Kate Baker), 1934-59, correspondence (mainly from Frances M. O'Flynn), 1937 and letters relating to Harrington. Other correspondents include John White, M. Fawcett, Miss Callaghan, N.G. Rankin and E.J. Brady.
2 Typescripts, mainly of poetry by Harrington
3 Manuscript poetry and notes
4 Addresses and tributes to Harrington written by Ethel Fielding, C.J. Davis and H.H. Pearce
5 Newspaper cuttings of poetry by and articles on Harrington, c.1934-58
6 Notes by Ted Turner and H.H. Pearce on Harrington's poetry, invitations, papers relating to the 50th anniversary of Harrington's birth, 1945 and other papers, 1936-66.

Series 9/8 Marie Pitt, 1912-83

Poet, feminist and socialist. Marie McKeown was born in Gippsland Vic. in 1869 and died in 1948. She married William Pitt in 1893 and after his death in 1912, supported her family by writing for newspapers and clerical work. Pitt lived with Bernard O'Dowd from 1920. Her publications include The horses of the hills (1911), Bairnsdale and other poems (1922), Poems of Marie E.J. Pitt (1925) and Selected poems (1944).


1 Harry Hooton correspondence, 1936-40
2 Family correspondence, 1914-44
3 General correspondence, 1917-44. Correspondents include Hilda and Ron Bridges, H.W. Malloch, Ted Turner, J.K. Moir, L.G. De Garis, Bernard O'Dowd, Leonard Mann and Gladys Anderson. Also includes some letters by Pitt.
4 Papers, 1913-48 including readers' reports on manuscripts, (1913-16), cuttings and manuscript and typescript poetry
5 File on Marie Pitt, 1912-83 assembled by Pearce containing addresses on Pitt including 'Marie E.J. Pitt: the Miriam of Australia' by V. O'Dowd, 1961; correspondence between Bernard O'Dowd and M. Anderson, 1912; addresses by Pitt on Henry Tate and the role of women in history; cuttings; letters by Pitt to Ted Turner, 1939, typescripts of Pitt's poetry; printed score of Ave Australia with a letter by Pitt to Ted Turner, 1946 and other papers.

Series 9/9 E.J. Brady, 1924-53

Journalist, editor and author. Born in Carcoar, NSW in 1869 and died 1952. His publications include travel books, an autobiography published in instalments in Southerly, 1952-55, children's books, biography, short stories and poetry.


1 Letters of E.J. Brady, 1935-51 to G.W. Fielding, Ted Turner, Hugh Stone, Marie Pitt, Mrs Phillips, E.M. McCarthy, George O'Neale and H.H. Pearce. Correspondence from Nina Murdoch (1924) and John Gartner (1940). Letters from Florence Brady to H.H. Pearce, 1951-53.
2 Typescripts and manuscripts of poems, broadcasts and other prose pieces
3 Lists of books in Brady's library, photographs, a broadcast on Brady and other papers
4 Cuttings on Brady and his poetry

Series 9/10 John Keith McDougall

Poet and Labour member for Wannon, Vic. in the House of Representatives, 1906-13. Born in Learmouth, near Ballarat in 1867. Publications include Grass and gossamer, and other verses (1930), The golden road, and other verses (1936), Beasts of the blood trail, and other verses (1939) and Shadows in the sun and other verses (1948).

The series contains manuscripts of Shadows in the sun, and Beasts of the blood, two items of poetry and a fragment of a letter. It also includes an incomplete letter to McDougall, 22 Sept. 1947, possibly from Colin Gray, which contains as eyewitness account of the execution of 'Breaker' Morant and details Australian atrocities and conditions in civilian concentration camps during the Boer War (5 folders).

See series 9/4 for manuscript poetry and notes on poems by McDougall.

Series 9/11 Joseph Masters Neild ('Matilda's Mate'), 1919-44

Born 1869. Publications include A chronology of South Melbourne, 1802-1944 (1944) and the addresses Lawson- and his critics (1944) and Literary pioneers (1939).

Included in the series are letters to Ted Turner, 1938-40; manuscripts and typescripts of poems, cuttings, address 'Literary pioneers' by Neild delivered at the Adam Lindsay Gordon Lovers' Society, 1939, A chronology of South Melbourne 1802-1944 by Neild; pamphlet on Neild, 1939, photographs of a portrait of Neild by E.J. Turner and other papers (6 folders).

Series 9/12 Other collections, 1896-1984


1 Marjorie Aubrey
Typescript of City without walls
2 Kate Baker, 1913-51
Letters, 1913-15 and addresses by and about Baker, 1936. Correspondents include Bernard O'Dowd, Charles Fawcett, Marie Pitt, Ted Harrington and H.H. Pearce.
3 Charles Fawcett (Harold Charles), 1937-61
Correspondence, 1945-57, photographs, invitations, membership cards, Christmas cards, autographs, receipts and other papers. Correspondents include Christina Mawdesley, J. Howlett-Ross, J.C. Davies, Edith Harrhy, Sam Simmons, Louis H. Clark.
4 Louis H. Clarke, 1950-76
Letters to Pearce (1950-72), typescripts and cuttings of poetry, typescripts of play script, flyers and other papers
5 W.H. Davies, 1944
Letters to Ted Turner and manuscripts
6 M. Forrest, 1906-33
Includes letters to Mr Hurst, 1921-28 and typescripts and cuttings of poems
7-8 Mary Gilmore, 1907-84
Letters, 1908-66 to Pearce, Clair White, Ted Turner, Bernard O'Dowd and Charles Fawcett. Also leaflets, cuttings, articles, notes and drawings.
9-10 Jim Grahame (J.W. Gordon), 1931-74
Letters to Pearce, manuscript and typescript poetry, photos, cuttings and notes by Pearce
11 Victor Kennedy, 1924-54
Letters to Ted Turner, manuscript and typescript poems, letter by Dorothy Kennedy and other papers
12 Marion Miller Knowles
Manuscript and typescript poems and other papers
Elizabeth Lane (Molly Farmers), 1961-65
Letters, cuttings and notes
13 Jack McLaren, 1920
Corrected typescript of The skipper of the Roaring Meg
14 Roderic Quinn, 1899-1953
Correspondence, articles and manuscripts, typescripts and cuttings of poetry
15 Illustrated manuscript of 'The well wisher'
16 J. Howlett-Ross, 1901-31
Correspondence, 1917-31; cover of the reporter's notebook used by J.F. Archibald, two letters of George Essex Evans (1901) given to Howlett-Ross by the recipient (Major D.J. Ham), and poems and other papers relating to Howlett-Ross
Hugh Stone (Ed McDonell), 1938-45
Cuttings, manuscript and typescript poems and correspondence
17-18 Tom Tierney, 1935-59
Letters, 1935-51, manuscripts and typescripts of poems, address by Pearce on Tierney, letter from Edward Tierney to Pearce (1959) and cuttings
19 Clair White, 1955
Photographs and scripts of 'By the sleepy lagoon' and 'Seasons of the heart'.
20-21 Miscellaneous papers of others collected by Pearce including letters, song lyrics, manuscript poetry and typescript prose, 1896-1968.

Series 10 - Biographical papers, 1895-1983

Papers assembled by Pearce mainly on Australian and overseas writers. The files contain cuttings; biographical details, articles, typescripts and cuttings of poetry, reviews, notes by Pearce, flyers, memorabilia and correspondence of Pearce and others with, or relating to, the subjects of the files.

For collections containing original manuscripts, see series 9.


1 Arthur H. Adams, 1895-1908
Francis Adams, 1954-60
Robert Dudley Adams, 1907-12
J. Alex Allan, 1939-46
Arthur A. Baylden, 1902-51
Christopher Brennan, 1917-81
William Buckley, 1980-81
R.J. Cassidy ("Gilrooney"), 1911-41
2 P. Brian Cox, 1958-75
3 R.H. Croll, 1939
Victor Daley, 1896-1962
4-5 C.J. Dennis, 1916-83
6 Charles Dickins, 1934-39
James Edmond, 1900-33
J. Beresford Fowler, 1926-73
Cyril E. Goode, 1942-83
W.T. Goodge, 1898-1904
7 Joseph Furphy, 1917-78
8-10 Adam Lindsay Gordon, 1910-80
11 Paul L. Grano, 1939-46
H.M. Green, 1962-81
Hal Gye, 1955-76
12 Frank Hardy, 1950-75
13 W.E. Harney, 1929-65
Max Harris, 1944-61
Xavier Herbert, 1972-83
A.D. Hope, 1949-78
14 Robert G. Ingersoll, 1930-55
Shirley Jacobs, 1968-72
Ned Kelly, 1949-80
15 Henry Kendall, 1934-57
George Lauri, 1955
Louis Lavater, 1913-56
D.H. Lawrence, 1956-80
Will Lawson, 1901-56
16 Percy Lloydsmith, 1959
Frederic Macartney, 1911-80
Dorothea Mackellar, 1911-68
Hugh McCrae, 1910-58
John Manifold, 1963-78
Leonard Mann, 1939-57
17 David Martin, 1951-63
G.W.L. Marshall-Hall, 1895-1980
Furnley Maurice, 1912-45
Christina Mawdesley, 1973
E. Morris Miller, 1953-60
Frank Morton, 1900-52
John O'Brien (Father Patrick Hartigan), 1948-78
18 Will Ogilvie, 1897-63
19 P.I. O'Leary, 1929-54
Myall O'Malley (Rudel O'Dowd), 1961-70
Dowell O'Reilly, 1910-43
Vance and Nettie Palmer, 1955-78
Henry Parkes, 1898-1968
20 Banjo Paterson, 1941-74
21 A.A. Phillips, 1955-70
Roland Robinson, 1957-74
Steele Rudd, 1935
Percy Shelley, 1920-51
Douglas Sladen, 1887-1938
Kenneth Slessor, 1975
22 Jack Sorensen, 1935-53
A.G. Stephens, 1914-64
23 Joseph Tishler
22 Celeste Venard, 1980
Edward A. Vidler, 1913-14
Captain Hartley Watson, 1937-62
Frank E. Westbrook, 1958-70
24 Frank Williamson, 1908-36
Frank Wilmot (Furnley Maurice), 1942
25 Cecil H. Winter ("Riverina"), 1904-45
24 David McKee Wright, 1911-30
Judith Wright, 1946-77
William James Wye, 1942-62

Series 11 - Subject files, 1895-1984

Files and bundles of papers containing primarily cuttings, but also manuscript and typescript poetry, notes, correspondence, periodicals, leaflets, pamphlets and other papers.


1 Australian folk songs, 1954-80
2 Australian historical miscellany, 1928-63
3 Australian literature
4 Australian poetry reviews
5 Australian writers
6 Ballad history, 1895-1964
7 Beggars, vagabonds, swagmen etc, 1966-83
8 Cosme monthly - the Cosme agreement, 1903-80
9 Cultural Centre, 1951-67
10 Early man, 1973-78
11 Folk songs and ballads and singers - collecting etc, 1913-71
12 Outback characters, customs, folklore, Australian slang etc, 1896-1964
13 Poverty, 1967-79
14 Power without glory trial press reports, 1951
15 Robin Hood and ballad history, 1954-60
16 Charles Kingsford-Smith and Charles Ulm - flights, 1928-34
17 Songs sung by The Bush Music Club, Melbourne, 1962
18-19 State aid to schools, 1931-71
20 Stray poetry and comments, 1934-77
21 Street ballads
22 Treatments of native peoples, 1978-84
23-24 Unions and labour, 1910-79
25 Vietnam War, 1967-68

Series 12 - Rationalist and freethought movement, 1841-1984

Articles, correspondence, publications, speeches, photographs, cuttings and other papers relating to Pearce's interest in rationalism and rationalist organisations in New Zealand, England and Australia. There are also files relating to J.S. Langley's dispute with the Rationalist Association of Australia, and Pearce's consequent disassociation from the Association.

Other series containing material on rationalist topics include series 1 (correspondence), series 4 (notebooks) and series 7 (writings by Pearce).


1 English freethought history, 1928-70 (includes copies of The rationalist)
2 The freethinker and Literary guide - special issues, 1881-1946
3 G. W. Foote, 1908-34
4 God, 1904-52
5 J.M. Robertson, 1912-69
6 Charles Bradlaugh, 1882-1968
7 Bradlaugh's death, 1890-92 (contains issues of The national reformer)
8 Miscellaneous freethought, 1922-63 (mainly issues of The freethinker)
9 Thomas Paine, 1924-73
10 Freethought verse, 1925-31
11 Collected material on primitive thinking and beliefs, 1923-30
12-14 Materialism and modern science, 1923-33
15 Rationalist burial services, 1923-83
16 Bertrand Russell, 1928-77
17-18 Papers relating to rationalism and freethought movement in New Zealand, 1927-81
19 J.S. Langley v Rationalist Association of Australia, 1919-78
20-21 J.S. Langley and Rationalist Association - spare copies, 1939-42
22-24 Miscellaneous papers including speeches, articles, notes and letters by Pearce, cuttings, periodicals and other papers, 1925-45
25-26 Freethought portraits
27-28 Framed photographs of freethought figures
29 'Meaning and value of freethought', 1932, a recorded talk by Chapman Cohen, editor of The freethinker and President of the National Secular Society, London
30-36 Editorials by Chapman Cohen from The freethinker, 1920-30
37 Layman and my replies (published in The New Zealand rationalist), 1945-46
38 Issues of The freethinker, 1923-38, 1954, 1984
39-45 Articles on atheism, Darwinism, Christianity, the Church in Australia, and other philosophical, scientific and biographical topics, 1841-1969
46 Manuscript notes
47 Typescripts, 1931-77
48 Pamphlets, leaflets, flyers and other printed material, 1950-79
49-54 Newspaper cuttings
55 Article 'The independent Sydney secularist' by Nigel H. Sinnott, 1996 and cassette recording of 'I kneel not neither adore you', 1984
56 Lists of freethought books, pamphlets and catalogues, 1971-80
57-58 Articles, correspondence and publications relating to Joseph Skurrie, Joseph Symes and the freethought movement, 1969-83

Series 13 - Photographs, 1905-83


1-2 Photo album 'Creswick - taken by Harry Pearce 1930-40-50' including cuttings, loose photos and other inserts.
3 Photos of Creswick, Pearce and his family, Pearce's library and the Henry Lawson bust
4 Framed photograph of Pearce delivering an address on Lawson, 1983
5 Australian literary signed photographs collected by Pearce, 1905-54. Includes portraits of Edward Harrington, Jim Grahame, M. Forest, Elliott Perryman, Furnley Maurice (Frank Wilmot), Kate Baker, Bernard O'Dowd, Louis Lavater, J.A.V. Stevens, J.K. McDougall, Steve Ford, Cyril E. Goode, J. Howlett-Ross, and J.K. Moir.
6-8 Other literary photographs and printed portraits
9 Miscellaneous photos

Series 14 Drawings, 1917-71

Early portraits, mainly of prominent figures drawn from photographs and illustrations, 1917-26 and originals and photographic and printed copies of portrait drawings from life, by Pearce, 1948-57. Includes self-portraits, 1948 and 1957, portraits of his father Herbert Hastings Pearce and of literary figures such as A. Lee Archer, Louis Lavater, Ted Harrington, Jim Grahame, E.J. Brady, Colin Roderick, John White, Victor Kennedy, Rex Ingamells, J.K. McDougall, Mary Gilmore, Bernard O'Dowd, Cyril E. Goode, John Jarvis, and C.H. Winter. Many of the portraits are signed by the subject. Also includes a manuscript by Pearce on his drawings (2p.) and illustration blocks (5 folders/pieces)

Series 15 - Other papers, 1841-1984


1-2 Invitations, 1913-81 including invitations to the setting of the foundation stone and opening of the National Library of Australia
4 Book plates
5 Autographs
6 Place mats depicting Australian scenes
7 Signed Christmas cards collected by Pearce
8 Volume of Christmas cards depicting work by Australian artists
9-10 Early twentieth century pornographic pictures
11-12 Wartime documents belonging to and collected by Pearce including ration cards, first aid instructions, air raid warden material, war census, identity cards and civil defence instructions, 1916-48. Also includes four receipt books for unemployment levy, New Zealand, 1930-39.
13-15 Book sales lists, flyers for publications and notices of book fairs, 1939-80
16-18 Programs and notices of meetings, lectures and other events, 1895-1984
19-24 Poems and other writings by others
25-28 Miscellaneous manuscript notes
29 Miscellaneous typescripts
30 Papers relating to Southerly, v. 5, 1943 (Joseph Furphy issue)
31-38 Printed articles, pamphlets, lectures mainly on Australian literature but also on history, anthropology and other topics, 1841-1973
39-40 Anti-conscription pamphlets, 1914-69
41-50 Miscellaneous papers, 1895-1979
51 Cassette recordings of 'Well it was like this' (H.H. Pearce, ABC Radio), and Henry Lawson broadcast, Access Radio, 20 Sept. 1975
52 Proof of a Norman Lindsay drawing, 'The tree of knowledge'.

Series 16 - Publications, 1891-1968

Publications from amongst Pearce's papers and from Pearce's library which contain letters, poems and annotations.

Australian Poetry

Lovers' Society Poems (1953). Includes a letters by J.K. Moir, 1952, letter by E.J. Brady, 20.7.1952, and a letter by G.W. Fielding, 14.3.1950.
Adamson, Bartlett Twelve sonnets (1918). Includes a letter by the author to Bernard O'Dowd, 7.12.1918.
Allan, J .Alex Revolution (1940). Includes letter by the author, 20.5.1940.
Bedford, Randolph Naught to thirty-three. Includes a letter by the author to Turner.
Brady, E. J. The truth about Henry Lawson. Includes an inscription from the author to J.C. Davies, also an untitled version.
Brady, Edwin J. Australia unlimited. Includes a letter by the author to Hurst. 5.12.1949.
Brophy, Frank If I were the artist king of the world (1957). Includes a letter by Brophy to G.W. Fielding, 26.1.1944, second copy has letter by Brophy to Dear George, 17.2.1950.
Bruce-Mitford, R.L.S. Saxon Rendlesham - some preliminary considerations.
Bruce-Mitford, R.L.S. The Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial - recent theories and some comments on general interpretation.
Champion H. H. The root of the matter. Including a letter from Champion to O'Dowd.
Charles, Harold Australian nursery rhymes (1949). Includes a letter and foreword from Kate Baker, 6.4.1945.
Church, Hubert Poems (1904). Includes poem by H. Church.
Collin, Tom Such is Life. 2nd edition (1917). Includes a letter by Kate Baker to Mr O'Dowd.
Coutts, Boyd Magic Casements (1933). A book of poems which includes a letter by Percival Terle to Mr E.J. Turner, 22.7.1939.
Cremin, John Dawn fire: selections from some modern Australian poets. Includes a letter to H.H. Pearce from Cremin.
Cross, Zora Songs of love and life (1917). Includes a letter from the author to Pearce.
Daley, Victor J. Wine and roses (1911). Includes letter by V. Daley to Corbett, 27.11.1916.
Dalziel, Kathleen Known and not held (1941). Includes letter by Dalziel to Turner.
Davies, Ethel Nought so very wise. Includes letter by the author to The Editor of The Australian.
Dennis, C. J. The songs of a sentimental bloke (1915). Includes a letter from Dennis to Mrs G.W. (Ethel) Fielding, 18.7.1955.
Dennis, C. J. Backblock ballads and later verses (1918). Includes letter by the author to the editor of The Register, Adelaide, 22.7.1913.
Devaney, James Shaw Neilson (1944). Includes a letter by J.S. Neilson to Fawcett, 21.2.1939.
Dyson, Edward Hello soldier! (1919). Includes a letter written by Mrs Ringwood to Dyson.
Essex Evans, G. The repentance of Magdalene Despar and other poems. (1891). Includes a letter by Essex Evans to Capt. D. J. Ham, 25.10.1901.
Essex Evans, G. The collected verse of G. Essex Evans (1928). Includes poem Art.
Ewers, John K. Tell the people. An examination of the little-known writings of Joseph Furphy signed by Ewers and containing a letter from Ewers to Stevens.
Ewers, John K. Boy and silver. (1929). Including letter by J.K. Ewers to The Publisher, Bohemia, 15.5.1940.
Fels, Werner The lady with the red-brown hair - and Australian verse (1949). Includes a letter by the author to Sweemey.
Forrest, M. Alpha centauri (1909). Includes a letter by Forrest to Hurst.
Forrest, M. Poems (1927). Includes a letter by Forrest to Hurst, 2.11.1927
Forrest, M. The green harper (1915). Includes a letter by Forrest to Hurst, 5.12.1919.
Gay, William Sonnets and other verses (1894). Includes a letter by W.G. to O'Dowd, 2.10.1896.
Gerardy, Trooper Australian Light Horse ballads and rhymes (1919). Includes a letter by the author to Ted Turner, 24.7.1946.
Gilmore, Mary Hound of the road (1922). Includes a letter by M. Gilmore to Charles.
Gilmore, Mary The rue tree (1931). Includes typed note by H.H Pearce and book annotated by M. Gilmore, 9.1.1956
Gilmore, Mary More recollections. Including a letter from Mary Gilmore to Fawcett.
Gross, Alan Preludes (1916). Includes letter by Alan Gross to Fellow Pearce, 1.11.1959.
Hagelthorn, Florence The spires and other poems (1938). Including a letter by the author to Turner.
Hardy, Frank J. Power without glory. Contains a letter from Hardy to 'Dear Ted'.
Harrington, Edward Boundary bend and other ballads (1936). Includes a letter by Kate Baker to David, 20.11.1936.
Hasluck, Paul Into the desert (1939). Includes a letter from Hasluck, 18.7.1939.
Heagney, Muriel A. Arbitration at the crossroads. Contains a letter to O'Dowd.
Hervey, Grant Australian's yet and other verses (1913). Includes a letter by G. Hervey to "My Dear Riverina".
Howath R. G. Spright and geist, (1944). Includes a letter by Ivy to Harry, 24.11.1950.
Ia Dickfos, Marceine Country dance and other verse (1941). Includes a letter by Dickfos to Mr Turner, 13.10.1941.
Jephcott, Sydney The secrets of the south: Australian poems. Includes poem by Jephcott.
Kelly, Francis M. Life in the middle ages - as depicted in illuminated miniatures with an introducrion by the author.
Knowles, Marion Miller Songs from the land of the wattle. Includes a letter by M.M. Knowles to Turner, 21.6.1938.
Lavater, Louis Blue days and grey days (1915). Includes Lavater's own corrections.
Lavater, Louis A lover's Ephemeris (1917). Includes two poems by Lavater.
Lavater, Louis This green mortality (1922). Includes a letter by the author to Ross, 30.4.1921.
Lawson, Henry The auld shop and the new.
Lawson, Henry Joseph's dream.
Le Gay Brereton, J. The burning marl.
Long, Charles R. Adam Lindsay Gordon's Australian poems. Includes a letter by Long to Turner, 11.9.1937.
Low, David Ye madde designer, (1935). Includes letter by D. Low to O'Dowd, 6.11.1918.
Mackeller, Dorothea The witch-maid and other verses (1914). Includes letter by D. Mackeller to H.H. Pearce, 16.3.1955.
Malloch, H.W. Fellows all - the chronicles of the Bread and Cheese Club, Melbourne (1943). Includes a letter from the author to Dear Harry, 11.9.1953.
Mathew, John Australian echoes including The corroboree and other poems (1902). Includes letter by the Author to Ross, 24.10.1917.
Maurice, Furnley Poems (1944). Includes a letter by F. Wilmot.
Maurice, Furnley To God: from the weary nations (1917). Includes a letter by F. Wilmot.
Maurice, Furnley Arrows of longing, (1921). Includes a letter by F. Wilmot to O'Dowd, 27.7.1921.
Mawdesley, Christina The corroboree tree and twelve shorter poems of Melbourne's early days of settlement. Including letter by C. Mawdesley, 21.2.1974.
McDonnell, Edward
"Hugh Stone" The land of the budgeriga. Verses and sketches. Includes a letter by McDonnell to 'Dear Ted'.
McKellar, John Maurice Blackburn and the struggle for freedom. (1945) Includes a letter from H. McKellar to "Dear Sir" 31.8.1937.
Morris, Myra England and other verses (1918). Includes a letter by the author to Ted Turner.
Morrison, W. Alder The moon turned round (1940). Includes a letter by Morrison to Pearce, 16.2.1952.
Neilson, J. S. John Shaw Neilson - a memorial (1942), by the Bread and Cheese Club. Includes letter by J.S. Neilson to Mr Fawcett, 7.3.1937. Second copy has photographs, autographs, and a poem by Shaw Neilson.
Neilson, J. S. Heart of Spring (1919). Includes a letter by J.S. Neilson to Ted.
O'Dowd, Bernard Dawnward? (1903). Includes letters by F. Wilmot to O'Dowd.
O'Hara, Bernard A book of sonnets. Includes a letter from the author to Ross and a dedication to James Smith.
O'Hara, Bernard At eventide. Includes a letter from the author to Ross.
O'Hara, Bernard Lyrics of nature (1988). Includes a letter by the author to Ross.
Ogilvie, Will Hearts of gold and other verses. Includes letter by the author, 17.8.1945.
Palmer, Nettie An Australian story-book (1928). Includes a letter by Gilmore to Fawcett.
Pearce, Harry H. The song of nature and other poems. Includes a letter to Pearce from J.S. Langley, an annotated introduction by E. Fielding, and annotations concerning the poems by Pearce.
Pearson, W. H. Henry Lawson among Maoris (1968). Includes a letter by W.H. Pearce to H. Pearce.
Quilp N' The red west toad and other verses (1903). Includes a letter by Will Lawson, 6.7.1950. and a letter by proprietor of Beltane Book Bureau, 27.3.1953.
Ross R.J. Eureka! Freedom's fight of '54. Contains a letter from Ross to Pearce.
Souter, Charles Henry The lonely rose and other verses (1935). Including letter by C.M. Souter to Turner,8.2.1939.
Souter, Charles Henry Irish lords and other verses (1912). Includes letter by the author to Turner, 8.5.1939.
Souter, Charles Henry The mallee fire and other verses (1923). Includes letter by Souter to Turner, 18.10.1939.
Spielvogel, Nathan F. Old Eko's note-book (1930) Includes letters by the author to "Dear Cheese" and Mr Pearce.
Spielvogel, Nathan P. The affair at Eureka- the story of '54 (1928). Includes letter by Nathan Spielvogel to "Brother Cheeser"(Harry George). Also a letter to Pearce from Nathan Spielvogel.
Spielvogel, Nathan F. Our gum trees and other verse (1913). Includes a letter from the author to 'Dear Bro. Ross', 1.2.1922.
Stewart, Douglas The book of Bellerive. Poetry
Symes, Joseph Ancient and modern phallic. Including handwritten section.
Taylor, George A. Those were the days - being reminiscences of Australian artists and writers (1918). Includes a letter by Taylor to 'Dear Ted'.
The poems of Henry Kendall (1920). Includes a letter by Bertram Stevens, 10.8.1918.
Thurion, Aldus. Bush tea and overlanders and other verses. Includes a letter from the author to Endacott.
Vaughan, Crawford Golden wattle time - the dramatic story of Adam Lindsay Gordon.
Wallaston T C. Our wattles. Contains a letter to Pearce from the editor's secretary.
Welsh, Alex C. Musings. Pre-published version with annotations.
Wye, William James Bush minstrelsy (1941). Includes a letter by the author to E.J. Turner.
A Quarterly Magazine The heart of the rose. (1 of 4)
The book of the opal. (2 of 4)
The shadow on the hill. (3 of 4)
Fire o' the flame. (4 of 4)

Box List

Series Subseries Folders/pieces Box Folio box
1 1 1-5 1
2 1-3
4-11 2
12-18 3
19-26 4
27-31 5
32-34 85
2 1-2 5
3 1-4 6
5-12 7
4 1-6 8
7-11 9
12-18 10
19 11
20 85
5 1-2 1
3 2
4 1
5-7 3
8-9 2
10-11 4
12-13 5
14-16 7
6 1-7 11
8 12
9 85
7 1 1-4 12
4a 85
5-6 12
7-20 13
21-26 14
27 15
2 1-2 15
3-7 16
8-9 17
3 1-4 17
4a 86
5-6 17
7-12 18
13-16 19
17-23 20
24 21
4 1-6 21
7-12 22
13 23
14-16 86
17-23 87
5 1-5 23
6-8 24
6 1-3 24
4-5 25
7 1-6 25
7-11 26
8 1 1-3 26
4-9 27
10 28
11-12 6
13-14 loose folio
2 1-4 28
5 7
3 1-2 28
3 29
4 1-3 29
5 1-2 29
3-5 30
6 7
6 1-2 30
7 1-3 30
8 1-3 88
9 1 1-9 31
10-17 32
18-25 33
26-33 34
34-41 35
42-49 36
2 1-8 37
9-15 38
15a 88
16 38
25-28, 30 40
29 8
31-34 41
3 1-2 Strongroom
3-9 42
10 88
4 1-7 43
8-10, 12 44
11 6
5 1-4 44
5-8 45
6 1-2 45
3-8 46
7 1 46
2-6 47
8 1-3 47
4-5 48
9 1-4 48
10 1-2 48
3-5 49
11 1-4 49
5-6 50
12 1-5 50
6-13 51
14, 16-21 52
15 7
10 1-5 53
6-11 54
12-18 55
19-25 56
11 1-7 57
8-13 58
14-16 59
17-19 88
20-25 89
12 1-7 60
8-13 61
14-19 62
20-26 63
27-28 Loose folios
29-36 64
37-42 65
43-48 66
49-52 67
53-55 68
56-58 89
13 1-3 68
4-8 69
9 70
14 1-4 70
5 90
15 1-2 70
3-7 71
8-9 72
10 Loose folio
11-17 73
18-23 74
24-30 75
31-35 76
36-41 77
42-45 78
46-51 91
52 6
16 A-C 79
D-F 80
G-J 81
K-M 82
N-R 83
S-W 84
Guide prepared 1996. Last revised 10 June 1998.