MS 2741 and MS 3992
Papers of Alan Marshall (1902-1984)
- Papers 1890-1983
- 14.16 metres (95 boxes), and 15 folio packages
The papers of Alan Marshall (b. 1902 d 1984) were acquired by the
Library in several consignments from 1970 and 1987, from Mr Marshall and his
With no particular pattern, the consignments have been added to both MS
2741 and MS 3992, which have identical provenance. Readers are advised to scan
the lists to both collections for material on their topic.
Marshall's secretary, Gwen Hardisty, organised his papers in filing
cabinets and maintained an alphabetical index referring to file numbers. From
time to time Mrs Hardisty would include in consignments to the Library the
contents of the fastest-growing files. In 1982 the entire contents of the
filing cabinets were consigned to the Library, together with the index. By this
time many of the files had nothing in them but the empty files have been kept
in numerical sequence to maintain continuity. A list of titles of files which
contain something is at Appendix A, together with a photocopy of the
alphabetical index. The original notebook containing the index is at MS 3992,
There is no systematic chronological progression in the contents of
consignments; very early material was sometimes acquired with the more recent
Some of the papers are charred, as a result of a fire which destroyed
Marshall's Studio in Eltham in 1956.
Access and Copyright
MS 2741 is available for use by researchers. MS 3992 is partly
restricted. Letters of the following people have special restrictions on them
and readers who wish to see them should nominate them specifically in their
application to Marshall's daughter, Mrs Cathy McCallum: Noel Counihan, George
Luke, Vic O'connor, Anne Bechervaise, Bozena Foltynava, Hal Porter.
Mrs McCallum also handles requests for permission to reproduce items
written by her father. Should researchers be writing to her for access it is
recommended that they apply at the same time for permission to obtain
photocopies of items in which Mrs McCallum holds copyright.
MS 3992 is listed by box and folder number. The folder numbers are
continuous through the entire collection.
MS 2741 is listed by box and folder numbers but the folder numbers
begin at 1 within each box.
Because the correspondence of particular individuals is dispersed
across collections and consignments a selective correspondence index covering
both collections is provided at Appendix B. It is not complete and concentrates
mainly on significant groups of letters. It is recommended that a search for
letters of particular individuals include non-indexed groups such as
"Miscellaneous letters" and the numerical files in the August 1982 consignment
(with the aid of the index at Appendix A).
of Related Manuscripts
Note Readers are invited to check the manuscript catalogue and
Combined Index to Sorted Correspondence for further material relating to Alan
Marshall. The Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia
contains references to Marshall material held in other repositories.
MS 405 Typescript copy of Ouselves writ Strange, together
with a selection of annotated photographs to be
included in the published work. Available for
MS 2222 Letters from Alan Marshall to his mother and
sister, 1942, 1945-47, which form the basis of
These are my people (See also MS 3992, Folders
256-7). Letters to his mother and sister from
China, 1956. Diary of a trip commencing May 1946.
Manuscript copies of four works. This material
was acquired from AM's sister Elsie McConnell.
Available for reference.
MS 419 Letters from Marshall to Nellie Rogova Mitchell,
1965-1983 (3 folders). Available for reference.
MS 1174 Material on Marshall in the papers of Vance and
Nettie Palmer (Series 28). Also photograph of
Marshall aged about 12, in Series 33, Folder 8.
MS 6043 Letters from Marshall to Marian Lofts, also
clippings by and about Marshall, 1981-83 (2
folders). Restricted until 10 years after the
death of Lofts.
MS 6831 Letters from Marshall to Jim Smith, 1974-82 (20
MS 7011 Letters from Marshall to Thelma Henry, 1981-84 (1
folder). Available for reference
MS 7320 Papers of Gwen Hardisty, who worked with Marshall
for some twelve years, including as his secretary
from 1975 to 1982. Date range 1981-83 (3 boxes).
Available for reference.
The State Library of Victoria holds a small quantity of material of
Marshall (2 metres). Contents are similar to NLA collections: drafts,
children's letters, postcards.
Summary of Consignments
- Original consignment, 1970 (19 boxes)
- Addition 1 August 1973 (2 folders)
- Addition September 1981 (3 boxes)
- Addition 21 June 1984 (2 boxes and 1 folio package)
- Original consignment, May 1974 (6 boxes)
- Addition June 1975 (5 boxes)
- Addition March 1976 (9 boxes and 2 folio packages)
- Addition June 1977 (2 boxes and 2 folio packages)
- Addition 31 January 1979 (2 boxes)
- Addition October 1981 (10 boxes and 1 folio package)
- Addition 19 August 1982 (24 boxes and 3 folio packages)
- Addition January-March 1983 (2.5 boxes and 1 folio package)
- Addition 5 March 1985 (6 boxes and 2 folio packages)
- Addition 12 October 1987 (5 boxes and 1 folio package)
Original consignment (May 1974)
Folder 1 Letters - Eastern Europe, 1966-73
2 Letters - Eastern Europe, 1965-73
3 Correspondence, 1970-74
4 Correspondence, 1965-73
5 Correspondence, 1973-74
6 Correspondence, 1973
7-8 Children's letters, 1973
Folder 9 Children's letters, 1972-73
10 Manuscripts. Typescripts for "The long hunt",
"The dingo story"
11 Manuscripts. Drafts of "Four Sunday suits" and
12 Manuscripts. Typescript of "Little boy lost"
(1977) and others
13 . Notebooks, 1939, 1956
. Diary 1949
14 Notebooks - Arnhem Land (1-3), 1946
15 Notebooks - Arnhem Land (4-7), 1946
Diaries 1930, 1942, 1959, 1960
19 Drafts of "Looking on the bright side"
Correspondence -Carden Advertising, 1957-59
20 Drafts of Argus articles, "Alan Marshall's
casebook" -Up to 1950
21 Drafts of "Alan Marshall's casebook", 1951
22 "A.M.'s casebook", 1953
23 Correspondence 1943-45, 1949 (partly burnt)
Folder 24 Correspondence 1947-49 (partly burnt)
25 - 26 Newspaper clippings 1942-46 (partly burnt)
27 Newspaper clippings, 1939 (partly burnt)
28 " " 1937-42
29 " " 1936 (loose pages)
30 " " 1941 (partly burnt)
Folder 31 Trade journals
32 Drafts of "Pioneers and painters", "A history of
33 Contributions to newspapers, columns etc, 1948-72
34 Drafts of "The magic leaf", "Whispering in the
35 "As in a glass"
36 Various drafts
37 Draft of "Peter and the beautiful princess"
38 Published articles
Folder 39 Press clippings 1940-70
40 Press clippings 1955-70
41 letters from Cathy, Prague, 1971-72
43 Draft of "This is the grass"
Two books: Travels in China (in English), and I
can jump puddles (in Czechoslovakian). Both
inscribed by Marshall.
One bag of periodicals containing articles
by/about AM, including Australian book review,
People, Woman's Day, Walkabout(19 issues)
One large cuttings album
Addition June 1975
Folder 45 Photographs
46 - 47 Miscellaneous letters, 1974
48 . Jack Marshall's certificates and notebooks
Alan Marshall's certificates, notebooks and
autograph book. The latter kept when he first got
infantile paralysis, ca. 1908. While in hospital
patients and nurses wrote in it. Source of
material for I can jump puddles.
Press cuttings album
Court transcripts: appeal by Walter Russell
Deathe against conviction for rape, 1962.
Ten books, most with Alan Marshall's bookplate
Folder 49 Correspondence 1956-74: Gordon Burgess, Wilma
Hedley, Ian Reid, the International P.E.N. Club,
Adult Education, Mavis and Bill Scott, Max Brown,
Paul Ritchie, James Flett, Lillian McGovern, Cecil
Holmes, Brian Clark, and various others including
50 - 51 Correspondence 1958-74: John Hetherington
(1958-63), Bert Vickers, Keith Ewers, Vic
O'Connor, John Morrison, Noel Counihan, Ailsa
O'Connor, Robert Peach, Danny Webb, Geoff Close
(card only), Bill Constable, Maureen Freer, Ruth
Park, John Manifold, Colin Thiele, Nan Ingleton,
Jean Turley, Geoff Hutton, Herbert Marshall, Stan
Barstow, Marcello Maestro, Sir Frank Roland, Judah
Waten, Cecil Holmes, Stuart Sayers, Bill Wannan,
Aileen Palmer, Jack Hyett, Ray Parkin, V.A. Syme,
Terry Counihan (Noel's son), Mavis Scott, Phil
Freedman, Alan Bell, Stephen Murray-Smith, Herz
Bergner, Alan Thornton, Australian Society of
Authors. Also various children's letters.
52 Correspondence 1963-64
53 Correspondence 1971-74: Judy Gorman, Magda
Gregor, Edward Kynaston, Nell Charlwood, John
Clements, Clea Stowell.
Also letters relating to New Zealand trip
June-July 1974, to attend launching of film "I can
jump puddles" in Auckland.
54 Correspondence 1973-74: Russian and Bulgarian
letters, invitations to talk.
55 Correspondence: George Luke, 1974; American
correspondence 1968-70; details of Pan-American
Folder 56 Talks: Folklore, bush songs, Australian
57 Talks: Writers, writing, Marshall's own writing
58 Talks: Aborigines, miscellaneous special
59 Talks: Gorky, short story writing
60 Financial records, 1968-69
Original beginning to I can jump puddles
61 Writings: on cripples, the Army
62 Various talks and writings: Children, short story
63 Printed items, 1936-44
64 Printed items, 1942-71
65 Printed items
Folder 66 Original drafts or articles on trip to Soviet
Union, November 1964
67 Diary, cuttings, pamphlets - Hong Kong trip
68 Letter to Bob Close 1956, article on 1939
bushfires, biographical information, small
Letters, cutting, photos about aerial piracy on
board a Catalina Flying boat, 16 July 1948 (See
also Folder 291)
69 - 70 Various letters, notes, articles on trip to China,
71 Cuttings album 1954-59
Cuttings album of reviews of The gay provider (See
also Folio package, addition June 1977)
Addition March 1976
Folders 72 Personal and family correspondence
77 - 78 Cathy Marshall letters
Folders 79 Cathy Marshall letters
81 - 83 Photographs
Folders 84 Children's letters
89 Russian letters
90 Ken Dallas
91 Clea Stowell
Correspondence, 1971-75, 1955
Folder 92 Ross Campbell, Dr Jim Cairns, Max Dimmock, Ray
Parkin, Ralph de Boissiere, John Morrison, Bill
Wannan, Edward Kynaston, Ailsa O'Connor, Phillip
Adams, Clem Christesen, Noel Bryning, Frank
93 Jim Smith
94 Invitations to talk
Various other correspondents, including Lauretta
95 Frank Huelin
96 Various, including Jim Smith
97 - 98 Various, including Gwen Hardisty
99 Letters of sympathy re bungalow fire, 1955
Folder 100 Drafts: "The ostrich man", "Hammers over the
anvil", "Mrs Hookey's dick", "Peter McLeod" Galley
of "Fight for life"
101 - 103 Drafts: "Hammers over the anvil"
104 Original manuscript of "Fight for life" together
with notes and drafts of stories in "Hammers over
the anvil" (Blue exercise book)
105 - 106 Miscellaneous documents, cuttings, letters
Folders Correspondence of Alma Thorn, 1944-46
107 - 113
Folders Correspondence of Alma Thorn, 1947
114 - 119
Folders Correspondence of Alma Thorn, 1948-50
120 - 126
Folders Correspondence of Alma Thorn, 1951-58
127 - 135
Original sketches by Noel Counihan - "Pull down
Album of photographs, cuttings, early documents
and letters (both items in one bag)
Addition June 1977
Folder 136 Letters from Helen Skipper, undated.
Letters 1944-45 connected with Woman magazine,
when AM was writing a Dorothy Dix (advice to the
137 Flexmore Hudson; letters from students; 1976
138 Letters - Katrina Holland, Elizabeth Mellick,
invitations to talk, 1976-77
139 Letters, various, 1973-77: Jim O'Connor (Judge),
Nelly Rogova, Stephen Murray-Smith, Gill Armstrong
140 Letters, various, 1973-77: Tom Adler, Hilda
Knorr, Jack Lindsay, Freda Brilliant, Professor
Marshall, Lance Loughrey, Stewart Harris, Frank
Huelin, Dymphna Cusack, La Trobe Library, Penny
and Eddie Harding, Frank Sargensen
141 - 142 Letters, various, 1973-77
143 Letters, various, 1973-77: Jim Smith, Dr. Stephen
Gottlieb, Bill Standish
144 Letters, various, 1971-77: Alan Thornton, Neilma
Gantner, Judah Waten, Phillip Adams, Vic O'Connor,
Ralph de Boissiere, Bill Wannan, Bob Close, Fred
Silcock, Max Brown, Harry Marks (author of AM's
biography I can jump oceans), Jack Slade
145 Letters of congratulation on OBE and honorary
Doctor of Laws, Melbourne University, 1972
Folder 146 Australian family physician, 1976. AM wrote an
article entitled "Sex problems of the
handicapped". This folder contains about 15
requests for reprints of the article (plus the
issue on which it appeared).
147 Marketa Sagiova, 1963-77
148 Jenny Burgess, Mena Calthorpe, Pat Wiltshire,
149 Glen Tomasetti, Rosemary Crouch - Grantham
150 Letters, 1964-75, including John Morrison, Penny
and Eddie Harding
151 - 153 Letters from family, mainly Hilda Gillies
154 Letter from Form 2G, Elwood High School, 1977
155 - 156 Children's letters, 1972-77
Other correspondents in this consignment are
Bernard Cronin (1), Dal Stivens (1), A.M. Chisholm
(1), Noel Counihan
One package early family photographs
One album of photographs taken at the launch of
The gay provider(See also Folder 71)
Addition 31 January 1979
157 - 159 Letters received while in hospital, 1978
160 Children's letters - Chilwell Primary School, 1977
161 - 162 Children's letters, 1977
163 Jim Smith letters
Folder 164 Letters from Soviet Union
165 Letters from Bill Langley, Colin Thiele, John
McCabe Doyle and Michael Doyle, Eddie Harding,
Rohan and Nan Rivett, Douglas Harris, Phyl
Wallace, Angus Scobie, Joan Hundley, Marcello and
Edna Maestro, Helen Skipper, Ken Dallas, Phillip
Adams, Bert Vickers, Janet Matthews, Judah Waten.
166 Draft of "The bed"
167 Australian Film and Television School - Letters
from Chris Noonan
168 Congratulations on Soviet Award, 1972
169 - 170 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1976-78
One bundle of photographs with captions, by James
Hill, entitled "Such goin's on". Scenes of Park
Addition October 1981
Correspondence with specified people
Folder 171 Janet Nield, Maree Teychenne, Bernard and Elsie
172 Congratulations on M.O.A., 1981
173 K. McHubbard, Caroline Brothers, Ray McDermid
174 Michael Myer and Yoga Education Centre
175 Gwen Sanderson
176 Cathy Marshall, Jennifer Marshall, Elsie, Alan and
177 Alistair Knox, Margot Knox, Judy Askham, Andrea
Dallas, Phillip Bain, Sri Chimmoy, Brotherhood of
178 Hilda Gillies, Kerry Wise
Note: People occasionally sent with their letters
to Marshall short manuscripts they have written.
Some early pages of writing by Marshall were found
accompanying a letter. The more notable items are
Information on McHubbard Family
Family history "The honeysuckle plain", by Gwenda
Janet Neild's essay and photos on Danila Vassileff
Foreword to A. Knox's book Poems by Michael Myer
Early photographs of old buildings
Folder 179 Invitations to talk
180 James Foran, Katrina Holland, Dragana Vujanovic,
Karnie Mortimer, Neilma Carrillo Gantner, Jenny
Burgess, American correspondence
181 Geoff Close, Clem Christesen, Joe Redapple, Faith
Bandler, Jim O'Connor, Professor Ed Ruhe, Bill
Perry (author of Tales of the Whipstick), Alice
Hammerley, Andrew Hughes, Lloyd Davies
182 Indonesian letters; Bozena Klimova
183 Prahran College of Advanced Education
184 James Cook University award, 1978-80
70th birthday, 1972
Folders Children's letters, 1980-81 (580 in all)
185 - 192
Folder 193 Letters from people in the Soviet Union and
194 Nelly Mitchell, Alla Petrikovska, Bella Zuckerman,
195 Frank Huelin, Norma Ferris
196 Anne Bechervaise/Doyle
197 Australasian Book Society, Jack Beasley
198 Jim Smith
199 John Morrison, Bert Vickers, Ailsa O'Connor, Vic
O'Connor, Phillip and Rosemary Adams, Bill and Ora
Wannan, Judah, Hyrell and Pip Waten, Ross Campbell
200 Helen Skipper, Matcham Skipper, Pip Marks, Stewart
Harris, Iona Harris, Dymphna Cusack, Wendy
Lowenstein, Penny and Eddie Harding
Folders Miscellaneous letters and cards, 1945-59; 1978-81
201 - 205 TV Dramatisation - "I can jump puddles"
Folders Rehearsal scripts and camera scripts for Episodes 1
206 - 214 -9, call sheets and film shedules for 17.9.'80
-21.11.'80. Scriptwriters are Cliff Green, Sonia
Borg, Roger Simpson
Folders Responses to dramatisation of I can jump puddles,
215 - 218 1981 (about 306 letters, mostly children)
219 - 223 Australia - USSR Society, of which Marshall was
Correspondence, invitations, reneoed newsheets,
letters and messages from A.M. for conferences
(some handwritten drafts). Main correspondent is
Angelica Raftopoulos. Some of the contents of the
5 folders are: Decisions of the National Executive
at meetings in 1972, 75, 77 80; Agenda and
proceedings of National Conferences, 1974, 1976,
1980; reports; General Agreement and Plan of the
Society; a Cultural Exchange Agreement drawn up
with the Society's counterpart, the USSR-Australia
Society; and report on the Albert Park Island
Restaurant Scheme, 1968 ("Save Albert Park (Vic)
for the people").
Folder 224 Citizens for Democracy. One folder of reneoed
newsletters, memos, correspondence, press releases
225 Early documents dealing with AM's childhood
("Receipts and papers kept by John Marshall"):
Two receipts for municipal rates, Cobar, 15.7.1890
Levy for Labor daily, £1.
Luggage label "Marshall and Neale, general stores,
Doctor's prescription for A. Marshall, Orange P.O.
Tract "This Sin of the Church", part of Gem
Economic Library, Minneapolis, 1895.
Receipts from AWU for George Marshall (14/11/12)
and John Marshall (29/7/05).
Four small cuttings
These are my people. Selected short stories by
marshall, issued by the Victorian writers' League,
1938. Processed format, 28 pages, soft cover with
stencilled drawing of AM by Frank Andrew. AM
describes it as "the first book I ever published".
226 Photographs from AM's mother's album:
Five portraits, some in poor condition, of members
of Linnet, Boyson, Leister (?) Cumming and other
Six very small photographs with similar subjects,
Four tintypes (mistakenly call "Daguerrotypes" on
the backs), fair condition.
Alan Marshall's first sketchbook.
227 Square pegs in square holes. The Age in Melbourne
invited AM to contribute a foreword to a booklet
they were publishing on employment opportunities
for the handicapped within this company (1979).
Three letters, one typescript of foreword (no
annotations), one typescript with annotations, one
final typescript of the whole booklet by Alan J.
Scott and Edwin W. Knight; one published booklet.
228 "May Creedie" - short story. Four corrected
typescripts, one incomplete handwritten version,
one newspaperpublished version.
229 Galley proofs of Alan Marshall's Australia by
230 Aboriginal myths, by AM and Sreton Bozic. About 40
stories (some duplicates), typewritten (See also
BOX 33 &
Three books by Stan Tutt entitled Pioneer days,
Caboolture Country and By many campfires, and
produced by the Caboolture Historical Society,
Queensland in 1974, 1973 and 1977 respectively.
Dedications in volumes and letter to AM.
Russian versions of Alan Marshall's books,
2 Reader's Digest condensed books containing
Swedish and Japanese version of I can jump puddles,
1980 and 1981 respectively.
Marshall, Alan. Erzahl uns doch vom Truthahn,
Jo(Tell us about the turkey, Jo), Berlin, Verlag
Neues Leben, 1979. Autographed
Marshall, Alan. Ve vlastnim srdci Prague,
Vysehrad, 1980. Autographed
Cosbuc, George. Poems Bucharest, Minerva
Publishing House, 1980
Ceaucescu, Nicolae. Democratization of
international relations, Bucharest, Meridiane
Publishing House, 1981
Ceaucescu, Nicolae. The solving of the National
Question in Romania, 1981
Neagu, Romulus. The United National Organization:
A Romanian point of view, Bucharest, 1981
Russian botanical publication, Moscow 1962.
Dedicated to A.M.
5 Russian periodicals
Soviet literature, December 1979
5 other periodicals
One package containing 9 children's drawings and
one rolled class mural, one album of letters and
drawings from school children of Watsonia Heights
Public School in response to Whispering in the
wind, 20 autobiographical efforts and class photo
(project by Syndal High School), one patriotic
banner, five posters and one calendar.
Addition 19 August 1982
Folders Australian Society of Authors. Correspondence,
231 - 232 notices of meetings, circulars, 1974-82.
233 - 236 Miscellaneous letters, 1981
237 Small files: Meanjin and Short stories (Numerical
238 Index to numerical files. A photocopy of this
index is held at Appendix A. Only the more
substantial contents are highlighted below.
Folder 239 Files 5-8
240 File 9: Short story manuscript
241 File 13
242 Files 20-22, 26 Anne Bechervaise, etc.
243 - 244 File 27: Business letters with organisations - NLA
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne University,
Sydney University, Commonwealth Literary Fund
245 Files 31-32. Some publishers' correspondence
246 File 33a. Cheshire Publishing - royalty statements
247 Files 35, 38. "Advices to the Anxious" -
248 File 39. Registration, car documents, caravan
BOX 37 Numerical Files
Folder 249 Files 40-42. Reviews, Literary agents
250 File 45: Russian letters
251 - 252 File 46: Personal-driver's licence, passports,
extract of birth registration, bankbooks, property
253 File 47
254 File 48. Sara Haric; bushmen
255 Files 49-50. Australia-USSR Society
256 - 257 Files 51. Talks, lectures, including Channel 2
("Tales of Alan Marshall"). Very early letters
from "These are my people" days. Moomba speeches,
A Guest of honour (ABC) script, and a talk on
Steele Rudd, 1968
BOX 38 Numerical files
Folder 258 Files 52, 56-57, 59. Letters re AM's will (4) plus
copy of will. Victorian Fellowship of Australian
259 Files 60-62. Zora Wolfova, Elsie McConnell
260 Files 63-65
261 Files 67, 69-70
262 - 263 File 71 Thelma Hartley
264 - 265 File 73. ABC File. Contracts, some transcripts,
for "Guest of Honour", "See it my way", "I'd take
the crutches", "Four Sunday suits" (30 min
adaptation of AM's short story).
266 File 75, 77-78 Overland. Small file of
correspondence with Stephen Murray-Smith, Stuart
Sayers of the Age, and with Melb. Herald.
267 File 79-80. Sreton Bozic Letters discussing his
own work, and also that of B. Wongar (ex American
serviceman adopted into Aboriginal tribe).
Includes foreword by AM and publication The
sinners: stories from Vietnam. See also Folder
BOX 39 Numerical files
Folder 268 File 81-84.
269 File 85. Honours. Congratulations on OBE etc.,
conferring of Honorary Doctorate of Laws,
University of Melbourne.
270 - 271 File 86. Sister Jane Kelly
272 File 87-92
273 File 93-95
274 File 96-99. Jack Lindsay, John Manifold, Arthur
Phillips, Doug Tainsh, Bill Scott and others.
275 File 100-104. Riding for the Disabled Association
276 File 106-109. Literary Pension
277 File 110-112, 114-115
278 File 116-117, 119-120. Mazda car
BOX 40 Numerical Files
Folder 279 File 121-126. Passport
280 File 127, 129-130. Precious letters
281 File 131-132. Jim Smith
282 File 133-134
283 File 136-137. Jenny's trip
284 File 138-141. Council of Adult Education, Penny
and Eddie Harding
285 File 142-143, 144-146
286 File 147-148, 150-152. Gill Armstrong
287 File 153. Australian Family Physician - Sex
Problems of the Physcially Handicapped
288 File 154-160
BOX 41 Numerical Files
Folder 289 File 168 "Old Mrs Bilson" film script
290 File 161-162. Australian Council for
Rehabilitation of the Disabled AVEC Education
291 File 163-166. Captain Charles Eather - Cathay
Pacific Airways (See also Folder 68)
292 File 169-171. Leo Carmody, Copyright Agency
293 File 172, 175-176. Haden, Smith and Fitchett
(Solicitors), Rosemary Costelloe
294 File 178-179. Stott's Technical College
295 File 181-185. Hyland House
296 File 187-191, 193-195
297 File 196 Novosibirsk (USSR) Foreign Literature Club
298 File 197-200 Chilwell Primary School
BOX 42 Numerical Files
Folder 299 File 201-202
300 File 203. John Embling
301 File 204-210
302 File 211-215
303 File 216-218. Professor Len Webb
304 File 219-223. Aboriginal Treaty Committee
305 File 224. Documentary films
306 File 225-230. Wildlife Preservation Society of
307 File 231-238
308 File 239. Commemorative plaque, Noorat
BOX 43 Numerical Files
Folder 309 Files 248-253
310 File 240-243, 245-247. Transcript of film made for
Australia Council Archives
311 File 254-260
312 File 261-266
313 File 267-269. Blanche Fenn
314 File 270-272. Weipa
315 File 273. Vitamin C
316 File 274-278
317 File 279-280. Marian Lofts
318 - 320 File 281 Marion Lofts
BOX 44 Numerical Files
Folder 321 File 282-284. Ginny Lowndes
322 File 285. Barry Ellems
323 File 286. Jerzy Nagibin
324 File 287-290
325 File 292-295, 297
326 File 298-300. Eightieth birthday
327 File 301. Thomas Nelson, Whispering in the wind
328 File 302-303. Fight for life, How beautiful are
BOX 45 Various small files
Folder 329 Various files
330 Published short stories Articles dealing with
331 Various personal files
332 Various publishers' files
333 - 334 Various files
335 Copyright agency
"The kangaroo and the wombat"
Professor Manning Clark
336 - 337 Various publishers' files
338 Angus and Robertson, Australian Listening Library,
Geoff Gold, "Four Sunday suits" - film
339 Miscellaneous material
BOX 46 Drafts
Folders Hammers over the anvil. typed manuscript with some
340 - 346 corrections, typed manuscripts for submission to
publisher, no corrections. See folio run for page
proofs, no corrections.
347 - 348 Typed manuscript of Bush tucker, no corrections
Folders "Alan Marshall's casebook". Marshall's advice to
349 - 357 people's problems, 1956-57. Nine folders,
comprising typewritten manuscript for publication
and original letters from the lovelorn and lonely
358 - 359 Alan Marshall's Australia. Typed manuscript,
Folders Let's sit on the sliprails. Series of typed
360 - 362 stories and articles.
363 - 369 Short stories and articles, including 'The warmth
of human beings"
Folders Manuscripts of articles
370 - 371
372 Ourselves writ strange. Notes used in writing
373 Manuscript "A yarn with Alan Marshall" (Permewan)
374 "How to get along with boys" (manuscript)
375 Manuscript "Rhapsody pas seul:
376 Play "Kisses for a quid"
Folder 377 Film contracts "How I write my books"
378 Reviews - manuscripts
379 I can jump puddles - abridged
380 Manuscript of "Dan Mannion"
381 "Hallucinations before departure"
"Story about collecting debts..."
382 "Thoughtful Joe versus superman"
"The Catholic ball"
383 "Early attempts"
"Observations on the crippled state"
384 "The Driver"
"Collected stories and sketches;"
385 "Bandy Bandicoot"
"Curio of Marrabel"
386 "Judy Fliesher"
387 "The Ostrich man"
"Gold Rush Story"
388 "Miss McPherson"
Folders Letters of George Luke. About 160 letters, most
389 - 392 are illustrated with caricatures. They contain
comments on acquaintances such as Judah Waten and
Noel Counihan and topics such as the Falklands
393 Cathy Marshall letters - Central Australia
394 All letters dealing with cargo distributers
395 Dilia - Publishers
396 - 397 "Important file"
About 60 letters ranging from the very early (1918)
to the 1950s and up to 1963. Scraps of manuscripts
are included. Letters are mostly short. Some of
the more important names (only one or two letters
each, on the average) are: Vance and Nettie Palmer,
Rosslyn Hardy, Katharine Susannah Prichard, Noel
Counihan, Tom Inglis Moore, C.P. Fitzgerald, Frank
Rolland, A.R. Chisholm, one long letter from R.T.
Corrie, 1955, Ion Idriess, Will Lawson, Eleanor
Dark, manuscript and letter about Aborigines, from
Folders Children's letters, 1981
398 - 406
BOX 53-54 Notes and notebooks
Folders Alan Marshall maintained a series of handwritten
407 - 425 and typed notes or portions of writing arranged in
files with topical headings. In them he would file
away fragments of conversation he had heard or
ideas or even detailed plots. He could go back to
them whenever he needed inspiration or idioms on a
particular topic. Most of these notes are very old
and in them may be the genesis of his major
writings. The file titles are as follows:
Four packets of notes, including "The City Scene",
and "The artist and writer; Intelligentzia".
Six files of notes, including "Side shows, Fortune
telling, hospital incidents", "Odd notes mostly
dealing with city life", "Suggestions for novel",
"Country men and scenes", "Highlights"
(autobiographical, with outline of story and
Eight bookds/bundles including "Notes for a sequel
to Puddles", "Side shows, boxing tents, Fortune
telling", "Wild Red Horses" ("These notes collected
in 1941 were to be used as the basis of a novel.
The novel was never written. Instead I wrote the
short story "Wild red horses", which I finished in
October 1969"). . Four files of notes:
"Dialogue-Children", "Marbut and Eric days",
"Hongkong trip" (including article and typewritten
diary, 1945), "Hospitals and patients".
Eight files, including "Bushmen", "Biographical
note", some short stories, including "Wild Red
BOX 55-56 Press cuttings and printed matter
Folders (plus volumes and folio)
426 - 431 One manuscript box full of cuttings, including 5
Four large albums of cuttings about AM, 1974-80
Two files of press cuttings on AM
11 Periodicals, 5 monographs
Det bedstes boger Copenhagen, Reader's Digest, 1981
Contains Danish translation of I can jump puddles
Palat, Valitut. Kirjavaliot. Helsinki, Kustannus
Oy Valitut Kirjavaliot, 1981. contains Finnish
translation of I can jump puddles
Russian compilation containing Fears, Jimmy Virtue,
MissArmitage, by A.M., Moscow, 1977. Has
inscription and pastedin letter by Alla
Petrikovskaya, dated 1977 and 1981 respectively.
Marshall, Alan. Fight for life. Part of series
"It's fun to read", edited by Gisela Triesch,
Frankfurt am Main, Verlag Moritz Diesterweg, 1981.
Signed by A.M.
Marshall, Alan. I can jump puddles. Part of
series "Longman structural readers", abridged by
Anna Kohler. London, Longman, 1980.
BOX 57 Manuscripts by others
Folder 432 Xerox copy of play without title page
433 Chapter of thesis by Barry Ellem
434 Austin McCallum "No way to go home" Typed
435 McGrath, Tony. "The life of John Shaw Neilson"
" " "Harvest" - film script
436 Harding, Edward (ed) "Alan Marshall talking"
437 - 440 Leslie, Vic. Notes for a novel, given to AM. Very
fragmented and disjointed
441 Britten, Mrs J. "My parents"
442 Robertson, John. Typed manuscripts "The cruise of
the teapot". Film scenario with snapshots
BOX 58 Manuscripts by others
Folder 443 Mitchell, Ken. Handwritten manuscript on
recollections of childhood, accompanied by letter
from the author, a school principal
One album of snapshots of a play produced by
schoolchildren, together with a few letters to A.M.
7 good portraits of A.M. 2 cards of proof
portraits of A.M.
20 miscellaneous photographs, some old childhood
photographs with new reproductions
Panorama photograph of all the employees of the
Trueform shoe factory, about 1938, including Alan
Marshall (Folio run)
Old photograph of group outside Kangaroo Ground Pub
Four large albums of cuttings about AM, 1974-80
Galley proofs of Hammers over the anvil (relate to
Panorama photograph of employees of Trueform shoe
Addition 5 March 1985
Folder 447 Address book
448 Letters of reference for Margaret Marshall
449 - 454 Cathy Marshall letters
Folders Cathy Marshall letters
455 - 458
Album: Photographs, Mount Olga, Ayers Rock
Expedition August-September 1950
BOX 63-65 Books, mostly translations. Notebooks containing
handwritten manuscripts, address book. Objects
BOX 66 Films
Caricature of AM, Order of Australia (one package)
OBE (one package)
Addition September 1981
Folder 1 Invitations to talk or to judge competitions
Letters Dragana Vujanovic
2 Original notes to story "Singing to God"
Introduction to book on Noel Counihan by Max
Old typescript draft of short story "Retribution",
written when 21. Signed note says it was the first
ever completed, was submitted to the Bulletin, who
acknowledged it with the words "Crude but strong.
Keep at it".
Handwritten draft of short story "The Cripple and
the Courtesan", written when 29. Accompanied by
signed note on how the story came to be written
3 Letters: Gareth JonesRoberts, Bernard and Elsie
Pearce, Mardeta Sagiova, George Morant (artist),
Megan Venton, Mark Mollison
4 Letters: John Embling
5 Foreword to Alec Brierly's An illustrated history
of the Kelly Gang Melbourne University Press, 1978.
First, second and third drafts, plus letters
Judging of short story competition, Presbyterian
Ladies College, Burwood, Victoria, 1978
Three handwritten and typed drafts of AM's comments
on Senior and Intermediate Sections' entries, plus
letters from teachers
6 Letters: Jim Smith
7 Letters: Penny and Eddie Harding, Frank Huelin
8 Letters: Katrina Holland, Jack Beasley
9 - 10 Letters from authors and artists: Susan Tomnay,
Ailsa O'Connor, Bill Wannan, Judah and Hyrell
Waten, Ray Parkin, Noel Counihan, Lance Loughrey,
Judith Wright, Dal Stivens, Nancy Keesing, Manning
Clark, Patsy AdamSmith, Dymphna Cusack, Douglas
Harris, Fairlie Taylor, Marcello Maestro, Betty
Roland, Don Green, Gill Armstrong, Jim O'Connor,
11 Letters: Anne Bechervaise, Lynelle Brown, Jane
Caparella, Anne Cameron
Folders 1 Children's letters and contributions. 78 letters
- 5 from Chilwell Primary School, others (203),
illustrations by children for his novels (47) and
stories by children (28)
6 - 8 Family letters. From daughters, sisters, nieces
and their husbands (131)
9 Documents on campervan, children's drawings
Folders 1 Drafts of reviews for the Age. 27 reviews
- 2 commissioned by Stuart Sayers, plus three brief
letters from Sayers. For each review there is an
average of one handwritten or typewritten first
draft and one final typed draft. Amongst the books
reviewed are Nought to thirtythree by Randolph
Bedford, Kangaroos by John Gould, Sidney Meyer by
Ambrose Pratt, Bid time return by Fairlie Taylor
and Bairnsdale: portrait of an Australian country
town, by Hal Porter
3 - 5 General letters. Include invitations to talk,
letters from admirers (236)
Reader's Het beste boek. Condensed Dutch edition of 4
Digest books, including Met Sprongen vooruit, by A.M.
Marshall, Ondanks my krukke Kaapstad, Haum, 1972
Marshall, En is verysenyt futok a szellel Budapest, Mora
Alan Ferenc Konyvkiado, 1978 (Autographed)
Addition 21 June 1984
Folder 1 Children's letters, 1982-83
2 Marian Lofts, John Embling, Jim Smith and George
3 Blanche Fenn, 1983
4 Hilda Gillies, 1983
5 Thelma Henry (USA), 1983; letters from USSR, 1983
6 - 7 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1983
English and foreign language editions of Marshall's
Cuttings scrapbook, 1982-83
Guide prepared March 1991. Last revised 14 April 1997.