Papers of Brian Fitzpatrick
Creator: Fitzpatrick, Brian, 1905-1965
Title: Papers of Brian Fitzpatrick
Date range: 1925-1966
Reference number: MS 4965
Extent: 9.9 metres (59 boxes)
Access: Available for reference.
Provenance: The National Library received the bulk of the papers of Brian Fitzpatrick from his widow, Mrs Dorothy Fitzpatrick, during 1975 and 1976. Papers added as Series 2(d) and 2(e), and added to Series 1(d), 2(c), 10 and 13(m), were received in 2001 together with the papers of Dorothy Fitzpatrick. This material was received from the Fitzpatrick's children, Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick and Professor David Fitzpatrick.
The bulk of the collection consists of the records of Australian Council
for Civil Liberties (1936-1965) including correspondence, minutes, financial
papers, notes, manuscripts and publications.
The papers also contain Fitzpatricks general correspondence,
manuscript, notes, publications, certificates, photographs and press cuttings
documenting his work as publicist and historian.
The material is divided into subject series, each of which is described
briefly; the correspondence is indexed on cards.
A doctoral thesis entitled Brian Fitzpatrick, 1905-1965 by
Don Watson (1976) is held in the Manuscript Collection at MS 8261. The papers of Dorothy Fitzpatrick are held in the Manuscript Collection at MS 9920.
Brian Fitzpatrick was born in Warrnambool, Victoria on 17 November 1905,
the third son and seventh child (of eight) of Peter Fitzpatrick, a state school
teacher and his wife Mary née Callister. He was educated at state
schools in the country and in Melbourne, matriculating with first-class honours
in French and winning a scholarship to the University of Melbourne. He
graduated Bachelor of Arts (with honours) in 1925 and Master of Arts in 1934.
For ten years, from 1925, he worked as a journalist in London, Sydney and
In 1937 Fitzpatrick won the University of Melbournes Harbison
Higinbotham Scholarship with his manuscript of British imperialism and
Australia 1783-1833; it was published by George Allen and Unwin in 1939. A
sequel was The British Empire in Australia : an economic history,
1834-1939 (1941). Other published works included A short history of
the Australia labor movement (1940), The rich get richer (1944),
The Australian Commonwealth: a picture of the community 1901-1955
(1956), The highest bidder; a citizens guide to problems of foreign
investment in Australia (1965) with E.L. Wheelwright and Readings in
Australian history (1965) with B.J. Munday.
Fitzpatrick edited The Australian democrat, an independent
non-party monthly news- review (1947-1950), The Australian news-review
(1951-1953), and from 1958 until his death in 1965, he published Brian
Fitzpatricks Labor newsletter: what is going on in Australian
During the 1940s Fitzpatrick wrote a weekly column Where do we go
from here in Smith's weekly. He broadcast regularly from
3XY during the late 1940s and early 1950s and for ten years before 1965 wrote a
monthly article for The Rationalist. His economic analyses were
presented to the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration by the
Australian Council of Trade Unions as part of its case in the Basic Wage
Enquiry in 1940, and also to the Standard Hours Enquiry in 1949.
In 1940 Fitzpatrick was appointed a Research Fellow in the Department of
History, University of Melbourne, but in September 1942 he was given leave to
join the Commonwealth Rationing Commission; subsequently in June 1943 he worked
for the Department of War Organisation of Industry. He resumed his Fellowship
at the University in 1944 and remained there until 1947.
Fitzpatrick was a foundation member of the Australian Council for Civil
Liberties in 1935. From 1939 until his death he was its General Secretary,
devoting much of his lifetime to its affairs.
In 1932 he married Kathleen Pitt who was later Associate Professor
History, University of Melbourne. The marriage was dissolved. In 1940
Fitzpatrick married Dorothy Davies, an executive member of the Australian
Council for Civil Liberties, and later a Senior Teaching Fellow at Monash
University. They had two children, Sheila and David.
Brian Fitzpatrick died in Sydney on 3 September 1965.
BENNETT, D M. Introduction. In Fitzpatrick, B. A future
or no future foreign policy and the A.L.P. Melbourne, Victorian
Fabian Society, 1966.
CRAWFORD, Raymond M. Brian Fitzpatrick 1905-1965,
Historical studies, v. 12 no. 46, April 1966 : 327-9
CROWLEY, Frank. Brian Fitzpatrick: a tribute. Labour
History, no.10, 1966: 3-4
GOLLAN, Robin. Brian Fitzpatrick. Overland, no. 33,
December 1965: 9
HANCOCK, Sir Keith. Brian Fitzpatrick: a tribute Meanjin
Quarterly, v.24 no. 103, 1965: 393-4
TURNER, Ian. Introduction. In Fitzpatrick, B. Short
history of the Australian labor movement. Melbourne, Macmillan, 1968.
(re-issue of 1944 ed.)
1. Australian Council for Civil Liberties, 1935-1965
(b) Agenda, minutes and reports
(c) Cases, 1936-1965
(d) Financial papers, 1936-1956
(e) Publications of A.C.C.L.
(f) Publications of overseas civil liberties organisations
(g) Scrap books and press cuttings
(h) Maurice Blackburn Testimonial Committee, 1944
(i) Miscellaneous notes
2. Personal papers
(a) General correspondence, 1931-1965
(b) Financial papers, 1941-1965
(c) Diaries and note books, 1944-1965
(d) Personal correspondence, c1942-1966
(e) Personal documents, 1925-1964
3. General publications
4. General press cuttings
6. Work for the Commonwealth Government, 1942-1944
7. Standard Hours Enquiry, 1946-1947
8. General Election, 1943
9. General Election, 1961
10. Labor news letter, Australian Democrats, Australian News Review, 1950-1965
11. All Nations Cultural Centre, 1956-1957
12. Testimonial dinner, 1964
(a) Australia (1950)
(b) The Australian Commonwealth (1956)
(c) The Australian encyclopaedia (1958)
(d) The Australian people 1788-1945 (1946)
(e) British Empire in Australia (1949)
(f) British imperialism and Australia, 1783-1833 (1939)
(g) The highest bidder (1965)
(h) 90 years of the Australian Natives Association in Victoria
(i) Pageant of Australian history (1949)
(j) Reading in Australian history (1965)
(k) The rich get richer (1944)
(m) Papers and lectures
(n) Scripts for broadcasts
14. Articles by others
15. Tributes after Fitzpatricks death, 1965
Series 1. Australian Council For Civil Liberties,
A small group which included Brian Fitzpatrick met in Melbourne in
December 1935 and decided to establish an organisation dedicated to the
preservation of civil liberties. Most of the group had been members of the Book
Censorship Abolition League set up in 1934 by W. Macmahon Ball "to protect the
rights of readers and booksellers" after the extensive censorship of political
literature during the previous two years. In May 1936 the Council for Civil
Liberties was formed at a public meeting. At the annual meeting in 1939 the
Council became the Australian Council for Civil Liberties and Brian Fitzpatrick
was elected general secretary, a position he held until his death.
The aim of the Council as set out in its 1936 constitution was to assist
in the maintenance of the rights of citizens, " against infringement by
executive or judicial authority contrary to due process of law, or by tendency
of governmental or other agencies to use their powers at the expense of the
liberties which citizens in this country have enjoyed." The Council defended
individuals and groups irrespective of their political affiliations when it
considered "they had been treated unjustly or stood in peril of injustice" and
"applied itself to informing the public of facts and implications of
In April 1965 Fitzpatrick wrote of the Council:
"before, during and for a few years after the War it operated chiefly
from Melbourne but with advisory committees in various States. It remains in
existence, but a voluntary organisation now as at all times of
late years has not functioned as a continuing body conducting regular meetings,
etc. Our latest national campaign was conducted towards the end of 1960, when
clauses of the amending Crime Act (Commonwealth) of that year were vigorously
contested. Nowadays we handle individual cases referred to us, and continue as
a loose organisation of (chiefly) lawyers and parliamentarians".
The records of the A.C.C.L. have been organised into eight subseries;
each is described briefly.
Subseries 1 (a). Correspondence
The correspondence of the Council is arranged chronologically and
documents its formation, the drafting of a constitution, the establishment of
committees in the States, the resignation in 1939 of its first president
Herbert Burton and its increased activity during and immediately after World
War II. There is also correspondence with members, societies and committees,
mostly in Melbourne, concerning literature, guest speakers, meetings and the
twentieth anniversary dinner in 1956. In addition, there are letters from the
National Council of Civil Liberties, London, and the American Civil Liberties
Union, New York.
Subseries 1 (b). Agenda, minutes and reports
This subseries contains seven books of complete agenda, minutes and
reports of the executive and general meetings of the Council (1936-1956). There
is also an incomplete set of loose copies of minutes and annual reports
(1940-1960) and notes written by Dorothy Fitzpatrick at a meeting on 25 October
1965 after her husbands death.
Subseries 1 (c). Cases, 1936-1965
The files of the A.C.C.L. contain correspondence, reports of deputations
to Ministers, reports of police court and similar proceedings, statutory
declarations and briefs for counsel. "The Councils practice was to verify
and assemble facts and precedents and obtain legal advice before proceeding, by
way of lobbying, deputation or other representation, publicity, parliamentary
questions and speeches on adjournment and litigation".
The papers concerning each case have been kept together, likewise the
material relating to the public campaigns. The files have been arranged in
Subseries 1 (d). Financial papers, 1936-1956
The financial papers include a cashbook (1937-1940), two membership
books (1937-1940, 1945-1951); a smaller number of accounts and receipts; record of sales of A.C.C.L. pamphlets and other publications by Fitzpatrick, 1939; and
correspondence from 1936 until 1960 concerning subscriptions, donations, the
production and sale of publications and the appeals for funds in 1953 and
Subseries 1 (e). A.C.C.L. publications
This subseries contains an incomplete set of Civil liberty, the
bulletin of the Australian Council for Civil Liberties (1935-1957). The
Councils many pamphlets and leaflets, mostly the work of Fitzpatrick,
have been arranged in chronological order.
Subseries 1 (f). Overseas publications
Included here are publications of the National Council of Civil
Liberties (1937-1961), the American Civil Liberties Union (1942-1964), the
Chicago Civil Liberties Committee (1946-1947), the International Conference on
Human Rights, London (1947) and the Committee to secure justice in the
Rosenberg case (1952-1953).
Subseries 1 (g). Scrap books and press cuttings
The subseries contains two scrap books (1936-1946) together with loose
cuttings concerning Council; other cuttings have been placed with their
Subseries 1 (h). Maurice Blackburn Testimonial Committee,
J.V. Barry was president and Brian Fitzpatrick secretary of the
committee formed in October 1943 to arrange a testimonial to Maurice Blackburn,
then president of the A.C.C.L. When his terminal illness became known,
Blackburn was paid a sum of money and, after his death on 31 March 1944, the
balance of the fund, together with a document of appreciation, were given to
his widow, Doris Blackburn.
The records of the committee were entrusted to the A.C.C.L. They contain
correspondence, a list of donors, minutes of meetings, financial statements and
the final report of the executive, dated 27 June 1944.
Subseries 1 (i). Miscellaneous notes and printed
Series 2. Personal Papers
This series has been divided into five subseries: (1) General
correspondence, (2) Financial papers, (3) Diaries, (4) Personal correspondence and (5) Personal documents.
Subseries 2 (a). General correspondence, 1931-1965
The letters and cards dating from 1931 until 1965 are arranged
chronologically and contain correspondence between Fitzpatrick and his
colleagues in the fields of literature, history and politics.
They discuss Fitzpatricks Fellowship at the University of
Melbourne; his expulsion from the Australian Labor Party in 1944; applications
for academic positions in 1947 and 1958; the grant he received in 1955 from the
Social Science Research Council of Australia; and the Conference of Historians
he attended in Canberra in 1957. There are also letters relating to his
writings in Smiths weekly, Meanjin quarterly, New
Zealand monthly review, The Rationalist and Overland,
together with letters and circulars from the Australian Journalists
Association, the Fellowship of Writers and the Australian Society of
In 1931 Fitzpatrick published privately a collection Songs and
poems and received a letter of congratulation from Walter Murdoch. In 1948
Murdoch asked permission to include one of the poems Cenotaph in
his anthology A book of Australian and New Zealand verse (Oxford
University Press, 1949). Details of Bernard ODowds will were
discussed in letters to W. Slater in 1948, and in 1957. Fitzpatrick
corresponded with Sir John Latham about references made in Civil
Liberty (v.3, no 1-2, July 1957) to Sir John Medley and Sir David
A small number of letters and Christmas cards are included from friends
Vance and Nettie Palmer, Eric and Eleanor Dark, Dymphna Cusack, Clem
Christesen, Sir John Barry, Robin Gollan, Jim Davidson, Hugh Hesher, A.W.
Sheppard and others. Most were written during the period 1955-1965.
Subseries 2 (b). Financial papers, 1941-1965
Bank slips and statements (1957-1965), cheque
butts (1962-1965) taxation returns and notices of assessment (1956-1965),
publishers statements (1941-1965) and miscellaneous domestic accounts and
Subseries 2 (c). Diaries and notebooks, 1944-1965
Two pocket diaries noting appointments in 1944 and 1954, together with a small number of loose notes and 23 research notebooks, dated 1941, c1960-1965 and undated.
Subseries 2 (d). Personal correspondence, c.1942-1966
Letters of Kathleen Fitzpatrick to Brian Fitzpatrick, 1954 and 1964 (2 letters); Dorothy Fitzpatrick to Brian Fitzpatrick, c.1950 (photocopy); and Brian Fitzpatrick to Sheila Fitzpatrick, 1957-1965 (photocopies: originals retained by Professor Fitzpatrick); together with personal letters, cards and postcards to Brian Fitzpatrick, c.1942-1966, from various correspondents including Sir John Barry (1963), Dymphna Cusack (fragment, 1965), Clem Christesen (card, 1957), Robin Boyd (postcard), Eleanor Dark (1944), Hephzibah Menuhin (1953), Charles Meeking and P.G. Wodehouse.
For letters of Brian Fitzpatrick to Dorothy Fitzpatrick, refer to MS 9920, Series 8/1.
Subseries 2 (e). Personal documents, 1925-1964
University of Melbourne Commencement program, 1925; photo of staff of the World, 1931, reproduced in Journalist, October 1964; ‘Notes for submission to the Treasurer on Post-war reconstruction planning organisation’; address on ‘Matriculation’, undated; notes, invitations and receipts. Also 3 envelopes addressed to Bernard O’Dowd, 1904 and 1906, one with notes by Fitzpatrick on verso.
Series 3. General publications
The collection contains a number of publications including single copies
of Historical studies, The Justice of the Peace, The
rationalist, The left news, The Bulletin, National
observer, Overland, Outlook, The theatre
industry, The free spirit, Meanjin quarterly,
Vestes, The seamens journal, and The sheet metal
There are also copies of Commonwealth and State legislation,
parliamentary debates and printed material of the Australian Peace Council, the
Zionist Federation of Australia and New Zealand, the Australian
Hypnotherapists Association and the Fellowship of Australian Writers.
Further publications have been placed in the appropriate series.
Series 4. General press cuttings
There are a small number of loose cuttings about politics, Catholic
Action, economic and foreign affairs, education and industrial relations. Other
cuttings are contained in their relevant series.
Also placed here is a xerox copy of a scrap book (1931-1935) containing
notes and cuttings of Fitzpatricks articles published in The Sydney
Morning Herald and The Herald (Melbourne) and a folder containing
press reviews of his monograph A short history of the Australian labor
movement (Melbourne, Rawson Bookshop, 1941).
Series 5. Certificates
In this series are Fitzpatricks degrees from the University of
Melbourne: Bachelor of Arts (with honours) dated 2 May 1925 and Master of Arts,
22 December 1934.
Series 6. Work for Commonwealth Government,
Fitzpatrick was given leave from the University of Melbourne from
September 1942 until March 1944. During this period he worked first for the
Commonwealth Rationing Commission and later, from June 1943, for the Department
of War Organisation of Industry.
The series is small but has been divided into two subseries. The first
contains a memorandum (dated September 1942) from Fitzpatrick to H.C. Coombs,
Director of Rationing, about the proposed Department of Post-War Reconstruction
and his notes, written in December, dealing with organisation of the new
In October 1942 Fitzpatrick joined a committee set up by the
Attorney-General, H.V. Evatt, to prepare and publish a book setting out the
purpose and effect of the Constitution Alteration (Post-war Aims and
Reconstruction) Bill. The subseries includes a typescript copy of the
resolutions adopted by the editorial committee at its inaugural meeting, a long
letter, dated November 1942, from Fitzpatrick to Evatt about the Bill and
further letters to Coombs concerning the booklet.
In December 1942 Fitzpatrick was invited with J.V. Barry and Vance
Palmer to a conference of the Prime Ministers Committee on National
Morale. A.A. Conlon was chairman and the committee members included S.H.
Deamer, J. Stone, K.L. Barry and A.K. Stout. The second subseries contains the
report on the public relations of the Department of War Organisation of
Industry, which Fitzpatrick made to the Minister, J.J. Dedman, following the
conference; and his letter to G.T. Chippendall concerning the Departments
functions and their effects on the electoral prospects of Dedman. A typescript
draft of a pamphlet intended to be circulated by A.L.P. branches in the State
electoral districts within the federal division of Corio, during the Victorian
election campaign in 1943, and a typescript article, probably written by
Fitzpatrick, entitled Measures taken by the Department of War
Organisation of Industry in Australia 1942 and 1943, complete the
Series 7. Standard Hours Enquiry 1946-1947
In 1946 and 1947 Fitzpatrick worked with the Australasian Council of
Trade Unions in preparing its submission in the Standard Hours Enquiry (40 hour
week) before the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration.
The series is small but includes letters to H.C. Coombs, F. Gruen and K.
Gott referring to Fitzpaticks research work; notes, his typescript and
processed submissions to the Court, printed material including the submission
of A.J. Tyrer, and a letter of appreciation from A.E. Monk dated January
Series 8. General election, 1943
This series contains Fitzpatricks correspondence with John Cain,
Victorian A.L.P. Leader, about advertisements for the general election
campaign; scripts of broadcasts by J.J. Dedman, Minister for War Organisation
of Industry, C.A. Crofts of the A.C.T.U., J. Cain and Geelong unionists G.
Gorrie and A. Grecian; campaign literature supporting the candidature of J.V.
Barry for Balaclava, T.M. Jude for Fawkner and the A.L.P. Senate team D.
Cameron, R.V. Keane and J.M. Sheehan; notes for speakers, literature of the
Communist Party of Australia; and press cuttings containing advertisements,
nominations and the results of the election.
Series 9. General election, 1961
In December 1960 Fitzpatrick was invited to join the National Organising
Committee of the A.L.P., which was working towards the general election of
1961. The series consists of a small amount of correspondence with F.E.
Chamberlain, F. Crean, C.S. Wyndham, P.J. Kennelly and J.A. Mulvihill
concerning the committee; a copy of the A.L.P. federal platform adopted at the
federal conference in 1961; papers from 1961 annual conference of the N.S.W.
branch of the party; a report prepared by Wyndham in 1961 entitled Notes on
the election results 1951-58 (State of Victoria); and press cuttings.
Series 10. Labor news letter, Australian Democrat, Australian News Review, 1950-1965
Brian Fitzpatricks Labor news letter: what is going on in
Australian politics was a monthly periodical which commenced in June 1958
and was described as "a non-profit making personal undertaking for limited
circulation". It ceased publication when Fitzpatrick died in 1965.
The papers contain correspondence between Fitzpatrick, his circulation
manager W. McCarthy, and advertisers and subscribers concerning administration
and issues discussed in Labor news letter. They include the general
elections of 1958, 1961 and 1963; the election of the Senate in 1964; the
Australian Democratic Labor Party; amendments to the Crimes Act (1960)
and North-West Cape lease (1963). Also included are three receipt books
(1962-1965); lists of subscribers; a complete set of Labor news
letter (v. 1 no. 1, June 1958 v. 7 no. 79, 31 August 1965); and issues of Australian News Review v.1 no.1-v.3 no.2 (January 1951-October 1953) and Australian democrat v.3 no.23 (August 1950 only).
Series 11. All Nations Cultural Centre
The All Nations Cultural Centre was launched in Melbourne in July
1956, with the object of promoting "closer cultural relations will all nations,
especially by arranging exchange of books, pictures, music, handicrafts and
visits to and from Australia by cultural groups and individuals".
The series contains correspondence written during 1956 and 1957 between
the chairman Fitzpatrick and executive members Catherine Atkins, Evelyn
Rothfield and others concerning the formation of the Centre, its functions
during the Olympic Games in 1956, and its suspension at the end of 1957 due to
lack of public support.
Series 12. Testimonial dinner, 1964
In June 1964 Brian Fitzpatrick was given a testimonial dinner "in
recognition of his work for labor, civil liberties and in historical
scholarship". It was held at the University of Melbourne and attended by three
hundred guests. Sir John Barry was chairman, and addresses were given by Sir
John Latham, H. E. Holt, S. H. Cohen, Dr J. F. Cairns, P. A. Morawetz and I. R.
Maxwell. A leather-bound book, containing letters, photographs and a record of
the proceedings, forms the series.
Series 13. Writings
This series contains manuscripts, correspondence and other papers
relating to some of Fitzpatricks books and articles. Works written under
the auspices of the Australian Council for Civil Liberties have been placed
with the Councils records in Series 1(e).
Subseries 13 (a). Australia (1950)
In 1950 Fitzpatrick signed an agreement with Common Ground Ltd. of
London to write a strip-textbook entitled Australia in the series
Growth of the British Empire.
The material contains the agreement, correspondence with Ian Carter of
Common Ground Ltd during 1949 and 1950, a typescript copy of Fitzpatricks
manuscript Australia, and a copy of Fitzpatrick Maddens New
Zealand written for the same series.
Subseries 13 (b). The Australian Commonwealth
Brian Fitzpatrick was awarded a grant by the Social Science Research
Council of Australia in 1955 to complete The Australian Commonwealth: a
picture of the community 1901-1955.
A small subseries contains letters received by Fitzpatrick from the
Council and government department during the writing of the book. Letters and
reviews which he received after its publication by Cheshire in 1956 are also
Subseries 13 (c). The Australian encyclopaedia
The papers comprise Fitzpatricks correspondence with editor A.H.
Chisholm from 1948 until 1950, concerning contributions to The Australian
encyclopaedia. Also included are typescript copies of the articles:
strikes and lockouts, public enterprise, standard hours of industry,
refrigeration, trade unionism, Sir Francis Forbes and Thomas A. Scott.
Subseries 13 (d). The Australian people 1788-1945
The subseries contains letters written during 1945 and 1946 by
Fitzpatrick and G.F. James of the Melbourne University Press dealing with the
publication of The Australian people 1788-1945. Also included are an
annotated typescript copy of Fitzpatricks manuscript originally entitled
Australia, my people and press cuttings of reviews.
Subseries 13 (e). The British Empire in
The British Empire in Australia: an economic history 1834-1939
was published for Brian Fitzpatrick by Melbourne University Press in 1941; a
second edition appeared in 1949. This subseries consists of a small amount of
correspondence written between Fitzpatrick and the publishers in 1944; a draft
of the preface, and amendments to footnotes which he prepared the second
Subseries 13 (f). British imperialism and Australia
After Fitzpatrick won the Harbison Higinbotham Scholarship in 1937 with
the manuscript An economic history of Australia 1783-1833 he
submitted it to George Allen and Unwin of London where it was subsequently
published in 1939 with the title British imperialism and Australia
Fitzpatricks contract and correspondence with publishers, together
with an annotated typescript copy of the manuscript, publishers proof
pages and reviews form the subseries. A second edition was discussed in 1943
and 1946 but owing to "production problems" this was not completed.
Subseries 13 (g). The highest bidder (1965)
This large subseries contains annotated typescript drafts of the
monograph The highest bidder: a citizens guide to problems of foreign
investment in Australia, written by Brian Fitzpatrick and E.L. Wheelwright
and published in Melbourne by Landsdowne in 1965. The authors
correspondence together with Fitzpatricks notes, drafts and research
material are also included.
Subseries 13 (h). 90 Years of the Australian Natives
Association in Victoria (1961)
In 1961 Fitzpatrick was commissioned "to write a short history of the
Australian Natives Association of approximately 10, 000 words". The
subseries contains his correspondence with J.C. Gill, general secretary of the
Australia Natives Association; the proof sheets for 90 years of
Australian Natives Association in Victoria; an issue of ANA
Press (v. 5 no. 3, 1961), to commemorate its ninetieth anniversary;
ANA Press (v. 4 nos. 10 and 12, 1960 and v. 5, no.2, 1961) and the
report of proceedings of the Associations eighty-fifth annual conference
Subseries 13 (i). Pageant of Australian history
Two typescript copies of the sixteen episodes of Pageant of
Australian history written for the Australian Broadcasting Commission in
1949, and the correspondence between Fitzpatrick and Neil Hutchison of the
A.B.C. during 1949 and 1950, from this subseries.
Subseries 13 (j). Readings in Australian history
Fitzpatrick was general editor and B.J. Munday the consulting editor of
the series Reading in Australian history published by Cheshires in
1965. There is correspondence with Munday, A. Fabinyi of Cheshires and
contributors A.W. Martin, G. Serle and N.F. Goss concerning the series. Also
included are typescript copies of Pastoral Australia: Bourke to the gold
rushes written by Fitzpatrick as Volume II; and the chapter entitled
Federal prospect and inter-party manoevres: Parkes Barton
correspondence 1887-1895 which he contributed to Volume V: Political
parties and groupings under colonial self-government. Fitzpatrick was
working on this series at the time of his death.
Subseries 13 (k). The rich get richer. Melbourne,
Rawsons Bookshop, 1944.
Subseries 13 (l). Published articles
Articles by Fitzpatrick have been grouped in this subseries. See also
Series 4 which contains copies of press cuttings of some of Fitzpatricks
articles published in The Herald (Melbourne) during 1934 and 1935.
1. Barry, John V. Alexander Maconochie of Norfolk Island,
Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1959. Review: Overland, July 1959:
2. Dilemma of Labor politics, Arena, No. 4, winter
1964 : 7-8
3. Drama of the false dawn. Book news,
December 1947: 306-7
4. Freedom to criticise? The ABC, the RSL and you, the people,
5. Good faith and political science, APSA news,
bulletin of the Australian Political Studies Association, v. 1, no. 2, 1956:
6. How Australians made war last year,
Smiths weekly, 4 January 1941: 5.
7. The man who worshipped squares, Steads
review, 1 September 1931; 28-31
8. News and views: free speech, The Rationalist,
January February 1955: 113-115; News and views: problem of education, The
Rationalist, September-October 1963: 63-4
9. Watch-dog of library, Digest of world reading,
v. 4, no. 10, April 1941: 65-68
10. Where do we go from here?, Smiths weekly,
25 March 1944, 1 April 1944, and 22 July 1944.
Subseries 13 (m). Typescript pages and lectures
1. Australian capitalism, 1942.
2. The Australian labour movement. A questionnaire produced in 1957, as research for a
proposed monograph on the Australian labour movement.
3. Autobiographical articles submitted to Meanjin quarterly in
1965 (not published).
4. The colonist, a xerox typescript of a novel about Fitzpatricks family, written
c. 1931 and rejected for publication.; ‘The colonials: a novel’, c1932/1933, a draft of the semi-autobiographical novel by Fitzpatrick, never published, with a note on its provenance.
5. The comics, the censorship and the law, 1954.
6. A critical analysis of 772 Australian and New Zealand
industrial institutions (c. 1941) (2 copies)
7. A future or no future foreign policy and the ALP.
Max Poulter Memorial Lecture. Brisbane, 1964 (later published by the Fabian
Society, Melbourne. Victoria Fabian Pamphlet no. 14, 1966).
8. Introduction. In Drohan, N.T. and Day, J.H. (eds), Readings in
Australian economics (Melbourne, Cassell, 1965).
9. Irish in Australia (1957).
10. The Movement in Victoria (n.d.).
11. The origins of the people are not in the library (paper
read to History and Government Section, ANZAAS Conference, Canberra 14 January
12. Peace and security (n.d.).
13. The shrinking liberties of labour, 10 April 1948.
14. The situation of the writer (n.d.).
15. The trade in literature (n.d.).
16. Very import politicians and other, 1954.
17. Victoria Labor College lecture, 1964.
18. Waterside Workers Federation of Australia.
19. ‘Counter-revolution in Australian historiography?’ Meanjin (printer’s proof).
20. ‘Censorship’ article for New International Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1954 (1 p. typescript).
Subseries 13 (n). Script for Broadcasts
Fitzpatrick made frequent broadcasts on Melbourne radio stations, but
the only scripts which he kept are the following:
1. Civil liberties in Australia, 3XY, 18 July 1943.
2. For the senior student, ABC, 3AR.
(a). From the industrial revolution to automation, 9 May
(b). Politics of federation, 2 August 1956.
3. Nations Forum of the Air, ABC. What should be the limits of your free speech?, 15 February
4. What do you make of it?, 3XY.
(a). Democratising Japan, 21 August 1948.
(b). A plea for reason, 14 October 1950.
(c). Truculent minorities, 16 February (n.d.).
(d). (untitled), 23 March 1946.
5. University of the Air, ABC. Correspondence and scripts, 1961.
6. The voice of Churchill: historic recordings as a great orators
Series 14. Articles by others
The series contains typescript and printed articles concerning history,
the law , economics, trade unionism, Aboriginal affairs, humanism, the
Australian Labor Party and foreign affairs by J.S. Baker, F.O. Barnett, J.V.
Barry, J.W. Burton, D. Copland, C.P. Fitzgerald, H. Hester, V. James, J.D.
Kane, F.E. Lee, E.H. McGrath, P.J. OFarrell, G. Parsons, J. Playford, T.
Truman and others, together with the papers prepared for the Conference of
Historians in Canberra (1957) and the Australian Political Studies Conferences
in Sydney (1961) and Canberra (1962).
Also included is a typescript copy, bound in two volumes, of
Australian labor leader (1940) by H.V. Evatt.
Series 15. Tributes after Fitzpatricks death,
The messages received by Dorothy Fitzpatrick after her husbands
death on 3 September 1965 are grouped in this series. Also placed here are
copies of the tributes to Fitzpatrick published in The Bulletin, Historical
studies, Jewish herald, The Journalist, Labour history,
Lots wife, Meanjin quarterly, Outlook and
1976. Last amended January 2006.