MS 5274
Papers of Sir Paul Hasluck (1905- )



Scope and Content Note

  • 1925-89
  • 6.6 metres (40 boxes)
  • Partly closed (Boxes 1-17, 39)

This collection was transferred to the Library in four consignments between 1976 and 2001. The first consignment (Boxes 1-17), consisting of Curtin Electorate papers, was transferred to the Library from the Curtin Electoral Office by Hasluck's successor M.P., The Hon. Victor Garland. The second consignment (Boxes 18-31) was presented to the Library by Sir Paul in 1983 and consists of printed and roneoed material on a variety of subjects. The third consignment (Boxes 32-39) consists of ten bound volumes of personal papers in addition to five boxes of material relating to the Northern Territory and to Australian Aborigines. The fourth consignment (box 40) was received from Sir David Smith, Secretary to the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, and consists of the Official Secretary's copy of speeches made by Hasluck between 1969 and 1974.

Please note that Hasluck's ministerial and official files are held by the National Archives of Australia, A.C.T. Office.


Biographical Note

1905        Born in Fremantle, Western Australia                           
1922-38     Journalist with the West Australian                            
1932        Married Alexandra Margaret Darker                              
1939-40     Lecturer in History, University of Western Australia           
1941-47     Officer of the Commonwealth Department of External Affairs     
1946-47     Head of the Australian Mission to the United Nations           
1948-49     Research Reader in History, University of Western Australia    
1949-69     MHR for Curtin, Wesern Australia                               
1951        Published first volume of The Government and the people        
            part of the series Australia in the war of 1939-1945           
1951-63     Minister for Territories                                       
1963        Minister for Defence                                           
1964-69     Minister for External Affairs                                  
1969        Appointed G.C.M.G.                                             
1969-74     Governor-General of Australia                                  
1970        Appointed G.C.V.O.                                             
            Published second volume of The Government and the people       
1976        Published A Time for building: Australian administration       
            in Papua New Guinea                                            
1977        Published Mucking about: an autobiography                      
1979        Created K.G.                                                   

Series Description

I.
1976 Consignment
Curtin Electoral Papers, 1950-69 (CLOSED until Jan. 2020)

Boxes 1-16: Constituents correspondence files, A-Z, 1950-69:

Box 1            A         
Box 2            B
Box 3            B-C
Box 4            C
Box 5            D-E
Box 6            F
Box 7            G
Box 8            H
Box 9            H-J
Box 10           K-L
Box 11           M
Box 12           N-P
Box 13           R-S
Box 14           S 
Box 15           T
Box 16           U-Z

Box 17   

Folder re 1954 elections, includes correspondence, notes,
reports,worksheets, booth figures, etc.
Miscellaneous constituents correspondence, M-R, 1956-69.                  

II.
1983 Consignment
Miscellaneous printed and roneoed leaflets, booklets, reports, statements, releases and ephemera.

(Available for reference)

Arranged into subject groupings by National Library staff.

See Appendix 1 for consignment inventory.

Box 18

Liberal Party                                                             

Box 19

R.G. Menzies - speeches and statements                                    

Box 20

Australian Labor Party                                                    
Communism (including the Communist Party Dissolution Bill)                

Box 21

Elections, 1949-61                                                        

Box 22

Elections, 1961                                                           

Box 23

Elections, 1962-63                                                        

Box 24

Elections, 1964-67                                                        
Economics                                                                 

Box 25

Post War planning and reconstruction                                      
Religion                                                                  

Box 26

Defence and regional security                                             

Box 27

Information on other nations, A-Pakistan                                  

Box 28

Information on other nations, PNG-Yugoslavia                              

Box 29

Foreign relations and foreign policy                                      
British Commonwealth                                                      
Immigration                                                               
Colombo Plan                                                              
Education                                                                 

Box 30

Law                                                                       
Media/Censorship                                                          
Public health                                                             
Geography                                                                 
Aviation/Air transport                                                    
Miscellaneous                                                             

Box 31

Miscellaneous (including history, politics and government).               


III.
1989 Consignment
Material re Australian Aborigines and the Northern Territory, 1945-63, plus bound volumes of personal papers, 1925-89.

(Available for reference except for two bound volumes in Box 39)

Boxes 32-36

Material re Australian Aborigines and the Northern Territory, 1945-63
(see Appendices B-C for annotated lists prepared by Sir Paul Hasluck)                                           

Boxes 37-39

Bound volumes of personal papers, 1925-89                         

Box 37 (see Appendix D for contents lists of volumes)

Foreign Affairs, 1946-68 (three volumes)                                  
Papers on government, 1932-89

Box 38 (see Appendix D for contents lists of volumes)

Vice-Regal speeches, 1969-74                                              
Orations, 1958-82                                                         
Northern Territory, 1951-63                                               
Australian Aborigines, 1925-65                                            

Box 39 (CLOSED until 2010)

Australian politics - notes on books, 1965-84                             
Sundry persons, 1958-73                                                   


IV
2001 Consignment

This addition was received from Sir David Smith, Secretary to the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia on 28 February 2001.

Box 40

The Official Secretary's copy of speeches made by Sir Paul Hasluck between 1969 and 1974.

An alphabetical and a chronological index to these addresses are included in the addition. Copies can be found in Appendix E.

 
March 1992
Amended April 2001