MS 6634
Papers of John Molony



Summary

Creator: John Neylon Molony

Title: Papers

Dater range: 1930s-1997

Extent: 15.28 m (106 boxes + 1 folio box)

Reference number: MS 6634


Administrative Information

Access: Restricted, except for Series 1, folders 24 and 29, which are closed until the deaths of Molony and his wife

Provenance

The bulk of the papers were acquired from John Molony in 1998, under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme (TIAS). Three earlier small consignments were received from Molony - two donated in 1981 and 1985 and one acquired under the TIAS in 1989.


Scope and Content note

The papers in this collection provide a comprehensive record of the life and career of John Molony.

Molony's long career with the Australian National University is reflected in the large amount of correspondence, lecture material, reports and administrative papers he has accumulated. There are also papers relating to much of Molony's published work and these include a large quantity of research material, draft typescripts, correspondence, newspaper cuttings and reviews.

The extensive correspondence is a particular strength of this collection. Molony is a prolific letter writer and has retained much of the correspondence received over the course of his life and career. This correspondence, particularly with family and friends, often provides very personal glimpses of Molony at various stages during his life. In addition to this, Molony's mother kept the very detailed letters he wrote from Rome while studying for the priesthood. Combined with the correspondence relating to his decision to leave the Church, they provide insights into life in the priesthood in the 1950s and 1960s. Apart from family and colleagues, correspondents include Ian Burns, Manning Clark, Dorothy Green, Bishop Bede Heather, Xavier Herbert, Ken and Amirah Inglis, Archbishop Frank Little, Geoff Lloyd and Bill Mandle.

Molony has been involved with many organisations over the years, mostly as a committee member. The collection includes correspondence, minutes of meetings and other papers relating to these organisations.

Organisation

The Library has arranged the papers into 32 series.

The papers were accumulated by Molony over a long period of time and, on receipt, comprised mainly manila folders and a large quantity of loose papers. The loose papers were grouped by the Library according to series and placed in folders. The manila folders created by Molony were kept intact. Molony allocated titles to many of the manila folders and these titles have been used in the folder descriptions within each series. Where no title was available, the description is based on the contents of the folder.

Related material

The Oral History Section of the Library holds the following related recordings:

  • ORAL TRC 2285 Interview with John Molony by Peter Biskup, 1988
  • ORAL TRC 2275 Interview with Alex Jesaulenko, Australian football player and coach, by John Molony, 1988
  • ORAL TRC 2364 Proceedings of the 3rd National Folklore Conference held in the National Library of Australia on 26-27 November, 1988 (Molony was a participant at the Conference)
  • ORAL TRC 435 'The Italian elections', an ANU Convocation luncheon address given by John Molony on June 16, 1976

Biographical Note

John Neylon Molony is an academic, historian and author. He was born in Melbourne on 15 April 1927, the first son of Michael Joseph and Bridget Jane (neé McInerney). Between 1933 and 1944, he was educated at Sea Lake State School and St Patrick's College, Ballarat.

In 1945, Molony began studies for the priesthood at Corpus Christi College, Werribee. His achievements at the College were such that he was selected to undertake a six-year study program at Propaganda Fide College in Rome. He left Australia in 1947 and was not to return until 1954. Molony was ordained a priest in Rome in December 1950. He continued his studies at the Propaganda Fide College and in 1952 completed post-graduate studies in Canon Law. In 1953-54 he practised Canon Law in Boston, USA.

Molony returned to Australia in 1954 to take up duty as a priest at St Patrick's Presbytery, Ballarat. During his time at Ballarat, Molony was a chaplain and teacher at St Patrick's College. In addition, in 1955-63 he was the Canon Lawyer for the Ecclesiastical Court of the Victorian Province and Director of Catholic Action organisations.

In 1964, Molony decided to leave the priesthood and in a civil ceremony in 1965 he married Denise Margaret Chandler, with whom he has four children. He was granted a dispensation from the priesthood in 1966 and was married in that same year in a private Catholic ceremony. In 1969, Molony and his wife agreed to tell their story in an episode of the ABC-TV documentary series Chequer Board.

Molony's long involvement with the Australian National University (ANU) began in 1964, when he was employed as a Research Assistant in Medieval History in the School of Social Science. He was to go on to become Head of the Department of History and to hold the Manning Clark Chair of Australian History from 1982 until his retirement from the University in 1990. On his retirement, the ANU appointed Molony as an Emeritus Professor of History.

During the early years of his career as an academic at the ANU, Molony also continued with his studies. In 1968 he was admitted to the degree of Master of Arts with his thesis 'The Roman mould of the Australian Catholic Church' and in 1971 to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy with his thesis 'John Hubert Plunkett in New South Wales, 1832-1869'. Both theses were subsequently published.

Molony returned twice to Rome to study. In 1974, he was awarded an exchange scholarship by the Italian Government to undertake one year of study in Rome. He also lectured at the university there. In 1984 he took sabbatical leave of one year to undertake research at the Vatican Library and Archives.

Following his retirement from the ANU in 1990, Molony was appointed to the Keith Cameron Professorship of Australian History at University College, Dublin. He held this position until 1993.

In 1993, on his return to Australia, Molony was appointed to the Foundation Research Professorship in History at the Australian Catholic University in Canberra. He left the University in July 1996.

Throughout his life, as well as maintaining a close relationship with the Catholic Church, Molony has played an active role in the community. He has been a committee member of a number of organisations including the Australian Labor Party, the Indo-China Refugee Association, the Eureka Stockade Memorial Trust and several Australian Rules Football groups. He has also been a long-standing member of the Dante Alighieri Society, holding the position of President from 1976 until 1990. In 1990, in recognition of his contribution to the interests of Italian culture, Molony was awarded the 'Onorifecenza Cavaliere OMRI' by the Italian Government.

During the course of his career, Molony has published a number of scholarly works on subjects as diverse as the encyclical of Pope Leo XIII and Ned Kelly, as well as numerous newspaper and journal articles, chapters in books and literary reviews. His published works include:

  • The Roman mould of the Australian Catholic Church, Melbourne, Melbourne University Press, 1969
  • An architect of freedom: John Hubert Plunkett in New South Wales, 1832-1869, Canberra, ANU Press, 1973 ·
  • The emergence of political Catholicism in Italy: Partito Popolare, 1919-1926, London, Croom Helm, 1977
  • I am Ned Kelly, Melbourne, Allen Lane, 1980
  • Eureka, Melbourne, Viking, 1984
  • The Penguin bicentennial history of Australia, Melbourne, Viking, 1987
  • The worker question: a new historical perspective on Rerum Novarum, Melbourne, Collins Dove, 1991
  • A soul came into Ireland: Thomas Davis, 1814-1845, Dublin, Geography Publications, 1995
  • The Native-Born: the first white Australians, Melbourne, Melbourne University Press, 2000

Series List

1 Family correspondence, 1939-97
2 Correspondence with friends, 1949-96
3 General correspondence and papers, 1963-96
4 Family papers, 1930s-1990
5 Financial papers, 1969-96
6 Diaries, 1951, 1976-94
7 Australian National University, 1964-90
8 Australian Catholic University, 1993-96
9 Lecture material, 1964-93
10 The Roman mould of the Australian Catholic Church, 1967-72
11 An architect of freedom: John Hubert Plunkett in New South Wales, 1832-1869, 1969-74
12 The emergence of political Catholicism in Italy: Partito Popolare 1919-1926, 1975-77
13 I am Ned Kelly, 1977-90
14 Eureka, 1980-84
15 The Penguin history of Australia, 1985-89
16 The worker question: a new historical perspective on Rerum novarum, 1984-91
17 A soul came into Ireland: Thomas Davis, 1814-1845, 1993-96
18 Other published writings by Molony, 1955-92
19 Unpublished writings by Molony
20 Speeches by Molony, 1969-96
21 Research material
22 Newsletters, 1982-95
23 Australian Rules Football, 1971-95
24 Dante Alighieri Society of Canberra, 1971-95
25 CRIPAC Press, 1971-73
26 Australian Labor Party, 1973-96
27 Australian Bicentennial Authority, 1977-83
28 Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, 1979-95
29 Indo-China Refugee Association, 1979-95
30 Canberra History Project, 1984-86
31 Church papers, 1985-94
32 Eureka Stockade, 1988-97

Series Description

Series 1 Family correspondence, 1939-97

This series comprises correspondence between Molony and his immediate and extended family. There are letters from his parents, brother Brian and sister Margaret, his wife Denise, his children Damien, Michael, Leah and Justine, his aunts and his parents-in-law. There is also a collection of letters written by his aunt, Sister Mary Loyola, a Catholic nun, to both Molony and members of the family.

In 1945, Molony entered the Seminary at Corpus Christi College, Werribee, to train for the priesthood. In 1947, he travelled to Rome to undertake further studies and did not return to Australia until 1954. Included are the many letters Molony wrote to his parents during his time overseas. They contain much detail about his life during this time, as well as expressing many of his thoughts and ideas.

In 1964, Molony decided to leave the priesthood and marry. This was a difficult decision and one which was not supported by either the church or his family. The distress caused to both himself and his family by this decision is reflected in the correspondence of this time. In 1969, Molony and his wife appeared on a program of the ABC-TV documentary series Chequer Board. Correspondence received from extended family and friends after the program was aired expresses overwhelming support for them and a better understanding of what they had experienced.

Folder/item

1 Childhood letters written by Molony to his parents, 1930s

2-4 Letters written by Sister Mary Loyola to Molony and his family, 1939-50

5 Letters written by Brian Molony to his family, 1940-58

6-8 Letters written to each other by members of Molony's family, 1940-65

9-10 Letters from Molony to his family while at the Seminary in Werribee and while en route to Rome, 1945-47

11 Miscellaneous Christmas and birthday cards, 1946-64

12-16 Letters from Molony to his family while studying in Rome, 1948-53

17 Letters from Molony to his family from Rome and Boston, 1953

18 Letters from Molony to his family while en route from Boston to Australia to take up his position at St Patrick's Presbytery, Ballarat, 1954

19-21 Condolence letters and cards, received on the death of Molony's father, 1958

22-23 Letters from Molony to his family, 1963-67

24 Closed file (1964-65)

25 Letters to Molony from his mother, 1966-69

26 Correspondence between Molony and his wife, 1967-1970

27 Letters to Molony from his family 1968-70

28 Letters to Molony from his family, following the screening of the ABC program Chequer Board 1969

29 Closed file (1969-70)

30 Correspondence, 1971-76

31 Correspondence 1977-83

32 Correspondence while Molony was on sabbatical in Rome, 1984-86

33 Correspondence 1988-89

34 Correspondence, 1990 35 Correspondence, 1991

36-37 Correspondence, 1992

38 Correspondence, 1993-94

39 Correspondence, 1995-97

Series 2 Correspondence with friends, 1949-96

Molony has been a prolific letter writer and has retained a large collection of the letters received from friends during the course of his life and career. This correspondence is contained in this series.

Friends with whom Molony has had a long and close relationship include Ian Burns, Des O'Hagan (who was at the seminary with Molony in Werribee and also left the priesthood), Archbishop Frank Little and Geoff Lloyd. Other correspondents include Manning Clark, Bishop Bede Heather, Xavier Herbert, Ken and Amirah Inglis, Bill Mandle and Gerald Walsh.

Correspondence with Des Hagan (1966-68), Manning Clark (1969-90) and Xavier Herbert (1978-83) was filed separately by Molony and these files have been retained and incorporated into the Library's arrangement of the correspondence into chronological order by year.

Folder

1 Correspondence, undated Correspondence, 1949-54

2 Correspondence, 1964-70

3 Letters to Molony from colleagues in the church, 1965-66 Correspondence regarding Molony's petition for dispensation from the Priesthood, 1965-66

4 Correspondence, 1966-67

5 Letters from Des O'Hagan, 1966-68

6 Correspondence, 1968

7-8 Correspondence, 1969

9 Letters to Molony from friends, acquaintances and strangers, following the screening of the ABC program Chequer Board, 1969

10 Correspondence, 1970

11 Correspondence, 1971

12 Correspondence, 1972

13 Correspondence 1973

14 Letters and cards from Manning Clark, 1969-90

15 Correspondence, 1974

16 Correspondence, 1975

17 Correspondence, 1976

18 Correspondence, 1977

19 Correspondence 1978

20 Correspondence with Xavier Herbert, 1978-83

21 Correspondence, 1979

22 Correspondence, 1980

23 Correspondence, 1981

24 Correspondence, 1982

25 Correspondence, 1983

26-28 Correspondence, 1984

29 Correspondence, 1985

30 Correspondence, 1986

31 Correspondence, 1987

32 Correspondence, 1988

33 Correspondence, 1989

34 Correspondence, 1990

35-36 Correspondence, 1991

37-38 Correspondence, 1992

39 Correspondence, 1993

40 Correspondence, 1994

41 Correspondence, 1995

42 Correspondence, 1996

Series 3 General correspondence and papers, 1963-96

As well as correspondence with family and friends, Molony accumulated a great deal of general correspondence, the bulk of which relates to his life after he left the priesthood. Contained in this series is correspondence with publishers, editors, clergy of the Catholic Church and community groups and projects with which Molony was involved. Interleaved with these papers is a large quantity of correspondence relating to Molony's time as the Keith Cameron Professor of Australian History at the University College, Dublin (1990-93). Much of this is from colleagues in Australia.

For a period of time from 1977 to 1983, Molony filed some of his correspondence alphabetically. In some cases, he also filed correspondence with certain organisations separately. These files have been retained and incorporated into the Library's arrangement of the correspondence into chronological order by year.

While there are separate series for Australian National University (Series 7) and the Australian Catholic University (Series 8), papers relating to both these institutions may be included in this series.

Interleaved with the correspondence are items such as news cuttings, reports, invitations to functions and drafts of papers by Molony.

Folder

1 Undated correspondence

2 Correspondence, 1962-67

3 Correspondence regrading research in Ireland about Edward Butler, 1967-68

4 Correspondence, 1968

5 Correspondence with the Australian Society of Authors, 1968-70

6 Correspondence, 1969

7 Correspondence, 1970

8 Correspondence, 1971

9 Correspondence, 1972

10 Correspondence, 1973

11 Correspondence, 1974

12-13 Correspondence, 1975

14 Correspondence, 1976

15-16 Correspondence, 1977

17 Correspondence, 1977 (alphabetical order)

18 Correspondence, 1978

19 Correspondence, 1978 (alphabetical order)

20 Correspondence with the Australian Broadcasting Commission, 1979-81

21 Correspondence, 1979

22 Correspondence, 1979 (alphabetical order)

23 Correspondence, 1980

24-25 Correspondence, 1980 (alphabetical order)

26 Correspondence, 1981

27-28 Correspondence, 1981 (alphabetical order)

29-30 Correspondence, 1982

31-32 Correspondence, 1982 (alphabetical order)

33-34 Correspondence, 1983

35-36 Correspondence, 1983 (alphabetical order)

37 Correspondence, 1984

38-41 Correspondence, 1985

42 Correspondence with Monsignor Eric D'Arcy, Bishop of Sale relating to the 'Non-belief Project', 1985-87

43-44 Correspondence, 1986

45-46 Correspondence, 1987

47 Correspondence with Oxford University Press regarding proposals for an illustrative history of Australia, 1988-90

48-51 Correspondence, 1988

52 Correspondence with Penguin Books, 1989-90

53-55 Correspondence, 1989

56 Correspondence relating to appointment at University College, Dublin, 1989-92

57-62 Correspondence, 1990

63-69 Correspondence, 1991

70 References written while at the University College, Dublin, 1991

71-76 Correspondence, 1992

77 References written while at the University College, Dublin, 1992

78-84 Correspondence, 1993

85 References written while at the University College, Dublin, 1993

86-90 Correspondence, 1994

91-95 Correspondence, 1995

96-100 Correspondence, 1996

Series 4 Family papers, 1930s-1990

Contained in this series is a miscellaneous group of papers and memorabilia relating to Molony and his family. Included are papers about Molony's parents, his studies for the priesthood, and his two study trips to Rome. In addition, there is a transcript of an oral history interview with Molony conducted in 1988, the certificate of Onorifecenz Cavaliere OMRI, awarded to Molony by the Italian Government in 1990 and newspaper cuttings.

Folder

1 Family history research

2 Papers from the 1930s - memorabilia of Molony's parents Papers from the 1940s relating to Molony's studies for the priesthood

3 Papers from the 1950s and 1960s - newspaper cuttings and a copy of the will of Molony's mother

4 Memorabilia from Molony's study trip to Rome, 1974-75

5 Memorabilia from Molony's study trip to Rome, 1983-84

6 Transcript of an interview of Molony conducted by Peter Biskup on behalf of the National Library of Australia, 1988

7 News cuttings and miscellaneous ephemera, 1990s A small packet of photographs, mostly undated Certificate of 'Onorificenza Cavaliere OMRI', 1990

Series 5 Financial papers, 1969-96

This series contains a small amount of financial papers, which include bank statements, royalty statements, pay slips, receipts, tax forms and cheque butts.

Folder/item

1 Financial papers, 1969-75

2 Cheque butts, 1969-96

3 Bank statements, 1983-84

4 Income tax papers, 1989-90

5 Financial papers, 1990

6 Financial papers, 1991

7 Financial papers, 1991-92

8 Financial papers, 1993-96

Series 6 Diaries, 1951, 1976-94

The diaries in this series were maintained by Molony, apart for two from 1990, which were written by his wife, Denise. Some contain appointments only and some are narrative in style and record his daily activities and his thoughts.

Item

1 Narrative diary, 1951

2 Appointment diary, 1976

3 Appointment diary, 1977

4 Appointment diary, 1978

5 Appointment diary, 1979

6 Appointment diary, 1980

7 Appointment diary, 1981

8 Appointment diary, 1982

9 Appointment diary, 1983

10 Narrative diary, 1984

11 Narrative diary, 1985

12 Appointment diary, 1985

13 Appointment diary, 1986

14 Narrative diary, 1986-87

15 Narrative diary, 1988

16 Appointment diary, 1989

17 Narrative diary, 1989

18 Appointment diary, 1990

19-21 Narrative diaries, 1990

22-23 Diaries of Denise Molony, 1990

24 Appointment diary, 1990-91

25 Narrative diary, 1991

26 Narrative diary, 1992

27 Appointment diary, 1992-93

28 Narrative diary, 1993

29 Narrative diary, 1993-95

30 Appointment diary, 1994

Series 7 Australian National University, 1964-90

This series comprises a large group of papers relating to Molony's long career as an academic at the Australian National University (ANU). Included is correspondence, reports, administrative papers, research grant applications submitted by Molony, references written by Molony for others and papers relating to course work.

During the period 1975-83, Molony filed some of his correspondence in chronological order within the year, and some in alphabetical order. These files have been retained and incorporated into the Library's arrangement of the papers into chronological order by year.

Correspondents include Geoffrey Fairbairn, Dorothy Green, Ian Hancock, Ken Inglis Hector Kinloch, Bill Mandle, Bede Nairn and John Ritchie.

Summary of Molony's career at ANU:

1964 Research Assistant, School of Social Sciences

1965 Part-time tutor in British History, Department of History Part-time lecturer in Australian History, Royal Military College, Duntroon

1966 Tutor in Modern History

1967 Senior Tutor in History

1968 Lecturer in History

1974 Senior Lecturer in History

1975 Professor of History

1977-85 Head of Department of History

1978-90 Manning Clark Professor of Australian History

1990 Emeritus Professor of History

Folder

1 Undated files

2 Employment history, 1964-84

3 Papers relating to Molony's PhD thesis, 1971

4 General papers, 1971

5 General papers, 1971-83 (included are letters of Geoffrey Fairbairn, 1978-79)

6 General papers 1972-85

7 General papers, 1972-73

8 General papers, 1974-85

9 Correspondence, 1975-77 (chronological)

10 General papers 1975-76

11-21 References written, 1976-84 (alphabetical)

22 Research grant applications, 1977-82

23 Correspondence, 1977-78 (chronological)

24 Reports of theses examined, 1977-89

25 Correspondence, 1979 (chronological)

26 General papers, 1979-80

27 Correspondence, 1980 (chronological

) 28 Correspondence regarding the appointment of a research assistant to Molony, 1982-84

29 General papers, 1982

30 Correspondence, 1982 (chronological)

31 General papers, 1983

32 Correspondence, 1983 (chronological)

33 Correspondence and examiners' reports regarding a disallowed PhD thesis, 1983-87

34 General papers, 1984

35 General papers, 1985-86

36 References written, 1985

37 Research grant applications, 1985

38 References written, 1986

39 General papers, 1987

40 References written, 1987-89

41 Correspondence and papers regarding a proposal for Sir Donald Bradman to be offered an Honorary Doctorate and Bradman's subsequent refusal of the offer, 1988

42-43 General papers, 1988

44 General papers 1989

45 Reports of theses examined, 1989-90

46-51 Papers relating to the proposed amalgamation of the ANU and the Canberra College of Advanced Education (CCAE) and to an enquiry into the administration of the ANU, 1989-90

52 Papers relating to an 'Academic Staff Questionnaire' regarding the administration of the ANU, 1990

53-54 Responses to academic staff poll regarding the future role of the ANU, 1990

56 References written, 1990

57 General papers, including notes for farewell speeches made by Molony at functions for his retirement from the ANU, 1990

Series 8 Australian Catholic University, 1993-96

In 1993, Molony took up the appointment of Foundation Research Professor in History at the Australian Catholic University in Canberra. He resigned from the position in 1996. This series contains papers relating to Molony's appointment to the position and his work at the University.

Folder

1 Correspondence and papers, 1993

2 Papers relating to Molony's visits to other Catholic University campuses, 1993

3 References written, 1994

4 Correspondence and papers, 1994

5 Papers relating to Molony's visits to other Catholic University campuses, 1994

6 References written, 1995-96

7-8 Correspondence, 1995

9 Correspondence, 1996

Series 9 Lecture material, 1964-93

The bulk of the papers in this series relate to Molony's academic career at the Australian National University (1964-90). They comprise a large group of lecture notes as well as student work and papers relating to administrative matters. Also included are two folders of papers relating to Molony's time at the University College, Dublin (1990-93).

Folder

1-12 Undated files

13-14 Lecture material, 1964

15-16 Lecture material, 1965

17 Lecture material, 1967

18-19 Lecture material, 1968

20 Lecture material, 1969

21 Lecture material, 1970-71

22-23 Lecture material, 1972

24-27 Lecture material, 1973

28 Lecture material, 1974-75

29 Lecture material, 1975

30 Lecture material, 1976

31 Lecture material, 1977

32 Lecture material, 1978

33 Lecture material, 1979

34 Lecture material, 1980-81

35 Lecture material, 1982

36 Lecture material, 1983

37 Lecture material, 1985-86

38-39 Lecture material, 1988

40 Lecture material, 1989

41-42 Lecture material, 1990-93

Series 10 The Roman mould of the Australian Catholic Church, 1967-72

Molony's book, The Roman mould of the Australian Catholic Church, is the published version of his thesis completed for his MA studies at the Australian National University. It was published by Melbourne University Press in 1969.

The papers in this series include research notes, reviews and correspondence with Tony Gill, Monsignor C.J. Duffy and Melbourne University Press regarding the publication of the book.

Folder

1 Research notes

2-4 Correspondence, 1967-72

5 Reviews, 1969-72

Series 11 An architect of freedom: John Hubert Plunkett in New South Wales, 1832-1869, 1969-74

Molony's docotoral thesis, An architect of freedom: John Hubert Plunkett in New South Wales, 1832-1869, was published by Australian National University Press, Canberra, in 1973. The book details the life and work of Plunkett, who was appointed Attorney-General in New South Wales in 1836, and who was a leading figure throughout the period of transition from a penal to a self-governing colony.

Included in this series are research notes, correspondence, a small amount of typescript, galley proofs and reviews.

Folder

1 Research notes, 1969-73

2 Correspondence with publishers, 1970-73

3 Typescript of Chapter 4 (pp 1-37) Edited galley proofs

4 Reviews, 1973-74

Series 12 The emergence of political Catholicism in Italy: Partito Popolare 1919-1926, 1975-77

In 1974, Molony was awarded an exchange scholarship by the Italian Government to undertake one year of study in Rome. His book, The emergence of political Catholicism in Italy: Partito Popolare 1919-1926, resulted from research undertaken while in Rome. It was published by Croom Helm, London, 1977. Contained in this series is a small quantity of papers relating to the book.

Folder

1 Edited typescript and manuscript of first draft

2 Correspondence with publishers, 1975-78

3 Reviews, 1977

Series 13 I am Ned Kelly, 1977-90

Molony's book, I am Ned Kelly, was published by Allen Lane, Melbourne, in 1980. Molony undertook extensive research for the book, and this research material makes up the major part of this series. Also included is correspondence, an early manuscript and edited typescript drafts.

Folder/item

1-9 Research material: index cards

10-12 Research material: photocopies of Public Record Office, London, records

13-18 Research material: photocopies of records from a variety of sources

19 Research material: maps

20 Research material: notes on the Royal Commission into the Kelly outbreak

21-22 Research material: photocopies of notes of evidence from the trial The Queen-v-Edward Kelly,

28-29 October 1880

23 Research material: files on Constable Fitzpatrick and the township of Avenel

24-26 Research notes

27-28 Research material: transcripts and photocopies of Kelly correspondence, including the Jerilderie letter of 1879

29 Research material: newspaper cuttings

30 Research material: ephemera and booklets relating to Kelly

31 Copies of papers written/presented by others on topics relating to Kelly

32 Research material used for Chapters 1 and 4 of the book 33 Research material used for Chapter 7 of the book

34-35 Correspondence: research enquiries and with publishers, 1977-79

36 Early manuscript

37-39 Edited typescript

40 Notes and drafts of a paper on Kelly, presented by Molony at the Third National Folklore Conference, Canberra, 1988

41 Copies of papers relating to Kelly by Bob Reece and Deborah Rose, c1990

Series 14 Eureka, 1980-84

Molony's book, Eureka, is an account of the bloody uprising in 1854 of 200 gold diggers at the Eureka mine near Ballarat, in protest over government taxes. It was published by Viking, Melbourne, in 1984. Papers relating to this book are included in this series, and comprise correspondence, research material and a small amount of draft manuscript.

Folder/item

1-7 Research material: index cards

8-13 Research material: photocopies of records from various sources

14-17 Research notes

18-19 Research material: copies of thesis papers on topics of relevance to Eureka

20 Correspondence relating to research and with publishers, 1980-85 Reviews, 1984

21-22 Draft manuscript of Chapters 1-15

23-24 Fragments of draft typescript

25 Folio item: Research material: photocopies of records from various sources

Series 15 The Penguin history of Australia, 1985-89

In 1985, the Australian Bicentennial Authority (ABA) commissioned Molony to write a one-volume General History of Australia for the 1988 Bicentenary. In an arrangement with the Australian National University, Molony resigned as Head of the Department of History, but retained his Chair of History. The ABA funded the cost of a replacement lecturer and provided Molony with a research grant. The book was published by Viking, Melbourne, 1987.

Papers relating to the project are contained in this series. They include correspondence with publishers and the ABA, financial records relating to the project, edited manuscript and typescript and reviews. Also included are congratulatory letters on the publication of the book. Correspondents include Ken Inglis, John Ritchie and Russel Ward.

Folder

1 Financial records, 1985-88

2-3 Correspondence , 1985-89

4 Edited manuscript, 1986

5 Edited typescript

6 Edited proofs

7 Correspondence and reviews, following the release of the book, 1988

Series 16 The worker question: a new historical perspective on Rerum novarum, 1984-91

In 1984, Molony spent one year in Rome, undertaking research in the Vatican Archives. His book, The worker question: a new historical perspective on Rerum novarum, about the encyclical letter entitled Rerum Novarum issued by Pope Leo XIII in 1891, is the result of this research. It was published by Collins Dove, Melbourne, in 1991.

The papers in this series include correspondence with publishers (1990-91) and colleagues, including Charles Mayne (to whom the book is dedicated), Bede Nairn and Tony Gill.

Folder

1 Research material

2 Correspondence, 1984-91

3-4 Edited manuscript and typescript

5 Typescript of a talk by Molony on Rerum Novarum, nd

6 Folio item: photographs used in the book

Series 17 A soul came into Ireland: Thomas Davis, 1814-1845, 1993-96

In 1990, Molony took up the appointment of the Keith Cameron Professorship of Australian History at University College, Dublin. During this time he undertook the research for his book A soul came into Ireland: Thomas Davis, 1814-1845, the biography of the 19th century Irish patriot Thomas Davis. It was published by Geography Publications, Dublin, in 1995.

The bulk of the papers contained in this series comprise research material relating to the book. Also included is correspondence, mostly between Molony and William Nolan of Geography Publications, regarding the writing, editing and publication of the book.

Folder/item

1-4 Research material: index cards

5-7 Research material: photocopies of published sources

8-9 Research notes Photographs of a statue of Davis and his headstone

10-11 Research material: photocopies of unpublished theses on related topics

12 Correspondence, 1993-96

13 Manuscript of Chapter 1

14 Papers relating to the book launch, 1995 Reviews, 1995

Series 18 Other published writings by Molony, 1955-92

As well as his books, during the course of his career, Molony has published journal and newspaper articles, numerous book reviews and chapters in books, mostly biographical dictionaries. Papers relating to these published works are contained in this series.

Folder/item

1-2 Copies of the Ballarat Diocesan Journal, Light, to which Molony regularly contributed historical articles, 1955-63

3 Review of a booklet written by Molony entitled Moral re-armament, published by the Australian Catholic Truth Society, 1961

4-6 Typescripts and cuttings of book reviews, 1965-93 Correspondence regarding reviews, 1971-89

7 Typescript copies of Letters to the Editor, 1988-89 Cuttings of newspapers articles, 1966-79

8 Typescripts and cuttings of newspapers articles, 1981-91

9 Papers and drafts of chapters for books, 1967-92

Series 19 Unpublished writings by Molony

This series comprises a small group of mostly undated typescripts of unpublished writings by Molony. Works include fictional short stories, chapters of unidentified books and political writings. There are also religious writings, including one piece with comments by Manning Clark, and a television proposal for a history series.

Folder

1 Fictional short stories Short play

2-3 Book chapters

4 Religious writings

5 Political writings Television proposal, 1987

Series 20 Speeches by Molony, 1969-96

On numerous occasions over the course of his career, Molony has been invited to give speeches at functions ranging from academic occasions, political dinners, sports dinners, farewell dinners and as a guest speaker. Contained in this series are manuscripts, typescripts and note cards relating to these speeches.

Folder

1 Undated note cards and typescripts

2 Speeches, 1969-77

3 Speeches, 1980-83

4 Speeches, 1985

5-6 Speeches, 1987-89

7 Speeches, 1990-91

8 Speeches, 1992-94

9 Australian Catholic University Aquinas lectures, 1994

10 Speeches, 1995-96

Series 21 Research material

The research material in this series was accumulated by Molony and covers a range of topics. It includes a large group of papers relating to a project entitled The Colony of "Australia" and to Charles Gavan Duffy, Premier of Victoria, who also published a biography of Thomas Davis in 1894. These papers include photocopies of government records, newspaper cuttings, photocopies of correspondence between Duffy and Parkes regarding Federation and a letter from Duffy's grandson to Molony regarding his research (1984).

Folder/item

1-3 Copies of papers and journal articles written by others

4 Newspaper cuttings

5 Notes and index cards

6 Note cards relating to William Charles Wentworth

7-8 Material on the early Australian Police Force

9-10 Australian politics

11 The Wool Industry

12-16 Charles Gavan Duffy

17-26 The Colony of "Australia"

27-29 Miscellaneous material

30 Folio item: Duffy: photocopies of papers relating to Intercolonial Conferences he attended

31 Folio item: Colony of Australia: photocopies of government records

Series 22 Newsletters and other publications, 1982-95

This series contains a small group of newsletters and publications accumulated by Molony.

Folder/item

1 Williamstown Historical Society Newsletter, 1987-95 NCRC Newsletter, published by the National Catholic Research Council, 1988

2 Canberra and District Historical Society Newsletter, 1982-83

3-6 Miscellaneous newsletters, journals and publications

Series 23 Australian Rules Football, 1971-95

Molony has long been a keen follower and supporter of Australian Rules Football, both in the ACT and nationally. Over the years he has been involved with the Australian National University Australian Rules Football Club (ANUARF), of which he was President, a committee member of the ACT Australian Football League (ACTAFL), the Belconnen Australian Football Club (BAFC), of which he has been President and Chairman, a committee member of the National Football League of Australia (NFLA), Chair of the National Competition Committee and a committee member of the ACT Academy of Sport.

The papers in this series comprise correspondence, minutes of meetings, reports, submissions, discussion papers, financial statements and newspaper cuttings relating to the various football organisations with which Molony has been involved.

Folder

1 ANUARF papers, 1971, 1976-78, 1988

2-3 ACTAFL papers, 1980-82

4 National Competition Feasibility Study, 1985

5 ACTAFL papers, 1987

6-7 ACTAFL proposal to bid for the Sydney Swans AFL team, 1987-88

8 BAFC papers, 1987-90

9 NFLA papers, 1987

10-12 ACTAFL papers, 1988

14-19 NFLA papers, 1988

20 Newspaper cuttings and typescripts of a weekly column on Australian Football, written by Alex Jesaulenko and published in the Canberra Times, 1988

21-23 ACT Academy of Sport, 1988-89

24-25 BAFC papers, 1989-90

26-27 ACTAFL papers, 1989

28-32 NFLA papers, 1989

33-34 NFLA papers, 1990

35 Miscellaneous papers, 1991-95

Series 24 Dante Alighieri Society, 1971-95

Molony has had a long involvement with the Dante Alighieri Society in Canberra, having been both a committee member and President. In 1990, the Italian Government honoured Molony with the award of Onorificenza Cavaliere OMRI, in recognition of his contribution to the interests of Italian culture.

Correspondence and committee papers relating to Molony's involvement with the Society are contained in this series, together with copies of the Society's newsletter.

1 Papers, 1971-80

2-3 Papers, 1981

4 Papers, 1982-85

5 Papers, 1986-88

6 Papers, 1989-90

7 Papers 1991-95

8 Miscellaneous newsletters and newspapers relating to Italy

Series 25 CRIPAC Press, 1971-73

This series contains papers relating to the religious education publishing company CRIPAC Press, of which Molony was a founding member. In 1972, during a time of legal problems, Molony was elected Chairman of Directors and oversaw the transfer of the business operations to Dove Communications. Papers include correspondence, legal documents, financial statements, minutes of meetings and copies of the religious education journal Shalom, which was published by CRIPAC Press.

2 folders

Series 26 Australian Labor Party, 1973-96

Molony has had a long involvement with the Australian Labor Party (ALP). He has been a member of the ACT Branch, and has held the positions of Secretary and President.

The papers in this series comprise correspondence, committee papers, conference papers and newsletters relating to Molony's involvement with the ALP.

Folder

1 Miscellaneous notes and note cards

2 Conference papers from Molony's participation in the 30th Federal Conference of the ALP, Surfers Paradise, 1973

3 Conference papers from Molony's participation in the inaugural conference of the ACT Branch of the ALP, 1973

4 Papers, 1973

5 Papers, 1976-96

Series 27 Australian Bicentennial Authority, 1977-83

Molony was Chair of the Australian Bicentenary Authority's History and Political Democracy Task Force, which was set up to consider various projects which could be undertaken to mark the Bicentenary.

Included in this series are minutes of meetings, correspondence, committee papers and reports.

Folder 1-2 Papers, 1977-80

3-5 Papers, 1981-83

6-7 Minutes of meetings, 1982

Series 28 Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, 1979-95

The small group of papers in this series relate to Molony's involvement with the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, of which he was a committee member and President for many years. Included is correspondence, minutes of meetings and copies of the Society's newsletter Recorder.

2 folders

Series 29 Indo-China Refugee Association, 1979-95

Molony has been involved with the Indo-China Refugee Association for a number of years as both a committee member and President (1988). Activities of the organisation include the settling of newly arrived refugees and liaising with Government authorities on their behalf.

The papers in this series comprise correspondence, minutes of meetings, reports, Government publications, newspaper cuttings and copies of the ICRA newsletter.

Folder

1-2 Correspondence and papers, 1979-87

3 Correspondence and papers, 1982-85

4-9 Correspondence and papers, 1988

10-12 Correspondence and papers, 1988-89

13 Correspondence and papers, 1989

14 Correspondence and papers, 1990-95

Series 30 Canberra History Project, 1984-91

Molony was one of the supervisors of a bicentenary project to produce a three-volume history of Canberra, to be written by Jim Gibbney, Lyall Gillespie and Eric Sparke. Sparke and Gibbney received scholarships from the Department of Territories and Local Government to undertake the project. Two volumes, Canberra 1913-1953 by Gibbney and Canberra 1954-1980 by Sparke were published in 1988 and the third, Canberra 1820-1913 by Gillespie, was published in 1991.

This series comprises correspondence, minutes of meetings and news cuttings relating to the project.

1 folder

Series 31 Church papers, 1985-94

Since leaving the priesthood, Molony has continued to play an active role within the Catholic Church. The papers in this series reflect this involvement and comprise three groups. Firstly, papers relating to Molony's involvement with the task force for the visit to Canberra of Pope John Paul II in 1986. Included is correspondence, drafts of statements, addresses and homilies and tour arrangements. Secondly, papers relating to the 1989 Diocesan Synod, at which Molony was the appointed representative for the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. And thirdly, papers relating to Molony's involvement in the preparation of the 1994 Social Justice Sunday Statement on Unemployment on behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishops. The Statement was formulated following an approach made to Molony, in 1993, by Michael Costigan, then Executive Officer for the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council. Molony's draft statement was subsequently rejected by the Council. Included is correspondence, research material and drafts of the statement.

Folder

1 Papal visit, 1985-86

2-3 Diocesan Synod, 1989

4-9 Statement on Unemployment, 1993-94

Series 32 Eureka Stockade, 1988-97

The papers in this series relate to Molony's involvement as a committee member of the group Eureka's Children, and with the Eureka Stockade Memorial Trust of which he was both an historical consultant and a trustee. They comprise papers relating to meetings of the Executive Committee of Eureka's Children and correspondence, applications for funding, minutes of meetings, design submissions and background material for the Eureka Stockade Memorial Trust's project to redevelop the site of the Eureka uprising in Ballarat.

Folder/item

1 Undated papers and ephemera

2 Correspondence and papers, 1988-89

3 Correspondence and papers, 1992-94

4 Correspondence and papers, 1995

5 Submissions regarding the draft background text, which were received by the Eureka Historic Content Sub-Committee, 1996

6-8 Correspondence and papers, 1996-97

9 Newspaper cuttings, 1993-97

10 Bound copies of the Interim Design Brief and accompanying background material, 1995

11 Folio item: Design plans (1996) and copies of old sketches of the site


Box List

Box Series Folder
1 1 1-7
2 1 8-14
3 1 15-20
4 1 21-23
5 1 25-27
6 1 27-28, 30-33
7 1 34-39
8 2 1-8
9 2 9-14
10 2 15-21
11 2 22-28
12 2 29-34
13 2 35-41
14 2 42
14 3 1-5
15 3 6-11
16 3 12-16
17 3 17-22
18 3 23-27
19 3 28-32
20 3 33-37
21 3 38-43
22 3 44-50
23 3 51-57
24 3 58-63
25 3 64-70
26 3 71-77
27 3 78-83
28 3 84-89
29 3 90-95
30 3 96-101
31 4 1-5
32 4 6-7
32 5 1
33 5 2-8
34 6 1-14
35 6 15-30
36 7 1-6
37 7 7-12
38 7 13-18
39 7 19-23
40 7 24-28
41 7 29-35
42 7 36-42
43 7 43-48
44 7 49-54
45 7 55-56
45 8 1-4
46 8 5-9
47 9 1-5
48 9 6-10
49 9 11-15
50 9 16-20
51 9 21-25
52 9 26-30
53 9 31-35
54 9 36-40
55 9 41-42
55 10 1-2
56 10 3-5
56 11 1-2
57 11 3-4
57 12 1-3
57 13 1-2
58 13 3-6
59 13 7-12
60 13 13-18
61 13 19-24
62 13 25-31
63 13 32-37
64 13 38-41
64 14 1
65 14 2-3
66 14 4-5
67 14 6-7
68 14 8-12
69 14 13-17
70 14 18-24
71 15 1-5
72 15 6-7
72 16 1-3
73 16 4-5
73 17 1
74 17 2-3
75 17 4-6
76 17 7-11
77 17 12-14
77 18 1-2
78 18 3-9
79 19 1-5
80 20 1-7
81 20 8-10
81 21 1-2
82 21 3-6
83 21 7-11
84 21 12-16
85 21 17-21
86 21 22-26
87 21 27-29
87 22 1-2
88 22 3-6
89 23 1-5
90 23 6-10
91 23 11-14
92 23 15-20
93 23 21-25
94 23 26-30
95 23 31-35
96 24 1-6
97 24 7-8
97 25 1-2
97 26 1-2
98 26 3-6
98 27 1
99 27 2-7
100 28 1-2
100 29 1-3
101 29 4-9
102 29 10-14
102 30 1
103 31 1-4
104 31 5-9
105 32 1-6
106 32 7-10
     
     
Folio Box 1 14 25
Folio Box 1 16 6
Folio Box 1 21 30-31
Folio Box 1 31 11