MS 6885

Papers of David Martin (1915 - 1997)



Scope and content note

Papers

1937-96

13.86m (99 boxes + 1 folio item)

Available for reference

The main body of David Martin Papers was acquired partly under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme and partly by outright purchase by the National Library in September 1983. Additional instalments were purchased over the period 1985-97. The papers document the long career of one of Australia’s most prolific writers.

There are papers relating to all of Martin’s published works, which include novels, poetry, children’s books, short stories, non-fiction and TV and radio scripts. Many of the works include notes, synopses, research material, work outlines and edited drafts, illustrating Martin’s creative processes. Those works with more substantial papers have been listed separately. Complementing this material is a large number of cuttings, mostly reviews, relating to these works.

A large collection of both personal and business correspondence is included. Martin corresponded with many of Australia’s well known authors, some of whom became personal friends. There is also correspondence with editors, publishers and literary agents, providing a good insight into the processes involved in getting works to the publication stage and beyond. Martin’s arrangement of the correspondence has been retained. An index to correspondents in Series 2, literary correspondence, can be found in Appendix I, and to Series 4, political activities can be found in Appendix II.

There is a large collection of cuttings accumulated by Martin of his contributions to newspapers and journals over the course of his career, dating from 1942. It should be noted that during the earlier part of his career, Martin also published works under the name Ludwig Detsinyi, Louis Detsinyi, Louis Destiny and Louis Adams.

Martin’s wife, Richenda, was closely involved in his work and her editorial comments have been included with many of his drafts.

Martin’s correspondence includes a number of letters from Mirjam Michaelis. Also held in the Manuscript Section at MS 8466 is a collection of letters from David Martin to Mirjam Michaelis, 1937-83, which were donated to the Library by Michaelis.

The Oral History Section of the Library holds a number of tapes relating to Martin. A list of these can be found in Appendix IV.


Biographical Note

David Martin was a novelist, poet, playwright, journalist, editor, literary reviewer and lecturer.

He was born in Budapest, Hungary on 22 December 1915, one of twin sons, to Leo and Hedwig Detsinyi. He was given the name Ludwig and his brother Rudolph. He adopted the name of David Martin after he moved to England.

Martin was educated in Germany and during his last year at school he wrote his first poem. He left Germany in 1934, travelling to Holland, where he worked on the reclamation of the Zuider Zee, spent time in Hungary and lived in Israel on a kibbutz. In 1937 he travelled to Spain where he served as a volunteer in the medical service of the International Brigade of the Spanish Republican Army, his poor eyesight preventing him from more active service.

In 1938 Martin joined his father in London, working in his clothing factory. Although he spoke no English on his arrival, he was a gifted linguist and within twelve months was publishing poetry, which he had written in English. In 1941 he was employed in Glasgow as a correspondent with the Daily Express. He returned to London where he was employed by the European Service of the BBC until 1944, and in 1945-47 he was literary editor of Reynolds News. In 1948 he travelled to India as British correspondent for the Daily Express. In 1941, Martin married Elizabeth Richenda Powell, great-granddaughter of the Quaker Elizabeth Fry. They had one son, Jan.

In 1949 the family moved to Australia. They settled in Melbourne, where Martin commenced work as a freelance journalist and editor of The Australian Jewish News. He quickly became part of Australian literary and political life. He joined the Communist Party in 1951, was active until 1956 and remained a member until 1959, when he was asked to resign.

Apart from several trips overseas, Martin was to spend the rest of his life in Australia. He continued to work in journalism, both in Australia and overseas. He had weekly current affairs columns in Free Press (1951-52) and the Sunday Observer (1969-71) and was foreign correspondent for the Indian newspaper Hindu (c1946-67) and for the Canadian newspaper The Montreal Star (c1966-69). In addition, he contributed an enormous number of articles, short stories and reviews to a variety of newspapers and journals, covering a diverse range of topics.

His first book – a collection of his poetry – was published in 1942. He went on to publish a number of books, which included further collections of his poetry, novels, short stories, children’s books, plays and his autobiography. It is a remarkable achievement that he was able to write so successfully in such a variety of genres. Many of his works have been published overseas and some have been adapted for theatre and television.

For a number of years, Martin lectured on literary related topics for the Victorian Centre for Adult Education. As well as lecturing, Martin was often approached to speak about his work at literary events and to community groups.

In the Times Literary Supplement of 24 December 1964, Martin was referred to as ‘Australia’s outstanding literary acquisition from post-war migration’ and in The Age of 10 March 1979, Walter McVitty referred to Martin as ‘a writer who continues to enrich Australian literature in general and serious children’s literature in particular’. Both these statements reflect the high esteem in which Martin was held by the literary community.

In 1988, Martin was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to Australian literature. He also won the Patrick White Award in 1991 and was given an Emeritus Award by the Literature Fund of the Australia Council in 1996.

David Martin died in Beechworth, Victoria, on 1 July 1997.

David Martin’s published works include:

1942 Battlefields and girls

1946 Tiger Bay

1946 The shoes men walk in

1946 The shepherd and the hunter

1949 Birth of a miner

1950 The stones of Bombay

1953 From life

1954 Rob the robber

1958 Poems of David Martin 1938-58

1961 Spiegel the cat

1962 The young wife

1963 Eight by eight

1965 The hero of too

1966The gift: poems 1959-65

1967 The King between

1968The idealist

1969 Where a man belongs

1970 On the road to Sydney

1971 Hughie

1972 Frank and Francesca

1972 Gary

1973 The Chinese boy

1974 The cabby’s daughter

1974 Katie

1975 Mister P and his remarkable flight

1977 The devilish mystery of the flying mum

1978 The man in the red turban

1978 I’ll take Australia

1978 The mermaid attack

1980 I rhyme my time

1981 Foreigners

1983 Peppino

1984 Armed neutrality for Australia

1985 The girl who didn't know Kelly

1987 Fox on my door

1987 The kitten who wouldn’t purr

1988 Clowning Sim

1991 My strange friend: an autobiography

1993 David Martin’s Beechworth book: poems


Series List

1 General correspondence, 1937-91

2 Literary correspondence, 1950-77

3 Business correspondence, 1946-71

4 Correspondence relating to political activities, 1951-69

5 Academic correspondence, 1951-69

6 Spiegel the cat, 1952-71

7 The poems of David Martin 1938-58, 1956-59

8 The young wife, 1960-81

9 The hero of Too, 1964-76

10 Where a man belongs, 1969

11 On the road to Sydney, 1969-71

12 Hughie, 1971-75

13 Frank and Francesca, 1972-77

14 The Chinese boy, 1971-74

15 The cabby’s daughter, 1974-75

16 Katie, 1975-76

17 Mister P and his remarkable flight, 1974-88

18 The devilish mystery of the flying mum, 1976-77

19 The man in the red turban, 1976-79

20 The mermaid attack, 1978-79

21 Foreigners, 1982-83

22 Peppino, 1983-84

23 Armed neutrality for Australia, 1981-90

24 The girl who didn’t know Kelly, 1985-86

25 Fox on my door: a journey through my life, 1987-88

26 Clowning Sim, 1989-94

27 My strange friend: an autobiography, 1987-92

28 David Martin’s Beechworth book: poems, 1991-93

29 Other published works, 1942-81

30 Poetry, 1942-89

31 Short stories, 1945-86

32 Periodicals, 1941-88

33 Journal and newspaper articles, 1942-86

34 Book reviews, 1945-85

35 Unpublished novels and children’s books

36 Unpublished scripts

37 Radio scripts

38 Lectures and speeches, 1955-90

39 Sociological research, 1956-63

40 Travel, 1948-86

41 Music

42 Ephemera, 1943-80

43 Biographical material, 1945-89

44 Miscellaneous papers, 1960-89

45 Monographs, 1946-84


Series Description

Series 1 General correspondence, 1937-91

This series comprises a large collection of business correspondence and personal correspondence from both family and close friends. In some instances, Martin had arranged the correspondence into separate files. Mostly, however, the correspondence is interfiled. Family correspondents include Martin’s father and mother, his sisters, his twin brother Rudolph Detsinyi, his wife Richenda, his son Jan and his cousin Charles Hayes. Folders 6-9 in particular contain a number of letters from Martin’s family. Family friends include Bill Irwin, journalist and newspaper editor and Dr Miryam Michaelis. After emigrating to Israel, Michaelis commenced writing poetry in German and Hebrew. Many of her letters are in German. There is also correspondence from the Kingsbury family in India, for whom Martin set up a program of financial support.

Prior to 1969, Martin filed business correspondence, correspondence relating to political activities and academic correspondence separately to general correspondence. These categories of correspondence can be found at Series 3, 4 and 5 respectively. After this date, Martin filed all correspondence together. Until 1977, he also filed literary correspondence separately and this can be found at Series 2. After this date letters from writers were included in general correspondence, and many of the writers listed in Appendix I can also be found in this Series, Other notable writers in this series include Ralph de Boissière, Lloyd Davies, Elizabeth Jolley, Walter McVitty and Olive Pell.

General correspondence is arranged chronologically by year. Until 1969, the papers are arranged chronologically within the year. After 1969, Martin filed the papers alphabetically within the year.

Folder

1-5 Correspondence: Dr Miryam Michaelis, 1937-83

6 General correspondence, 1946-54

7 General correspondence, 1955-56

8 General correspondence, 1957

9General correspondence, 1958

10 General correspondence, 1959

11-12 General correspondence, 1960

13-14 General correspondence, 1961

15 General correspondence, 1962

16-17 General correspondence, 1963

18 General correspondence, 1964

19 General correspondence, 1965

20 General correspondence, 1966

21 General correspondence, 1967

22 General correspondence, 1968-69

23-24 General correspondence, undated, for the period 1946-68

25-28 Personal and general correspondence, 1969-76

29-32 General correspondence, 1970-71

33-37 General correspondence, 1971-72

38-44 General correspondence, 1972-73

45 Correspondence: Charles and Rowena Hayes, 1972-74

46 Letters from Martin to his wife, while on a trip to New Zealand, 1973

47-50 General correspondence, 1973-74

51-57 General correspondence, 1974-75

58-62 General correspondence, 1975-76

63-64 General correspondence, 1976 (A-L only included)

65-66 Letters from Martin to his wife, while on a trip to Europe, 1977

67 Correspondence: Kingsbury family of India, 1977

68 Correspondence: Bill and Dorothy Irwin, 1979-84

69-72 General correspondence, 1977-78

73-76 General correspondence, 1978-79

77-80 General correspondence, 1979-80

81-84 General correspondence, 1980-81

85-86 General correspondence, 1981-82

87-90 General correspondence, 1982-83

91-93 General correspondence, 1983-84

94-97 General correspondence, 1984-85

98-100 General correspondence, 1985-86

101-104 General correspondence, 1986-87

105-109 General correspondence, 1987-88

110-112 General correspondence, 1988-89

113-115 General correspondence, 1989-90

116 Congratulatory letters sent to Martin on his receiving the Patrick White Award, 1991

Series 2 Literary correspondence, 1950-77

During the course of his career, David Martin corresponded with many well known writers, a number of whom became close friends, and this correspondence is contained in this series. Martin’s alphabetical arrangement of the correspondence has been retained. An index to major correspondents can be found in Appendix I of this guide.

After 1977, Martin filed all correspondence together and literary correspondence after this date can be found in Series 1, general correspondence.

Folder

1 Literary correspondence, A

2 Literary correspondence, B

3 Literary correspondence, C

4 Literary correspondence, D-F

5 Literary correspondence, G

6-7 Literary correspondence, H

8 Literary correspondence, I-J

9Literary correspondence, K

10 Literary correspondence, L

11-13- Literary correspondence, M

14 Literary correspondence, N-O

15 Literary correspondence, P

16 Literary correspondence, Q-R

17-18 Literary correspondence, S

19 Literary correspondence, T

20 Literary correspondence, U-Z

Series 3 Business correspondence, 1946-71

The bulk of this series comprises correspondence relating to the publication of Martin’s works, including his books, reviews, short stories and articles. Included is correspondence with publishers, editors, literary agents and theatrical and film companies. Also included is correspondence with newspaper editors and readers’ letters relating to Martin’s column in The Sydney Observer, 1970-71.

Publishers Martin dealt with on a regular basis over a number of years included Cassell, Curtis Brown, Hodder and Stoughton, Jacaranda Wiley, Macmillan, Outback Press, Penguin Books, Thomas Nelson and University of Queensland Press.

After 1969, business correspondence can be found in Series 1, general correspondence.

Folder

1 Business correspondence, 1946-51

2 Business correspondence, 1952-54

3 Business correspondence, 1955-59

4 Business correspondence, 1960

5 Business correspondence, 1961

6 Business correspondence, 1962

7 Business correspondence, 1963

8-9 Business correspondence, 1964

10-11 Business correspondence, 1965

12-13 Business correspondence, 1966

14 Business correspondence, 1967-68

15-16 Business correspondence, 1969

17 Readers letters to Martin about his column in the Sunday Observer, 1970-71

18 Business correspondence, undated

Series 4 Correspondence relating to political activities, 1951-69

Martin was interested in a wide range of social issues, including anti-semitism, communism, the anti-hanging movement, Amnesty International and the Vietnam War. This small series consists of letters from political figures and organisations relating to these issues. An index to correspondents in this series can be found at Appendix II of this guide.

After 1969, correspondence relating to political activities can be found in Series 1, general correspondence.

1 folder

Series 5 Academic correspondence, 1951-69

The correspondence in this series consists mainly of letters from educational institutions regarding Martin’s participation in literary events. Also included is correspondence from the Victorian Council of Adult Education and the Melbourne University, Department of English regarding Martin’s employment as a lecturer, correspondence from students and a letter from Percy Cerutty dated 16 February 1956.

After 1969, academic correspondence can be found in Series 1, general correspondence.

1 folder

Series 6 Spiegel the cat, 1952-71

Spiegel the cat is a narrative poem for children, based on a story by Gottfried Keller and illustrated by Roderick Shaw. It was published by Cheshire, Melbourne in 1961. The poem was also published by Cassell, London in 1969, without illustrations, and by Clarkson N. Potter, New York in 1971, with illustrations by Roy McKie.

Folder

1-2 Notebooks

3 Script, by Martin, for the radio play of the book, 1952

4 Original illustrations for the book, by Cedric Flower

5 Reviews: Australian publication, 1961-62
United Kingdom publication, 1971

6 Copy of Die heute von Seldwyla, by Gottfried Keller, published in Munich in 1921
Copies of the English and American publications

Series 7 The poems of David Martin, 1938-58, 1956-59

A collection of Martin’s poetry, published by Edwards & Shaw, Sydney in 1958. Included in this series are pages from a bound copy of the book produced by Book House Publishers, Melbourne, with the title ‘The dragon of Bendigo and other poems, 1938-58’ and dated 1956. It appears that publication of the book was taken over by Edwards & Shaw of Sydney some time after this date.

Folder

1-2 Edited typescripts of poems

3 Edited loose pages from ‘The dragon of Bendigo and other poems,
1938-58’, 1956

4 Reviews, 1958-59

Series 8 The young wife, 1960-81

A novel, The young wife was published by Macmillan, London in 1962 and launched in Melbourne by Kylie Tennant. Martin also wrote a stage play based on the book. It was the first Australian play to be commissioned by J.C. Williamson’s and was first performed at the Russell Street Theatre, Melbourne in 1966. In 1981, Judith and Brian Bell scripted a 75 minute video play version of the book. Linda Aronson wrote the script for a television drama based on the book, which was produced and directed by Oscar Whitbread and screened on SBS-TV in 1984.

Folder/item

1-2 Source material, synopsis and early manuscript and typescript

3 Edited typescript: first draft of novel

4 Edited typescript: final draft, 1960

5 Script of the stage play

6 Script of the video play, 1981

7 Television script

8-9 Reviews of the book: Australia (1962-63) and United Kingdom (1962)
Reviews of the television series, 1984

10-11 Reviews of the play, 1966-69

12 Photographs from the stage play production at the Russell Street Theatre, Melbourne, 1966

13 A copy of Gabriele Müller’s MA thesis entitled ‘David Martin’s novel The young wife and its two levels of reading’, Heidelberg, Germany, 1988

14 Beta video cassette of the television production

Series 9 The hero of Too, 1964-76

The hero of Too was published by Cassell, Melbourne in 1965. The novel was also released simultaneously in the United Kingdom by Cassell, London under the same

title and in the United States by William Morrow, New York under the title The hero of the town. In 1974, Paul Sherman wrote a stage play based on the novel.

Folder/item

1-3 Edited typescript of the novel

4-8 Edited typescript of the novel, 1964

9 Scripts of the stage play: 1974, 1975 and 1976

10-12 Reviews: Australia, 1965
United Kingdom, 1965
United States, 1965

Series 10 Where a man belongs, 1969

The novel Where a man belongs was published by Cassell, Melbourne in 1969. The book was launched by A.A. Phillips at the Melbourne Town Hall on 6 March 1969.

Folder/item

1 Outline

2-4 Edited typescript

5 Reviews, 1969

Series 11 On the road to Sydney, 1969-71

In 1969, during a period of readjustment after returning from two years in Europe, Martin hitchhiked from Melbourne to Sydney, in order to rediscover Australia. On the road to Sydney, published by Nelson, Melbourne in 1970, recounts his journey.

Folder/item

1-7 Research material: newspaper cuttings, maps, booklets and pamphlets

8 Diaries kept by Martin while on the trip

9-10 Edited typescript

11-13 Photographs and negatives, mostly black and white, taken by Martin on the trip, 1969

14-15 Reviews, 1970-71

Series 12 Hughie, 1971-75

A children’s novel about a young aboriginal boy, Hughie was illustrated by Ron Brooks and published by Macmillan, Melbourne in 1971. The novel received a commendation from the judges of the 1972 Children’s Book of the Year. In 1973, Cliff Green wrote a screenplay adaptation of the novel. The book was also published by St Martin’s Press, New York in 1971, Blackie, London in 1972 and Mladost, Zagreb in 1975, with the title Tajanstvena zmija predaka.

Folder

1 Research material, notes and synopsis

2-3 Edited typescript

4 Reviews, 1971-72

5 Script for screenplay, 1973

6 Copy of the Yugoslavian publication

Folio 1 Promotional poster

Series 13 Frank and Francesca, 1972-77

Frank and Francesca, a children’s novel, was published by Thomas Nelson, Melbourne in 1972. It was also published in the United Kingdom (Blackie, Glasgow 1973), in France (Hachette, 1975) and in Germany (Thienemanns Verlag, 1975). Oriel Gray adapted the novel into a six-part television series, which screened on ABC-TV in 1973.

Folder/item

1 Notes and outline

2 Edited typescript

3 Reviews: Australia (of both the book and the television series), 1972-73
Germany, 1977

4 Copies of the German and French publications

Series 14 The Chinese boy, 1971-74

The Chinese boy is a children’s historical novel, set in the goldfields of Victoria and New South Wales. It was published by Hodder and Stoughton, Sydney in association with Brockhampton Press, England in 1973.

Folder/item

1 Research material: notes, journal articles, newspaper cuttings, pamphlets and correspondence, 1971-72

2 Outline, synopsis and notes

3-4 Edited typescript

5 Reviews, 1973-74

Series 15 The cabby’s daughter, 1974-75

A children’s historical novel, The cabby’s daughter was set in Beechworth in 1903 and illustrated by Ron Brooks. It was published by Hodder and Stoughton, Sydney in association with Brockhampton Press, England in 1974.

Note: the working title for this novel was ‘Bess and her father’.

Folder/item

1 Notes and outline

2 Edited typescript: first draft, copy A

3 Edited typescript: first draft, copy B

4 Edited typescript: second draft, copy A

5 Edited typescript: second draft, copy B with Richenda Martin’s comments

6 Edited typescript: third draft

7 Reviews, 1974-75

Series 16 Katie, 1975-76

A children’s short story, Katie was written by David and Richenda Martin and illustrated by Noela Young. It was published by Hodder and Stoughton, Sydney in association with Brockhampton Press, England in 1974.

Folder

1 Edited typescript and galley proofs

2 Reviews, 1975-76

Series 17 Mister P and his remarkable flight, 1974-88

Mister P and his remarkable flight, a children’s novel, was illustrated by Astra Lacis and published by Hodder and Stoughton, Sydney in 1975. The novel was also published in the United Kingdom in 1988 by Macdonald, with the title Mr P street pigeon.

Folder/item

1 Note cards and research material

2 Synopsis and notes, 1974

3 Edited typescript

4 Edited typescript: second revision, with Richenda Martin’s comments, 1974

5 Reviews: Australia, 1976
United Kingdom, 1988

Series 18 The devilish mystery of the flying mum, 1976-77

A children’s fantasy novel, The devilish mystery of the flying mum was published by Thomas Nelson, Melbourne in 1977.

Note: the working title for this novel was ‘The rotten bad fairy of Sydney’.

Folder/item

1 Research notes and segments of edited typescript

2 Correction notes, written by Richenda Martin

3 Edited typescript: first draft

4 Edited typescript

5 Author’s proofs, 1976

6 Reviews, 1977

Series 19 The man in the red turban, 1976-79

A children’s novel, illustrated by Genevieve Rees, The man in the red turban was published by Hutchinson, Melbourne in 1978.

Folder/item

1 Outline and notes

2 Research notes and synopsis, 1976

3 Edited typescript: first draft, with Richenda Martin’s comments

4 Edited typescript: second draft

5 Edited typescript: third draft, with publisher’ editing and author’s comments

6 Edited galley proofs

7 Reviews, 1978-79

Series 20 The mermaid attack, 1978-79

The mermaid attack, a children’s novel, was published by Outback Press, Melbourne in 1978.

Note: the working title for this novel was ‘The mermaid commune’

Folder/item

1 Synopsis and research material

2 Edited typescript: first draft

3 Edited typescript, with Richenda Martin’s comments

4 Edited typescript: second draft, incorporating Richenda Martin’s comments

5 Corrected master typescript

6 Edited galley proofs, 1978

7 Photocopy of typeset pages

8 Reviews, 1979

Series 21 Foreigners, 1982-83

Foreigners is a collection of short stories, focusing on the issues facing migrants settling in Australia. It was published by Rigby, Adelaide in 1981.

Folder/item

1 Rough notes of ideas for several of the stories

2 Newspaper cuttings of reference material and typescripts of four stories not included in the book

3-7 Edited typescript: drafts of each story

8-9 Edited typescript: publisher’s copy with Martin’s final corrections

10 Reviews, 1981-82

Series 22 Peppino, 1983-84

Peppino is a children’s novel in three parts, illustrated by Guy Mirabella and published by Hutchinson, Melbourne in 1983. The first and second parts of this novel were originally published separately by Rigby, Adelaide as Peppino says goodbye (1980) and Peppino turns his luck (1982). The third part of the novel is entitled ‘Peppino in the tobacco wars’.

Folder/item

1 Edited typescript for Peppino turns his luck

2-3 Edited typescript for ‘Peppino in the tobacco wars’

4 Edited galley proofs for Peppino

5-6 Proofs of final typeset for Peppino

7 Reviews of Peppino, 1983-84

8 Two copies of a ‘Books on Cassette’ recording of Peppino turns his luck, read by John Warnock

Series 23 Armed neutrality for Australia, 1981-90

In a complete departure from his children’s books and novels, Martin’s book Armed neutrality for Australia outlined his ideas on strategic defence policies for Australia. Published by Dove Communications, Blackburn, Victoria in 1984, the book was well received, and Martin was invited to speak on the topic of armed neutrality at numerous seminars, forums and conferences.

Martin was involved in the formation of the Australian Association for Armed Neutrality, which was launched in October 1987, with Sir Keith Hancock as patron. Also included in this series are papers relating to the Association. They comprise notes of meetings, correspondence, media releases, seminar flyers, forum papers and a draft of the constitution.

Correspondence for the period 1981-87 is included in the series, arranged alphabetically by year. This relates to Martin’s research for the book, dealings with the publisher and requests to appear as guest speaker, as well as correspondence relating to the Australian Association for Armed Neutrality. Correspondents include Phillip Adams, Ross Babbage, Sir Edward (Weary) Dunlop, Dorothy Green, Sir Keith Hancock and Geoff Sharp (editor of Arena).

Folder/item

1-4 Reference material

5 Notes and outline

6-9 Edited manuscript and typescript: first draft (incomplete, as some sections were included in the second draft)

10-20 Edited manuscript and typescript: second draft

21-23 Copies of segments of the second draft, with comments by Ross Babbage, Peter King, Graham Oke and Richenda Martin. Also included is editorial comment from Penguin Books and a reader’s report from Allen and Unwin, 1982-83.

24 Notes and correspondence with Drummond Books relating to the release of the book, 1984

25-26 Reviews, 1984-85

27 Transcript of an interview with Martin about the book, by Dave Davies,
Beechworth, 1985
Article by Martin entitled ‘Australia armed and neutral? Debate updated’,
which was published in Arena 73, 1985
Flyers for seminars on armed neutrality

28-31 Correspondence, 1981-83

32-34 Correspondence, 1984-86

35-39 Correspondence, 1987

40-41 Newspaper cuttings and notes on Australian and international defence issues, 1984-88
Article by Martin entitled ‘Armed neutrality – Australia’s alternative’ which appeared in Peace Dossier No. 10, August 1984

42Manuscript and typescript notes for a number of lectures given by Martin on the topic of ‘Armed neutrality for Australia’, 1985-90

43 Australian Association for Armed Neutrality: administrative papers, 1987-91

44 Copies of issues 1-6 (Apr 1988-Dec 1990) of Armed Neutrality Review, the publication of the Australian Association for Armed Neutrality, for which Martin was the Executive Director.

45 Miscellaneous journal articles on the topic of armed neutrality, 1988
Copy of Aspects of Australia’s defence, edited by Max Teichmann and published by the Political Studies Association, Monash University in 1966. Contains a chapter by Martin entitled ‘Armed neutrality’.

Series 24 The girl who didn’t know Kelly, 1985-86

A children’s historical novel, The girl who didn’t know Kelly is set in Beechworth in the 1880s. It was published by Hutchinson, Melbourne in 1985.

Folder

1 Notes and synopsis

2-4 Outline

5-11 Edited manuscript and typescript: early draft

12-15 Edited manuscript and typescript

16 Segments of edited typescript, with Richenda Martin’s editorial notes

17 Reviews, 1985-86

Series 25 Fox on my door: a journey through my life, 1987-88

Martin’s autobiography was written in story form for children and illustrated by his son, Jan Martin. It was published by Collins Dove, Melbourne c1987.

Folder/item

1 Outline, notes and 1 x 5¼” computer disk

2 Edited manuscript and typescript: chapters 1-2

3 Edited manuscript and typescript: chapters 3-4

4 Edited manuscript and typescript: chapters 5-6

5 Edited manuscript and typescript: chapters 7-8

6 Edited manuscript and typescript: chapter 9

7 Edited manuscript and typescript: chapters 10-11

8 Edited manuscript and typescript: chapters 12-13

9 Edited typescript: final draft
Readers report by Walter McVitty

10 Reviews, 1987-88

Series 26 Clowning Sim, 1989-94

Clowning Sim is a children’s novel published by Collins Dove, Melbourne in 1988. The novel was adapted as a television mini-series entitled Clowning around. Written by Tony Cavanagh and produced by Barron Films, it screened in 1992. The book was also published in 1993 by X-egem, Prague under the title Klaun na cestach.

Folder

1 Research material

2 Outline, synopsis and 1 x 5¼” computer disk

3-6 Typescript: uncorrected copy of first draft, with Richenda Martin’s comments

7-10 Edited typescript: first draft

11 Edited typescript: final draft

12 Reviews of the book, 1989-90

13 Script of television adaptation: revised first draft, Jan 1990

14 Script of television adaptation: second draft, Apr 1990

15 Script of television adaptation: revised third draft, Jun 1990

16 Script of television adaptation: fifth draft polish, May 1992

17 Reviews of the television series, 1992-94

18 Copy of the X-egem publication

Series 27 My strange friend: an autobiography, 1987-92

Martin’s second autobiography was published by Pan Macmillan, Chippendale, New South Wales in 1991.

Folder

1-2 Research material and notes

3-9 Typescript: mostly uncorrected first draft comprising one complete copy (pages 1-587) and a copy of segments (pages 228-602), which relate to the United Kingdom, India and Australia

10-20 Edited typescript: first draft, with Richenda Martin’s notes and comments (pages 1-600)

21 Notes for publisher
Photocopy of a letter from Sir Walter Crocker, 1987
3 x 5¼” computer disks, 1991

22 Papers relating to the launch of the book by Dennis Pryor in Melbourne, June 1991

23 Reviews, 1991-92.

Series 28 David Martin’s Beechworth book: poems, 1991-93

The book contains twenty-seven poems by Martin about Beechworth and was illustrated by students from Beechworth Secondary College. It was published by David Lovell, Melbourne in 1993 and launched in Beechworth by Cliff Green.

This series includes many drafts and revisions of each poem, showing clearly Martin’s creative processes at work.

Folder

1 Notes and early manuscripts of poems

2-8 Edited manuscript and typescript: includes early drafts of poems

9 Edited typescript, with Richenda Martin’s editorial comments, 1991

10-11 Edited typescript

12 Reviews, 1993

Series 29 Other published works, 1942-81

This series relates to other published works by Martin, for which there are relatively few papers. Each title is listed separately and they are presented in chronological order by year of publication.

Folder

1 Battlefields & girls. A small collection of Martin’s anti-faschist poems, published by William MacLellan, Glasgow, 1942
Reviews, 1942-53. Included is a hand written review by the Scottish poet Hugh McDiarmid.
Two copies of the book

2 The shoes men walk in. Martin’s first book of prose, an autobiographical collection of short stories, published by Pilot Press, London in 1946.
Reviews, 1946-47
Copy of the book
Bookseller’s catalogues, 1946

3-4 Tiger Bay. A novel, published by Martin & Reid, London, 1946. The novel was also serialised in the Reynolds News, London in 1947.
Reviews, 1947
Cuttings of the serialised version
Copy of the book

5-6 The shepherd and the hunter. Play written by Martin and performed in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. Published by Allan Wingate, London in 1946.
Reviews of performances, 1946-53
Photographs of the performance at the Unity Theatre, Kings Cross, London in 1946
Programs, 1946-47
Copy of the published version of the play

6 Birth of a miner. Play performed in Sydney in 1949 at the New Theatre. The play was originally commissioned by the Miners’ Federation of Great Britain.
Program and poster

7 The stones of Bombay. A novel set in modern India, published by Allan Wingate, London in 1950. Also published in German by Dietz Verlag, Berlin (hardcover) and Roman-Zeitung (softcover) in 1954.
Reviews, 1950-51
Copies of the German publications
Copy of Wingate catalogue, 1950

8 From life: selected poems of David Martin. A small collection of Martin’s poetry, published by Current Book Distributors, Sydney in 1953, with a foreward by Dame Mary Gilmore.
Reviews, 1953-54
Two copies of the book

9 Rob the robber. Political lampoon in verse, published by J. Waters, Melbourne in 1954. Published anonymously, using the pseudonym of ‘Spinifex’.
Reviews, 1954
Copy of the book

10 Eight by eight. Collection of poems by eight Australian poets, including Martin. Published by Jacaranda Press, Brisbane in 1963.
Reviews, 1963-65

11 The gift: poems 1959-65. Collection of poetry by Martin, published by Jacaranda Press, Brisbane, 1966
Reviews, 1966

12 The King between. A novel, published by Cassell, Melbourne in 1966. Also published with this title in the United Kingdom and in the United States by Crown Publishers, New York with the title The littlest neutral.
Reviews, 1966

13 The idealist. A narrative poem in rhyming couplets, illustrated by Shane Porteous and published by Jacaranda Press, Brisbane in 1968.
Reviews, 1968-69

14 Gary. Children’s book, illustrated by Con Aslanis and published by Cassell, Melbourne in 1972. Part of a reading scheme entitled ‘Patchwork Paperbacks’, devised by Cassell, Australia for use by adolescent remedial readers.
Reviews, 1972-73

15 I’ll take Australia. Introduction and text by Martin to a book of posthumously published photographs of Australia taken by Georg Lindstrom. Published by Jacaranda Press, Brisbane in 1978.
Reviews, 1978-81

16 I rhyme my time. Poetry by Martin for adolescents, illustrated by Robert Ingpen and published by Jacaranda Press, Brisbane in 1980.
Reviews, 1980-81

17 The kitten who wouldn’t purr: Children’s story in verse, illustrated by Mark Payne and published by Macmillan, Melbourne in 1987.
Small segment of edited typescript
Copy of the published work

Series 30 Poetry, 1942-89

Martin’s first and last published works were collections of his poetry. Throughout his career he continued to write poetry and as well as further collections of his poems, his work was published widely in anthologies, journals and newspapers. This series comprises drafts of his poetry and a large number of cuttings from journals and newspapers of his published poems. Included are a number of Martin’s early poems written in German, which were published under his original name of Ludwig Detsinyi. He also published under the name Ludwig Adams. Included is a 1938 cutting of the German text of a song entitled Lied der Jaramafront, written by Martin in Spain. According to Martin, this song went on to become very popular, selling thousands of records, especially in Eastern Europe. Also included are English translations by Ralph Traill of Martin’s German poems.

An index to titles of translations by Ralph Traill in folder 5 can be found at Appendix III of this guide.

See also Series 32, Periodicals

Folder

1-3 Manuscripts and typescripts of poems written in German

4 Photocopies of Martin’s poems published in Europe before the outbreak of World War II

5 Translations by Traill of Martin’s German poems, 1989

6-7 Manuscripts and typescripts of poems, c1942-63

8 Cuttings of poems published overseas, 1942-57

9 Cuttings of poems published in Australia, 1949-81

10 Cuttings of articles which mention Martin’s poetry, 1946-62
Notes taken from reviews of Martin’s poetry

11 Reviews and a copy of Rhyme and reason, a collection of poetry edited by Martin and published by Fore Publications, London in 1944
Copy of New world, new song: a selection of poems from the left, edited by Martin and published by Current Book Distributors, Sydney in 1955.

Series 31 Short stories, 1945-86

Martin was a prolific writer of short stories, which were mainly published in journals and newspapers. This series comprises a large collection of cuttings containing short stories written by Martin. There are also typescripts of a number of these stories, mostly undated.

See also Series 32, Periodicals

Folder

1 Cuttings from the 1940s

2 Cuttings from the 1950s

3 Cuttings from the 1960s-70s

4 Cuttings from the 1980s

5-14 Typescripts of short stories

Series 32 Periodicals, 1941-88

A collection of periodicals containing articles, poetry and short stories written by Martin.

Folder

1 Out Time, 1941-46

2 Argosy, 1943
Poetry Quarterly, 1944
Seven, 1944
Tattoo (Glasgow) c1940s

3 Chambers’ Journal, 1943-45
Theatre Newsletter, 1946
New Theatre, 1947-49
New Life, 1948
Thought, 1949

4 Unity, 1949-51
Verse in Australia, 1958-59
Mainstream, 1959
Junior 7
Million

5 Overland, 1954-62

6 Meanjin, 1951-61

7 Australian Letters, 1962
20th Century: an Australian Quarterly Review, 1963
Westerly, 1963
Russian script magazine, 1960

8 Quadrant, 1960-73

9 The Bridge, 1967-71

10 Walkabout, 1970
Southerly, 1970-81

11 School Library Bulletin, 1978
Overland, 1976-88

12 Outrider, 1984

Series 33 Newspaper and journal articles, 1942-86

Martin was a prolific contributor to newspapers and journals. Apart from short stories and reviews, he contributed articles on a diverse number of topics, indicating his wide ranging interests. These topics included national and international politics, human rights, travel, current affairs, education, Australian defence, Asian culture and literature. This series comprises a large collection of cuttings of articles written by Martin for a wide range of journals and newspapers. Martin’s own arrangement of the cuttings has been retained.

From 1949 to 1966 Martin was Australian correspondent for the Indian newspaper Hindu, contributing regular articles about Australian issues and from 1966 to 1969 he was Australian correspondent for the Canadian newspaper the Montreal Star. Included are cuttings of articles from both these newspapers.

Martin also wrote weekly current affairs columns for Free Press (1951-52) and the Melbourne Sunday Observer (1969-71) and cuttings of these columns are included.

Note: Letters from readers of the Sunday Observer column can be found at Series 3, folder 17.

Folder

1 Articles published in Australia about Australia, 1950-86

2 Articles published in Australia about overseas, 1949-69

3 Articles published overseas, not about Australia, 1945-68

4 Articles published overseas, about Australia, 1949-69

5 Articles published in the Hindu, 1949-67

6 Articles published in the Montreal Star, 1966-69

7 Literary articles, 1958-79

8 Meanjin articles, 1955-74

9 Overland articles, 1960-84

10-11 Articles from the Sunday Observer, 1969-71

12-13 Miscellaneous articles, 1942-88

14 Letters to the editor, 1946-81

15 Typescripts of feature articles, mostly relating to India, dating from 1949

16 Typescripts of articles

Folio 1 Cuttings from the Ferntree Gully & Boronia and District Free Press, 1951-52. Martin contributed a weekly local current affairs column, entitled ‘Martin’s column’.

Folio 2 Copies of the Sydney Jewish News, 1949

Cuttings from The Listener (1943) and the London Reynolds News (1944), containing articles by ‘Louis Destiny’ (David Martin)

Miscellaneous cuttings, 1950-70

Series 34 Book reviews, 1945-85

During the course of his career, Martin reviewed an enormous number of books. The genres were varied and included biographies, poetry collections, fiction, non-fiction, travel writings and social commentaries. He occasionally reviewed theatre as well. This series comprises a large collection of newspaper and journal cuttings of book and theatre reviews written by Martin. Martin’s own arrangement of the cuttings has been retained.

Folder

1 Reviews in Reynolds News and New Life, 1945-48

2 Reviews in Meanjin, 1953-70

3 Reviews in Overland, 1959-80

4 Book reviews in the Bulletin, 1962-69
Theatre reviews in the Bulletin, 1964-65

5 Reviews in the Australian by ‘Louis Adams’ (David Martin), 1964-65
Reviews in the Australian, 1965-71

6 Reviews in The Age, 1966-71

7 Cuttings of miscellaneous reviews, 1959-71

8 Cuttings of miscellaneous reviews, 1971-76

9 Cuttings of miscellaneous reviews, 1975-85
Typescripts of reviews

Series 35 Unpublished novels and children’s books

The series contains drafts of unpublished novels, plays and other works by Martin, many to quite an advanced stage and mostly undated.

The works have been listed in alphabetical order, by working title, with miscellaneous material at the end.

Folder/item

1-2 ‘Abbie’: children’s novel
Notes, worksheet and edited typescript (199pp)

3 ‘The adventures of Dinkum the kangaroo’: children’s story, illustrated by Vane Lindesay
Proofs
Soft cover booklet of part of the story, complete with illustrations and published by Book House, Melbourne
Typescript of a play based on the book (18pp)

4 ‘The breakout’: children’s novel about Spain
Edited typescript (83pp)

5-6 ‘Charles and Rowena’ or ‘Old love’: novel
Synopsis and notes
Edited typescript (141pp)

7-8 ‘The couple’: novel
Synopsis and notes
Edited typescript (244pp)

9 ‘Double game’ or ‘Who loves last’: a radio story
Edited typescript (35pp)

10 ‘The endless road’: play
Edited typescript (14pp)
‘Esther’: novel
Notes and outline

11 ‘Every man has his price’: short story and TV play
Typescript of story (12pp)
Typescript of play (7pp)

12 ‘The first day’: collection of 15 short stories
Typescripts of each story, separately numbered

13-21 ‘The flea and other stories’: a book of stories and sketches for young readers
Background material
Edited typescripts
1 computer disk containing drafts of some of the stories (note: contents transferred to Library’s record keeping system)
Final word processed copy (130pp)

22 ‘The foreigner’: novel, 1947
Typescript (54pp)

23 ‘Happy people’: novel
Outline
Edited typescript (164pp)

24-25 ‘Hilda and the Elders’ also titled ‘Hettie and the Elders’: novel
Notes and outline
Edited typescript (123pp)

26 ‘House of love’: novel
Notes, outline and cuttings
Edited typescript (13pp)

27-29 ‘Jimbo’: novel
Notes, outline and manuscript
Edited typescript (133pp)

30-31 ‘The King of Munster’ or ‘The seventh angel’: novel
Working notes

32-34 ‘The last lap’: autobiographical work
Rough notes
Edited typescript: second draft
Edited word-processed text (60pp)

35 ‘Mad proverbs’: collection of verse based on well-known proverbs
Notes
Edited typescripts of several verses

36-38 ‘The naked truth’ or ‘Luke Kinsburn’: novel
Synopsis
Edited typescript (198pp)

39-40 ‘1956 novel’, 1955-68
Research material, notes, outline and synopsis

41 ‘Old McLoughlin’: novella
Notes and outline
Edited typescript (34pp)

42 ‘Peter the thief’: children’s novel
Notes
Edited manuscript and typescript (12pp)

43-44 ‘Remission’: novel, 1987
Notes and outline
Edited typescript (113pp)

45-48 ‘Rodeo’: novel and play, 1961
Synopsis and letter from Merv Lilley
Typescript of play (31pp)
Typescript of novel (315pp)

49-51 ‘Spain’: children’s novel with Spanish Civil War theme
Notes and outline
Edited typescript (121pp)

52 ‘Storm’: children’s book
Rough proof of a story taken from the Soviet children’s book The fisherman. Literal translation by Herbert Marshall and put into verse by Martin
‘Stories written for Jan’: illustrated by Jan (Martin’s son) as a young child
Small manuscript

53 ‘Stories for the very young’: collection of children’s stories
Manuscript and typescripts of several stories

54 ‘The sword has no brother’: novel
Typescript (61pp)

55-67 ‘A town of many trees’: first attempt at a Canberra novel. Intended to be written in four parts – Canberra, India, Hungary and Canberra II
Notes, research material, outline and synopsis
Edited typescript (88pp)
‘The lush’: second attempt at a Canberra novel
Notes, research material, outline and synopsis
Edited typescript (50pp)

68-69 ‘The trip’: Indian novella
Outline and notes
Edited typescript (108pp)

70 ‘A woman of riper years’: novel
Outline
Edited typescript (61pp)

71-72 ‘The woman who didn’t know’: novel, 1976
Synopsis
Edited typescript (115pp)

73-75 Two attempts at an Indian novel, 1980
Notes, synopses, travel pamphlets and letters and postcards written by Martin to Richenda while he was on a trip to Sri Lanka and India in 1980
Edited typescripts:
‘Love and India’ (63pp)
‘Indian novel, 1980’ (108pp)
Untitled (54pp)

76-77 Untitled collection of children’s stories
Typescripts of several stories

78-79 Segments of miscellaneous, untitled typescripts

80-84 Miscellaneous notes and ideas for stories

Series 36 Unpublished scripts

A small collection of outlines and scripts for plays, television and musicals.

Listed in alphabetical order by title, with untitled works at the end.

Folder/item

1 ‘The actress’: stage play
Notes and outline

2 ‘Cup day’: one act musical
Notes and outline
Edited typescript (11pp)
‘The mirage’: an Australian ballet
Outline

3 ‘Poem for Laura’: radio play
Script containing an insert of a short piece of music composed by John Arcot, with words by Martin (43pp)

4 ‘The rising of the men’: stage play, c1968
2 bound copies of edited script (74pp). Includes two short pieces of music composed by John Arcot, with words by Martin

5-6 Several short scripts for plays written while Martin was in the United Kingdom in the 1940s

7-8 Brief outlines and scripts for several plays

9 Outlines for three short films

Series 37 Radio scripts

A collection of scripts written by Martin for news broadcasts and radio talks for the BBC in England in the 1940s and for the ABC in Australia in the 1950s. The BBC broadcasts are written under the name ‘Louis Detsinyi’ (David Martin).

Folder/item

1- 3 Scripts for BBC news broadcasts, c1943

4-5 Scripts for ABC news broadcasts and radio talks [1950s]

5 Typescripts of radio talks, written by Martin and presented by Richenda Martin, 1951-54

Series 38 Lectures and speeches, 1955-90

For a number of years, Martin lectured on literary related topics for the Victorian Centre for Adult Education. As well as lecturing, Martin was often approached to speak about his work at literary events and to community groups. This series comprises a collection of Martin’s teaching material, together with notes and text of some of his talks.

Folder

1-7 Booklets of discussion notes and 3 sets of lecture notes for Centre for Adult Education courses, 1956-66

8 Syllabus and notes for a Creative Writing course, Wangaratta Centre for Adult Education, 1955-56

9-10 Miscellaneous lecture notes, 1956-74

11 Miscellaneous notes and texts for talks, 1961-90

12 Lecture notes for courses given by Martin as Writer-in-Residence, Western Australian Institute of Technology, 1981

Series 39 Sociological research, 1956-63

A small collection of publications for which Martin undertook the research and writing.

Folder

1 Love that lasts: marriage guidance booklet, published by the Marriage Guidance Council of Victoria, 1956 (31p)
Psychological effects of the “western” film: a study in TV viewing, co-authored with F.E. Emery and published by the Department of Audio-visual Aids, University of Melbourne, 1957 (47pp)

2 Television tension programmes: a study based on a content analysis of western crime,, and adventure programmes televised by Melbourne stations, 1960-61, published by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board, Melbourne, 1963 (80pp).

Series 40 Travel, 1948-86

The series contains material accumulated by Martin on trips, both in Australia and overseas. Included are travel notebooks, photographs and travel memorabilia. Some of the notebooks appear to have been used to gather source material for his novels.

Folder/item

1 Notebooks of a trip to India, 1948
Notebooks of a trip to Queensland, 1954

2 Notebooks of a trip to Southeast Asia, 1957-58

3-5 Photographs and negatives of a trip to Southeast Asia, 1957-58

6 Published material collected on a trip to Southeast Asia (1957-58). Included are travel guides and a copy of the book Glimpses of the life of Ho Chi Minh, published by Foreign Languages Publishing House, Hanoi in 1958 and autographed by Ho Chi Minh, whom Martin interviewed.

7 Small notebook of a trip to the USSR, 1968

8 Photographs and travel brochures of a trip to New Zealand, 1973

9-10 Notes, photographs and travel memorabilia from a trip to Europe, 1977-78

11 Notebook, photographs and travel memorabilia of a hitch hiking trip of NSW undertaken by Martin at the age of 71 in 1986

Series 41 Music

The musical scores, mostly undated, were written specifically for selected poems of Martin. Most of the music has been composed by John Arcot, but there are also compositions by Berkeley Fase, John Gordon, Wendy Hiscocks, Jenifer Mann, Bernard Stevens and Ralph Traill.

Folder/item

1 Photographs of musical scores by John Arcot for ‘Armistice’ and ‘Dead man’s glory’
Correspondence with Ralph Traill, 1959-64

2 Musical score by Wendy Hiscocks of Bush Christmas, together with the program for a musical recital at the Wigmore Hall, London in 1994 which included this piece
Program from the Phoenix Theatre, London, of a 1943 musical performance which included a work entitled ‘A time for greatness’ by Cecil Landeau and ‘Louis Destiny (David Martin)
Book of musical scores entitled Inter nationale arbeiter leider, published by Lied der Zeit, Berlin in 1953. The composition ‘Am Jarama/Februar 1937’, for which Martin wrote the text, appears on pages 104-5.

Folio 1 Music by John Arcot:

‘The almond tree’

‘Apple and arrows’

‘Armistice’

‘Bagpipes in Hobart’

‘Blinded in Spain’

‘Collinsville’, 1961

‘Credo’

‘The empty goal at Castlemaine’

‘Four in the march’

‘Give me a word’

‘In Flanders’, 1959

‘Jarrama, ten years’

‘New Year’s Eve’

‘On the retreat’

‘One day the young will die no more’

‘Soldiers, 1939’

‘Song of the Jarama front’

‘Spring song’

‘The triangle and the star’

‘With a broad sickle’

Music by John Gordon:

‘Chorale: the three Christs’, 1959

Music by Jenifer Mann:

‘The lovely lasses of Innisfail’

‘Song without words’

‘To my daughter-in-law unknown’

Music by Ralph Traill:

‘Gitanjali’, 1979

‘Lament for the Gordons’

‘Song of Arajput’

‘South Welsh prophesy’

Music published by the Workers’ Music Association, London in 1944:

‘Song of the invaders’, composed by Bernard Stevens

‘Ernie, Ernie!’ and ‘Coal song’, composed by Berkeley Fase

Series 42 Ephemera, 1943-80

A small collection of theatre programs from Manchester, London and Melbourne, dating from 1943-80.

1 folder

Series 43 Biographical material, 1945-89

A collection of papers that relate to Martin’s life and career.

Folder/item

1-4 Newspaper clippings which refer to Martin and his work as an author, journalist and teacher, 1945-88

5 Biographical notes relating to Martin
Bound typescript of a work entitled ‘Reminiscences for my grandchildren’, written by Richenda Martin, 1989
Two earlier and two later photographs of David and Richenda Martin

6 Journals containing interviews with Martin, 1958-76

7 Listings of Martin’s published works

8 A collection of video tapes and audio cassettes:
2 audio cassettes of an interview with Martin entitled ‘The far crusade’, produced by Co-productions, Kent Town, SA
1 audio cassette with the notation ‘Connections #22: Joseph’s coat: multicultural music and writing’
Video tape of an interview with Martin for Sunday Magazine, a Catholic Communications publication, 1984
2 video tapes of a lecture on Armed neutrality for Australia, at the Swinburne Technical College, Melbourne, 1 October 1985
Video tape of a talk by Martin about his life’s work, given at the Australian Defence Force Academy, 26 May 1988. Includes Martin reading some of his verse.

9 Miscellaneous papers
Folio 1 Display poster containing biographical details about Martin

Series 44 Miscellaneous papers 1960-89

A small collection of miscellaneous material accumulated by Martin.

Folder/item

1 Bound copy of a thesis by Les Ingram entitled ‘The imaginative writings of David Martin’, 1969

2 Journal articles received from Dr Miryam Michaelis, written in Hebrew and German, 1976-82

3 Journals, 1960-73

4 Papers relating to a dispute by residents about rate payments in Beechworth, in which Martin was involved, 1987

5 Copy of a report by F.E. Emery entitled ‘Toward real democracy’, 1989

6 Booklets and pamphlets
Typescript by Deborah Jordan entitled ‘Nettie Palmer and Henry Handel Richardson: the power of feeling’, 1985
Cutting from Free Press, dated 7 December 1961, reporting the death of Fred Byrne, a Dandenong business man and long time friend of Martin. (See also Series 1, general correspondence, which contains letters from Byrne spanning a number of years)

7 Metal stamp of Martin in profile

Series 45 Monographs, 1946-84

A small collection of English and German language monographs, which contain works by Martin. Also included are two monographs in Cyrillic script. The titles of the Roman script works are listed below in chronological order.

Selected writing No. 4, edited by Reginald Moore and published by Nicholson & Watson, London in 1946

Scottish verse 1851-1951, selected by Douglas Young and published by Thomas Nelson and Sons, Edinburgh in 1952 (contains an inscription by Young)

Zeitgenössische Australische Lyrik, published by Max Hueber, Munich in 1961

Exil in den Niederlanden und Spanien, published by Philipp Reclam jun., Leipzig in 1981

Australische Erzävon Marcus Clarke bis Patrick White, published by Volk und Welt, Berlin in 1984


Appendix 1

Series 2, literary correspondence: alphabetical listing of selected correpondents

Guiseppe Abiuso

Phillip Adams

Robert Amos

Mulk raj Anand

Jean Battersby

Bob Brissenden

Jean Campbell

Nancy Cato

Manning Clark

Jon Cleary

Laurence Collinson

James Corbett

Bruce Dawe

Rosemary Dobson

Geoffrey Dutton

Anne Elder

June Factor

Patricia and Cedric Flower

Len Fox

Miles Franklin

Robert D. FitzGerald

Dame Mary Gilmore

Jack Graham

Cliff Green

Ken Gott

Frank Hardy

Wilma Hedley

Dorothy Hewett

Cecil Holmes

Alec (A.D.) Hope

Wilfrid Flexmore Hudson

Ken and Amirah Inglis

Robert Ingpen

George Johnston

Walter Kaufmann

Nancy Keesing

Jack Lindsay

Norman Lindsay

Merv Lilley

John Manifold

Leonard Mann

Alan Marshall

Douglas Marshall

Tom Inglis Moore

John Morrison

Stephen Murray-Smith

Hubert Nicholson

Barry Oakley

Pixie O’Harris

Aileen Palmer

Nettie and Vance Palmer

Arthur (A.A.) Phillips

Marjorie Pizer

Ernest Platz

Katharine Susannah Prichard

J.B. Priestley

Rohan Rivett

Alan Seymour

Rod Shaw

Nevil Shute

Edgar Snow

Christina Stead

Douglas Stewart

Dal Stivens

Kylie Tennant

Pat Tennison

Rick Throssell

Ralph Traill

Elizabeth Vassilieff

Judith Wright


Appendix 2

Series 4, correspondence relating to political activities: alphabetical listing of selected correspondents.

Trevor Ashton

Australian Editor

Doris Blackburn

John Bowen

Pat Bryant

Arthur Calwell

J. B. Chifley

S.H. Cohen

P.F. De Zulvet

Gonzoles Diaz-Cardiel

Val Douk

H.V. Evatt

Moe Fishman

S.M. Goldbloom

George Golvan

Vernon E. Goodin

Hilde T. Himmelweit

Frank Johnson

Barry O. Jones

John Lloyd

T.M. McCaw

David McKenna

Harold MacMillan

R.M. McNolty

Paul Marriott

Gerald Mayhead

Solomon Mwaruta

Lillis O'Dea

A.F. Omar

Ernest Platz

Fridel Platz

Yamskogo Polya

G.H. Prescott

A. Robertson

Ann Smith

John S. Timlin

Cyril S. Wyndham


Appendix 3

Series 30, poetry by David Martin: index to titles of translations of poems by Ralph Traill in folder 5.

Number/Title

1 The other song

2 Italians

3 Song of the Jarama front

4 Watch word

5 Dressing Station

6 Asturian I

7 Asturian II

8 Before the battle

9 Peter

10 The new style of the pious mercenary

11 Federico Garcia Lorca

12 The four sons

13 Jack Shirai

14 Devout

15 Memory

16 Do you hear?

17 Living is fine

18 Song of the Grandees

19 Song of the Peasants

20 Gonsalez Lopez Nunes

21 Blinded in Spain

22 Moscow speaks

23 Dedicated to Ralph Fox

24 The splendid days of Aranjuez

25 10709

26 Forgotten in Paris

27 Greeting

28 Once

29 Liesel Hermann

30 It will come

31 On the retreat

32 At the White House

33 The prisoner

34 In Flanders

35 Russell Street

36 Drought

37 The hour demands

38 Ballad of the Royal Air Raid shelter


Appendix 4

Tapes relating to David Martin, held in the Oral History Collection of the National Library of Australia.

The Oral History Collection of the National Library holds a number of tapes relating to Martin. Included are recordings of music for which he wrote the lyrics, recordings of radio broadcasts, talks and interviews given by Martin and a recording of his published work Spiegel the cat. The tapes are listed in numerical order, by the Oral History collection number.

ORAL DeB 443-444

David Martin, interviewed by Hazel de Berg, 6 Dec 1969

TRC/1531/1

Side 1 On the retreat, J. Arcot

Sliprails & spur, H. Lawson, J. Arcot

Armistice, D. Martin, J. Arcot

Voice: Ralph Traill

Piano: Carol Raymond

Side 2 Sonata for cello & piano, Ralph Traill

Cello: Phillipa Jackson

Piano: Beryl Potter

TRC/1531/2

Side 1 Songs by David Martin & John Arcot:

Soldiers/Lament for the Gordons

Credo/One day/In Flanders.

Jarama Front/Bagpipes in Hobart

Side 2 Songs by David Martin & John Arcot:

Jarama/Remember

Other songs:

Faces in the street

White stars

Nothing doin/Ironbark

TRC/1531/3

Side 1 Songs by David Martin & John Arcot:

In Flanders/Song of the Jarama Front

Blinded in Spain/On the retreat

Remember/Jarama ten years

Soldiers/Spring song

Dead Man's Glory

Lament for the Gordons

TRC/1531/3

Side 2 One day/Armistice

Bagpipes in Hobart/Credo

The Triangle and the Star

New Years Eve/Amazon’s Song

Gitanjali/Lament for the Gordons

Performers:

Singers: Doug Horsbrugh, Bill James, Ralph Traill

Pianists: David Coupe, June Epstein, Carol Raymond, Elizabeth Van Romsary

TRC/1531/4

Side 1 David Martin: guest of honour, ABC broadcast, 21 Dec 1975

Side 2 Blank.

TRC/1531/5

Side 1 ‘In person’ No. 6: David Martin, broadcast on Radio 2, 15 Aug 1982 and on Radio 3, 20 Aug 1982

Duration: 29' 34"

Side 2 Blank

TRC/1531/6

Side 1 & 2 ‘Double take’ No. 187, broadcast 11 Nov 1982

Duration: 59' 12"

TRC/1531/7

Side 1 & 2 David Martin’s talk on ‘Armed neutrality’ to the Victorian Institute of Peace Studies, Swinburne Technical College, Sep 1982

TRC/1531/8

Side 1 Mary Wright talking with David Martin, recorded Sep 1981

Side 2 Blank

TRC/1531/9

Side 1 Spiegel the Cat

Side 2 Spiegel the Cat

TRC/1531/10

Side 1 & 2 David Martin: The Chinese boy, Toowoomba Education Centre, 1979

Duration: 17’

TRC/1531/11

Side 1 & 2 David Martin: Spanish Civil War, interview, 28 Jun 1981

TRC/1531/12

Side 1 David Martin: Townsville CAE, 30 Jul 1976

Side 2 Blank

TRC/1531/13

Side 1 "Madurai"

Side 2 Blank

TRC/1531/14

Side 1 The Young Wife, David Martin

Side 2 An Interview with David Martin: HSC English book discussion tape

TRC/1531/15

Side 1 & 2 ABC 'Double Take' programme: David Martin interviewed by Phillip Briant, Jul 1982

TRC/1531/16

Side 1 ABC 'In person’ programme: David Martin interviewed by Phillip Briant, Jul 1982

TRC/1531/17

'The many voices of David Martin'. A rehearsed reading of Martin's poetry and prose, performed and recorded at Beechworth Shire Hall, 20 April 1996. Narration written by John Memery and read by Kurt Wagner. Readings by Amy Bascombe, et al. Didgeridoo played by Gregwah.

TRC/2356

Writers’ Against Nuclear Arms national symposium, Canberra, 1988. Speakers included David Martin


Box List

Box Series Folder
1 1 1-7
2 1 8-14
3 1 15-21
4 1 22-28
5 1 29-35
6 1 36-42
7 1 43-50
8 1 51-58
9 1 59-66
10 1 67-73
11 1 74-80
12 1 81-87
13 1 88-94
14 1 95-100
15 1 101-106
16 1 107-112
17 1 113-116
17 2 1-3
18 2 4-10
19 2 11-18
20 2 19-20
20 3 1-6
21 3 7-13
22 3 14-18
22 4 1
22 5 1
23 6 1-6
24 7 1-4
24 8 1-2
25 8 3-4
26 8 5-7
27 8 8-13
28 9 1-6
29 9 7-12
29 10 1
30 10 2-5
31 11 1-7
32 11 8-13
33 11 14-15
33 12 1-6
Folio box 1 12 Folio 1
34 13 1-4
34 14 1-2
35 14 3-6
36 14 7
36 15 1-3
37 15 4-7
37 16 1-2
38 17 1-5
39 18 1-4
40 18 5-6
40 19 1-3
41 19 4-7
40 20 1
42 20 2-4
43 20 5-8
43 21 1-3
44 21 4-10
45 22 1-8
46 23 1-7
47 23 8-14
48 23 15-20
49 23 21-26
50 23 27-33
51 23 34-39
52 23 40-43
53 23 44-45
53 24 1-5
54 24 6-12
55 24 13-17
55 25 1-2
56 25 3-9
57 25 10
57 26 1-4
58 26 5-12
59 26 13-18
60 27 1-6
61 27 7-13
62 27 14-20
63 27 21-23
63 28 1-4
64 28 5-12
65 29 1-7
66 29 8-14
67 29 15-17
67 30 1-4
68 30 5-11
69 31 1-7
70 31 8-14
70 32 1
71 32 2-7
72 32 8-12
73 33 1-7
74 33 8-15
75 33 16
Folio box 1 33 Folios 1 and 2
75 34 1-6
76 34 7-9
76 35 1-4
77 35 5-10
78 35 11-17
79 35 18-25
80 35 26-31
81 35 32-38
82 35 39-45
83 35 46-50
84 35 51-58
85 35 59-64
86 35 66-71
87 35 72-77
88 35 78-83
88 36 1
89 36 2-7
90 36 8-9
90 37 1-6
91 38 1-6
92 38 7-12
93 39 1-2
93 40 1-3
94 40 4-7
95 40 8-11
96 41 1-2
Folio box 1 41 Folio 1
96 42 1
96 43 1-4
97 43 5-8
Folio box 1 43 Folio 1
98 44 1-3
99 44 4-7
99 45 1-2
Updated March 2000