MS 7071
Papers of Frank Kellaway (1922- )

Biographical Note

Author. Kellaway was born in London, but grew up in Australia. His writings include short stories, novels, poems and opera libretti.

Series Description

I Manuscripts

(i) Typescript of 'A shabby charity' (autobiography)
(ii) Typescript of 'Redgum city', including photographs, 1979 (autobiographical)
(iii) Photocopy of typescript of 'The new nomads', including photographs, 1987 (autobiographical)
(iv) Typescript, with slight ms. amendments, of 'Hereward' (novel)
(v) Typescript, with slight ms. amendments, of 'A goddess and her people' (novel)
(vi) Original typescript, with ms. alterations, of 'The divers' (novel)
(vii) Typescript, with slight ms. amendments, of Bill's break (novel). Published 1983.
(viii) Typescript of 'The tree of knowledge' (play) )
(ix) Typescript of 'Trucks' (play)
(x) Typescript, with slight ms. amendments, of 'Battle for an eyas' (children's novel)
(xi) Typescript, with slight ms. amendments, of 'Cragspindle' (children's novel)
(xii) Notebook containing drafts of poems and notes
(xiii) Notebook containing drafts of poems, drafts of 'The new nomads', and drafts of reminiscences of Geelong Grammar School (published in Australians, a historical library, 1987)

II Diaries

(i) Diary, 1972-75, itermittent entries, some describing dreams, including letters from his separated wife Carlotta
(ii) Jamieson diary, July 1977-Nov. 1978, covering period when Kellaway and Carmel Saville were camped at Wren's Flat near Mt. Skeene, in the Victorian Alps.Very detailed (4 quarto volumes)
(iii) Diary, March-Nov. 1987, describing journey around Australia on which 'the new nomads' was based. Very detailed. (2 quarto volumes) Note: Diary entries for other periods e.g. June-Dec.1979, June-Aug. 1984 can be found in other notebooks.

III Literary Correspondence

(i) Letters of Gwen Harwood, 1987-89 (10 letters, 21 postcards)
(ii) Letters of Tony Riddell, 1978-89 (12 letters, 11 postcards)
(iii) Letters of Hilary Cohen, 1987-89 (24 letters)
(iv) Letters of Barry Dowling, 1986-89 (19 letters)
(v) Letters and cards of other writers, including A.D. Hope (1), Mal Morgan (2), Peter Murphy (2), Fiona Perry (4), Janet Boddy (13), Barrett Reid (5), Peter Mathers (2), Mary Durack (1), Ken Gardiner (1), Manning Clark (6), Russel Ward (9), Lyndsay Gardiner (9), Maria Lewitt (10), Ken Inlgis (1), 1986-89. (c. 90 letters)
(vi) Letters of publishers and editors, including Chris Wallace-Crabbe (1), S. Murray-Smith (4), Teresa Pitt (4), Rosemary Nissen (5), Tom Glasson (1), Barrett Reid (2), 1976-89 (21 letters)

IV Family Correspondence

(i) Letters of Michael Kellaway (brother), 1984-90 (41 letters)
(ii) Letters of C.W. (Will) Kellaway (brother), 1984-89 (105 letters)
(iii) Letters and cards of Eileen Lester (mother) (20 items)
(iv) Letters of other relatives, 1984-89 (c. 20 items)

V Correspondence of Eileen Lester

(i) Letters of Frank Kellaway, 1942-82 (40 letters)
(ii) Letters of Mike Kellaway, 1961-82 (c. 80 letters)
(iii) Letters of C.W. (Will) Kellaway, 1954-82 (c. 200 letters)
(iv) Letters of Deborah Kellaway (Will's wife), 1954-82 (30 letters)
(v) Miscellaneous letters and cards from friends, c. 1960-82 (c. 50 items)

VI Miscellaneous Papers

(i) Script of A.B.C. interview with Kellaway and George Dreyfus, 1965
(ii) Draft book reviews

Addition December 1991


Family correspondence, together with letters from Russel Ward, Barrett Reid, Hilary Cohen, Barry Dowling, Tony Riddell, Gwen Harwood, Cheryl Taylor, Don Baker, Mike Kellaway, Will Kellaway and others, mostly 1987-1991

Addition August 1994

Correspondence, 1991-1994

1 Letters from Barry Dowling and Kate Kellaway
2 Letters from Greg Kratzmann, Tony Riddell and Gwen Harwood
3 Letters from Oliver Gasperini and Don Baker
4 Letters from Peter Murphy, Barrett Reid, Bob and Ailsa Burns, Maria Lewitt, Robin Sevenoaks and others


5 Anne Chloe Elder, Don Maynard, Fiona Perry, Barry Dickins and Ken Taylor

Addition December 1999

Further description of each folder of correspondence and each journal/notebook is given on a list prepared by Kellaway, a copy of which is included in Box 17, Folder 1.


1 Letters of Kate Kellaway, 1994-1997
2 Letters of Margaret Benoit, Ray Coles and Oliver Gasperini, 1994-1997
3 Letters of Barbara Allen, Gayle Deal, Eric Grayson, Joselyn Hargraves, Jane Heywood, Peter and Fran Leach, Carolyn Moore, Kate and Pat Pearson, Polly Roden and Bill Thompson, 1995-1999
4-5 Letters of Jean Archer and Deborah Kellaway, 1989-1999
6 Letters of Gwen Harwood, Greg Kratzmann and Tony Riddell, 1995-1998
7 Letters of Carmel Saville, 1990-1997
8 Letters of Mike Kellaway, 1994-1999
9-11 Letters of Mike Kellaway, 1958-1982
12 Letters of R.T. Hammerly, Michael Collins Persse and Peter Stoner, 1994-1998
13 Letters of Dan Kellaway, Maria Meehan and Sharyn Munro, 1996-1997
14 Letters of Barry Dowling, George Dreyfus, Paul Howden, Maria Lewitt, Peter Mathers, Dan Maynard, Mal Morgan, Peter Murphy, Fiona Perry and Susanne Welborn, 1996-1999
15 Letters of Don Baker, Ian Bassett, Dymphna Clark and Ken and Amirah Inglis, 1993-1999
16 Letters of Carlotta Kellaway, 1995-1999
17-18 Letters of Will Kellaway, 1994-1999 Journals and Notebooks
19 Sightings journal 1, 1982-1983
20 Sightings journal 2, 1983-1985
21 Sightings journal 3, Tubbut, 1985-1988
22 Sightings journal 4, Tubbut, 1988-1989
23 'A Tubbut year abandoned', 1996-1997
24 Koroit journal 1, 1989-1990
25 Koroit journal 2, 1990
26 Koroit journal 3, 1990
27 Koroit journal 4, 1990-1991
28 Koroit journal 4A, 1991
29 Koroit journal 5, 1992
30 Koroit journal 6, 1993
31 Koroit journal 7, 1993
32 Koroit journal 8, 1993
33 Koroit journal 9, 1993
34 Koroit journal 10, 1993-1994
35 Koroit journal 11, 1994-1998
36 Poetry notebook 5
37 Poetry notebook
38 Painting trip journal, 1991
39 Painting trip journal, 1995
40 Painting trip journal, 1995-1996
41 Painting trip journal, 1997-1998
42 Painting trip journal, 1991-1992
43 Early notebook 6, 1950
44 Early notebook 9, c. 1951