Guide to the Papers of Nicholas Hasluck

MS 8328

National Library of Australia


Date completed: January 1992
Last updated: November 2000


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Collection Summary

Creator: Hasluck, Nicholas, 1942-
Title: Papers of Nicholas Hasluck
Date Range: 1957-2000
Collection Number: MS 8328
Extent: 11.52 metres (74 boxes + 1 folio)
Repository: National Library of Australia
Abstract: Correspondence, reviews, files about literary and cultural organisations, a few legal papers, manuscript and typescript drafts of Hasluck's novels, poetry, plays and other literary works, together with papers of Hasluck's father, Sir Paul Hasluck.

Introduction

Scope and Content

The bulk of the papers consist of manuscripts and typescript drafts of Hasluck's novels, poetry, plays and other literary works. In addition, there are letters from publishers, agents and other writers, reviews of his books, files about literary and cultural organisations and a few legal papers. Other material includes manuscripts, typescripts, book reviews and correspondence relating to Hasluck's father, Sir Paul Hasluck.

Arrangement

The papers have been organised into nine series.

Access

The collection is restricted during Hasluck's lifetime.

Provenance

Nicholas Hasluck presented his manuscripts and papers to the National Library under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme in 1991. A further addition was made in 2000.

Copying and Publishing

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Related Material

Papers of his father, Sir Paul Hasluck, are held at MS 5274 and MS 1313. The Oral History Section holds recording of interviews with Sir Paul and Lady Hasluck (TRC 11, 57/1B, 84, 92, 122/1, 503/3, 503/21, 1966 and DeB 525).

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Nicholas Hasluck, National Library of Australia, MS 8328, [series and/or folder number]'.

Biographical Note

Nicholas Hasluck was born in Canberra on 17 October 1942, the son of Paul and Alexandra Hasluck. He was educated at Canberra Grammar School, the University of Western Australia and Oxford University. Since 1968 he has practised as a lawyer in Perth and in 2000 he was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. He was Deputy Chairman of the Australia Council in 1978-1982. In December 1998, Hasluck was appointed Chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council for a three-year term.

Hasluck has published the following works:
Poetry
Anchor (Perth, 1976)
On the edge (Perth, 1981)
Chinese Journey (Perth, 1985)
Novels
Quarantine (Melbourne, 1978)
The blue guitar(Melbourne, 1978)
The hand that feeds you (Perth, 1982)
The Bellarmine jug (Perth, 1984)
Truant state (Melbourne, 1987)
The country without music (Melbourne, 1990)
The Blosseville file (Melbourne, 1992)
A grain of truth (Melbourne, 1994)
Our Man K (1999)
Stories
The hat on the letter O (Perth, 1978)
Essays
Collage; recollections and images of the University of Western Australia (Perth, 1987)
Offcuts from a legal literary life (Perth, 1993)
Play
Van M (Melbourne, 1990)



Series List and Descriptions

Series 1 Correspondence, 1971-1998

Correspondence about Hasluck's writings mainly with publishers, editors and agents and occasionally with other writers. Correspondents include Judith Rodriguez, Ian Templeman, Ray Coffey, Richard Walsh, Caroline Hobhouse, Murray Pollinger, Gina Pollinger, Kay Ronai, Frances Kiernan, David Foster, Helen Daniel, Bruce Sims, Brian Dibble, Penguin Books, Judy Barry, Lynn Allen, Peg McColl, Simon Ambrose, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, David Galef, Rosemary Sorensen, Alison Greenwood, Bruce Bennett, Tom Shapcott, Clayton Joyce, Manning Clark, Rod Moran, Dinny O'Hearn, Robert Manne and Christopher Koch.

Folder 1 1971-1973
Folder 2 1975-1976
Folder 3 1978
Folder 4 1978-1979
Folder 5 1979-1980
Folder 6 1979-1980
Folder 7 1980-1982
Folder 8 1982-1983
Folder 9 1983-1987
Folder 10 1984-1985
Folder 11-12 1985
Folder 13-16 1986
Folder 17 1986-1987
Folder 18 1987-1988
Folder 19 1988
Folder 20 1988-1989
Folder 21 1989
Folder 26-27 1990
Folder 28-30 1990-1991
Folder 31-32 1991-1992
Folder 33-35 1993-1994
Folder 36-38 1995-1998
Folder 39-42 Correspondence and other papers on the 1926 Forest River Massacre, 1994-1998
Folder 43 Correspondence re Clarke Brothers (The Bushrangers, 1988)
Folder 44 Correspondence re The Country without music, 1990
Folder 45-48 Correspondence re Van M 1988-1994

Series 2 Manuscripts of books, 1978-1999

Subseries 2.1 Quarantine (1978)

Folder 1 Notes and outline
Folder 2 Manuscripts
Folder 3-9 Typescripts
Folder 10 Revised versions
Folder 11 Film synopsis, 1986
Folder 12-13 Copies of book
Folder 164 Correspondence re production Quarantine telemovie/screenplay, 1994
Folder 165-170 Drafts of the telemovie/screenplay, 1994

Subseries 2.2 The hat on the letter O (1978)

Folder 14-22 Typescripts
Folder 23-35 Copies of book
Folder 171 Typescript

Subseries 2.3 The blue guitar (1980)

Folder 23a-25c Typescripts
Folder 26-27 Film treatment
Folder 28-30 Film script
Folder 31 Typescript of radio play
Folder 32-33 Copies of books
Folder 172 Correspondence about The blue guitar as a radio play, 1987-1991
Folder 173-176 Typescript of play and copy of L. Nowra radio play entitled The Widows
Folder 177 Copy of book

Subseries 2.4 The hand that feeds you (1982)

Folder 34 Typescript
Folder 35 2nd version typescript
Folder 36 3rd version typescript
Folder 37-42 Typescripts
Folder 43-37 Manuscripts
Folder 48-51 Typescripts

Subseries 2.5 The Bellarmine jug (1984)

Folder 52-70 Background material
Folder 71 Original typescript
Folder 72-75 Typescripts, 1981
Folder 76-81 Manuscripts, 1981
Folder 82-87 Typescripts, July 1981
Folder 88-93 June 1983
Folder 94-96 Typescripts

Subseries 2.6 Chinese journey (1985)

Folder 97 Typescript

Subseries 2.7 Truant state (1987)

Folder 98 Publisher's copy
Folder 99-103 Manuscript
Folder 104-107 Typescripts
Folder 108 Original photocopy
Folder 109-112 Control copy
Folder 113-115 Typescripts
Folder 116 Typescripts and report by H. Daniel
Folder 117 Final drafts
Folder 118-121 Summary file
Folder 122-123 Typescripts and synopses

Subseries 2.8 Collage (1987)

Folder 124-126 Typescripts
Folder 127-130 Manuscript
Folder 131-132 Typescripts
Folder 133-138 Background material
Folder 139-140 Background material and correspondence, 1987-1988

Subseries 2.9 The country without music (1990)

Folder 141 Typescript
Folder 142 Background material
Folder 143 Background material and plot summary
Folder 144 Discarded drafts
Folder 145 Typescript and correspondence
Folder 146-161 Background material
Folder 162 Manuscripts
Folder 163 Typescript

Subseries 2.10 The Blosseville file (1992)

Folder 178-183 Typescript
Folder 184 Typescript
Folder 185-188 Typescript
Folder 189-190 Edited copy marked for typesetting
Folder 191-195 Typescript with extensive annotation
Folder 196-198 Typescript proof, letters and background material
Folder 199 Proofsheet (folio)

Subseries 2.11 A Grain of truth (1994)

Folder 200-213 Court transcripts and background research material
Folder 214-222 Background material, newspaper cuttings and audio tape, 1988-1994
Folder 223-224 Handwritten notebooks and photocopy of incomplete draft, 1991
Folder 225-227 Penultimate draft, and letters, 1992
Folder 228-239 Drafts and clean copy of draft, 1992
Folder 240 Manuscript amended with extensive annotations, April 1993
Folder 241-249 Typescript drafts, June 1993
Folder 250 Discarded versions and Hasluck's notebook
Folder 251-253 Draft of final version, July 1993
Folder 254-262 Typescripts drafts and note outlining the development of the drafts
Folder 263-267 Disks
Folder 268-275 Typescript drafts, June, July, September (editorial work) 1993
Folder 276-280 Proof of typescript and incomplete typescript, September 1993
Folder 281-286 Typescript copy of final version and typescript, November 1993
Folder 287-288 Typescript extracts and some correspondence about dust jacket design
Folder 289-291 Publicity and copies of reviews, 1993-1995
Folder 292 Copy of the book
Folder 293 Research notes in alphabetical arrangement
Folder 294-295 Typescripts, November 1993
Folder 296 Proofsheets (folio)

Subseries 2.12 Our Man K (1999)

Folder 297-301 Typescript drafts and various extracts, 1996
Folder 302-305 Manuscript, 1997
Folder 306-309 Clean copy of typescript
Folder 310-317 Typescript, February 1998
Folder 318-321 Typescript with extensive annotations, February 1998
Folder 322-324 Incomplete typescript and original version, February 1998
Folder 325-340 Various typescripts (some incomplete) with annotations and correspondence, 1998
Folder 341-345 Corrected proofs and manuscript of article and notes
Folder 346 Typescript with amendments, July 1998

Series 3 Manuscripts of unpublished works, 1978-1989

This series comprises draft material and correspondence relating to Hasluck's poetry volume 'A brief ambition'.

Folder 1 Typescripts
Folder 2 Manuscript
Folder 3 Final outline
Folder 4-6 Typescript, 1979
Folder 7-8 Manuscript
Folder 9 Typescripts
Folder 10-12 Typescript, 1978
Folder 13 Typescript of selected poems and correspondence, 1989

Series 4 Other manuscripts, 1988-1993

This series includes Hasluck's writings for theatre and television.

In folder 31 there is an index listing.

Subseries 4.1 Van M (1990)

Folder 1-2 Van M (play): typescript
Folder 24 Manuscript synopsis, 1987
Folder 25-27 Typescript drafts and copies, 1989-1991

Subseries 4.2 Cityscapes (1990)

Folder 28-30 Typescripts, copies and letters, 1990

Subseries 4.3 The Clarke Brothers (1989)

Folder 31-32 Background research material
Folder 34-35 Typescripts, 1988

Subseries 4.4 Other manuscripts

Folder 3-11 Miscellaneous prose manuscripts
Folder 12 'The local legion': typescripts
Folder 13 'Silhouettes and satires': typescripts
Folder 14 Anchor and other poems: typescript
Folder 15-23 Miscellaneous poetry manuscripts
Folder 23a 'Matinees': final draft

Subseries 4.5 Offcuts from a legal literary life (1993)

Folder 36 Manuscript
Folder 37-38 Typescripts
Folder 39-40 Typescript and background material
Folder 41-42 Typescript
Folder 43-44 Typescript with annotations, research photographs and correspondence, 1992-1993

Series 5 Book reviews, 1978-1999

Cuttings and photocopies of reviews of Hasluck's books

Folder 1 1978-1984
Folder 2 1984-1988
Folder 3 1989-1999
Folder 4 Miscellaneous reviews and reports, 1978-1984
Folder 5 The Country without music: newspaper reviews, 1990-1991

Series 6 Literary papers, 1978-2000

This series incudes files relating to Hasluck's involvement with the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) comprising correspondence, minutes, agendas and newsletters. He has been an active member of the ASA and advises the organisation about legal matters, such as copyright issues. The series comprises papers that Hasluck has presented at writers' festivals and his reviews of other writers' works.

Folder 1 Launching of Quarantine, 1978
Folder 2-3 Promotion of The Bellarmine jug, 1984
Folder 4 Photocopies of articles about the Freshwater Bay Press
Folder 5 Australia Council, 1980-1981
Folder 6 International PEN, Perth Centre, 1985
Folder 7-8 Writer-in-Residence, National University of Singapore, 1985
Folder 9 Publicity for Country without music (1990)
Folder 10 Review of The Lawyer and the Libertine, 1998
Folder 11-13 PEN, 1977-1991
Folder 14-24 Australian Society of Authors, 1983-1992
Folder 25-27 Review of The Lawyer and the Libertine and research notes, 1985-1988
Folder 28 Reviews of other writers work, 1976-1988
Folder 29-30 Papers presented at writers' festivals and critique of Hasluck's work, 1995-2000

Series 7 Legal papers, 1976-1992

Since 1968 Hasluck has practised as a barrister in Perth. He was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2000. The series includes conference papers and material on litigation involving the Western Australia Opera.

Folder 1-4 International Law Association Conference, Madrid, 1976
Folder 5 General instructions about Hasluck's practice, during his absence overseas and papers about a Law and Literature Conference, 1991-1993
Folder 6 Legal case about the Western Australian Opera, 1992

Series 8 Miscellaneous papers, 1983-1992

Folder 1 Photocopy of part of the screenplay Chinatown by Robert Towne, including notes. Draft, part one, Eureka Stockade, by Tom Hegarty and newspaper articles relating to other writers' work, 1983
Folder 2 Newspaper reviews of other plays and notes, 1988-1992
Folder 3 Copy of the book The country without music

Series 9 Papers of Sir Paul Hasluck, 1957-1997

Nicholas Hasluck has played an active part in editing and organising the posthumous publication of the writings of his father. The series comprises drafts of books and Nicholas Hasluck's correspondence with publishers. There are papers relating to Paul Hasluck's published works, Light that time has made (1995) and The chance of politics (1997).

Subseries 9.1 Miscellaneous papers, 1995

Folder 1 Synopsis of video recording Paul Hasluck: The war years (video stored in Oral History section)
Folder 2-6 The war years film/documentary project and letters of Nicholas Hasluck, 1995

Subseries 9.2 Light that time has made (1995)

Folder 7-21 Typescripts, edited with a post script by Nicholas Hasluck

Subseries 9.3 Chance of politics (1997)

Folder 22-24 Typescript edited by Nicholas Hasluck with annotations
Folder 25-28 Disk of revised introduction, extracts and correspondence with publisher, photocopies of letters of Sir Robert Menzies and Sir Eric Harrison, 1957-1997
Folder 29 Typescript
Folder 30-35 Reviews and articles by Sir Paul Hasluck in Quadrant, 1977-1988


Container List

Series Folder/Item Box
1 1-8 1
1 9-17 2
1 18-25 3
1 26-33 33
1 34-40 34
1 41-48 35
2 1-5 4
2 6-13 5
2 14-19 6
2 20-28 7
2 29-35 8
2 36-42 9
2 43-51 10
2 52-68 11
2 69-75 12
2 76-84 13
2 85-89 14
2 90-93 15
2 94-99 16
2 100-106 17
2 107-114 18
2 115-118 19
2 119-125 20
2 126-134 21
2 135-141 22
2 142-153 23
2 154-161 24
2 162-163 32
2 164-170 36
2 171-177 37
2 178-181 26
2 182-183 27
2 184 32
2 185-190 38
2 191-198 39
2 199 Folio box 1
2 200-203 40
2 204-207 41
2 208-211 42
2 212-216 43
2 217-221 44
2 223-230 45
2 231-235 46
2 236-243 47
2 244-246 48
2 247-254 49
2 255-262 50
2 268-275 263-267 missing 51
2 276-283 52
2 284-288 53
2 289-292 54
2 293-295 74
2 296 Folio box 1
2 297-304 55
2 305-312 56
2 313-320 57
2 321-325 58
2 326-327 59
2 328-329 60
2 330-336 61
2 337-345 62
2 346 74
3 1 24
3 2-8 25
3 9-12 26
3 19-22 27
3 13 63
4 1-2 27
4 3-14 28
4 15-23a 29
4 24-27 63
4 28-35 64
4 36-38 65
4 39-44 66
5 1-4 30
5 5 66
6 1-4 30
6 5-8 31
6 11-17 67
6 18-24 68
6 25-30 69
7 1-4 31
7 5-6 69
8 1-3 31
9 1 31
9 2-10 70
9 11-19 71
9 20-26 72
9 27-35 73