MS 9548

Papers of Henry Reynolds



Summary

Creator: Reynolds, Henry, 1938-

Title: Papers of Henry Reynolds

Date range: 1971-98

Extent: 5.6 m. (40 boxes)

Reference number: MS 9548

Access

Available for research except for Series 1, Folder 73b which is not available for research. Not for loan.

Provenance

The papers were purchased by the Library from Henry Reynolds in 1999.

Related materials

The Oral History Section holds a recording of a public lecture, entitled ‘Aboriginal land rights in colonial Australia’, given by Henry Reynolds in the National Library in 1986 (TRC 2108), an interview with Reynolds recorded in 1999 (TRC 3929) and a seminar paper by Reynolds entitled ‘Mateship and Aborigines’, 1999 (TRC 3932).

The Library also holds the papers of Margaret Reynolds (MS 9579) and an interview with her recorded in 1999 (TRC 3915).


Scope and content

The collection comprises correspondence, notes, manuscripts and typescripts, subject files, cuttings of articles by or about Reynolds, reprints and printed material.

The bulk of the correspondence deals with conferences and seminars, publications, academic appointments, grant applications, examination of postgraduate students, study leave and book launchings.

The notes, drafts and research material relate to Reynolds’ books Aborigines and settlers (1972), The other side of the frontier (1981), The law of the land (1987), Frontier; Aborigines, settlers and land (1987), Dispossession; Black Australia and white invaders (1989), With the white people (1990), Fate of a free people (1995), Aboriginal sovereignty (1996), This whispering in our hearts (1998), as well as chapters in books, articles, conference papers, lectures and book reviews.

Organisation

The papers had been kept in a reasonable degree of order by Henry Reynolds. When the papers arrived in the Library, most were in labelled files and the correspondence was arranged in chronological order. The order of the papers within the files, as far as it can be ascertained, has been retained, although the original file covers have been replaced. In general, the arrangement into series has been imposed by the Library.


Biographical note

Henry Reynolds was born in Hobart in 1938. His father, John Reynolds, was a journalist and the first biographer of Edmund Barton. He attended a school in Hobart, gained a Masters degree from the University of Tasmania and a doctorate from James Cook University. In December 1963 he married Margaret Lyne, who was later to become a Senator for Queensland in Federal Parliament.

Reynolds taught in secondary schools in Australia and England. He joined the staff of Townsville University College (later James Cook University) in 1966. He was Associate Professor of History and Politics at the University from 1982 until his retirement in 1998.

He has written more than ten books, numerous chapters in books, as well as articles, book reviews and conference and seminar papers. His published works include Aborigines and settlers (1972), The other side of the frontier (1981), The law of the land (1987), Frontier; Aborigines, settlers and land (1987), Dispossession; Black Australia and white invaders (1989), With the white people (1990), Fate of a free people (1995), Aboriginal sovereignty (1996) and This whispering in our hearts (1998).

Since leaving his university post, Reynolds has continued to write and his latest book is An indelible stain?: the question of genocide in Australia’s history (2001).

Honours and awards

1970-71 British Council Travelling Scholarship

1982 Ernest Scott Historical Prize for The other side of the frontier

1986 Harold White Fellowship, National Library of Australia

1988 Human Rights Commission Award for Literature for The law of the land

1996 Australian Book Council Award: the Banjo Award for non-fiction

Reference

Who’s who in Australia 2001, pp. 1488-1489


Series list

1 Correspondence, 1978-98

2 Aborigines and settlers (1972), 1971-84

3 The other side of the frontier (1981), 1973-89

4 The law of the land (1987), 1987-92

5 Frontier; Aborigines, settlers and land (1987)

6 Dispossession; Black Australians and white invaders (1989), 1986-89

7 With the white people: the crucial role of Aborigines in the exploration and development of Australia (1990), 1990-91

8 Fate of a free people (1995), 1994-96

9 Aboriginal sovereignty (1996), 1996

10 This whispering in our hearts (1998), 1996-97

11 Articles and other writings, 1971-97

12 Film projects, 1985-92

13 Subject files, 1977-92

14 Cuttings of articles by or about Reynolds, 1979-91

15 Conferences, seminars, lectures and talks, 1981-97

16 Miscellaneous papers, c. 1984-98

17 Reprints and printed material, c. 1978-89


Series description

Series 1 Correspondence, 1978-98

The bulk of the correspondence is of a business nature and deals with conferences and seminars, publications, academic appointments, grant applications, examination of postgraduate students, study leave, book launchings and the like. Some of the letters are more personal, but there is very little family correspondence (except for a few miscellaneous letters). The main correspondents are academics, students, university administrative staff, publishers, Aboriginal activists and people not known to Reynolds but who admired his writings.

The correspondents include Franca Arena, Bain Attwood, Diane Barwick, Kim Beazley, Geoffrey Bolton, P.L. Brown, Richard Buchhorn, Bob Collins, Brian Dalton, Helen Daniel, David Day, Brian Dickey, Pat Dodson, Geoffrey Dutton, Ross Fitzgerald, Robin Gollan, Jim Griffin, Tom Griffiths, John Hirst, John Iremonger, Peter Jull, Bruce Kapferer, Marlene Le Brun, Isabel McBryde, Ann McGrath, Stuart Macintyre, Jamie Mackie, Campbell Macknight, Donald Macleod, Humphrey McQueen, Andrew Markus, Stephen Muecke, Craig Munro, Stephen Murray-Smith, Garth Nettheim, Richard Nile, Alison Palmer, Noel Pearson, Peter Quartermain, Peter Read, Lyn Riddett, Lyndall Ryan, Nonie Sharp, Bobbie Sykes, Nicholas Thomas, Luke Trainor, Mark Tredinnick, Judith Wright and A.T. Yarwood. Copies or drafts of some of Reynolds’ letters are included

The correspondence was kept in files in chronological order, except for papers in folders 71-73b. Wherever possible, the order of the files in this series and the arrangement of papers within them have been maintained by the Library.

Folder

1 1978

2 1982

3-4 1983

5-8 1984

9-11 1985

12-13 1987

14-17 1988

18-20 1989

21-24 1990

25-28 1991

29-30 1992

31-34 1993

35-40 1994

41-45 1995

46-57 1996

58-70 1997

71 Letters of James Ricketson, 1993

72 Correspondence with Bruce Clunies-Ross of the English Department, University of Copenhagen, 1996-98

73a-73b Miscellaneous correspondence, 1983-90


Series 2 Aborigines and settlers (1972), 1971-84

This collection of documents looks into the relationship between the Aborigines and the white settlers from the early settlements to the beginning of World War II. The series comprises correspondence with publisher Cassell, notes, manuscript and typescript index.

Folder

1 Draft, notes and typescript index

2 Correspondence (including royalty statements and contracts) with publisher Cassell, 1971-84


Series 3 The other side of the frontier (1981), 1973-89

The other side of the frontier examines the Aboriginal response to the invasion and settlement of Australia between the late eighteenth and the early twentieth century. Reynolds won the Ernest Scott Historical Prize in 1982 for the book.

The series comprises correspondence and reviews, notes, the manuscript and a typescript with some amendments. The correspondents include Geoffrey Bolton, Peter Corris, Bruce Dawe, Humphrey McQueen, Judith Wright, Suzanne Mellor, Stuart Macintyre, Russel Ward, Garth Nettheim, Beverley Kingston, Hugh Trollope, Dianne Barwick, James Griffin, Central Australia Aboriginal Media Association and members of the public.

Folder

1-17 Drafts and notes of the various chapters of the book

18 Notes and drafts of planned children’s version

19 Correspondence with ANU Press, 1973-89

20-22 Correspondence and reviews, 1980-87


Series 4 The law of the land (1987), 1987-92

The law of the land is a study of British attitudes and policies on the ownership of land in the Australian colonies in the early nineteenth century. The series comprises correspondence and reviews, notes, a manuscript and a typescript.

The correspondents include Derek A. Sparrow, Sylvia Monk, J.H. Wootten, Jim Keeffe, Susie Dickson, Jeffrey L. Sher and Philip Segal.

Folder

1-8 Notes, manuscript and typescript

9 Correspondence with Penguin Books concerning the second edition of the book, 1992

10-11 Correspondence and reviews of the book, 1987-89


Series 5 Frontier; Aborigines, settlers and land (1987)

Frontier; Aborigines, settlers and land is a sequel to The other side of the frontier. It covers similar terrain but it is concerned with ‘the attitudes and the behaviour of the settlers and their reaction to the blacks they were dispossessing’. The series comprises manuscripts and notes.

Folder

1-4 Handwritten drafts

5 First draft

6-7 Corrected proofs


Series 6 Dispossession; Black Australians and white invaders (1989), 1986-89

Dispossession; Black Australians and white invaders contains a collection of documents written by travellers, pioneers, explorers and government officials. The series comprises correspondence and reviews, a manuscript, notes and the final typescript.

Folder/bundle

1-4 Manuscript, notes and final typescript

5 Correspondence (Allen and Unwin and Sylvia Monk) and reviews, 1986-89


Series 7 With the white people: the crucial role of Aborigines in the exploration and development of Australia (1990), 1990-91

With the white people tells the stories of Aborigines who lived and worked with Europeans from the earliest years of white settlement in Australia to the First World War.

The series comprises correspondence, reviews, notes and drafts. The correspondents include Jude Bourguignon (Penguin Books), Ysola Best, C.T. Pringle and Madi Maclean.

Folder

1-3 Drafts and notes

4-5 Correspondence and reviews, 1990-91


Series 8 Fate of a free people (1995), 1994-96

Fate of a free people is a history of the Tasmanian Aborigines. In the book, Reynolds analyses evidence that a verbal treaty was made between the Tasmanian Aborigines and the British in 1831 to end the war in Van Diemen’s Land.

The series comprises correspondence, reviews, notes and a manuscript, typescript and galleys. The correspondents include Penguin Books, Lindsay Broughton, Peter Jull, Geoff Lennox and Paul R. Bartrop.

Folder/bundle

1-16 Notes, manuscript, typescript and galleys

17-18 Correspondence with Penguin Books and reviews, 1994-96


Series 9 Aboriginal sovereignty (1996), 1996

Aboriginal sovereignty is a study of the relations between indigenous Australians and mainstream society. The series comprises a manuscript, typescript with comments by Marilyn Lake (Folder 6), correspondence with John Iremonger of Allen and Unwin and reviews.

Folder/bundle

1-7 Manuscript and typescript

8 Correspondence and reviews, 1996


Series 10 This whispering in our hearts (1998), 1996-97

This whispering in our hearts is a study of a number of European Australians who in the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century fought to defend Aboriginal rights and to denounce the ill treatment of the Aborigines.

The series comprises correspondence with the publisher John Iremonger, the manuscript and a typescript.

Folder/bundle

1 Correspondence with John Iremonger, 1996-97

2-9 Manuscript and typescript


Series 11 Articles and other writings, 1971-97

The series consists of notes, cuttings, research material, manuscripts and typescripts of articles and chapters written by Reynolds.

Folder

1 Draft of a broadcast on the Mabo case, ABC Canberra, 1992

2 Draft and research material ‘Aboriginal land rights in South Australia, 1835-42’, c. 1987

3 Draft of an article on Aboriginal resistance, n.d.

Folder

4 Typescript and cuttings ‘Aborigines in North Queensland’, in Talkback: Townsville Independent Monthly, n.d.

5 Draft ‘Aborigines in the workforce on the Berry Estate’

6 Manuscript of an article sent to Sally Dugan of The Age

7-8 Draft of Reynolds’ chapter for Australian civilization edited by Richard Nile, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1994

9 Draft of a article for the Australian Financial Review (‘Viewpoint’), n.d.

10-11 Manuscript chapter ‘The Aboriginal response’ for Australia’s outback heritage and correspondence with Weldon Russell publisher, 1988

12 Proofs of ‘The Aboriginal response’ and ‘Jundamarra’ for Australia’s outback heritage, 1988

13 Typescript ‘Blainey and Aboriginal history’, 1984

14 Handwritten draft ‘Breaking the great historiographical silence’

15 Handwritten draft of articles sent to Peter Browne, Australian Society, 1989-92

16 ‘Aboriginal governance in Australia: a report to the Canadian Royal Commission on Aboriginal People’ by Henry Reynolds, 1993-94

17-18 Essay entitled ‘Dispossession of the Aborigines’ published in the Making a life: a people’s history of Australia since 1788 (edited by Verity Burgmann and Jenny Lee, 1988)

19 Draft submission for ‘Encyclopaedia of humanity’ (possibly not published)

20 Article on the Flag debate, 1992

21-22 Correspondence and drafts of ‘Frontier’, a programme produced by Carol Sennett of the BBC, 1997

23 Corrected typescript of ‘Frontier history after Mabo’

24 Handwritten draft of ‘Government arts policy and the New Moon Theatre Company’

25 Typescript ‘The gerrymander in North Queensland’, c. 1988

26 Typescript ‘Wayne Goss: a profile’

27 Typescript ‘The great arts funding rip-off’, 1989

28 Handwritten draft and cuttings ‘The green revolution’, 1990

29 Typescript of an article (‘Sayonara: blue singlet’?) for the Independent Monthly, 1992

30 Handwritten draft ‘Invasion and settlement’, a chapter for Invasion and after, Queensland Studies Centre, Griffith University, 1994

31 Drafts and research material for Reynolds’ article ‘Jimmy Governor and Jimmie Blacksmith’, 1978-79

32 Draft chapter ‘Origin and implications of Mabo: a historical perspective’ for Mabo and native title, Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy and Research, 1994

33 Handwritten draft of article for Meanjin and correspondence with Clem Christesen, 1971-72

34 Handwritten draft of article for the National Land Rights News, n.d.

35 Typescript ‘Native title and pastoral leases’, 1992?

36 Correspondence (1996) and draft of Reynolds’ chapter entitled ‘New frontiers: Australia’ for Indigenous people’s rights in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, Auckland: Oxford University Press, 1999

37 Draft of article for the Northern Land Council, Darwin, n.d.

Folder

38 Typescript ‘Race relations in north Queensland’, 1978

39 Typescript ‘Racial violence in north Queensland’

40 Draft of Reynolds’ chapter for Reef, range and red dusts edited by David Wadley, c.1993

41 Handwritten draft of Reynolds’ article entitled ‘Republic and Aborigines “Australia”’ for Independent Monthly, 1992

42 Drafts of book reviews by Reynolds, 1985-92

43-45 Drafts, notes and cuttings of miscellaneous articles, 1983-92


Series 12 Film projects, 1985-92

Reynolds acted as a consultant for a number of documentary and feature films. The series comprises correspondence with the producer and play scripts of documentary and feature films.

Folder

1-2 Typescript of ‘The labyrinth: a documentary of a dual point of view of James Cook’s first contact with the east coast of Australia’, 1995-96

3 Copy of screenplay script for ‘The journal of John Morgan’ by John Dingwall, 1985

4 Correspondence and script for a feature film ‘The other side of the frontier’, 1990-92

5-6 Correspondence concerning ‘The journal of John Morgan’, ‘The other side of the frontier’ and ‘Dream child’, 1985-90


Series 13 Subject files, 1977-92

The series comprises correspondence, notes, cuttings and drafts on various subjects, particularly Geoffrey Blainey and the immigration debate. Reynolds assembled some of the files in the course of his research, while others (eg. London) related to his visits overseas and other activities (eg. examination of postgraduate students). The arrangement of papers within the files has been maintained by the Library.

Folder/bundle

1 Adelaide: notes on the South Australia [Land] Act, n.d.

2 Adelaide Festival, 1998

3 Alice Springs

4 Australian flag, 1983

5-10 Blainey and the immigration debate, 1979-90

11 Buckley submission: typescript of a novel based on the life of William Buckley by Roger Thorougood

12 Campaign material for electorate of Herbert, 1983

13 Visit to Canada, n.d.

14 Citizenship and Aborigines (Perth)

15 David Denborough: transcript of his interview with Reynolds, 1998

Folder/bundle

16 [Barbara] Hocking book, n.d.

17 ‘Ideas for Australia 1993’ program, coordinated by National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University, 1992

18 Land rights

19 London

20 Melbourne: identity

21 Melbourne Writers’ Festival, 1991

22 National Trust, 1997. The National trust nominated Reynolds as one of Australia’s 100 Living Treasures

23-24 Thesis reports, 1981-87

25 Toronto, Canada, n.d.

26 Townsville’s Civil Liberties Campaign, 1977-81

27 University and Townsville Campaign, 1980

28 Victoria, B.C. (Canada), n.d.


Series 14 Cuttings of articles by or about Reynolds, 1979-91

The series comprises newspaper articles written by or about Reynolds and his writings and reviews of his books.

Folder

1 Reviews of Reynolds’ books, 1981-88

2-5 Articles by and about Reynolds, 1979-91


Series 15 Conferences, seminars, lectures and talks, 1981-97

Reynolds was often invited to give papers at conferences, seminars, lectures and talks. The series includes correspondence, handwritten manuscripts and typescripts of Reynolds’ papers, newspaper cuttings and photographs. The Library has preserved the titles of the files and the arrangement of the papers within them.

Folder

1 Australian Historical Association lecture, n.d.

2 Aboriginal History Conference, Canberra, 1981

3 ‘Aboriginal land rights in colonial Australia’, Harold White Fellowship lecture, National Library of Australia, 1986

4 Aboriginal Nations and the Australian Constitutions Conference, Canberra, 1997

5 Aboriginal Peoples Federalism and Self Determination Conference, Townsville, 1993

6 Australian Civilisation Conference, Budapest, 1992

7 Conference organised by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and the Humanities Research Centre, ANU, 1997

8 Australian Law and Society Conference, La Trobe University, n.d.

9 Australian Reconciliation Convention, Melbourne, 1997

Folder

10 ‘Back to the future? North Queensland and the Asia-Pacific environment’, lecture given at the State Library of Queensland, n.d.

11 ‘Blainey and his evidence’, seminar paper, n.d.

12 ‘The breaking of the great Australian silence: Aborigines in Australian historiography 1955-1983’, paper for the Trevor Reece Memorial Lecture, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London, 1984

13 ‘Buckland Foundation contemporary issues in society’ Seminar Series, University of Melbourne, 1995

14 Handwritten drafts and notes of ‘Cairns: Republic’, n.d.

15 Workshop on ‘Citizenship and Indigenous Australians: changing conceptions and possibilities’, Canberra, 1996

16 ‘Creating an Australian mythology’, lecture given for the Silver Jubilee of the National Library building, Canberra, 1993

17 Seminar on ‘Cultural diversity: towards 2001’, Griffith University, 1991

18 Education history lecture, n.d.

19 European Association for Studies of Australia, third conference, Copenhagen, 1995

20 [24th National] Folk Festival, Kuranda, Queensland, 1990

21 ‘The history of the Wik case’, public lecture given at the University of Ballarat, 1997

22 International Business Conference, Newcastle, 1997

23 Public lecture, ‘International relations’, Townsville, n.d.

24 Conference paper, ‘Just settlement’, 1988

25 Kathleen Fitzpatrick lecture, 1997

26 Land Rights conference, Canberra, n.d.

27 Law Society conference, n.d.

28 Lecture to Law students, University of Tasmania, 1988

29 ‘The law of the land: Mabo, an historical journey’, University of Sydney, 1994

30 Lecture given at Melbourne University, 1996

31 Seminar given at Melbourne University, 1997

32 National Conference of History Teachers’ Association of Australia, Brisbane, 1997

33 ‘National Ideas Summit: thinking towards 2000’, Canberra, 1990

34 ‘Native title tribunal’ lecture, Perth, 1996?

35 Lecture given at New South Wales University (First year History students), 1989

36 New Zealand Historical Association Conference, Auckland, 1994

37 Paper by Reynolds entitled ‘Indigenous Australians and the state: moral obligation, fiduciary duty or international obligation’ for the 1996 Seminar Series of the Social Research and Landuse Research Unit, National Native Title Tribunal

38 Perth lecture, 1994?

39 Seminar ‘Recognizing Aboriginal rights: yesterday, today and tomorrow’, University of New South Wales, 1987

40 Republican conference, Canberra, 199?

41 Russel Ward Annual Lecture, Armidale, 1991

42 [Lecture given in] Tasmania, 1992?

Folder

43 ‘Tasmania’s forgotten treaty’, paper presented at John West Memorial Lecture, Launceston, 1989

44 [Lecture given to the] Tasmanian Historical Studies Centre, 1996

45 ‘Terra-nullius challenged’, paper presented at a conference in London, n.d.

46 ‘Towards 2001: celebrating Australia’s centenary’, paper given at a public seminar at Griffith University, 1991

47 ‘Turnbull lecture’, n.d.

48 [Talk given to the] Victorian Historical Institute, n.d.

49 ‘Violence in Australian history’, paper given at the Australian Institute of Criminology’s National Conference on Violence, Canberra, 1989

50 Wik lecture, n.d.

51 ‘Writing projects/conferences’, 1991-96

52 Miscellaneous lectures


Series 16 Reprints and printed material, c. 1978-89

The series comprises reprints by Reynolds, journals and miscellaneous notes and cuttings. The reprints include ‘The hated stain: the aftermath of transportation in Tasmania’ (Historical Studies, vol. 14, no. 53, 1969), ‘Aborigines and European social hierarchy’ (Aboriginal History, vol. 7, 1983) and ‘Before the instant of contact: some evidence from nineteenth-century Queensland’ (Aboriginal History, vol. 2, 1978). The journals include copies of Island, no. 49, 1991, Australian Society, 1989 and Historia, vol. XII, no. 149 (n.d.).

2 folders and 1 bundle


Box list

Box

Series

Folder

1

1

1-8

2

1

9-16

3

1

17-23

4

1

24-31

5

1

32-38

6

1

39-46

7

1

47-53

8

1

54-59

9

1

60-66

10

1

67-73a

10

2

1

11

2

2

11

3

1-8

12

3

9-16

13

3

17-22

13

4

1-2

14

4

3-10

15

4

11

15

5

1-7

16

6

1-5

16

7

1-3

17

7

4-5

17

8

1-6

18

8

7-13

19

8

14-17

20

8

18

20

9

1-6

21

9

7-8

21

10

1-5

22

10

6-9

22

11

1-2

23

11

3-10

24

11

11-18

25

11

19-26

26

11

27-34

27

11

35-42

28

11

43-45

28

12

1-5

29

12

6

29

13

1-7

30

13

8-15

31

13

16-23

32

13

24-28

32

14

1-3

33

14

4-5

33

15

1-5

34

15

6-12

35

15

13-20

36

15

21-28

37

15

29-36

38

15

37-44

39

15

45-52

40

16

1-3

January 2001
Updated August 2009