Guide to the Papers of Douglas Stewart

MS 4829

National Library of Australia


Date Completed: April 1989
Last updated: November 2008


This finding aid was revised and published with the assistance of the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust.


Summary

Creator: Stewart, Douglas, 1913-1985
Title: Papers of Douglas Stewart
Date range: 1935-1977
Collection number: MS 4829
Extent: 96 centimetres (6 boxes)
Repository: National Library of Australia Canberra

Introduction

Scope and Content

The papers comprise poems, reviews, essays, broadcasts, the original manuscript of The seven rivers, transcripts of interviews, the script of Stewart's adaptation of The cenci, inscribed copy of 'The garden of ships', drafts of poems by Roderic Quinn, Robert D. FitzGerald and others and a copy of R.D. FitzGerald's Heemskerck shoals, illustrated by G. Ingleton and published by the Mountainside Press. They also include: correspondence and photographs, some relating to his research on Kenneth Slessor; drafts of book reviews, manuscripts of poems, A man of Sydney, Norman Lindsay: a personal memoir, the script Ned Kelly, the script for the ABC TV adaptation of Hamlet and The broad stream and letters and manuscripts of David Campbell.

Major correspondents include Nancy Keesing, Ronald McQuaig, William Hart-Smith, Francis Webb, Eve Langley, Robert G. FitzGerald, Tyrone Guthrie, A.D. Hope, A.A. Stewart, A.A. Phillips, John Blight and Judith Wright.

Access

Available for research.

Provenance

The Stewart Papers were purchased from Douglas Stewart in 1974. Additions were made to the collection by Stewart in 1976 and 1977 and by Meg Stewart in 1991.

Related Material

Original drawings by Norman Lindsay for Sun orchids and Five bells are held by the Pictorial Section (R7161, location 8991).

Four letters from Kenneth Slessor to Norman Lindsay (donated by Douglas Stewart) are held at MS 3098.

Preferred Citation

See http://www.nla.gov.au/ms/citation.html

Access Terms


Quinn, Roderic, 1869-1949; FitzGerald, Robert D. (Robert David), 1902-1987; Ingleton, Geoffrey C. (Geoffrey Chapman), 1908-1988; Slessor, Kenneth, 1901-1971; Russell, Julian; Campbell, David, 1915-1979; Keesing, Nancy, 1923-1993; McQuaig, Ronald; Hart-Smith, William, 1911-1990; Webb, Francis, 1925-1973; Langley, Eve, 1908-1974; Guthrie, Tyrone, 1900-1971; Hope, A.D. (Alec Derwent), 1907-2000; Stewart, A.A.; Phillips, A.A. (Arthur Angell), 1900-; Blight, John, 1913-; Wright, Judith, 1915-2000;

Biographical Note

Douglas Alexander Stewart was born in Eltham, New Zealand on 6 May 1913 and died in Sydney on 14 February 1985. He was educated at New Plymouth Boys' High School in New Zealand and Victoria University College, Wellington. Stewart married the artist Margaret Coen in 1946.

Stewart worked as a cadet journalist on newspapers in New Zealand before joining the Sydney Bulletin in 1938 as assistant editor of the Red Page. From 1940 to 1961 he was literary editor of the Bulletin and from 1961 to 1971 was poetry editor at Angus & Robertson. He was a member of the advisory board of the Commonwealth Literary Fund from 1955 to 1970. His works included, plays, poetry, short stories, criticism and anthologies of Australian literature.

Date Publication
1943 Ned Kelly (play)
1944 The fire on the snow (play)
1944 The golden lover (play)
1946 The dosser in springtime
1947 Shipwreck (play)
1947 Glencoe (poems)
1948 The flesh and the spirit (criticism)
1952 Sun orchids and other poems (poems)
1955 Australian bush ballads (editor, with Nancy Keesing)
1955 The Birdsville Track (poems)
1957 Old bush songs (edited with Nancy Keesing)
1960 Fisher's ghost (play)
1962 Rutherford (poems)
1964 Modern Australian verse (editor)
1966 The seven rivers (reminiscences)
1967 The Lawson tradition (short stories, editor)
1967 Collected poems
1973 Selected poems
1975 Norman Lindsy: a personal memoir
1975 The broad stream (criticism)
1977 A man of Sydney: an appreciation of Kenneth Slessor
1983 Springtime in Taranaki


Container List

Original Consignment

Box 1
Folder 1 Information collected for a book on Kenneth Slessor
Folder 2 Radio interviews
Folder 3 Original manuscripts of various essays and broadcasts, mainly on literary subjects
Folder 4 Original illustrations by Stewart's wife, Margaret Coen. (See Pictorial Section for 36 original drawings by Norman Lindsay for Sun orchards and Five bells, R7161, location 8991)
Folder 5-7 The seven rivers. Original manuscripts, revised final manuscripts.
Folder 8-9 Manuscripts of poems, including original manuscripts, working or rough drafts, and final manuscripts with revisions and annotations.
Folder 10 Original manuscripts of a short story 'The people were different', published in A girl with red hair. Published poem 'The garden of ships', with pen drawings by Norman Lindsay.
Box 2
Folder 11 Original manuscripts of poems by Roderic Quinn, Robert Fitzgerald and others, mainly contributions to The bulletin. Other material including original Norman Lindsay manuscripts.
Folder 12 Original manuscripts of various essays and broadcasts, mainly on literary subjects
Folder 13 The broad stream; aspects of Australian literature, manuscript.
Folder 14 Norman Lindsay: a personal memoir, manuscript.
Folder 15 Manuscripts of poems, book reviews, etc.
Folder 16 A man of Sydney: an appreciation of Kenneth Slessor. Original manuscript
Folder 17 Ned Kelly, Script Hamlet, adaptation for A.B.C.
Folder 18 Arthur A. Phillips. Letters (22) and manuscripts (3), 1943-71. (From the addition September 1977).

Addition 16 August 1991

Box 2
Folder 19A Manuscript of The fire on the snow (1 volume)

Addition September 1977

The correspondence is in boxes 2-6 (folders 19-56). The total (a few manuscripts included as letters) is about 1664 folders. Figures given for the various boxes and folders are approximate only, apart from possible mistakes in counting, there has been some reshuffling from one box or folder to another when folders were discovered to be out of place.

Box 2
Folder 19 Letter from George Finey.
Box 3
Folder 20 Letters mainly from English writers (Edmund Blunden, John Cowper Powys, Sylvia Townsend Warner, John Betjeman, etc) ca. 22 folders.
Folder 21 Nancy Keesing (10)
Folder 22 Ronald McQuaig (15)
Folder 23 William Hart-Smith (18), (includes 1ms)
Folder 24 Francis Webb (29)
Folder 25 Eve Langley (20) (includes 4 mss plus Bulletin clipping)
Folder 26 Sundry manuscripts, mainly contributions to The Bulletin, some unpublished, (45)
Folder 27 Robert D. FitzGerald (79)
Folder 28 Tyrone Guthrie (12)
Folder 29 Mary Gilmore (6) plus copy of photograph
Folder 30 Kenneth Slessor (4)
Folder 31 A.D. Hope (19)
Box 4
Folder 32 Early letters to and from Stewart, mainly relating to visit to England 1937 (24)
Folder 33 John Tierney (Brian James) (27)
Folder 34 A.A. Stewart (father) (53)
Folder 35 Britannica Award (62)
Folder 36 H. Drake-Brockman (12) A.A. Phillips (22, including 3 mss, see Box 2, folder 18)
Folder 37 John Blight (21, including 2 mss)
Folder 38 Judith Wright (36, including 13 mss)
Folder 39 Letters mainly to do with productions of plays, from BBC, ABC, etc. (130)
Folder 40 Letters from Stewart to parents during visit to England, 1937 (35)
Box 5
Folder 41 Publishing, magazine and broadcasting business letters (35)
Folder 42 Letters from family (96)
Folder 43 Melbourne University Press, Curtis Brown Ltd (agent), etc. (29)
Folder 44 Rosemary Dobson (7)
Folder 45 Geoffrey Cahill (1)
Folder 46-47 Letters (ca. 166 folders), 1942-1977

See Correspondence index 1 for contents.

Folder 48-50 Letters (ca. 204 folders), 1939-1977

See Correspondence index 2 for contents.

Box 6
Folder 51-53 Letters (ca. 189 folders), 1935-1977

See Correspondence index 3 for contents.

Folder 54-56 Letters and manuscripts from David Campbell

Letters: approx 172 and Manuscripts: approx 17

Correspondence index 1: Letters, 1942-1977 (folders 46-47)

Abernethy, John (Angus & Robertson editor) (2)
Alexander, W.E. (1)
Alexander, W.F. (1)
Anderson, Ethel (1)
Bolton, A.T (2).
Bladen, Peter (2)
Burston, J. (1)
Beaver, Bruce (4)
Bell, Anne (second cousin of Stewart, poetess) (2)
Blainey, Geoffrey (2)
Clunes, Alex (1)
Crossle, Francis (friend of Norman Lindsay) (1)
Crossle, Giselle (1)
Conolly, Roy (4)
Cusack, Dymphna (1)
Cull, Norman (1)
Collins, Sir John (2)
Davis, Norma (7)
Donovan, Lloyd (1)
Dobson, Ruth (1)
FitzSimon, friend of Tyrone Guthrie in Ireland (1)
Finey, George (5)
Ferguson, George (1)
Fuchs, Rudolf (1)
Fara, Abdullah (1)
Fisher, Judith (A & R secretary) (2)
Finlayson, Rod (NZ short story writer) (2)
Grove-Day, Prof. A. (1)
Grigolini, Silvana (1)
Glassop, Lawson (3)
Griffiths, Nesta (1)
Garner, Roy (1)
Glover, Denis (NZ poet) (1)
Geering, Prof. R. (1)
Gary (1)
Gollschewsky, Esme (1)
Gye, Hal see Hackston, John
Hittman, Dr Bruce (1)
Howarth, R.G. (7)
Halinbourg, Beryl (1, plus poems)
Hart, John (1)
Hackston, James (Hal Gye) (2)
Heap, E.G. (1)
Herbert, Xavier (7)
Howell, Maxwell (1)
Hughes, Robert (letter to Hughes from Stewart) (1)
Kefala, Antigone (1)
Jeune, Dick (friend of Beatrice Davis) (3)
Latham, Nan (1)
Maslin, Fin (NZ friend) (1)
Mitchell, Irene (Little Theatre, Melbourne) (1)
Murray, Les (4)
Moore, Dora Willcox (1)
Macainsh, Noel (4)
Mackenzie, Kenneth (2)
Mohay, Albert (1)
McKelvie, Penny (1)
Mathew, Ray (6)
Mackenzie, Murdoch (1)
Morris, Myra (1)
Mason, Bruce (1)
McKern, Leo (actor) (1)
Oliver, Prof. H. (1)
Onishi, Y. (1)
Price, Sir Grenfall (2)
Phelan, Nancy (1)
Penberthy, Wesley (artist) (1)
Palmer, R.G. (NZ friend) (1)
Pollard, J. (1)
Prichard, Katharine Susanah (1)
Porter, J.A. (Queensland writer) (1)
Rees, Lloyd (1)
Rodd, L.C. (husband of Kylie Tennant) (1)
Reid, J.C. (1)
Shapcott, Tom (8)
Smith, Vivian (1)
Shlunke, Eric (3)
Swan, Robert (1)
Syme, Prof. Ronald (Oxford, came from Eltham, NZ) (1)
Sargeson, Frank (NZ short story writer) (1)
Shepherd, Lilian (Mrs R.G. Howarth) (1)
Skrznecki, Peter (1)
Taylor, George (1)
Thames, J.R. (1)
Tremearne, Ruff (friend of Norman Lindsay) (1)
Ventris, Nan (1)
Vernon, Inge (1)
Veronica, Mother (1)
Waten, Judah (1)
Wilson, Harry (1)
Wills, Henry (1)
Walker, Margaret (1)
Wells, Henry (1)
Westwater, M.A. (1)
Young, G.F. (1)

Correspondence Index 2: Letters, 1939-1977 (folders 48-50)

Adams, David (Bulletin editor) (2)
Abbey, Ron (bookseller) (1)
Ashbolt, Allan (1)
Alderson, J.J. (1)
Baxter, James (NZ poet) (2)
Buckley, Vincent (1)
Beston, John (3)
Bedford, Ruth (1)
Beer, R.K. (1)
Barnard, Marjorie (1)
Burgess, Neil (1)
Blair, Ron (1)
Bannister, Barry (1)
Brooks, Sir Dallas (1)
Craig, Alexander (1)
Coombs, H.C. Dr (1)
Campion, Richard (NZ play producer) (3)
Combs, L. (1)
Cutler, Sir Roden (1)
Clewlow, Frank D. (ABC producer) (3)
Cowper, Lady N.E. (Hugh McCrae's daughter) (1)
Cato, Nancy (1)
Colebatch, Hal (1)
Conlon, D.A. (1)
Cumming, W.R. (1)
Chisholm, Prof. A.R. (1)
Davis, Beatrice (4)
Dixon, Betty (1)
Day, Barbara (1)
Dent, A.G.W. (1)
D'Ombrain, Athel (3)
Egan, Alvie (1)
Eustace, M. (2)
Edwards, Ian (1)
Ehrhardt, Marian (1)
Frolich, Paul (1)
Gray, N.D. (1)
Gibbs, G. (1)
Green, H.M. (2)
Hasluck, Sir Paul (2)
Hasluck, Lady (3)
Holman, Herbert (Bulletin London rep.) (3)
Hetherington, John (4)
Hetherington, Mrs John (2)
Hesse, M.J. (1)
Harrey, Bill (2)
Holmes, Alex (Sydney naturalist) (2)
Hennequel, Rolf (1)
Hollingworth, May (play producer) (1)
Hadgraft, Cecil (1)
Hall, Rodney (2)
Hoyle, Ian (1)
Hallam (1)
Johnson, Louis (NZ poet) (1)
Jones, Rev Percy (US folksong collector) (1)
Koch, Christopher (1)
Keesing, G. (father of Nancy Keesing) (1)
Kelly, Norah (poetess, on Bulletin staff) (1)
Knox, Isabel (1)
Keneally, Thomas (1)
Kim, D'ono (1)
Leahey, John (2)
Lane, Elizabeth (friend of James Hackston) (1)
Lehmann, Geoffrey (1)
Magner, Gene (1)
Mackenzie, Isabel (artist) (1)
Mackaness, Dr G. (1)
Meredith, John (bush song collector) (2)
Murray-Smith, Stephen (5)
Mudie, Ian (1)
Menzies, Sir Robert (6)
MacDonald, Nan (poet) (5)
Moore, Sir John (2)
Mitcalfe, Barry (1)
Moses, Sir Charles (1)
Marshall, Alan (1)
Mackenzie, Ron (musician and trout fisherman) (1)
MacMillan, Nance (1)
Myers, Prof. Rupert (1)
Mather, Martin (1)
Mawdesley, Christina (1)
Marie Therese (sister) (1)
Macquarie, Hector (A and R, London) (1)
Macqueen, Kenneth (artist) (1)
MacBride, Heather (1)
Moore, Tom Inglis (4)
Milgate, Rodney (1)
Nicholls, Mary (1)
Nierah, M. (1)
Ogilvie, Will (1)
O'Harris, Pixie (1)
Padson (1)
Peacock, M.W. (1)
Pigeon, J. (1)
Porter, Hal (3)
Perceval, John (artist) (1)
Poeteous, R.S. ('Standby') (4)
Plumb, Gwen (1)
Rolls, Eric (8)
Ribush, Rosa (3)
Ribush, Dolia (play producer) (4)
Ratcliffe, Francis (1)
Starte, A. (1)
Stivens, Dal (1)
Simpson, R.A. (1)
Smith, Tess (1)
Stewart Society (1)
Smithers (1)
Tumber, Karen (1)
Tyrell, James R. (1)
Thomas, Ross (1)
Tennant, Kylie (3)
Vallis, Val (1)
Whitlam, Gough (1)
Warlters, Howard (1)
Wall, Arnold (NZ poet) (7)
Willcox, Frank (1)
Wardle, P. (1)
Williams, Norman (British Council) (5)
Wallace-Crabbe, Group Capt (father of the poet Chris) (1)
Young, Pat (subject of poem by Kenneth Mackenzie) (1)

Correspondence Index 3: Letters, ca. 1935-1977 (folders 51-53)

Abotomey, Peter (1)
Best, Ron (1)
Butterwell, Judith (1)
Burke, Mary Edwell (Mary Edwards, artist) (1)
Brown, A.G. (1)
Blair, Jim (Bulletin colleague) (1)
Baume, Eric (1)
Cousins, W.G. (1)
Canberra Repertory Society (1)
Clark, Stephen (1)
Connors, Rodney (member Norman Lindsay Gallery committee) (1)
Coen, Joseph (cousin-in-law) (1)
Cawley, Prof. A.C. (1)
Clouston, Brian (1)
Clark, Manning (5)
Chaplin, H.F. (2)
Dutton, Geoffrey (13)
Dorter, Phyllis (wife of Bulletin colleague) (1)
Disher, Garry (1)
Dibble, Brian (1)
Dors, Diana (1)
Elliott, Brian (1)
Ewers, J.K. (1)
Eldershaw, John (artist) (1)
Ford, Carl Harrison (1)
Fullerton, J.H. (1)
Finnin, Mary (1)
Franklin, Miles (1)
Gillespie, Colonel R.F.F. (author of Vice-regal quarters) (1)
Gadson, John B. (1)
Gellert, Leon (2)
Geering, Prof. R. (1)
Harris, Max (1)
Hergenhan, Laurie (1)
Hills, Catherine (sister of Kenneth Mackenzie) (3)
Higgins, Eileen (2)
Higham, Charles (1)
Hamilton, Eileen (1)
Hughes, Jean (1)
Ireland, David (1)
James, Florence (2)
Lawlor, Pat (Bulletin rep and book collector, NZ) (7)
Muir, Marcie (1)
Maitland, D.G. (1)
Miller, Dale (1)
Mansfield, John D. (1)
Massy, Carl (trout fisherman and author) (5)
Miller, Monty (1)
Mather, Martin (1)
Mawdesley, Christina (4)
McNicol, David (2)
McCusker, Jim (1)
Mollison, James (2)
McNaughton, Howard (1)
McLeod, Angela (1)
McAuley, James (5)
Mackenzie, June (2)
Moll, Prof. E.G. (2)
Novak, Maria (1)
National Trust (3)
O'Brien, Archbishop Eris (2)
O'Dwyer, Joseph (1)
O'Donnell, Joan (1)
Oates, Evelyn (1)
Oxford University Press (2)
Palmer, Nettie (3)
Plesaiet, J. (1)
Pringle, John Douglas (2)
Peach, Robert (ABC producer) (1)
Pearl, Cyril (1)
Park, Ruth (1)
Robinson, Roland (9)
Rawlinson, Gloria (NZ poet and writer) (7)
Rowbotham, David (4)
Ryder, L. (1)
Rippoll, P. (1)
Ruhen, Olaf (1)
Roderick, Colin (1)
Richardson, Doris (1)
Reid, Barrie (1)
Sayers, Stuart (1)
S. Hilda (1)
Stewart, Nancy (actress) (1)
Semmler, Clement (2)
Smith, Vivian (2)
Solomon, Lance (artist) (2)
Stone, Walter (1)
Sturgess, A.E. (1)
Spate, Prof. O.H.K. (1)
Sinclair, H. (1)
Thwaites, Michael (1)
Thompson, John (1)
Tilley (1)
Vernon, James (1)
Wingrove, Keith (6)
Wallace-Crabbe, Chris (7)
Whyse, Imogoen (president Poetry Society) (2)
White, Mary (2)
Wilkes, Prof. G.A. (3)