Papers of Judith Wright (1915-2000)
The 2005 additions to this collection were arranged and described with the assistance of the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust.
Creator: Wright, Judith (1915-2000)
Title: Papers of Judith Wright
Date Range: 1944-2000
Collection Number: MS 5781
Extent: 15.75 metres (105 boxes + 1 folio box) + 2 oversized items
Boxes 102 and 103 are restricted during the life of Meredith McKinney
Box 72 is closed until 1 January 2009
The remainder of the collection is available for reference
The papers were acquired from Judith Wright in a number of instalments,
the first of which was received in 1978. In 2002 and 2005,
further papers were acquired from Wright's daughter, Meredith McKinney. In 2005, a small consignment of papers, consisting of autobiographical material given to Patricia Clarke by Wright in 2000, was received from Patricia Clarke.
The papers of Judith Wright comprise literary manuscripts,
correspondence, research material, newspaper cuttings, subject files, financial
records and other papers. A significant proportion relates to conservation and
Aboriginal concerns, with extensive files on the Wildlife Preservation Society
of Queensland, the Australian Conservation Foundation and other organisations.
Literary material includes requests for use of Wright's poems and drafts of her
books Because I was invited, The coral battleground, The generations of
men, Charles Harpur, The cry for the dead and We call for a
treaty and of her autobiography, Half a lifetime. Correspondents
include A.W. Sheppard, Rosemary Dobson, Barbara Blackman (including Wright's own letters to Blackman), Dorothy Green, Kevin
Gilbert, Roberta Sykes, David Brooks, Ian Hudson, Thistle Stead, Stefanie
Bennett, Julian Croft, John Reed, Roger McDonald, Henry Reynolds, Kathleen
McArthur and Len Webb. Wright's family relationships are represented by a substantial correspondence between Wright and her husband, J.P. (Jack) McKinney, between Wright and her daughter, Meredith McKinney, and by Wright's letters to her brother, Peter Wright.
The papers have been listed by instalment. Wright grouped her
papers into manila folders, and the order of the papers within each folder has
been maintained. Where provided, the title of the folder has been used in the
folder descriptions for each box. This also applies to the instalments of papers received in 2005 from Wright's daughter, Meredith McKinney, and Patricia Clarke, the contents of which appear to have been arranged by the donors. Because the papers are listed by instalment,
there is no discernible order.
Correspondence of Judith Wright can be found in the personal papers of numerous writers and activists which are held in the Manuscript Collection. To locate the correspondence, search the online finding aids to personal papers via the Library's website at http://www.nla.gov.au/ms/findaids.
The Oral History Section of the Library holds a number of sound
recordings relating to Wright, including interviews and poetry readings. The
Oral History catalogue can be searched online via the Librarys website at Catalogue.
The Pictures Section of the Library holds photographs of Wright, a
portrait of her by Kahan, Louis and the Britannica Australia Awards Literature
medal awarded to her in 1964. The Pictures catalogue can be searched and some
of these images viewed online via the Librarys website at
Wright's published works, including anthologies of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, children's books and musical settings of her poems, are listed on the Library's catalogue, which can be searched online via the Librarys website at Catalogue.
A small number of items have been digtised and are available online. Three poems from Box 37, folders 281 and 282 have been digitised as part of the Library's Treasures Gallery.
The items that have been digitised are available online as 'related records' via the catalogue record for the collection.
Judith Arundell Wright was a poet, essayist, conservationist and
campaigner for Aboriginal rights. She was born into a family of pioneering
pastoralists on 31 May 1915, at Thalgarrah station near Armidale, New South
Wales, the daughter of Phillip Wright and his wife Ethel (neé Bigg). At
first, Wright was educated home, but following the death of her mother, went to
New England Girls School in Armidale. She completed an Arts course at the
University of Sydney in 1936 and was awarded an Hon D Litt from the following
universities: University of Queensland (1962), the University of New England
(1963), the University of Sydney (1977), Monash University (1977) and the
Australian National University (1981).
Wright was 25 when her first poem was published and her first collection
of verse, The moving image, was published in 1946. She went on to
publish many other works including poetry, a biography of her pioneering
family, childrens books and her autobiography.
Wright was awarded Commonwealth Literary Fund Fellowships in 1949 and
1962, a Creative Arts Fellowship (ANU) in 1974, a Senior Anzac Fellowship in
1976 and a three-year Australia Council Literature Board Senior Writers
Fellowship in 1977. Further recognition of her writing includes the following
- Grace Leven Poetry Prize, 1949
- Encyclopaedia Britannica Prize, 1963
- Christopher Brennan Award, Fellowship of Australian Writers,
- Robert Frost Memorial Award, Fellowship of Australian Writers,
- Alice Award, Society of Women Writers of Australia, 1980
- Order of the Golden Ark (Netherlands), 1980
- NSW Premiers Special Award for Poetry, 1991
- The Queens Gold Medal for Poetry, 1991
Wright was actively involved with issues relating to conservation,
wildlife preservation and Aboriginal rights. These interests were reflected in
her poetry and writings, which included her book, The cry for the dead
(1981), about the treatment of Aborigines by settlers in Queensland from
the 1840s to the 1920s. Organisations with which Wright was involved
- Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland - founding member and
- Australian Society of Authors - foundation council member, 1963
- Australian Conservation Foundation council member, 1964-1972.
Made an honorary life member in 1980
- Committee of Enquiry into the National Estate committee
- Australian National University council member (1975-1979) and
the first woman to be appointed to the council as the Governor-Generals
- Aboriginal Treaty Committee Secretary, 1979-1983
Judith Wright died of a heart attack in Canberra on 25 June 2000.
Folders 1-4 Webb woodchip
Folder 5 Australian Conservation Foundation
Folder 6 Newspaper cuttings - conservation
Folder 7 Westernport
Folder 8 Correspondence - R. Wiggs, 1972
Folder 9 The Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, Newsletters 1 - 33
Folder 10 The Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, Newsletters 34 - 50
Folder 11 The Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, Newsletters 51 - 62
Folder 12 Concorde - correspondence 24.6.1971 - 21.2.1972
Folder 13 Concorde - correspondence 6.3.1972 - 9.5.1972
Folder 14 Concorde - correspondence 10.5.1972 - 26.12.1975
Folder 15 Concorde - undated correspondence: Newspaper clippings
Folder 16 Australian Heritage: correspondence 1970 -1972
Folder 17 The Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland:
minutes,newsletters etc. 1962 - 1968
Folder 18 Minutes - 1969
Folder 19 Minutes - 1970
Folder 20 Minutes - 1971
Folder 21 Minutes - 1972
Folder 22 Minutes - 1973
Folder 23 Minutes - 1974
Folder 24 Minutes - 1975 - 76
Folder 25 Seminar on Wildlife Conservation in Eastern Australia,
University of New England, January 1965
Folder 26 Fraser Island report by Napier Roffey-Mitchell
Folder 27 Seminar on Literature, University of New England, 1965
Folders 28-29 44th ANZAAS Congress Sydney, 1972
Folder 30 Proceedings of First National Conservation Study
Conference, November 1973
Folder 31 Conservation - Educational documents: Poems
Folder 32 Ecology Action Newsletter: Application for membership
Folders 33-34 Publications
Folders 35-36 Various conservation documents
Folders 37-39 Newspaper cuttings - minerals and energy
Folder 40 Newspaper cuttings:Woodchip
Folder 41 Newspaper cuttings:Environmental policy planning
Folder 42 Newspaper cuttings:Pesticides
Folder 43 Newspaper cuttings:Timber, forests, parks
Folder 44 Newspaper cuttings:Aboriginal affairs
Folder 45 Newspaper cuttings:Cooloola, sandmining
Folder 46 Newspaper cuttings:Pollution, wildlife, kangaroos
Folder 47 Newspaper cuttings:Miscellaneous
Papers added 5 June 1984
The cry for the dead
Folders 48-55 Notes, summaries, extracts from books and articles
etc. Also from archival material in Queensland State
Archives, A - H.
Folders 56-63 Notes, summaries, extracts from books and articles.
Also from archival material in Queensland State
Archives, J - W.
Folder 64 List of references noted and consulted
Folders 65-69 Copied extracts from Parliamentary papers, reports,
Folders 70-71 Correspondence with editor and publisher, 1980 - 1981
Folder 72 Copies of maps, sketches, C.S.I.R.O. and other
information on Dawson Valley area
Folders 73-75 Copies of maps, sketches, C.S.I.R.O. and other
information on Dawson Valley area.
Folders 76-78 Early drafts
Folder 79 Final copy for typist. Chapters 1-7
Folder 80 Final copy for typist. Chapters 8-12
Folders 81-84 Copied extracts from Albert Wright's Diaries 1867 -
1885, and from later diaries of C. May Wright. Also
from family letters relating to Queensland stations
Folder 85 Information from Queensland Lands Department files on
various runs in Central Queensland area. CSIRO
Folders 87-89 Draft of all chapters, final revisions.
Folders 90-91 Drafts, discarded drafts and spare pages.
Folders 92-95 Copy returned from publisher.
Folders 96-97 Author's copy.
Folder 98 Author's copy.
Folder 99 Book reviews
Folder 100 Galley proofs.
Folder 101 Page proofs
Reference cards, source material
Papers added 19 September 1984
Boxes 15-20: Conservation, Great Barrier Reef
Folder 102 Australian Conservation Foundation Correspondence
Folder 103 Australian Conservation Foundation. Correspondence
1970-1975 + undated
Folder 104 Focus on Cape York: Workshop, seminar papers
Folder 105 Focus on Cape York :Reports, workshop ideas, talks etc.
Folder 106 Focus on Cape York:Correspondence 1976-1979
Folder 107 National Estate:Correspondence 1973-1981:Record of
phone calls etc.
Folder 108 National Estate:Reports etc.
Folder 109 National Estate:Forests - correspondence 1973-1975
Folder 110 Fraser Island
Folder 111 Wildlife Preservation Society Submissions, talks,
Folder 112 The Cooloola Committee: Wildlife Preservation Society:
Symposium 'The Future of Noosa'
Folder 113 Submission - Cooloola and the Noosa River
Folder 114 National Forest Action Council: Canberra and South East
Folder 115 Woodchip - correspondence 1971 - 1973
Folder 116 Kangaroos - correspondence 1969 - 1973
Folder 117 Civil Liberties - Qld.
Folder 118 Queensland Littoral Society: Surveys: Minutes Royal
Commission Committee, 24.7.1970
Folder 119 Report, submissions
Folder 120 Petroleum Drilling
Folder 121 Ellison Reef
Folder 122 Top End National Park: Yirrkala and woodchip proposals
Folders 123-124 Amnesty International Queensland section
Folder 125 Correspondence - formation of Wildlife Preservation
Society of Queensland (WPSQ), 1962 - 1969
Folders 126-127 Correspondence - formation of WPSQ 1970
Folder 128 Correspondence - formation of WPSQ 1971
Folder 129 Undated correspondence, press releases, notes
Folder 130 Correspondence whilst president of WPSQ 1970
Folder 131 Correspondence whilst president of WPSQ 1971
Folder 132 Correspondence whilst president of WPSQ 1972
Folder 133 Correspondence whilst president of WPSQ 1973
Folder 134 Presidential correspondence 1974-1976
Folder 135 Undated correspondence, memos, drafts etc. WPSQ
Folder 136 Addresses at rallies, book reviews, talks
Folder 137 Addresses at rallies, book reviews, talks
Folders 138-139 Australian Conservation Foundation- Great Barrier Reef
Folder 140 Press cuttings - State rights resources, 1973
Folder 141 Congress on Human Relations, Melbourne, 1972: Delegates
Folder 142 Articles by others
Folders 143-148 Articles by others
Folder 149 Restoration seminar papers, Ballina, 13-14 September
folder 150 The Cooloola Committee
Boxes 21-28: Literary Papers
Folders 151-153 The coral battleground - typescript
Folder 154 The coral battleground - correspondence, reviews etc.
Folder 155 Australian Copyright Council
Folder 156 Copyright Agency Limited
Folder 157 Black and White - correspondence, 1980-1983
Folder 158 Black and White - typescript
Folder 159 Charles Harpur - correspondence 1960-1977
Folder 160 Charles Harpur - drafts, notes etc.
Folder 161 Personal involvement with Copyright Council
Folder 162 Poems by Brian Medlin
Folder 163 Poems by Rosemary Dobson, Frank Kellaway, Kevin Gilbert
Folder 164 Poems by Shelton Lea and others
Folder 165 Poems by John Tennant
Folder 166 The Australian Society of Authors
Folder 167 The American Poetry Review Sept./Oct. 1980, Vol. 9, No.
5: Screenplay by Dano R. Gunzburg. Adapted from the
short story "The Clown and the Mind-reader" by Judith
Folder 168 World Poetry Conference, Montreal 1967
Folders 169-172 The double tree - selected poems 1942-1976
Folder 173 Reviews, articles, maps etc.
Folder 174 Articles of interest by others
Folders 175-177 Because I was invited
Folder 178 The East-West Center, 1973
Folder 179 ABC script
Folder 180 Anzac Fellowship, 1976: Trip to New Zealand
Folder 181 Sisters Publishing Ltd. 1979-1984
Folder 182 Queensland University Press, 1975
Folders 183-184 Portable Australian authors: I
Folder 185 Australian Council for the Arts, 1972-1974
Folder 186 The Terranian: Shorter Poems of the Month
Folder 187 Requests for use of work, 1.5.1979 - 12.8.1980
Folder 188 Requests for use of work, 1.9.1980 - 8.4.1981
Folder 189 Requests for use of work, 9.4.1981 - 20.10.1981
Folder 190 Requests for use of work, 23.10.1981 - 22.12.1981
Folder 191 Requests for use of poems, 1975 - 1976
Folder 192 Requests for use of poems, 1977 Undated correspondence
Folder 193 Witnesses of Spring - typescript : notes and correspondence, 1968 - 1971
Folder 194 Witnesses of Spring, foreword, notes etc.
Folder 195 Requests for articles and talks, 1967 - 1971
Folder 196 Requests for articles and talks, 1972 - 1973
Folder 197 Requests for articles and talks, 1975 - 1977
Folder 198 Requests for articles and talks, 1978
Folder 199 Requests for articles and talks , 1979
Folder 200 Requests for articles and talks (undated),plus
Folders 201-203 Requests for use of poetry, includes correspondence
with A. W. Sheppard 1966, 1968, 1977-1980.
Folder 204 Undated letters, miscellaneous items
Folder 205 Correspondence and agreement re A. W. Sheppard as agent
1962, 1964 - 1969
Folder 206 French newspaper
Folder 207 Correspondence - A. W. Sheppard as agent, 1970-71
Folder 208 Correspondence - A. W. Sheppard as agent, 1972-73
Folder 209 Correspondence with publishers and agents 1970-73
Folder 210 Correspondence with publishers and agents 1974 - 76
Papers added 2 August 1985
Folder 211 Correspondence 1960-1965
Folder 212 Correspondence 1966-1967
Folder 213 Correspondence 1968-1970
Folder 214 Correspondence 1971-1972
Folder 215 Correspondence 1973
Folder 216 Correspondence 1974
Folder 217 Correspondence 1975
Folder 218 Correspondence 1976
Folder 219 Correspondence 1976-1977
Folder 220 Correspondence 1977-1978
Folder 221 Correspondence 1978-1979
Folder 222 Correspondence 1979
Folder 223-224 Correspondence 1980
Folder 225-226 Correspondence 1981
Folder 227 Correspondence 1982
Folder 228-229 Correspondence 1983
Folder 230 Correspondence 1937-1954
Folder 231 Prose not published in Because I was invited
Folder 232 Newspaper cuttings, reviews
Folders 233-234 Articles by others
Folder 235 The other side of the frontier - draft by Henry
Folder 236 ABC scripts
Folder 237 Addresses and articles - Civil Liberties: Addresses -
Folders 238-240 Addresses
Folders 241-243 Published articles and addresses
Folder 244 Unpublished drafts, prose
Folder 245 Published reviews
Papers added 6 May 1987
Folder 246 Correspondence 1976-1977
Folder 247 Correspondence 1978
Folder 248 Correspondence 1979
Folder 249 Correspondence 1980
Folder 250 Correspondence 1981, January-June
Folder 251 Correspondence 1981, July-December
Folder 252 Correspondence 1982, January-May
Folder 253 Correspondence 1982, June-December
Folder 254 Correspondence 1983, January - April
Folder 255 Correspondence 1983, May - June
Folder 256 Correspondence 1983, July - December
Folder 257 Correspondence 1984, January - June
Folder 258 Correspondence 1984, July - December
Folder 259 Correspondence 1985
Folder 260 Undated correspondence
Folder 261 Miscellaneous items
Folder 262 Free Speech Committee
Folder 263 Ecopolitics Conference, August 1986
Folder 264 Council for the Arts, 1973
Folder 265 Land Rights Conference, Townsville 1981
Folder 266 Correspondence, 1979-1980
Folder 267 Correspondence, 1981-1983
Folder 268 Newsletters, articles etc.
Folder 269 Articles, maps, newsletters etc.
Folder 270 Uranium, Peace issues. Peace Panel, Nuclear
Folder 271 Uranium, Peace issues. Peace panel, Nuclear
Folders 272-274 United Nations Conference on Science and Technology for
Development, 1979 (correspondence and papers)
Folders 275-277 Uranium and Peace issues
Three poems from Folders 281 and 282 have been partially digitised and are available via the catalogue record for this collection.
Folder 278 Phantom dwelling 1985, typescript drafts, manuscript
Folder 279 Various drafts and copies of poems later published in Phantom dwelling
Folder 280 Phantom dwelling - carbon copy of final version
Folder 281 Drafts of poems from Fourth quarter and Phantom dwelling
Folder 282 Final typed versions for Fourth quarter. Author's
Folder 283 Daedalus (Journal of the American Academy of Arts and
Folder 284 Daedalus - correspondence, 1983 - 1985
Folder 285 Correspondence re The generations of men, 1980 - 81
Folder 286 Correspondence re The generations of men, 1982-83
Folder 287 Correspondence re The generations of men, 1984 86
Folder 288 The generations of men - adapted for television by F.
R. Harvey, 1982
Folder 289 Agreement between Frank Harvey and Judith Wright
Folder 290 We call for a treaty, reference cards A-C
Folder 291 We call for a treaty, reference cards D-W
Folder 292 We call for a treaty, drafts
Folder 294-298 We Call For a Treaty - early drafts
Folders 299-301 We Call For a Treaty - drafts
Folders 302-309 We Call For a Treaty - drafts
Folders 310-316 We Call For a Treaty - drafts
Folio item We Call For a Treaty - Proofs
Papers added 21 October 1988
Folder 317 Personal letters, 1979-84
Folder 318 Personal letters, 1984
Folder 319 Personal letters, 1985
Folders 320-321 Personal letters, 1986
Here is an incomplete list of correspondents: Tim Aslanides (9), Stefanie
Bennett (9), Barbara Blackman (6), John Bligh (6), Winifred Cawley,
Dymphna Clark, Julian Croft (2), Margaret Diesendorf (4), Rosemary Dobson (14)
Silvana Gardner (3+), Barbara Giles (6), Dorothy Green (2), A. D. Hope,
Lou Klepac, Patricia Laird, Joyce Lee, Kathleen MacArthur (10), Mark O'Connor,
Elizabeth Perkins (6), Barrie Reid (2), A. L. Rowse, Heather Rusden (2),
W. N. Scott (6), Peter Skrzynecki (10), Thistle Stead (4), John Tarrant (3+)
Folder 322 Requests for use of work, 1966-82
Folder 323 Requests for use of work and correspondence with Angus
and Robertson, 1983
Folder 324 Requests for use of work, 1984
Folder 325 Requests for use of work, Jan-June 1985
Folder 326 Requests for use of work, 1985
Folder 327 Requests for use of work, Jan-July 1986
Folder 328 Requests for use of work, Aug-Dec 1986
Folio package Photocopies and tracings of 19th-century maps of Queensland
Folder 329 Copies of the literary journal Language vol. 1, nos. 1
and 2, 1952
Folder 330 Letter from David Stead, 4 July 1988, containing old
newscuttings on Aborigines.
Folder 331 Correspondence re The Life of Bill Cohen, 1985-87
Folder 332 Papers re 'Imagining the Real' Symposium, 11 November
Folder 333 Papers re proposed biography of Saxe Bannister, 1981-86
Folder 334 Correspondence and papers re Foster Parents of
Folder 335 Correspondence and papers re Foster Parents of
Folders 336-337 Papers re ANZAAS Congress, 1987
Folder 338 Papers re 'How many more Australians?' Conference,
Folder 339 Papers re Ecopolitics Conference, Aug 1986
Folder 340 Papers re the Association for the Study of Australian
Folder 341 Papers re peace movement, 1982-84, including material
on the Pacific Peacemaker
Folder 342 Papers re peace movement, 1985-88
Folder 343 Papers re Adelaide Festival, 1982 and re opposition to
the Commonwealth Games Writer's Week in Brisbane, 1982.
Folder 344 Papers re deep ecology and rainforest preservation,
1982-88. Includes correspondence with John Reed.
Folder 345 Papers re Yipirinya School, Alice Springs, 1981-88.
Folder 346 Correspondence re Aboriginal education and
imprisonment, 1970-86, including Kevin Gilbert, Richard
Martin and Les Russell
Folder 347 Correspondence and papers re landrights and uranium
mining, Jan 1972-July 1984
Folder 348 Copies of Black Women's Action newsletter and
correspondence with Bobbie Sykes, 1979-88
Folder 349 Papers re review of Henry Reynold's book The Law of the Land,
published in the Age on 12 December 1987
Folder 350 Papers re, and draft of article 'What became of that
treaty? for Aboriginal Studies, 1988.
Folder 351 Newspaper clippings on Aboriginal land rights, 1984-85
Folder 352 Newspaper clippings on Aboriginal land rights, 1986-87
Papers added 1990
Folders 353-360 Many cuttings and photocopies re Aboriginal rights and
the movement for a treaty. Photocopied papers
including court transcripts re a jailed Aboriginal
elder, Denis Walker. Two letters from Susan Ryan and a
copy of her address to International PEN, 1988. Copies
of seminar papers by Judith Wright and others (eg G. S.
Lester, R. Falk, V.G. Venturini, Peter Bayne, Henry
Reynolds, Penny Figgis) on human rights issues
especially concerning Aborigines. (Most material in
this box is photocopied.)
Folders 361-364 Folder with about 115 letters, late 1980s, some with
notes of her replies, re permissions etc. for the
publication of work by Judith Wright; correspondents
include David Brooks, Angus & Robertson (Richard Walsh,
Jane Scurr, Sue Phillips), Brian Sweeney, A. W.
Sheppard (Wright's agent) and others.
Interesting small folder re proposed (later failed)
Braidwood Festival, 1989, with one or two letters from
Vincent Plush (musical director). Wright was a patron.
Thick file 1982-89 re restoration of Dalwood House,
Branxton, on the Wyndham estate. (Wright a Wyndham
descendant.) Some letters of Wright's: many from Ian
Hudson, prime mover in the restoration.
Thick folder of cuttings and photocopies, 1984-86, on
Aboriginal questions. Used by Wright 'as references
Folders 365-369 Folder of about 90 requests, 1980s, for publication,
support, patronage, etc. Requesters include Roger
McDonald, Rod Shaw.
Copy of Jane Ahlquist's play Growing Up With Judith.
Folder of about 170 requests, 1987-88: rainforest
action groups, Amnesty, the Save Wyewurk committee, the
Sydney Peace Squadron, etc. contains a good letter to
Joan Davis about the Commonwealth Literary Fund, also
three or four letters from Roberta Sykes, two or three
from Malcolm Williamson, two or three from Anne Boyd,
Thistle Stead, and others.
Box of coloured photos, 'Jewellery exhibition based on
Folder 370 Prose folder This folder, "typed copies, drafts,
rejects", contains two prose pieces. The first is
"Save the First Dance", a boarding-school story of 6
pages, about a girl from the Dutch East Indies at what
seems to be the New England Girls Grammar School. It
is not in Judith Wright's collection of stories The
Nature of Love (1966), and may be unpublished. The
same goes for "For Christine", 4-1/2 pages, a
first-person story by a white woman about an Aboriginal
child and family in an alien community.
Folder 371 Australian Conservation Foundation folder. Contains
extensive documentation relating to the ACF conference
of 1988 in Sydney, at which Judith Wright delivered the
keynote address, "Facing the Past and the Future".
There are several drafts and a final version, 8-1/2
pages of one-and-a-half-spaced typing.
Folders 372-373 Miscellaneous folder. This is endorsed "Drafts of
talks and articles, conservation and literature" and
contains various pieces, mostly on conservation and
related topics, but some indeed on literature,
including the literature of New Zealand. A good deal of
the material has been printed in publications such as the Age
Monthly Review, Nation Review, Australian Quarterly,
Social Alternatives, Landfall,Australian Society
and Overland. Items that appear to be
unpublished include: "A philosophy of urban wildlife",
a 1976 talk for the Wildlife Preservation Society of
Australia, revised 1989, 8 pages; Opening speech for
the Forests Art exhibition, Studio Altenberg,
Braidwood, August 1989, 2 pages (several copies); One
page of thoughts on the prime-ministry (ie, what I
would do if I were PM), noted as requested by the
Herald and Weekly Times but "returned"; "The nucleus
and my generation", superseded draft talk for a Writers
Against Nuclear Arms meeting, 3-1/2 pages. Another
version appeared in the Canberra Times; "It's not the
planet that's the problem. It's us." Two drafts for a
1982 talk in Queensland, noted as "not delivered";
Peace Movement talk, 3-1/2 pages, for a 1984 meeting in
Albury Wodonga. Also another version, entitled "We are
all of us afraid"; Opening speech for the opening of
the Association for the Study of Australian Literature
meeting, University of New England, 1985, 3 pages
(several Vopies); Three versions of "Trees protect
us--protect them", conservation addresses in Queensland
and Victoria, 1981, each about 9 pages; "Looking back
from 2010" - 5 pages for the Commission for the Future,
noted as having been commissioned in early 1990, but
Papers added 27 May 1991
Folders 374-378 Royalty and permission statements, 1959-84
Papers added 7 May 1992
Folder 379 Drafts and correspondence re article "A Shaft of Light"
for Island magazine re the Mabo land rights case
Folder 380 Broadsheet poems by David Brooks, Geoff Page, Alan
Gould, Kevin Hart, Vincent Buckley, Mark O'Connor and
Folder 381 Photocopy of typescript "Taming the Great South Land"
by W.J. Lines, 1990 (Judith Wright was asked to write
an introduction for this work, but declined)
Folder 382 Typescript and MS poems by Stef Bennett, John Tarrant
and others, 1984-89
Folder 383 Poetry by Ken Gardiner and Timoshenko Aslanides,
Folder 384 Typescript poems by Victoria Williamson, 1977-88.
Carbon typescript of "Sea Sonnets" by John Blight, n.d.
Folder 385 Typescript and photocopies of articles by Judith
Wright, 1976-90, collected in Born of the conquerors.
Ecopolitics Conference papers, Brisbane, 1986
Folder 386 Correspondence, etc re Writers Against Nuclear Arms,
1987-89 Papers re Environmental Defender's Office and
Folder 387 Dalwood House [Hunter Valley] Conservation Plan by
David Logan, 1983
Folder 388 Correspondence and other papers re the Australian
Conservation Foundation and south-eastern New South
Wales, 1978-91 (includes articles by JW on
Folders 389-390 Requests for talks and articles, 1984-91
Folder 391 Roneoed copy of Lambert Wilson's Agony in the Pacific,
1969, a history of sealing in Bass Strait
Folders 392-394 Correspondence and other papers re successful campaign
to prevent gold and mercury mining and dredging of the
Mongarlowe River near Braidwood, 1986-89
Folders 395-396 Papers re anti-woodchipping campaign in Gippsland and
S.E. NSW, 1980-89
Folder 397 Papers re conservation, including anti-Concord
campaign, 1975; uranium mining, 1977 and the Australian
Conservation Foundation Conference, 1988
Folder 398 Photocopy of play "Growing up with Judith" by Jane
Folder 399 Papers re Technical Advisory Group on Aboriginal Lands,
Folder 400 Drafts and proofs of articles by J.W. on conservation
and Aboriginal Australians, 1980s
Folder 401 Newsletters and other papers re Australian Society of
Authors, National Book Council and PEN, 1984-88
Folder 402 Correspondence re translations of Judith Wright's works
into German, Italian and Chinese, 1982-90
Folders 403-404 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1990-91 (includes
requests for support/assistance)
Folders 405-406 Correspondence and other papers re We Call for a treaty, 1980-88
Folders 407-412 Not to be listed until 1997
Papers added 7 July 1992
Folders 413-420 Not to be listed until 1997
Papers added 31 July 1992
Folders 421-427 Secondary material (leaflets, circulars, photocopies,
reports, newscuttings and articles) re Aboriginal
rights, mostly 1988-92
Folders 428-432 Secondary material re Aboriginal rights, 1988-92
Folders 433-435 Newscuttings re Aboriginal issues, 1991-92
Papers added 27 November 1992
Folder 436 Correspondence with Angus and Robertson and other
Folder 437 Correspondence, drafts and contracts for A human
pattern (A & R, 1990)
Folder 438 Requests for use of poems, 1989-92
Folder 439 Requests for use of prose, 1985-92
Folder 440 Miscellaneous requests, 1991-92
Folders 441-442 Interviews - clippings, transcripts and correspondence,
Folders 443-444 Correspondence re support for Aborigines in Queensland
and Tasmania, 1975-91
Folder 445 Correspondence, etc, re the National Foundation for
Australian Women, 1989-91
Folders 446-447 Papers re peace and the Nuclear Disarmament Party,
Folder 448 Papers re uranium mining, pollution and Kakadu, 1984-91
Folder 449 Australians for an Ecologically Sustainable Population:
correspondence and newsletters, etc, 1989-92
Folder 450 Correspondence re Aboriginal land rights and
conservation, 1982-84 and 1991-92
Folder 451 Correspondence, etc, re conservation, 1986-90
Folder 452 Papers re conservation in Queensland, 1983-91
Folders 453-454 Papers re Rainforest Ecology Trust, 1985-92
Folder 455 H.C. Coombs - correspondence, photographs, clippings
and other papers, including papers re the Nugget Coombs
Forum for Indigenous Studies, 1973-92
Folder 456 Great Barrier Reef and Greenpeace, 1990-92
Folder 457 Fraser Island and Kombumerri Centre proposals, 1976,
Folder 458 Papers re Mabo Case, 1990-92 Miscellaneous unfiled
papers, July-August 1992
Folders 459-462 Personal correspondence, including daughter Meredith,
Folder 463 Various newscuttings, 1991-92
Folder 464-465 Miscellaneous requests, fan mail, etc, 1964-88
Folder 466 Draft of article on the National Estate, 1992 Drafts of
"Accepting a Landscape" by Mark O'Connor and "Sealskin"
by Val Plumwood.Notes re Saxe Bannister, 1990
Folder 467 Correspondence re proposed Clayton Joyce tribute to
Judith Wright, 1990-92. Correspondence with Butterfly
Books re Going on talking 1990-92
Folder 468 Proofs of Going on talking, 1992
Folder 469 Newsletters, etc, re Black Women's Action in Education
Trust, 1987-91. Correspondence with Oodgeroo Noonuccal
and papers re the Noonuccal scholarship, 1989-91
Folder 470 Correspondence with Kath Walker/Oodgeroo Noonuccal,
1966-84. Includes 53 letters from Walker and 21 carbon
and fair copies of letters by Wright. Also includes a
further 42 items of related correspondence, both
personal and official in original and copy, and other
material. Notable correspondents include Charles
Perkins, Dennis Walker (Kath's son), Katrina Smith,
Jean Battersby, Al Grassby, the Australian Society of
Authors, the National Aboriginal Cultural and
Educational Centre, the Office of the Minister for
Aboriginal Affairs and the Federal Council for the
Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.
Other related items include an 11 page carbon
typescript of Wright's account of the Moongalba
Museum/Art Gallery - "An island meeting place"; an
inscribed corrected typescript of the poem "Sister
Poet" written by Walker for Wright with Wright's
response in carbon typescript attached; and material
related to Oodgeroo's participation in a Fullbright
Scheme based at Bloomsburg State College, Pennsylvania.
Folder 471 Correspondence, clippings and other papers re Oodgeroo
Folders 472-473 Correspondence, photographs and other papers re awards
and honorary degrees bestowed upon Wright, 1976-92
Folder 474 2 exercise books of juvenilia, mostly handwritten
poetry and prose with some illustrations, c. mid 1920s.
Folio run Honorary Doctor of Letters degrees: Sydney University, 1976;
Monash University, 1977; Australian National University 1981;
University of NSW, 1985; Griffith University, 1988;
University of Melbourne, 1988.
Papers added 14 May 1993
Box 66 - Aboriginal papers
Folder 475 Correspondence with Goss Government, 1989-90.
Folder 476 Aboriginal Rights Support Group (Canberra) file on
Aboriginal Treaty negotiations, 1987-90. Includes
correspondence, notes of meetings, statements by the
Prime Minister and a letter from Kevin Gilbert.
Folder 477 File relating to fundraising for Aboriginal treaty
negotiations, 1988-90. Major correspondents are
Professor Garth Nettheim of the Aboriginal Law Centre
and Dymphna Clark.
Folder 478 Printed items on the Mabo Case and the Nature
Conservation Act 1992.
Folders 479-80 Papers re Aborigines and law, 1982-86. Contains drafts
entitled "Malo's law at Murray Island, Torres Strait"
by Nonie Sharp; "Inhabited national parks: approaches
to indigenous use of protected landscapes" by Stan
Stevens and a transcript of evidence before the
Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs,
Folder 481 Cuttings file, 1975-88 relating to uranium and other
mining, land rights and other issues. Also includes
notes for a chronology of Aboriginal land rights
Folder 482 "Post-Barunga documents", 1988-91. Includes
correspondence, articles, cuttings, speeches and notes.
Box 67 - Aboriginal papers
Folders 483-84 "Treaty '88 documents". Contains correspondence with
Kevin Gilbert and others, copy of a draft treaty,
cuttings and articles, 1985-87.
Folder 485 Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community
Futures Conference, Townsville 1990.
Folder 486 Aboriginal Land Rights National Support Group papers,
Folder 487 Network of news for supporters of Aboriginal rights,
Folder 488 Papers on Aborigines, 1986-92 including correspondence,
cuttings, articles, speeches, and notes.
Folder 489 Reports by H.C. Coombs on the role of the National
Aboriginal Conference, 1983.
Box 68 - Aborigines and conservation
Folder 490 Aborigines and conservation, 1985. Includes letters
from Sylvia Monk and Tom Errey.
Folder 491 Aborigines and conservation, 1986. Includes letters
from Tom Uren and Vincent Serventy.
Folder 492 Aborigines and conservation, 1987. Includes
correspondence by Geoff Mosley, Nonie Sharp, Katrina
Makovec and Milo Dunphy, a draft article "Aborigines
and the pastoral industry", and notes of meetings.
Folder 493 Papers on conservation, 1981-85, including cuttings,
articles, reports and newsletters.
Folders 494-495 Drafts of writings by H.C. Coombes on Aborigines,
conservation and other matters (sent to Wright for
Box 69 - Personal and family papers
Folders 496-497 Miscellaneous personal correspondence, 1984-89.
Correspondents include Winifred Cawley, Nancy Cato,
Rosemary Dobson, Manning and Dymphna Clark, Kath
Walker, Stephanie Bennett, Dorothy Green, Thistle
Stead, Bill Scott, Mark O'Connor, Barbara Giles, Peter
Dwyer, Janette Condon, Timoshenko Aslanides and Alf.
Folders 498-501 Personal correspondence, 1989-91. Includes letters
from Wright's daughter, Meredith, friends and members
of the public.
Folder 502 Letters and cards of congratulations on receiving the
Queen's Medal for poetry, 1992. Correspondents
include Michael and Honor Thwaites, Helen Lomax, Ted
Hughes and Buckingham Palace.
Folder 503 Papers, 1974-9, on ecologically oriented construction
(assembled for the construction of Wright's home at
Half Moon Ridge).
Folder 504 Roneoed volume "Extracts from Dinton-Dalwood letters
from 1827 to 1853 (source for Generations of men).
Papers relating to publications
Folder 505 Correspondence relating to the publication of The
moving image by Meanjin Press. Mostly correspondence
with Clem Christesen, 1945-1967, and with Colin
Roderick, 1962-83. Also includes royalty statements,
letters from John Farquarson Ltd., Alan Sheppard and
Folder 506 Letters and poems re Oxford University Press
Folder 507 Virago Press file, 1985-90. Includes publisher's
letters, royalty statements, newsletters, agreements,
cuttings and some poems. Also includes letters from
Angus and Robertson, National Book Council and
Australian Society of Authors.
Folder 508 File of letters on The day the mountains played,
Folder 509-510 File on Born of the conquerors, 1990-91. Includes
correspondence, cuttings and articles.
Box 71 - Miscellaneous
Folder 511 Drafts of prose, 1969-92. Includes an article by John
Folder 512 File on Gulf Crisis, 1990. Includes correspondence
with Ross Free, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime
Minister; cuttings; and papers relating to press
statements from Wright and Michael Denborough of the
Nuclear Disarmament Party, 1982-92.
Folder 513 Miscellaneous papers, 1982-92, including proofs of
"Judith Wright: a written interview" with Carolyn
Masel and Michael Schmidt, 1992; reprint of an article
on Wright, 1982-3, "The sea wasp", by John Bright, and
a typescript "New lamps for old", possibly by Leonard
Posters Rolls of printed poems by Kevin Gilbert, posters
issued by the Australian Promotion Council, and
printed Wright poems used for "Poems on the
Folio Interpretations in linocut prints of Wright's Seven
songs for a journey by Armidale art students
Folder 514 Correspondence, Mar. - July 1993 (Added 14 July 1993).
Folder 515 Correspondence, July - Aug. 1993 (Added 28 September
Folder 516 Correspondence, Dec. 1993 - Jan. 1994 (Added 28
Folder 517 Correspondence, Sept. 1993 - Feb. 1994 (Added 13 April
Folder 518 Correspondence, Jan. - Apr. 1994 (Added 21 April
Folder 519 Correspondence, 1994 (Added 6 July 1994).
Folder 520 Correspondence, 1994 (Added 7 Dec 1994).
Folder 521 Correspondence, Feb 1993, Nov 1994 - Jan 1995 (Added
16 Mar 1995).
Folder 522 Correspondence, 1995 (Added 16 Aug 1995).
Folder 523 Correspondence, 1995 (Added 12 Oct 1995).
Papers added 21 April 1994
Folder 524 Letters from Professor Martin Robertson (Cambridge UK),
Folder 525 Papers relating to Wright's efforts to have
conservation groups adopt policies on Aboriginal land
Folders 526-528 Correspondence and other papers relating to Aboriginal
rights, the Mabo decision, East Timor and environmental
Folder 529 Papers relating to the Iguana Films Three Women project
(Judith Wright, Oodgeroo, Elizabeth Riddell), 1992.
Folder 530 Papers relating to Rhonda Craven's draft Aboriginal
Studies Subject curriculum, 1993.
Folder 531 Correspondence received after publication of Good
Weekend article, 1993.
Folder 532 'Being white woman', 1993.
Folders 533-534 Papers relating to Oodgeroo by Kathie Cochrane,
including a draft chapter on Oodgeroo's poetry by
Judith Wright, as well as tributes and correspondence
received during Oodgeroo's final illness and after her
Folder 535 Typescript of Oodgeroo by Kathie Cochrane (published
Folder 536 Papers relating to the proposed Welcome Reef Dam, 1992.
Folder 537 Papers relating to the Greens and Democrats, 1993-94.
Folder 538 Articles on East Timor and Canadian writer Elizabeth
Smart, 1992; story by Tanabé Seiko, n.d.
Folders 539-540 Family and personal correspondence, 1993.
Folders 541-542 Personal correspondence, 1992.
Folders 543-544 Correspondence with and about Rae Bass, 1970-71.
Folders 545-546 Papers and receipts relating to Wright's Mongarlowe
Papers added 29 September 1994
Folder 547 Drafts of foreword to Collected Poems, 1993-94.
Folders 548-549 General correspondence (mostly miscellaneous requests),
Folder 550 Articles 1993-94.
Folder 551 Mongarlowe River Development and Welcome Reef Dam /
local conservation action, 1990-93.
Folder 552 Request for articles, 1992-93.
Folder 553 Academy of the Humanities environment theme, 1990-91.
Folder 554 Writer's fellowship / Literature Board of the Australia
Folders 555-556 Half Moon Wildlife Refuge, mining and water issues,
Folder 557 Miscellaneous requests, 1992.
Folder 558 Miscellaneous requests, 1993.
Papers added 3 July 1995
Folder 559 Correspondence with Len and Doris Webb, 1993-95.
Folder 560 Requests for use of work, 1992-93.
Folder 561 Aboriginal land rights and National Parks in
Folders 562-563 Miscellaneous letters, 1992-93.
Folders 564-565 Australian Society of Authors, copyright and royalties,
Folder 566 Miscellaneous letters, 1993.
Folder 567 Problems with a Vitalcall electronic distress pager,
Papers added 17 August 1995
Folder 568 Letters to Kathleen McArthur, 1951-54.
Folder 569 Letters to Kathleen McArthur, 1955-59.
Folder 570 Letters to Kathleen McArthur, 1960-69.
Folder 571 Letters to Kathleen McArthur, 1970-90.
Folder 576 Recollections of Nugget Coombs
Papers added 29 September 1994
Folder 572 Half conversations, early 1990s(?): handwritten replies
of people conversing with Wright.
Folders 573-575 Papers and notebook re difficulties in communicating by
fax, and Network of news for supporters of Aboriginal rights, Issue No. 7.
Papers added 6 February 1997
Folder 586 Papers relating to the Black Women's Action in Education Foundation,
including correspondence with Bobbi Sykes, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Mary
Ann Vin-Sallik and H.C. Coombs.
Folder 590 Papers relating to Oodgeroo and the Oodgeroo Trust, including letter
from Bobbi Sykes.
Folder 577 Typescript extract from Wright autobiography (16 pp.)
Photocopies of correspondence with Barbara Blackman, 1950-59
Folders 578-580 Correspondence, 1992-96
Folder 581 Correspondence, mostly relating to 1995 Japan earthquake and Meredith
McKinney who was living there at the time. Other correspondents
include Heather Rusden, Anne Edgeworth, Bruce and Barbara Wright,
H.C. Coombs and John Sinclair
Folder 582 Correspondence, 1995-96
Folder 583 Correspondence, 1992-95 regarding management of 'The Edge', a
wildlife refuge near Braidwood, now belonging to the ANU
Folder 584 Correspondence, 1990-94 with the Copyright Agency Limited regarding
Folder 585 Correspondence, 1995-96 with Catherine Moore of the Australian
Conservation Foundation, and Bill Birnbauer, The Age
Folder 587 Typescripts, and cuttings of reviews and articles
Folder 588 Requests and invitations, 1994-96
Folder 589 Correspondence with police, 1992, 1996
Folder 591 Papers concerning NSW 'Pay the Rent' project
Folders 592-594 Corrected proofs of Judith Wright : selected poems, 1942-1985
Folder 594a German translation of Wright's poems Schweigen zwischen wort und
wort, c.1990, together with a copy of 'Mabo : the Aboriginal
Provisional Government perspective', APG papers, no. 4
[See Box 80 for Folders 586 and 590]
Papers added 7 October 1997
Folder 595 Correspondence, personal, 1993
Folder 596 Correspondence with Veronica Brady, 1994-97
Folder 597 Correspondence with publishers, 1992-93
Folder 598 Correspondence with publishers, 1994-97
Folder 599 Correspondence concerning new edition of 'Coral Battleground',1996
Folder 600 Requests for use of work, 1993-97
Folder 601 Miscellaneous requests, 1996-97
Folder 602-603 Agreements with publishers,1953-89
Folder 604-606 Drafts and versions of early sections of autobiography; lists of
Papers added 4 August 1998
Folder 607 Personal correspondence, 1993-97, including notes to Bobbi Sykes,
Folder 608 Personal correspondence, 1993, 1997, including letter from Dymphna
Clark, notes to H.C. Coombes
Folder 609 Correspondence with Veronica Brady, 1997-98, relating to South of
my days, including brief note referring to the death of H.C. Coombes
Folder 610 Correspondence with publisher Tom Thompson, 1994-96, concerning
reprint of Generations of men : a human pattern and his company,
Editions Tom Thompson
Folder 611 Correspondence with David Horton, 1998, concerning draft foreword by
Wright for his book on the environment; typescript drafts of Wrights
Papers added 20 May 1996
Folder 612-615 General correspondence, 1992-1995. Correspondents include
Kathleen McArthur and Stefanie Bennett, together with various publishers and
conservation organisations. There are also many requests to reproduce
Folder 616 Correspondence between Wright and Kathleen McArthur (1970,
1979, 1992-1996) together with letters of Len Webb (1995-1996)
Correspondence relating to Wrights support for various environmental
Folder 618 Correspondence relating to the purchase of
land comprising part of the Half Moon Wildlife Refuge at Mongarlowe, as part of
a proposed Wildlife Conservation Group, 1974-1975
Correspondence and papers relating to management of Edge,
Wrights property within the Half Moon Wildlife Refuge, 1975-1992
Folder 623 Correspondence and statements relating to the Public Lending
Rights Scheme, 1974-1991
Folder 624 Draft of one of the chapters of Tim
Rowses biography of H.C. Coombs, sent to Wright for comment, 1996
Folder 625 Typescripts of a paper by Wright entitled Recollections of
Nugget Coombs the Public Servant
Folder 626 Copies of three letters
written by H.C. Coombs (1995) about Aboriginal matters and research projects,
together with four articles written by others.
Papers added 6 August 2002
Folder 627 Payment advice slips, mainly from publishers and the
Australia Council, 1976-1992
Folder 628 Royalty statements, 1994-1995
Folder 629 Public Lending Rights Scheme: payment advice statements,
Folder 630 Australia Council Literature Board Fellowship:
Folder 631 Miscellaneous address and contact
Packet 632 Aboriginal Treaty News, issues 1-9, Oct 1980-Oct 1983,
Newsletters of the Aboriginal Treaty Committee, 1980
Investment records, 1973-1989
Folder 636 Income tax papers, 1990-1993
Folder 637 Royalty
statements and payment advice statements from publishers, 1973-1992
638 Letters that Wright considered worth keeping, 1958, 1995-1998.
Correspondents include Barbara Blackman, Bob Brown, Dymphna Clark, Sir William
Deane, Anne Edgeworth, Kathleen McArthur, Henry Reynolds, Vincent Serventy and
Folder 639 Family and personal correspondence, 1988-1996
Folder 640-641 Family and personal correspondence, 1990-1997
Family, personal and some general correspondence, 1992-1997
Folder 643 Personal and some general correspondence, 1995-1998
Folder 644-645 Family and personal correspondence, 1997
Personal correspondence, 1997-1998
Folder 648-650 Family and personal
Folder 651 Faxes out [personal], 1999-2000
Folder 652 Family and
personal correspondence, 2000
Folder 653-656 Correspondence with Meredith
[McKinney] and Stephen, 1992-1996
Folder 657-659 Correspondence with Meredith [McKinney], 1997-1999
Folder 660 Letters from Jack McKinneys family, 1991-1992, 1997
661 Cards from family and friends, 1997-1998
Folder 662-1963 General and
some personal correspondence, 1995-1996
Folder 664 General correspondence, 1996-1997
Folder 665-666 General
correspondence and papers, 1997
Folder 667 General correspondence,
Bibliography of Wrights work
Folder 688 General
correspondence and papers, 1997-1999
Folder 669 General correspondence
together with newspaper cuttings featuring Wright, 1998
Folder 670 Requests
for use of Wrights work, 1997-1999
Folder 671-672 Requests for use of Wrights work, 1998-1999
Folder 673-674 Correspondence with the National Library of Australia,
Folder 675 Miscellaneous newspaper cuttings, 1999-2000
676 Protest letters written by Wright, together with related newspaper
Folder 677 Correspondence with the Australia Council,
Folder 678 Correspondence regarding management of funds in
Perpetual Investments, 1993-1998
Folder 679 Correspondence regarding Wrights health care,
Folder 680-681 Correspondence with the Australian Society of
Folder 682 Correspondence regarding charges for use of
Wrights poems, 1999
Folder 683 Correspondence regarding Women
for Wik and Reconciliation ACT, 1997-1998
Correspondence with Janet Hadley Williams, regarding research, 1999-2000
Folder 685 Correspondence with Margaret Kennedy, Wrights literary agent,
Folder 686 Correspondence with various publishers, 1989, 1997-2000
Folder 687-688 Correspondence and papers regarding Australians for
Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR), 1997-2000
Folder 689 Miscellaneous
papers relating to Aboriginal issues, 1999
Folder 690 Letters from Uganda
seeking Wrights financial support, 1999
Folder 691 Correspondence
regarding use of Wrights property, Edge, by the Australian
National University, 1999
Folder 692 Correspondence with various
environmental groups, 1999
Folder 693 Correspondence and papers relating to
the Australian Greens Party and the Australian Conservation Foundation,
Folder 694 Correspondence and cuttings regarding The nature of love,
Draft of a review by Wright of Kombumerri: Aboriginal people of the
Gold Coast, 1997
Folder 695 Correspondence and brochures regarding
equipment available from the Blind Society, 1997-1998, Brochures about
Folder 696 Correspondence regarding the Oodgeroo Trust and
the ACT Treaty, together with copies of poems by Kevin Gilbert and Alan Watts,
Folder 697 Correspondence regarding Jack McKinneys book
Folder 698 Papers by and about Wright, 1980-1994
699 Copies of book contracts, 1977, 1992-1996
Folder 700 Born of
fire 80th birthday tribute to Wright: program and copies of poems,
Folder 701 Research relating to Half a lifetime
Folder 702-703 Early
drafts of Half a lifetime
Folder 704-708 Edited typescripts of Half a
Folder 709-710 Correspondence with Patricia Clarke regarding Half a
Folder 711 Correspondence with Text Publishing about, and reviews
of, Half a lifetime, 1999
Folder 712 Draft typescript of Tales of a great
Folder 713 Copies of scripts by Kathleen McArthur for the
Caloundra Lunch Hour Theatre, nd
Folder 714 Copies of papers written by
H.C. Coombs, 1992
Folder 715-716 Correspondence and papers mainly relating
to the death of H.C. Coombs. Included is a copy of Wrights
Recollections of Nugget Coombs the Public Servant, 1997-1998
Folder 717 Correspondence and newspaper cuttings regarding ASIOs
alleged interest in Wright, 1996
Folder 718 Photocopies of photographs and
captions for South of my days
Folder 719 Typescripts of stories by Wright:
At the point (published in Overland), My account of Rae
Bass and The granite rocks of New England
Correspondence with ETT Publishing, principally with Tom Thompson,
Folio Box 1
Folio packet 2 Royalty statements from Angus and Robertson, 1984-1992
Folio packet 3 Royalty statements from McGraw-Hill (1989-1992) and Oxford
University Press (1985-1992)
Papers added 2 March 2005
Folder 725 Correspondence between Wright and Jack McKinney, 1945-1946, the majority from Wright in Brisbane to McKinney at their Mt Tamborine home. Also letters from McKinney to editors, 1966, and copies of unsigned letters to Wright and McKinney, 1963-1964
Folder 726 Correspondence between Wright and McKinney, the majority from Wright in Brisbane to McKinney at their Mt Tamborine home, c. 1946-1950
Folder 727 Correspondence between Wright and McKinney, written whilst Wright was in hospital in Brisbane for the birth of their daughter, Meredith, 1950. Also notes and letters, c. 1966
Folder 728 Letters and cards from Wright to Lucy Ellnor (née McKinney), Jack's eldest daughter, 1994-1999
Folder 729 Miscellaneous letters from Wright, including letters to Alf Wesson of Oxford University Press and a letter to Jack's son, Donald McKinney, c. 1958-1984
Folder 730 Letters from Wright to Barbara and Charles Blackman, 1964-1986
Folder 731 Letters from Wright to her brother, Peter Wright, 1965-1979
Folders 732-733 Letters from Wright to her daughter, Meredith McKinney, 1978-1990
Folders 734-737 Correspondence (largely by fax) between Wright and her daughter, Meredith McKinney, 1991-1994
Folders 738-740 Correspondence (largely by fax) between Wright and her daughter, Meredith McKinney, 1994-2000
Folder 741A Correspondence (largely by fax) between Wright and her daughter, Meredith McKinney, 1999-2000. This correspondence has been removed from Folder 741 (Box 104) as it is restricted during the life of Meredith McKinney.
Folders 741-742 Miscellaneous correspondence remaining in Wright's flat at the time of her demise, 1999-2000. Includes: letters, faxes and cards sent for Wright's 85th birthday; papers relating to the gifting of Wright's former property to the Duke of Edinburgh Award; papers from the National Portrait Gallery regarding a gift by Barbara Blackman of a Charles Blackman portrait of the Wright-McKinney family; faxes organising Wright's participation in a 'People's walk for reconciliation' in Canberra shortly before her death, 2000; and business and financial correspondence. Correspondence between Wright and her daughter, Meredith McKinney, that was originally in Folder 741, has been removed and placed in Folder 741A (Box 103) as it is restricted during the life of Meredith McKinney.
Folder 743 A small ring file containing notes taken from correspondence between Wright and Jack McKinney (1944-1947), possibly used in the preparation of Wright's autobiography, Half a lifetime
Folder 744 Chapter 'summaries', probably for a proposed second volume of Wright's autobiography, nd
Folder 745 Research notes relating to Wright's involvement in Aboriginal rights issues, 2000
Folder 746 Drafts and notes for a proposed second volume of Wright's autobiography, nd
Folder 747 Articles and poems by various writers, written for a 'Tribute' publication for Judith Wright (never published), with a letter from Wright outlining her objections to most of them, 1991. The writers are Peter Skrzynecki, Rod Usher, Nancy Cato, Val Vallis, Jeff Guess, Oodgeroo Nunukul, Heather Rusden, Bruce Dawe, Paul Sherman, Rosemary Dobson, Jocelyn Saeed, Stewart Harris, Robin Wallace-Crabbe, Launa Partlett, Kathleen McArthur, Stefanie Bennett, Geoff Page, Finola Moorhead, Paul Knobel, neighbours Greg Baker and Robin Jean, and Ric Throssell.
Papers added 22 April 2005
Folder 748-749 Material for a proposed second volume of Wright's autobiography, given by Wright to Patricia Clarke for editing in 2000
Folder 750 Notes by Wright for her autobiography, Half a lifetime, nd
Compiled May 1996. Last updated September 2007.