MS 9334
Papers of Peter Cochrane (1950- )



Scope and Content Note

  • Papers
  • 1909-97
  • 56 cm (4 boxes)
  • Available for reference

The papers were donated to the Library by Dr Peter Cochrane in October 1997.

The collection includes correspondence, photographs, notes, research material (primarily photocopies) and manuscript drafts relating to the researching and writing of Cochrane’s book Simpson and the donkey: the making of a legend (1992). The research material gathered by Cochrane documents the life and legend of stretcher-bearer John Simpson Kirkpatrick, who died in the Gallipoli campaign of World War I.

Among the correspondents are Ken Inglis, Bill Gammage, Jim Henderson, Humphrey McQueen, John Hirst, John Herouvim, Peter Stanley, Barry York, Alan McLean, Craig Munro, Catherine Snowden, Ian Duffield, Chris Pugsley, Barry York, Ann Richter, Renata Howe and Michael Sharkey.

The original arrangement of the papers has been retained by the Library.

The Library also holds records relating to the periodical Bowyang, which Cochrane co-edited with Humphrey McQueen, at MS 6511.


Biographical Note

1950

Born in Melbourne on 15 April

1974

Graduated BA (Hons), La Trobe University

1978

Graduated PhD, University of Adelaide

1978-79

Research Officer, South Australian Parliamentary Library

1979-80

Tutor in Politics, University of Adelaide

1980

Published Industrialisation and dependence: Australia's road to economic development, 1870-1939

1982-85

Lecturer in History, University of Sydney

1986-96

Senior Lecturer in History, University of Sydney

1992

Published Simpson and the donkey: the making of a legend

1992

Received Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) Award for Non-Fiction

1996

Awarded Harold White Fellowship

1997-

Honorary Associate in History, University of Sydney


Description

The collection includes drafts, notes and research material relating to Cochrane’s book Simpson and the donkey: the making of a legend (1992). The research material (primarily photocopies) comprises copies of or extracts from letters, newspaper cuttings, posters, poetry, writings and publications relating to John Simpson Kirkpatrick, World War I, ANZAC servicemen, and associated stories, legends and memorials.

There is also correspondence between Cochrane and other historians, researchers and writers regarding research for and drafts of the book. The correspondents include Ken Inglis, Bill Gammage, Jim Henderson, Humphrey McQueen, John Hirst, John Herouvim, Peter Stanley, Barry York, Alan McLean, Craig Munro, Catherine Snowden, Ian Duffield, Chris Pugsley, Barry York, Ann Richter, Renata Howe and Michael Sharkey.

Folder

1

Correspondence, 1989-92

2

Papers relating to Chapter 1 ‘To hide the man’, 1910-91

3-4

Papers relating to Chapter 1, specifically to the Reverend Irving Benson and the Simpson legend, 1909-97

5

Miscellaneous papers relating to Chapters 2-5, 1915-18

6

Papers and notes on stretcher-bearers, generally relating to Chapter 4 ‘A saintly bearing’, 1915-88

7

Papers relating to ‘the naming problem’ in Chapter 5 ‘The name of unsung heroes’, 1915-16

8

Papers relating to Chapter 6 ‘All creatures great and small’, 1916-85

9-10

Papers relating to Chapter 7 ‘Photographic mysteries’, 1920-93

11

Papers relating to ‘the 1937 controversy’ in Chapter 7, 1921-90

12

Papers relating to the memorial appeal (1933-36) in Chapter 8 ‘The ritual centre’, 1933-68

13

Papers relating to the sculptor Wallace Anderson and the memorial appeal, 1922-91

14-15

Photographs

16

Papers relating to Chapter 9 ‘Invented anew’, 1918-90

17

The School Paper and other school texts dealing with the legend of Simpson and the donkey, 1916-90

18

Poems relating to the legend of Simpson and the donkey, 1915-34

19

Memorabilia relating to the legend of Simpson and the donkey, including pamphlets, postcards and commemorative items, 1982-91

20

Cartoons relating to the legend of Simpson and the donkey, 1954-64

21-22

Miscellaneous photocopies relating to Simpson and the donkey, 1915-92

23

Miscellaneous photocopies and notes relating to Simpson and the donkey, 1915-91

24

Edited typescript draft


Box List

Box

Folder

1

1-7

2

8-13

3

14-19

4

20-24

Guide prepared March 1999