Papers of Arch Grant (1911 - 1976)
Scope and Content Note
Creator: Arch Grant
Date range: 1917-79
Extent: 75 cm. (2 boxes + 1 folio box)
Reference number: MS 9496
Access: Available for reference
The papers were donated to the Library by the Rev. Arch Grant in
In 1994 the original of Partridges journal was in the possession
of his daughter, Mrs Grace Reid of Victor Harbour, S.A.
Australian Inland Mission (MS 5574)
John Flynn (MS 5639)
Allan Vickers (MS 6234)
George Simpson (MS 812)
The papers mostly relate to Grant's biography of Reverend Kingsley
Foster (Skipper) Partridge, entitled Camel train & aeroplane : the
story of Skipper Partridge. The bulk of the collection comprises
photocopies of Partridges journal Highlights of inland trip
which Grant used in writing the biography. Other paper include a card index,
notes and typescripts of Camel train & aeroplane.
Grant had kept the photocopies of Partridges journal came to the
Library in five volumes of arch lever files. The folios were originally housed
in non-archival plastic bags. To comply with the Library's preservation
guidelines, some of the papers were transferred into archival sleeves.
Archibald Wesley Grant was born in New Zealand on 5 February 1911. He
held various positions with the Australian Inland Mission in the Northern
Territory and New South Wales. He was an A.I.F. chaplain, serving in the
Northern Territory, New Guinea and Borneo, between 1941 and 1946. He was a
Minister at the John Flynn Memorial Church in Alice Springs, 1956-60, and an
executive member of the Australian Council of Churches, 1966-67. He is the
author of four books: Camel train & aeroplane: the story of Skipper
Partridge (1981), Palmerston to Darwin: 75 years service on the
frontier (1990), Australia's frontline matron, Edith McQuade
White (1991) and Aliens in Arnhem Land (1995).
Kingsley Foster (Skipper) Partridge, MBE was born in 1892
and died in 1976. He was an outback Presbyterian minister and a long time
friend and partner of Dr John Flynn, founder of the Australian Inland
Camel train & aeroplane : the story of Skipper Partridge
/ Arch Grant. Rigby, 1981
Summary Box/Folder list
1-2. Chapter A - photocopies of the handwritten journal of
the Rev. Skipper Partridge, pages 1-120 plus 2 pages of notes.
3. Chapter B- photocopies of typed journal Highlights
of inland trip, 1931, pages 1-48
4. Chapter C photocopies of typed journal
Highlights of inland trip, 1932, map, pages 1-35, photocopy of an
article written by Partridge under the pen name Mac Clark in
5. Chapter D photocopies of typed journal
Highlights of inland trip, 1933. Map and pages 1-31.
6. Chapters E-G photocopies of typed journal
Highlights of inland trip, 1934, 1935, 1936.
7. Chapters H-K photocopies of typed journal, 1937,
1938, 1939 plus some pages of handwritten notes.
8. Photocopies of typed journal, 1940, 1941, 1942 plus 4 pages of
9. Photocopies of typed journal, 1943, 1944, 1945.
10. Photocopy of typed journal, 1946 pages 1-20 and 1947 pages 1-40 (p.
11. Typed photocopies and some handwritten original pages, 1948, 1949
12. Handwritten notes relating to Chapters 18, 20-22 of Grants
Camel trains & aeroplanes, notes on Kingsley and Gertrude
Partridge, financial receipts 1979, Clark and Partridge Family trees, 1918
death certificate of Peter Partridge and photocopies of newspaper clippings,
13. Draft of Arch Grants book Camel train &
aeroplane, Book II : 1930-1939, Book III : 1940-1976.
Folio Box 1
14. 3 packets of alphabetical index cards to the journal of Rev.
Kingsley Partridge compiled by Arch Grant for his biography Camel train
15. Old marriage certificates from Darwin, 1946-48.