Guide to the Papers of Stewart Harris

MS 8882

National Library of Australia

Table of Contents

  1. Collection Summary
  2. Introduction
    1. Scope and Contents
    2. Conditions Governing Access
    3. Conditions Governing Use
    4. Preferred Citation
    5. Provenance
    6. Related Materials
    7. Separated Materials
  3. Biographical Note
  4. Item Descriptions
    1. Series 1. Diaries, Address books, 1943-91
    2. Series 2. Personal and Family Papers and Correspondence, 1916-84
    3. Series 3. General Correspondence and Papers, 1944-94
    4. Series 4. London School of Journalism, 1945-46
    5. Series 5. Working Holiday in Rural Australia, 1947-48
    6. Series 6. Early Journalistic Writings, England, 1949-51
    7. Series 7. Early Journalistic Writings, Australia, 1951-56
    8. Series 8. Foreign Correspondent, The Times, in Australia, 1955-73
    9. Series 9. Special Foreign Correspondent, The Times: Vietnam, 1967-68; Egypt, 1967; Southeast Asia, 1968-74
    10. Series 10. Springbok Tour of Australia, 1971
    11. Series 11. This Our Land (1972)
    12. Series 12. Senior Research Fellow, ANU, 1973-77
    13. Series 13. Northern Land Council, 1977-78
    14. Series 14. Aboriginal Treaty Committee and It's Coming Yet, 1978-93
    15. Series 15. General Correspondence and Publications Relating to Aboriginal Issues, 1946-93
    16. Series 16. Foreign Affairs Research Specialist, Parliamentary Library, 1978-80
    17. Series 17. Senior Editorial Writer, The Canberra Times, 1980-84
    18. Series 18. Freelance Journalism, 1984-93
    19. Series 19. Influential Persons Delegation, China, 1984
    20. Series 20. Palestinian Dispute
    21. Series 21. Australian Council for Overseas AID, 1987-88
    22. Series 22. Braidwood Properties, 1963-93
    23. Series 23. Unpublished Children's Book All Alone at Half Moon, 1969-86
    24. Series 24. Photographs
    25. Series 25. Papers Relating to Madan and Dorothy Nagrath
  5. Online Items
  6. Related Documentation

Collection Summary

Papers of Stewart Harris
Date Range
Collection Number
MS 8882
7.75 metres (42 boxes, 3 folio boxes, 1 carton)
Language of Materials
National Library of Australia


Scope and Contents

The collection contains a large sequence of correspondence and clippings relating to his work for The Times as well as articles and letters concerning contributions made to other newspapers and journals in Australia and Britain.

The remaining portion of the collection has a wide subject range, reflecting the diverse nature of Harris' interests, and includes papers on the topics of Northern Australian development, the 1971 Springbok tour of Australia and Australian recognition of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. In addition, a large body of papers document Harris' involvement in the Aboriginal rights movement, in his various roles as author, academic, member of the Aboriginal Treaty Committee and as public relations officer for the Northern Land Council.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (

Conditions Governing Use

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Stewart Harris, National Library of Australia, MS 8882, [box number and series and/or file number]'.


In December 1994 the National Library of Australia purchased the papers of Stewart Harris, for more than twenty years Foreign Correspondent in Australia for The Times newspaper.

Lectures, conference proceedings and other speeches recorded by Harris relating to the Aboriginal rights movement are stored in the National Library's Oral History Collection. Also preserved in the Oral History Collection are a number of interviews and other recordings conducted by Harris in his capacity as a journalist and contract interviewer.

Separated Materials

Audio Tapes (transferred to Oral History Collection, March 1996)

General interviews, broadcasts: Tapes

11 BASF tapes in grey plastic containers - content unknown - numbered 30,32,34,35,37,38,39,40,41,42 and one unnumbered

2 BASF reels entitled 'ABC news & political meeting' - date unknown

1 BASF reel in Red Seal container entitled 'This Our Land'

1 Kodak reel in Red Seal container comprising ABC news, stockmarket reports, 'PM' radio program and parliamentary recordings

1 Sony reel in white box containing ABC interview with Stewart Harris after court judgment on his arrest during South African Springbok rugby tour, 1971

1 reel in Scotch box containing TDT (This Day Tonight) recording - no date

1 reel in white box containing recording of National Aboriginal Consultative Committee member Bruce McGuinness speaking on self determination and reply by Jim Cavanagh, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

2 reels in RCA boxes containing recording of solo round the world yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester speaking in Sydney

General interviews, broadcasts: Cassettes

1 Sony cassette containing recording of speech by Stewart Harris on Aboriginal rights, ANU Convocation Luncheon, 17 May 1978

7 cassettes - numbered 'Tape 32', 'Tape 33', 'Tape 33 & 34', 'Tape 34, 35', 'Tape 35 & 36', 'Tape 36' and one unnumbered

4 cassettes in plastic bag - two entitled 'This Our Land'

Aboriginal Leaders Speaking at the Australian National University, 1974

A series of lectures convened by Stewart Harris and attended by government ministers, diplomats, senior public servants and academics.

1 tape reel in Ampex cover containing lectures by Wandjuk Marika and Jim Lester, 12.7.74 + transcript

1 tape reel in Sony cover containing lectures by Gary Foley and Harry Penrith, 2.4.74 + transcript

2 tape reels in Sony covers containing lecture by Charles Perkins, 7.3.74 + transcript

2 tape reels in Sony covers containing lectures by Gordon Briscoe and Shirley Smith, 26.3.74 + transcript

Aboriginal Cape York Land Council Conference, 26-28 April 1994

1 cassette containing record of meeting between Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and traditional owners to discuss joint management of the reef + transcript

Biographical Note

Date Event
1922 Born Woking, Surrey
1944-46 Served as a seaman in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve and later as a lieutenant, Air Intelligence
1945-46 Correspondence student of the London School of Journalism
1947 Graduated with a Masters Degree in history from Cambridge University
1947-48 Working holiday as a labourer in rural Australia
1948-49 Gained employment as a broker at Lloyds of London and also as a freelance writer
1949 Journalist writing for the Yorkshire Post
1950-51 Employed by The Times, London as a subeditor, special correspondent and leader writer
1951-1953 Employed by The Herald newspaper group in Brisbane and Sydney
1953-54 Overland journey through Asian subcontinent to London
1955 Returned to Australia as assistant to The Times staff correspondent in Melbourne, and marriage later in the same year to Mary Orr Deas in London
1957-1973 Served as The Times correspondent in Australia and became a naturalized Australian and resident of Canberra
1967 The Times special foreign correspondent in Egypt during six day war
1967-68 The Times special foreign correspondent, Vietnam
1968 First foreign correspondent permitted entry into Irian Jaya
1971 Publication of Political Football
1972 Publication of This Our Land
1973-77 Senior Research Fellow, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, Canberra
1977-78 Public relations adviser for the Northern Land Council
1978-80 Foreign affairs research specialist, Parliamentary Library, Canberra
1978-83 Member of the Aboriginal Treaty Committee
1979 Publication of It's Coming Yet
1980-84 Senior editorial writer, The Canberra Times
1984 Member of the Influential Persons Delegation to China and, with his wife, retired to Braidwood, N.S.W.
1984-93 Freelance journalist
1987-88 Information Officer for the Australian Council for Overseas Aid
1994 Died at Braidwood, N.S.W.

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Diaries, Address books, 1943-91

Through his journalistic career, both in Australia and Britain, Harris kept a sequence of small diaries in which he recorded appointments, names and addresses and short notes.

Diaries kept while a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University in 1973-76 can be found in Series 12.

File 1. Item 1, 1943; Item 2, ca. 1944 - Box 1

File 2. Item 3, 1948; Item 4, 1949; Item 5, 1951; Item 6-7, 1952; Item 8, 1953; Item 9, 1954; Item 10, 1955; Item 11, 1957 - Box 1

File 3. Item 12, 1962; Item 13, 1963; Item 14, 1964; Item 15, 1966; Item 16-17, 1967; Item 18, 1968; Item 19, 1969; Item 20, 1970; Item 21, 1971 - Box 1

File 4. Item 22, 1972; Item 23-24, 1973; Item 25, 1974; Item 26, 1975; Item 27, 1976; Item 28, 1977; Item 29, 1978; Item 30, 1979; Item 31, 1980 - Box 1

File 5. Item 32, 1981; Item 33, 1982; Item 34, 1983; Item 35, 1984; Item 36, 1985; Item 37, 1986; Item 38, 1987; Item 39, 1988; Item 40, 1989; Item 41, 1990; Item 42, 1991; Item 43, Address book, ca. 1940s; Item 44-45, Address books, ca. 1970 - Box 1

Series 2. Personal and Family Papers and Correspondence, 1916-84

In addition to the photographs filed here, photographs documenting the early part of Harris' life, friendships, university days and military service are filed in Series 24.

File 1. Birth and marriage certificates, including those of Harris' parents; Harris family tree and other genealogical notes; papers relating to Grant Harris (Stewart Harris' brother who was killed in World War II) - Box 2

File 2. Personal and family photographs - Box 2

File 3. Passports and official identification cards of Stewart Harris - Box 2

File 4. Photographs and concert programme from schooldays at Marlborough College - Box 2

File 5. Cambridge University photographs, degrees and essays - Box 2

File 6. Documents, correspondence, photographs relating to naval and air training - Box 2

File 7. Album containing photographs and results of golfing competitions whilst a schoolboy and at Cambridge, and photographs of his war training and service - Box 2

File 8. Press clippings about Stewart Harris - Box 2

File 9. Scrapbook containing newspaper articles about Stewart Harris - Box 2

File 10. Letters to Kate Harris (Stewart Harris' mother), 1916-1956 - Box 3

File 11. Letters, cables from Kate Harris to Stewart Harris, 1951-53 - Box 3

File 12. Letters and miscellaneous papers of Mary Harris (Stewart Harris' wife), 1954-1976 - Box 3

File 13. Undated letters from Mary Harris - Box 3

File 14. Letters from children at boarding school, 1968-June 1969 - Box 3

File 15. Letters from children at boarding school, July 1969-1971 - Box 3

File 16. Letters from children at boarding school, 1972-74 - Box 3

File 17. Letters to children whilst in Europe on holiday with wife, 1980; miscellaneous family letters - Box 4

File 18. Harris children school reports - Box 4

File 19-20. Papers relating to 15 Dampier Crescent, Forrest, A.C.T. property - Box 4

File 21. Papers relating to 25 Mugga Way, Red Hill, A.C.T. property - Box 4

File 22. Architectural plans and drawings of Mugga Way property - Folio-Box 1

Series 3. General Correspondence and Papers, 1944-94

During his lifetime Harris was a frequent letter writer. Correspondents represented in this Series include friends and associates such as Conant Broadribb, Rupert Clarke and Sir Keith Murdoch. Also filed in this sequence is a letter of introduction written on behalf of Stewart Harris to Sir Dallas Brooks from Robert Giles.

File 1. Letters to Harris, 1944-52 - Box 4

File 2. Letters to Harris, 1953-59 - Box 4

File 3. Undated early correspondence - Box 5

File 4. Correspondence regarding retirement pensions - Box 5

File 5. Correspondence concerning Mr Sekander Hayat, an illegal immigrant to Australia, 1989 - Box 5

File 6. Letters to Harris, 1993-94 - Box 5

File 7. Miscellaneous articles and journals collected by Harris - Box 5

Series 4. London School of Journalism, 1945-46

Shortly after World War II Harris enrolled in correspondence classes run by the London School of Journalism. In this Series are his completed written exercises together with comments made by teachers.

File 1. Writing exercises and assessments - Box 5

Series 5. Working Holiday in Rural Australia, 1947-48

Between July 1947 and February 1948, Harris made a solo trip through outback Australia, during which time he kept notes in diary form of his impressions and activities. He worked in various jobs including as a cook on a mustering camp at Banka, N.T., as a station hand at Dalmally, Qld, as a labourer in a Mackay sugar mill and drove tractors and assisted as a harvest hand on a wheat farm at Watchupgai in the Mallee district of Victoria.

A short sequence of articles and correspondence relating to his Australian experiences, principally written on return to England, is contained in Series 6. Other photographs documenting Harris' travels in Australia are filed in Series 24.

File 1. Four notebooks and photographs, including portrait of Harris as a stockman - Box 5

File 2. Notes relating to properties visited in Northern Australia - Box 5

Series 6. Early Journalistic Writings, England, 1949-51

On his return to England Harris commenced work as a broker at Lloyds of London. At the same time he began broadcasting and writing about Australia, particularly on the topic of northern development, using research notes he had collected whilst in the country. After leaving Lloyds he gained employment as a freelance reporter, writing for various papers, including The Express, The Listener, The Observer, Sport & Country magazine, Overseas, a journal of the Over-Seas League, as well as recording talks for the BBC 'Topic For Tonight' segment. In 1949 he took up a position as a Fleet Street journalist on the Yorkshire Post and visited Germany as special correspondent to report on the postwar economy. In the next year he was employed for a short period by The Times as subeditor in the Special Supplements Department.

Photographs taken by Harris documenting German postwar reconstruction are filed in Series 24.

File 1. Correspondence, 1947-50 - Box 6

File 2. Undated correspondence; letters about Northern Australian development - Box 6

File 3. Typescript manuscripts of articles written as a freelance reporter, including speech drafted for Lord Bruce, March 1949 regarding British meat supplies - Box 6

File 4. Typescript manuscripts about Australia - Box 6

File 5. Background notes used in Australian articles, including: statistics relating to British meat position pre and post World War II; photographs of the construction of the Lawson Syphon, Edward River Region, N.S.W. to accompany immigration articles; Northern Territory regulations under the Crown Lands Ordinance, 1931-39 - Box 6

File 6. Reports of Royal Commissions concerning: Northern Territory development, 1934; extension of the Great Northern Railway to Camooweal, 1936; Queensland abattoirs and meatworks, 1945 - Box 6

File 7. Background papers and publications relating to land settlement and the cattle industry in Northern Australia - Box 6

File 8. Clippings of published freelance articles, ca. 1948-49 - Box 6

File 9. Articles published in Overseas and Sport Country, 1948-49 - Box 7

File 10. Transcripts of broadcasts made for BBC 'Topic For Tonight' segment, 1948-51 - Box 7

File 11. The Yorkshire Post clippings, 1949-50 - Box 7

Series 7. Early Journalistic Writings, Australia, 1951-56

In 1951 Harris was invited by Sir Keith Murdoch to come to Australia to write editorials and feature articles for The Herald group of newspapers. He reported on events in the United States for two months on the way to Sydney, before becoming leader writer for The Courier Mail where he wrote on the introduction of Santa Gertrudis cattle to Australia. He corresponded with Robert Kleberg, the developer of the breed and reported on his property, King Ranch, in Texas. After eighteen months Harris transferred to work as a special writer for the Sydney Morning Herald touring the Australian continent. During this period Harris also continued to contribute occasional pieces to The Times in London.

Before his return to England in 1953, Harris acted for one term as a resident master at Cranbrook School in Sydney. The last leg of his journey was completed overland from Colombo to Teheran, via Ceylon, India, Kashmir, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran, including the militarised Caspian Sea zone about which Harris wrote for The Age in 1956.

Additional photographs depicting Santa Gertrudis cattle at both King Ranch, Texas and King Ranch, Queensland are filed in Series 24.

File 1. Correspondence with publishers, 1951-54 - Box 7

File 2. Press clippings, 1951-56 from Sunday Mail, Courier Mail, The Telegraph, The Age, The Advertiser - Box 7

File 3. Leaders for the Courier-Mail and Sunday Mail, 1952 - Box 7

File 4. Letters and documentation relating to Associated Stations Proprietary Ltd, Australian home of Santa Gertrudis cattle - Box 7

File 5. Correspondence with Robert Kleberg and notes relating to the first auction sale of Santa Gertrudis cattle in Australia - Box 8

File 6. Articles and notes relating to King Ranch and Santa Gertrudis cattle - Box 8

File 7. Notes made by Stewart Harris during visits to farming districts in N.S.W - Box 8

File 8. Sydney Morning Herald clippings, 1953 and photographs of sawmilling operations Byron Bay and Port Macquarie regions, N.S.W - Box 8

File 9. The Cranbrookian, v. 34, no.2, December 1953 - Box 8

File 10-11. Writings and photographs relating to Ceylon-England trip, 1953 - Box 8

Series 8. Foreign Correspondent, The Times, in Australia, 1955-73

In 1955 Harris rejoined The Times as an assistant to its Australian staff correspondent in Melbourne, Roy Curthoys, succeeding the latter when he retired in the following year. During this period Harris maintained an ongoing correspondence with his editors in London, including frequent depatches, cables, and contributions to the paper's Obituary Department, for which he continued to write pieces after his retirement. In June 1956 Harris was part of the press contingent that observed a British nuclear test at Maralinga.

Correspondence in this series is principally with representatives of The Times, and includes long sequences exhanged with Foreign News Editor John Buist, his successor Jerome Caminada, and Obituary Department Editor Colin Watson. Amongst the smaller body of unofficial correspondence is a 1966 letter from Arthur Calwell in which he briefly reflects upon his political convictions.

Correspondence and cables relating to articles submitted to The Times whilst Harris worked for the Herald group in Australia in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and notes produced when employed for The Times as sub-editor in the Special Supplements Department for a short period in November 1950 are filed in Series 6 and 7. Despatches, photographs and notes pertaining to his assignments as The Times special foreign correspondent in Vietnam, Egypt and Southeast Asia are filed in Series 9.

File 1. Documents regarding Harris' employment with The Times - Box 8

File 2. Correspondence and cables, 1954-55 - Box 8

File 3. Correspondence and cables, 1956-57 - Box 9

File 4. Correspondence and cables, 1958 - Box 9

File 5. Correspondence and cables, 1959 - Box 9

File 6. Correspondence and cables, 1960 - Box 9

File 7. Correspondence and cables, 1961 - Box 9

File 8. Correspondence and cables, 1962 - Box 9

File 9. Correspondence and cables, 1963; The 1963 A.N. Smith Memorial Lecture in Journalism delivered by Stewart Harris entitled Independent Editors : Are They Really Necessary? - Box 10

File 10. Correspondence and cables, 1964 - Box 10

File 11. Correspondence and cables, 1965 - Folio-Box 11

File 12. Correspondence and cables, 1966 - Box 10

File 13. Correspondence and cables, Jan.-Mar., 1967 - Box 10

File 14. Correspondence and cables, Apr.-Dec., 1967 - Box 10

File 15. Correspondence and cables, 1968 - Box 10

File 16. Correspondence and cables, 1969 - Box 11

File 17. Correspondence and cables, 1970 - Box 11

File 18. Correspondence and cables, 1971-72 - Box 11

File 19. Correspondence and cables, 1973-74 - Box 11

File 20. Correspondence pertaining to Harris' retirement from The Times, 1973 - Box 11

File 21. Clippings, 1948-51 - Box 11

File 22. Contributions to Festival Of Britain Supplement, 1951 - Box 11

File 23. Clippings, 1952-55 - Box 12

File 24. Scrapbook of clippings, 1955-56 - Folio-Box 1

File 25. Scrapbook of clippings, 1956-63 - Folio-Box 2

File 26. Scrapbook of clippings, 1963-73 - Folio-Box 3

File 27. Clippings, 1964-74 - Box 12

File 28. Undated clippings - Box 12

File 29. Government press releases, official press information folder and manuscript of Harris' cable to The Times about the Maralinga atomic test, 1956 - Box 12

File 30-31. Contributions to supplements on Australia, 1964-74, including pieces published in the Washington Post and Illustrated London News - Box 12

File 32-33. Draft obituaries of prominent Australians, 1983-91 - Box 13

File 34. The Times special surveys: The Office Equipment Industry in Britain, 1950; Come to Britain, 1951; British Industries Fair, 1951; British Motor Car Industry, 1952 - Box 13

File 35. The Times House Journal, 1951, 1955, 1966-67; Times News, 1967, 1972-74; miscellaneous publications about The Times and British publishing - Box 13

File 36. The Times Australian Bicentenary Commemorative Issue, 1988 - Folio-Box 1

Series 9. Special Foreign Correspondent, The Times: Vietnam, 1967-68; Egypt, 1967; Southeast Asia, 1968-74

Whilst employed with The Times, Harris was engaged on a number of occasions to act as a special correspondent to report on regional events. He was assigned the post of the paper's special war correspondent in Vietnam between 1967 and 1968 and reported from Egypt during the six day war in 1967. As special correspondent in Southeast Asia, he provided coverage from Thailand and New Zealand and from Indonesia in 1968, 1973-74. In 1968 Harris was the first foreign journalist allowed into Irian Jaya.

File 1. Vietnam: Notebook, despatches, press pass, clippings, including articles also contributed to The Canberra Times - Box 13

File 2. Vietnam: Photographs - Box 13

File 3. Vietnam: Maps - Box 13

File 4. Egypt: Notebook, despatches, photographs - Box 14

File 5. Southeast Asia: Clippings, map, notes concerning Indonesia - Box 14

File 6. Southeast Asia: Photographs, maps, small amount of correspondence relating to Irian Jaya - Box 14

Series 10. Springbok Tour of Australia, 1971

In 1971 the South African Springbok rugby union team toured Australia, provoking anti-apartheid demonstrations and clashes throughout the country. Harris was arrested whilst reporting for The Times at a demonstration at Norwood Oval in Adelaide, but was subsequently acquitted on the two charges of resisting police and of resisting arrest. He later published Political Football, an analysis of the tour, including a description of an alleged assault against Brian Tovey, a demonstrator at a Springbok's match in Toowoomba's Gold Park.

An ABC interview with Harris, recorded after the court judgment on his arrest, is preserved in the Oral History Collection.

File 1. Correspondence regarding Springbok tour - Box 14

File 2. Papers concerning arrest of Harris and subsequent court case - Box 14

File 3. Cables to The Times - Box 14

File 4-7. Newspaper clippings about the tour - Box 14, 15

File 8. Anti-tour circulars, brochures, notes - Box 15

File 9. Correspondence and articles relating to Political Football and Tovey vs Davey case - Box 15

File 10. Draft notes and typescript manuscript material regarding Political Football - Box 15

File 11-13. Typescript drafts of Political Football - Box 15, 16

Series 11. This Our Land (1972)

In 1972 ANU Press published Harris' second book, a commentary on contemporary Aboriginal affairs entitled This Our Land. The same year had seen the beginnings of widespread Aboriginal activism in Australia which Harris documented in the text.

File 1. Correspondence relating to This Our Land, 1972-78 - Box 16

File 2. Typescript of This Our Land - Box 16

File 3. Cables to The Times, notes, extracts from Hansard used in preparation of This Our Land - Box 16

File 4. Press clippings used as background material for This Our Land - Box 16

File 5-8. Published and unpublished papers used in preparation of This Our Land - Box 16, 17

File 9-10. Extracts from journals used in preparation of This Our Land - Box 17

File 11. Press releases and publications used in preparation of This OurLand - Box 17

File 12. Publicity posters for This Our Land - Box 17

File 13. Reviews of This Our Land - Box 17

Series 12. Senior Research Fellow, ANU, 1973-77

In 1973 Harris was appointed as a research fellow specialising in Aboriginal affairs at the Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, Canberra. During his tenure he kept a sequence of detailed diaries and travelled widely in Northern and Central Australia. A manuscript by Harris entitled One People, a narrative of Aboriginal society and activism in Australia, which partly drew on experiences encountered during his tenure, was unable to find a publisher.

The correspondence in this series includes letters from Bill Day, Ian Viner, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (1975-78) and other ANU academics.

Tape and cassette recordings of talks given by Aboriginal leaders at a series of seminars organised by Harris in 1974 are held in the National Library's Oral History Collection.

File 1-7. Diaries, 1973-76 - Box 18, 19

File 8-14. Diaries recording trip to Northern Australia, ca. 1974 - Box 19, 20

File 15. Correspondence, 1972-73 - Box 20

File 16. Correspondence and notes for Charles Perkins Seminar, Australian National University, 7 March 1974 - Box 20

File 17. Correspondence, 1974-75, including notes on tapes and transcripts of seminars given by Aboriginal leaders at the ANU in 1974. Speakers recorded were: Charles Perkins, Shirley Smith, Gordon Briscoe, Gary Foley, Harry Penrith, Jim Lester, Wandjuk Marika - Box 20

File 18. Correspondence, Jan.-July 1976 - Box 20

File 19. Correspondence, Aug. 1976-May 1977 - Box 20

File 20. Correspondence, June 1977-Nov. 1978 - Box 21

File 21. Correspondence with Chatto, Bodley Head Jonathan Cape publishers; address books; typescript of One People - Box 21

File 22. Typescripts of One People - Box 22

File 23-24. Papers, articles written and collected whilst at ANU - Box 23

File 25. Miscellaneous notes and information collected during tenure - Box 23

File 26. Bunji, 1973-79 - Box 23

Series 13. Northern Land Council, 1977-78

Harris gained employment as a public relations adviser for the Northern Land Council for three months in late 1977 and early 1978 where his duties including speechwriting and preparation of articles on land rights issues.

File 1. Correspondence and notes, 1977-78 - Box 23

File 2. Photographs of Northern Land Council members, 1977 and of Chairman, Galarrwuy Yunupingu; list of consultants to the Northern Land Council; notes made by Stewart Harris on a visit to Peppimenarti, N.T. and draft of article written for The Bulletin; minutes of Land Council meeting, November 16-17, 1977? - Box 23

File 3-5. Published and unpublished papers collected whilst working for the Northern Land Council - Box 23, 24

File 6. Newspaper clippings and journal extracts collected whilst working for the Northern Land Council - Box 24

File 7. The Bulletin, Dec. 1977, Sept. 1978 - Box 24

File 8. Land Rights News, July 1977-July 1978 - Box 24

Series 14. Aboriginal Treaty Committee and It's Coming Yet, 1978-93

Harris was an early supporter of the Makarrata, or Aboriginal treaty, and an original member of the Aboriginal Treaty Committee. His neighbour, the poet Judith Wright, was also a member. In 1979 the Committee published a monograph by Harris on the treaty movement, entitled It's Coming Yet.

File 1. Correspondence and notes, 1978-1991, including letters from Malcolm Fraser and Gough Whitlam - Box 24

File 2. Notes and correspondence exchanged with Judith Wright, 1980-1993; minutes of meeting of Central Land Council, June 1988 - Box 24

File 3. Agendas and minutes of Aboriginal Treaty Committee meetings, March 1979?-June 1980 - Box 24

File 4. Agendas and minutes of Aboriginal Treaty Committee meetings, July 1980-April 1983 - Box 24

File 5-7. Published and unpublished papers relating to the Aboriginal treaty - Box 25

File 8-9. Press clippings relating to the Aboriginal treaty - Box 25

File 10. Brochures, publicity material relating to the Aboriginal treaty movement - Box 25

File 11. Treaty News, v. 1, no. 1, 1981; Aboriginal Treaty Committee Newsletter, May-Oct. 1980 - Box 25

File 12. Miscellaneous journal issues, including: National AboriginalConference Newsletter, Nov. 1980-June 1981; Bunji, May 1981-Nov.1983 - Box 25

File 13. Miscellaneous journal issues, including: Identity, Oct. 1980-Jan. 1981 - Box 26

File 14. Aboriginal Treaty News, 1981-83 - Box 26

File 15. Senate Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs. Reference : Legal Feasibility of Makarrata (Official Hansard Report), 22 June 1982; The Impact of Environment and Lifestyle on Human Health, 1977 - Box 26

File 16. Correspondence and reviews relating to It's Coming Yet - Box 26

File 17. Typescripts of It's Coming Yet - Box 26

File 18-19. Photographs and slides used in It's Coming Yet - Box 27

File 20. Publicity poster for It's Coming Yet - Box 27

Series 15. General Correspondence and Publications Relating to Aboriginal Issues, 1946-93

Outside his formal appointments to Aboriginal research positions, Harris maintained an active interest in indigineous affairs for over twenty years. He developed a correspondence with activists, including Kevin Gilbert and Bobbie Sykes, and amassed a large body of publications on the subject. Amongst his endeavours, he gave support in the early 1970s to Mrs Estelle Bertossi in her campaign for the release of her stepbrother, Richard Martin, an Australian Aborigine who had received a life sentence for murder following a street brawl in Brisbane in 1959.

A cassette recording and transcript of the proceedings of the Aboriginal Cape York Land Council Conference, 16-28 April, 1994 are housed in the Oral History Collection.

File 1. General correspondence, 1979-1993 including letters to the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW) and Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Chairman of the Northern Land Council - Box 27

File 2. Correspondence with Kevin Gilbert and Bobbi Sykes, 1973-74 - Box 27

File 3. Correspondence, notes, press clippings, 1973-74 concerning article by Harris about H.C. Coombs and his interest in Aboriginal issues, published in Reader's Digest, September 1974 together with a copy of the article - Box 27

File 4. Correspondence and press clippings relating to the Richard Martin case, 1973-77 - Box 27

File 5. Manuscript of Brother Jim by Jack Gallaway and associated correspondence - Box 28

File 6. Correspondence, notes and reviews relating to Bunji by Bill Day - Box 28

File 7. Typescript of Bunji by Bill Day - Box 28

File 8. Proceedings of FAIRA Aboriginal Corporation's 1994 Indigenous Rights Conference, Brisbane and private report on meeting outcomes by Judith Wright - Box 28

File 9. Photographs, including: demonstrations at Aboriginal Embassy, Canberra 1972, 1977, 1982; portraits of National Aboriginal Council members Roy Nichols, Pastor Ossie Cruse, Patrick Malone, EviaGeia, 1981 - Box 28

File 10. Miscellaneous press releases issued by Canberra Aboriginal Mission, Organisation For Aboriginal Unity, National Aboriginal Conference and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, 1974, 1985-86 - Box 28

File 11-18. Press clippings concerning Aboriginal rights issues, ca. 1975-88 - Box 29

File 19. Newspaper clippings on Aboriginal rights issues - Box 30

File 20-24. Published and unpublished papers and articles relating to the Aboriginal rights movement, including an open letter to ALP Caucus members prepared by the Northern Central and Tiwi Land Councils, March 1985 - Box 30

File 25-28. Land Rights News, 1977-79, 1982, 1985, 1987-89 - Box 30, 31

File 29. Miscellaneous issues of journals, including: Black News, Sept. 1973;Land Rights Alert, April 1985; The Yirrkalian, ca. 1974; Aboriginal Medical Service Newsletter, Sept.-Oct. 1980; Kimberley Land Council Newsletter, Aug. 1979, April 1980, Sept. 1986; NQMessagestick, Sept. 1980; Bunji, June 1980, 1982 - Box 31

File 30. Miscellaneous issues of journals, including: Aboriginal Newsletter, 1985-86; Identity, Winter 1981; Chain Reaction, Aug.-Sept. 1980; Central Australian Land Rights News, May 1980 - Box 31

File 31. Miscellaneous issues of journals, including: ALP Lobby, Jan.-Feb. 1979; Time and Energy, June 1978; Aboriginal Law Bulletin, 1985-85; Messagestick, 1986; Australian Society, March 1988, Jan.-Feb. 1991; Australian Aboriginal Studies, 1984 - Box 31

File 32. Miscellaneous issues of journals, including Monthly Bulletin of theQueensland Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Islanders, Sept. 1973; Amnesty International Queensland Section Newsletter, Sept. 1973; Aboriginal Human Relations Newsletter, May1974; Aboriginal and IslanderIdentity, July 1977 and nos 3, 6,7, 9, 1978; C.A.R.E. Canberra Monthly Newsletter, Aug. 1977 - Box 31

File 33-34. Brochures, pamphlets relating to the Aboriginal rights movement and Aboriginal issues - Box 31, 32

File 35. Poster produced in support of the Noonkanbah campaign - Box 32

File 36. Publications: Aboriginal Land Rights Commission : Second Report, April 1974 - Box 32

File 37. Publications: Aboriginal Past : Australia's Future, 1984 - Box 32

File 38. Publications: Australian Aboriginal Culture, 1973 - Box 32

File 39. Publications: Aborigines of Australia, 1970 - Box 32

File 40. Publications: Borroloola Land Claim : Report to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and to the Minister for the Northern Territory, 1978 - Box 32

File 41. Publications: Economic Development of Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory, 1980 - Box 32

File 42. Publications: [Extracts from the Queensland Government Gazette regarding the Aboriginals Preservation Acts, 1939-46], 1956-61 - Box 32

File 43. Publications: Far Western Region New South Wales, 1974 - Box 32

File 44. Publications: Four Stories About Aboriginal Australians in Queensland, 1973 - Box 32

File 45. Publications: The Future of the Australian Aboriginal, 1972 - Box 32

File 46. Publications: Government Expenditure on Aboriginal Programs, 1985-86 - Box 33

File 47. Publications: Land claim by Alyawarra and Kaititja, 1979 - Box 33

File 48. Publications: The Land, the People : a Submission by the Aboriginal Development Commission to the Western Australia Aboriginal Land Inquiry, 1983 - Box 33

File 49. Publications: Listen to the Aborigines, 1973 - Box 33

File 50. Publications: The Mission and Peppimenarti : an Economic Study of Two Daly River Aboriginal Communities, 1985 - Box 33

File 51. Publications: National Trachoma Eye Health Program of the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists, 1980 - Box 33

File 52. Publications: The North-West of Western Australia, 1959 - Box 33

File 53. Publications: Northern Territory of Australia. Ordinance to Provide for the Training and Employment of Wards, 1953 - Box 33

File 54. Publications: Official Hansard Report of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs (Reference: Aboriginal Health),26 September1978 - Box 33

File 55. Publications: A People's History of Portland and District. Section 1: TheAborigines, 1975 - Box 33

File 56. Publications: The Port Keats Story, 1973 - Box 33

File 57. Publications: Progress Towards Assimilation : Aboriginal Welfare in the Northern Territory, 1960 - Box 33

File 58. Publications: Proposal for Amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act to Cover Incitement to Racial Hatred and Racial Defamation, 1984 - Box 33

File 59. Publications: Queensland. The Aboriginals Preservation and Protection Acts, 1939-46 - Box 33

File 60. Publications: The Queensland Aborigines Act and Regulations, 1971 - Box 33

File 61. Publications: The Queensland Acts : Australia's Apartheid Laws?, 1979 - Box 33

File 62. Publications: Ranger Uranium Project Agreement Under Section 44 of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act, 1976 Between the Commonwealthof Australia and the Northern Land Council - Box 33

File 63. Publications: The Story of Tasmanian Aboriginals, 1970 - Box 33

File 64. Publications: Submission by Northern Land Council to the Aboriginal Land Commissioner on the Borrolooola Region Land Claim, Sept. 1977 - Box 33

File 65. Publications: Submission by Northern Land Council to the Joint Select Committeeon Aboriginal Land Rights in the Northern Territory, Part 1, 1977 - Box 33

File 66. Publications: Taxation of Mining Industry Profits, 1977 - Box 33

Series 16. Foreign Affairs Research Specialist, Parliamentary Library, 1978-80

In 1978 Harris was appointed as a researcher in the Parliamentary Library, but resigned in March 1980 over a dispute with the Parliamentary Librarian, Harold Weir. The grievance was raised in Parliament and Harris subsequently sued Weir for defamation. Documented in this series are correspondence, clippings and extracts from Hansard relating to the dispute.

File 1. Correspondence; memoranda by Harris to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and President of the Senate - Box 33

File 2. Address book - Box 33

File 3. Background briefing paper prepared by Harris on Afghanistan - Box 34

File 4. Background briefing papers prepared by Harris on human rights in Australia, racial conflict and discrimination in South Africa and Australia, and the Lebanese conflict - Box 34

File 5. Daily Hansard, House of Representatives and Senate, 15 April 1980; Daily Hansard, Senate, 23 April 1980 - Box 34

File 6. Press cuttings; background information - Box 34

Series 17. Senior Editorial Writer, The Canberra Times, 1980-84

Between 1980 and 1984 Harris was employed by The Canberra Times as a leader and feature writer. A number of his articles written in support of the Builders' Labourers' Federation were published as a collection in 1982.

File 1. Correspondence and clippings; The BLF : a personal view, 1982 - Box 34

File 2-3. Clippings - Box 34

Series 18. Freelance Journalism, 1984-93

Following his retirement as a reporter, Harris continued to write articles on a freelance basis and gained employment on contract as an interviewer for the National Library of Australia's oral history program. In addition, in the late 1980s, Harris undertook contract work for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), preparing articles for Australian and international journals and papers on issues of importance to the Centre, including answering international criticism against eucalyptus plantings. In this period he pursued a number of other interests including involvement in the peace movement.

Other papers relating to the discovery of Eucalyptus recurva on Half Moon Farm are filed in Series 23.

File 1. Correspondence, 1986-92 - Box 35

File 2. Correspondence, 1993-94 - Box 35

File 3. Correspondence, 1992-94 and 1974 article about Francis James, Australian journalist and prisoner of the Chinese - Box 35

File 4. Typescripts - Box 35

File 5. Newspaper clippings - Box 35

File 6. Journal articles, including pieces for the ANU Reporter, 1985 and Australian Society, 1989-90 - Box 35

File 7. Journal and other articles, 1992-93 - Box 35

File 8. Letters, notes, prepared whilst contracted to ACIAR; ACIAR annual report, 1987/88 - Box 35

File 9. Articles, notes regarding international eucalypt plantings and discovery of Eucalyptus recurva - Box 36

File 10. Brochures, pamphlets collected relating to the peace movement - Box 36

File 11. Southern Africa Support Campaign in Australia poster headed 'March 21 is Sharpeville Day', published 1985 - Folio-Box 1

File 12. News Fair Facts : the Australian Print Media Industry, 1992 - Box 36

Series 19. Influential Persons Delegation, China, 1984

In 1984 a delegation of influential Australians from cultural, academic, press and local government backgrounds was invited on a two week tour of the People's Republic of China. The visit was coordinated by the Chinese Peoples Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (YOUXIE) in association with the Australia-China Friendship Society. Harris was included in the delegation as the A.C.T. representative and whilst in Peking made contact with the local office of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation.

File 1. Correspondence, notes, clippings, maps, brochures - Box 36

File 2. Photographs - Box 36

File 3. Background reading on the topics of China and nuclear proliferation: Working Paper (Australian National University. Strategic and Defence Studies Centre) nos. 4, 17, 32, 41, 50, 51, 61, 72 and Canberra Papers on Strategy and Defence, no. 26 - Box 36

Series 20. Palestinian Dispute

After reporting for The Times on the Israel-Arab conflict in 1967 Harris maintained an interest in Middle-Eastern affairs and became an advocate of Australian recognition of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. Included in this series are speeches of, and correspondence with, Ali Kazak, PLO Representative for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Additional papers relating to contact made with the Peking office of the PLO is contained in Series 19.

File 1. Correspondence; address by Kazak to the National Press Club, 18 February 1987 - Box 37

File 2. Typescript drafts of articles - Box 37

File 3. Articles relating to Palestinian dispute - Box 37

File 4. Articles relating to Palestinian dispute and PLO-Chinese relations - Box 37

Series 21. Australian Council for Overseas AID, 1987-88

In May 1987 Harris took up a twelve month part time position as Information Officer for the Australian Council for Overseas Aid, where he oversaw production of ACFOA News and the ACFOA Development Dossier.

File 1. Correspondence; list of ACFOA campaign supporters; typescript of paper on African aid issues - Box 37

File 2. Newspaper clippings and articles - Box 37

Series 22. Braidwood Properties, 1963-93

In 1963 the Harris and his wife purchased a 2264 acre cattle property, known as Half Moon Farm, located in the hills near Mongarlowe, in southeast New South Wales. The property was run as a hobby farm where the Harris family spent their weekends and holidays. Following protracted negotiations the property was declared a wildlife refuge in 1968, and in 1981 a rare eucalypt, Eucalyptus recurva, was discovered there. Included in this Series are correspondence concerning mining rights and subdivision proposals, as well as documentation relating to the restoration of a stone inn situated on the property. In 1984, following the sale of their Mugga Way home, the Harrises retired to a former Anglican rectory, situated in Wilson Street, Braidwood, and used some of the garden space to develop a nursery which opened to the public in 1993.

Articles written on the topic of the discovery of Eucalyptus recurva have been filed in Series 18.

File 1. 8 small notebooks, ca. 1964-1988 relating to Half Moon Farm - Box 37

File 2-6. Correspondence regarding Half Moon Farm, 1963-87 - Box 38

File 7. Legal and financial documents pertaining to Half Moon Farm - Box 38

File 8. Photographs, including: Half Moon Farm; Mongarlowe gold diggings; Eucalyptus recurva - Box 38

File 9. Title survey and subdivision maps of Half Moon Farm - Box 39

File 10. Miscellaneous papers, including Welcome Reef Environmental Study and material regarding Half Moon Wildlife Refuge - Box 39

File 11-12. Auction brochure and title plans relating to Wilson Street property; advertising pamphlet for The Braidwood Nursery - Box 39

Series 23. Unpublished Children's Book All Alone at Half Moon, 1969-86

In 1969 Harris completed writing a children's book entitled All Alone At Half Moon, which was loosely based on his children's adventures on the family cattle property. Despite submission of the manuscript to publishers over a number of years, the work was never published. A shortened version of the story was printed as 'The Harrises of Half Moon' in Reader's Digest in October 1974.

File 1. Correspondence with publishers, 1969-86 - Box 40

File 2-6. Typescript drafts of All Alone At Half Moon - Box 40

File 7. Typescript of 'The Harrises of Half Moon', together with version published in Reader's Digest, Oct. 1974 - Box 40

Series 24. Photographs

In this Series are filed albums containing photographs documenting the early period in Harris' life, up until his return to England in 1953. Other photographs relating to specific aspects of Harris' career and interests are filed in Series 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 14, 15, 19, 22, 25.

File 1. Pictures of: Harris, family and friends; Cambridge University; golfing activities; war training and service; walking trip through Scotland, English scenes; skiing holiday in Switzerland, ca. 1950 - Box 41

File 2. Photographs documenting German postwar reconstruction, including pictures taken in Geneva, Paris, Central Europe; King Ranch, Texas and Santa Gertrudis cattle; New York, San Franciso scenes; King Ranch, Risdon and first sale of Santa Gertrudis cattle in Australia; journey by ship to Australia - Box 41

File 3-4. Scenes taken when Harris worked in outback Australia, 1947-48 and whilst working as a reporter in the country in the early 1950s - Box 42

Series 25. Papers Relating to Madan and Dorothy Nagrath

Stewart Harris acted as executor of his close friend Madan Nagrath's estate after the latter's death in April 1994. An Australian government journalist, Madan Nagrath was the only original Asian-born supporter of Dr Coombs' Aboriginal Treaty Committee. He and his wife Dorothy had been friends of the Harrises for almost thirty years. Dorothy Nagrath, who died in 1986, was a pioneer Australian speech therapist who had met her husband whilst working in Bombay in the early 1960s.

File 1. Diary, 1994; account book, 1992-93 of Madan Nagrath - Box 43

File 2. Address books of Dorothy and Madan Nagrath - Box 43

File 3. Marriage certificate; photographs of Dorothy and Madan Nagrath and Mobie Genaboro, beneficiary of their wills; patient record and death certificate of Dorothy Nagrath; correspondence and obituaries concerning the death of Dorothy Nagrath; miscelleneous articles and papers by Dorothy Nagrath - Box 43

File 4. Folder containing papers documenting the life of Madan Nagrath and order of service used at his funeral; letter from Madan to Dorothy Nagrath written shortly after her death - Box 43

File 5. Manuscript of Madan Nagrath's semi-autobiographical novel Alienation - Box 43