Guide to the Papers of Arthur Groom

MS 9552, MS Acc11.109

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Arthur Groom
Date Range
ca. 1930-1953
Collection Number
MS 9552, MS Acc11.109
Extent
1.4 metres (2 boxes, 1 map folio)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises the manuscript of an unpublished novel, 'Flood waters', a 1932 confidential diary kept while Groom was working at O'Reilly's Guesthouse on the Lamington Plateau in southeast Queensland, a diary of a 1952 trip taken in preparation for writing Wealth in the wilderness (1955) and correspondence relating to the trip. There are also newspaper cuttings, a manuscript for an article 'Beef will be scarce and dear' (1952?), Groom's honorary ranger badge and an 1897 petition by Susan Grace Lambert regarding land in Tasmania held by the Groom family.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1055791).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Arthur Groom, National Library of Australia, [class number, box number and series and/or file number]'.

Provenance

The collection was donated to the Library by Groom's children, Linda, Donn, Tony and Richard Groom.

Arrangement

The papers have been retained in the order in which they were received.

Photographs received with the collection have been transferred to the Pictorial Section.

Apart from Groom's published works, the Library also holds his Album of photographs of Central Australia (1947) in the Pictorial Collection at PIC Album 284a and a hand-drawn map of walking tracks near Binna Burra Lodge, Lamington National Park in the Map Collection.

Finding Aid Source(s)

Please note: This finding aid may comprise or contain descriptive information provided by donors, researchers and/or volunteers.

Collection Retrieval Advice

Please note: each consignment in this collection has a separate box number sequence (i.e. there may be multiple Box 1s). Please cite the relevant Class number as well as the Box number when requesting retrieval of material from the collection.

Biographical Note

Arthur Groom was born in Caulfield, Victoria, on 11 December 1904, the son of Arthur Champion Groom, the Member for Flinders in the first Federal Parliament. Raised on the cattle station Rosabelle Downs , Queensland, he worked as a jackaroo and journalist.

He published a novel Merry Christmas (1930), set in Queensland in the late 1920s.

In 1930 he became the first honorary secretary of the National Parks Association of Queensland and was active in the promotion of national parks and environmental protection until his death. With Romeo Lahey, he established Binna Burra Lodge, on the edge of the Lamington National Park, in southeast Queensland, in 1933.

Though found medically unfit for service in World War II, he trained soldiers from the Canungra Army base in jungle warfare.

After visiting Central Australia and the Hermannsburg Mission in 1946 and 1947, he wrote I saw a strange land (1950). He published One mountain after another, on the history of the Lamington National Park and the 'Scenic Rim' region in 1949. His last book, on the cattle industry of the Northern Territory and Western Australia, was Wealth in the wilderness (1955).

He was known for his almost legendary ability to walk long distances, and his sense of humour. His published works reveal a great love for the Australian landscape.

Arthur Groom died in Melbourne in 1953.

References

Biography supplied by Linda Groom.

P.A. Scherer. Camel treks in the outback, 1994, p.69+

Item Descriptions

Class MS 9552. Original consignment Show allonly 1

Comprises the manuscript of an unpublished novel 'Flood waters', a 1932 diary kept while Groom was working at the O'Reilly's Guesthouse on the Lamington Plateau in southeast Queensland, a diary of a 1952 trip taken in preparation for writing Wealth in the wilderness (1955) and correspondence relating to the trip. There are also newspaper cuttings, a manuscript for an article 'Beef will be scarce and dear' (1952?), Groom's honorary ranger badge, and an 1897 petition by Susan Grace Lambert regarding land in Tasmania held by the Groom family.

Contained in 2 boxes.

Series 1. 'Flood waters' Show allonly 1

This series contains the typed manuscript of an unpublished novel 'Flood waters', a romantic adventure set on a cattle station near the Northern Territory and Queensland border. It was written in the late 1920s or 1930s. There is also a typed transcript of the manuscript.

File 1. 'Flood waters' manuscript - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 2-3. Typed transcript of the manuscript - Box 1 Show allonly 1

Series 2. Diary, 1932 Show allonly 1

File 1. A confidential diary, kept during the period Groom worked at O'Reilly's Guesthouse, is held in this series. The O'Reilly family pioneered tourism on the Lamington Plateau, southeast Queensland. There is also a typed transcript of the diary - Box 1 Show allonly 1

Series 3. Wealth in the wilderness, 1952 Show allonly 1

In this series is the diary of a 1952 trip to Northern Territory and Western Australia in preparation for writing Wealth in the wilderness (1955). The diary contains information on the cattle industry and reports comments by station managers on the future of the cattle industry and the place of Aborigines. There is also correspondence relating to the trip.

File 1. Diary, 1952 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 2. Typed transcript of diary - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 3. Correspondence relating to the trip, 1952 - Box 2 Show allonly 1

Series 4. Correspondence, 1944-53 Show allonly 1

File 1. Correspondence, including a copy of a typescript letter from Rev. F. A. Scherer, written on the 23rd November 1953, describing the circumstances of Arthur Groom's death. The original letter is held by Richard Groom, Arthur's youngest son - Box 2 Show allonly 1

Series 5. Newspaper cuttings, 1951-54 Show allonly 1

File 1. Newspaper cuttings and book reviews, including reviews of I saw a strange land, 1950 - Box 2 Show allonly 1

Series 6. Other papers, 1897-1952 Show allonly 1

File 1. Typescript manuscript for an article 'Beef will be scarce and dear' (1952?); Groom's honorary ranger badge; 1897 petition by Susan Grace Lambert regarding land in Tasmania held by the Groom family - Box 2 Show allonly 1

Class Acc11.109. Consignment added 2011 Show allonly 1

Comprises an annotated map of Australia showing the route Arthur Groom took while doing research for his book Wealth in the wilderness.

Contained in 1 map folio.