Guide to the Papers of Russell Braddon

MS 8963 et al

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Russell Braddon
Date Range
1949-1995
Collection Number
MS 8963 et al
Extent
3.7 metres (15 boxes, 7 cartons)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The collection contains 47 volumes of manuscript drafts of his works, a small amount of correspondence, including letters from Joan Sutherland, Lord Beaverbrook, the second Lord Thomson and General A.E. Percival, as well as photographs of Braddon at book launchings, of Joan Sutherland, and other photographs.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2582984).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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

Provenance

The papers of Russell Braddon were donated to the Library by his estate in 1995-96.

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.

Bibliography

His books included:

Biographical Note

Russell Braddon was born in Sydney in 1921 and educated at the University of Sydney. He was imprisoned in Changi for four years during World War II, and his controversial book, The naked island, describing his experiences as a prisoner, sold more than a million copies. He wrote biographies, novels, histories and TV scripts. He lived in Britain from 1949 until 1993, and died in NSW in 1995.

Item Descriptions

Class MS 8963. Original consignment

Comprises 47 volumes of manuscript drafts of Russell Braddon's works, a small amount of correspondence, including letters from Joan Sutherland, Lord Beaverbrook, the second Lord Thomson and General A.E. Percival, as well as photographs of Braddon at book launchings, of Joan Sutherland, and other photographs.

Contained in 11 boxes.

Series 1. Literary Drafts

Bound volumes (or for items 3-7, notebooks) containing the original drafts of Braddon's published works. The titles used are not always the same as the published title. Braddon's title-page annotations are given where applicable. Dates in square brackets indicate date of publication.

File 1. The Piddington broadcasts, "Piddington scripts, written June 1949 onwards in London for BBC, Johannesburg radio, Sydney 2GB, BBC TV" - Box 1
File 2. Reminiscences, "notes taken Sydney - London - Berlin - Johannesburg - Austria - Music hall tour - also ponies!", 1949-52 - Box 1
File 3-7. The naked island, notebooks - Box 1, 2
File 8. The naked island, "published, the day King George VI died, by T. Werner Laurie", 1950-51, letter from Lieutenant-General Percival, 1952 - Box 2
File 9. Those in peril, 1953 - Box 2
File 10. Odds and ends, "journalistic articles, mainly for the Express", 1953-54 - Box 2
File 11. Cheshire V.C., The Seekers, "articles for Everybodys and Picture Post", 1954 - Box 3
File 12. Cheshire V.C., "the story of Group Captain Leonard Cheshire, Victoria Cross, DFC, DSO and two bars", 1954; includes 9 loose pages - Box 3
File 13. Out of the storm, "novel of postwar Austria and Australia - comparison of the old world and the new, of pessimism and weariness with optimism and vigour", 1954-55 - Box 3
File 14. Short stories and articles, "articles for Express, Everybodys and nobody much except me - also letters from Cheshire, Christiansen, etc.", 1954-55 - Box 3
File 15. Newspaper and magazine articles, including 'VJ Day - ten years after', 'Film treatment of The Naked Island', 'Why I am [not] an expatriate', 'Imprisonment', 'Psychiatric ward', 'Sutherland', ca 1955-62 - Box 4
File 16. Nancy Wake G.M., "the story of Nancy Wake - George Medal, Croix de Guerre with two palms and silver star, Resistance Medal, United States Freedom Medal", 1955-56; some loose notes - Box 4
File 17. Nancy Wake: an adaptation for a musical in collaboration with Gale and Slavin; 12 loose pages in back, n.d - Box 4
File 18. The end of a hate, 1958 - Box 4
File 19. Gabriel comes to 24, 1958 - Box 4
File 20. Shock treatment: a television play in four acts adapted from 'Gabriel comes to 24'; includes a loose note - Box 5
File 21. The proud American boy, 1960 - Box 5
File 22. Joan Sutherland, 1962 - Box 5
File 23. The year of the angry rabbit, 1964 - Box 5
File 24. Lord Thomson of Fleet, 1965 - Box 6
File 25. The committal chamber: a play, 1966 - Box 6
File 26. The committal chamber: a novel, 1968 - Box 6
File 27. When the enemy is tired, 1968 - Box 6
File 28. The inseparables (novel), 1968 - Box 6
File 29. The inseparables (play), 1968? - Box 7
File 30. The siege: Kut el Amara, 1969 - Box 7
File 31. Prelude and fugue for lovers, 1971 - Box 7
File 32. End play, 1971 - Box 7
File 33. End play: a play in three acts and The jigsaw man: a play, n.d.; includes some loose pages - Box 7
File 34. Suez, [1973]; includes a loose note - Box 8
File 35. A hundred days of Darien, 1974; includes loose typescript preface on Buckingham Palace letterhead - Box 8
File 36. All the Queen's men, 1977 - Box 8
File 37. The finalists, 1977 - Box 8
File 38. Operation shepherd (part of The finalists), n.d - Box 8
File 39. Thomas Baines: artist and explorer, 1986 - Box 9
File 40. Funnelweb, 1990 - Box 9
File 41. 1788 and all that, n.d - Box 9
File 42. A clock striking, n.d - Box 9
File 43. Getaway, n.d - Box 10
File 44. The remarkable progress of Private Lilyworth, n.d - Box 10
File 45. Why is Lydia, n.d - Box 10
File 46. Why is Lydia: a play, n.d - Box 10
File 47. You'll never get off the island: a play in three acts, n.d - Box 10

Series 2. Correspondence

Loose correspondence removed from the volumes in Series 1. Names in italics indicate the original location in that series. Names of persons indicate the writer of each letter.

Item 1. The naked island: Lt.-Gen. A.E. Percival, 1952 - Box 11
Item 2. The naked island: Cliff Whitelocke (Christmas card), 1958 - Box 11
Item 3. Gabriel comes to 24: Dr Kenneth Farn, 1981; Shock treatment: a television play in four acts adapted from 'Gabriel comes to 24' - Box 11
Item 4. Gabriel comes to 24: J, (pages 2-3 only), n.d - Box 11
Item 5. Joan Sutherland: Joan Sutherland, 1965 - Box 11
Item 6. Lord Thomson of Fleet: Lord Beaverbrook, 1963 - Box 11
Item 7. Lord Thomson of Fleet: Lord Thomson, 1976 - Box 11
Item 8. The siege: Kut el Amara: John Forward, 1960 - Box 11
Item 9. The siege: Kut el Amara: G.O. Roberts, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1969 - Box 11
Item 10. The siege: Kut el Amara: Hasan Al-Anbari, Iraqi Embassy, 1969 - Box 11
Item 11. The siege: Kut el Amara: Sir John Mellor, 1969 - Box 11
Item 12. The siege: Kut el Amara: Zeki Kuneralp, 1969 - Box 11
Item 13. The siege: Kut el Amara: Professor TuranOnat, 1970 - Box 11
Item 14. Prelude and fugue for lovers: André de Toth, 1971 - Box 11
Item 15. Suez: Selwyn Lloyd, M.P, 1964 - Box 11
Item 16. Suez: A. Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1971 - Box 11
Item 17. Suez: Sir Robert Turton, 1971 - Box 11
Item 18. Suez: Selwyn Lloyd, M.P, 1971 - Box 11
Item 19. Suez: Douglas Hurd, political secretary to Prime Minister Edward Heath, 1972 - Box 11
Item 20. Suez: Winthrop Aldrich, 1972 - Box 11
Item 21. Suez: Lord Avon (Anthony Eden), 1973 - Box 11
Item 22. All the Queen's men: Lt-Col Peter Williams, 1975 - Box 11
Item 23. All the Queen's men: Major-Gen. Philip Ward, 1976 - Box 11
Item 24. All the Queen's men: John Goring, 1977 - Box 11
Item 25. All the Queen's men: Bruce Bell, 1977 - Box 11
Item 26. A clock striking: YuzoHatano, Consul General of Japan, Toronto, 1983 - Box 11
Item 27. A clock striking: Masao Miyoshi, 1985 - Box 11

Series 3. Official Documentation

Loose documents removed from the volumes in Series 1.

Item 1. The inseparables (play):Iraqi press card, 1969 - Box 11
Item 2. The inseparables (play):Iraqi [?] disembarkation card, 1969 - Box 11
Item 3. All the Queen's men: Entry permit to Hyde Park Barracks, London, n.d. - Box 11

Series 4. Photographs

Loose photographs removed from the volumes in Series 1.

Item 1. Nancy Wake G.M.: Braddon autographing copies of Nancy Wake, ca 1956 - Box 11
Item 2-3. Nancy Wake G.M.: Nancy Wake identity cards - Box 11
Item 4. Nancy Wake G.M.: M. Comboult and Mme.Sainson - Box 11
Item 5. Nancy Wake G.M.:Aerial photograph - Box 11
Item 6-7. Joan Sutherland: Joan Sutherland - Box 11
Item 8. Joan Sutherland: Joan Sutherland and Franco Zeffirelli - Box 11
Item 9. Joan Sutherland: Joan Sutherland and This is your life group - Box 11
Item 10-12. Lord Thomson of Fleet: Braddon and the first Lord Thomson at the launching of Roy Thomson of Fleet Street, 1965 - Box 11
Item 13-14. When the enemy is tired: Dachau concentration camp museum - Box 11
Item 15. The inseparables (play):Strip of three identity photographs of Braddon - Box 11
Item 16. The inseparables (play):Negative of a cartoon, n.d - Box 11
Item 17. The inseparables (play):Iraqi [?] street scene, n.d. - Box 11
Item 18. All the Queen's men: The New Standards (military parade), n.d - Box 11

Class Acc04.162. Consignment added 2004

Comprises 147 manuscript letters from Braddon to his long-time friend and manager, James Whitehand, plus one letter from Braddon to Kathy Gaskin, photographs of studio, publicity or literary event nature, about 25 cuttings books from the 1950s to the 1970s, and about 30 annotated typescripts of Braddon's fiction, histories and biographies.

Contained in 3 boxes, 5 cartons.

Class Acc04.264. Consignment added 2004

Comprises the playscript for The naked island, with the author's annotations, and a proof of Cheshire V.C.

Contained in 1 box.

Class Acc04.291. Consignment added 2004

Comprises manuscript, typescript and annotated typescript drafts and proofs, together with research notes and other papers relating to Braddon's writings.

Contained in 2 cartons.