Guide to the Papers of Michael Noonan

MS 6185

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Michael Noonan
Date Range
1891-1997 (bulk 1945-1997)
Collection Number
MS 6185
Extent
15.96 metres (114 boxes + 1 folio box + 3 folio items)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The papers comprise Michael Noonan's literary output as a scriptwriter for radio, television and film and as a novelist and biographer from the 1940s until the publication of his autobiography in 1995. The literary papers include drafts, plot outlines, film treatments, notebooks, research materials and business correspondence. The collection also includes family and general correspondence, personal documents, legal papers and photographs. Major correspondents include Bill and Ann Moloney, Harvey Unna (agent), Kurt Hellmer (agent), Nadine Hopkins, Catherine Ingall, Chips Rafferty, Harry Rosengrave and Ted Willis.

Conditions Governing Access

Access conditions may apply to this collection, please refer to the collection's catalogue record for further information (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2594532).

Conditions Governing Use

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Michael Noonan, National Library of Australia, MS 6185, [series/file number]'.

Provenance

The papers were acquired by the Library from Michael Noonan in three instalments in 1979, 1992 and 1998.

Arrangement

The papers have been organised into 12 series by Library staff. While some of the material found in the series was kept together by Noonan, the order of folders has been imposed by the Library.

An oral history interview with Michael Noonan by Hazel de Berg is held by the Library at ORAL DeB 217, 218.

Separated Materials

Manuscripts of plays by Michael Noonan are held by the Fryer Library, University of Queensland.

Biographical Note

Michael John Noonan was born on 19 September 1921 at Sumner (near Christchurch), New Zealand, the son of Eileen Sarah Moloney and John Patrick Noonan. He was educated at local co-educational primary and secondary schools before working in a bank in Christchurch for a year. In August 1940 Noonan left New Zealand to join the Franciscan Monastery at Waverley, Sydney (and later at Campbelltown). He left the monestary after seven months, and in 1941 obtained employment as a copy and continuity writer at Radio 2UE.

In December 1941 Noonan was called up to the AIF and posted to Clarence in the Blue Mountains. It was here that he started writing his first children's book, The golden forest. Later he was posted to New Guinea as an ordnance officer in Lae where he wrote In the land of the talking trees. Noonan developed ongoing health problems while in New Guinea, including malaria and a drug resistent form of tuberculosis. On his return to Australia he was stationed at Army Land Headquarters in Melbourne which enabled him to attend writing classes and study drawing at the National Art Gallery School (fellow students included Fred Williams, Harry Rosengrave, David Boyd and Ian Armstrong). Noonan studied English literature at the University of Sydney between 1946 and 1949.

After his discharge from the army, Noonan became a scriptwriting associate to his uncle, William Matthew Moloney, a prominent radio writer. Between 1946 and 1957 he wrote hundreds of radio plays and serial episodes as well as comic book scripts. In 1957 Noonan moved to London to work at the Associated British Corporation studios in Elstree. Between 1957 and 1979 he worked on numerous radio, television and film scripts as well as publishing several novels for children and adults including his trilogy Patchwork hero (1958), December boys (1963) and The pink beach (1969) and his Flying doctor series of adventure novels.

Noonan returned to live in Brisbane in 1979 where he continued to write novels, a biography of E.J. Banfield and an autobiography In with the tide. He married Jan Pearce in 1993. Noonan died in Brisbane on 4 March 2000.

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Family correspondence, 1940-1977 Show allonly 1

Correspondence received by Noonan from his family including his father John Noonan, his stepmother Gillian Noonan; his brother Stephen Noonan, his sisters Nora Beveridge and Patricia Smith; and his aunt and uncle Bill and Ann Moloney. There is also correspondence from other members of his extended family including Madge and Jackson Moloney, B.W. Moloney, Peggy Waring, Patricia Waring and Barbara Lawlor.

The series includes originals and copies of letters written by Noonan to his parents and Ann and Bill Moloney. The letters to his parents describe his voyage across the Tasman to Australia in 1940, his first impressions of Sydney, his seven months in the Franciscan Monastery at Waverley, and the impact of the Second World War.

File 1-2. Letters and an account entitled 'Trip across the Tasman', 1940-1945 Show allonly 1

File 3. Letters to Ann and Bill Moloney, parents and others, 1957-1976 Show allonly 1

File 4. Ann and Bill Moloney correspondence, 1953-1954 Show allonly 1

File 5. Ann and Bill Moloney correspondence, 1955 Show allonly 1

File 6. Ann and Bill Moloney correspondence, 1956 Show allonly 1

File 7. Ann and Bill Moloney correspondence, 1957 Show allonly 1

File 8. Ann and Bill Moloney correspondence, 1958 Show allonly 1

File 9. Ann and Bill Moloney correspondence, 1959 Show allonly 1

File 10. Ann and Bill Moloney correspondence, 1960 Show allonly 1

File 11. Ann and Bill Moloney correspondence, 1961 Show allonly 1

File 12. Ann and Bill Moloney correspondence, 1962 Show allonly 1

File 13. Ann and Bill Moloney correspondence, 1963-1964 Show allonly 1

File 14. Ann and Bill Moloney correspondence, 1965-1966 Show allonly 1

File 15. Ann and Bill Moloney correspondence, 1967-1968 Show allonly 1

File 16. Ann and Bill Moloney correspondence, 1969-1971 Show allonly 1

File 17. Ann and Bill Moloney correspondence, 1972-1974 Show allonly 1

File 18. Ann and Bill Moloney correspondence, 1975-1979 Show allonly 1

File 19. Ann and Bill Moloney- undated correspondence Show allonly 1

File 20. Family correspondence, 1954-1959 Show allonly 1

File 21. Family correspondence, 1960-1963 Show allonly 1

File 22. Family correspondence, 1964-1966 Show allonly 1

File 23. Family correspondence, 1967-1969 Show allonly 1

File 24. Family correspondence, 1970-1971 Show allonly 1

File 25. Family correspondence, 1972-1974 Show allonly 1

File 26. Family correspondence, 1975-1977 Show allonly 1

File 27. Undated family correspondence Show allonly 1

Series 2. Business correspondence, 1947-1977 Show allonly 1

Correspondence received from publishers, agents, film companies and others relating to the production of Noonan's works for television and film and the publication of his books. Correspondents include his agents Kurt Hellmer (USA) and Harvey Unna, publishers Brockhampton Press and Hodder and Stoughton, Trans Pacific Film Enterprises, Australian Broadcasting Commission (Phillip Mann), Press Feature Service, and Ted Willis. The series also includes some carbon copies of letters by Noonan.

Other business correspondence may be found with papers relating to particular works in series 5-9.

File 1-3. Harvey Unna, 1958-1977 Show allonly 1

File 4. Kurt Hellmer, 1957-1968 Show allonly 1

File 5. Correspondence with publishers, 1962-1977 Show allonly 1

Mainly Hodder and Stoughton and Brockhampton Press

File 6. Australian Broadcasting Commission, 1962-1966 Show allonly 1

Mainly Phillip Mann correspondence

File 7. Legal correspondence relating to 'The space game', 1965-1969 Show allonly 1

File 8. Press Feature Service, 1957-1966 Show allonly 1

File 9-10. Business correspondence, 1947-1968 Show allonly 1

Series 3. General correspondence, 1943-1985 Show allonly 1

General correspondence with friends and associates including Morva Cogan, Nadine Hopkins, Catherine Ingall, Ian Mackay, Eily O'Callaghan, Chips Rafferty, Harry Rosengrave, Sydney Tomholt and Ted and Audrey Willis. There are also some letters of appreciation from readers of his books and copies of letters from Noonan to Harry Rosengrave.

File 1. Nadine Hopkins, 1962-1976 Show allonly 1

File 2. Catherine Ingall, 1966-1971 Show allonly 1

File 3. Chips Rafferty, 1960-1971 Show allonly 1

File 4. Letters from Noonan to Harry Rosengrave (copies), 1943-1985 Show allonly 1

File 5-7. Harry Rosengrave, 1952-1978 Show allonly 1

File 8. Ted and Audrey Willis, 1958-1978 Show allonly 1

File 9. Correspondence with "prominent/interesting" people, 1952-1978 Show allonly 1

File 10. General correspondence, 1953-1958 Show allonly 1

File 11. General correspondence, 1959-1961 Show allonly 1

File 12. General correspondence, 1962-1964 Show allonly 1

File 13. General correspondence, 1965-1967 Show allonly 1

File 14. General correspondence, 1968-1971 Show allonly 1

File 15. General correspondence, 1972-1974 Show allonly 1

File 16. General correspondence, 1975-1978 Show allonly 1

File 17. Undated correspondence Show allonly 1

File 18. Birthday and Christmas cards Show allonly 1

File 19-20. Postcards Show allonly 1

Series 4. Personal documents, 1891-1978 Show allonly 1

Family papers including letters of recommendation, a birth certificate of his father, John Noonan and a family tree. Other items relate to Noonan's childhood and youth in New Zealand including certificates and references, as well as material dating from his time in the Army.

File 1. Family papers, 1891-1913 Show allonly 1

File 2. Early personal papers, 1921-1941 Show allonly 1

File 3. Personal papers including Army and university, 1941-1957 Show allonly 1

File 4. Biographical material, 1958-1978 Show allonly 1

File 5. Family tree (folio), 1967 Show allonly 1

Series 5. Publications, 1945-1997 Show allonly 1

Published books written by Noonan including children's literature, young adult fiction, biography and an autobiography. The series contains drafts of the works as well as notebooks, research materials, illustrations, photographs and business correspondence.

See series 10 for unpublished novels.

Subseries 5-1. Land of the talking trees, , c.1945-1946 Show allonly 1

Children's book written while Noonan was on active service in New Guinea. The book was published by Angus and Robertson in 1946 with illustrations by David Hunter Gilmore. The papers include a typescript draft, originals of 13 of the 14 colour plates, black and white artwork and a drawing and photo of the mess building at the ammunition depot outside Lae (New Guinea) where Noonan did most of the writing of this book.

File 1. Typescript and agreement Show allonly 1
File 2-3. Artwork Show allonly 1

Subseries 5-2. The golden forest: the story of Oonah the platypus, , 1946-1948 Show allonly 1

Children's book commenced by Noonan while serving with the AIF at Clarence, NSW. The illustrator, Douglas Albion, was also stationed at Clarence and helped Noonan run a canteen for the unit. Noonan continued the draft after being posted to New Guinea and completed the work shortly after receiving his discharge. The work was initially titled 'Percy the platypus' and was published as The golden forest by Angus and Robertson in 1947.

The papers include a typescript and publisher's agreement, illustrations (including the original cover), and a photograph of Noonan and Albion delivering the typescript and artwork to the publisher.

File 1. Typescript and publisher's agreement, 1946 Show allonly 1
File 2. Colour cover illustrations Show allonly 1
File 3. Photographs, illustrations and magazine, 1948 Show allonly 1

Subseries 5-3. The patchwork hero, , 1951-1990 Show allonly 1

The patchwork hero is the first book in Noonan's young adult fiction trilogy. The novel was originally written in 1951. It was published by Heinemann in 1959 and later republished in revised editions in 1981 by the Australian Broadcasting Commission and in 1990 by University of Queensland Press.

The papers comprise the 1951 typescript, galleys, proofs and revisions.

File 1. Original typescript, 1951 Show allonly 1
File 2. Galleys Show allonly 1
File 3. Proofs, 1981 Show allonly 1
File 4-7. Typescripts, revised edition, 1989 Show allonly 1
File 8-9. The patchwork hero and The December boys- revised edition, 1990 Show allonly 1

Subseries 5-4. The December boys, , 1963-1990 Show allonly 1

Part 2 of Noonan's young adult fiction trilogy. The December boys was first published in 1963 by Heinemann and reprinted in a revised edition by University of Queensland Press in 1990.

The papers comprise the original typescript, editor's and author's corrections, proofs, a working sketch of the inlet where the novel is set and other papers.

See also subseries 5.3/8-9 for material relating to the 1990 revised edition of The December boys.

File 1. Sketch and typescript Show allonly 1
File 2-3. Corrected typescripts Show allonly 1
File 4. Uncorrected proof, 1963 Show allonly 1
File 5-6. Typescript - revised edition, 1990 Show allonly 1
File 7-8. Galleys - revised edition, 1990 Show allonly 1
File 9. Papers re revised edition, 1987-1992 Show allonly 1

Subseries 5-5. The pink beach, , 1968-1969 Show allonly 1

The third book in Noonan's young adult fiction trilogy. The novel was published by John Hale in 1969.

The papers comprise typescripts, notes, uncorrected proofs and other papers.

File 1-4. Typescript drafts and proofs, 1968 Show allonly 1
File 5-6. Notes and manuscript drafts Show allonly 1
File 7. Correspondence, 1967-1968 Show allonly 1

Subseries 5-6. Flying doctor, , 1961 Show allonly 1

Flying doctor was originally conceived by Noonan as a television screenplay (see series 7/2-14) but was eventually produced as a BBC radio series (see series 6/57-58, 65-67). Noonan later wrote a series of six flying doctor adventure novels for children. The first novel, Flying doctor, was published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1961.

File 1-2. Typescripts Show allonly 1

Subseries 5-7. Flying doctor on the Great Barrier Reef, , 1962 Show allonly 1

Published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1962.

File 1-4. Typescripts and proofs, 1962 Show allonly 1

Subseries 5-8. Flying Doctor and the secret of the pearls, , 1962 Show allonly 1

Published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1962.

File 1-2. Typescripts Show allonly 1

Subseries 5-9. Flying doctor shadows the mob, , 1964 Show allonly 1

Published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1964.

File 1-5. Typescripts, proofs and other papers Show allonly 1

Subseries 5-10. Flying doctor hits the headlines, , 1965 Show allonly 1

Published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1965.

File 1-3. Typescripts and proofs Show allonly 1

Subseries 5-11. Flying doctor under the desert, , 1969 Show allonly 1

Published by Brockhampton Press in 1969.

File 1. Typescript and cuttings Show allonly 1

Subseries 5-12. Air taxi, , 1964-1967 Show allonly 1

Air taxi was first developed as a possible half hour television series, initially called 'Kylie's kite' (see series 7/2/2). Noonan rewrote the story into a children's adventure novel which was published by Brockhampton in 1967.

File 1-2. Typescripts Show allonly 1
File 3. Notes, correspondence and research material, 1964-1966 Show allonly 1

Subseries 5-13. The sun is God, , 1966-1977 Show allonly 1

Noonan began writing a fictional account of the life of the painter J.M.W. Turner as a radio play. The story evolved first into a film treatment, then into a novel (published by Barrie and Jenkins in 1973) and in 1975 as a full draft screenplay. As the radio, film and novel forms of the story are so closely related, they have been kept together in this sub-series.

File 1. Notebooks, research material, 1967-1970 Show allonly 1
File 2. Radio program, research materials, notes Show allonly 1
File 3. Film treatment of original story Show allonly 1
File 4. 'Eye of the storm' : original film treatment and research materials Show allonly 1
File 5. Film treatment: 'The seven wonders of the sun' Show allonly 1
File 6-7. Film treatment: 'The sun is God' Show allonly 1
File 8. Correspondence, notes, outlines for radio program, film, novel, 1974 Show allonly 1
File 9. The sun is God : reviews, correspondence, later film treatment, notes, 1970-1974 Show allonly 1
File 10. The sun is God : correspondence, agreements, 1966-1977 Show allonly 1
File 11-17. The sun is God (novel) - typescripts, 1971-1973 Show allonly 1
File 18. The sun is God (novel) - proofs, 1973 Show allonly 1

Subseries 5-14. The invincible Mr Az, , 1972-1978 Show allonly 1

Adventure fantasy novel which began in 1975 as a film treatment. The novel was published by Methuen in 1978.

File 1. Proofs and cover proofs Show allonly 1
File 2. Film treatment Show allonly 1
File 3. Telegrams, book lists, cuttings, notes, 1972-1978 Show allonly 1
File 4. Publisher's correspondence and typescript, 1976-1977 Show allonly 1
File 5-12. Typescripts (novel), 1975-1978 Show allonly 1

Subseries 5-15. Bird of strange plumage, , 1970-1979 Show allonly 1

This novel was started by Noonan in 1958. It was published by John Hale in 1979.

File 1. Plot outline and correspondence, 1970-1979 Show allonly 1
File 2. Research material Show allonly 1
File 3-11. Typescript drafts Show allonly 1
File 12. Printer's copy Show allonly 1
File 13. Proof Show allonly 1

Subseries 5-16. Magwitch, , 1980-1987 Show allonly 1

A historical novel about the convict Magwitch in Charles Dickens' Great expectations, published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1982. Noonan was awarded a special purpose grant by the Literature Board of the Australia Council in 1979 to complete the research and writing of the novel. In 1982 Noonan's agent submitted a revised typescript to the ABC-TV drama department for consideration as a mini-series. In 1985 the ABC proceeded with a production 'Great expectations- the untold story', written by another scriptwriter and Noonan took legal action.

The papers include research material, drafts of the novel, publisher's correspondence, reviews and papers relating to the legal case and settlement awarded to Noonan.

File 1. Research material Show allonly 1
File 2. Research material and correspondence, 1980-1986 Show allonly 1
File 3. Research material, notes and drafts Show allonly 1
File 4. Publishers' correspondence, 1981-1985 Show allonly 1
File 5. Profiles and reviews, 1982-1983 Show allonly 1
File 6-13. Typescript drafts, 1980-1982 Show allonly 1
File 14. Uncorrected proofs, 1982 Show allonly 1
File 15-27. Litigation material, 1984-1987 Show allonly 1
File 28. 'The great expectation of Abel Magwitch'- six part mini-series by Tim Burstall, 1983 Show allonly 1
File 29. Video of Great expectations, episode 2 Show allonly 1

Subseries 5-17. A different drummer: the story of E.J. Banfield, the beachcomber of Dunk Island, , 1979-1991 Show allonly 1

Biography of E.J. Banfield published by the University of Queensland Press in 1983 and 1986. The biography was first conceived by Noonan as an outline for a 60 minute documentary film (see series 8/54-64) based on Banfield's book The confessions of a beachcomber. In 1980 Noonan was awarded an Australia Council one year fellowship to write the biography. Noonan also wrote a stage play based on the biography (series 9/5-16).

The papers comprise research materials, notebooks, manuscript and typescript drafts, illustrations, and correspondence.

File 1-6. Research materials Show allonly 1
File 7-12. Notebooks 1-19 Show allonly 1
File 13. Manuscript first draft Show allonly 1
File 14-20. Typescript drafts, 1982-1983 Show allonly 1
File 21. Corrected galleys, 1983 Show allonly 1
File 22-23. Corrected proofs, 1986 Show allonly 1
File 24. Index and illustrations Show allonly 1
File 25. A different drummer, , 1983-1986 Show allonly 1

Original 1983 hardback edition marked up for 1986 paperback edition.

File 26. Correspondence on copyright, 1979-1984 Show allonly 1
File 27. Permissions to reproduce, 1980-1982 Show allonly 1
File 28. Reviews, 1987-1988 Show allonly 1
File 29. Reviews and other papers, 1979-1991 Show allonly 1
File 30. Publisher's correspondence and other papers, 1983-1986 Show allonly 1

Subseries 5-18. McKenzie's boots, , 1986-1991 Show allonly 1

Junior fiction published by the University of Queensland Press in 1987.

The series includes correspondence, reviews, notebooks, drafts and other papers.

File 1-2. Correspondence, 1985-1992 Show allonly 1
File 3. Drafts and notebooks Show allonly 1
File 4-13. Typescript drafts Show allonly 1
File 14. Page proofs Show allonly 1
File 15. Galley proofs Show allonly 1
File 16. Bound proof Show allonly 1
File 17-18. Reviews, interviews and cuttings, 1987-1991 Show allonly 1
File 19. Miscellaneous papers, including photographs, 1986-1989 Show allonly 1
File 20. Title lists and catalogues Show allonly 1

Subseries 5-19. The gentle art of beachcombing: a collection of writings, , 1986-1990 Show allonly 1

Anthology of little known writings of E.J. Banfield edited by Michael Noonan. It was published by the University of Queensland Press in 1989.

File 1-5. Research materials Show allonly 1
File 6-12. Drafts, 1988 Show allonly 1
File 13. Page proofs and galleys Show allonly 1
File 14-16. Correspondence, notes, reviews and other papers, 1986-1990 Show allonly 1

Subseries 5-20. In with the tide: memoirs of a storyteller, , 1993-1997 Show allonly 1

Autobiography of Michael Noonan published by the University of Queensland Press in 1995. The early draft of the autobiography ('Memoirs of a disqualified monk') was three volumes in size and had to be extensively revised for publication in a single volume.

File 1. Notebooks A1-A3 Show allonly 1
File 2. Notebooks A4-A6 Show allonly 1
File 3. Notebooks A7-A9 Show allonly 1
File 4. Notebooks A10-A12 Show allonly 1
File 5. Notebooks A13-A15 Show allonly 1
File 6. Notebooks A16-A18 Show allonly 1
File 7. Notebooks A19-A21 Show allonly 1
File 8. Notebook A22 and 2 other notebooks Show allonly 1
File 9-11. Notebooks Show allonly 1
File 12. 'Memoirs of a disqualified monk'- outline Show allonly 1
File 13-35. Typescripts of early drafts, 1993 Show allonly 1
File 36-39. First revision, 1993 Show allonly 1
File 40-43. Second revision, 1994 Show allonly 1
File 44-45. Laser original Show allonly 1
File 46-48. 'Autobiography'- typescript Show allonly 1
File 49-50. Proofs Show allonly 1
File 51. Index Show allonly 1
File 52. Corrections Show allonly 1
File 53-55. Photographs and ilustrations Show allonly 1
File 56. Computer disks Show allonly 1
File 57. Correspondence, reviews and other papers, 1993-1997 Show allonly 1

Series 6. Radio scripts, 1946-1982 Show allonly 1

Noonan began his career in radio during the time when it was the principal medium of entertainment in Australia. In 1944-1957 Noonan wrote hundreds of episodes for radio serials and numerous radio plays.

The series comprises scripts written by Noonan, some with supporting papers. The scripts are arranged roughly chronologically. There are also 2 reels of 'An old lady goes upstairs' (Caltex Theatre, 1952).

File 1-3. 'Officer Crosby', 1946 Show allonly 1

File 4. 'Dr Mac', 1946 Show allonly 1

File 5. Radio scripts, 1946-1959 Show allonly 1

'The red carpet' (radio play, 1946); 'Public enemy' (1946); and 'The man with green fingers' (1947-59).

File 6-8. 'Mantle of greatness', 1947 Show allonly 1

File 9-16. 'Twilight ranger', 1948 Show allonly 1

File 17. 'Drama of the courts', 1948 Show allonly 1

File 18. 'Sunny Sunrich', 1948 Show allonly 1

File 19. 'The phantom ranger', 1949 Show allonly 1

File 20. Various radio series and serials (1/4 hour), 1950 Show allonly 1

Includes 'Drama of medicine', 1950

File 21-23. 'Famous fortunes', 1952 Show allonly 1

File 24. 'A dog's life', 1952 Show allonly 1

File 25. 'Lady under a cloud', 1952 Show allonly 1

File 26. 'Ace of space', 1953 Show allonly 1

File 27-29. 'Drama with a challenge' ('Mission to the nation'), 1953 Show allonly 1

File 30-32. 'Undercover Carson', 1953 Show allonly 1

File 33. Radio scripts, 1953 Show allonly 1

'Dark wind' (1953); 'My heart's a broken music-box' (1953); 'Simon Black' (1953)

File 34. 'The grey goose', 1953 Show allonly 1

File 35. 'Strange last words', 1953 Show allonly 1

File 36-41. 'Space patrol', 1953 Show allonly 1

File 42. 'Big city', 1955 Show allonly 1

File 43-48. 'Tim Barr', 1955 Show allonly 1

File 49-55. 'Brand of Justice', 1955 Show allonly 1

File 56. 'The man who changed the wind', 1958 Show allonly 1

File 57-58. 'Flying doctor', 1961-1967 Show allonly 1

File 59-64. 'Clancy of the outback', 1964 Show allonly 1

File 65-67. 'Flying doctor in Africa', 1976 Show allonly 1

File 68. 'The castle of sleeping beauty', 1982 Show allonly 1

File 69-71. Various radio series and serials (1/4 hour) Show allonly 1

File 72-73. Various radio series (1/2 hour) Show allonly 1

File 74-77. Radio plays (1/2 hour and 1 hour) Show allonly 1

File 78. Radio publicity Show allonly 1

File 79. 'An old lady goes upstairs', 1964 Show allonly 1

2 x 7" reels (recorded in 1964) of a one hour radio play for Caltex Theatre, written in 1952

Item. An Old Lady Goes Upstairs (Caltex Theatre) Dubbed from "OLD" 16" disc by DWB [?] 11/5/64, 7 1/2 Monophonic [audio magnetic reel], 1964 - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000228 Show allonly 1
Item. An Old Lady Goes Upstairs (Caltex Theatre) Dubbed from "OLD" 16" disc by DWB [?] 11/5/64, 7 1/2 Monophonic, Parts 1&2. [audio magnetic reel], 1964 - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000229 Show allonly 1

Series 7. Television scripts, 1942-1986 Show allonly 1

In 1957 Noonan moved to London to gain experience in working in television at the Associated British Picture Corporation studios in Elstree. He had been 'discovered' by Ted Willis during a visit to Australia and offered a contract, the first Australian writer to have been engaged by a British film studio.

The papers comprise scripts of television plays and episodes, together with related material including correspondence, cuttings and plot outlines.

Arrangement

The series has been organised into two sequences- works that were produced (arranged by the date in which they were broadcast) and unproduced works (arranged alphabetically).

Subseries 1. Produced works, 1942-1986 Show allonly 1

File 1. 'Angry flower', 1959 Show allonly 1
File 2-14. 'Flying doctor', 1942-1959 Show allonly 1

Includes episodes 1-28 (1957-58), various episodes from 1959, correspondence and other papers. See also subseries 5.6-5.11 for adventure novels written by Noonan based on the flying doctor theme.

File 15. 'Violent stranger', 1960 Show allonly 1
File 16. 'Boy on the telephone', 1961 Show allonly 1

ITV Christmas play networked on New Year's Eve 1960 starring the Australian actor Sean Scully.

File 17. 'The music upstairs', 1962 Show allonly 1
File 18-21. 'The winds of green Monday', 1965 Show allonly 1
File 22-35. 'Riptide', 1964-1969 Show allonly 1

Hour length telvision series first conceived in 1964 (and titled 'Charterboat'). The series was produced in 1969 and 26 episodes were filmed.

File 36. 'Patchwork hero'- notebooks Show allonly 1
File 37-49. 'Patchwork hero'- episodes 1-6 Show allonly 1
File 50. 'Patchwork hero'- publicity, 1980-1986 Show allonly 1
File 51-54. 'Patchwork hero'- correspondence, cuttings and other papers, 1974-1986 Show allonly 1
File 55. 'Patchwork hero' - video Show allonly 1

Subseries 2. Unproduced works, 1963-1975 Show allonly 1

File 1. '003 1/2' Show allonly 1
File 2. 'Air taxi', 1967-1969 Show allonly 1

See also material relating to the novel Air taxi at subseries 5.12.

File 3. 'The bells go under the stairs' Show allonly 1
File 4. 'Black beauty', 1972 Show allonly 1
File 5. 'The blue-eyed dog', 1965 Show allonly 1
File 6. 'Bug-eyed' Show allonly 1
File 7. 'Coast watcher' Show allonly 1
File 8-12. 'The December boys' Show allonly 1
File 13-14. 'The four legged stowaway', 1963 Show allonly 1
File 15. 'The jungle book' Show allonly 1
File 16. 'The man with three eyes' Show allonly 1
File 17. 'Overture for pneumatic drill and pile driver' Show allonly 1
File 18. 'O'Malley's bookshop' Show allonly 1
File 19. 'Sergeant Cork', 1963 Show allonly 1
File 20. 'Mr Tumbleweed', 1973 Show allonly 1
File 21-25. TV formats, outlines, ideas, 1964-1975 Show allonly 1

Series 8. Film projects, 1960-1992 Show allonly 1

Film projects worked on by Noonan. Only a few of the projects, 'Down in the forest' (1954), 'Reef' (1978) and the documentaries 'Pacific Lifetimes' and 'I'd rather go sailing' (1974-75) were actually screened. The series includes outlines for stories, film treatments, correspondence and screenplays.

Arrangement

The series is arranged roughly chronologically, with miscellaneous material at the end.

File 1-5. 'Patchwork hero', 1960 Show allonly 1

File 6. 'Billy Turner', c1965-1966 Show allonly 1

File 7-15. 'Boomer', 1966-1967 Show allonly 1

File 16-21. 'Sleeping beauty', 1972 Show allonly 1

File 22-25. 'Inchalla', 1973 Show allonly 1

File 26-32. 'Capricornia', 1974-1975 Show allonly 1

File 33. 'Pacific lifetimes'/'I'd rather go sailing', 1974-1976 Show allonly 1

File 34-42. Football story, 1975-1992 Show allonly 1

Papers concerning a film and novel relating to a replay by veterans of a disputed rugby match between the All Blacks and the British Lions. Drafts of the work are included under the titles 'The lion from Wales' (1972, film), 'Up down under' (1975, film), 'The game' (film), 'The match' (novel), 'Old, gold, red and bold' (novel) and 'A game for hooligans' (1989, novel). The series also inlcues papers relating to legal action taken by Noonan against South Pacific Pictures for producing a film with a similar story line.

File 43-53. 'The reef', 1972-1977 Show allonly 1

Documentary film produced in 1978.

File 54-64. 'A different drummer', 1979-1988 Show allonly 1

Screenplay based on the life of E.J. Banfield. Noonan first became interested in Banfield while researching for his documentary 'The reef'. His first substantial work on the subject was an outline, treatment and script for a 60 minute documentary film based on Banfield's book Confessions of a beachcomber. See also subseries 5.17 for material relating to Noonan's biography of Banfield and series 9 for material relating to the stageplay performed in 1988.

File 65-70. 'Unicorn', 1983-1985 Show allonly 1

File 71. 'Them, me and it'; 'The fifth wheel', n.d. Show allonly 1

File 72. Documentary film material, 1957-1977 Show allonly 1

File 73-76. Film ideas, 1959-1972 Show allonly 1

Series 9. Plays, 1974-1988 Show allonly 1

Stage plays written by Noonan. Only three plays written by Noonan were performed: 'Magic Kennel' (1971), 'Voyage of discovery' (1974) and 'A different drummer' (1988). The series includes scripts, correspondence, notebooks and other papers.

File 1-2. 'Voyage of discovery', 1974 Show allonly 1

Scenario in words and music in honour of the bicentenary of the birth of Matthew Flinders. Performed at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 1 March 1974.

File 3-4. 'The invisible dog', 1975-1977 Show allonly 1

File 5-16. 'A different drummer', 1987-1988 Show allonly 1

The production of 'A different drummer' was based on a biography of E.J. Banfield published by Noonan in 1983. It was performed by the Royal Queensland Theatre Company in 1988 starring Ray Barrett. See also series 8/54-64 and subseries 5.17 for other projects relating to Banfield.

File 17-18. Miscellaneous stage play material, n.d. Show allonly 1

Series 10. Other writings, 1935-1985 Show allonly 1

Other writings by Noonan including poems, short stories, comic texts and unpublished novels. Folder 3 contains a workbook in which Noonan recorded all jobs completed between 1946 and 1952, whether for radio, film, or short stories.

See also series 8/34-42 for draft novels 'Old, gold, red and bold' and 'A game for hooligans'

File 1. Early poetry, 1935-1942 Show allonly 1

File 2. Short stories, 1944-1946 Show allonly 1

File 3. Poems; notebook containing a list of writings, 1946-1952 Show allonly 1

File 4. Children's stories, 1946-1950s Show allonly 1

File 5. Early draft material for a children's book, 1947 Show allonly 1

File 6-7. Road safety material, 1947-1951 Show allonly 1

File 8. Stories and road safety material, n.d. Show allonly 1

File 9-10. Short stories, 1947-1959 Show allonly 1

File 11. Early draft material for a children's book, 1948-1949 Show allonly 1

File 12-13. Comic book material, 1949 Show allonly 1

File 14. Ideas and notes for plays, stories and other writings, 1949-1953 Show allonly 1

File 15. 'The stoning of Private Harlow' (novel), 1957 Show allonly 1

File 16-23. 'Tower of babble', 1957-1985 Show allonly 1

Unpublished novel, set in 1953, concerning the golden age of radio in Australia. Highly commended by the Sydney Morning Herald Novel Competition of 1956/57.

File 24. Notes and ideas for writings, 1959-1974 Show allonly 1

File 25. 'Angel in disguise' (magazine serial), n.d. Show allonly 1

File 26-27. 'The wild colonial mouse' Show allonly 1

File 28. 'Jill and Jackaroo' Show allonly 1

File 29-31. 'Dog overboard', 1977-1978 Show allonly 1

Series 11. Photographs, 1920-1990 Show allonly 1

The photographs include portraits of Noonan, his family and friends.

Other photographs can be found in subseries 5.2, 5.18 and 5.20.

File 1. Photographs, c.1920-1939 Show allonly 1

File 2-3. Photographs, 1940-1945 Show allonly 1

File 4. Photographs, 1945-1957 Show allonly 1

File 5-6. Photographs, 1957-1961 Show allonly 1

File 7-9. Photographs, 1962-1970 Show allonly 1

File 10. Photographs, 1971-1978 Show allonly 1

File 11-13. Photographs, 1979-1990 Show allonly 1

File 14. Negatives Show allonly 1

Series 12. Other papers, 1937-1991 Show allonly 1

The series comprises invitations, papers on the centenary of Sumner School (N.Z.), reviews, papers on Noonan's involvement in authors' societies such as the Australian Writers' Guild (including memorabilia on his AWGIE award for Patchwork hero), a cassette tape, and two portraits of Michael Noonan by Barbara Newman and Patricia Smith (Noonan's half sister).

File 1. Invitations, 1960-1991 Show allonly 1

File 2. Sumner School centenary, 1976-1977 Show allonly 1

File 3-6. Reviews, 1947-1974 Show allonly 1

File 7. Society of Australian Writers, 1973-1976 Show allonly 1

File 8. Australian Writers' Guild and AWGIE award, 1960-1981 Show allonly 1

File 9-11. Miscellaneous papers, 1937-1978 Show allonly 1

File 12. Cassette tape, 1974 Show allonly 1

Item. MIKE - 4.30 - 5/10/74 / JAZZ [cassette tape], 1974 - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000195 Show allonly 1

File 13. Original artworks (folio), 1967 Show allonly 1

Container List

Box Series Subseries File
1 1 1-6
2 1 2-14
3 1 15-20
4 1 21-27
5 2 1-6
6 2 7-10
6 3 1-2
7 3 3-8
8 3 9-15
9 3 16-20
9 4 1
10 4 2-4
Plan Cabinet 4 5
10 5 1 1-3
11 5 2 1-3
11 5 3 1-2
12 5 3 3-8
13 5 3 9
13 5 4 1-5
14 5 4 6-9
15 5 5 1-4
16 5 5 5-7
16 5 6 1-2
16 5 7 1
17 5 7 2-4
17 5 8 1-2
17 5 9 1
18 5 9 2-5
18 5 10 1
19 5 10 2-3
19 5 11 1
19 5 12 1-3
20 5 13 1-5
21 5 13 6-10
22 5 13 11-14
23 5 13 15-18
24 5 14 1-5
25 5 14 6-9
26 5 14 10-12
26 5 15 1-2
27 5 15 3-6
28 5 15 7-10
29 5 15 11-13
29 5 16 1-3
30 5 16 4-8
31 5 16 9-12
32 5 16 13-19
33 5 16 20-26
34 5 16 27-29
35 5 17 1-4
36 5 17 5-6
37 5 17 7-11
38 5 17 12-15
39 5 17 16-18
40 5 17 19-21
41 5 17 22-25
42 5 17 26-30
42 5 18 1-2
43 5 18 3-6
44 5 18 7-10
45 5 18 11-13
46 5 18 14-19
47 5 18 20
47 5 19 1-2
Folio run 5 19 3
48 5 19 4-9
49 5 19 10-14
50 5 19 15-16
50 5 20 1-4
51 5 20 5-9
52 5 20 10-15
53 5 20 16-21
54 5 20 22-24
55 5 20 25-31
56 5 20 32-36
57 5 20 37-41
58 5 20 42-47
59 5 20 48-51
60 5 20 52-57
61 6 1-6
62 6 7-12
63 6 13-19
64 6 20-25
65 6 26-31
66 6 32-36
67 6 37-41
68 6 42-47
69 6 48-53
70 6 54-59
71 6 60-65
72 6 66-72
73 6 73-78
Folio box 6 79
74 7 1 1-4
75 7 1 5-9
76 7 1 10-15
77 7 1 16-21
78 7 1 22-27
79 7 1 28-31
80 7 1 32-35
81 7 1 36-42
82 7 1 43-49
83 7 1 50-55
84 7 2 1-6
85 7 2 7-12
86 7 2 13-19
87 7 2 20-25
88 8 1-6
89 8 7-10
90 8 11-15
91 8 16-21
92 8 22-26
93 8 27-31
94 8 32-37
95 8 38-44
96 8 45-50
97 8 51-56
98 8 57-64
99 8 65-70
100 8 71-76
101 9 1-6
102 9 7-13
103 9 14-18
103 10 1-2
104 10 3-7
105 10 8-12
106 10 13-16
107 10 17-20
108 10 21-25
109 10 26-30
110 10 31
110 11 1-3
111 11 4-7
112 11 8-12
113 11 13-14
113 12 1-4
114 12 5
Folio box 12 6
114 12 7-12
Plan cabinet 12 13