National Library of Australia
The papers include correspondence, drafts of plays and novels, theatre programs, reviews, newspaper cuttings, notebooks and other papers. Correspondents include: J.D. Hainsworth, Graeme Blundell, Laurie Clancy, Helen Garner, Patrick McCaughey, Martin Friedel, John Tittenson.
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn391530).
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], MS 6607, National Library of Australia, Papers of Jack Hibbard, [class/series/file number]'.
These papers have been acquired by the Library, by purchase and through the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme, in the period 1980-95. Further papers were added in 2002, 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2013.
Playwright, poet and novelist. Born in Warracknabeal, Victoria, Hibberd studied medicine at the University of Melbourne, and practised as a doctor in Melbourne from 1964 until 1973. He was closely associated with the Australian Performing Group until 1976. His plays include A stretch of the imagination (1973) and Dimboola (1974). More recent works include the novels Memoirs of an old bastard (1989), The life of Riley (1991), and Perdita (1992). He has also published translations of poems by Baudelaire, Le vin des amants (1977), and with Garrie Hutchinson, The barrackers' bible: a dictionary of sporting slang (1983).
References: The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature, second edition, p. 367-68; John Hainsworth, ed., Hibberd, 1987; Paul McGillick, Jack Hibberd, 1988.
Includes: the original manuscript (according to Hibberd this was written, before revision, in about a fortnight); the first typescript draft with manuscript and typescript revisions; second draft containing manuscript revisions; third draft including revised and additional scene one; folder of press cuttings, reviews, programs, publicity material, contracts, etc.