National Library of Australia
MS 8341 comprises personal and professional correspondence, original music scores and published musical works, contracts, itineraries, concert programs and posters, newspaper cuttings, reviews, publicity material, an autograph book, newsletters, biographical material and photographs. The collection also includes the typescript of an unpublished biographical work titled 'Behind the scenes: what the audience never knew: a conductor's reminiscences', another unpublished autobiography, 'Maestro down under: fifty years of music', an unpublished article by Thomas titled 'Orchestras in the 21st century', and a copy of his book, A conductor's musings (some thoughts in verse).As well as the Australian Broadcasting Commission and numerous theatrical companies, correspondents in MS 8341 include Aaron Copeland, Colin Brumby, Lyle Cresswell, John Curro, Don Banks, Sir Bernard Heinze, Henry Krips, Charles Lisner, William Lovelock, Ezra Rachlin, John Reid, David Stanhope, Peter Tahourdin and Larry Sitsky (24 boxes, 2 fol. boxes, 1 poster tube).
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2701712).
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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], Papers of Patrick Thomas, National Library of Australia, [class/series/file number]'.
The Original Consignments were acquired by the Library from Patrick Thomas in instalments received in 1989 (MS 8341, Boxes 1-15), 1992 (MS 8341, Boxes 16-17), 1995 (MS 8341, Boxes 17-20), 1998 (MS 8341, Box 20), 2000 (MS 8341, Boxes 22-23) and 2001 and 2004 (MS 8341, Box 23). Some instalments were acquired under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme and some were donated.
The papers are listed in the order in which they were received, forming a generally chronological arrangement.
Interview with Patrick Thomas by Jennifer Gall, recorded 28 May 1990 as part of the Esso Performing Arts Collection. Held in the Oral History Collection of the Library at ORAL TRC 2586