Guide to the Papers of James Murdoch, 1930-2008

MS 8372

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of James Murdoch, 1930-2008
Date Range
1930-2008
Collection Number
MS 8372
Extent
21.45 metres
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

MS 8372 comprises correspondence, diaries, personal documents, financial papers, manuscripts, notes, reference files, newspaper cuttings, photographs, posters, programs, scores, publications and tape recordings documenting James Murdoch's activities in the period 1960-1990. Among the organisations with which Murdoch was associated were James Murdoch Management Pty Ltd, Lusillo and his Spanish Dance Theatre, World Record Club, Music Rostrum, Australian Music Centre, International Society for Contemporary Music, the Australia Council, Sydney Opera House Trust, Musica Viva and Chiron College. The correspondents include Margaret Sutherland, Roger Woodward, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Donald Peart, Frank Callaway, Ian Farr, Nadine Amadio, Miriam Hyde, Peter Sculthorpe, Helen Gifford and Graeme Koehne (114 boxes, 1 fol. box).

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn956305).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Murdoch papers were purchased from James Murdoch in 1991. Further papers were received in 2010.

Arrangement

Most of the papers were in files and these files have been retained. An exception is the personal letters in Series 1, which were scattered and which have been arranged by date. The overall arrangement of the collection into series, and the order of files within series, have been imposed by the Library.

Biographical / Historical

James Murdoch was born in Sydney on 25 January 1930. He was educated at Canterbury Boys High School and the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music, where he studied piano, composition and conducting. His first major appointment was in 1958 when he went to Madrid as Music Director and Company Pianist of Luisillo and his Spanish Dance Theatre. He returned to Australia in 1962 as Assistant Musical Director and Company Pianist of the Australian Ballet Company. In the following year he founded the Universal Record Club and in 1964 he was appointed Special Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief of the World Record Club Australia. In that capacity he produced a monthly magazine and wrote over 200 record cover notes.

In 1968 Murdoch went to London as Director of James Murdoch Management Pty Ltd. Among his clients were the composers Peter Maxwell Davies, Hans Werner Henze and Harrison Birtwistle, the pianists Roger Woodward and Paul Crossley, and such groups as the Fires of London, the Pierrot Players, and the Budapest Chamber Orchestra. He returned to Australia in 1972 as Music Consultant to the Music Board of the Australia Council. In the same year his book Australia's contemporary composers was published, discussing the work of 33 composers.

In 1975 Murdoch was appointed first National Director of the Australian Music Centre, based in Sydney. The Centre, which received a grant from the Australia Council, established a library and information centre, produced a series of publications, films and exhibitions, and organised a large number of concerts. Murdoch attended meetings of the International Association of Music Libraries, Sound Archives and Documentation Centres and in 1980 was elected World President of the Music Information Centres Professional Branch.

After he left the Australian Music Centre in 1981 Murdoch continued to live in Sydney. He was again a consultant to the Music Board and in 1983 he published A Handbook of Australian music. In 1984 he formed the company James Murdoch & Associates which undertook research projects, provided consultancy services for the Australia Council, Sydney Opera House Trust and other bodies, and managed the Australian tours of visiting musicians and dancers. In 1988 he was Artistic Director of New Directions, a festival sponsored by the Australian Bicentennial Authority and Musica Viva.

Since 1990 Murdoch has lived in Bali.

Item Descriptions

Class MS 8372. Original Consignment Show allonly 1

Series 1. General correspondence, 1960-90 Show allonly 1

The letters and cards in this series are mostly of a personal nature and deal with many subjects and activities. Letters that deal entirely with a specific organisation or activity have been placed in the appropriate series. The letters in Series 1 were originally scattered through the collection, many of them being in a number of overlapping concertina files. The dated letters have been arranged by year, but have not been sorted within each year.

The principal correspondents are Nadine Amadio, Barry Brook, Frank Callaway, W.M. Colleron, Roger Covell, W.R. Cumming, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Ian Farr, Mark Furneaux, Dame Joan Hammond, Gail Holst, RamliIbraham, Margaret Kartomi, Justin MacDonnell, Prue Neidorf, Stan Ostoja-Kotkowski, Donald Peart, Curt Prerauer, Tom Shapcott, Margaret Sutherland, George Tintner, Jennifer Vogel, Donald Westlake and Roger Woodward.

File 1. 1960 - Box 1 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 2. 1961 - Box 1 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 3. 1962 - Box 1 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 4. 1963 - Box 1 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 5. 1964 - Box 1 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 6. 1965 - Box 1 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 7. 1966 - Box 1 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 8. 1967 - Box 1 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 9. 1968 - Box 1 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 10. 1969 - Box 1 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 11. 1970 - Box 1 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 12. 1971 - Box 1 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 13. 1972 - Box 1 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 14. 1973 - Box 1 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 15. 1974 - Box 2 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 16. 1975 - Box 2 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 17. 1976 - Box 2 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 18. 1977 - Box 2 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 19. 1978 - Box 2 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 20-21. 1979 - Box 2 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 22. 1980 - Box 2 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 23. 1981 - Box 2 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 24. 1982 - Box 2 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 25. 1983 - Box 2 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 26. 1984 - Box 3 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 27. 1985 - Box 3 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 28-29. 1986 - Box 3 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 30-31. 1987 - Box 3 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 32-33. 1988 - Box 3 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 34-35. 1989 - Box 3 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 36. 1990 - Box 3 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 37-44. Undated - Box 4 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 45. Nadine Amadio, 1965-70 - Box 4 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 46. Nadine Amadio, 1970-83 - Box 4 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 2. Diaries, 1968-89 Show allonly 1

The diaries in this series are essentially appointment diaries, with only brief entries.

Item 1. 1968 - Box 5 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
Item 2. 1969 - Box 5 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
Item 3. 1970 - Box 5 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
Item 4. 1970/71 - Box 5 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
Item 5. 1971 - Box 5 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
Item 6. 1972 - Box 5 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
Item 7. 1973 - Box 5 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
Item 8. 1975 - Box 6 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
Item 9. 1976 - Box 6 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
Item 10-11. 1977 - Box 6 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
Item 12. 1978 - Box 7 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
Item 13. 1979 - Box 7 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
Item 14. 1980 - Box 7 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
Item 15. 1981 - Box 7 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
Item 15. 1982 - Box 7 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
Item 17. 1983 - Box 8 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
Item 18-19. 1984 - Box 8 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
Item 20-21. 1985 - Box 9 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
Item 22-23. 1986 - Box 9 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
Item 24-25. 1987 - Box 9 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
Item 26-29. 1988 - Box 10 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
Item 30. 1989 - Box 10 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 3. Personal Documents Show allonly 1

This series contains miscellaneous personal documents, such as curricula vitae, references and reports.

File 1. Curricula vitae - Box 11 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 2. Curricula vitae and references - Box 11 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 3. Certificates, 1941-44 - Box 11 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 4. School reports, 1943-44 - Box 11 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 5. Job applications, 1982 - Box 11 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 6. Inventory of apartment - Box 11 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 7. Will - Box 11 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 1. X-rays - Folio-Box 1 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 4. Financial papers Show allonly 1

This series contains a large number of financial papers, including bank statements, accounts, receipts and cheque butts. Financial papers relating to specific organisations with which Murdoch was associated have been placed in the appropriate series. The papers have been sorted roughly chronologically, but there is some overlap between files.

File 1. 1966-69 - Box 12 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 2. 1970 - Box 12 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 3. 1971 - Box 12 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 4-5. 1972 - Box 12 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 6-7. 1973 - Box 12 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 8-9. 1974 - Box 12 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 10. 1975 - Box 13 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 11. 1976 - Box 13 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 12. 1968-86 - Box 13 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 13-16. 1980-84 - Box 13 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 17-19. 1984-85 - Box 14 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 20-25. 1985-86 - Box 14 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 26-28. 1985-86 - Box 15 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 30-32. 1987-88 - Box 15 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 33. 1987-89 - Box 15 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 34-35. 1989-90 - Box 16 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 36. Undated - Box 16 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 5. Photographs Show allonly 1

The photographs in this series include photographs of Murdoch and friends and also photographs of musical groups and productions. Photographs of composers are in Series 8 and there are many photographs in other series.

File 1. Murdoch - Box 16 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 2. Productions - Box 16 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 3. Companies - Box 16 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 4. Ravi Shankar - Box 16 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 5. Henze Monte - Box 16 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 6-7. Miscellaneous - Box 16 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 6. Writings Show allonly 1

This series contains drafts of Murdoch's books and articles and also correspondence, contracts and reviews of his books. The correspondents include Ian Cugley, Roger Henry and Bill Read. There are photographs of Malcolm Williamson, Percy Grainger, Rose Grainger, Joan Sutherland, Alison Bauld, Richard Meale and Roger Woodward.

File 1. Australian music today (c.1966): Drafts - Box 17 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 2. Australian music today (c.1966): Artwork - Box 17 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 3. Australian music today (c.1966): Contract, 1965 - Box 17 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 4. Australian music today (c.1966): Personae - Box 17 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 5. Australian music today (c.1966): Recordings - Box 17 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 6. Australia's contemporary composers (1972): Correspondence and drafts, 1972-79 - Box 17 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 7. Australia's contemporary composers (1972): Correspondence, 1973 - Box 17 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 8. Australia's contemporary composers (1972): Correspondence and reviews, 1972-76 - Box 17 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 9. Australia's contemporary composers (1972): Miscellaneous papers - Box 17 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 10. Australia's contemporary composers (1972): Notebook - Box 17 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 11-12. Australia's contemporary composers (1972): Reviews - Box 18 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 13-23. A handbook of Australian music (1983): Typescript - Box 18, 19 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 24-25. A handbook of Australian music (1983): Galley proofs - Box 19 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 26. A handbook of Australian music (1983): Correspondence - Box 19 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 27. A handbook of Australian music (1983): Photographs - Box 19 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 28-32. A handbook of Australian music (1983): Miscellaneous writings - Box 19 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 7. Composers, 1965-88 Show allonly 1

This series comprises files maintained by Murdoch on individual Australian composers and containing correspondence, notes, biographical material, typescripts and programs. Some of the material was used in his book Australia's contemporary composers (1972), but there are later papers extending to 1988. Further papers on composers can be found in series 19, 20 and 26.

File 1. David Ahern, 1968-72 - Box 20 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 2. Robert Allworth - Box 20 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 3. Alison Bauld, 1974 - Box 20 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 4. Anne Boyd, 1968-72 - Box 20 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 5. Peter Brideoake - Box 20 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 6-7. Colin Brumby, 1966-85 - Box 20 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 8-10. Nigel Butterley, 1965-67 - Box 20 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 11. John Carmichael, 1981 - Box 21 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 12. Bruce Clarke, 1968-72 - Box 21 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 13. Edward Cowie, 1981-84 - Box 21 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 14. Peter Crowe, 1966-86 - Box 21 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 15. Ian Cugley, 1965-72? - Box 21 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 16-18. George Dreyfus, 1965-84 - Box 21 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 19. Max Deacon ; Graham Dudley, 1968 - Box 21 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 20. Daryl Edwards, 1965 - Box 22 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 21. Ross Edwards, 1967-68 - Box 22 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 22. Ian Farr, 1988 - Box 22 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 23. Andrew Ford, 1984 - Box 22 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 24. Felix Gethen ; John Gilfedder - Box 22 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 25. Helen Gifford, 1973-85 - Box 22 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 26. Eric Gross, 1975 - Box 22 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 27. Moya Henderson - Box 22 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 28. Graham Hair, 1966-67 - Box 22 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 29. Raymond Hanson, 1967 - Box 22 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 30. Alfred Hill - Box 22 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 31. Dulcie Holland, 1972 - Box 23 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 32. Rex Hobcroft, 1982? ; Don Hollier, 1987 - Box 23 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 33. Brian Howard, 1982-88 - Box 23 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 34. Robert Hughes, 1968 - Box 23 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 35. Keith Humble, 1965-70 - Box 23 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 36. Trevor Jones - Box 23 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 37. Jeremy Kellock - Box 23 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 38. Dorian Le Gallienne - Box 23 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 39. David Lumsdaine, 1973-78 - Box 24 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 40. Helgart Mahler, 1967 - Box 24 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 41. William Mann, 1980-82 - Box 24 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 42. Andrew McCredie, 1975-81 - Box 24 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 43. Barry McKimm, 1966 - Box 24 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 44-48. Richard Meale, 1965-80 - Box 24 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 49. George Michael - Box 25 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 50. James Penberthy, 1971-83 - Box 25 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 51. Vincent Plush, 1977 - Box 25 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 52. Chester Schultz - Box 25 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 53-59. Peter Sculthorpe, 1965-80 - Box 25, 26 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 60-61. Larry Sitsky, 1963-80 - Box 26 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 62-65. Margaret Sutherland, 1966-84 - Box 26 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 66. Carl Vine - Box 27 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 67. Felix Werder - Box 27 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 68. Martin Wesley-Smith, 1967-74 - Box 27 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 69. Gillian Whiteheard - Box 27 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 70. Kim Williams, 1975-78 - Box 27 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 71. Malcolm Williamson, 1967-78 - Box 27 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 8. Composers' Photographs Show allonly 1

The files were maintained by Murdoch and contained both studio and informal photographs, as well as photographs of performances. Negatives are sometimes included.

File 1. David Ahern - Box 27 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 2. John Antill - Box 27 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 3. Alison Bauld - Box 27 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 4. Ian Bonighton - Box 27 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 5. Anne Boyd - Box 27 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 6. Colin Brumby - Box 27 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 7. Nigel Butterley - Box 27 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 8. Bruce Clarke - Box 28 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 9. Barry Conyngham - Box 28 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 10. Ian Cugley - Box 28 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 11-12. Peter Maxwell Davies - Box 28 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 13. Clive Douglas - Box 28 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 14. George Dreyfus - Box 28 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 15. Ross Edwards - Box 28 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 16. Ian Farr - Box 28 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 17. Helen Gifford - Box 28 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 18. Alexander Goehr - Box 28 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 19. Eric Gross - Box 28 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 20. Raymond Hanson - Box 28 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 21. Hans Werner Henze - Box 28 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 22. Robert Hughes - Box 28 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 23. Keith Humble - Box 28 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 24. Antigone Kefala - Box 28 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 25. William Louther - Box 28 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 26. David Lumsdaine - Box 29 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 27. Barry Moreland - Box 29 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 28. James Penberthy - Box 29 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 29. Peter Sculthorpe - Box 29 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 30. Larry Sitsky - Box 29 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 31. George Tibbits - Box 29 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 32. Felix Werder - Box 29 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 33. Martin Wesley-Smith - Box 29 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 34. Kim Williams - Box 29 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 9. Luisillo and his Spanish Dance Theatre, 1958-62 Show allonly 1

Murdoch was Musical Director of the Madrid-based company, which toured throughout the world. He took part in performances as a conductor and pianist and also composed two ballets. The small series mostly comprises programs.

File 1. Agreements and contract, 1959-60 - Box 29 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 2-4. Programs - Box 29 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 5. Newspaper cuttings and musical score - Box 29 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 10. World Record Club, 1963-69 Show allonly 1

Murdoch was founder and General Manager of the Universal Record Club in 1963 before joining the World Record Club Australia in 1964 as special assistant to the Editor-in-Chief. In that capacity he produced cover notes for a large number of recordings, edited World Record Club News (New Zealand), wrote articles on contemporary music and artists, and produced the 'Australian Music Today' recordings in 1965. He remained on the staff of the World Record Club until 1969.

File 1. Correspondence, 1964-66 - Box 30 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 2. Correspondence, 1966-67 - Box 30 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 3. Correspondence, 1967 - Box 30 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 4. 'Australian Music Today' papers, 1965 - Box 30 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 5. 'Australian Music today' reviews, 1965 - Box 30 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 6. Agreement between Festival Records and Universal Record Club, 1963 - Box 30 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 7-8. Miscellaneous papers, 1964-67 - Box 30 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 9. World Record Club catalogues and magazines, 1963-69 - Box 30 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 11. International Society for Contemporary Music Show allonly 1

Murdoch was an active member of the International Society for Contemporary Music and at various times was Secretary of its Melbourne and Sydney branches and the Australian Section. The papers that he assembled include agenda papers, financial papers, correspondence, notes, programs, program notes, cuttings and publications. Among the correspondents are Donald Peart, Frank Callaway, Helen Gifford, Peter Platt, Ian Farr and Clement Dirago.

File 1. Adelaide, 1968-79 - Box 31 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 2. Australian Section, 1977-81 - Box 31 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 3. Brisbane, 1974-78 - Box 31 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 4. Composers - Box 31 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 5-6. General, 1960-69 - Box 31 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 7. General, 1966-67 - Box 31 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 8-9. International, 1961-73 - Box 31 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 10-11. International Music Council, 1965-79 - Box 31 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 12. Mailing lists - Box 32 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 13. Melbourne, 1971-73 - Box 32 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 14-15. Melbourne, 1966-67 - Box 32 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 16. Melbourne, 1967 - Box 32 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 17. 1st Melbourne Festival - Box 32 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 18. 2nd Melbourne Festival, 1968 - Box 32 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 19. Melbourne, 1965-68 - Box 32 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 20. Melbourne accounts - Box 32 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 21. Miscellaneous - Box 32 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 22. Newcastle, 1966 - Box 32 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 23. Programs, 1965-71 - Box 33 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 24. Project New Music, 1967 - Box 33 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 25-26. Reviews, 1963-67 - Box 33 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 27. Sydney, 1964-81 - Box 33 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 28. Sydney, 1979-80 - Box 33 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 29. Sydney, 1980-81 - Box 33 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 30-31. Sydney programs, 1965-68 - Box 33 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 32. World Music Days, 1985-86 - Box 33 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 12. James Murdoch Management Pty Ltd, 1968-72 Show allonly 1

In 1968 Murdoch moved to London and became personal manager of the composer Peter Maxwell Davies and manager of the Pierrot Players. He formed a company, James Murdoch Management, which was incorporated in 1970, and was agent and manager of a number of musical groups, musicians, singers, dancers and choreographers. The files that he retained from this period contain programs, correspondence, financial papers, contracts and reviews and include notes by Maxwell Davies on his opera 'Taverner'. The correspondents include Anthony Steel, Barrie Iliffe, Bernard Rands and T. Halliwell.

File 1. General papers, 1968-71 - Box 34 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 2. Articles of Association and Management Agreement, 1970 - Box 34 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 3. Artists Place, 1970 - Box 34 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 4. British Council, 1969-70 - Box 34 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 5. Graham Collier, 1969-71 - Box 34 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 6. Composers' Guild, 1968-70 - Box 34 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 7. Paul Crossley, 1970 - Box 34 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 8. Bryan Fairfax, 1970 - Box 34 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 9. Domaine Musicale - Box 34 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 10. Europe, 1968-69 - Box 34 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 11. Joelson& Co, 1970 - Box 35 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 12. Pierrot Players, 1969-70 - Box 35 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 13. Prague, 1970-71 - Box 35 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 14. Press lists, 1969-71 - Box 35 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 15. Harry Redner, 1969-71 - Box 35 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 16. Stephen Pruslin, 1969-71 - Box 35 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 17. Royal Festival Hall, 1968-71 - Box 35 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 18. Arnold Schonberg - Box 35 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 19. Universities, 1969 - Box 35 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 20. Westdeutsche Rundfunk, 1969-70 - Box 35 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 21. Miscellaneous papers, 1971 - Box 35 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 13. National Conference of Australian Composers, 1973-75 Show allonly 1

National Conferences of Australian Composers were held in Hobart in 1963 and 1965. The third Conference, organised by the Canberra School of Music and the Australian National University, was held in Canberra in September 1973. Murdoch took part in his capacity as Music Consultant to the Australian Council for the Arts. The papers in this small series comprise correspondence, press releases, financial papers, transcripts of proceedings and speeches. The correspondents include Eric Gross and Ken Healey.

File 1. Planning papers - Box 36 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 2. Correspondence, 1973-75 - Box 36 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 3. Financial papers - Box 36 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 4. Speeches and addresses - Box 36 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 5-6. Proceedings, 24 Sept. 1973 - Box 36 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 7-8. Proceedings, 25 Sept. 1973 - Box 36 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 9. Proceedings, 26 Sept. 1973 - Box 36 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 10. Proceedings, 27 Sept. 1973 - Box 36 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 11. Resolutions - Box 36 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 14. Music Rostrum, 1974-78 Show allonly 1

Music Rostrum was conceived by Roger Woodward in 1973 with the aim of organising a comtemporary music festival in Australia, with performances, master classes, lectures and seminars. The first festival was held in Sydney and Melbourne in 1975. Murdoch was on the Board of Directors. The papers he accumulated consist of correspondents, financial papers, circulars, press releases, programs and photographs. The correspondents include Murray Khouri, Robin Stanford, Stuart Thompson, Frank Barnes and Kim Williams.

File 1. Minutes and agenda papers, 1975 - Box 37 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 2. Minutes and agenda papers, 1976 - Box 37 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 3. Minutes and agenda papers, 1977 - Box 37 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 4. Agenda and financial papers, 1975-78 - Box 37 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 5. Agenda papers and correspondence, 1975 - Box 37 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 6. Rostrum '75 advertising - Box 37 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 7. Reviews, 1975 - Box 37 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 8. Cuttings and leaflets, 1975-76 - Box 37 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 9. Programs, 1974-75 - Box 38 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 10. Programs, 1975 - Box 38 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 11. Programs, 1976 - Box 38 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 12. William Pearson recital, 1976 - Box 38 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 13. Sydney String Quartet, 1976 - Box 38 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 14. Jazz Concert I, 1976 - Box 38 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 15. Jazz Concert II, 1976 - Box 38 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 16. All Australian Rostrum, 1976 - Box 38 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 17. Sonic Circle, 1976 - Box 38 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 18. Acme Concert, 1976 - Box 38 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 19. Jazz Concert III, 1976 - Box 39 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 20. William Pearson recital, Melbourne, 1976 - Box 39 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 21. Electronic Encounter, 1976 - Box 39 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 22. Robyn Archer, Melbourne, 1976 - Box 39 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 23. William Pearson recital, Adelaide, 1976 - Box 39 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 24. Carnival of the Animals, 1976 - Box 39 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 25. El Cimarron, 1976 - Box 39 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 26. Lunch hour series, 1976 - Box 39 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 27. Lecture series, 1976 - Box 39 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 28. Correspondence and other papers, 1975-76 - Box 39 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 15. Australian Music Centre, 1975-88 Show allonly 1

In 1975 Murdoch was appointed the first National Director of the Australian Music Centre, an independent non-profit company formed on the initiative of the Music Board of the Australia Council. The Centre, which was based in The Rocks in Sydney, was recognised by the Government and UNESCO as the official national music information centre. It built up a large library of publications, scores and sound recordings, produced a number of directories and other publications and organised concerts and exhibitions. Murdoch resigned as Director in 1981.

This very large series mostly comprises files created by Murdoch, including a series of alphabetical files. They contain an extensive correspondence, reports, agenda papers, financial papers, leaflets and cuttings. Among the correspondents are John Amis, John Antill, Anne Carr Boyd, Claire Bramley, Colin Brumby, John Cage, H.C. Coombs, Clive Douglas, Graham Dudley, Helen Gifford, Rodney Hall, Dorothy Helmrich, Miriam Hyde, Paul Isherwood, Graeme Koehne, Diana Manson, Barry Moreland, Prue Neidorf, Stan Ostoja-Kotkowski, Clive Pascoe, Therese Radic, Tom Shapcott, Kenneth Tribe and Rod Wallbridge.

Other papers on the Australian Music Centre can be found in Series 16 and 17.

File 1. Agreement with Murdoch, 1975 - Box 40 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 2. Annual report, 1982 - Box 40 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 3. Robyn Archer, 1977-79 - Box 40 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 4. Arts administration, 1977-78 - Box 40 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 5. Australia Council 1980 - Box 40 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 6. Australia Council, 1981 - Box 40 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 7-9. Australian composers - Box 40 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 10-11. Background information - Box 40 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 12. Bicentennial Encyclopaedia of Australian Music, 1977-80 - Box 40 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 13. 'A Blueprint', 1975 - Box 41 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 14. Composers' Guild of Australia, 1975-79 - Box 41 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 15. Confidential letters, 1977 - Box 41 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 16. Confidential letters, 1979 - Box 41 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 17. Coopers & Lybrand report, 1981 - Box 41 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 18. Financial papers, 1974-75 - Box 41 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 19. Flederman Sextet, 1982 - Box 41 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 20-22. Friends of the Australian Music Centre, 1981 - Box 41 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 23. Percy Grainger, 1975-80 - Box 41 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 24. Rodney Hall, 1972-77 - Box 41 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 25. International Association of Music Libraries, 1978-82 - Box 41 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 26. International Music Council, 1979-81 - Box 42 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 27-28. International Music Council NSW Committee, 1979-80 - Box 42 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 29. Letters of support, 1981 - Box 42 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 30. Library Bulletins, 1977-79 - Box 42 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 31. Library inquiry, 1980 - Box 42 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 32. Lucrecia Kasilag, 1977-80 - Box 42 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 33. Macmillan, 1974-80 - Box 42 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 34. Manual - Box 42 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 35. Barry Moreland, 1975-81 - Box 42 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 36. Music Coordination, 1978-81 - Box 42 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 37-38. Official management, 1980-81 - Box 42 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 39. Paintings, 1976 - Box 43 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 40. Posters, 1981 - Box 43 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 41. Press, 1981 - Box 43 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 42. Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale, 1976 - Box 43 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 43. Section 199 Companies Act, 1980-81 - Box 43 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 44. Testimonials, 1976-82 - Box 43 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 45. Theatre Board, 1981 - Box 43 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 46. R.N. Wallbridge & Co, 1978-82 - Box 43 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 47. George Whyte, 1975 - Box 43 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 48. Universal Edition, 1977-81 - Box 43 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 49-53. Young Composers Summer School - Box 43 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 54. A, 1975-80 - Box 44 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 55. A, 1980 - Box 44 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 56. B, 1975-80 - Box 44 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 57. B, 1980-81 - Box 44 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 58. C, 1980-81 - Box 44 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 59. C, 1979-81 - Box 44 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 60. D, 1973-79 - Box 44 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 61. D, 1980-84 - Box 44 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 62. E, 1975-80 - Box 44 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 63. F, 1973-79 - Box 44 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 64. F, 1980 - Box 44 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 65. G, 1972-80 - Box 44 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 66. G, 1979-81 - Box 45 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 67. H, 1972-80 - Box 45 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 68. J, 1975-79 - Box 45 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 69. K, 1975-79 - Box 45 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 70. K, 1980 - Box 45 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 71. L, 1975-80 - Box 45 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 72. M, 1973-80 - Box 45 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 73. M, 1980-81 - Box 45 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 74. N, 1974-79 - Box 45 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 75. O, 1969-81 - Box 45 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 76. P, 1976-79 - Box 45 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 77. P, 1978-80 - Box 45 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 78. R, 1974-79 - Box 45 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 79. R, 1975-81 - Box 46 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 80. S, 1972-80 - Box 46 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 81. S, 1980-81 - Box 46 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 82. T, 1974-80 - Box 46 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 83. T, 1980 - Box 46 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 84. V, 1975-80 - Box 46 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 85. W, 1975-81 - Box 46 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 86-87. Miscellaneous papers - Box 46 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 88. AMC News, 1985-86 - Box 46 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 89. Later papers, 1986-87 - Box 46 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 90. Later papers, 1988 - Box 46 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 91. Cutting book, 1978 - Folio-Box 1 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 92. Australian Music Centre; the first 18 months - Folio-Box 1 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 16. Music Information Centres, 1967-82 Show allonly 1

The Australian Music Centre affiliated with the International Group of Music Information Centres in 1975. The Group was a branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres. Murdoch was President of the Group in 1980-82 and presided at its meeting in Brussels. The series comprises reports, agenda papers, correspondence, leaflets, circulars and notes. Correspondents include Jan Olaf Ruden, William Elias, Bernard Huys, Anna Van Steenbergen and Andre Jurres.

File 1. Correspondence and papers, 1975-76 - Box 47 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 2. Correspondence and papers, 1977-78 - Box 47 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 3. Correspondence and papers, 1979-80 - Box 47 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 4. Correspondence and papers, 1981 - Box 47 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 5-6. Correspondence and papers, 1982 - Box 47 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 7. International meetings, 1967-70 - Box 47 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 8. International meetings, 1972-73 - Box 47 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 9. International meeting, Bergen, 1976 - Box 47 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 10-11. International meeting, Mainz, 1977 - Box 48 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 12. International meeting, Cambridge, 1980 - Box 48 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 13. International meeting, Brussels, 1982 - Box 48 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 14. IAML/IASA Conference, 1981 - Box 48 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 15. Papers on communication between music centre librarians - Box 48 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 17. Australia Council, 1972-85 Show allonly 1

The Australia Council was established as a statutory authority in 1975, replacing the Australian Council for the Arts. As Director of the Australian Music Centre, Murdoch had a close association with the Music Board of the Council. In 1981-82 he was a Consultant to the Australia Council and undertook a number of projects, including a review of the Music Board's publishing program and the planning of a National Music Council. The series contains files and publications acquired by Murdoch in this period, including correspondence with Clive Pascoe, Ian Johnston and John Cameron.

Further papers on the Australia Council can be found in Series 15 and 22.

File 1. Music Board, 1972-73 - Box 48 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 2. Music Board, 1973 - Box 48 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 3. Music Board grants, 1973-81 - Box 48 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 4. Music Board: instrument makers' taxation, 1977 - Box 49 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 5. Music Board, 1977-78 - Box 49 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 6. Music Board, 1979 - Box 49 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 7. Music Board, 1978-81 - Box 49 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 8. Music Board-Australian Music Centre meetings, 1979-81 - Box 49 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 9. Music Board, 1982-85 - Box 49 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 10. Australian National Music Centre, 1981 - Box 49 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 11. Consultant's file notes, 1981 - Box 49 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 12. Consultant's projects, 1981 - Box 49 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 13. Consultant's reports, 1981-82 - Box 49 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 14-15. General papers, 1981-84 - Box 50 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 16-20. Music Board Publishing Program Review, 1973-82 - Box 50 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 21. Sir Ian Potter dinner, 1985 - Box 50 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 22. Miscellaneous photocopies - Box 50 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 23. Jean Battersby. A Centre for Studies in the Arts, 1981 - Box 51 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 24. Tavistock Research Centre. Australians' attitudes to the arts, 1980 - Box 51 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 25. Drama companies productions list, 1975-80 - Box 51 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 26. Sandra Forbes. National plan for the promotion of Australian literature Show allonly 1

Series 18. Sydney Opera House Trust, 1983-89 Show allonly 1

In 1985 Murdoch was appointed a consultant for the Sydney Opera House Trust Bicentennial Program and in 1986 he was also music consultant to the Trust. Most of the papers in this series relate to the Trust's bicentennial activities.

File 1-8. Program and Marketing Committee meetings, 1987-89 - Box 51, 52 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 9. Profit and loss statement, 1987 - Box 52 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 10-16. Dance Springboard: research notes and programs, 1986-88 - Box 52, 53 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 17. Bicentennial Authority agreements, 1986 - Box 53 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 18-25. Bicentennial activities proposals, 1986-87 - Box 53, 54 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 26. Bicentennial diary of events, 1988 - Box 54 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 27. 15th anniversary pageant, 1988 - Box 54 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 28. Laser spectaculars - Box 54 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 29. Ultra Art Pty Ltd, 1986 - Box 54 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 30. Bicentennial exhibition, 1985-86 - Box 54 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 31-33. Programs - Box 54, 55 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 34. Correspondence, 1985-86 - Box 55 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 35. Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1983-87 - Box 55 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 36. Music theatre, 1985-86 - Box 55 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 37. Larrikin Music Group - Box 55 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 38. Bennelong, 1987 - Box 55 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 39. Educational - Box 55 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 40. Corroboree, 1986-87 - Box 55 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 41. Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra, 1986 - Box 55 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 42. Goossens lectures - Box 56 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 43. Library, 1986 - Box 56 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 44. Music Consultant, 1986 - Box 56 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 45. Technical information sheets - Box 56 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 46. Agents lists - Box 56 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 47. Australian composers, 1987 - Box 56 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 48. Art of Charles Blackman, 1987 - Box 56 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 49-50. Don Burrows special concert, 1988 - Box 56 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 51. Beethoven concert, 1988 - Box 56 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 52. Jane Peters recital, 1988 - Box 57 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 53. Sydney International Piano Competition - Box 57 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 54-57. Program proposals - Box 57 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 58-59. Programs - Box 57 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 60. Consultancy - Box 57 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 19. Roger Woodward, 1971-86 Show allonly 1

Murdoch was at one time the manager of the pianist Roger Woodward and he later worked closely with him in establishing Music Rostrum. Woodward resigned as Musical Director of Music Rostrum in 1976. The series contains an important group of letters of Woodward, many of them written while he was living in Poland. Other correspondents include Frank Barnes, Kim Williams, Rex Hobcroft, Stuart Thompson and Justin McDonnell. Other papers concerning Woodward can be found in Series 14.

File 1. Correspondence between Murdoch and Woodward, 1973-86 - Box 58 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 2. Correspondence about Woodward and Music Rostrum, 1974 - Box 58 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 3-4. Correspondence about Woodward and Music Rostrum, 1975 - Box 58 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 5. Correspondence about Woodward and Music Rostrum, 1976 - Box 58 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 6. Correspondence, cuttings and other papers about Woodward, 1974-82 - Box 58 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 7. Cuttings, 1971-76 - Box 58 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 8. Programs and reviews, 1971-84 - Box 58 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 9. Photographs - Box 58 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 10. Copies of official correspondence concerning performances by Woodward in London, 1971 Show allonly 1

Series 20. Graeme Koehne, 1978-88 Show allonly 1

Murdoch became manager of the Adelaide-born composer Graeme Koehne in 1984. Most of the papers in this series date from 1984-87, although there is some earlier correspondence. Koehne was a Harkness Fellow in 1985-86 and several of his letters were written from the United States. Other correspondents include Wayne McKenna, Lynn Ralph, Sylvia Box and Noel Pelly. Apart from letters, there are programs, cuttings, financial papers, reviews and lists of Koehne's compositions.

File 1. Correspondence, 1978-86 - Box 59 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 2. Curriculum vitae, photographs and other papers, 1986-88 - Box 59 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 3. Accounts, 1986-87 - Box 59 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 4. Australian Ballet, 1984-87 - Box 59 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 5. Australian Chamber Orchestra, 1986 - Box 59 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 6. Boosey& Hawkes, 1986-87 - Box 59 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 7. Queensland Ballet Company, 1988 - Box 59 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 8. Seymour Group, 1987 - Box 59 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 9. 'Nearly beloved', 1986 - Box 59 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 10-11. Western Australian Ballet Company, 1987-88 - Box 60 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 12. South Australian Jubilee 150, 1986 - Box 60 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 13. Works by Koehne - Box 60 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 14. 'The selfish giant', 1986 - Box 60 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 15. Copies of reviews, 1982-86 - Box 60 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 21. New Directions, 1987-89 Show allonly 1

'New Directions' was a series of 101 performances of Australian and international contemporary and experimental music held in Sydney in September 1988. It was sponsored by the Australian Bicentennial Authority and administered by Musica Viva. Murdoch was the Artistic Director. The files that he assembled contain circulars, correspondence, reviews, programs, financial papers, press releases, reports and photographs. The correspondents include Miriam Hyde, Peter Sculthorpe, Michael Dewis and Philip Henry.

File 1. Draft brochure - Box 60 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 2. Budget - Box 60 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 3. Contracts - Box 60 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 4-5. Correspondence - Box 61 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 6. Newspaper cuttings - Box 61 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 7-8. Diary of events - Box 61 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 9. Launch - Box 61 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 10. Media releases - Box 61 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 11. Photographs - Box 61 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 12. Press kits - Box 61 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 13. Draft programs - Box 61 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 14. Programs - Box 61 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 15. Program proofs - Box 62 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 16-17. Publications - Box 62 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 18. Report - Box 62 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 19. Bobby Goldsmith Foundation - Box 62 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 20-22. Diamanda Galas - Box 62 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 23. David Hykes - Box 62 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 24. Musica Viva - Box 62 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 25-26. New Directions 1990 - Box 63 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 27-28. Miscellaneous papers - Box 63 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 22. Archival Film Project, 1984-88 Show allonly 1

From 1974 onwards the Australia Council supported an Archival Film Project which recorded on film interviews with leading writers, composers and artists. Copies of the film were deposited in the National Library (later the National Film and Sound Archive). In 1984 Murdoch was engaged by the Australia Council as a researcher for the Project and carried out 25 interviews. The interviewees included Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Joan Hammond, Judith Wright, Manning Clark, Hal Missingham and Gwen Harwood. Murdoch produced a directory of arts on film in 1988.

File 1-2. Correspondence and notes, 1984-87 - Box 63 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 3-4. Arts on Film; a user directory, 1988 - Box 63 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 5. Subject index - Box 64 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 6. Notes and newspaper cuttings - Box 64 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 7. Indexes - Box 64 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 8. Newsletters and printed material - Box 64 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 23. Reading 1990 Show allonly 1

Reading 1990 was established by the National Book Council, in conjunction with the Literature Board of the Australia Council and the National Library, to promote reading in Australia during 1990, International Literary Year. Murdoch was appointed Director of the project in April 1989. His contract ended in November 1989 and the National Book Council then took over the administration of the project. This small series contains correspondence, circulars, reports and notes. The correspondents include Rosemary Wighton and Peter Field.

File 1. Circulars Show allonly 1
File 2. Contract Show allonly 1
File 3. Correspondence, 1989 Show allonly 1
File 4. Legal, 1988-89 Show allonly 1
File 5. Management Committee Show allonly 1
File 6-7. Miscellaneous papers - Box 65 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 24. Subject Files, 1963-90 Show allonly 1

Murdoch maintained an extensive series of subject files, containing biographical notes, typescripts of articles, newspaper cuttings, photocopies of articles, programs, reports, lists of works, transcripts of oral history recordings and some correspondence.

File 1-2. Aboriginal arts, 1983-88 - Box 65 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 3. Aboriginal music, 1984 - Box 65 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 4-8. Adelaide Festival of Arts, 1982-88 - Box 65, 66 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 9. Amadio Saunders Concert Management, 1976 - Box 66 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 10-11. Araluen Festival, 1984 - Box 66 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 12-14. Arts in Australia - Box 66 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 15. Arts journalism, 1986 - Box 66 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 16. Arts travel, 1985 - Box 66 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 17. Asian Composers Festival, 1980 - Box 67 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 18-20. Australian Chamber Orchestra, 1985 - Box 67 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 21. Australian Dance Theatre, 1984 - Box 67 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 22. Australian Studies Project, 1982 - Box 67 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 23. Australian Music Survey, 1969-72 - Box 67 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 24. Australian National Music Council, 1981 - Box 67 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 25. Australian Opera, 1987 - Box 68 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 26. Australian Performing Rights Association, 1963 - Box 68 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 27. Australian Society of Authors, 1968-76 - Box 68 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 28. Margaret Barr, 1985-86 - Box 68 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 29. Jean Battersby, 1972-80 - Box 68 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 30-36. Bicentennial projects, 1988 - Box 68, 69 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 37. Charles and Barbara Blackman, 1977-78 - Box 69 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 38. Elsie Blumann, 1984 - Box 69 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 39. Pamela Boden, 1977 - Box 69 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 40. Joan Bona - Box 70 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 41-42. Barry Brook, 1974-83 - Box 70 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 43. Boosey& Hawkes, 1985 ;XenaBorovansky, 1984 ; Virginia Braden ; Vera Broadford - Box 70 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 44. Edna Busse - Box 70 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 45. Canada-Australia, 1986 - Box 70 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 46. Canberra School of Music, 1986 - Box 70 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 47. Careers in music, 1990 - Box 70 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 48. Stuart Challender - Box 70 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 49. Chandrabhanu, 1978 - Box 70 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 50-52. China, 1980-81 - Box 71 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 53. Christensen Foundation, 1989 - Box 71 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 54. Manning Clark - Box 71 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 55. Eric Clapham - Box 71 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 56. Computers, 1977 - Box 71 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 57. Copyists and copyright, 1975-86 - Box 71 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 58. Cultural Grants Advisory Council, 1987 - Box 71 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 59. Dance music, 1983-87 - Box 72 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 60-62. Darling Harbour exhibition, 1985 - Box 72 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 63. Festival of Perth, 1966-68 - Box 72 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 64. Film arts education, 1985 - Box 72 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 65. Foreign Affairs: Festival of Pacific Arts, 1985 - Box 72 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 66. Dorothy Green, 1990 - Box 73 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 67. Gulbenkian Foundation - Box 73 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 68. Joan Hammond - Box 73 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 69. Barbara Hanrahan - Box 73 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 70. Margarita Hanson - Box 73 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 71. Max Harris - Box 73 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 72. Gwen Harwood - Box 73 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 73. Ivor Hele - Box 73 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 74. Gail Holst, 1976-80 - Box 73 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 75. Hong Kong Arts Centre, 1982 - Box 73 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 76. Hanna Horovitz, 1981-82 ; Mary Houghton - Box 74 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 77. Indian artists, 1984 - Box 74 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 78. Indian Ocean Festival, 1984 - Box 74 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 79. International Association of Music Libraries, 1981-82 - Box 74 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 80. International Clown Festival, 1980 - Box 74 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 81-82. International Dance Course, 1982 - Box 74 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 83. Eileen Joyce - Box 75 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 84. Lecture notes London, 1982 - Box 75 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 85. London Contemporary Dance Theatre, 1967-78 - Box 75 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 86. London Sinfonietta - Box 75 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 87. Shirley McKechnie ; Alan McCulloch ; John Manifold - Box 75 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 88. Naranyan Menon, 1977-81 - Box 75 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 89. Hal Missingham, 1980 - Box 75 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 90. Don Mitchell - Box 75 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 91. Irene Mitchell ; John Morrison, 1986 ; Alice Moyle - Box 75 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 92. Ian Munro ; James Murdoch - Box 75 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 93. Music magazines - Box 76 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 94. Music theatre - Box 76 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 95. Musica Viva, 1981 - Box 76 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 96. Musicians Union, 1971 - Box 76 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 97. National Aboriginal Observance Day, 1988? - Box 76 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 98. National Music Camps Association, 1984 Northern Territory Schools Commission, 1978 - Box 76 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 99-100. Notes on a landscape - Box 76 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 101. Jack O'Hagen, 1968 - Box 76 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 102-7. Oral History Program, National Library - Box 77 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 108. Constantine Orbelian, 1986 - Box 77 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 109. Lunaire Pierrot, 1982 - Box 77 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 110. Betty Pounder, 1979 - Box 77 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 111. Rex Reid, 1986 - Box 78 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 112. Olaf Ruhen, 1984 - Box 78 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 113. John Sangster, 1971 - Box 78 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 114. South Pacific Festival of Arts, 1984 - Box 78 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 115. Sydney International Piano Competition, 1985 - Box 78 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 116. Sydney Metropolitan Opera, 1990 - Box 78 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 117. Howard Taylor, 1978 - Box 78 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 118. Theatre Australia, 1982 - Box 79 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 119. Colin Thiele - Box 79 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 120. Frank Thring, 1982-85 - Box 79 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 121. John Timlin, 1973 - Box 79 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 122. Peter Travis, 1984-85 - Box 79 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 123. UNESCO: Australian National Commission, 1981 - Box 79 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 124. UNESCO: Australian National Advisory Committee, 1965-66 - Box 79 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 125. Universities of Wollongong, 1983-84? - Box 79 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 126. Venues - Box 80 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 127. Victoria - Box 80 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 128. Victorian Arts Centre, 1967 - Box 80 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 129. Visual arts, 1985 - Box 80 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 130. Kath Walker, 1976 - Box 80 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 131. Margaret Walker, 1984 - Box 80 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 132. Western Australia - Box 80 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 133. Judith Wright, 1965-83 - Box 80 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 25. Concert Hall Plans Show allonly 1

The plans in this series appear to have been collected by Murdoch in the 1980s.

File 1-2. Adelaide Festival Theatre - Box 81 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 3. Brisbane Concert Hall ; Canberra Theatre Centre - Box 81 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 4. Sydney Opera House - Box 81 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 5. Her Majesty's Theatre, Perth - Box 81 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 6. Queensland Performing Arts Centre - Box 81 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 7. Sydney State Theatre - Box 81 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 8. Victorian Arts Centre - Box 81 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 9. Perth Concert Hall - Box 81 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 26. Music Scores - Box 82 + Folio-Box 1 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

This series contains a collection of published music scores, mostly by Australian composers. The composers include John Antill, Harrison Birtwhistle, Barry Conyngham, Peter Maxwell Davies, George Dreyfus, Andrew Ford, Helen Gifford, Hans Werner Henze, Robert Hughes, Dorian Le Gallienne, Peter Sculthorpe, Larry Sitsky, Margaret Sutherland and Malcolm Williamson. There is also a manuscript score by Murdoch and a copy of a manuscript score of Sitsky's opera 'Lenz'.

Series 27. Chiron College, 1973-79 Show allonly 1

Chiron College was a small two year matriculation school located in Birchgrove in Sydney. It was registered with the New South Wales Department of Education in March 1974, but closed down in 1977. Murdoch was on the Board of Directors from 1973 and was President of Chiron College at the time of its closure. Some of the files in this series were created by Murdoch, while others appear to have belonged to the Principals John Welch and Peter Ofner and the Registrar Diana Thomson. The correspondents include Ofner, Geoffrey Lehmann, Barbara Blackman and Charles Blackman.

File 1. Board meeting, 1973 - Box 82 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 2. Incorporation and reports to committee, 1973 - Box 82 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 3-4. Board meetings, 1974-76 - Box 82 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 5. Appeal re recurrent grants, 1976 - Box 83 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 6. Capital grants, 1976 ; Schools Commission correspondence, 1976-77 ; Schools Commission questionnaire, 1974 - Box 83 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 9. Lectures, 1976-78 - Box 83 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 10. Press releases, 1975 - Box 83 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 11-12. Student record cards, 1973 - Box 83 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 13. Accounts, 1973 - Box 83 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 14. Application forms, 1974 - Box 83 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 15. Applications for enrolment and employment, 1974-75 - Box 84 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 16-17. Enrolments, 1976-77 - Box 84 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 18. Admissions register, 1976 - Box 84 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 19. Letters to parents, 1976 - Box 84 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 20. Correspondence, 1976 - Box 84 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 21. Correspondence, including liquidation papers, 1975-79 - Box 84 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 22-23. Correspondence re fees - Box 84 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 24-25. Fundraising and donations, 1976 - Box 84, 85 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 26. Textbook allowance for students, 1976 - Box 85 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 27. Purchase of textbooks and spirit machine, 1974-76 - Box 85 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 28. Equipment and excursions, 1976 - Box 85 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 29. Staff matters, 1976 - Box 85 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 30. Photographs of opening of school, 1973 - Box 85 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 31. History of Clifton Villa, Birchgrove - Box 85 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 32. Maintenance and hire of building, 1974-76 - Box 85 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 33. Miscellaneous papers - Box 85 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 28. Newspaper Cuttings and Reviews, 1950-90 Show allonly 1

This series consists of concert, opera and recital reviews and articles from both Australian and overseas newspapers. They have been arranged roughly chronologically.

File 1-2. 1950-59 - Box 86 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 3-5. 1960-68 - Box 86 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 6. 1968 - Box 86 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 7-8. 1966-69 - Box 86 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 9-10. 1968-71 - Box 86 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 11-18. 1967-80 - Box 87 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1
File 19-22. 1988-90 - Box 88 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Series 29. Programs, 1913-90 - Box 88-93 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

Murdoch retained a very large number of programs of musical and dance performances in Australia, Britain and Europe from about 1960 to 1990. In addition, there are a few J.C. Williamson opera programs of 1913 and two binders of Australian, New Zealand and English performances of the period 1937-50. The latter are mostly of music performances, but include programs of the Old Vic tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1948.

Series 30. Publications - Box 94-99 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

This series contains a varied collection of Australian, British and European monographs, magazines, pamphlets, government reports and other publications relating to music and the arts, 1960-90.

Series 31. Miscellaneous - Box 100 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

This series contains notes, lists and other manuscripts by Murdoch, as well as typescript copies of writings by others, leaflets, cuttings and other ephemera. In addition, there is a typescript copy of Patrick White's play 'Signal driver' and a report by Jean Battersby on cultural policy in Australia.

Series 32. Tape Recordings - Box 101-14 (MS 8372) Show allonly 1

The large number of tape recordings kept by Murdoch are mostly of musical performances, but also include radio talks and conference proceedings. Among the composers represented are Richard Rodney Bennett, Colin Brumby, Peter Maxwell Davies, Clive Douglas, George Dreyfus, Richard Meale, Peter Sculthorpe and Margaret Sutherland. Many of the tapes were made while Murdoch was in London in 1968-71 and there are also several tapes for a documentary on Bali.