Guide to the Papers of James Griffyth Fairfax


MS 1750

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Collection Summary

James Griffyth Fairfax
Papers of James Griffyth Fairfax
Date Range
Collection Number
MS 1750
1.32 metres (4 archive boxes + 1 large folio box)
Language of Materials
National Library of Australia


Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record ( for the access conditions.

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Griffyth Fairfax, National Library of Australia, MS 1750, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Biographical Note

James Griffyth Fairfax (1886-1976) was born in Sydney, the grandson of Sir James Fairfax of the Sydney Morning Herald. He spent most of his life in England, only visiting Australia for brief periods. He was a lawyer who sat in the House of Commons. In Australia he was best known as a poet, and he had a number of volumes published by Fairfax between 1906 and 1937. Fairfax served in the First World War; four of his "Mesopotamia" poems were included in Valour and visions:poems of the war, 1914-18 (1920).

Item Descriptions

Series. Correspondence

Letters by J.G. Fairfax and Benita Fairfax (File 1-22) - Box 1

Letters to Fairfax (File 23-328) - Box 1

Family letters (File 329-402) - Box 1

Business letters (File 403-505) - Box 1

Series. Photographs

Pencil sketch of a woman (File 506) - Folio No. ?

Five photographs of a Pucinelli painting of a child (File 507-511) - Folio No. ?

Photographs of a young man in uniform, and of Australia (File 512-564) - Box 2

Series. Miscellaneous Items

Menu and Christmas cards, press cuttings, a typescript history of the Fairfaxes of Barford and other papers. (File 565-649) - Box 2

Series. Essays

21 essays in typescript (File 650-670) - Box 3

Series. Poetry

Approximately 300 typescript and manuscript poems (File 671-1074) - Box 3

Series. Short Stories

Typescript (File 1075-1088) - Box 3

Series. Essays

Mainly manuscript (File 1089-1115) - Box 3

Series. Plays

Two plays: "Maurice"? and "Bad habits" in typescript (File 1116-1218) - Box 3

Series. Books

Personal notes (File 1219) - Box 4

Mesopotamia sonnets and lyrics, (1919) (File 1224) - Box 4

Manuscript poetry by Fairfax (File 1225) - Box 4

Printed books by various authors (File 1220-1223, 1226-1230) - Box 4