Guide to the Papers of Alice Halmagyi


MS 7713

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 1989

Collection Summary

Alice Halmagyi
Papers of Alice Halmagyi
Date Range
Collection Number
MS 7713
0.07 metres (1 security binder)
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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Alice Halmagyi, National Library of Australia, MS 7713, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Postcards

[National Portrait Gallery, London, Charles Dickens] Undated. Dislike of London. (Item)

[Statue of Poseidon] 5.IV.63. Athens changing fast. (Item)

[Dionysos and Panther] 1963? From Manoly. (Item)

[Acropolis, Athens] 3.V.68. Discomfort of long flight. (Item)

[The two towers, Bologna] 11.VII.68. Church architecture. (Item)

[Happy Bay, Long Island, North Queensland] 17.VIII.1973. Vulgarity of Daydream Island. (Item)

[Fraser Island coloured sands] 17.VII.1974. Exploration of islands. (Item)

[Hobart] 9.XI.1973. Magnificence of "Wagnerian" scenery in Tasmania. (Item)

Series 2. Letters

To Alice and Denis Halmagyi. Thanks for gift, invitation to lunch with the relations. Manuscript. (Item)

To Alice. 3 1/2 page account of A night on Bald Mountain, with details of plot, character and motivation. Seeking Dr Halmagyi's advice with characterization of alcoholic. Typescript, with manuscript annotations. (Item)

To Alice and Denis. From Athens. Reaction to Season at Sarsaparilla. Travels in Greece - particular attraction to Pelion. Dislike of Mount Athos. Travels in Turkey. Plans to travel in Rome. Looking for Manoly's grandparents house. "Struggling with another play." Typescript, minor manuscript annotations. (Item)

To Alice. From Athens. Illness of P.W. and Manoly. Travel in Greece - lyrical description of various regions outside. Athens (now a kind of purgatory). 4 pp., manuscript. (Item)

To Alice from Athens. Manoly's diabetes. P.W.'s toothache. Dislike of Spain and Sicily. Plans to travel further in Greece. 4-pp., manuscript. (Item)

To Alice. From London. Visit of Denis. P.W.'s bronchitis aggravated by rain. "Obsession" with proposal for film of Voss. Visits to theatre. Plans for visit to U.S. 3 pp. Manuscript. (Item)

To Alice. From New York. Chest illnesses. Awful weather. Poor theatre. High prices. Meeting old friends. (Item)

To Alice. From London. Feels that London is where he belongs - Australia is only an exile. Weather would discourage him from living in London permanently. Discussion of proposed marriage of 2 friends, of which P.W. disapproves. Worries about the house. Manoly's and P.W.'s illnesses. P.W.'s meeting with nieces. Memorable experiences of London Theatre. 4 pp. Manuscript. (Item)