Guide to the Papers of George Foster Pearce
National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record
- George Foster Pearce
- Papers of George Foster Pearce
- Date Range
- Collection Number
- MS 1927
- 0.7 metres (5 boxes + 1 folio)
- Language of Materials
- National Library of Australia
Scope and Contents
MS 1927 contains Pearce's personal correspondence 1911-52, together with early manuscript and typescript drafts of his autobiography Carpenter to Cabinet, personal documents, miscellaneous articles and six volumes of press cuttings.
Conditions Governing Access
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn852726).
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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of George Foster Pearce, National Library of Australia, MS 1927, [box number and series and/or file number]'.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The National Library's collections of Pearce Papers were received in three separate groups, the first of which was received in 1951 from Sir George himself. The other two groups received in 1966 and 1967 came from his son Philip, through Peter R. (later Sir Peter) Heydon.Other papers from Sir George's three terms between 1908 and 1921 as Minister for Defence, were lodged in the Australian War Memorial. A further set of papers are held in the Commonwealth Archives Office (CP 820) having been transferred there in August 1960 via a strongroom from Pearce's office in Parliament House. These include (i) personal papers while he was Vice-President of the Executive Council (1926-29) and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (1930-31) and (ii) private papers 1915-30 relating to private and business interests, chiefly property, taxation and legal matters.
The three collections of Pearce Papers were catalogued as MS 213, MS 1827 and MS 1927 respectively, and descriptive lists are available for each collection.
Comprises Items 1-455.
The correspondence is arranged in chronological order; some undated letters arte placed at the end. Subjects covered include the discovery of oil in Papua; industrial disputes; Australian-Japanese relations; the Australian government shipping line; Western Australian state politics; naval defence; the federal political crisis of 1929; Pearce's appointment to public office after leaving parliament. There are a long series of letters with an English correspondent, J.F. Ramsbotham, concerning the English political scene; letters from members of his family and other personal correspondence; communications concerning S.M. Bruce; and requests for assistance with historical research.
Comprises Items 456-520.
The correspondence is arranged in chronological order. Subjects covered include general Australian politics; the N.S.W. Labour Party in 1932 and earlier; Australian naval expansion; defence facilities at Darwin; the Geneva Disarmament Conference of 1932; the Honours List; H.S. Foll's criticism of Cabinet membership; and the Defence Liaison Office in London.
Comprises Items 521-1505.
Re comparative cost of building cruisers and sloops in U.K. and Australia
Correspondence and memoranda, chiefly concerned with the itinerary of the visit
Includes correspondence and memoranda.
Re government measures to combat Depression Includes information concerning the role of the United Australia Organization of Victoria and its leading members in influencing federal politics and policy in 1931. File not arranged in chronological order. Also contains a letter from S.M. Bruce, May 1930, containing his views on the political and economic situation in Australia and his possible return to active politics.
Re Western Australia's secession attempt. Details of the campaign against secession, with mention of federal grants to the states.
Folder of correspondence about Pearce's defeat in the Western Australian Senate election of 1937 (Item)
Arranged in chronological order. Includes mention of Pearce's possible entry into Western Australian state politics.
Principally correspondence with Sir Charles Nathan, who was attempting to interest British concerns in developing this region.
Comprises Items 1506-2363.
Plus letters commenting on the book from Pearce's family, associates and others. Also cuttings of press reviews of the book.
Comprises Items 2364-2481.
Comprises Items 2482-2802.
Also minutes of meetings of The Emu Bay Railway Co. Ltd., 1946-1947 and 1951; also details of Lady Pearce's estate.
Appointment of Pearce as Commissioner, Procurer and Plenipotentiary to Washington Disarmament Conference, 1922 (Item)
(In folio run)
Six volumes covering the period 17 November 1908 - 28 August 1909, and 1938. Comprises Items 2803-2808.