Guide to the Papers of Gavin Souter


MS 1209

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Collection Summary

Gavin Souter
Papers of Gavin Souter
Date Range
Collection Number
MS 1209
0.36 metres (2 archive boxes)
Language of Materials
National Library of Australia


Scope and Contents

Papers contain correspondence for the years 1959 to 1963, research notes handwritten by Souter, typescripts, press cuttings, photographs and some publications relating with West New Guinea and the Netherlands.

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Gavin Souter, National Library of Australia, MS 1209, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were offered by Souter to the National Library in December 1964 and arrived to the Library in April 1965.

Biographical Note

Graduated in Arts from Sydney University in 1948. Author of Sydney Observed, A peculiar people, the story of the utopian Australian settlement in Paraguay and The idle hill of summer. An Australian childhood: 1939-1945. A journalist in the Sydney Morning Herald, he is married and has two daughters.

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Correspondence

This series contains letters for the period 1959 to 1963. Correspondents include Dr J.V. Bruijn, Dr Herbert Feith, Ian Grabowski, Roger Joyce, Michael J. Leahy, James L, Taylor, Professor J. van Baal, Dr Francis West, Mrs. M. Staniforth Smith, Ivan Champion, Mrs A.M. Gabriel, J.P. Sinclair, Mathew Stirling, Heinrich Wahlen and others.

Series 2. Subject files

The files contain manuscript and typescript biographical notes by Souter. There are also included some photographs and press cuttings.

Subseries. Group 1

Detzner, Capt. H. (File a))
Leahy-Taylor (File b))
Karius and Hides (File c))
Staniforth Smith (File d))
Murray and Smith (File e))
Mc Gregor (File f))
Ehlers-Monckton (File g))
Denton (File h))
D'Albertis (File i))
Notes on other individuals (File j))

Subseries. Group 2

Dutch New Guinea (File a))
German New Guinea (File b))
New Guinea, general (File c))
Cargo Cult (File d))
Miscellaneous manuscript notes by Souter (File e))