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MS 1155

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Created: 2007

Collection Summary

Creator
Wilson, Roland, Sir
Title
Papers of Sir Roland Wilson
Date Range
1917 - 1999
Collection Number
MS 1155
Extent
4.95 metres (33 MS boxes)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
Special Collections (Manuscripts)

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The papers relate to the career and personal life of economist, statistician and senior Commonwealth public servant, Sir Roland Wilson KBE CBE. The papers include correspondence; academic notes; addresses and speech notes; as well as files retained by Wilson on a number of aspects of Australian Commonwealth economic policy development. Correspondents include early statisticians and economists, such as J. B. (James Bristock) Brigden and L. F. (Lyndhurst Falkiner) Giblin, aviators such as Sir Hudson Fysh, and federal ministers and prime ministers such as R. G. Menzies and Harold Holt. Some material relates to issues surrounding the governance and management of the Commonwealth Bank and Qantas when Wilson was member and Chairman of the boards of those enterprises.

All aspects of Sir Roland's public service life are covered by the collection. More material relates to his personal life and academic studies than that to his time as Commonwealth Statistician, or founding Secretary of the Department of Labour and National Service.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for research.

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Two items, J. B. Brigden letter (now at Series 8 File 7) and a bound photocopy of Wilson's Beit prize winning essay 'Social and economic experiments in Queensland' (now in Series 6) have been held by the Library since before 1996. The remainder of MS 1155 was donated to the Library by the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation, Australian National University, in 2006. Further papers were added in two separate consignments in 2014.

Other material relating to Sir Roland Wilson (including the original handwritten manuscript of the essay 'Social and economic experiments in Queensland') is held by the Australian Bureau of Statistics Library (Canberra) as Dep CS MS 001.

Material relating to Sir Roland's career is held at the National Archives of Australia in records of the Departments of which he was Secretary. There is also a formed collection of papers at M2806 Folders, binders and volumes maintained by Sir Roland Wilson.

Arrangement

The collection, although mostly held in labelled files, was somewhat disordered on receipt from the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation. There were signs of several previous filing arrangements which proved too sporadic to re-establish. The collection also shows evidence of re-arrangement, possibly after Sir Roland retired from the Commonwealth Public Service and during his time as Chairman of the Boards of QANTAS and the Commonwealth Bank. There is also evidence of some culling and re-arrangement as evidenced by notes (in Wilson's hand?) saying 'Examined 20/2/84'.

In 2007, the Library arranged the collection into series: correspondence; research materials; addresses and the remainder arranged in accordance with Sir Roland's career. Pre-existing labelling of subject files and internal arrangement within those files has been maintained.

Although a large number of printed publications held by Wilson were not retained with the collection, the most significant books relating to the development of his academic training in economics are retained as Series 10.

Biographical Note

1904: Roland Wilson born 7 April, at Ulverstone, Tasmania. Wilson was called 'Roly' by his father Thomas Wilson.

1925: Rhodes Scholar for Tasmania.

1926: Received a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Tasmania.

1926: Beit Prizeman (Oxon) for 'Social and economic experiments in Queensland'

1928-1930: Commonwealth Fund Fellow. Wilson used the scholarship to extend his academic studies at the University of Chicago (PhD).

1929: Received a Doctorate of Philosophy at Oxford for a thesis on the import of capital.

1930: Married Valeska Thompson (b. 7 August 1904, New Mexico, USA).

1930: Lecturer in Economics and Director of Tutorial classes in the University of Tasmania until 1932 and Workers Education Association lecturer at the University of Tasmania.

1931: Publication of academic research as volume

1932: Joined Commonwealth Public Service in the Department of the Treasury in the Economic Statistician's Branch as Assistant Commonwealth Statistician.

1936-1940: Became Commonwealth Statistician and Economic Adviser to the Treasury.

1940-1946: Established and directed the Department of Labour and National Service.

1941: Appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

1942-1945: During the war, Wilson constructed an electric car in order to drive during petrol rationing.

1946-1951: Returned to the post as Commonwealth Statistician and Economic Adviser to the Treasury.

1948-1949: Chairman of the Economic and Employment Commission of the United Nations.

1951-1966: Secretary of the Treasury.

1955: Created a Knight Bachelor (Kt) for outstanding public service.

1965: Created a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE).

1966: Retired from the Commonwealth Public Service and became Chairman of Qantas until 1973; Chairman of Qantas Wentworth Hotel Ltd until 1975; and Chairman of Commonwealth Banking Corporation until 1975.

1971: June 2, Valeska, Wilson's wife was killed (aged 64) in a motor accident on the highway near San Augustin de las Juntas, Oaxaca, Mexico and was interred in the Municipal Cemetery, Oaxaca, Mexico.

1975: Married Joyce.

1975: Retired from the Commonwealth Bank Board, 14 January.

1996: Sir Roland Wilson died in Canberra 25 October.

1996: Died 25 October, survived by wife, Joyce. No children.

Biographical Reference(s)

Who's Who in Australia

Person notes for person CP 556, Sir Roland Wilson KBE, CBE on RecordSearch database at http://www.naa.gov.au.

Sir Roland Wilson : a biographical essay, Selwyn Cornish, Canberra, Australian National University, c2002.

Obituary Sir Roland Wilson, 'Outstanding public servant of his generation', Informing a nation: the evolution of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1905-2005, Canberra, Australian Bureau of Statistics, c2005.

Giblin's platoon: the trials and triumph of the economist in Australian public life, William Oliver Coleman, Selwyn Cornish, Alfred Hagger, Canberra, ACT ANU E Press, c2006.

Item Descriptions

Class MS 1155. Original consignment

Comprising papers that relate to the career and personal life of economist, statistician and senior Commonwealth public servant, Sir Roland Wilson KBE CBE. The papers include correspondence; academic notes; addresses and speech notes; as well as files retained by Wilson on a number of aspects of Australian Commonwealth economic policy development. Correspondents include early statisticians and economists, such as J. B. (James Bristock) Brigden and L. F. (Lyndhurst Falkiner) Giblin, aviators such as Sir Hudson Fysh, and federal ministers and prime ministers such as R. G. Menzies and Harold Holt. Some material relates to issues surrounding the governance and management of the Commonwealth Bank and Qantas when Wilson was member and Chairman of the boards of those enterprises. The collection also includes a bound photocopy of a manuscript entitled 'Social and economic experiments in Queensland', the draft of Beit prize essay 1927 by Roland Wilson.

Contained in 33 boxes (MS 1155, Boxes 1-33).

Series 1. Correspondence, 1920-1996

Correspondence as retained by Wilson including family letters while Wilson was studying overseas and personal correspondence.

Other correspondence has been placed in series which relate to Sir Roland's career, for example, Series 4 holds Qantas correspondence. Correspondence with L. F. Giblin and J. B. Brigden is located in Series 8.

There is evidence of culling and later labelling by Wilson. These have been retained in this arrangement.

Typewritten letters from Thomas Wilson (father), Ulverstone, Tasmania to Roland Wilson, 3 February 1992 (File 1)

Letters were written to Roland while he was studying at Oxford and at Chicago.

Typewritten letters from Thomas Wilson (father), Ulverstone, Tasmania to Roland Wilson, 1928-1932 (File 2)

Includes some letters from other family members.

Typewritten letters from Thomas Wilson (father), Ulverstone, Tasmania to Roland Wilson, 1930-1931 (File 3)

Includes some letters from other family members (brothers?).

These letters may have been removed from their original sequence.

Letters from Roland Wilson to Thomas Wilson (father), 1928-1933 (File 4)

Includes some letters from other family members, Ulverstone, Tasmania.

These letters may have been removed from their original sequence.

Undated and miscellaneous letters to Sir Roland Wilson, 1977 (File 5)

Includes birthday and Christmas cards and a list of letters destroyed, August 1977.

Correspondence, 1920s (File 6)

These letters may have been removed from their original sequence.

Correspondence, 1930s (File 7)

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent to Roland Wilson.

Includes letters from D. B. Copland and Melbourne University Press.

Correspondence, 1930s (File 8)

Labelled folders as retained by Sir Roland Wilson.

Includes letters from Clerici, Melbourne Herald, and Melbourne University Press.

Personal correspondence, 1940s (File 9)
Personal correspondence, 1950s (File 10)
Personal correspondence, 1960s (File 11)
Correspondence, 1970s (File 12)
Letters received by Sir Roland Wilson during his illness, 1972 (File 13)

Includes copies of replies by Wilson.

Correspondence relating to the death of Valeska Wilson, 1971 (File 14)
Correspondence, 1980-1981 (File 15)
Correspondence, 1990-1996 (File 16)
Letters of congratulation to Roland Wilson, 1924-1955 (File 17)

Includes diary notes made while on a study tour of the United States and a retouched colour photographic portrait of Wilson's mother(?)

Personal correspondence with friends, colleagues and mentors, 1930-1984 (File 18)

Correspondents include Nancy Long; Bob Garner; Sir Lenox Hewitt; Sir Stanley Carver and E. T. Mc Phee.

Correspondence with Oriel College, 1926-1996 (File 19)
Correspondence with Yates Dowell and others relating to patents applied for by Roland Wilson, 1950-1958 (File 20)
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1948-1970 (File 21)

Correspondents include A. Oppenheim; Mr McFarlane; Heyward, and Knights Bachelor.

These letters may have been removed from their original sequence.

Series 2. Papers relating to Sir Roland Wilson as Commonwealth Statistician, Economic Adviser to the Treasury, Secretary of the Department of Labour and National Service, 1932-1950

Papers relating to Sir Roland Wilson as Secretary of the Department of Labour and National Service, 1942-1946 (File 1)
Papers relating to Sir Roland Wilson's employment as Economist and Economic Adviser to the Treasury and Commonwealth Statistician, 1935-1950 (File 2)
Miscellaneous papers relating to Sir Roland Wilson's period as Economic Adviser to the Treasury and Commonwealth Statistician, 1932-1986 (File 3)

Later material relates to the functions marking the 50th anniversary of Sir Roland Wilson's appointment as Commonwealth Statistician.

Index numbers by C. H. Wickens, holograph and carbon typescript copies written by Wickens as Commonwealth Statistician and Actuary, 1920 (File 4)
Policy advice and papers on the compilation and accuracy of statistics regarding savings investment; national income; export prices, and overseas competition for Australian manufactured products, 1936-1950 (File 5)
Research notes and drafts of article 'Ten eventful years' written for the Australian Commonwealth Year Book, 1946 (File 6-7)
Miscellaneous papers and correspondence relating to policy considerations of Australia's economic conditions, 1948-1951 (File 8)
Copies of papers and correspondence relating to Australia's economic position and policy advice regarding wool tax and subsidies and migration policies, 1950 (File 9)
Reports and correspondence relating to Australia's economic policies, 1949-1950 (File 10)
Correspondence from Sir Roland Wilson to Australian correspondents including L. F. Giblin and D. B. Copland while Wilson was advising from Washington, DC, 1948-1949 (File 11)

Originals and carbon copy replies.

Newspaper clippings reporting Sir Roland Wilson's appearance before the Banking Commission, 1936 (File 12)
Papers relating to Sir Roland Wilson's role as adviser and Australian representative to the United Nations Committee on Contributions, 1946-1949 (File 13)

Includes notes and correspondence with J. B. Brigden.

Dr Wilson's report on Economic and Employment Commission, 1949 (File 14)

Series 3. Papers relating to Sir Roland Wilson as Secretary of the Treasury, 1950-1966

Credit policy, 1950 (File 1)
Budget, 1950-1951 (File 2)
Prime Minister [papers for Budget consideration], 1951 (File 3)
Public and private investment in Australia, 1954 (File 4)
Mr O'Connor MP, 1953-1954 (File 5)

Newspaper clippings, Hansard proofs, and correspondence relating to a controversy over remarks made by Sir Roland Wilson in an after dinner speech to the Federal Council of the Electrical Manufacturers Australia, 4 May 1953.

Chase Bank seminar, 1965 (File 6)
Commonwealth Banking Corporation, 1966 (File 7)

Wilson's advice to the government on the governance of the Commonwealth Bank.

Series 4. Papers relating to Sir Roland Wilson as member and Chair of board of Qantas, 1956-1976

Papers relating to Qantas' interest in the Wentworth Hotel, Sydney, 1965-1973 (File 1-2)
Papers relating to Qantas reorganisation and salaries, 1969-1970 (File 3-4)

Includes correspondence from Sir Frederick Wheeler; Sir Lenox Hewitt, and Sir Richard Randall.

Papers relating to Concorde aircraft, 1972 (File 5)
Papers relating to International Air Transport Association (IATA); the laws relating to aviation and reduced transportation rates, 1966-1973 (File 6)

Includes original correspondence form Sir Hudson Fysh.

Papers relating to Sir Hudson Fysh and Sir Cedric Turner, 1967-1968 (File 7)

Includes copies of correspondence and notes made by Sir Roland Wilson.

Pilot matters, 1966-1970 (File 8)

Relates to the pilots' remuneration disputes.

Correspondence relating to the functions of the Chief Executive of Qantas, 1972-1976 (File 9)
Correspondence, 1971 (File 10)

Mostly relating to remuneration of the Board Chair of Qantas.

Miscellaneous correspondence relating to Sir Hudson Fysh and development plans for Sydney Airport, 1965-1966 (File 11)
Miscellaneous correspondence relating to Qantas operations and executive management, 1966-1970 (File 12)
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1967-1971 (File 13)
Miscellaneous correspondence and addresses given by Sir Roland Wilson while Board Chair of Qantas, 1969-1970 (File 14)
Publicity statements, retirement letters and press, 1966-1973 (File 15)
Newspaper clippings relating to Qantas, 1967-1971 (File 16)
Newspaper clippings relating to Qantas, 1969-1973 (File 17)

Series 5. Papers relating to Sir Roland Wilson as member and Chair of board of Commonwealth Bank and MLC Limited, 1968-1980

Remuneration of the Commonwealth Bank Board Chair and the Chairman of Qantas, 1969 (File 1)
Order of ceremony for the opening of Richardson House, a hostel for employees of the Commonwealth Bank, Canberra, c.1968 (File 2)
Correspondence relating to the retirement of Sir Roland Wilson from the board of the Commonwealth Bank, 1975 (File 3)
Large folder in vinyl cover of papers relating to investments and financial matters, 1968 (File 4)
Bound volume of papers relating to the business of the Mutual Life and Citizens' Assurance Company (MLC), 1975 (File 5)
Spiral bound volume of papers of sumbissions to the Board, 7 February 1980 (File 6)

Series 6. Research notes, 1920-1986

Also includes notes made while Wilson was a lecturer with the University of Melbourne and for the Workers Educational Association.

Series 2 also contains notebooks; Series 2 and 3 also contain notes on small cards and notepapers that were filed alphabetically.

Publications and writings of Sir Roland Wilson, 1927-1986 (File [unnumbered])

Includes a bound photocopy of Wilson's Beit Prize essay Social and economic experiments in Queensland and the holograph manuscript; typescript carbon copy and three printed and bound copies of Capital imports and the terms of trade.

Also includes statistical publications and articles by Wilson and an article on Wilson's contribution by Ian Castles as printed in the Canberra bulletin of public administration.

University notebooks, 1920s-1930s (File [unnumbered])

Contains 18 notebooks, some bound together.

Notes on economic subjects taken from various publications, 1920s-1930s (File [unnumbered])

On system cards or small pieces of paper filed in card boxes.

Includes a letter to Wilson from Giblin, 19 November 1950, and appended to notes made by Wilson.

Research and correspondence relating to preparation of academic work and lectures, 1920s-1930s (File [unnumbered])

Includes remnants of an alphabetical filing arrangement.

Series 7. Addresses and speeches, 1930-1986

Some are bundles of summarised cards with annotations for emphasis as made and retained by Sir Roland Wilson.

Miscellaneous and undated speeches and addresses, 1930-1986 (File 1)
Speeches, addresses, 1930-1939 (File 2)
Speeches, addresses, 1960-1969 (File 3-4)
Speeches, addresses, 1970-1979 (File 5)
Giblin Memorial lecture, 1976 (File 6)

As given at the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science (ANZAAS) congress

Notes for speeches on the Opening of the Da Vinci to Sputnik exhibition; Mr Swartz farewell; ICI (6 May 1974), and Notes labelled The Economist and the world problems of today, 1960-1974 (File 7)

Summarised cards with annotations for emphasis as made and retained by Sir Roland Wilson.

Notes for speeches including a Farewell to Sir William Slim; farewell to a Director of the Commonwealth Bank; Knut Hammarskjold; Conference of the Australasian Commercial Teachers' Association and the opening of an exhibition on the history of money in New York, c.1960-c.1975 (File 8)

Summarised cards with annotations for emphasis as made and retained by Sir Roland Wilson.

Notes for speeches including Commonwealth Banking Corporation Farewell Dinner; Supervising Pilots; Address to Journalists, Melbourne, and Tasmania Week, c.1960-c.1975 (File 9)

Summarised cards with annotations for emphasis as made and retained by Sir Roland Wilson.

Notes for speeches including Farewell Speech Commonwealth Banking Corporation (1975); Da Vinci to Sputnik; Management Development Seminar, Sydney (14 February 1969) and others, 1969-1975 (File 10)

Summarised cards with annotations for emphasis as made and retained by Sir Roland Wilson.

Notes for speeches as made for Ray Baxter and Sir Reg Groom (13 February 1974); Steel Industry Conference (196?); Turner farewell; Airline Personnel Directors' conference (30 May 1968), and BOAC seats launch, 1960-1974 (File 11)

Summarised cards with annotations for emphasis as made and retained by Sir Roland Wilson.

Notes for speeches on the occasion of Staff Party Jubilee Celebration (1970); Station Managers' Dinner (9 February 1968); History of Currency exhibition (24 January 1966), and Neilson Dinner, 1966-1970 (File 12)

Summarised cards with annotations for emphasis as made and retained by Sir Roland Wilson.

Notes for speeches on the occasion of Fysh farewell; visit of Sir Giles Guthrie, and 50th anniversary of Wilson's appointment as Commonwealth Statistician, c.1960-c.1975 (File 13)

Summarised cards with annotations for emphasis as made and retained by Sir Roland Wilson.

Series 8. Subject files, 1922-1981

Subject files relate to Australia's economic policy development and cover tariffs; multilateral clearings; balance of payments, and wool industry policies.

Papers relating to L. F. Giblin and the Giblin memorial lecture, 1936-1981 (File 1)

Several labelled files of original correspondence, transcribed copies and biographical notes prepared by Sir Roland Wilson.

Papers relating to L. F. Giblin and the Giblin memorial lecture, 1927-1975 (File 2)

Several labelled files of original correspondence, transcribed copies and biographical notes prepared by Sir Roland Wilson.

Includes a reprint from the Melbourne Herald of 'Letters to John Smith telling in simple language the facts of the economic situation that has arisen in Australia, and showing how our problems can be solved' / by L. F. Giblin, 1930.

Papers relating to J. B. Brigden, 1947 (File 3)

Includes poetry and a black and white photographic print portrait of J. B. Brigden.

Correspondence between Sir Roland Wilson and J. B Brigden, 1925-1985 (File 4)

Includes annotations made later by Sir Roland Wilson.

Papers relating to J. B. Brigden, 1922-1951 (File 5)

Labelled files as retained by Sir Roland Wilson or correspondence and a memorial article written by Wilson.

Includes a black and white print and photographic negative of a sketch portrait of J. B. Brigden as published in Smith's Weekly, 3 August 1929.

Papers relating to J. B. Brigden and an article on Brigden written by Wilson for the Economic Record, 1929-1951 (File 6)

Several labelled files of original correspondence, transcribed copies, photocopies and biographical notes prepared by Sir Roland Wilson.

Includes Brigden's papers relating to the Overseas Shipping Representatives Association (OSRA).

Typescript original letter from J. B. Brigden, West Hobart, to Roland Wilson, 3 May 1925 (File 7)

Brigden counsels Wilson on debating techniques.

Files labelled as 1960 the credit squeeze, and Associated documents, 1950-1960 (File 8)
Files labelled Australian tariffs and Capital imports, n.d. (File 9)
File labelled Balance of payments, 1948 (File 10)
Files labelled Empire currency; Exemption of real property from taxation in Australia, and Keynes, n.d. (File 11)
Files labelled Miscellaneous working papers, and Mss, 1948 (File 12)
Files labelled Multilateral clearings, A. Smithies, and Trade with Czechoslovakia, n.d. (File 13)
File labelled Treasury bills finance, 1935 (File 14)
Files labelled Unemployment, and Wool stabilization, 1950 (File 15)

File labelled Unemployment is an essay from Wilson's time as a student of economics.

Series 9. Personal and miscellaneous papers, 1917-1999

Biographical material ; school reports; 'logs' written by Sir Roland Wilson, 1917-1995 (File 1)

The logs are a carbon typescript 'Being the tedious brief tale of the wanderings over North America of Herbert Elvin; Hugh Soulsby; George Taylor and Roland Wilson in the summer of nineteen hundred and twenty nine' possibly written by Hugh Soulsby.

There is also a handwritten diary log of a tour of Washington, DC taken from 13 July - 25 August another year 1930? There are also black and white photographic prints of Roland Wilson with other young males possibly taken in Tasmania?

Job applications, references and affiliations, 1930-1988 (File 2)

Carbon typescript copies of job applications and some holograph and typescript copies of testimonials and references. Some material relates to Wilson's membership of the Economic Society of Australia and the Commonwealth Club.

Printed copies of school and university magazines, 1926-1989 (File 3)

Copies of magazines for Sacred Heart School, Ulverstone, Tasmania; Devonport State High School and Oriel College Oxford. Some containing articles on Roland Wilson.

Awards and decorations, 1922-1955 (File 4)

Testamur form the University of Tasmania (1922); warrant (1941) and citation (1955) for Commander of the British Empire, Civil Division.

Family photographs and certificates, 1905-1976 (File 5)

Photograph of Roland Wilson aged 15 months?; family photographs?; marriage certificate; wedding handkerchief; notes concerning family and friends, and photograph of wedding of Bruce Wilson (Roland's brother?)

Includes a cassette tape sound recording of Norman and Molly Hawkins talking to Bill and Tony Wilson, 23 December 1968.

Norman & Molly Hawkins talking to Bill & Tony Wilson 23 Dec 1968 [cassette tape], 1968 (Item NLA.MS-SAV000001) - Cassette Box 1
Papers relating to the death of Valeska Wilson, 1971 (File 6)

Death certificate and black and white photographic prints of the funeral and gravesite at Oaxaca, Mexico. Handwritten note in Wilson's hand of dispersal of some effects of Valeska Wilson to friends and family.

Miscellaneous, 1966-1969 (File 7)

Miscellaneous items including a menu for a Robert Menzies farewell dinner given by the permanent heads of the Commonwealth Public Service; a recipe identified as 'Roland's favourite recipe'; black and white photographic prints of a meeting in Tasmania.

Also includes a souvenir of QANTAS salute to Apollo 11, and souvenir and photographic album of USS Hornet visit made by Sir Roland Wilson, 10 March 1966. This album needs removing from sticky album.

Papers relating to Wilson's swimming pool; electric car and invention of the Torpoise, 1942-1985 (File 8)

Includes black and white photographic prints of Sir Roland Wilson driving the electric car in Canberra, 1942?

Newspaper clippings, 1932-1996 (File 9-11)
Taxation returns, 1930-1968 (File 12)
Papers relating to finances -- First Hawaiian Bank, 1978-1984 (File 13)
Miscellaneous and financial records, 1926-1997 (File 14)
Research papers and articles on Sir Roland Wilson prepared by Ian Castles, 1925-1999 (File 15)

Mostly photocopies and printed articles.

Series 10. Books, n.d.

Includes works on economics, statistics, economic history, and a number of volumes that were held by Chas. Wickens as Commonwealth Statistician, 1922-1931.

Class MS Acc14.016. Consignment added February 2014 - Box 1-3 (Acc14.016)

Comprising original papers of Sir Roland, including correspondence, speeches, notes, newspaper cuttings, photographs, university graduation certificate and publications together with papers of Ian Castles relating to his research about Sir Roland, his obituary of him, and his involvement with the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation.

Contained in 3 boxes (MS Acc14.016, Boxes 1-3).

Series. Correspondence

Correspondence with John Crawford, 1934-1940 (File) - Box 1 (MS Acc14.016)
Personal: Letters from Valeska and Mary, 1945 (File) - Box 1 (MS Acc14.016)
Loose correspondence and notes of RW, including some letters to his father, c.1929-1933 (File) - Box 1 (MS Acc14.016)
Loose correspondence received by RW, 1965 (File) - Box 1 (MS Acc14.016)
Correspondence of RW (four files), most or all letters of congratulations for his KBE, 1965 (File) - Box 1 (MS Acc14.016)

Series. Papers relating to Sir Roland Wilson as Commonwealth Statistician, Economic Adviser to the Treasury, Secretary of the Dept of Labour and National Service

Manila file Dr Evatt U.N Conference, 1945 (File) - Box 1 (MS Acc14.016)
Commonwealth Statistical Office records (x3): Tasmanian Statistical Bureau transferred to Commonwealth 1924; Census of SA from the earliest times, 1909; Calculating machine - recommending purchase of, 1936, with a 1988 letter from the ABS SA Office to Mr Ian Castles, 1909-1988 (File) - Box 1 (MS Acc14.016)

Series. Papers relating to Sir Roland Wilson as Secretary of the Treasury

File 'Resignation etc', 1966 (File) - Box 1 (MS Acc14.016)

Series. Papers relating to Sir Roland Wilson as member and Chair of board of Qantas

File (unlabelled) containing Qantas cuttings, 1966 (File) - Box 1 (MS Acc14.016)

Series. Research notes

Capital imports and the terms of trade, by Roland Wilson, 1931 (File) - Box 1 (MS Acc14.016)
Bound thesis by Roland Wilson. Photocopy of handwritten original. 'Social and economic experiments in Queensland', 1927, 1927 (File) - Box 2 (MS Acc14.016)

Series. Addresses and speeches of Roland Wilson

Various loose papers/addresses by RW some original, some copies. Includes patent application by RW 'Vehicle Construction Kit', 1950, various (File) - Box 2 (MS Acc14.016)

Series. Personal and miscellaneous papers

Photo album, incomplete, unprovenance, unlabelled with family and travel (Middle East) scenes. Presumably originally belonging to RW (File) - Box 2 (MS Acc14.016)
Cigarette box 'Players Navy' containing appoximately 50 tourist scenes from Scotland, U.S., Canada (File) - Box 2 (MS Acc14.016)
Doctor of Laws, University of Tasmania, certificate for RW, 1969 (File) - Box 2 (MS Acc14.016)
Loose uncaptioned photographs, various (File) - Box 2 (MS Acc14.016)
Black pocket book labelled 'Roland Wilson, Oriel College, Oxford'. Contained study notes, 1920s (File) - Box 2 (MS Acc14.016)
Miscellaneous loose papers of RW: correspondence, newspaper cuttings, postcards, school homework, notebook, pamphlets, late nineteenth century pamphlets on birth control, c.1890-1990 (File) - Box 3 (MS Acc14.016)

Series. Papers of IC relating to RW

Loose papers of Ian Castles retlating to RW includes eulogy, SRWF board meeting minutes, copies of RW's correspondence (some original papers of RW's were among these and have been grouped separately), c.1996-2005 (File) - Box 3 (MS Acc14.016)
Ian Castles' file re celebration of RW's 50th anniversary as Commonwealth Statistician, 1986 (File) - Box 3 (MS Acc14.016)
Miscelleneous loose papers of IC relating to RW. Includes some research copies of RW papers, correspondence re SRWF, 1986-1999 (File) - Box 3 (MS Acc14.016)

Class MS Acc14.026. Consignment added March 2014 - Box 1 (Acc14.026)

Comprising correspondence and miscellaneous papers including letters from Bill McMahon, H.C. Coombs, and Ben Chifley, and certificate of patent USA, 1925-1975; photographs of Sir Roland and the opening of the Sir Roland Wilson building at the Australian National University, c.1924-c.2000; publications by Sir Roland, 1925-1988; and newspaper cuttings about Sir Roland, c.1928-1996.

Contained in 1 box (MS Acc14.026 Box 1).

Container List

Series Files Box
1 1-8 1 (MS 1155)
1 9-16 2 (MS 1155)
1 17-21 3 (MS 1155)
2 1-7 4 (MS 1155)
2 8-14 5 (MS 1155)
3 1-7 6 (MS 1155)
4 1-7 7 (MS 1155)
4 8-17 8 (MS 1155)
5 1-6 9 (MS 1155)
6 Unnumbered files 10 (MS 1155)
6 Unnumbered files 11 (MS 1155)
6 Unnumbered books 12 (MS 1155)
6 Unnumbered notebooks 13 (MS 1155)
6 Unnumbered bundles 14 (MS 1155)
6 Unnumbered bundles 15 (MS 1155)
6 Unnumbered files 16 (MS 1155)
6 Unnumbered files 17 (MS 1155)
6 Unnumbered files 18 (MS 1155)
7 1-6 19 (MS 1155)
7 7-13 20 (MS 1155)
8 1-7 21 (MS 1155)
8 8-15 22 (MS 1155)
9 1-6 23 (MS 1155)
9 7-11 24 (MS 1155)
9 12-15 25 (MS 1155)
10 Unnumbered books 26 (MS 1155)
10 Unnumbered books 27 (MS 1155)
10 Unnumbered books 28 (MS 1155)
10 Unnumbered books 29 (MS 1155)
10 Unnumbered books 30 (MS 1155)
10 Unnumbered books 31 (MS 1155)
10 Unnumbered books 32 (MS 1155)
10 Unnumbered books 33 (MS 1155)

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