Guide to the Papers of Hardy Wilson
National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record
- Hardy Wilson
- Papers of William Hardy Wilson
- Date Range
- c1650, 1905-2001
- Collection Number
- MS Acc07.082
- 2.90 metres (8 ms boxes + 1 large folio box, 2 folio items)
- Language of Materials
- Special Collections (Manuscripts)
Scope and Contents
This collection comprises papers accumulated by William Hardy Wilson until the time of his death in 1955, and then by his son, Dr Lachlan Hardy Wilson, who died in 2002. The earlier papers comprise correspondence, including drafts of Hardy Wilson's outgoing mail; drafts of books and articles; diaries, photographs; exhibition and sale catalogues; a design for a piece of furniture and news cuttings. Papers added by Hardy Wilson's son include correspondence and research undertaken by Zeny Edwards for her book 'William Hardy Wilson: artist, architect, orientalist, visionary', published in 2001; catalogues for later exhibitions relating to Hardy Wilson's work; and typescript drafts of a thesis on Hardy Wilson by Brian Kooyman, c1999. There are also ten hand-coloured maps of Italy and Greece, created by Dutch cartographer and publisher, Jan Jansson, c1650.
Conditions Governing Access
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn3995097).
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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Hardy Wilson, National Library of Australia, MS Acc07.082, [box number and series and/or file number]'.
Acquired from the family of William Hardy Wilson in 2007.
Also held in the Manuscript Collection of the National Library of Australia: Annotated typescript of Chinese and Australian furniture Kurrajong: sit-look-see 1955, text written to accompany a collection of 50 drawings presented to the Kurrajong Library.
The arrangement of the papers is mostly as they were received. Because of the lengthy timespan they cover, and the fact that others have made use of the papers before they came to the National Library, there are some inconsistencies in chronology and file content. It is hoped that the descriptions created by the National Library will guide researchers in identifying and locating relevant papers within the collection.
William Hardy Wilson, architect, artist and author.
Receipts for the purchase of artworks (1922-1924), together with catalogue of drawings by Wilson for 'Kurrajong Sit - look - see', annotated 'Own copy', c1955.
Edited typescript. Annotated 'An essay by Hardy Wilson, read before members and students of the Architecture Association, Sydney, 1920'.
Papers relating to exhibition, held at the S.H Ervin Museum and Art Gallery, Sydney, 1981. Includes invitations and newcuttings about the exhibition.
Includes two letters from Henry Boothe of 'The Australian Worker' to Wilson and copies of letters from Wilson to others. Also manuscript notes re birds, nd.
Copy of a letter from Wilson to H. McClune Smith re book 'Yin-Yang'.
Includes a press release from the Department of Commerce re an art collection at the NZ Centennial Exhibition, 1939.
Distribution list for Wilson's publication 'Atomic civilisation'. Issued as a limited edition of 100 copies.
Copy of a letter from Wilson to Paul Oppe. Includes mention of his latest book, 'The dawn of a new civilisation', which was published in 1929.
Review by Wilson of an exhibition of the Contemporary Art Society, Melbourne.
List of illustrations in Wilson's book 'Kurrajong', published in 1954.
Includes general correspondence; manuscript draft of an article entitled 'Modern art', 1948; and a booklet 'The facts of the Bandung Conference', Australia-China Society, 1955.
Letters from/to Wilson re his book 'Instinct', published in 1945 as a limited edition of 50 copies.
Re Wilson's appointment as Director of the Melbourne National Art Gallery. Includes illustrated letter from Arthur Streeton (5pp), and letter from Sydney Ure Smith (2pp).
Two articles: manuscript 'Unity' and typescript 'St Kilda Road'.
Includes copies of letters by Wilson; letter from E.C. Dyason (2pp); letter from English author Arthur Morrison (2pp); and accounts re Wandin property.
Possibly for book 'William Hardy Wilson: artist, architect, orientalist, visionary', by Zeny Edwards et al, published in c2001.
Coloured map depicting central 'Pekin'. Annotations in French. Edition from the 'Journal of Pekin'.
Three typescripts of an essay entitled ''Collapse of civilisation', published privately by Wilson (19pp).
Certificate of acceptance into the United Grand Lodge of NSW Masons.
Catalogue of drawings of early Greek and Chinese Architecture, presented to the National Library of Australia; Hardy Wilson collection of works of art to be sold at auction, 1922, annotated with sale prices; exhibition of Chinese art, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1922; Hardy Wilson collection pf pictures to be sold at auction, 1927, annotated with sale prices; Hardy Wilson collection of antique furniture and other works of art to be sold at auction, 1927, annotated with sale prices. Also a copy of 'United empire', the Royal Colonial Institute journal, which includes an article by Wilson entitled 'Old Colonial architecture', 1923.
Includes a copy of Wilson's birth certificate; his marriage certificate, 1910; and his will, 1954. Also birth certificate of his wife, Maggie Rachel Reid.
Article by Wilson about a pencil portrait, by G.W. Lambert, of Mrs Derwent Wood.
Annotated typescript drafts of book - 'Chinese and Australian furniture', nd, 200 copies of which were to be printed for distribution, together with correspondence with Ure Smith re publication, 1947-1948. Also copy of a letter from Wilson to Keith Murdoch, re publication of an article he'd written, 1930.
General correspondence, including re property held by Wilson. There is also an untitled fragment of typescript (5pp) and a copy of notes for the Chief Justice's speech at the opening of a National Trust exhibition to mark the centenary of Wilson's birth, 1981.
Mostly relates to Wilson's book, 'Grecian and Chinese architecture', published in 1937 in a limited edition of 100 copies. Includes correspondence with publishers in Germany, 1931-1932.
Wilson's application to be admitted as an Associate of the Institute of Architects of NSW.
Photocopies and some transcriptions of correspondence and papers, the originals of which are in other files. [Possibly research material compiled by Zeny Edwards.]
Notes and correspondence of Zeny Edwards relating to her book on Wilson. Includes typescript drafts.
Draft (?) catalogue for National Trust touring exhibition 'Beauty is the Goal: Hardy Wilson's Old Colonial architecture', prints by W. Hardy Wilson, photographs by John Street and Harold Cazneaux.
A typescript entitled 'Tales and essays by Hardy Wilson', 154pp. This is a compilation of published writings by Wilson, commencing in 1918.
General correspondence, mainly relating to the purchase of a property in Tasmania, the sale of personal effects, and to the estate of Wilson's wife following her death in 1939.
Includes letters of Wilson enclosing copies of his book 'Instinct' to various people, 1946, and letters to/from E.C. Dyason.
Relating to Wilson's book 'The dawn of a new civilisation', published in 1929.
Letters of thanks to Wilson from Japanese recipient of his donation of a painting of a wild boar by Renzan Kishi.
File of papers compiled by Zeny Edwards as part of her research for her book on Wilson.
Copies of letters from Wilson to his son, Lachlan, 1953-1955, and to Arthur Streeton (Smike), 1939.
Compiled by Zeny Edwards re her book on Wilson.
General correspondence. Includes letter from Prime Minister, Joseph Lyons, 1938; correspondence and reviews re Wilson's book 'The dawn of a new civilisation', 1929; and letters and receipts re printing of his books, 1945.
Letter to Wilson from [?] setting out details of their family history.
Ephemera re 'The modern Colonials' an exhibition featuring the work of Wilson and Harold Cazneaux.
Research material of Zeny Edwards? Two tapes annotated 'E.G. Waterhouse', and one annotated 'W. Hardy Wilson and architects of Australia, written and presented by J.M. Freeland', 1982.
Correspondence re Wilson's books 'Yin Yang', 'Grecian and Chinese architecture', and 'Instinct'. Main correspondents are Sydney Ure Smith and E.C. Dyason. Other correspondents include Warwick Fairfax; Judge H.S. Nicholas; and Madame Pau, wife of Consul General for China.
Miscellaneous correspondence re Wilson's book 'Yin Yang'. Main correspondent J. Walch and Sons.
Correspondence and financial reports from the firm Shields, Heritage, Stackhouse and Martin, Launceston, TAS.
Photographs of pencil drawings by Wilson relating to his book 'Grecian and Chinese architecture'; photographs of chinese artworks and buildings; photographs of a house designed by Wilson for his son, Lachlan, and family at 15 Lord St, Launceston. Also typed extract of Wilson's passport for the period 1921-1930, together with a cutting of an article by Wilson entitled 'Modern tendencies', 1930.
Catalogue for exhibition of drawings by Hardy Wilson, David Jones' Gallery. (3 copies)
Two booklets entitled: 'Protocols of the meetings of the Learned Elders of Zion', 1938, a reprint of the translation from the Russion text of Sergius Nilus made by the late Victor E. Marsden; and 'Solution of the Jewish problem' by Hardy Wilson, 1941 (2 copies).
A large group of cuttings on a variety of topics of interest to Wilson. Also includes a brochures titled 'The modern world challenge to Christianity' annotated 'with compliments from Arthur Streeton'; and 'China today', World Affairs Paper No. 4, 1941.
A large group of cuttings on a variety of topics of interest to Wilson.
A small scrapbook containing cuttings of articles written by Wilson and published in 'The Advocate'.
Four typescripts of Wilson's book, 'Kurrajong', 48pp, which he self published.
Notebook containing manuscript notes, mostly relating to aspects of Chinese culture.
Five typescript copies of an article written and published privately by Wilson entitled 'Collapse of civilisation'. Also includes a manuscript list titled 'Drawings for Tasmania'.
Copies of outgoing letters by Wilson together with incoming letters. Correspondents include Gwen Morton Spencer; Sydney Ure Smith; W.H. Gill, head of the Fine Art Society, Melbourne; and NSW Member of Parliament, Richard Arthur. Also financial papers comprising invoices and lists relating to the purchase of furniture; statements from sharebrokers; and statements re the estate of Robert Smith.
Notebook containing Wilson's diary entries for the period Aug 1938-Feb 1946.
Large accounts book containing Wilson's diary entries for the period 5 Feb 1946-25 May 1949.
Wilson's notes and copies of images for a book entitled 'Atomic hope'.
Includes family correspondence and condolence cards and letters to the family on Wilson's death (1955). Also photograph of Margaret Hardy Wilson (1964).
A list of Wilson's drawings acquired by the National Library of Australia.
Photographs include: furniture in Darlinghurst flat and oriental architecture and art, together with copies of some of Wilson's architectural drawings.
Early photographs of rooms in the Darlinghurst flat, together with annotated photographs of oriental objet d'art.
Reproductions of thirty-three of Wilson's China/Peking drawings, originals of which are held in the National Library of Australia.
Images of Wilson's drawings, originals of which are held in the National Library of Australia
Comprises body of thesis, together with a separate section comprising typed transcriptions of a large number of writings by Wilson.
Large photographs of drawings by Wilson, mostly of chooks, the originals of which are held in the National Library of Australia.
Design on tissue paper for a dressing table for Warwick O. Fairfax.
Three single sheet and two four-page large format pages of descriptive text about Wilson's book on colonial architecture, which was published in 1924.
Proofs for the text of an essay by Wilson titled 'Building Purulia'. The preface makes note of the fact that this is the first limited edition attempted by the Guild of Craft Bookbinders, Sydney.
Ten two-page folios with text and central double page displaying hand-coloured maps of Italy and Greece, created by Dutch cartographer and publisher, Jan Jansson, c1650.
Typescript of specification of a weatherboard study at 'Alandale', Flowerdale,10pp.
One of a limited edition print of 150 from the original drawing by Tasmanian artist, Greg Waddle.
Matriculation as a student in the University of Melbourne (1935); Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Melbourne (1941); Medical Registration Certificate, Medical board of Victoria (1941); appointment as an officer of the Reserve Military Forces of the Commonwealth (1942); Certificate of Service of an Officer, Australian Militatry Forces (1946); admission as a Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (1979).