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Comprises correspondence, manuscripts, lectures, reviews, notes, posters, photographs, publications, and historical material on the Doyle and Eather families. The collection includes manuscripts of The green mosaic, Running wild, The river and A million wild acres. Many of the papers relate to natural history and conservation in New South Wales. Correspondents include George Johnston, Douglas Stewart, John Tierney, Nancy Keesing, Barry Watts, Barbara Ker Wilson, John Thompson, Hal Porter and Elizabeth Harrower.
Contained in 34 boxes + 1 folio box.
Containing: 16 newspaper cuttings; several MS notes; Designs for Possum traps; List of Koala sightings by author in forest; Several misc. printed papers and journals
28 received, 24 sent.
Includes Sue Ebury's reader's report on first four chapters.
119 letters to and from a wide range of people asking for information, 1970 to 1979.
1973 letters sent, 1946 received.
Containing: 12 newspaper cuttings; 10 handwritten notes some several pages long; Xerox copy paper by W.A.W. deBeuzeville, 'The Forest Resources of the Pilliga' 7.10.1915 (Original possibly in NSW Forestry Commission); 12 letters to various people incl Inez Armitage, Steven Clemesha, George Althofer, Laird Welchman ref plants. 8 letters sent, 4 received.
Containing: Handwritten notes; Copies Native Plants; 1 Copy Ecos; 1 Copy Wildlife in Australia; 'Brigalow Scrub...' Dept of Primary Industries, Qld. Wildlife Service Booklet, no. 1; Botanical description Acacia leucoclada by Mary Tindale Brigge, October 1978, Burrendong Arboretum; 5 quarto pages of typewritten suggested trips prepared by author for Gould League camp of bird watchers at Baradine, 1975
Containing: MS note; 3 copies Native Plants for NSW; 2 newspaper cuttings; Forest and Timber, vol 6 no 3, 1969 and vol 11, no 1, 1975; Why Timber Floors are in Fashion; Brigalow development, Queensland Dept of Primary Industries; The Anatomy and Properties of Wood, Timber Engineering Design Course, lectures 1 and 2, 19 February 1973; 1 letter in.
(cabs 1890 and Mudgee Show 1846)
Containing: 8 newspaper cuttings; Misc handwritten notes; 2 marked Newsletters, RAHS, June and July 1975 ref coaches; 19 letters ref Rouse and Brown stock brands, to Jim O'Reilly (retired agronomist) ref wheat growing on blacksoil plains, to Harry Abbott, Boggabri, whose father knew Harry Joy, and others. 8 letters sent; 11 received. 3 letters and reports from Ms Hilary Marshall, genealogist, London; 2 letters from me to Ms Marshall; Letters from Mrs Richards, genealogist - 27 pages of typewritten quarto (approx 13,000 words) ref north-west squatters and settlers; 2 letters from me to Mrs Richards
(lacks family trees).
Descent, vol 6, pt 3 (Outline history of the Eather family); Descent, vol 3, pt 2 (Richard Rouse, also refs to Federick York Wolseley in 'Recollections of a Pioneer'); Newsletter, RAHS, nos 164, 166; RAHS Journal vol 48, pt 5, 'Exploration and Settlement of the North-Western Plains', James Jervis
Containing: 24 Newspaper cuttings; 2 xerox copies from Narrabri Jubilee Celebrations, 1933; MS notes; Marked copy Descent vol 4, pt 1, containing articles on John Maxwell of Bathurst and on the AA Company; 2 Marked Newsletters, RAHS; Trust Newsletter, vol 1, no. 32, National Trust of Australia (Victoria); Gilgandra Gateway to the Golden West, stapled printed sheets; 4 photocopies of articles by W.C. Cormie in Western Stock and Station Journal 1956-1957. Xerox copies Full Court and Supreme Court reports of John Lloyd's action against Ebenezer Vickery, from Sydney Morning Herald 22 November 1878 and another undated; Xerox copy from Town and Country Journal 20 May 1876 ref Patrick Quinn; Xerox copy from Sydney Morning Herald 23 January 1861, William Nowland, letter to editor; Photocopies from Sydney Morning Herald March-July 1864 ref Launts and cattle stealing; Xerox copy from The Morning Bulletin, 1947, 'Norse Stamps Honour late Colin Archer'. 2 pages from Agricultural Gazette, NSW, ref grasses; Photocopy 'Rust in Wheat', Sydney Morning Herald, 13 May 1864.
Containing: Various newspaper clippings; Poster 'The Aberdeen Country' advertising Orana Zoological Gardens; 2 newsletters, RAHS; Mudgee Sesqui-Centenary Souvenir and Programme; Xerox copies part of Parry's journal; Government Gazette, notices re land 30 September 1831; Extract from The Land of the Beardies, E.C. Sommerlad; Letter from Sir John Jamison to Colonial Secretary 14 October 1831 attached to Code of Rules (re land), Colonial Office, Downing Street, November 1824
Handwritten notes; Photocopy 'A Journal kept by Mr George Cox...' 1821; Allan Cunningham's map of Bathurst and Liverpool Plains; Xerox copies from ADB; Various newspaper cuttings; Newsletter RAHS May 1977 (Mitchell's map), September 1976 (surveying); 12 letters to and from Russell Kyle, an English veterinary surgeon, Dr John Atchison, Bernard Crew and others, 3 letters sent, 9 received
Booklet, 'The Discovery of Saint Patrick's Plains'; Handwritten notes; 4 letters to and from Dr Brian Fletcher, University of Sydney and Ms Norma Townsend, UNE. 2 letters sent, 2 received
Cook's Journal; A Complete account of the Settlement..., Watkin Tench
Containing: Handwritten notes; 5 annotated newspaper clippings; Xerox copy 'Extracts from Recollections of the Clark Family of Bulga, via Singleton' from Australian Society of Genealogists; Inscription on James Ruse's headstone copied by Kim Rolls
Containing: Xerox copies from various books listed in bibliography; 2 colour photographs of modern fat-tailed sheep; 4 letters - 1 letter sent, 3 received
Containing: MS of preface; 10 Ms notes; Decent vol 8, pt 3 - ref to Samuel Clift; Journal RAHS, vol 61, pt 4, 1975 and vol 64, pt 3, 1978 - ref to squatters, forest; Journal, Quirindi and District Historical Society, vol 11, no 4, 'Breeza'.
Namoi-Narrabri Timber Reserve, Legislative Assembly NSW 1878-1879; Charles Darwin's refs to NSW, 'Excursion to Bathurst'; 'The Land', Victorian Yearbook, 1973.
Containing: 30 newspaper cuttings; 5 MS notes, one several pages long; Your Forests, advertising brochure, Forestry Commission of NSW; Forestry as a Career, Forestry Commission of NSW, 1972; Cutting from undated Agricultural Gazette, 'Multiple use of rangelands in USA - some hints for Australia?'; Cutting from The Bulletin, 3 March 1973. 'Secret threat to our forests'. RAHS Newsletter, no 155, 1976, 'Progressive Deforestation'. Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia, Newsletter, June 1976, March 1976, March 1977, refs to National Parks, rainforests. 2 letters - 1 sent, 1 received
First Annual Report upon the Occupation of Crown Lands... for the year 1879; 'Cypress Pine. A New Lease of Life', Forest and Timber 1969, Dave Ryan; Experiment 021216 - Pulpwood Plots - Yerrinan SF, R.A. Curtin, 1974; Extracts from Mountain Forests of Gippsland, The Story of Gippsland, The Land of the Lyre Bird, The Strzeleckis.
Fire Seminar Review of Papers, National Parks and Wildlife Service, undated, c. 1975; Wood Technology, FR Humphreys, Forestry Commission of NSW Letter from Forestry Commission of NSW
Ecos. May 1975, 'Australian birds - migrants or nomads?'; Wildlife in Australia, vol 15, no 3, 'The Elusive Desert Sprite', Donald Trounson; Wildlife in Australia, vol 9 no 3 'The Brush-tongued Lorikeets'. Wildlife in Australia, vol 13. no 3 - several refs
Containing: 10 Newspaper cuttings; 1 MS note
'New records of Red-tailed Black Cockatoos in south-eastern Australia...', LC Llewellyn; 'Feeding behaviour of a Purple-crowned Lorikeet on flowers of Eucalyptus buprestium', Stephen D. Hopper and Andrew Burbidge
Containing: 15 newspaper cuttings; Xerox copies from, Country Life and Stock and Station Journal, 2 October 1936, The Sun, 3 December 1973, The Stawell Times-News, 16 August 1977; 4 MS notes; Pages from RAS Kennel Control Journal, October 1975, 'Dingo' September 1976, 'Australian Native Dog Training Foundation'; Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia, Newsletter, September 1976 - ref Dingoes and the poison 1080. 'The Fox in Victoria', B.J. Coman, Vermin and Noxious Weeds Destruction Board, Pamphlet no 37.
For scat analysis in a forest park in south-eastern Australia. 'Hair Identification - a useful Technique for the Mammal Ecologist'. 'A Successful Search for the Broad-toothed Rat Mastacomys fuscus Thomas. 'The Broad-toothed Rat still in Sherbrooke Forest...'; 'Locating and Trapping the Broad-toothed Rat (Mastacomys fuscus Thomas) at Powelltown.
Containing: 12 cuttings from newspapers and magazines; 5 MS notes; Extract from The Australian Journal of Science ref Red-backed Spiders on Tristan da Cunha; Forestry Commission paper 'Notes on Termites and their Control'. 5 letters - 4 sent, 1 received; MS notes ref collections of termites; 12 letters to and from Dr J.L. Reynolds, Forestry Commission of NSW, and R.H. Eldridge, also of Forestry Commission, ref termites, 7 letters sent
5 received (collected 15 species of termites, an extraordinary number from one area); 3 letters to Australian Museum ref fish - 2 letters sent, 1 received (rare fish found); 3 letters to Australian Museum ref lizards - 1 letter sent, 2 received
North Western Courier, 4 September 1933, 'The Artesian Basin'. The Pilliga National Forest, booklet pub. by Forestry Commission c. 1933; Department of Agriculture, NSW, 'The Agricultural Prospects and soils of the Pilliga Scrub', Farmers Bulletin no 54, 1912; Agricultural Gazette of NSW, 2 July 1909, 'The Pilliga Scrub'. 'The District of Liverpool Plains' - page from William Gardner, Productions and Resources of the Northern and Western Districts of New South Wales.
Containing: 10 newspaper cuttings; 5 MS notes; Typescript copy of talk given by me to Gould League camp at Baradine Showground 25 August 1975 and to Warrumbungle Walkabout in the forest on 29 August 1975
Aboriginal relics in the village of Baradine prepared by Liz Edmondson of National Parks and Wildlife; Chromium from The Mineral Industry of New South Wales, Dept of Mines
'The Climatological Basis of Forestry', summary of evidence of W.A.W. de Beuzeville before the Commonwealth Rural Reconstruction Commission, September 1943; The Australian Author, vol 7, no 2, 1975, ref to 'offsider'. Roof Support in Coal Mines; Hoofs and Horns, September 1972, containing article by Joan Starr on bullock teams; Walkabout, October 1966, article on bullock teams by Bruce Adams; Walkabout, June 1961, article on bullock teams by Jeff and Mare Carter
Map Pilliga National Forest c 1933; Forest Conservancy Branch, report on for 1889; Correspondence relative to Crown Lands and Emigration in New South Wales, 1839; Marked and annotated xerox copies from:; Australian Dictionary of Biography
Containing: 21 newspaper cuttings; 17 MS notes and records of interview some several pages long; Typescript from AJ Taylor, Armidale, on prickly pear; 10 Newsletters, RAHS, marked, some annotated; Xerox copies from The English and Australian Cookery Book by an Australian Aristologist, 1864 (E. Abbott, of Tasmania) pub. London 13 p. Ferguson 5598 (totals over 300 pages); Pages concerning J. Ednie Brown from Blue Lake Holiday Guide, 1969; Advertising pamphlet Cypress Pine from NSW Timber Advisory Council. Xerox copies from: Broadcast Year Book 1946, 1947 2MO Gunnedah; SMH, 9 June, 1864, drafting sheep; Forest and Timber, May 1965
Containing: MS list of captions to 136 photographs sent to Thos Nelson; 66 letters sent - 40 sent, 26 received ref maps and photographs; (to Sue Ebury, Will Newton, Suzanne Ridley, Michael Stringer, Anne Knight (Bell)
Containing: MS of Acknowledgements; 18 MS notes; 6 letters - 3 sent, 3 received to Dr John Atchison, John Dunnet of the Courier newspaper and Brigadier Austin
Containing: Typescript of Bird List corrected by Alan Morris; MS of Bird List; MS of Plant List; MS notes made by Joan at National Herbarium when correcting Plant List; Typescript of Plant List corrected by National Herbarium; Typescript of Plant List with some additions inserted by me; 2 Newspaper cuttings from Northern Daily Leader ref AA Company returned by Dr John Atchison - apply to chap. 3; 6 MS notes; Pamphlet, Birds and Mammals of Warrumbungle National Park; Extract from Emu 71, The Red-chested Quail in NSW, A.K. Morris; Page from RAS Kennel Control Journal, October 1980, article by J. Lewry on Staghounds; RAHS Newsletter no, 191, August 1980, par by John Atchison on meaning of term 'horned cattle.'; Brigge, Burrendong Arboretum journal, no. 48, October 1979; Booklet, Warrumbungle National Park; The Bird Observer, magazine of the Bird Observers' Club, no. 541 December 1976; Xerox copies from Singleton Argus, October and November 1900, December 1942
Containing: Box of colour slides of Breadknife from different angles plus a few other scenes, Kim Rolls; Box of colour slides of Silky Oak in flower at Cumberdeen R.W. Crane; Envelope containing 19 photographs of sawmills, wheatgrowing and other scenes copied from old local photographs by RW Crane; Box of colour slides of Ocellated Velvet Gecko and young, the Breadknife and misc. photographs, Kim Rolls; Box of colour slides of wildflowers in forest, one of Pepper, our Beagle bitch, Kim Rolls; Box of colour slides of Harris brothers' dwelling at Harris Tank, Willala Hills and other photographs in Pilliga Nature Reserve, HW Crane; Box of colour slides of Drosera burmannii and D indica at at Coghill Creek, Kim Rolls; Box of colour slides massed Drosera burmannii and misc., Kim Rolls
Including: 24 October 1969 to WR Cumming, secretary Commonwealth Literary Fund reporting on work done; 12 October 1974 to Richard Walsh ref book sales; 22 September 1969 to and from George Johnston ref Clean Straw for Nothing; 17 January 1973 from Marianne yamaguchi after she had been up to illustrate The River; 19 June 1972 from Barbara Ker Wilson ref illustrating The River (Look); 28 March 1973 from Marilyn Stacy ref cover for Running Wild; 18 December 1958 from Guy Howarth, University of Cape Town, ref poems in an anthology; 9 February 1961; 21 February 1961 from Ian Mudie ref poems in an anthology; 23 February 1961 from Douglas Stewart ref poems sent to Bulletin; 29 July 1966 from Douglas Stewart ref publication Sheaf Tosser; 30 June 1970 ; 21 July 1970 to and from Derek Whitelock, editor Issue, ref criticism by Roland Robinson of a lecture I gave at University of Adelaide; 11 January 1938 ; 12 April 1938 from Rudolf Spindler, Germany; 1962-1968 four from John Tierney (Brian James) - he taught me at Fort Street Boys High; 9 July 1953 from Douglas Stewart ref poems for Bulletin - one accepted, two censored despite Doug's efforts; 30 March 1962 from Hal Porter ref including Kama in Coast to Coast; 15 February 1960 from Douglas Stewart ref Miss Strawberry; Undated (1969) from Roland Robinson ref troubles in poetry society 46 letters 1965-1974 ref They All Ran Wild
Including 32 to and from Angus and Robertson ref publishing The River, New Guinea Mosaic, and Running Wild. 1 from John Couper ref row in Poetry Society. Announcement winner Captain Cook Bi-centenary prize plus certificate (won by They All Ran Wild)
Including: letters in and out ref lecture to South Australian English Teachers' Association; letters ref illustrating Running Wild; to and from Barbara Ker Wilson ref writing The River and Running Wild from Elizabeth Riddell ref interview; to and from Douglas Stewart ref New Guinea Mosaic and other writing announcing joint winner Sidney Myer Charity Trust Award for Sheaf Tosser; 23 letters re lecture series in Adelaide. Nicest Listener Award citation from 3UZ
Including: to and from Ann Godden (Nelson) ref publishing New Guinea Mosaic various letters about talks including talk to Anzaas Science Conference in Canberra; re The River winning Braille Book of the Year award; invitation to presentation of Matthew Flinders award won by Running Wild; from Masatoshi Kusunoki, member House of Councillors, Japan, ref son Kazumi coming to stay with us; 1947 letters from John Thompson ref Death Song of a Mad Bush Shepherd; 1953 letter from Joan just before our marriage; (1953-1977) Business, personal, publishing.
Including: to and from Nancy Keesing ref modern writing; to editor Australian Book Review ref a barbaric review of Nadine Amadio's Charles Blackman; letter to parents on our honeymoon 1954; to Stewart Edwards, National Book Council, ref winners 1981 award... I was one of judges
Including: letter to woman who wanted authors to contribute to a book about uranium to Douglas Stewart ref Miss Strawberry; from Ken Dallas, Tasmanian historian, ref They All Ran Wild; 5 Fort Street compositions corrected by John Tierney (Brian James) when I was in 2nd year, 1937; 1970-1979 and 5 poems 1937
Including: to and from Barry Watts ref paperback They All Ran Wild 1976-1979 Some business and family. Some good advice to other writers
Including: from Douglas Stewart c. 1948 after I sent him first version of Sheaf Tosser; from Nancy Keesing asking me to judge NBC awards 1981; letters to and from Elizabeth Harrower ref judging NBC awards; letters to and from Literature Board Ref work; letter to Tim Curnow 1976 asking him to act as agent; handwritten letter to Joan while I was away writing (relates to Pelorus Jack) (1975-1982) Most routine
Including: Copy talk to Royal Blind Society (taped) on presentation of Talking Book of Year award 1982; MSS description of our property Keewaydin, Boggabri, offering it for sale 1966; 2 photographs in folder sent home from New Guinea 1943
Comprises papers relating to articles for the Sydney Sun-herald, 1993-1995; articles, talks, lectures and addresses, 1993-2004; and papers on addresses at conferences, workshops and community meetings, 1989-2004. There are also drafts, research material and correspondence relating to publications, television programs, talks and essays, 1983-2004; forewords, essays and reviews, 1990-2003; and, correspondence with fellow writers and with Rolls' wife Elaine van Kempen, and one letter from Douglas Stewart, 1968.
Contained in 8 boxes + 3 cartons.
Comprises financial records, school exercise books from Fort Street Boys' High; research material relating to Visions of Australia: impressions of the landscape 1640-1910 (2002), and Australia: a biography, the beginnings from the cosmos to the genesis of Gondwana, and its rivers, forests, flora, fauna, and fecundity (2000); speeches, articles and correspondence.
Contained in 34 boxes.
Containing a record of farming and writing over 50 years including a complete run of cheque books from 16 May 1946 to 2 May 1986. Income is usually annotated, so is expenditure. Also complete set Joan Rolls's records as farm partner and relieving pharmacist (1954 - 1985) and Elaine van Kempen's records as partner and independent consultant (1987 - 2000). Includes other financial records such as tax records, 1987-2000.
Eric Rolls's handwritten school exercise books from Fort Street Boys' High
Impressions of the landscape 1642 to 1910. Published Lothian, Melbourne 2002.
The beginnings from the cosmos to the genesis of Gondwana and its rivers, forests, flora, fauna and fecundity. University of Queensland Press, 2000.
Comprises papers reflecting Rolls' careers as a public speaker and writer, largely on environmental subjects. They comprise family and business correspondence; research material; draft articles, reviews and book excerpts; talk texts; event programs; and photographs. Topics, publications and places represented by substantial amounts of material in the collection include: slow food and the Ark of Taste Award for Slow Food; Australian wildlife, particularly the kangaroo; introduced animal species ("animal immigrants"); the Pilliga; "The north coast story"; Visions of Australia: impressions of the landscape 1640-1910 (2002); and Sojourners: the epic story of China's centuries-old relationship with Australia: flowers and the wide sea (1992).
Contained in 14 boxes.
Comprises papers documenting Rolls' careers as an historian, non-fiction writer, poet and public speaker. They include correspondence, draft manuscripts, talks, essays and articles, research material, ephemera, notes and notebooks, poetry, news cuttings and photographs. Of particular interest is an incomplete unpublished work, referred to by Rolls as the "Aboriginal book", incorporating large amounts of research and original material, and manuscript and typescript drafts. Other subjects represented in the papers include the Chinese in Australia, animal stories, early Australian exploration and the Pilliga. The photographs comprise copies of those used in Rolls' book, They all ran wild, and negatives and slides relating to the Chinese in Australia.
Contained in 19 boxes.
Comprises papers relating to Rolls' career as a writer, including correspondence, articles, manuscripts, children's stories, research material and book reviews. In addition there are photographs, family history papers, general correspondence and condolence letters received by the family after Rolls' death.
Contained in 5 boxes.