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The records are mainly administrative records, covering the period 1961-2000, but mostly the 1980s. Some photographs, memorabilia and personal correspondence are included but the records largely concern the business activities of the Australian Ballet.
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2583557).
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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], Records of the Australian Ballet, National Library of Australia, MS 7559, [box number and series and/or file number]'.
The first consignment of MS 7559 was transferred by the Australian Ballet in 1988 (Box 1-251), with an addition in 1996. Subsequent consignments were received in 2002, 2007 and 2009.
The series have mostly been arranged by the office holder who created and maintained the files. Wherever possible the existing order of files and the file titles have been retained.
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Please note: each consignment in this collection has a separate box number sequence (i.e. there are multiple Box 1's). Please cite the relevant Class number as well as the Box number when requesting retrieval of material from the collection.
The Australian Ballet was formed in 1962 as Australia's first permanent national ballet company. Its aim is to provide permanent work for Australian dancers, to assist them in attaining international recognition and to bring to Australia guest artists of the highest international reputation. The Ballet tours nationally each year and most years internationally. The Australian Ballet Foundation is the corporate entity of the Australian Ballet.
Contained in 251 boxes.
Contained in 281 boxes.
The chief executive of the Australian Ballet was designated as Company Manager until 1968 when the name was changed to Administrator. With the expansion of the Australian Ballet some of the duties of the Company manager were later transferred to the position of Tour Manager. See Series 5. The first Company Manager/Administrator was Peter F. Behan, 1962-1983. In 1983 Noel Pelly became the Administrator, succeeded by Ian McRae in 1991.
The records include business and a small amount of personal correspondence, many inter-office minutes and memos, schedules and a few programmes. Whilst some of the first Box listed in this series cover the period from 1963-1970s mostly the material is from the 1980s. Correspondents include Sir Robert Helpmann.
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The founding artistic director was Dame Peggy van Praagh followed by Sir Robert Helpmann, Anne Woolliams, Marilyn Jones, Marilyn Rowe Maver and Maina Gielgud (1983-1996). Most of the files date from the period when Gielgud held the post. The records include miscellaneous correspondence, interoffice memoranda, telex messages, production schedules and some photographs and brochures.
The Company was formed to raise money to acquire new premises for the Australian Ballet and the Australian Ballet School. Richard Munt, Company secretary was in charge. In 1986 Munt was appointed Secretary and General Manager of the Australian Ballet Development Pty. Ltd. and he assumed responsibility for the building of the new Ballet Centre. Keith Devenport was the appeal Director.