Guide to the Papers of Honor and Michael Thwaites

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MS 8534, MS Acc06.126, MS Acc09.071, MS Acc13.060.MS Acc20.002

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Collection Summary

Creator
Thwaites, Honor
Title
Papers of Honor and Michael Thwaites
Date Range
1832-2019
Collection Number
MS 8534, MS Acc06.126, MS Acc09.071, MS Acc13.060.MS Acc20.002
Extent
11.13 metres [74 boxes + 3 audiovisual carriers + 1 digital file (00.1 GB) + 1 folder]
Language of Materials
English
Repository
Special Collections (Manuscripts)

Introduction

Scope and Contents

MS 8534 comprises: 1. Photocopies of letters, photographs, news cuttings and pamphlets, 1832-1892, which relate to Honor Thwaites' ancestors Hastie and Alexander Dennis of Colac, Victoria, and Andrew and Celia Scott of Buninyong, near Ballarat. Also included in these two folders of family history are some photocopies of correspondence and genealogy charts, 1971-1992, relating to Honor Thwaites' ancestors. 2. Correspondence, news cuttings, leaflets, accounts and other papers, 1977-1992, which document the work of the Thwaites in ensuring the creation and preservation of the Remembrance Nature Park on the slopes of Mount Ainslie, Canberra. 3. Disc with the title "Memoirs-Honor Thwaites". 4. Musical scores of Michael Thwaites' poems: "Easter hymn" by George Fraser, 1947 (published score) and "Colours" by Terence A. Williams, 1944 (manuscript score) (1 box). The Acc06.126 instalment consists of papers accumulated by Michael Thwaites during the course of his life and career. There is correspondence, poetry manuscripts and notes, lecture notes, financial records, cuttings and biographical material. Also included are diaries and correspondence of his wife Honor Thwaites and papers relating to the establishment of the Remembrance Nature Park (70 boxes). The Acc09.71 instalment comprises correspondence, mostly from 1993, notes and notebooks, three microcassettes and papers relating to Michael Thwaites' funeral and memorial service (2 boxes). The Acc13.060 instalment comprises a collection of notebooks, notes and drafts of writings by Michael Thwaites, loose personal correspondence, an album of postcards and two sketchbooks (1 box). The MS Acc20.002 instalment comprises an edited and corrected transcript of Honor Thwaites memoir by M.R. Thwaites (before 2005), P.R.W. Thwaites and R.N.Thwaites (2019). Original transcript of memoir held at MS 8534, series 3 file 1 (1 folder)

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2708323).

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 Honor and Michael Thwaites, National Library of Australia, [class number, box number and series and/or file number]'.

Born Digital Content - Access Arrangements

Born-digital content is found in MS 8534/Series 3/File 1. Access to this content is available on-site in the Special Collections Reading Room via the Virtual Reading Room.

Requests to access born-digital material must be made to the Pictures & Manuscripts Branch at least 2 working days in advance of any visit through theĀ Ask A Librarian Service

Finding Aid Source(s)

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Collection Retrieval Advice

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.

Item Descriptions

Class MS 8534. Original Consignment

Papers include 1. Photocopies of letters, photographs, news cuttings and pamphlets, 1832-1892, which relate to Honor Thwaites' ancestors Hastie and Alexander Dennis of Colac, Victoria, and Andrew and Celia Scott of Buninyong, near Ballarat. Also included in these two folders of family history are some photocopies of correspondence and genealogy charts, 1971-1992, relating to Honor Thwaites' ancestors. 2. Correspondence, news cuttings, leaflets, accounts and other papers, 1977-1992, which document the work of the Thwaites in ensuring the creation and preservation of the Remembrance Nature Park on the slopes of Mount Ainslie, Canberra. 3. Disc with the title "Memoirs-Honor Thwaites". 4. Musical scores of Michael Thwaites' poems: "Easter hymn" by George Fraser, 1947 (published score) and "Colours" by Terence A. Williams, 1944 (manuscript score).

Comprises 1 box.

Series 1. Family History: Dennis of Colac and Scott of Buninyong, 1971 - 1992

Photocopies of letters, photographs, newscuttings and pamphlets, 1832-1892, which relate to Honor Thwaite's ancestors Heastie and Alexander Dennis of Colac, Victoria, and Andrew Celia Scott of Buninyong, near Ballarat. Also includded are photocopies of correspondence and genealogy charts, 1971-1992.

Family History (File 1) - Box 1 (MS 8534 and MS Acc20.002)
Family History and Buninyong (File 2) - Box 1 (MS 8534 and MS Acc20.002)

Includes Hymn for Australia, composed by Thwaites and chosen as the Bicentennial hymn.

Series 2. Remembrance Nature Park, 1977 - 1992

Corresondence, newscuttings, leaflets, accounts and other papers, 1977-1992, which document the work of the Thwaites in ensuring the creation and preservation of the Remembrance Nature Park on the slopes of Mount Ainslie, Canberra.

Honor Thwaites was the driving force behind the establishment of Canberra's Remembrance Nature Park, which links the rear of the Australian War Memorial to the slope of Mount Ainslie behind it. Remembrance Nature Park was declared in 1978. It commemorates the signing of the armistice on 11 November 1918 and the Indigenous Australians who served in the armed forces.

Papers relating to Remembrance Memorial Park, Canberra (File) - Box 1 (MS 8534 and MS Acc20.002)
Original papers relating to Remembrance Memorial Park, Canberra (File) - Box 1 (MS 8534 and MS Acc20.002)
Remembrance Memorial Park (File) - Box 1 (MS 8534 and MS Acc20.002)
Remembrance Memorial Park (File) - Box 1 (MS 8534 and MS Acc20.002)
Untitled [Remembrance Memorial Park] (File) - Box 1 (MS 8534 and MS Acc20.002)

Series 3. Memoirs of Honor Thwaites

File contains print out of the transcript of the memoirs produced by NLA staff in 1994 along with a print out of the edited and corrected version of the transcript completed by by M.R. Thwaites (before 2005), P.R.W. Thwaites and R.N.Thwaites (2019).

Access to the digital content in MS 8534/Series 3/File 1 is available on-site (upon request) in the Special Collections Reading Room via the Virtual Reading Room.

For the audio tapes see MS Acc09.071

[Transcript of audio recording (Memoirs: Honor Thwaites)] [Digital] (File 1) - Digital-Carriers-Box 3, Piece NLA.MS-DM000114

Transcript of memoirs recorded by Honor Thwaites, recorded on audiotapes, during her illness in 1993. The transcript was last modified by a Library staff member on 25 May 1994.

The transcript was created by the National Library in 1994 from the original audio tapes (1 Word 2.0 File, 0.001 GB).

Born Digital Content - Access Arrangements

Born-digital content. Access to this content is available on-site in the Special Collections reading room via the Virtual Reading Room.

Requests to access born-digital material must be made to the Pictures & Manuscripts Branch at least 2 working days in advance of any visit through theĀ Ask A Librarian Service

Series 4. Musical Scores of Poems by Michael Thwaites, 1944 - 1947 - Box 1 (MS 8534 and MS Acc20.002)

Musical scores of Michael Thwaites' poems: "Easter hymn" by George Fraser, 1947 (published score) and "Colours" by Terence A Wiliams, 1944 (manuscript score).

Class MS Acc06.126. Consignment Added 2006

Papers accumulated by Michael Thwaites during the course of his life and career. There is correspondence, poetry manuscripts and notes, lecture notes, financial records, cuttings and biographical material. Also included are diaries and correspondence of his wife Honor Thwaites and papers relating to the establishment of the Remembrance Nature Park.

Comprises 70 boxes.

Biographical Michael Rayner Thwaites (MRT) - Thwaites-Nelson family docs.; family letters (File) - Box 1 (MS Acc06.126)

Correspondence and travel notes. Honor Mary Thwaites (HMT) letters to mother, 1972-c.1975 (File) - Box 2 (MS Acc06.126)

MRT Lectures, notes, c.1930s-c.1940s (File) - Box 3 (MS Acc06.126)

Lecture notes, c.1940s-c.1950s (File) - Box 4 (MS Acc06.126)

"Poetry Notebook" ; Poetry readings, Unsorted correspondence; poetry, MRA, ASIO, war, 1953-1971 (File) - Box 5 (MS Acc06.126)

MRT correspondence from Study. Family Letters, Charles Spry (File) - Box 6 (MS Acc06.126)

MRT Correspodence from Study - ASIO related; obituary of friends (File) - Box 7 (MS Acc06.126)

MRT Quiet Times Books, c.1950s-c.1970s (File) - Box 8 (MS Acc06.126)

MRT Quiet Times Books, c.1960s-c.1970s (File) - Box 9 (MS Acc06.126)

MRT Diaries, notebooks, 1930s-1980s (File) - Box 10 (MS Acc06.126)

MRT Diaries; address books, 2005 (File) - Box 11 (MS Acc06.126)

MRT Diaries, Address books (File) - Box 12 (MS Acc06.126)

MRT Poetry correspondence; reviews; Canberra poets; Honey Man (File) - Box 13 (MS Acc06.126)

Truth Will Out Drafts, Correspondence (File) - Box 14 (MS Acc06.126)

UNESCO Committee, 1966-1977 (File) - Box 15 (MS Acc06.126)

Atlantic Odyssey - Naval Commission etc. (File) - Box 16 (MS Acc06.126)

MRT poetry clippings, notes; HMT Colonial History; Tregurtha photo, c.2002 (File) - Box 17 (MS Acc06.126)

Truth Will Out Manuscript, correspondence (File) - Box 18 (MS Acc06.126)

Order of Australia; Manning Clark; Keith Hancock; Drafts of correspondence [from MRT study] (File) - Box 19 (MS Acc06.126)

Late poetry; drafts, letters, Unfinished Journey; Atlantic Odyssey (File) - Box 20 (MS Acc06.126)

Remembrance Nature Park; Residents Rally (File) - Box 21 (MS Acc06.126)

Nature Park (File) - Box 22 (MS Acc06.126)

MRT Tax and admin files from desk/study (File) - Box 23 (MS Acc06.126)

Income Tax, earlier files (File) - Box 24 (MS Acc06.126)

MRT "Poetry Notebook"; maunuscripts, notes reviews (File) - Box 25 (MS Acc06.126)

MRT papers including GGS, Church, Beazley bio (File) - Box 26 (MS Acc06.126)

MRT poetry notes, manuscripts, papers (File) - Box 27 (MS Acc06.126)

MRT bio/autobio dfarts; "Conversations for life" etc. "Father and Mother Dear" (File) - Box 28 (MS Acc06.126)

MRT - Papers on other poets. HMT: poems by and for. School records (File) - Box 29 (MS Acc06.126)

MRT - Letters on "For Australia". Papers on Security (Ball book, Petrova) (File) - Box 30 (MS Acc06.126)

MRT - Atlantic Odyssey drafts. (File) - Box 31 (MS Acc06.126)

HMT correspondence and mementos, 1933-1939 (File) - Box 32 (MS Acc06.126)

MRT letters to parents, 1937-1944 (File) - Box 33 (MS Acc06.126)

MRT letters to HMSG/HMT, 1937-1939 (File) - Box 34 (MS Acc06.126)

Letters HM Good, later Thwaites to MR Thwaites, 1935-1939 (File) - Box 35 (MS Acc06.126)

MRT letters 1940 - 46. Diary 1945. HMT letters written and received 1939 - 43, 1939-1946 (File) - Box 36 (MS Acc06.126)

HMT correspondence and mementos, 1940-1948 (File) - Box 37 (MS Acc06.126)

Letters and Notes 1950s and late 1940s, c.1940s-c.1950s (File) - Box 38 (MS Acc06.126)

Letters and Notes, 1960s (File) - Box 39 (MS Acc06.126)

Family letters and records, 1960-1970 (File) - Box 40 (MS Acc06.126)

papers and correspondence, 1960s-1970s (File) - Box 41 (MS Acc06.126)

Parliament House - Library job [this box from Study], 1971-1976 (File) - Box 42 (MS Acc06.126)

Letters and Notes, 1970s (File) - Box 43 (MS Acc06.126)

Thwaites letters, 1980s (File) - Box 44 (MS Acc06.126)

Letters received on death of HMT, 1993 (File) - Box 45 (MS Acc06.126)

Thwaites correspondence and notes, 1980s and early 1990s to 1993 (File) - Box 46 (MS Acc06.126)

MR Thwaites Correspondence, late 1990s - 2000s (File) - Box 47 (MS Acc06.126)

HMT diaries, 1948-1982 (File) - Box 49 (MS Acc06.126)

HMT - from Desk. Family History. MRA activities (File) - Box 50 (MS Acc06.126)

HMT Desk - corresp. Family History. Legacies - MRA (File) - Box 51 (MS Acc06.126)

HMT - Desk - early and "VIP" corresp. - University items, 1935 (File) - Box 52 (MS Acc06.126)

HMT Bedside Cupboard. Quiet Time Books, Jan 1971-Nov 1979 (File) - Box 53 (MS Acc06.126)

HMT Quiet Time Books, Nov 1979 - March 1993 (File) - Box 54 (MS Acc06.126)

HMT Diaries . Plus lists of names and addresses, mementos, 1974, 1979, 1983-92 (File) - Box 55 (MS Acc06.126)

HMT papers. MRA papers. MRT QT books, 1986-1998 (File) - Box 56 (MS Acc06.126)

HMT / MRT Wartime letters, 1938-1945 (File) - Box 57 (MS Acc06.126)

HMT Letters to parents, 1938-1942 (File) - Box 58 (MS Acc06.126)

MRT Papers, Corr., Notes, MRA, Communism, 1950s-1970 (File) - Box 59 (MS Acc06.126)

HMT (MRT) Letters, 1950s-1970s (File) - Box 60 (MS Acc06.126)

HMT Letters incl Sylvia, Doe, Haines, 1960s-1970s (File) - Box 61 (MS Acc06.126)

HMT Letters, 1960s-1970s (File) - Box 62 (MS Acc06.126)

HMT Corr., 1970s (File) - Box 63 (MS Acc06.126)

HMT Letters. Family and Sylvia, 1973-1981 (File) - Box 64 (MS Acc06.126)

MT Letters from PMT and family, 1973-1990 (File) - Box 65 (MS Acc06.126)

HMT Letters. Children, 1970s-1990s (File) - Box 66 (MS Acc06.126)

HMT Correspondence, 1980-1982 (File) - Box 67 (MS Acc06.126)

HMT Letters, 1983-1987 (File) - Box 68 (MS Acc06.126)

HMT Letters, 1983-1989 (File) - Box 69 (MS Acc06.126)

HMT Letters, 1991-1992 (File) - Box 70 (MS Acc06.126)

Class MS Acc09.071. Consignment Added 2009

Correspondence, mostly from 1993, notes and notebooks, three microcassettes and papers relating to Michael Thwaites' funeral and memorial service.

Comprises 2 boxes.

Honor & Michael Thwaites [1 of 3] (Item NLA.MS-SAV003711) - Cassette-Box 199

Dimensions

Dictating XD 60

Physical Facet

Microcassette / mini cassette

Honor & Michael Thwaites - [untitled] [2 of 3] (Item NLA.MS-SAV003712) - Cassette-Box 199

Dimensions

Dictating XD 60

Physical Facet

Microcassette / mini cassette

Honor & Michael Thwaites - 3 [label unreadable] (Item NLA.MS-SAV003713) - Cassette-Box 199

Dimensions

Dictating XD 60

Physical Facet

Microcassette / mini cassette

Comprises largely papers of Honor Thwaites. (File) - Box 1 (MS Acc09.071), Box 2 (MS Acc09.071)

Includes correspondence, diaries, notes and notebooks and papers relating to Honor Thwaites' and Michael Thwaites' funerals.

Class MS Acc13.060. Consignment Added 2013 - Box 1 (MS Acc13.060)

Notebooks, notes and drafts of writings by Michael Thwaites, loose personal correspondence, an album of postcards and two sketchbooks.

Comprises 1 box.

Class MS Acc20.002. Consignment Added 2020 - Box 1 (MS 8534 and MS Acc20.002)

Edited transcript of memoirs recorded by Honor Thwaites on audiotape during her illness in 1993. The original transcript was created by National Library staff in 1994 and is held at MS 8534, Series 3, File 1. Edited and corrected transcript by M.R. Thwaites (before 2005), P.R.W. Thwaites and R.N. Thwaites (2019).

Note that a PDF version of this edited and corrected transcript is available online (see the link under 'Related Documentation' in this finding aid).


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