Guide to the Papers of Al Grassby


MS 7798, MS Acc01.018

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Collection Summary

Al Grassby
Papers of Al Grassby
Date Range
Collection Number
MS 7798, MS Acc01.018
8.7 metres (44 boxes, 6 cartons, 1 folio item)
Language of Materials
National Library of Australia


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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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

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Biographical Note

State and federal politician. Australian Labor Party member for Murrumbidgee, New South Wales Legislative Assembly 1965-1969; Member for Riverina in Federal Parliament, 1969-1974; Minister for Immigration in the Whitlam Labor Government, 1972-1974; defeated at the May 1974 General Election.

Item Descriptions

Class MS 7798. Original consignment

Mainly comprises correspondence, papers relating to overseas visits, publications and press clippings relating to community relations. Other papers include press releases and speeches, 1965-1975, cabinet submissions no. 1-375, papers relating to immigration, personal correspondence and travel ephemera.

Contained in 44 boxes, 1 folio item.

Series 1. Community Relations

Grassby's papers Nos 101-198 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 1
Grassby’s papers Nos 199-250 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 2
Cyprus Visit: Correspondence, 1975 (File 1) - Box 3
Visit of R.J. Koplan: Correspondence 1981-1982 (File 2) - Box 3
Proposed visit to Australia by B. Holman: correspondence 1976-1982 (File 3) - Box 3
Visit to Israel: Correspondence, travel-leaflets 1982 (File 4) - Box 3
Overseas visits to Malta, Switzerland, Hungary, the Philippines and Italy: correspondence, typescripts, notes newspaper clippings and photocopies 1974-1979. (File 5) - Box 3
Papers relating to the Royal Commission on Australian Government Administration 1974-1975 (File 6) - Box 3
Papers relating to Greeks in Australia (File 7) - Box 3
Miscellaneous papers (File 8) - Box 3
Greece: Correspondence, notes, photocopies 1975 (File 1) - Box 4
Visit to Greece, correspondence, notes photocopies 1976-1977 (File 2) - Box 4
Miscellaneous papers (3 folders) (File 3) - Box 4
Miscellaneous papers (File 1) - Box 5
Safety and Australian’s multicultural work force (File 2) - Box 5
Miscellaneous papers 1972-1973 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 6
Miscellaneous papers 1972-1973 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 6
Miscellaneous papers during Grassby's term as NSW Special Advisor on Community relations 1983-1984 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 6
Publications (File [unnumbered]) - Box 7-8
Press clippings 1970-1972 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 9
Press clippings Jan-March 1973 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 10
Press clippings March 1973 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 11
Press clippings April 1973 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 12
Press clippings April 1973 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 13
Press clippings May 1973 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 14
Press clippings June 1973 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 15
Press clippings July 1973 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 16
Press clippings August 1973 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 17
Press clippings September 1973 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 18
Press clippings September-October 1973 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 19
Press clippings October-November 1973 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 20
Press clippings December 1973 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 21
Press clippings January 1974 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 22
Press clippings February 1974 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 23
Press clippings February-April 1974 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 24
Miscellaneous press clippings 1974 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 25
Miscellaneous press clippings 1975-1976 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 26
Miscellaneous press clippings 1977-1979, 1982 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 27
Press releases and Speeches 1965-1975; "The Rural Crisis" 5 copies (File [unnumbered]) - Box 28
Press releases, addresses, speeches 1970's (File [unnumbered]) - Box 29

Series 2. Cabinet Submissions

Cabinet submissions No.1-375 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 30-38

Series 3. ALP material and Immigration

Committee meetings 1974-1984 (incomplete) circulars, pamphlets,newspaper clippings (File [unnumbered]) - Box 39
Some correspondence, printed and roneod material 1973-1974 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 40
Some correspondence re visits to Los Angeles, Philippines, biographical notes (File [unnumbered]) - Box 41
Printed and roneod material, newspaper cuttings, some notes and correspondence 1974 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 42

Series 4. Personal

Greeting card, personal letters and telegrams, travel ephemera (File [unnumbered]) - Box 43
Travel ephemera, passports, payslips, photos from visit to China, correspondence re superannuation -retirement 1974-80 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 44

Class Acc01.018. Consignment added 2001

Comprises further papers documenting Grassby's career as a minister and parliamentarian and his work as Commissioner for Community Relations.

Contained in 6 cartons.