MS 8963 et al
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Papers of Russell Braddon
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MS 8963 et al
(15 boxes, 7 cartons)
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National Library of Australia
Scope and Contents
The collection contains 47 volumes of manuscript drafts of his works, a small amount of correspondence, including letters from Joan Sutherland, Lord Beaverbrook, the second Lord Thomson and General A.E. Percival, as well as photographs of Braddon at book launchings, of Joan Sutherland, and other photographs.
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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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Russell Braddon, National Library of Australia, [class number, box number and series and/or file number]'.
The papers of Russell Braddon were donated to the Library by his estate in 1995-96.
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- • 1952 - Piddington
- • 1952 - Naked Island
- • 1954 - Those in peril
- • 1956 - Nancy Wake
- • 1956 - Out of the storm
- • 1958 - End of a hate
- • 1958 - Gabriel comes to 24
- • 1960 - Proud American boy
- • 1961 - Naked Island (play)
- • 1962 - Joan Sutherland
- • 1964 - Year of the angry rabbit
- • 1965 - Roy Thomson of Fleet Street
- • 1966 - Committal chamber
- • 1968 - When the enemy is tired
- • 1968 - Inseparables
- • 1969 - Will you walk a little faster
- • 1969 - Siege
- • 1971 - Prelude and fugue for lovers
- • 1972 - End play
- • 1973 - Suez: splitting of a nation
- • 1974 - Hundred days in Darien
- • 1977 - All the Queen's men
- • 1977 - Finalists
- • 1980 - Predator
- • 1983 - The other hundred years war: Japan's bid for supremacy 1941-2041
- • 1984 - Murray River (TV)
- • 1985 - Burma Railway (TV)
- • 1986 - Thomas Baines
- • 1988 - Images of Australia
- • 1989 -Woman in arms
- • 1990 - Funnelweb
- • 1990 - Knife edge (play)
His books included:
Russell Braddon was born in Sydney in 1921 and educated at the University of Sydney. He was imprisoned in Changi for four years during World War II, and his controversial book, The naked island, describing his experiences as a prisoner, sold more than a million copies. He wrote biographies, novels, histories and TV scripts. He lived in Britain from 1949 until 1993, and died in NSW in 1995.
Class MS 8963. Original consignment
Comprises 47 volumes of manuscript drafts of Russell Braddon's works, a small amount of correspondence, including letters from Joan Sutherland, Lord Beaverbrook, the second Lord Thomson and General A.E. Percival, as well as photographs of Braddon at book launchings, of Joan Sutherland, and other photographs.
Contained in 11 boxes.
Series 1. Literary Drafts
Bound volumes (or for items 3-7, notebooks) containing the original drafts of Braddon's published works. The titles used are not always the same as the published title. Braddon's title-page annotations are given where applicable. Dates in square brackets indicate date of publication.
The Piddington broadcasts, "Piddington scripts, written June 1949 onwards in London for BBC, Johannesburg radio, Sydney 2GB, BBC TV" (File 1) - Box 1
Reminiscences, "notes taken Sydney - London - Berlin - Johannesburg - Austria - Music hall tour - also ponies!", 1949-52 (File 2) - Box 1
The naked island, notebooks (File 3-7) - Box 1, 2
The naked island, "published, the day King George VI died, by T. Werner Laurie", 1950-51, letter from Lieutenant-General Percival, 1952 (File 8) - Box 2
Those in peril, 1953 (File 9) - Box 2
Odds and ends, "journalistic articles, mainly for the Express", 1953-54 (File 10) - Box 2
Cheshire V.C., The Seekers, "articles for Everybodys and Picture Post", 1954 (File 11) - Box 3
Cheshire V.C., "the story of Group Captain Leonard Cheshire, Victoria Cross, DFC, DSO and two bars", 1954; includes 9 loose pages (File 12) - Box 3
Out of the storm, "novel of postwar Austria and Australia - comparison of the old world and the new, of pessimism and weariness with optimism and vigour", 1954-55 (File 13) - Box 3
Short stories and articles, "articles for Express, Everybodys and nobody much except me - also letters from Cheshire, Christiansen, etc.", 1954-55 (File 14) - Box 3
Newspaper and magazine articles, including 'VJ Day - ten years after', 'Film treatment of The Naked Island', 'Why I am [not] an expatriate', 'Imprisonment', 'Psychiatric ward', 'Sutherland', ca 1955-62 (File 15) - Box 4
Nancy Wake G.M., "the story of Nancy Wake - George Medal, Croix de Guerre with two palms and silver star, Resistance Medal, United States Freedom Medal", 1955-56; some loose notes (File 16) - Box 4
Nancy Wake: an adaptation for a musical in collaboration with Gale and Slavin; 12 loose pages in back, n.d (File 17) - Box 4
The end of a hate, 1958 (File 18) - Box 4
Gabriel comes to 24, 1958 (File 19) - Box 4
Shock treatment: a television play in four acts adapted from 'Gabriel comes to 24'; includes a loose note (File 20) - Box 5
The proud American boy, 1960 (File 21) - Box 5
Joan Sutherland, 1962 (File 22) - Box 5
The year of the angry rabbit, 1964 (File 23) - Box 5
Lord Thomson of Fleet, 1965 (File 24) - Box 6
The committal chamber: a play, 1966 (File 25) - Box 6
The committal chamber: a novel, 1968 (File 26) - Box 6
When the enemy is tired, 1968 (File 27) - Box 6
The inseparables (novel), 1968 (File 28) - Box 6
The inseparables (play), 1968? (File 29) - Box 7
The siege: Kut el Amara, 1969 (File 30) - Box 7
Prelude and fugue for lovers, 1971 (File 31) - Box 7
End play, 1971 (File 32) - Box 7
End play: a play in three acts and The jigsaw man: a play, n.d.; includes some loose pages (File 33) - Box 7
Suez, ; includes a loose note (File 34) - Box 8
A hundred days of Darien, 1974; includes loose typescript preface on Buckingham Palace letterhead (File 35) - Box 8
All the Queen's men, 1977 (File 36) - Box 8
The finalists, 1977 (File 37) - Box 8
Operation shepherd (part of The finalists), n.d (File 38) - Box 8
Thomas Baines: artist and explorer, 1986 (File 39) - Box 9
Funnelweb, 1990 (File 40) - Box 9
1788 and all that, n.d (File 41) - Box 9
A clock striking, n.d (File 42) - Box 9
Getaway, n.d (File 43) - Box 10
The remarkable progress of Private Lilyworth, n.d (File 44) - Box 10
Why is Lydia, n.d (File 45) - Box 10
Why is Lydia: a play, n.d (File 46) - Box 10
You'll never get off the island: a play in three acts, n.d (File 47) - Box 10
Series 2. Correspondence
Loose correspondence removed from the volumes in Series 1. Names in italics indicate the original location in that series. Names of persons indicate the writer of each letter.
The naked island: Lt.-Gen. A.E. Percival, 1952 (Item 1) - Box 11
The naked island: Cliff Whitelocke (Christmas card), 1958 (Item 2) - Box 11
Gabriel comes to 24: Dr Kenneth Farn, 1981; Shock treatment: a television play in four acts adapted from 'Gabriel comes to 24' (Item 3) - Box 11
Gabriel comes to 24: J, (pages 2-3 only), n.d (Item 4) - Box 11
Joan Sutherland: Joan Sutherland, 1965 (Item 5) - Box 11
Lord Thomson of Fleet: Lord Beaverbrook, 1963 (Item 6) - Box 11
Lord Thomson of Fleet: Lord Thomson, 1976 (Item 7) - Box 11
The siege: Kut el Amara: John Forward, 1960 (Item 8) - Box 11
The siege: Kut el Amara: G.O. Roberts, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1969 (Item 9) - Box 11
The siege: Kut el Amara: Hasan Al-Anbari, Iraqi Embassy, 1969 (Item 10) - Box 11
The siege: Kut el Amara: Sir John Mellor, 1969 (Item 11) - Box 11
The siege: Kut el Amara: Zeki Kuneralp, 1969 (Item 12) - Box 11
The siege: Kut el Amara: Professor TuranOnat, 1970 (Item 13) - Box 11
Prelude and fugue for lovers: André de Toth, 1971 (Item 14) - Box 11
Suez: Selwyn Lloyd, M.P, 1964 (Item 15) - Box 11
Suez: A. Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1971 (Item 16) - Box 11
Suez: Sir Robert Turton, 1971 (Item 17) - Box 11
Suez: Selwyn Lloyd, M.P, 1971 (Item 18) - Box 11
Suez: Douglas Hurd, political secretary to Prime Minister Edward Heath, 1972 (Item 19) - Box 11
Suez: Winthrop Aldrich, 1972 (Item 20) - Box 11
Suez: Lord Avon (Anthony Eden), 1973 (Item 21) - Box 11
All the Queen's men: Lt-Col Peter Williams, 1975 (Item 22) - Box 11
All the Queen's men: Major-Gen. Philip Ward, 1976 (Item 23) - Box 11
All the Queen's men: John Goring, 1977 (Item 24) - Box 11
All the Queen's men: Bruce Bell, 1977 (Item 25) - Box 11
A clock striking: YuzoHatano, Consul General of Japan, Toronto, 1983 (Item 26) - Box 11
A clock striking: Masao Miyoshi, 1985 (Item 27) - Box 11
Series 3. Official Documentation
Loose documents removed from the volumes in Series 1.
The inseparables (play):Iraqi press card, 1969 (Item 1) - Box 11
The inseparables (play):Iraqi [?] disembarkation card, 1969 (Item 2) - Box 11
All the Queen's men: Entry permit to Hyde Park Barracks, London, n.d. (Item 3) - Box 11
Series 4. Photographs
Loose photographs removed from the volumes in Series 1.
Nancy Wake G.M.: Braddon autographing copies of Nancy Wake, ca 1956 (Item 1) - Box 11
Nancy Wake G.M.: Nancy Wake identity cards (Item 2-3) - Box 11
Nancy Wake G.M.: M. Comboult and Mme.Sainson (Item 4) - Box 11
Nancy Wake G.M.:Aerial photograph (Item 5) - Box 11
Joan Sutherland: Joan Sutherland (Item 6-7) - Box 11
Joan Sutherland: Joan Sutherland and Franco Zeffirelli (Item 8) - Box 11
Joan Sutherland: Joan Sutherland and This is your life group (Item 9) - Box 11
Lord Thomson of Fleet: Braddon and the first Lord Thomson at the launching of Roy Thomson of Fleet Street, 1965 (Item 10-12) - Box 11
When the enemy is tired: Dachau concentration camp museum (Item 13-14) - Box 11
The inseparables (play):Strip of three identity photographs of Braddon (Item 15) - Box 11
The inseparables (play):Negative of a cartoon, n.d (Item 16) - Box 11
The inseparables (play):Iraqi [?] street scene, n.d. (Item 17) - Box 11
All the Queen's men: The New Standards (military parade), n.d (Item 18) - Box 11
Class Acc04.162. Consignment added 2004
Comprises 147 manuscript letters from Braddon to his long-time friend and manager, James Whitehand, plus one letter from Braddon to Kathy Gaskin, photographs of studio, publicity or literary event nature, about 25 cuttings books from the 1950s to the 1970s, and about 30 annotated typescripts of Braddon's fiction, histories and biographies.
Contained in 3 boxes, 5 cartons.
Class Acc04.264. Consignment added 2004
Comprises the playscript for The naked island, with the author's annotations, and a proof of Cheshire V.C.
Contained in 1 box.
Class Acc04.291. Consignment added 2004
Comprises manuscript, typescript and annotated typescript drafts and proofs, together with research notes and other papers relating to Braddon's writings.
Contained in 2 cartons.