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MS 6205

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Collection Summary

Creator
Cannon, Michael, 1929-
Title
Papers of Michael Cannon
Date Range
1843-2003 (bulk 1950-1980)
Collection Number
MS 6205
Extent
4.4 metres (28 boxes + 1 folio box and 3 elephant folio items)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises subject files, correspondence, printed material and art works. The subject files, comprising research material, cuttings, photocopies and notes, were used by Cannon to write his books including Land boom and bust (1972); his trilogy Who's master? Who's man? (1971), Life in the country (c. 1973) and Life in the cities (c.1975); and The roaring days (1998).

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for research.

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Michael Cannon, National Library of Australia, MS 6205, [series/file number]'.

Provenance

The collection was acquired in three instalments. The first two groups of papers were donated to the Library by Michael Cannon under the Tax Incentives for the Arts Scheme (Cultural Gifts Program) in 1979 (Boxes 1-11) and 1980 (Boxes 12-24). The 2001 addition (Boxes 25-29, plus elephant folios) was purchased by the Library from Cannon, together with the papers of his grandfather, Montague Grover (MS 6238). More papers were donated by Cannon in May and November 2003 (Series 3 / Folders 15-16).

The papers of Cannon's grandfather, Montague Grover, are held at MS 6268.

Arrangement

The Library has arranged the collection into four series: subject files, correspondence, printed material and art works. Cannon has kept most of the papers in titled manila folders. The Library has preserved both Cannon's arrangement and the file titles.

Biographical Note

DateEvent
1929Born 17 August in Brisbane. Son of Arthur C. Cannon and Dorothy Grover (daughter of Montague Grover)
1934-1945Educated at Cobden State School, Camperdown High School and Geelong College
1946-1948Worked in Melbourne for the Argus and Herald and as a freelance journalist in Sydney
1949-1950Worked in London as correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald
1951-1952Returned to Australia and worked as a senior reporter for The Age
1953-1954Owned and operated a small printing firm in Melbourne
1955Married Susan Neville Ussher (deceased) (one son)
1955-1956Editor of Family Circle
1957Began publication of the monthly Australian Fashion News (later owned by Murdoch group)
1959Owned and published monthly journal Newsday which failed after eight issues
1960-1961Associate editor of Sunday Mirror (Sydney)
1962-1963Editor of Australian Fashion News (Melbourne)
1963Married Kerry Ann Pearce (one daughter and two sons)
1965-1966Wrote The land boomers (M.U.P.)
1966-1969Assistant Director of Melbourne University Press
1969Edited The vagabond papers (M.U.P.)
1969Made Foundation Editor of the Sunday Observer in August
1970Awarded Commonwealth Literary Fellowship in February
1971Publication of Who's master? Who's man?
1972Publication of Land boom and bust
1973Publication of Life in the country
1975Publication of Life in the cities
1981Publication of That damned democrat (biography of John Norton)
1981-1991Editor of Historical records of Victoria (1836-1839)
1991Publication of Old Melbourne Town
1993Publication of Hold page one (memoir of Montague Grover)
1996Publication of The human face of the Great Depression
1998Publication of That disreputable firm...the inside story of Slater and Gordon
DateEvent
1929Born 17 August in Brisbane. Son of Arthur C. Cannon and Dorothy Grover (daughter of Montague Grover)
1934-1945Educated at Cobden State School, Camperdown High School and Geelong College
1946-1948Worked in Melbourne for the Argus and Herald and as a freelance journalist in Sydney
1949-1950Worked in London as correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald
1951-1952Returned to Australia and worked as a senior reporter for The Age
1953-1954Owned and operated a small printing firm in Melbourne
1955Married Susan Neville Ussher (deceased) (one son)
1955-1956Editor of Family Circle
1957Began publication of the monthly Australian Fashion News (later owned by Murdoch group)
1959Owned and published monthly journal Newsday which failed after eight issues
1960-1961Associate editor of Sunday Mirror (Sydney)
1962-1963Editor of Australian Fashion News (Melbourne)
1963Married Kerry Ann Pearce (one daughter and two sons)
1965-1966Wrote The land boomers (M.U.P.)
1966-1969Assistant Director of Melbourne University Press
1969Edited The vagabond papers (M.U.P.)
1969Made Foundation Editor of the Sunday Observer in August
1970Awarded Commonwealth Literary Fellowship in February
1971Publication of Who's master? Who's man?
1972Publication of Land boom and bust
1973Publication of Life in the country
1975Publication of Life in the cities
1981Publication of That damned democrat (biography of John Norton)
1981-1991Editor of Historical records of Victoria (1836-1839)
1991Publication of Old Melbourne Town
1993Publication of Hold page one (memoir of Montague Grover)
1996Publication of The human face of the Great Depression
1998Publication of That disreputable firm...the inside story of Slater and Gordon

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Subject files

The series comprises notes, cuttings, photocopies and other research material used by Cannon to write his historical books. Papers in boxes 12-24 were used in writing his trilogy Who's master? Who's man? (1971), Life in the country (c. 1973) and Life in the cities (c.1975).

Anglo-Australian Bank - C.R. Staples (File 1)

Australian Banking Company (File 2)

Australian Deposit and Mortgage Bank (File 3)

Bailieu, William Lawrence (File 4)

Balding, R.L. (File 5)

Balfour, James (File 6)

Ballarat Banking Company (File 7)

Bank of Australasia (File 8)

Bank of New South Wales (File 9)

Bank of South Australia - A.G. Eager (File 10)

Bank of Van Diemens Land (File 11)

Bank of Victoria (File 12)

Bankruptcies - General (File 13)

Banks - General (File 14)

Bellin, John - General Mutual B.S. (File 15)

Benjamin, Sir Benjamin (File 16)

Bent, Sir Thomas (File 17)

Berry, Sir Graham (File 18)

Brown, William G. (File 19)

Buckhurst, W.P. 'Goodrest' (File 20)

Buxton, J.R. (File 21)

Brodzky, Maurice (File 22)

Byrne, Robert (File 23)

Causes of the smash (File 24)

Centennial Land Bank (File 25)

Chatsworth Estate Ltd (File 26)

Churches and the boom (File 27)

City of Melbourne Building Society (File 28)

City Road Property Company (File 29)

Clarke, Joseph (File 30)

Collins Street (File 31)

Colonial Bank of Australia (File 32)

Colonial Investment and Agency Company (File 33)

Commercial Bank (File 34)

Companies Act (File 35)

Companies - General and obscure (File 36)

Compositions - General and insolvencies A-Z (File 37)

Country Estates Company Ltd (File 38)

Davies, Joseph B. (File 39)

Davies, Sir Mathew H. (File 40)

Derham, F.T. (File 41)

Dickson, R.W. (File 42)

Dow, John L. (File 43)

Drysdale, H.H. (File 44)

Effects of the crash (File 45)

Elliot, Edwin C. (File 46)

English and Australian Mortgage Bank (File 47)

Equitable Life Insurance Society (File 48)

E.S. and A. Bank (File 49)

Federal Bank of Australia Ltd (File 50)

Fink, Benjamin J. (File 51)

Fink, Theodore (File 52)

Fink, Wolfe (File 53)

Freehold Investment and Banking Company (File 54)

General Land and Saving Company (File 55)

George, Henry - Land Reformer (File 56)

Georges Ltd (File 57)

Gillespie, James M. (File 58)

Gillies, Duncan (File 59)

Goldsborough Mort (File 60)

Grice, James (File 61)

Hall, Dr A.R. (File 62)

Hayter, H.H. (File 63)

Heights of Marybynong (File 64)

Humour, verse etc. quotations (File 65)

Imperial Banking Company (File 66)

Insolvency Act - Changing it (File 67)

Isaacs, Sir Isaac (File 68)

James, C.H. (File 69)

Kitchen, John A. (File 70)

Kitchen Family (File 71)

Kozminsky, Abraham (File 72)

'Land Boom' General (File 73)

Land Mortgage Bank (File 74)

Lang, Matthew (File 75)

Larkin, Mathias (File 76)

Latham, Edward (File 77)

Lawrence, James B. (File 78)

Legal personalities (File 79)

Letters re 'Land boomers' (File 80)

Levi, Nathaniel (File 81)

Liquidation by arrangement (File 82)

London Bank of Australia (File 83)

Luxton Family (File 84)

Mace Scandal (File 85)

McLean, William (File 86)

Melbourne University Archives - Land boom material (File 87)

Mercantile Bank - Court cases - 1893 (File 88)

Mercantile Bank of Australia (File 89)

Mercantile Finance Company (File 90)

Metropolitan Bank (File 91)

Meudell, George D. (File 92)

Miller Family (Bank of Victoria) (File 93)

Miram, James (File 94)

Modern Permanent Building Society (File 95)

Moss, Mark (Norwood) (File 96)

Munro, David (File 97)

Munro, James (File 98)

National Bank (File 99)

'New Australia' in Paraguay (File 100)

Oakleigh Park Racecourse (File 101)

O'Loghlen, Sir Bryan (File 102)

Oriental Banking Corporation (London) (File 103)

Patterson, J.B. (File 104)

Peck, J.M. 'Lebanon House' (File 105)

Pitt, W.M. (Princes Theatre) (File 106)

Politicians - Legislative Assembly (File 107)

Premier Permanent Building Society (File 108)

Ramsden, George (Tara Hall, Kew) (File 109)

Real Estate Bank (File 110)

Reference (File 111)

Reforms and remedies (File 112)

Reid, Robert D. (File 113)

Reviews etc. (File 114)

Robb, John (File 115)

Rowan, Andrew (File 116)

Royal Commission on Banking 1887 (File 117)

Royal Commission on State Banking (File 118)

Saving Banks (File 119)

Service, James, M.L.C. (File 120)

Shevill, J.W. (File 121)

Shiells, W. (File 122)

Spence, Miss E.J. (File 123)

Standard Bank of Australia (File 124)

L. Stevenson and Sons Ltd (File 125)

Sydney (File 126)

Taylor, G.N. - Land Credit Bank (File 127)

Taylor, George W. (File 128)

Thompson, W.K. (File 129)

Transparencies of mansions, 1975 (File 130)

Union Bank of Australia (File 131)

Union Finance (File 132)

Victoria Mortgage and Deposit Bank Ltd (File 133)

Voluntary Liquidation Act (File 134)

Woolfe, Joseph (File 135)

Beyond Sydney (File 136)

Change to quartz mining and deep shaft mining (File 137)

Chinese-Gold seekers (File 138)

Collection of licence fees, Crime, Police (File 139)

Convicts (File 140)

Discovery of gold and the first rushes (File 141)

Early Melbourne (File 142)

Early Queensland (File 143)

Early settlement. The foundation of cities (File 144)

Early South Australia (File 145)

Early Tasmania (File 146)

Early Western Australia (File 147)

Gold - Effect on world trade (File 148)

Immigrants (File 149)

Indians (File 150)

Japanese (File 151)

Kanakas (File 152)

Migrants attracted by gold (File 153)

The roads to the diggings (File 154)

Life on the diggings (File 155)

Sydney (File 156)

Altering balance of nature (File 157-158)

Bridges and punts (File 159)

Building the bush hut (File 160)

Bushrangers (File 161)

Cattlemen (File 162)

Chirnside Family - 'Werribee Park' (File 163)

The Crisis of the 1890's (File 164)

Communications VII: The mailman ties nation together (File 165)

Communications VIII: The telegraph (File 166)

Country Life VII: relaxations (File 167)

Dairy farming (File 168)

Eliminating the Aboriginal (File 169)

Exploration II: Filling in the map (File 170)

How the early squatters lived (File 171)

How their employees lived (File 172)

Itinerant workers (File 173)

Life in the country - General promotion (File 174)

Life in the vineyard (File 175)

Mechanisation (File 176)

The meat trade (File 177)

Ownership of the land (File 178)

The pastoral dream (File 179)

Preserving meat for export (File 180)

Rise of country towns (File 181)

Rise of the wool kings (File 182-183)

Roads II: Pushing roads through the wilderness (File 184)

Romance of the riverboats (File 185)

The Selector and his family (File 186)

Spread of wheat farming (File 187)

Station employees' life and work (File 188)

Wool kings, N.S.W. (File 189)

Wool kings, Victoria (File 190)

Lola Montez (File 191)

Lola Montez: General (File 192)

Lola Montez: in Bavaria and U.S.A. (File 193)

Architecture - City buildings (File 194)

Bad employers - General and history of factories (File 195)

Bankers and financiers (File 196)

Bathroom, w.c.'s, laundry, ventilation (File 197)

Bedrooms (File 198)

Benevolent asylums, workhouses, etc. (File 199)

Bridges, roads and footpaths (File 200)

City life - general (File 201)

Clothing trade conditions (File 202)

Conditions of labour (File 203)

Courting the course of true love (File 204)

Darwinism, astronomy etc. (File 205)

Death (File 206)

Development of suburbs (File 207)

Difficulties encountered in improving conditions (File 208)

Drainage of cities - sewerage (File 209)

Exhibition III: The Great Exhibitions and science (File 210)

Fashion - male (File 211)

Food trade conditions and transport industries (File 212)

Social occasions (File 213)

Germ theory - improvements in medicine (File 214)

Good employers (File 215)

Government attitudes to unemployment etc. (File 216)

Growth, shape and life of colonial cities (File 217)

Health, the quacks (File 218)

Horse, buses and trams (File 219)

Horse cabs etc. (File 220)

Horses and horsemen - coaches (private) (File 221)

Hospitals (File 222)

How the working class lived - general (File 223)

Kitchen, food, cooking, meals (File 224)

Life of the streets (File 225)

Living conditions of unemployed (File 226)

Long term effects of unemployment (File 227)

Mansions (File 228)

Manufactures (File 229)

Manufacturing industry conditions (File 230)

Medical profession (File 231)

Middle class homes (File 232)

Miners (File 233)

Mortality expectation of life (File 234)

Municipal government (File 235)

Working class recreations (File 236)

Phrenology (File 237)

Poor home life (File 238)

The press: free, fearless, fanatical (File 239)

Professional classes (File 240)

Protection against unemployment, sickness, death (File 241)

Railways - general (File 242)

Railway - Melbourne (File 243)

Religion VII: the comforts of religion (File 244)

Retail shop conditions (File 245)

The revolutionary idea of progress (File 246)

Sanitation (File 247)

Science - general (File 248)

Self employment (File 249)

The servant problem (File 250)

Shopkeepers (File 251)

Situation at turn of century (File 252)

The struggle for early closing and 8 hour day (File 253)

Social mobility - examples (File 254)

Stock exchanges (File 255)

Successful working men - home life (File 256)

Sydney (File 257)

Trade VI trade barriers (File 258)

Tramway companies mechanical power (File 259)

Unemployment (File 260)

Unemployment - Land boom material (File 261)

Voluntary charity (File 262)

Water supply (File 263)

Series 2. Correspondence, 1948-1990

The series comprises Cannon's correspondence concerning his writing and his research, a case involving the Australian Wool Bureau and Carden Advertising (1959-1960), the dismissal of Cyril Pearl as editor of the Sunday Mirror (1959-1974) and J.C. Williamson Ltd. concerning a dispute between Lady Tait and Dorothy Parker (1966-1971).

Brass, Douglas, 1962 : Australian visitors to Britain (File 1)

Humphries, Barry, 1970 : article in Sunday Review on Max Harris (File 2)

Lindsay, Norman, 1948 : Montague Grover and newspaper sensationalism (File 3)

McKay, Claude, 1967 : McKay to Cannon re settlement in Rofe v. Smith's Weekly 1924 case; McKay to Dorothy Parker re The land boomers (File 4)

Minogue, Dennis, 1980 : launch of Forum by Minogue, Bettina Arndt and Clyde Packer (File 5)

Munster, George, 1963 : Fairfax increasing control of The Age and land boom and the banks (File 6)

Murdoch, Dame Elisabeth, 1990 : Cannon's book Who killed the Koories? (File 7)

Newsday (Melbourne), 1959 : case involving the Australian Wool Bureau and Carden Advertising (File 8)

Norton, John, 1981 : letters of John Russell and his mother Ruby and photographs of Ada Norton (File 9)

Packer, Sir Frank, 1950 : rejection of position on Daily Telegraph (File 10)

Pearl, Cyril Ashton, 1959-1974 : subjects include research for books, Cannon to take control of the Melbourne Truth and Pearl's dismissal as editor of the Sunday Mirror (File 11-12)

Perkin, Graham, 1970 : enclosing a copy of Perkin's address 'Massaging the medium' (File 13)

Rolland, Sir Frank, 1948 : democracy and religion (File 14)

Russo, Peter, 1969 : unable to contribute to the Sunday Obsever (File 15)

Ryan, Peter Allen, 1972 : Ryan's libel writ against the Sunday Review (File 16)

Sayers, Stuart, 1979 : concerning Cannon's book on David and Ebenezer Syme. The file includes a copy of Syme's letter to Captain Page, 1886. (File 17)

Sunday Observer (Melbourne), 1957-1973 : publication of the newspaper (File 18)

J.C. Williamson Ltd., 1966-1971 : a dispute between Lady Viola Tait and Dorothy Parker (File 19)

Series 3. Printed material, 1843-2003

The series comprises printed items such as pamphlets, cuttings and circulars. Cannon has arranged and listed the material under the name of the authors.

Ballingal, James, 1851 : pamphlet entitled Lecture on merchant shipping (Item 1)

Carroll, Lindsay, 1948, 1956 : leaflet entitled 'The craftsman speaks' (Item 2)

Grover, Montague, 1943 : pamphlet entitled Montague Grover: he brightened the inky way (Item 3)

Hardy, John Richard, n.d. : cutting from Three colonies of Australia (Item 4)

Herbert, Sidney, 1849 : printed pamphlet of his letter to the Morning Chronicle concerning emigration to Australia (Item 5)

Heritage, 1956 : a journal of the Methodist Historical Society of Victoria (Item 6)

Lee, W.L., 1850 : circular entitled 'Victoria weekly price current and circular' (Item 7)

Petitions, 1847-1850 : separation of Port Phillip from New South Wales (Item 8)

Catalogue of Mrs B. Smyth and Co., 1893 (Item 9)

Willis, John Walpole, 1843 : cuttings concerning a call for his dismissal (Item 10)

Wren, John, 1898 : a broadside of verse entitled 'Tote raid' by James Purtell (Item 11)

Map of Australia (Item 12)

Poster, 1890 : proclamation prohibiting illegal assemblies' during maritime strike, Melbourne (Item 13)

Poster, 1846 : 'Reward for discovery of illicit distillation', Sydney (Item 14)

Article, n.d. : 'Deep scalping on steep slopes' (Addition May 2003) (Item 15)

One volume of typescript by Michael Cannon entitled 'Living in the clouds: a brief history of "Fernhyll" from 1898 to the present day', 2003 (Addition 24 November 2003) (Item 16)

Series 4. Art works, 1896-1971

The series comprises drawings and cartoons. They have been arranged and listed by Cannon under the name of the artists.

Gurney, Alex: water colour Christmas card, 1953 (Item 1)

Leunig, Michael: pen and wash cartoon of R.G. Menzies entitled 'Afternoon light in the Members Stand', 1971 (Item 2)

Lindsay, Lionel: crayon drawing, 1896 (Item 3)

'The last of the poor old Morning Post' (Melbourne), 1927 (Item 4)

Miller, Syd: pen and ink cartoon of Montague Grover entitled 'Passenger to the Middle West', c. 1920s (Item 5)

Paterson, Esther: crayon drawing of Montague Grover, c. 1930s (Item 6)

Container List

Series File Box
1 1-11 1
1 12-23 2
1 24-35 3
1 36-47 4
1 48-59 5
1 60-72 6
1 73-84 7
1 85-96 8
1 97-108 9
1 109-121 10
1 122-135 11
1 136-146 12
1 147-156 13
1 157-167 14
1 168-178 15
1 179-189 16
1 190-193 17
1 194-203 18
1 204-213 19
1 214-223 20
1 224-233 21
1 234-243 22
1 244-253 23
1 254-263 24
2 1-9 25
2 10-16 26
2 17-19 27
3 1-4 27
3 5-11 28
3 12-14 (map drawers)
3 15 28
4 1-6 29 (folio run)

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