Guide to the Papers of Montague Grover

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MS 6268, MS Acc11.133

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Collection Summary

Creator
Grover, Montague, 1870-1943
Title
Papers of Montague Grover
Date Range
1880-1931
Collection Number
MS 6268, MS Acc11.133
Extent
1.56 metres (11 boxes)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises handwritten drafts, typescripts and cuttings of Grover's memoirs (Hold page one), short stories and articles, as well as miscellaneous cuttings, cutting books and photographs. It also includes the papers of his parents, Jessie and Harry Ehret Grover.

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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

Provenance

The collection was purchased by the Library from Michael Cannon, Grover's grandson, in 2001.

Papers of Grover's grandson, Michael Cannon, are held in the Manuscript Collection at MS 6205.

Arrangement

The collection has been arranged into three series. Wherever possible, the Library has retained Michael Cannon's descriptions of the papers.

Biographical Note

DateEvent
1870Born 31 May in West Melbourne, the son of Jessie and Harry Ehret Grover
1881Attended Melbourne Grammar School
1881-1892Articled to an architecture firm, but the depression ended his hopes of a career in architecture
1890Began writing short stories and articles for the Bulletin. Later Grover also contributed poems and short stories to Lone Hand and Smith's Weekly.
1896Joined the Argus
1897Married Ada Goldberg and they had two sons and five daughters
1902-1903Travelled to England as secretary to J.C. Williamson
1907Moved to Sydney
1910-1925Worked as a journalist for Sir Hugh Denison, owner of the Evening Star (became the Sydney Sun). In 1922 Sir Hugo then sent Grover to Melbourne to start the Sun News-Pictorial (now the Melbourne Herald Sun). The following year they also published the Melbourne Evening Sun. These two newspapers were taken over by Murdoch's Melbourne Herald group. The Sydney papers remained under Sir Hugo's control.
1914Divorced his first wife
1915Married Regina Roseville Varley and they had three children
1929-1930Worked for Murdoch
1931-1933Editor of the Sydney labour daily, the World
1943Grover died on 7 March. He was survived by his second wife and seven children.
1993Hold page one: memoirs of Monty Grover, editor was edited and introduced by Grover's grandson, Michael Cannon and published by Loch Haven
DateEvent
1870Born 31 May in West Melbourne, the son of Jessie and Harry Ehret Grover
1881Attended Melbourne Grammar School
1881-1892Articled to an architecture firm, but the depression ended his hopes of a career in architecture
1890Began writing short stories and articles for the Bulletin. Later Grover also contributed poems and short stories to Lone Hand and Smith's Weekly.
1896Joined the Argus
1897Married Ada Goldberg and they had two sons and five daughters
1902-1903Travelled to England as secretary to J.C. Williamson
1907Moved to Sydney
1910-1925Worked as a journalist for Sir Hugh Denison, owner of the Evening Star (became the Sydney Sun). In 1922 Sir Hugo then sent Grover to Melbourne to start the Sun News-Pictorial (now the Melbourne Herald Sun). The following year they also published the Melbourne Evening Sun. These two newspapers were taken over by Murdoch's Melbourne Herald group. The Sydney papers remained under Sir Hugo's control.
1914Divorced his first wife
1915Married Regina Roseville Varley and they had three children
1929-1930Worked for Murdoch
1931-1933Editor of the Sydney labour daily, the World
1943Grover died on 7 March. He was survived by his second wife and seven children.
1993Hold page one: memoirs of Monty Grover, editor was edited and introduced by Grover's grandson, Michael Cannon and published by Loch Haven

Biographical Reference(s)

Australian Dictionary of Biography, 1891-1939, p. 133-134.

Item Descriptions

Class MS 6268. Original consignment

Comprises handwritten drafts, typescripts and cuttings of Grover's memoirs (Hold page one), short stories and articles, as well as miscellaneous cuttings, cutting books and photographs. It also includes the papers of his parents, Jessie and Harry Ehret Grover.

Contained in 9 boxes.

Series 1. Writings, 1890-1931

The series comprises handwritten drafts, typescripts, notes and cuttings of Grover's plays, poems and short stories. Most of the papers have been pasted onto notebooks and the majority of them were undated.

Notebook, entitled 'Poetry, various', containing handwritten drafts and cuttings of poems, c. 1890s (File 1)
Notebook containing handwritten drafts of poems and list of income from journals, 1897-1898 (File 2)
Notebook containing handwritten drafts and cuttings, some of which relates to Grover's tour of Europe with J.C. Williamson between 1902 and 1903 (File 3)
Two typescripts for the play 'The dictator' written while Grover was working for the Argus, c. 1908 (File 4)
Notebook containing short stories published in Lone Hand and Smith's weekly, 1908-1909 (File 5)
Notebook containing cuttings of 'One Punch Patsy' from the Bulletin and 'The commercial altruist' from Lone Hand, 1909 (File 6)
Notebook containing cuttings of short stories, c. 1912 (File 7)
Notebooks containing a compilation of plays entitled 'Curvis comedies' (File 8-9)
Two notebooks containing 'Henry Malone' cuttings (File 10)
Photocopy of 'Trip to France in 1920' articles published in Sydney Sun, 1920 (File 11)
Typescript for the play 'Duck Creek bushranger', c. 1930 (File 12)
Typescripts for 'April the twenty-fifth' and 'The celebrity', c. 1930s (File 13)
Notebook containing cuttings of 'The fable' series, c. 1930s (File 14)
Cuttings and typescript of 'In smoke', c. 1930s (File 15)
Notebook containing notes and handwritten drafts of 'Man bites dog' and '1931 model' (File 16)
Typescript for '1931 model' (File 17)
Notebook entitled 'The campers' Decameron' containing cuttings of stories published in Lone Hand, n.d. (File 18)
Typescripts of poems, notes and plays 'Doing it all', 'The captain of industry' and 'Gib it Tshillin' (File 19)
Typescript for 'The celebrity: a farce comedy' (File 20)
Cuttings and typescript for 'The co-respondents course' (File 21)
Notebook containing notes and handwritten drafts for Glover's reminiscences 'Dog bites man' (File 22)
Typescripts for '1931 model' and 'The green pearl' (File 23)
Typescripts for Hold page one: memoirs of Monty Grover, editor (File 24-27)
Notebook entitled 'Idylls of the push' containing cuttings, published in the Bulletin, Outpost and other journals, of short stories (File 28)
Typescript for the play 'In smoke' (File 29)
Notebooks containing cuttings of 'Ishmalite nights' (File 30-32)
Notebook containing handwritten draft of 'Jack Nolan's curse' and miscellaneous notes (File 33)
Notebook containing cuttings of what appears to be a preliminary version of The time is now ripe (File 34)
Typescript for a play 'The patriots' (File 35)
Typescript for 'Rodney alias Ryan' (File 36)
Typescript for 'The streamline model' (File 37)
Typescripts and photocopies of miscellaneous poems (File 38)
Handwritten drafts of 'Poetry- various' (File 39)
Cuttings of poems from various journals (File 40)
Miscellaneous typescripts for poems and plays (File 41)
Cuttings of poems published in various journals (File 42)
Miscellaneous photocopies (File 43)

Series 2. Cutting books and photographs, 1880s-1930s

The series comprises cutting books of newspaper cuttings on subjects such as divorce, abortion, court reports on rape cases and maritime strike. Some of the cuttings are loose.

Cutting book, 1880s-1890s (File 1)
Cutting book, 1882-1885 (File 2)
Cutting book, 1890s (File 3)
Cutting book, 1908-1918 (File 4)
Cuttings, c. 1911-1930s (File 5)
Photographs from a visit to Europe, c. 1920 (File 6)

Series 3. Papers of Jessie and Harry Ehret Grover, 1883-1911

Jessie and Harry Ehret Grover were the parents of Montague Grover. The series comprises their cutting books, scrapbook and diaries. The cutting books contain articles on subjects such as British and European royal families, British and Australian politicians, short articles entitled 'Glady's letter' and other social news.

Cutting book of Jessie Grover, 1883-1895 (File 1)
Cutting book of Jessie Grover, 1885-1910 (File 2)
Diary of Jessie Grover, 1890-1894 (File 3)
Cutting book (include cuttings of 'Glady's letter') of Jessie Grover, 1886-1911 (File 4)
Four diaries of Harry Ehret Grover, 1867-1913 (File 5)
Scrap book 'With Sturt's Cadets 1853' and cuttings (1875-1892) kept by Harry Ehret Grover (File 6)

Class MS Acc11.133. Consignment added 2011

Comprises some of the research files Michael Cannon compiled while producing the volume Hold page one. Memoirs of Monty Grover editor. Includes correspondence, newspaper extracts and other papers dealing with genealogical aspects of the Grover family and articles about, or by, Montague Grover. Amongst other material, one file contains Montague Grover's will and certain papers related to Harry Grover, Montague's son.

Contained in 2 boxes.

Container List

Series File/s Box
1 1-6 1
1 7-13 2
1 14-21 3
1 22-29 4
1 30-36 5
1 37-43 6
2 1-5 7
2 6 8
3 1-4 8
3 5-6 9

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