Guide to the Papers of Richard Hall
National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record
- Hall, Richard (1937-2003)
- Papers of Richard Hall
- Date Range
- Collection Number
- MS 8725
- 19.91 metres (132 boxes + 3 folio boxes)
- Language of Materials
- National Library of Australia
Scope and Content
This large collection contains papers accumulated by Hall during the course of his career as a journalist, author and political advisor. There are drafts, research materials and correspondence for all of his published books together with drafts and papers relating to his other writings which included journal and magazine articles, plays, film scripts and some unpublished works. There is a large group of papers, much of which comprises research material, relating to Hall's unfinished biography of Gough Whitlam, which had reached final draft stage at the time of his death.
There are two series of papers relating to Hall's work in the political sphere. Series 14 records his time as Private Press Secretary to Gough Whitlam during the period 1969 to 1972. Series 32 documents his work as a political advisor to Wayne Swan, the Federal Member for Lilley in Queensland, the bulk of which date from 1993 to 2003.
The correspondence in the collection is not extensive and comprises cards and correspondence from family and friends, together with general correspondence relating to Hall's life and work. Principle correspondents include Ann Turner, Frank Moorhouse, Edmund Campion, Sandra Forbes, Suzanne Falkiner, Robyn Head and Hall's three daughters, Caitlin, Meredith, and Louisa.
Hall was involved with a number of organisations during the course of his career, including, amongst others, the Literature Board of the Australia Council, The Australian Society of Authors and the State Library Council of NSW. Included in the collection are papers relating to these organisations.
Access conditions may apply to this collection, please refer to the collection's catalogue record for further information (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn401267).
Copying and Publishing
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Richard Hall , National Library of Australia, MS 8725, [series/file number]'.
The papers were acquired in two instalments. The first was purchased from Hall in 1992 and the second was purchased from his family in 2003, following Hall's death.
The arrangement of the papers in the first instalment of this collection, received in 1992, was devised by Hall and his literary agent and has been retained. Series 1-20 refer.
In August 2003 the Library acquired a large addition to the papers, following Hall's death earlier the same year. Some of the papers in this addition related to those already present in the existing collection (series 1-20). Such papers were added to the appropriate series. There was also a large component of papers which related to new subject areas and these have been arranged into series devised by the National Library (series 21-36). For a list, refer to the note 'Papers added to the first instalment'.
Hall was born on 9 October 1937 and was raised in Sydney by his mother, Phyllis. He was educated at St Aloysius College and later at the University of Sydney.
Hall worked initially as a journalist for The Bulletin during the 1960s and subsequently wrote for many newspapers and magazines such as the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian, Australian Financial Review, Guardian (United Kingdom), Age Monthly Review and New Statesman. He was 'ghost writer' for two books - The untold story: Labor in rural NSW with Jack Hallam and one with Mick Young. He also wrote a number of biographies and non-fiction works focusing largely on the worlds of politics, crime and espionage. This latter theme was further developed in his two thrillers Costello and Noumea. Hall's success in winning the inaugural James Joyce Foundation Fellowship in 1994 enabled him to take up a residency at Trinity College, Dublin.
In 1968, after spending two years with the Freedom from Hunger Campaign, Hall was appointed as Private Secretary to Gough Whitlam, a position he held for five years. When the Labor Party gained government, Hall worked in the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and then Secondary Industry, where he was adviser to Jim McClelland. For a number of years Hall was a political adviser to Wayne Swan, MP, Federal Member for Lilley in Queensland.
In 1973, Hall was one of the founding members of the Australia Council's Literature Board and in 1975, as founding chairman of the Australian Authors' Fund, oversaw the establishment of Public Lending Right. In 1976 Hall was appointed to the Cultural Affairs Advisory Body by NSW Premier, Neville Wran. During this time, Hall and Donald Horne instigated the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. During the same period he was a member of the NSW State Library Council and was elected president of that body in 1980 for a four-year term.
Richard Hall died in Sydney on 22 March 2003, after a long illness.
Who's who of Australian authors. 1991, p.222
Obituary for Hall by Edmund Campion, published in the Sydney Morning Herald http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/03/24
Series 1. The makers and the breakers: the Governor-General and the Senate vs the Constitution, 1975-1978
Written by Hall and John Iremonger and published in 1976 by Wellington Lane Press. This book provides an account of the 1975 constitutional crisis.
Sample format and typesetting specifications
Correspondence, 1975-1977 - includes personal congratulations, copies of letters and correspondence from Dally Powell of Australian and New Zealand Book Co. Pty Ltd
Contract and correspondence from Carol Dettman of Wellington Lane Press, 1976-1977
In this book Hall surveyed Australian spies and their activities from the country's first spy, Major W.T. Bridges, through to the claims and counter claims about the relationship between ASIO and the American CIA during November 1975. It was published in 1978 by Cassell Australia. The bulk of the papers in this series comprises research undertaken by Hall and includes photocopies of early documents.
Laughlin and G. Wilkinson diaries; Australia and United States security of 1942; John Garden; Western Australian State; Co-ordination Directorate proposal
A biography of Sir John Kerr, written shortly after the end of his term as Governor-General of Australia. Published by Angus and Robertson in 1978.
An account of an international heroin empire, known as 'The Organisation', its operation and how it was able to survive unhampered by police and narcotics officials for a long time. Published in 1981 by Pan Books.
Originally, this book was to be published by Thomas Nelson Australia in 1984 under the title 'Crime Does Pay'. Hall researched crime and corruption in Australia and his areas of investigation included prostitution, pornography, casinos, corruption of the past, the Mafia and the 1983 National Crimes Commission. The book was published in 1986 by University of Queensland Press. The bulk of the papers in this series relate to research undertaken by Hall.
Outline of the book
Early chapter breakdown
'Project Alpha' intelligence report
Costigan Royal Commission
National Times article on Peter Abeles
Photocopy of pages from Peter Reuter's book, Disorganised Crime
Alleged USA connections to Mafia and South Korea
Photocopy of chapter from Pino Arlacchi's book, La Mafia impenditrice
Copy of 'Operation Gaslight' chart
Photographs (b& w) of Frank Costigan, Donald McKay's murder investigation, Stan Smith, Lennie McPherson, Robert Trimbole and Justice Stewart
An account of the New South Wales Supreme Court case arising from the British Government's attempt to prevent the publication of ex-MI5 spy Peter Wright's book, Spycatcher, in 1986. Published in 1987 by Penguin Books.
Costello is the first of Hall's proposed series of spy novels featuring as the main character Patrick Costello, an agent for the Australian Security Service (ASS). The novel was published by Collins Australia in 1989.
See also Series 8 and Series 31 for papers relating to further novels in the series.
Noumea, the second book in Hall's series of spy novels featuring Patrick Costello, was published by Angus and Robertson in 1990.
See also Series 7 and Series 31 for papers relating to other novels in the series.
Published by Random House in 1991. First written as a film script, the book gives an account of espionage in Australia, the Petrov Royal Commission and the career of Australian diplomat, Ian Milner. Includes research notes and photocopies of early documents.
Letters from Walter Crocker, Ed Campion, Jim Bennett and readers, 1985-1991
Hall wrote this book on behalf of Jack Hallam, a Cabinet minister in the Wran Government. Hall examined the Australian Labor Party's policies on agricultural industries of New South Wales since the Shearer's Strike of the 1890s until the the early 1980s. Published in 1983 by George Allen and Unwin.
Series 11. National security and the agent of influence myth: a different kind of job creation scheme, 1983
This book examined the association between David Combes, the Federal Secretary of the Australian Labor Party, and Soviet diplomat Valery Ivanov and the leaking of National Security information to the KGB. The incident lead to Combes' resignation and Ivanov's expulsion from Australia. Published by Corradini Press in 1983.
This series consists of three unpublished books started by Hall.
This book was commissioned by Penguin, but was not completed. It was intended to be a biography of Ezra Norton, the son of newspaper proprietor, John Norton, and owner of the Sydney Truth and other newspapers. The research material includes Hall's notes and photocopies of early documents.
Written by Hall, the book was to be edited by Peter Coleman. It contains two essays on Henry James O'Farrell (1868) and Father Charles Jerger (1920) The book was never published.
This series comprises papers relating to plays written by Hall. They include research material, drafts, and correspondence.
Written by Richard Hall and Bob Ellis: research material, typescripts; actor's script; director's notes, publicity interviews, and programs (see also file 20 in this series and files 1-7 in series 14)
Working notes; typescript with alterations; first complete script (two copies); complete script, promotional material (see also file 19 in this series)
Typescript, together with letter from Robin Lovejoy of the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, 1964
Two typescript copies of the script of Hall's play O'Leary, which was first performed by the Australian National University Dramatic Society (see also files 8-11 in this series)
Hall's working notes on a dramatic adaptation of The possessed, together with a typescript of the script (see also file 16 in this series)
This series contains Hall's writings as a journalist and freelance writer. It includes writings for film and television companies, newspapers and magazines. Included are Hall's research notes and photocopies of early documents.
Written with Hugh Stucky for Mike Willesee's 'Australians'; first draft; draft typescript with notes and alterations; typed and handwritten drafts; complete first typescript, 1986; correspondence with Hugh Stucky, 1986; scene breakdown; treatment typescript (includes correspondence from Matt Carroll of 'Mike Willesee's Australians'), 1986; Mike Willesee's 'Australians' prospectus (Note: see related papers in series 13, files 1-7 and 20)
Contract with Australian Film Commission and Phillip Knightley, 1988; notes and draft for treatment; draft scripts of episodes one and two; treatment in conjunction with Phillip Knightley (see also file 70 in this series)
Elstree Production film synopsis; clippings; research documents; notes (see also folio list); draft, notes and notes on film treatment; notebook, 1991; typescript and notes
Typescript - includes letter from Margaret Perkins of University of Queensland Press (see also file 68 in this series)
1942 US strategic planning research notes (see also file 82 in this series)
Research material (includes correspondence from J. Roberts and David Barlow of Australian and New Zealand Books Co. Pty. Ltd., and Frank Stevens of University of New South Wales), 1971-1972
Queensland Native Police, 1861;
Copies of 'Suhard Papers' (pamphlets published by 'a Sydney group of Cahtolics') on state aid to Catholic schools, 1962-1969; Liberal Catholicism in universities.
Contract and research material; (includes correspondence from Sandra Egger of Premiers Office of New South Wales), 1986
Articles for The Bulletin: special report by Adult Probation Service of New South Wales
East Timor documents (includes letter from R. Wesley Smith), 1977
South Australian Zoo controversy (includes correspondence from R.F. Brown), 1964
Northern Territory land rights papers, 1976; armed forces, 1963-1964; court martial of Lt. Commander Ian Blyth James, 1963
Robinson hanging, Western Australia, (includes correspondence from Steven Green and others), 1964
Author's articles, 1962-1964; columns, 1975-1976; Father Aldo letter, 1964; cargo handling papers
Third Commonwealth Empire Conference, 1965; Qantas; airfreight; science textbook controversy; Bishop Muldoon and Mother Gorman; humane vitae
Hall's notes for a proposed new edition of Ian Turner's Sydney's burning, which was originally published in 1967
Proofs of an essay by Hall entitled 'Racism and the press', nd
Typescript of treatment for 'The great mole hunt', Hall and Phillip Knightley (see also files 8-12 in this series)
Drafts and final proofs of a booklet by Hall, published in Launceston, Tas in 1993
Hall's reader's report on a book by Graham Pont entitled 'Muse unruly: the secret life of Isaac Nathan'. Includes a photocopy of Pont's book.
Halls' reader's report on a work by Thomas Keneally entitled 'The great shame'
Included in this file, but appearing to bear no relationship to the contents, is a photocopy of a letter written by Patrick White in 1945 to the Prime Minister with a suggestion for exporting sheep to Greece.
Script assessment of a screenplay by Alan Duff entitled 'Sydney', together with a copy of the script.
Typescript of a speech entitled 'Erotica in the David Scott Mitchell Collection', presented by Hall to the Library Society. Includes a photocopy of Mitchell's will (1901).
Paper entitled 'Australia in US strategic planning, January-March 1942, or The unacknowledged Wendell Wilkie', which Hall presented at a conference at the Australian War Memorial in 1990 (see also files 18-22 in this series)
Speech written by Hall for Jeff Shaw QC for the swearing in of Mr Keith Mason as a Supreme Court Judge, 1997
Typescript of a speech given to the Library Society in 2001 entitled 'Dining out in Sydney in the 1940s and 1950s'
Notes and typescript of a speech for the Sydney Institute, nd
Notes and research for a paper by Hall entitled 'The Investigation Branch and the main enemy - the CPA - the necessary evil'. Presented at the NSW Centre for Australian Studies Conference: Espionage and Counter-Espionage in Australian History, Sydney, 1996
Hall worked for Gough Whitlam as his Private Press Secretary in 1969-1972
Press Secretary duty list, 1972; invitations received for June 1972
Gallop Poll analyses, 1970; Immigration Control Association
Possible visit of Secretary - General of United Nations (includes correspondence with Brian E. Urquhart), 1973
Hall worked as Ministerial Assistant to Gordon Bryant, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, in 1973 and Kep Enderby, Minister of Manufacturing, in 1974.
Hall was a candidate for the Labor Party in the division of Bennelong in the 1974 Federal Election and the division of Lowe in the 1977 Federal Election (see also series 35).
Hall was Director of the Australian Institute of Political Science from 1975 to 1977. The Institute was formed in 1932 to promote discussion and understanding of political, economical and social problems of Australia.
This series comprises a large collection of files containing research material accumulated by Hall. The topics researched are varied and include the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), crime, national security, the Labor Party, Gallipoli, Wilfred Burchett, Henry Lawson, Native Police in the 1800s, and the Mount Rennie rape case of 1886. There are a number of smaller files covering a range of miscellaneous topics.
The research material is in a wide variety of formats, and includes copies of reports and royal commission proceedings; copies of book chapters and newspaper/journal articles; copies of documents from Government archives; copies from Hansard; and correspondence. Many of the files contain notes and typescript drafts by Hall, together with photocopies of early documents.
Hope Royal Commission analysis
Joint Select Committee on Telecommunications Interception, 1986
Commonwealth Investigation Service and CSIRO, 1949
Commonwealth Investigation Service and journalists, 1949
ASIO and CLF grants article
P.R. Stephensen, 1932
Australian Encyclopedia entry (includes correspondence with Alex Galloway of Richard Appleton and Associates), 1987
Transcript of evidence: Joint Committee on the Australian Security Intelligence Organization, 1990
Copy of a submission by ASIO to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on ASIO, 1990
Copy of Hall's letter regarding his giving evidence at the Royal Commission on Australia's security and intelligence agencies, 1983
Summary of archival papers on the establishment of an Australian Cryptographic Organization, nd
Copy of Covert Action Information Bulletin, No. 6, October 1979
Files containing research material on government actions regarding communist authors, c1952-1984
References to Australian Archive documents relating to Hall's research into communism in the armed forces, undertaken in 1996
Proof copy of NSW Legislative Assembly Parliamentary Debates relating to the Royal Commission into New South Wales Police Service, 1994
Press clippings re NSW police corruption, 1981
Transcript of Royal Commission into the SA Police Force, nd
Hansard of debate about National Crime Authority Bill, 1983-1984
Report by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Crime Authority, 1988
Statement by Mick Young, MP, on the Government's response to the Costigan Royal Commission, nd
Report to the Senate by the Select Committee on Allegations Concerning a Judge, 1984
Photocopies of documents relating to Burchett from the 1940s-1950s
Photocopies relating to Robert Manne's article on Burchett, published in Quadrant in 1985
Photocopy of a document (in French) relating to a plan to invade Australia and signed by Napoleon Bonaparte (c1790s)
This series comprises miscellaneous papers accumulated by Hall.
Rosemary Creswell Publications (Hall was an initial partner in this company)
1989 State Literary Awards
G. Hawkins and K. Buckley police papers
Australian Society of Authors (includes correspondence), 1979
Australian Authors Fund (includes correspondence), 1975-1976
Writers in the Park initial prospectus; South Africa Defence and Aid Fund in Australia (SADAF), 1968-1970
Historic Records Search
Re Arts Council of NSW workshops and productions, c1977
Funeral service for Dr Barrett Reid, 1995
Photocopy of a poem by Les Murray entitled 'A helicopter view of terrestrial stars' dedicated to 'Dick and Mary Hall' and signed by Murray, 1970
Papers re a campaign to support Australian orchestras, nd
Robyn Read: re-election poster (NSW government), nd
The correspondence in this series comprises cards and letters from family and friends together with general correspondence relating to Hall's life and career. Included are invitations to official functions; requests for Hall to participate in literary events, conferences and seminars; and correspondence with editors and publishers. Principal correspondents include Ann Turner, Frank Moorhouse, Edmund Campion, Sandra Forbes, Suzanne Falkiner, Robyn Head and Hall's three daughters, Caitlin, Meredith, and Louisa, and one letter from Beatrice Davis (1982).
There is a small group of correspondence, together with subscriptions and papers, relating to the publication and distribution of The Industrial Newsletter, of which Hall was editor (1966-1968). There is also correspondence and papers relating to a submission by Hall and Des Walsh for a proposed South Sydney Social History Project (1993) and to the establishment of the Fairfax Book club.
Correspondents: Edmund Campion, Jeremy Nelson, Bob Hughes, Brian Jones and Hall to Campion (1957-1958)
General correspondence, 1991-1996
With Frank Moorhouse, 1991 and 2002
The diaries in this series contain notes about Hall's appointments for the years: 1959, 1976, 1978, 1984-1985, 1988, 1991, 1996-1999 and 2001. There are also three address books.
A small group of papers of a biographical nature are contained in this series. There are financial papers, including royalty statements; plans for extensions to Hall's home in Queen St (1990) and the subsequent sale of the same property (2002); papers relating to a company called Silvertongues Pty Ltd (c 1970); notes on a trip Hall took to Turkey, Macedonia and Bulgaria in 1995; some undated black and white photographs of Hall in his early years; and a typescript of the eulogy given by Graham Freudenberg at Hall's funeral.
There are also papers relating to the James Joyce Foundation. In 1994 Hall was awarded the Foundation's inaugural 'Guinness Award for the Suspended Sentence'. The award included a two-month residency at Trinity College, Dublin.
Essay written by Hall while a student at the University of Sydney, nd
Papers re Silvertongues Pty Ltd, 1970
Notes on a train trip to Nowra with Frank Moorhouse, c1980
Birthday ode to Hall by Angela Browne on Hall's 43rd birthday, 1980
Lists of people at 'Friday lunches', c1986
A small collection of notebooks, c1961-1996, in which Hall kept notes on a variety of subjects including biographical facts about public figures and the chronology of World War I. They also contain drafts and newspaper clippings of his articles and carbon copies of letters he wrote during this period.
Banjo Paterson: his poetry and prose contains works by Paterson, selected and introduced by Hall. It was published by Allen & Unwin, Sydney, in 1993. Contained in this series is Hall's manuscript draft, research material, cuttings, reviews and a small amount of correspondence, including comments by Geoffrey Dutton on Hall's introduction.
In his book, Tiger General: the killing Victor Chang, Hall examines the 1991 murder in Sydney of Dr Victor Chang, a pioneer of heart transplant surgery in Australia. The book was published by Pan Macmillan, Sydney, in 1995.
Contained in this series are papers relating to the research, writing and publication of the book. Research material includes photocopies of police records, newspaper cuttings, Hall's notes and three large files of NSW Supreme Court transcriptions of the 1991 trial of Phillip Choon Tee Lim, one of two men accused of Chang's murder. There is also a file relating to a research trip Hall undertook to Malaysia, edited manuscript and typescript drafts, and reviews of the book.
Contained in this series are papers relating to the book Backroom briefings : John Curtin's war, which was published by the National Library of Australia in 1997. The book was edited by Hall and Clem Lloyd from original notes by Frederick T. Smith, a senior journalist in Canberra's Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery. Smith took the notes at briefings given by Curtin to a select group of journalists from 1942-1945. The papers comprise correspondence with the editor, Julie Stokes, from the National Library, research material and drafts.
In his book, Black armband days: true stories from the dark side of Australia's past, Hall presents a series of his own essays on some of the darker episodes in Australian history, focusing on the treatment of indigenous people, immigrants and minority groups from the beginning of the colony through to modern day. Through his essays, Hall explores the question of whether or not any lessons have been learnt from past mistakes. The book was published by Vintage, Sydney in 1998.
The bulk of this series comprises Hall's research material for the book in the form of photocopies of documents, journals, newspapers and books, often interleaved with his manuscript notes. There are drafts and proofs of the book, a small amount of correspondence with publishers, publicity material and reviews. There is also the typescript of a film adaptation of the story of the members of a touring Afro-American jazz band, 'Sonny Clay's Coloured Idea', who were deported from Australia in the 1920s for consorting with white women.
The bulk of this series contains papers relating to Sydney: an Oxford anthology, a selection of informative and entertaining writings that evoke the people, places, cultures and politics of Sydney. Edited by Hall, the book was published by Oxford, Melbourne in 2000. The papers comprise a disorderly mix of research material and notes, correspondence with the publisher, typed notes, and fragments of drafts and proofs. There is a letter from Jan Senbergs regarding use of his artwork in the publication and also a file containing details of publicity arrangements and reviews.
In 1997 Hall signed an agreement with publishers HarperCollins to write a biography of Gough Whitlam. This series contains papers relating to 'First days', Hall's working title for the unfinished book. The bulk of the papers comprise Hall's extensive research material together with several drafts of the book, which was competed to final draft stage at the time of his death in March 2003. It was often Hall's practice to interleave his drafts with copies of any related reference sources such as press cuttings, official documents etc.
A note about the arrangement and description of papers in this series. Prior to being despatched to the Library, the papers were packed into several cartons, five of which contained the contents of ten filing-cabinet draws. Papers from each filing-cabinet drawer were bundled together and annotated with the relevant drawer number. Because there is the possibility that these files were in a particular working order determined by Hall, the order has been retained and the papers have been listed by drawer number. Hall's files have been placed into files by the Library and allocated a sequential number to ensure that the original order within the drawers is retained. The remaining papers in the series comprise research material, correspondence and drafts of the book and there is no indication as to how they might have been filed. For this reason, files of like papers have been grouped and listed together eg speeches, oral history transcriptions etc.
There are two groups of papers which do not appear to relate the biography, although they were labelled as such when received. As they formed part of the sequence of papers from the filing-cabinet drawers, they have been retained in this series (see file 85-89 and 106-110).
'Variation to Agreement' between Hall and HarperCollins, sent to Hall by his agent, Rose Creswell, 2001
Receipts relating to Hall's research trip to Washington, 2000
From Whitlam to his son, Nicholas Whitlam, 1964-1971
From Whitlam to H.D. Black, 1966
From Nick Whitlam to Robert Gardiner, 1975
Airforce records relating to Whitlam, 1942
Defence Force papers re 1944 Referendum campaign
Copy of Brian Fitzpatrick's 'Labor news letter', 31 May 1963
Entry by Whitlam in the Oxford companion to the High Court of Australia, nd
Copy of a paper entitled 'Gough Whitlam: his world view and his foreign policy', by Robert Cooksey, 1979
Extracts from Whitlam's diaries, nd
Extract from Whitlam's engagement diary, 1998
Extract from an unpublished autobiography by Billy McMahon, nd
Paul Hasluck's evaluation of Whitlam, nd
James Mulvihill, 1985
Kenneth Wriedt, 1987-1988
Lance Barnard, 1983-1987
Typescript draft interleaved with research material and Hall's notes
Photocopies of minutes of meetings of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party
Photocopies of minutes from ALP conferences, (1929 and 1957) and Federal Executive meetings (1958)
Research material re Masonic Lodge in Canberra and the education of females
Photocopy of a thesis entitled 'Federal intervention in the Victorian Branch of the Australian Labor Party, 1970', by John Daniel Fitzgerald, 1975
Manuscript and typescript drafts, some of which are interleaved with research material
Research material, including an original copy of University of Sydney publication The Pauline, Nov 1935
Research material that appears not to relate to Hall's biography of Whitlam, although the file containing the material is annotated as such. Topics of research include Andrew Fisher, Ben Hall and ASIO records
Copy of a paper entitled 'Random comments on the Labor Movement in Geelong' by Gordon Scholes, nd
References for research material at the National Archives of Australia and the National Library of Australia
Press cuttings and copies of journal articles relating to Whitlam, c1965-1995
Typescript draft, together with part of a paper entitled 'Caucus 1941-1949' by Graham Freudenberg and references to material held by the National Film and Sound Archive
Research material that appears not to relate to Hall's biography of Whitlam:
9/1 Notebook containing notes about Gallipoli
9/2 Notebook with the title 'Erotica'
9/3 Notebook with the title 'Koala' (see also series 14/file 72)
9/4 Miscellaneous loose papers
9/5 Press releases relating to Wayne Swan (see also series 32)
Program and copies of papers presented at a conference to mark the 30th anniversary of the election of the Whitlam Government. The conference, 'Thirty years later: the Whitlam Government as modernist politics', was convened by Monash University and held at Old Parliament House, Canberra, 2-3 December 2002.
Volumes 1 and 2 of published papers from the 1975 APSA conference 'The first thousand days of Labor'
Canberra Grammar School
House at Cronulla
Ward and Evatt
Menzies and election
Summing up - end of 1960 to June 1962
State Aid and Barwick
'Rocky' was the working title for the third book in Hall's proposed series of espionage novels featuring Australian Security Service agent, Patrick Costello. Contained in this series are drafts of the unfinished book and a small amount of correspondence with publishers and editors.
See also Series 7 and 8 for papers relating to other novels in the Costello series.
Contained in this series are papers relating to work undertaken by Hall for Wayne Swan, Federal Member for Lilley, QLD. The bulk of the papers date from 1993-2003. During most of this period Swan was the Labor Party's Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services and the subject areas of the papers relate to this portfolio. They include the 'Goods and services tax', social services, welfare, housing, aged care and family values.
The bulk of the papers are contained in untitled files with the remainder comprising bundles of loose papers. There is correspondence, research material, background papers, press statements, draft speeches, reports and press clippings. Found throughout the papers are Hall's manuscript notes to Swan containing commentary on current issues.
Contained in file 45 are two files which were included with the Swan papers but which appear not to relate to the rest of the papers in this series. The first file comprises correspondence and papers (c1981-1984) relating to Sir Dennis Proctor and his association with Guy Burgess and Antony Blunt. There is a letter and notes written by Proctor's wife, Barbara, to 'Mr Knightley', thanking him for the opportunity to comment on inaccuracies in Chapman Pincher's book Too secret, too long. Accompanying the letter is a typescript of autobiographical notes by Barbara, a photocopy of a letter from Dennis Proctor to Robin Mansfield, at one time his Private Secretary, and the typescript of Mansfield's eulogy given at Proctor's funeral. There are also two letters written by James Rusbridger, author and ex-MI6 agent.
The second file contains a photocopy of a typescript of an unidentified piece of autobiographical writing.
The Library has grouped the papers by year, with descriptions where available.
The papers in this series reflect Hall's committment to improving the profile of arts and literature, achieved by taking an active role on committees and boards of several organisations. Included are papers relating to Hall's involvement with the Literature Board of the Australia Council, the Australian Society of Authors, the State Library Council of NSW and the Cultural Grants Advisory Council.
In 1973 Hall was appointed by Prime Minister Gough Whitlam as one of the founding members of the Australia Council's Literature Board. There are minutes of meetings, correspondence, reports and submissions, 1973-1976.
In 1975, Hall was appointed as the founding Chairman of the Australian Author's Fund and oversaw the establishment of Public Lending Rights (PLR). There are early papers about the establishment of PLR, together with correspondence and annual reports.
In 1992 Hall was the Chairperson of the Joint Education Lending Rights Committee and a member of the Committee of Management. There are papers and correspondence relating to these Committees.
(see also series 20/4)
Hall was a member of the of the State Library Council of NSW, including a term as President from 1983 to 1986. There is correspondence, minutes of meetings and reports relating to the Council.
Hall was appointed as a member of the Cultural Grants Advisory Council in 1976 by NSW Premier, Neville Wran. He remained on the Council until 1979 and while a member, along with Donald Horne, was instrumental in the establishment of the Premier's Literary Award. This award was later taken up by the other Australian states. There are minutes of meetings, reports and correspondence relating to Hall's involvement with the Council.
A small group of papers relating to other organisations with which Hall was associated. The files are listed by title of the organisation.
In 1987, Hall was appointed a member of the Board for a period of five years.
Hall was involved in the campaign to save 'Wyewurk', the bungalow at Thirroul in NSW where the novelist D.H. Lawrence lived for several months in 1922 and wrote most of his Australian-based novel, Kangaroo. The campaign resulted in a Heritage Council conservation order being applied to the bungalow.
Hall was a member of the External Course Advisory Committee, Master of Journalism course.
Contained in this series is a small group of writings by other authors, comprising typescripts, proofs of books, and photocopies of several articles.
Contained in this series are press cuttings accumulated by Hall. There is a group of cuttings of political cartoons (1966-1970), most drawn by Bruce Petty, and a large group of cuttings kept by Hall's mother, Phyllis Hall (1965-1977). They comprise articles written by Hall, cuttings relating to the 1974 federal election, in which Hall stood as the Australian Labor Party candidate for the seat of Benelong (see also series 17), and to politics in general.
This series comprises miscellaneous journals and other publications accumulated by Hall. Hall's groupings have been retained.
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