Guide to the Papers of Walter Murdoch


MS 2987

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Collection Summary

Walter Murdoch
Papers of Walter Murdoch
Date Range
Collection Number
MS 2987
1 metre (8 boxes)
Language of Materials
National Library of Australia


Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Walter Murdoch, National Library of Australia, MS 2987, [series/file/item number]'.

Biographical Note

Academic, author and essayist. Born Scotland. Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, 1904-1911. In 1913 he became the first Professor of English at the University of Western Australia, retiring in 1939. Between 1943 and 1947 he was Chancellor of the University. Murdoch was knighted in 1964.

Item Descriptions

Series 1-5. Correspondence, notebooks, notes, drafts and printed material

The correspondence comprises some family letters and letters from publishers, academics and writers. The correspondents include Alfred Deakin, Bernard O'Dowd, Mary Gilmore, Ernest Philpot, Sir Ernest Scott, B.H. Liddell Hart, C.E. Sayers, Sydney Jephcott, Rudyard Kipling, Nettie Palmer, G. Bernard Shaw, Kylie Tennant, Lord Bryce, Edmund Gosse, and H.G. Wells.

An index to correspondents represented to the collection is attached (see the 'Related Documentation' tab.

Other papers include notebooks containing verse, notes, clippings, epigrams, etc; some small engagement diaries; typescript drafts of newspaper articles and radio talks, newspaper cuttings of book reviews and Murdoch's articles (including "Of books and men", "It seems to me", "Tours and detours", "Answers", and "After thoughts"); some published radio talks; a manuscript copy of Xanthippe by A. Panzini translated by Murdoch and F. Vanzetti (1931); and a set of Alfred Deakin's speeches to Parliament, 1903-1911.