Guide to the Papers of Colin Bingham


MS 4862

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Collection Summary

Colin Bingham
Papers of Colin Bingham
Date Range
Collection Number
MS 4862
3.84 metres (19 boxes, 3 folio boxes)
Language of Materials
National Library of Australia


Scope and Contents

The collection comprises correspondence, drafts (including 'Walls of courage; despatches from London'), papers relating to journalism, notebooks, cutting books and photographs.

The correspondents include Clem Christesen, J.O. Fairfax, Edith England, Patricia Johnson, Norman Lindsay and Gavin Souter.

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Colin Bingham, National Library of Australia, MS 4862, [series and/or file number]'.


Colin Bingham presented the first instalment of his papers to the National Library in 1974 and a second instalment in 1979. Following his death in 1986, the remaining papers were presented by his son Hugh Bingham.

Biographical Note

Colin Bingham (1898-1986). Joined staff of the Brisbane Telegraph in 1922. London staff of Australian Associated Press 1940-42. Joined Sydney Morning Herald in 1942, holding posts of foreign correspondent 1943-48, leader-writer 1949-57, associate editor 1957-60, editor 1961-65.

Publications included Marcinelle and other verses (1925), A book of verse (1929), Men and affairs (1967), The affairs of women (1969) and Decline of innocence and other poems (1970).

Item Descriptions

Manuscript of 'Walls of courage; wartime despatches from London' Despatches, Oct. 1943 - Nov. 1945 (cuttings) (File [unnumbered]) - Box 1

Correspondence, A-J, 1940-82 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 2

Correspondents include Rupert Henderson, Edgar Holt, Les Haylen, Douglas Brass, P.R. Heydon, Clem Christesen, W. Baddeley, J.O. Fairfax, Edith England, Patricia Johnson

Correspondence, K-Y, 1938-79 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 3

Correspondents include H.G. Kippax, Norman Lindsay, S. Monks, A.H. McLachlan, J.D.B. Pringle, A. Renouf, A.D. Rothman, R. Sadler, Gavin Souter, K. Sinclair, A. Watt, Douglas Wilkie

Correspondence, 1948-84 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 4

Correspondence, 1940-79 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 5

Correspondence, 1943-79 (File [unnumbered]) - Box 6

War-time despatches, 1943-46 (typescript and cuttings) (File [unnumbered]) - Box 7

Newspaper cuttings (File [unnumbered]) - Box 8

Manuscripts (File [unnumbered]) - Box 9

Manuscripts and reviews (File [unnumbered]) - Box 10

Manuscripts (File [unnumbered]) - Box 11

Journalism, 1942-70 (typescript, mss, notebooks, cuttings) (File [unnumbered]) - Box 12

Journalism, 1939-67 (cuttings, typescripts, mss) (File [unnumbered]) - Box 13

Business papers, 1970-84 (mainly re publications) (File [unnumbered]) - Box 14

Notebooks (File [unnumbered]) - Box 15

Personal documents (diaries, passes, address books) (File [unnumbered]) - Box 16

Miscellaneous papers (File [unnumbered]) - Box 17

Publications (File [unnumbered]) - Box 18

Photographs (File [unnumbered]) - Box 19

Notes on the news, 1936-39 (3 vols) (File 1) - FolioBox 1

Press cuttings, 1939-55 (3 vols) (File 2) - FolioBox 2

Press cuttings, 1942-70 (4 vols) (File 3) - FolioBox 3

Press cuttings, 1939, and Prague photograph album, 1945 (3 vols) (File 4) - FolioBox 1