Guide to the Papers of Sir Alfred Charles William Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Harmsworth, Alfred Charles William, Sir, 1st Viscount Northcliffe
Murdoch, Keith Arthur, Sir
Correspondence of Sir Alfred Charles Harmsworth Northcliffe, 1st Viscount (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1915 - 1922
Collection Number
1 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Correspondence 1915-22 with Keith Murdoch. It refers to Murdoch's letter to the Australian Prime Minister on conditions at Gallipoli 1915; articles by Northcliffe for Australian and New Zealand newspapers; visits of Australian and New Zealand politicians and generals to England; Murdoch's bid to gain control of Sydney Evening News, management of Melbourne Herald; H.S. Gullett and W.M. Hughes.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Access.

Conditions Governing Use

Readers wishing to publish or reproduce documents should seek permission, in the first instance, from the British Library. For more information visit: How I use the images I order?-The British Library [].

Preferred Citation

Acknowledgement of use of this material should refer to the location of the original material and to the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Items from this collection should include references to the location of the original material and to the AJCP nla.obj number, which serves as the online identifier for the digital copy.

Example: M Series: Journal of Capt. James Cook, 18 February 1770, British Library Add. MS 27885 (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Filmed as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1984 (AJCP Reel: M1641). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

British Library, 96 Euston Road, London. Collection Reference: Add MS 62179. For more information see Alfred Harmsworth Northcliffe at the British Library (

Existence and Location of Copies

The original AJCP microfilm of the records filmed from this collection is available at the National Library of Australia [] as well as other institutions holding AJCP microfilm.

Finding-aid Notes

This finding aid is a revised online version of the original finding aid prepared by the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP), published by the National Library of Australia in 2018. The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.

Dates used in this finding aid refer to the date range of the records selected for filming rather than to the date range of the Series or Files.


Evening News (Sydney), newspaper; Gallipoli, Turkey; Gullett, Sir Henry S.; Harmsworth, Alfred C.W., 1st Viscount Northcliffe; Herald (Melbourne), newspaper; Hughes, William M.; Journalists; Murdoch, Sir Keith; Newspaper proprietors; World War I


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 353, p135.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Alfred Charles William Harmsworth (1865-1922), 1st Baron Northcliffe (created 1905), 1st Viscount Northcliffe (created 1917). Journalist and newspaper publisher. Proprietor of Evening News 1894, Daily Mail 1896, Observer 1905 and Times 1908; Chairman of British War Mission to United States 1917.

Sir Keith Arthur Murdoch (1885-1952). Journalist and newspaper publisher. Reporter on Melbourne Age. War correspondent and London manager of the United Cable Service, 1915-1920. Editor and subsequently Managing Editor and Managing Director of Melbourne Herald, 1921-1949. Chairman of directors of Herald and Weekly Times Ltd. 1942-1952. Director-General of Information, 1940.

Item Descriptions

Series Add MS 62179. Correspondence between Northcliffe and Keith Murdoch, London manager of the United Cable Service and later editor of the Melbourne Herald (238 pp), 1915 - 1922

The correspondence deals with Murdoch's letter to the Australian Prime Minister on conditions at Gallipoli, Sept. 1915 (pp. 1-59); the reporting of British news in Australian newspapers; articles by Northcliffe for Australian and New Zealand papers (1917); visits of Australasian politicians and generals to England (1918-1919); article in Sunday Times (Sydney) purported to be written by Northcliffe; attack on Murdoch by Sir Ian Hamilton (1920); screening of film 'The Sentimental Bloke' (1920); offer to Murdoch of editorship of Herald (1920); cruise round world by Northcliffe (1921-22); Murdoch's bid to gain control of Sydney Evening News; management of Herald; relations with Sir Hugh Denison; comments by Northcliffe on layout and features of Herald; profitability and circulation of Herald; H.S. Gullett; W.M. Hughes; staff appointments; negotiations with Sun Company; Northcliffe's illness.

Copy complete.