Guide to the Papers of Geoffrey Ingram [MSS 303]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Geoffrey Ingram
Manuscript Number MSS 303
Last Updated April 2022
Extent  3 oversize (1 OS box + 2 OS folios)
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Draft lectures, parliamentary submissions, recorded interviews, photographs and associated papers of Geoffrey Ingram

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

This collection relates to ballet administrator and dancer, Geoffrey Ingram. The material comprises drafts for a lecture on the history of the Australian Ballet Company ‘Evolution of an Institution’, a paper ‘Bridging the Divide - Art, War and Peace’ delivered at the Australian Defence Force Academy (April 1992), and an interview recorded with Ingram in 1989. Of special interest is a submission made to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Expenditure Inquiry into Commonwealth Assistance to the Performing Arts, together with associated interviews recorded on audiocassettes.

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Biographical Note

Ballet dancer and arts administrator. Born in 1924, Geoffrey Ingram danced with the Borovansky Company and the Melbourne Ballet Guild before becoming the foundation administrator of the Australian Ballet (1963-1965). He negotiated the guest appearances of Rudolph Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn in the Australian Ballet’s first international tour (1965), challenged the SALT (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks) Treaty between the Soviet Union and United States in the High Court of Australia (1969), and prepared a submission to the House of Representatives Expenditure Committee Arts Inquiry (1986).  Ingram maintained a particular interest in the role of the arts in war and peace, and was Visiting Fellow in the Performing Arts at the Australian Defence Force Academy (1988), researching the history and philosophy of dance.


Ingram Collection, National Library of Australia retrieved 5 November 2020


Administrative Information


Access and Copying Conditions

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This collection contains a variety of copyright material. Copyright is held by the creator of each item. Specific conditions for this collection are listed below. If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items. Digitised material from manuscript collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright. Refer also to the UNSW copyright, disclaimer and takedown policy. 

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Preferred Citation

Papers of Geoffrey Ingram, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 303, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The material was transferred in two instalments

Related Material

The principal holding of Ingram’s personal archive is located at the National Library of Australia at MS 7336A collection of 865 photographs ‘The Geoffrey Ingram Archive of Australian Ballet’ has been digitised by the NLA, and is accessible online at PIC P348/BR/86 LOC Album 810/5


Subject Keywords



Geoffrey Ingram, 1924-2003 – Archives

Australian Ballet – History

Federal aid to the arts – Australia

War and society

Corporate Names

Australia. Parliament. House of Representatives. Standing Committee on Expenditure

Personal Names

Geoffrey Ingram, 1924-2003

Jeff Doyle, 1952-

Alex Byrne


Arts administrators

Ballet historians


Container List


Oversize material

OS Box 1

Folder 1

Final draft of lecture ‘Evolution of an Institution’

Paper Literature and Psychiatry Seminar ‘Bridging the Divide - Art, War and Peace’, 10 April 1992

Folder 2

Submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Expenditure Inquiry into Commonwealth Assistance to the Performing Arts, together with three micro cassette tapes

Two micro cassette tapes - discussion between Ingram, Jeff Doyle and Alex Byrne (UNSW Canberra)

Folder 3

Interview transcript Australian Defence Force Academy, 7 July 1989, interviewed by Jeff Doyle and Alex Byrne (UNSW Canberra)


OS Folio 1

Graphic sign ‘The Geoffrey Ingram Archive of Australian Ballet’ 1926-1966

OS Folio 2

‘Evolution of an Institution’ manuscript, two photographs, and news article by Edna Busse