Guide to the Papers of George Odgers [MSS 161]

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Manuscript Name Papers of George Odgers
Manuscript Number MSS 161
Last Updated October 2021
Extent 14 cm (1 box)
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract This collection comprises manuscript papers produced by George Odgers for two of his books Aces wild (1988) and Army Australia : an illustrated history (1988).


The collection has been arranged in box then folder order.

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Biographical Note

George James Odgers was born on 29 March 1916 in Perth, Western Australia. He was educated at Perth Boys High School and studied at the University of Western Australia and completed a Master of Arts at Melbourne University.

Odgers worked as a journalist on the Argus and The Age. He enlisted in the Australian Army on the 25 October 1943, serving in New Guinea and Borneo, and was discharged on 8 August 1945. He enlisted with the Royal Australian Air Force and served in the Korean War, in Malaya and in Vietnam retiring as a Group Captain in 1981. In 1965 he became head of Public Relations for the Department of Air, and in 1975 head of Historical Studies for the Department of Defence. He was also a military historian and wrote a number of books on the history of the Australian armed services and was appointed an official World War 2 war historian.

George Odgers died on 20 March 2008.

References retrieved 8 July 2008
Austlit : The Australian Literature Resource
World War Two Nominal Roll
Nominal Roll of Australian Veterans of the Korean War
Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans

Administrative Information


The collection is available for research.

Restrictions on Use

No copying is permitted without the permission of the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

[Manuscript Item], Papers of George Odgers, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 161, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was acquired from George Odgers in two instalments.

Additional Information

Separated Material

Further papers of George Odgers are held by the Australian War Memorial, in MSS0639 George Odgers.

Access Terms

Personal Names

Odgers, George, 1916-2008 -- Archives

Topical Subjects

Authors, Australian -- Archives


Aces wild

Army Australia : an illustrated history



Air Force officers


Container List

Box 1

Folder 1
Aces wild, published by Child and Associates, Frenchs Forest, N.S.W. in 1988

Typescript draft, with corrections and additions by Odgers, 1986

Folder 2
Aces wild, 1986

Photocopy typescript draft, corrected by the editor

Folder 3
Army Australia : an illustrated history , published by Child and Associates, Frenchs Forest, N.S.W. in 1988

Original and photocopy typescript draft, with corrections and additions by the editor and typescript additions by Odgers, undated