Guide to the Papers of Gordon Graham [MSS 046]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Gordon Graham
Manuscript Number MSS 046
Last Updated June 2021
Extent 2 boxes + 1 AV box
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra

Manuscripts, notes and audio-visual material

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

This collection relates to playwright Gordon Graham and contains handwritten and typescript manuscripts, notes and audio-visual material, including radio plays and stage and screen scripts

Date Range of Content


Biographical Note

Gordon Graham began writing plays while he was a student at the University of Western Australia. His first professional production was Innocent Bystanders, which was performed at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in 1975.

After living in London for two years, he returned to Australia where he has written many plays that have been performed by most of Australia's leading theatre companies. Gordon Graham has twice been a recipient of Literature Board Fellowships and has written for television, radio and worked as a motoring journalist. He is the nephew of Burton Graham.

Reference: Austlit -


Administrative Information

Access and Copying Conditions

Access: Open Access

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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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.

Copying: Copying of material for private study and research is approved

Preferred Citation

Papers of Gordon Graham, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 046, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was acquired by the Academy Library in 1987


Subject Keywords


Dramatists, Australian - 20th century - Archives

Screenwriters - Australia - Archives

Personal Names

Gordon Graham, 1949-




Container List

Box 1


Folder 1

Typescript of The Family of the Hanged Man
Annotated typescript of Freaks

Folder 2
Handwritten draft and typewritten draft of Open Slather

Folder 3
Handwritten first draft of The Enthusiast, on two red notepads

Folder 4
First draft typescript of The Enthusiast

Folder 5
Typescript of Hanging Together, 1983, as re-written for Writers Theatre production, Fremantle, July 1983

Folder 6
Typescript of Hanging Together, as re-written for Griffin Theatre Company production, Sydney, August 1984

Folder 7
Screenplay - shooting script of Hanging Together, 1985


Box 2


Folder 8
Typescript of The Family of the Hanged Man
Typescript of The Style of a Champion
Corrected typescript of The Style of a Champion

Folder 9
Original radio first draft of Demolition Job, January 1980, and stage notes, November 1979

Folder 10
Handwritten draft of Freaks
Handwritten and typewritten draft of Innocent Bystanders

Folder 11
Typescript of Demolition Job (radio adaptation), January 1980
First draft typescript of Demolition Job, February 1980
Typescript of the radio play The Family of the Hanged Man, August 1984

Folder 12
First draft typescript of Innocent Bystanders
Handwritten draft of Hanging Together

Folder 13
Handwritten draft of Damages, and notes

Folder 14
Handwritten manuscript of The Dependant

Folder 15
Typescript of Demolition Job
Typescript of The Style of a Champion


Audiovisual material

AV Box 1

1 VHS and 2 audiocassettes

VHS - Australian Film Theatre - Hanging Together

Audiocassette - Style of a Champion

Audiocassette - Demolition Job