Guide to the Papers of John Macgregor [MSS 056]

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Manuscript Name Papers of John Macgregor
Manuscript Number MSS 056
Last Updated June 2021
Extent 3 boxes + 1 oversize
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Manuscripts, correspondence and other papers

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content 

This collection comprises papers of John Macgregor, including typescript manuscripts, correspondence and other material.  The bulk of the material relates to his novel Propinquity (1986), with the folders recording the successive stages of the writing and editing process.

Date Range of Content 


Biographical Note 

Macgregor has written reviews for a number of newspapers and for film and television.

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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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 John Macgregor, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 56, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was acquired in 1988


Subject Keywords


Writers - Australia - Archives

Personal Names

John Macgregor, 1951-





Container List 

Box 1

Manuscripts and correspondence

Folder 1

Letter from John Macgregor to Lyn Hard, Librarian at the Defence Force Academy (15 April 1988)

Folder 2

Original manuscript of Propinquity, 1977-1979

Folder 3

Propinquity. First attempt at the Berengaria story,1981

Half of 'Our resurrection'

Folder 4

Propinquity. Photocopy of the second attempt at the Berengaria story, 1982

Folder 5

Early typescript of 'Our Resurrection' sent to publisher John Ferguson, 1982

Folder 6

Intermediate draft of Propinquity (between the ‘Ferguson’ version and the final version), 1984


Box 2


Folder 7

Final typescript of Propinquity, entered in the 1986 Adelaide Festival’s National Novel MS Award, 1986

Folder 8

Final typescript of Propinquity, with editor’s marks, 1986                                                                                       


Box 3

Correspondence and miscellaneous

Folder 9

Propinquity. Discarded (or transformed) bits, research notes and clippings c.1980, synopsis

Folder 10

Correspondence, 1983-1987

Folder 11

Correspondence, 1981-1987


Oversize material

Oversize 1

Propinquity. Printer’s proofs with the editor’s and the author’s marks, 1986