Guide to the Papers of Kenneth Mackenzie [MSS 225]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Kenneth Mackenzie
Manuscript Number MSS 225
Last Updated March 2022
Extent 1 AV box
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Two draft poems by Kenneth ‘Seaforth’ Mackenzie, together with correspondence with Hugh McCrae, and letters relating to Norman Lindsay

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Scope and Content

This collection relates to Australian poet Kenneth Mackenzie who also wrote under the pseudonym ‘Seaforth Mackenzie’ to distinguish himself from another writer with the same birth name.  The material consists of autograph manuscripts of Mackenzie’s poems 'The Plover's Country' and 'Duet for Lovers', together with letters by Mackenzie to Hugh McCrae and a draft from McCrae recalling his visit to Norman Lindsay. A typewritten letter from Philip Lindsay to his father Norman Lindsay discusses Mackenzie's work and Australian literature more generally

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Biographical Note

Wikipedia article:

Poet, novelist and journalist.  Born in Perth in 1913, Kenneth ‘Seaforth’ Mackenzie studied law and agriculture at the University of Western Australia before moving to Sydney at the suggestion of Norman Lindsay, where he embarked on a career as a newspaper and radio journalist.  Mackenzie became a close friend of the Lindsay family and romantic partner of Jane Lindsay, with Norman illustrating his first volume of poetry Our Earth (1937). During the Second World War he served as a corporal at the Cowra POW camp, the mass breakout of Japanese prisoners was used as the subject of his novel Dead Men Rising (1951). Mackenzie's second volume of poetry The Moonlit Doorway was published in 1944. Mackenzie drowned near Goulburn in 1955

Author record, Kenneth Mackenzie, AustLit (, St Lucia: The University of Queensland, 2002-  retrieved 22 May 2020

Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Edition: Mackenzie, Kenneth Ivo (Seaforth) (1913–1955) retrieved 22 May 2020


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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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 Kenneth Mackenzie, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 225, Box [Number], Folder [Number]


The collection was acquired in a single instalment


Additional Information

Related Material

Research material relating to Kenneth Mackenzie is located in the Papers of Dorothy Green at MSS 020/Box 41/Folder 52 and Box 80/Folder 113.

A substantial collection of letters and poems by Mackenzie are contained in the Letters and poems of Kenneth Mackenzie, amassed by his friend and lover Jane Lindsay (1920-1999) and housed at the National Library of Australia at MS 8642


Subject Keywords


Kenneth Mackenzie 1913-1955 – Archives

Hugh McCrae 1876–1958 – Correspondence

Norman Lindsay 1879-1969

Australian poetry – 20th century 

Personal Names

Kenneth Mackenzie 1913-1955

Hugh McCrae 1876–1958

Philip Lindsay 1906-1958





Container List

Audiovisual material

AV Box 1

Folder 1

Photograph of Kenneth Mackenzie, 1951

Manuscript poem ‘The Plover’s Country’

Folder 2

Letters to Hugh McCrae

Manuscript poem ‘Duet for Lovers’

Correspondence to Horace Keath and Norman Lindsay from Lindsay’s son, Philip Lindsay (1906–1958)