Guide to the Papers of Ned Manning [MSS 340]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Ned Manning
Manuscript Number MSS 340
Last Updated August 2021
Extent 2 boxes + 1 AV box
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Correspondence, newspaper clippings, notebooks, literary drafts and reviews, scripts, photographs, negatives and slides, miscellaneous.


Collection Subject Type 


Scope and Content

This collection relates to Ned Manning’s work as a playwright, with a range of correspondence related to different plays, newspaper clippings, notebooks, scripts, literary drafts and reviews. The collection also contains a box of audio visual material including photographs, negatives and slides.

Date Range of Content 


Biographical Note 

Wikipedia article:

Ned Manning has been a teacher in Tenterfield, New South Wales, in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, and at the Eora Centre in Redfern and the Newtown High School of the Performing Arts in New South Wales. He is a playwright and also worked as an actor and director in film and television.




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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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

Preferred Citation

Papers of Ned Manning, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 340, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was donated to the library in 1996


Subject Keywords



Correspondence, scripts, literary drafts, notebooks

Personal Names

Ned Manning, 1950-


Playwright, actor, film and television director


Container List 


Box 1

Correspondence, newspaper clippings, notebooks, literary drafts

Folder 1 

Correspondence arranged according to the play being discussed in the letters:

Us or Them, 3 July, 1981 – 30 November, 1983;

Kim, 14 October, 1981 – 7 October, 1983;

Kenny’s Coming Home, 21 June, 1990 – 25 August, 1992;

Close to the Bone, 27 September, 1991 – 18 November, 1993 with two undated letters;

Milo, 11 July, 1990 – 18 August, 1995;

Greetings and congratulations cards, mainly undated.

Folder 2 

Newspaper Clippings

Alan Ramsey, ‘Kerin shears the golden fleece’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 May, 1990;

John Stapleton, ‘In the bush they’re feeling the pain’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 December, 1990;

Anne Lampe, ‘Farm loans rigged, inquiry told’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 July, 1991;

Asa Wahlquist, ‘Farming made easier: just ask the neighbours’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 25 July, 1991;

Paul Pottinger, ‘Class Action Portrait’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 August, 1992;

Gavin Atkins, ‘A case for the urbanely disadvantaged’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 April, 1994;

David Evans, ‘Chronic crop for farmers’ [uncited, undated newspaper];

Paul Cleary, ‘Farmers face 50% drop in income’ [uncited, undated newspaper].

Folder 3


Shell Exercise Book titled ‘1968’ – Handwritten script of Milo

Untitled notebook with ‘scrapbook-type’ entries with play reviews, notices, advertisements, etc.

Folder 4

Literary drafts

Us or Them (original), with 1977 copyright date, 51 pages;

Us or Them (original), with 9 June, 1978 registration date, 37 pages;

Us or Them, script;

Us or Them, publicity and promotional material.

Folder 5

Literary drafts

Kim, 4th and final draft, 11 January, 1986, 80 pages;

Kenny’s Coming Home, 1992, 89 pages, with short cover note ‘Supporting Material Literature Board 1992’.

Folder 6

Literary drafts

Close to the Bone, 1991, 60 pages with additional pages inserted and annotations;

Close to the Bone, 1993, 79 pages.


Box 2

Literary drafts and reviews, miscellaneous

Folder 7

Literary drafts

Milo – Script, Re-Writes’, contains script changes and annotations, brochures, promotional materials, jottings, etc.;

Milo Draft No. 4 Copy from Reading 12.8.91’, contains 4th draft, 86 pages with annotations, unfinished draft of 30-page length, publicity and promotional materials, contact lists.

Folder 8

Literary drafts

Close to the Bone Notes/Research/[Improv?]: Rewrites, Notes’, play notes, theatre news, information kit, handwritten notes, jottings, research articles and newspaper articles.

Folder 9

Literary reviews

Reviews of Milo, 1994;

Reviews of Us or Them, 1980s and 1990s, with publicity material;

Reviews of Close to the Bone, 1991-1993, with some undated reviews.

Folder 10


Kenny Theatre Publicity’ – Material related to Kenny’s coming home

Close to the Bone Publicity’ – Material related to Close to the Bone

Folder 11


File: ‘Robyn Gardiner Management’: contains newspaper articles, publicity notices, reviews, and photographs such as Michelle Fawdon, Melissa Jaffer, Rebecca Hickey, and Duncan Wass.

Folder 12

Business papers and Financial records

Milo-related invoices, contracts, publicity, receipts, financial statements, etc., 28 August, 1994 – 7 December, 1994;

‘More Publicity’ – company profile and publicity activities;

GIO Australia – insurance forms, invoices, premiums, etc., 29 August, 1994 – 28 February, 1995;

Various receipts, hire agreements, invoices for theatrical production needs;

Sheaf of handwritten financial estimates, figures, etc.


Audiovisual Material


3 photographs of Ned Manning

Group shot of Michelle Fawdon, Melissa Jaffer and Rebecca Hickey

‘Stuart Campbell proofs, trannies and invoice’: Milo-related negatives and untitled, undated colour slides