Guide to the Papers of Peter Bakowski [MSS 098]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Peter Bakowski
Manuscript Number MSS 098
Last Updated August 2021
Extent 14 cm (1 box)
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Manuscript drafts of Bakowski's poems and prose, plus a photograph.

Scope and Content

Manuscript drafts of Bakowski's poems and prose, plus a photograph.

Date Range of Content



This collection has been arranged in box then folder order.

Biographical Note

Peter Paul Bakowski was born on the 15 October 1954 in Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, of Polish-German ancestry. At the age of eighteen Bakowski read the poetry of Jack Kerouac. Influenced by Kerouac's poems he travelled overseas in the 1980s. Around 1983 he began to write poetry. After his return to Australia, Bakowski lived in Melbourne while continuing to travel overseas including to London and Rome, where he was Poet in Residence at the Australian studio in 1997.

Apart from publications in both national and international literary magazines, Bakowski has also published volumes of verse. In 2006 he commenced preparation of a collection of portrait poems of real and imagined people and undertook the presentation of his poetry in private houses to audiences of eight or more.

Bakowski has been awarded:
Asialink Literature Residency Program, 2007. Note: For travel to Macau University to write poems based on his direct observation and experience of the physical, intellectual and commercial environments of Macau and Mainland China
Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships, Literature Board Grants, Grants for Established Writers, 2006. Note: $60,000 for poetry writing
Shoalhaven Literary Award for Poetry, 2006: winner for 'Portrait of Leonard Drysdale, Clerk of Birmingham, England'
Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, C.J. Dennis Prize for Poetry, 1996: winner for In the human night.

AustLit : the Resource for Australian Literature, retrieved 6 February 2008.

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The collection is available for research.

Restrictions on Use

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

Preferred Citation

Papers of Peter Bakowski, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, MS 98, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was acquired from Peter Bakowski in two instalments in 1991 and 1993.

Access Terms

Personal Names

Bakowski, Peter -- Archives.

Topical Subjects

Poets, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.



Container List

Box 1

Folder 1
Bibliography of poetry, typescript originals of fully revised poetry, prose 'In my 35th year upon this road', 1 p. and a photograph of Bakowski

Folder 2
Six manuscript drafts of 'Portrait of Sandra painting', typescript originals of fully revised poetry, prose 'Spontaneous auto-biography...' 1987, 2 p.