Guide to the Papers of Peter Murphy [MSS 065]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Peter Murphy
Manuscript Number MSS 065
Last Updated October 2021
Extent 1 box
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Drafts, scripts, papers, AV material

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

The collection contains drafts, scripts, papers, AV material

Date Range of Content


Biographical Note

Peter Murphy has spent much of his life in Melbourne where he has completed a BA and a Diploma of Teaching at Monash University and an Associate Diploma in Librarianship at RMIT. He has worked as a teacher in the Victorian Education Department. Murphy began writing in 1967 and has been interested in the potential of different forms of writing: his other unpublished works include an opera libretto, Jo Being and plays for radio and stage including 'Glitter' (1977) and 'Illuminations' (1986).



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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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 Peter Murphy, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 65, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was acquired in four instalments by the Academy Library from 1986-1996


Subject Keywords


Poetry, novel

Personal Names

Peter Murphy, 1945-….


Writer, playwright


Container List

Box 1

Drafts, scripts, papers, AV material

Folder 1
Poets of the Month (series 3)

Photocopy of a book of poems

Black Light cassette tape

Photocopies of correspondence by Peter Murphy to Lynn Hard, Librarian, 1986-1987

Folder 2 
Making a Living: Stories about work - First manuscript

Folder 3

The Moving Shadow Problem


Folder 4

Photocopies of plays: Goings and Illuminations

Programs, reviews publicity: Escape Victim; Glitter; Illumination; Point of Departure

Folder 5

Photocopies of plays: Point of Departure; Glitter; The Nanny School

Folder 6

The Palms: Handwritten version (plus revised version on floppy disk)

Folder 7

Black Light manuscripts

Folder 8

The Palms: Revised manuscript of novel, 1996, 150 pages with annotations: manuscript and floppy disk