Guide to the Papers of Richard Alston [JHL 017]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Richard Alston
Manuscript Number JHL 017
Last Updated August 2021
Extent 1.5m (5 boxes)
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Correspondence, diaries, newspaper clippings, files and miscellaneous material relating to Richard Alston 

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

This collection relates to the diplomatic career of The Honourable Richard Alston, AO. It includes diaries, files, newspaper clippings, programs and postcards relating to his time as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. 

Date Range of Content 


Biographical Note

Richard Alston was an Australian businessman, politician and barrister. He served as a Liberal Party Senator for Victoria from 1986 – 2004. During the Howard Government he held several ministerial offices. He later served as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (2005 – 2008) and Federal President of the Liberal Party (2014 – 2017).  


Parliament of Australia ‘Former Senator Richard Alston’ retrieved 20 June 2020

Administrative Information

Access and Copying Conditions

Access: The permission of The Howard Library Director is required to access this collection.  

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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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 Richard AlstonSpecial Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, JHL 017, Box [Number], Folder [Number]. 


The collection was donated by Richard Alston in 2020.  

Additional Information

Subject Keywords


Howard government, political history, Liberal Party of Australia 

Personal Names

Richard Alston, 1941-  

Corporate Names

Liberal Party of Australia 



High Commissioner 

Container List

Box 1

Town Guide to Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire 

Guide to Rules; London's oldest restaurant  

Guide to Lartington Hall Park 

Program for a celebration to mark the launch of Battle Order 204 by Christobel Mattingley, 3 September 2007 

Guide to Lydiard Park, Swindon 

Guide to Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre 

Guide to Richmond Britain's best kept secret … 

Guide to AveburyWiltshire 

Guide to The Fovant Badges 

Guide to the World Cup 2006 

Guide to Hillsborough Castle, Northern Island Office 

Program for the Association of the Britain Australia Society Portsmouth Branch and The Portsmouth-Sydney Sister City Link Annual Autumn Dinner 9 December 2005, Guildhall Portsmouth [2 copies] 

Program for the British Museum exhibition: Forgotten Empire the world of Ancient Persia’, 9 September 2005 - 8 January 2006 

Guide to Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire 

Guide to Kenilworth Castle 

Official Program for Royal Ascot 2006 

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Newsletter 16 July 2006 

Guide to the Old Master paintings at Corsham Court 

Guide to Corfe Castle 

Philharmonic Hall Venue MapBerlin 

Guide to London, April 1961 

Founder’s Day at The Royal Hospital Chelsea8 June 2006  

Dinner at Cramer Room, Jesus College, Cambridge, 3 December 2007 

Guide to The Battle for Arnhem  

Program to Harold Pinter's The Lover The Collection  

Order of Service at Westminster Abbey to mark Anzac Day, 25 April 2006 

Australian Music Foundation 30th Anniversary Gala Concert with Sir Charles Mackerras at Australia House, London 26 November 2005 

Floor plan for the Handel House Museum 

Guide to Stonehenge World Heritage Site 

Postcard of the 'School Yard' at Eton, 1852 by Percival Skelton 

Postcard of Snow on a Spring Day, College Chapel, Ton 

Seating arrangements for a Parliamentary Luncheon with Tony Blair and Cherie Blair at the Great Hall, Parliament House, Canberra 27 March 2006 

Wreath laying ceremony at the Gallipoli Memorial, St Paul’s Cathedral on Gallipoli Day, 25 April 2006 

Guide to Runnymede 

Christmas card from Major General Michael Jeffery, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Mrs Marlena Jeffery 

Guide to William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings 

Guide to Lancaster House by John Charlton  

Illuminating the Renaissance - The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe 

Guide to the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum by Tomas Llorens 

Guide to the Royal Cabinet of Paintings Mauritshuis, The Hague 

Guide to the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu California, 1992 

Art December 07 – Galleries  

National Trust Guide to Constable Country 

Guide to Richard III 

Sir Edwin Lutyens by Michael Barker 

Scotland's Castle Trail  

The Complete Works by the Royal Shakespeare Company April 2006 - April 2007 

Reception at Two Temple Place, 12 October 2005 

Guide to Hillsborough Castle 

Guide to Australian War Memorials on the Western Front, April 1916 - November 1918 

Guide to the Black Death 

Service of Thanksgiving to commemorate the life of Maurice John de Rohan, 1936-2006, St Clement Danes Church, 6 February 2007 

Guide to the Wars of the Roses 

Cambridge street map and guide 

Guide to York 

Dedication Service at the Australian War Memorial, London, 11 November 2003 

Program at the Theatre Royal Haymarket Programme for The Sea by Edward Bond 

Historic Northumbria ‘Great Days Out in 2007 

Dinner at the Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers, 10 May 2007 

Program for the Welcome Museum and Exhibitions, Paris November 2007 - January 2008  

Program for Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, St Martin's Theatre 

Her Majesty The Queen Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) 11 June 2005 

Ticket to The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club’ tennis championships, 2005  

Program and seating plan for Gray's Inn Grand Day, 15 November 2007 

Street map of Cambridge and St Neots 

Castle Howard, York 

Guide to Avebury and surrounding prehistoric monuments 

Guide to Dunnottar Castle 

Gordon Winter, The Golden Years 1903-1913 

Guide to Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot 

Guide to William Shakespeare 

St Mary's Parish Church, Whitby 

Guide to Bath 

Welcome to Bath Abbey 

Lancaster House by John Charlton  

Catalogue for Narek Galleries, Old Tanja Church, NSW 

Card with envelope Whitby's 'Old' Whale Bones 

Guide to Dubrovnik  

An Introduction to Crop Circles edited by Andy Thomas  

Guide to Churchill Archives Centre 

Museu de Montserrat Guia de visita, Barcelona 

Historic Royal Palaces Spring Events 2005 

The Gunpowder Trail  

Program for England vs West Indies, Lord's 17 May 2007 – 21 May 2007 

Britain's Kings & Queens - Michael St John Parker 

Chelsea FC Official Centenary Season Matchday Magazine 05/06 UEFA Champions League Chelsea vs Barcelona 22.02.06 

Historic Yorkshire and Lincolnshire - New days out in 2007 

Royal Opera House present The Royal Opera Cyrano de Bergerac Programme May 2006 

Explore Captain Cook Country Mini-Guide 05/06 

Nicholas Hawksmoor a TIMELINE 

Postcard Christ Church Spitalfields built 1714-29 Nicholas Hawksmoor (1661-1736) 

The Great House Laleston A History 

Berlin 1933-1945 

Musee du quai Branly, Paris 

Insight Map LONDON FlexiMap plus Travel Information 

Discover the Real World of the Knights Templar and Knights Hospitaller - The Temple Church & St. John's Gate 

The Tower of London Her Majesty's Palace and Fortress 

Card colour photo of Whitby Harbour, North Yorkshire, England 

Mary Queen of Scots - The Pitkin Biographical Series 

McCulloch & McCulloch Australian Art Books 

Blenheim Palace - A World Heritage Site - Britain's Greatest Palace 

Christmas card Season's Greetings from Gordon Brown Chancellor of the Exchequer, 11 Downing Street 

2005 Hever Castle & Gardens Where History Comes to Life 

Blenheim Palace - Woodstock . Oxfordshire 

Welcome to Blenheim Palace 2006 Information for Visitors Britain's Greatest Palace 

The Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations - A LUNCHEON Ti cinnenirate the 441st anniversary of the Dramatist's birth, 25 April 2005. 

Westminster Abbey - Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving on the occasion of the 90th Anniversary of Anzac Day, 25 April 2005. 

Chelsea FC Official Matchday Magazine 04-05 Chelsea vs Birmingham City 9 April 2005 

Yorkshire ad Lincolnshire Borders New days out in 2007 

Yorkshire's Moors and Coast - Place of power, rulers of land and sea 

An artists' home Charleston 

Winchester Cathedral - Pitkin Guides 

Orangerie Museum Visit Guide, Jardis des Tuileries, Paris. 

Nelson, by Colin White - The Pitkin Biographical Guide 

St Luke's Music Society - Bringing music to the Battersea and South West London community. 25 January 2008 programme Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg 

Postcard views of Cambridge - King's College, Trinity College and Darwin College 

Postcard King's College Chapel Cambridge 

Postcard Cambridge Statues I 

Postcard Jesus College, Cambridge 

Postcard Magdalene College, Cambridge 

Postcard Eton College, The College Chapel 

Postcard, Percival Skelton, Long Walk, Eton 

Postcard, Rainbow in School Yard, Eton. 

Five photographs with High Sheriff of Hertfordshire 20 May 2006 (in white envelope) 

Christmas card from Buffy and John (House of Lords) to Richard and Megs 

Card from Molly Watson to High Commissioner - thanks for dinner 

Card from Ian to 'My Dear Rich', 10 October 2005 "Season's Greetings" 

Card of G. Heywood Hill Old & New Books -handwritten note on back "A further present from Sir Victor Garland" 

Photo of Richard Alston with Prince Charles 

Photo of Richard Alston with the Duchess of Cornwall 

Christmas Card from 10 Downing Street  

Christmas Card from the Home Secretary 

Christmas Card from Commonwealth War Graves Commision 

Christmas Card from 11 Downing Street, Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown 

Communion Service program 27 August 2006 

Box 2

Correspondence 2003 

Diary appointments 1 February 2005 - 4 March 2008 

Head of Mission/Head of Post Preparatory program from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade including security processes and reporting at posts; Australian Public Service (APS) values and relationships; Australian Arts Promotion and Market Development Strategy United Kingdom 2005 and 2006; Administration Circular New Guidelines for the Management of Representation Funds 27 April 1999; Devolution of Head of Mission Representation Allowance 27 November 1991 

Diary appointments 16 November 2000 - 20 December 2001 

Correspondence 2002 

Box 3

Diary appointments 12 June 2001 - 26 August 2002 

Correspondence 2002 

Photos taken at Lower Woodside, Hayfield, 20 May 2006 [x 8] 

Diary appointments 1 January 2007 - 11 October 2007 

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) minutes on the Assessment of London's Budget Situation’, 14 May 2004 and FMB Briefing - Hon. Richard Alston - HOM Designate London’, 2 February 2005 

Diary appointments 1 February 2005 - 4 March 2006 

Photocopies of business cards 

NOTE: Richard Alston HOM-DESIGNATE LONDON PRE-POSTING CONSULTATIONS 28 January 2005 - Post and LES Management Issues - London 

Pre-posting briefing for Richard Alston, HOM-Designate, London 28 January 2005 - Training and Development Issues 

Personal Security Briefing Notes: London (Part 1) and (Part 2) and (Part 3) 

ICB Briefing for Mr Richard Alston, Ambassador-designate, London 27 January 2005 

Itinerary for pre-posting consultations 2 February-18 February 2005 

Letter from Daniel Sloper, Assistant Secretary, Staffing Branch, DFAT with preliminary advice on preparations for posting 

Copy of Australian Workplace Agreement between Secretary, DFAT and SES Band 3.3 

Return of Private Interests’ [blank] 

Photo of Richard Alston with The Rt Hon Ann Clwyd MP Chair of British Group Inter-Parliamentary Union 

POST REPORT - April 2004 - Complete Post Report for Printing 


Administrative Circular: Departmental Pre-Posting Training Requirements 8 October 2001 


The Freedom of the City of London - Caroline Arnold 

Copies of press cuttings ‘UK Politics’ 

Box 4

Copies of press cuttings 

Box 5

Copies of press cuttings ‘UK General Interest’