Guide to the Papers of Sandra Burchill [MSS 123]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Sandra Burchill
Manuscript Number MSS 123
Last Updated August 2021
Extent 5 boxes
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Research papers, biographical notes and correspondence relating to Burchill's work for Dorothy Green on the Oxford companion to Australian literature (1985) and A History of Australian literature (1984-1985)Also including research notes and photocopies regarding the life and work of Katharine Susannah Prichard, and original material relating to poet and theatre director John Joseph Jones.


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Scope and Content

This collection chiefly comprises research papers amassed by Sandra Burchill in her role as research assistant to literary academic Dorothy Green, including biographical notes and correspondence relating to entries published in the Oxford companion to Australian literature.  Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1985 and Volume 3 of A history of Australian literature. Revised edition. Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1984-1985. Also included are papers documenting the David Campbell Seminar, Duntroon House, 19-20 September 1985, and research undertaken on the history of Australian literature teaching in schools and universities, including photocopied extracts from school readers and university calendars.  Of special interest are two boxes of research notes and photocopied material relating to the life and work of Katharine Susannah Prichard (the subject of Burchill’s doctoral thesis), and a short sequence of material relating to the British-Australian poet, folk singer, musician, playwright and theatre director, John Joseph Jones, documenting productions at the Parkerville Amphitheatre (near Perth, WA) in the early 1970s.

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Biographical Note

Sandra Burchill is a literary scholar and university administrator who retired from the role of Executive Officer to the Rector, UNSW Canberra, in 2018.  Burchill holds the distinction of being the first female to be awarded a PhD from UNSW Canberra (1988), for her thesis on the novelist Katharine Susannah Prichard. 

Prior to and following her doctoral project, Burchill worked for 20 years in the private sector and in various higher education administrative roles in Australia and overseas, including the University of Qld, James Cook University and the Australian National University, before returning to UNSW Canberra.

Whilst a UNSW student Burchill was an assistant to the eminent academic, scholar, critic, writer and poet Dorothy Green, undertaking research for several literary articles and Green’s collection of critical essays, The Music of Love. Ringwood: Penguin, 1984.


Dr Sandra Burchill: first female to receive a PhD at UNSW Canberra (1988) retrieved 22 January 2019


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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 Sandra Burchill, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 123, Box [Number], Folder [Number]


The collection was donated by Sandra Burchill to the Academy Library in two consignments in 1989 and 1994


Additional Information

Related Material 

Further material relating to the Oxford companion to Australian literature is located in the Papers of Dorothy Green at MSS 020

Additional papers of Dorothy Green are held by the National Library of Australia at MS 5678


Subject Keywords

Australian literature


Australian literature - History and criticism

Australian literature - Study and teaching - History

Oxford companion to Australian literature (1985)

A history of Australian literature (1984-1985)

Personal Names

Dorothy Green 1915-1991

W.H. (William Henry) Wilde 1923-

David Campbell 1915-1979

Katharine Susannah Prichard 1883-1969

John Joseph Jones 1930-2000

Corporate Names

Parkerville Amphitheatre (WA)


Literary historian


Container List


Box 1

Folder 1

‘Australian Studies: the Untaught Tradition’ by Dorothy Green and William H. Wilde – typescript manuscripts, notes and corrected galley proof extract

Folder 2

David Campbell Seminar, Duntroon House, 19-20 September 1985 – bibliography and program

The New Zealand Slavonic journal, no. 1, 1980

Journal article – untitled

David Campbell words spoken at his funeral by Manning Clark. Canberra: Brindabella Press, 1979, signed by Clark

Personal correspondence from Judy Campbell (4 letters)

Correspondence from Harry Heseltine (3 letters), Cambridge University Library and Jesus College, Cambridge

Handwritten list of additions to David Campbell bibliography

Typescript of additions and amendments to Campbell bibliography

Photocopies relating to David Campbell: sheet of photographs and other biographical items regarding David Campbell; pages from The Kings’ School magazine; handwritten notes of David Campbell; news article of death of David Campbell; review of Poetry Australia – 80th issue on David Campbell; news article; poetry ‘On the Death of David Campbell’ by Peter Skrzynecki; typescript ages of poetry; family tree; maps; review by Judith Rodriguez – with references to David Campbell; poetry of David Campbell from Jesus College, Cambridge (UK); a reference to David Campbell in New Guinea diary ­– tropic sideshow; review ‘Flame and Shadow’

Folder 3

The Oxford companion to Australian literature. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1985 – biographical notes and correspondence: Jack Beasley; Norma Bloom; Godfrey Blunden; Mona Brand; Dominic Broderick; Alison Broinowski; David Brooks; Doreen Clarke; William Dick; Anne Edgeworth; Mary Edgeworth David; Brian Elliott; Patricia Excell; Lynn Foster; Len Fox; Jean Gittins; Clem Gorman; John Griffin; I.P. Haldane-Stevenson; Les Harrop; Enid Heddle; Marjorie Pizer Holburn; A.D. Hope; Walter James 

Folder 4

The Oxford companion to Australian literature. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1985 – biographical notes and correspondence: Penelope Janic; Robert Kaleski; Wallace Kirsop; Stuart Lee; Nuri Mass; John Meredith; Reginald Morrison; Marcie Muir; Elizabeth Perkins; Ted Roberts; Betty Roland; Henry Maurice Saxby; Samuel Simmans; S.N. Stewart; Ross Thorne; Ania Walwicz; Peter Lindsay Weir; Joan Williams

Folder 5

Miscellaneous biographical information

Betty Roland: List of tapes from ‘Wombat’ News Service

Gordon Neil: Program ‘Sturt’ world premiere, Garrick Theatre, Parkerville Amphitheatre, 17 February-11 March 1972 – written and directed by John Joseph Jones, choreography by Josephine Spaull; Program ‘Harvest’, Creative Organic Drama, Tom Dougherty’s Theatre 15 November-1 December 1973 – written and directed by John Joseph Jones; Program ‘Bitter Grapes’ world premiere, Parkerville Amphitheatre, Tom Dougherty’s Theatre – by John Joseph Jones, directed by Collin O’Brien, [March 1973]

John Joseph Jones. A Day at Hiroshima, Parkerville and other poems. Hovea, WA: Parkerville Amphitheatre, c1973 – photocopy of annotated proofs

Typescript resume: Peter Lennox Jeffery

Typescript preface to collection of poems by Charles Harpur

Folder 6-8

Biographical records for Australian writers – compiled by Dorothy Green, for a proposed Volume 3 of A history of Australian literature. Revised edition. Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1984-1985:

Robert Adamson; Allen Afterman; Jessica Anderson; Thea Astley; Murray Bail; Bruce Beaver; Jennifer Boult; Russell Braddon; John Bray; Barry Breen; Niall Brennan; Bob Brissenden; Colleen Burke; John Burns; Alexander Buzo; Ivy Calthorpe; Peter Carey; Nancy Cato; Don Charlwood; Alex Choate; Alexander Craig; Josephine Blanche d’Alpuget; Russell Deeble; Alma de Groen; Robert Drewe; Michael Dugan; David Foster; Donald Friend; Raymond Frye; Katherine Gallagher; Nene Gare; Helen Garner; G.M. Glaskin; Alan Gould; Cliff Green; Rodney Hall; Eunice Hanger; Barbara Hanrahan; Elizabeth Harrower; Keith Harrison; Kevin Hart; Gwen Harwood; Nicholas Hasluck; Kris Hemensley; Helen Heney; Dorothy Hewett; Barry Hill; Donald Horne; Thomas Hungerford; David Ireland; Barbara Jefferis; John Jenkin; Evan Jones; Rae Jones; Manfred Jurgensen; Nancy Keesing; Antigone Kefala; Stephen K. Kelen; Frank Kellaway; Gwen Kelly; Peter Kenna; Peter Kocan; Rudi Krausmann; Andrew Lansdown; Joan Lindsay; Miles Little; Andrew McDonald; Roger McDonald; Craig McGregor; Ronald McKie; Rhyll McMaster; James McQueen; Jennifer Maiden; George Malouf; David Martin; Philip Martin; John Millett; Frank Moorhouse; Robert Morrison; Les Murray; Michele Nayman; Philip Neilsen; Barry; Mark O’Connor; Geoff Page; Grace Perry; Nancy Phelan; Craig Powell; Bill Reed; Philip Roberts; Judith Rodriguez; Eric Rolls; John Romeril; Graham Rowlands; Olaf Ruhen; Thomas Shapcott; Ron Simpson; Peter Skrzynecki; Vivian Smith; Leone Sperling; Jennifer Strauss; Norman Talbot; Andrew Taylor; Colin Thiele; Tom Thompson; Ric Throssell; Richard Tipping; Christine Townend; John Tranter; Vicki Viidikas; Kathleen Walker; Lyndon Walker; Judah Water; Morris West; Susan Whiting; Michael Wilding; David Williamson; Fay Zwicky


Box 2

Folder 9

Research notes relating to the history of teaching Australian literature in schools and universities, 1910-1940

Exhibition catalogue ‘The Arts in Australia – Her Story’, Mitchell & Dixson Galleries, State Library of New South Wales, 20 September 1982-21 March 1983

Folder 10

Photocopied extracts:

Victorian readers – 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th books

Oxford reading books I, II, IV

The Temple literary readers, Books 2 and 7

Path to Parnassus

High road of Australian verse

New song in an old land

In fealty to Apollo

Palgrave’s golden treasury

Australian university verse: an undergraduate anthology, 1920-22

The bond of poetry: a book of verse for Australian schools

Folder 11

Photocopied secondary source extracts relating to the history of teaching Australian literature in schools and universities

Folder 12

Photocopied extracts relating to Australian literature studies:

University of Sydney calendar, 1920-1940, 1945-1946

Folder 13

Photocopied extracts:

Melbourne University calendar, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944

Canberra University College, 1930-1931, 1932, 1935, 1937, 1938

West Australia. Education Department. The curriculum for primary schools, 1936

Western Australian reader. Book IV, 1933

University of Western Australia. Manuals of public examination, 1948 

Folder 14

Photocopied extracts:

The Victorian readers, 3rd-4th books

Preparatory professional course, [1913]

Education gazette and teachers’ aid (Victoria), 23 May 1912

Education gazette and teachers’ aid (Victoria), 19 October

Education gazette and teachers’ aid (Victoria), 17 July 1940

Folder 15

Photocopied extracts:

The Victorian readers, 5th-8th books

Folder 16

Photocopied extracts:

Queensland school readers. Books I-VI

Queensland school readers, Grades I-VII

Queensland’s school paper, Classes V and VI, 1905


Box 3

Folder 17

Photocopied extracts:         

University of Queensland calendar, 1921-1922, 1925-1937, 1945

University of Queensland.  Manuals of public examination, 1925-1926 

Folder 18-19

Photocopied articles relating to Katharine Susannah Prichard

Folder 20-21

Photocopied reviews relating to Katharine Susannah Prichard


Box 4

Folder 22-23

Photocopied biographical and literary articles relating to Katharine Susannah Prichard, including obituaries and personal recollections

Folder 24

Photocopied articles relating to Katharine Susannah Prichard, including typescript extracts from the writer’s notebooks

Folder 25

Micro-negative copies of extracts obtained from the Bridges Memorial Library (Duntroon) and State Library of Victoria, possibly including: Westralian Worker, 10 or 16 December 1921; ‘Farthing Bundle’, Daily News & Leader (London), 16 December 1913; Katharine Susannah Prichard short stories ‘Bush Fires’, ‘That Brown Boy’

Folder 26-27

Photocopied articles documenting the political backdrop to Katharine Susannah Prichard’s writing, including: communism, Andrei Zhdanov, literary censorship, Egon Kish anti-war movement, League of American Writers

Folder 28-29

Photocopied short stories by Katharine Susannah Prichard


Box 5

Folder 30

Photocopied short stories by Katharine Susannah Prichard

Folder 31

Photocopied notes relating to Katharine Susannah Prichard from: Vance and Nettie Palmer Papers (National Library of Australia) and Miles Franklin Papers (Mitchell Library), including a photograph of a drawing of Prichard, and image of Prichard with Nettie Palmer 

Folder 32

Photocopied notes relating to Katharine Susannah Prichard from: Pennsylvania State University Libraries, Hazel de Berg interview, Mary Gilmore Papers, 1940 Commonwealth Literary Fund application 

Folder 33-34

Photocopied articles and notes relating to Katharine Susannah Prichard, including micro-negative copy of ‘An Encounter’