Guide to the Papers of Stephen Knight [MSS 295]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Stephen Knight
Manuscript Number MSS 295
Last Updated June 2021
Extent 2 boxes
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Correspondence and copies of manuscripts related to Stephen Knight's work as an editor

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

Stephen Knight’s papers are mainly comprised of manuscripts submitted for a monthly crime short-story competition in The Australian Way (the in-flight magazine of Australian Airlines) which he edited for publication in a number of annual editions. Authors include RF Brissenden, Jennifer Rowe and Jackie French

Date Range of Content


Biographical Note

Wikipedia article:

Stephen Knight was born in the United Kingdom in 1940, and was educated at Bournemouth Grammar School and the University of Oxford. He moved to Australia in 1963 as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Sydney, and his career included positions at the University of Melbourne, the De Montfort University, Leicester and Cardiff University. Knight has authored over thirty books, his areas of expertise including medieval English and European literature and crime fiction

AustLit : Stephen Knight accessed 18 May 2020


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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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 Stephen Knight, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 295, Box [Number], Folder [Number]


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Related material

Further material relating to Stephen Knight is located at the NLA held at MS 9336


Subject Keywords



Stephen Knight, 1940- – Archives

Detective and mystery stories, Australian

Book editors – Australian – Archives

Australian short stories – 20th century

The Australian Way

Personal Names

Stephen Knight, 1940-

Corporate Names

Australian Airlines





Container List


Box 1

Folder 1

Typewritten manuscripts : ‘Trish McDuff Hits the Headlines’; ‘The Long Job’; ‘But for Talbot’ by Kate Stephens; ‘Situation Vacant’ by Michael Scott Rodger; ‘Murder in 506’ by Carla Kettner; ‘Done to a Turn’ (aka ‘Death Warmed Up’) by Jennifer Rowe; ‘Beyond the World of Light’ by Jackie French (2 copies)

Folder 2

Typewritten manuscripts : ‘Miss Anderson’ by Catherine Laughlin; ‘The Expert’ by Barbara Yates Rothwell; ‘Deathray’ by Walter Bass (2 copies); ‘Something to Fear’ by John Munro; ‘The Decoy; by Margaret Ridgway; ‘A Quiet Little Drink at Kynuna’ by RF Brissenden; ‘The Curious Case of the Crime Competitors’ by Stephen Knight

Correspondence to Stephen Knight from Jan Mackey, Editor, The Australian Way

Folder 3

Typewritten manuscript : ‘Costello’ (the first of a series) by Richard Hall

Correspondence to Stephen Knight from Rosemary Creswell, Literary agent

Folder 4

Typewritten manuscripts : ‘Murder, though it have no Tongue’ by Jean Dixon; Revised opening chapters of ‘Murder, though it have no Tongue’ now titled ‘The Watcher at the Waterfront’ pages 1-22, Jean Dixon

Folder 5

The Australian Way : ‘Black Stockings for Susie’ by Liz Lill, August 1987; ‘Jolley Good Read’ - novelist Elisabeth Jolley talks to Heather Falkner, September 1987

Folder 6

The Australian Way : ‘Death in Ruby’ by Jennifer Rowe, October 1987; ‘A Question of Style’ by Ann O’Leary, December 1987 - January 1988; ‘Waking Up’ by Kate Stephens, March 1988; ‘Death Warmed Up’ by Jennifer Rowe, April 1988; ‘The Dwarf and the Double Bass Player’ by Victor Kline, August 1988


Box 2

Folder 7

The Australian Way : ‘The Rock’ by Robert Bardon, October 1988; ‘Beyond the World of Light’ by Jackie French, March 1989; ‘The Spy Who Judged Me’ by Brigid Chapman, December 1990; ‘A Place for Mother’ by HJ Backshall, November 1990; ‘Death by Design’ by Di Day, August 1991; ‘Family Jewels’ by John Munro, November 1991

Folder 8

The Australian Way : ‘The Dwarf and the Double Bass Player’ by Victor Kline, January 1991, August 1988