Guide to the Papers of Tim Thorne [MSS 217]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Tim Thorne
Manuscript Number MSS 217
Last Updated June 2021
Extent 1 box
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Correspondence, annotated poetry and drafts of Tim Thorne


Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

This collection consists of the papers of Tim Thorne, primarily comprised of correspondence with other Australian poets

Date Range of Content


Biographical Note

Wikipedia article:

Tim Thorne was born in 1944 in Launceston, Tasmania, where he has lived most of his life. He has authored 14 volumes of poetry, having first published in the mid-1960s, and has worked as a poet in schools, universities and prisons. He has a long association with literary events and initiatives in Tasmania, including the inauguration the Tasmanian Poetry Festival in 1985 and invention of the poetry performance concept the ‘Launceston Poetry Cup’.


Austlit  : Tim Thorne retrieved 14 April 2020
Australian Poetry Library: Thorne, Tim (1944-) retrieved 31 March 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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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 Tim Thorne, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MS 217, Box [Number], Folder [Number]


This collection was acquired from Tim Thorne in 1990


Subject Keywords


Australian Poetry – 20th Century

Tim Thorne, 1944- – Archives

Personal Names

Tim Thorne, 1944-




Container List

Box 1

Folder 1
Correspondence from Geoff Goodfellow, 1989 and John Tranter, 1969, 1974

Folder 2
Correspondence from Michael Sharkey, 1986-1990

Draft of interview with Michael Sharkey – typewritten, annotated

Folder 3
Workshop Poems Sydney – typewritten, annotated poetry. Correspondence from Joan Mai, Roland Robinson and Dane Thwaites, 1969-1989

Folder 4

Correspondence from Vivian Smith, 1965-1969

Folder 5

Handwritten drafts of poetry, notes and articles

Folder 6

Correspondence from John Blay [no date]

Folder 7

Correspondence from publishers, literary magazines, universities, art organisations, 1973-1989

Poetry, typewritten