Guide to the Papers of Barry Oakley


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Manuscript Name Papers of Barry Oakley
Manuscript Number MSS 129
Last Updated October 2018
Extent 5 boxes
Location Academy Library, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Papers, scripts, drafts, correspondence 

Collection Subject Type

Literary

Scope and Content

This collection contains literary drafts, letters and play scripts by  to Barry Oakley, Australian playwright and novelist. The collection includes extensive correspondence with Australian authors and literary reviewers including Geoffrey Dutton, Tom Keneally, Donald Horne, Adam Shoemaker, Ruby Langford Ginibi, Kate Llewellyn

Date Range of Content

1980-1998

Biographical Note

Born in Melbourne, Oakley was educated at Christian Brothers College, St Kilda, and the University of Melbourne. He was a secondary school teacher in Victoria from 1955 to 1962, and also lectured in humanities at RMIT University in 1963. He worked as an advertising copywriter and for the Department of Overseas Trade before his first novel, A Wild Ass of a Man, was published in 1967. He was joint winner of the Captain Cook Bicentenary Literary Award for his 1971 novel Let's Hear it for Prendergast. His early plays were performed at La Mama Theatre in Carlton.

From 1988 to 1997, Oakley was literary editor of The Australian newspaper.

 From: Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Oakley

See also Auslit: https://www.austlit.edu.au/austlit/page/A3979

 

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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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 authored by Barry Oakley for private study and research is approved. 

 

Preferred Citation

Papers of Barry Oakley, Academy Library, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 129, Box [Number], Folder [Number].

 

Provenance

The collection was donated by Barry Oakley between 1989 and 1998.

 

Subject Keywords

 

Subjects

Literature, plays, novels, literature reviews, literary editor.

 

Personal Names

Barry Oakley

Corporate Names

The Australian

 

Occupations

Author, literary editor.

Container List

 

Box 1

Folder 1

Copies of maps and plans relating to Dawes Point (Dawes Battery).

The Ship’s Whistle play by Barry Oakley (published copy sent to Small Press).

Folder 2

Letters: 1982-1983 and 1983-1984.

Folder 3

The Craziplane final draft (five notebooks): a novel to be published by Hodder and Straughton.

Folder 4

Letters from Barry Dickens; Gerald Murnane; Fay Zwicky and Peter Mathers.

Folder 5

Letters 1984-1985 and 1985-1986.

Folder 6

Letters 1985-1987 and 1987-1988.

Folder 7

Letters 1980-1981.

 

Box 2

 

Folder 8

Your Tribe and My Tribe, play.

Folder 9

The Great God Mogadon and Other Plays manuscript (published copy sent to Small Press).

Folder 10        

Beware of Imitations, play.

‘Talks, Stews and Casseroles’ [articles and talks].

Folder 11

Radio play scripts.

Folder 12

Radio play scripts.

Folder 13

Marsupials and Politics, manuscript (published copy sent to Small Press).

Folder 14        

Marsupials and Politics manuscript.

Folder 15        

Marsupials and Politics manuscript.

Folder 16        

Postcards.

Folder 17

The Feet of Daniel Mannix, ABC Radio Drama, Adelaide.

 

Box 3

Folder 18

Cards mainly from literary persons [1980s 1990s]

Folder 19
Letters relating to Barry Oakley’s column in The Australian colour magazine, 1993-1998.

Folder 20

Personal letters 1980-1990.

Folder 21

Personal letters 1992-1998.

Folder 22

Miscellaneous: Letter written on map by Peter Carey in 1970s; Obituary for Nancy Keesing by Jill Hellyer.  

 

Box 4

Folder 23

Correspondence, 1 Mar 1987 - 5 May 1989, Barry Oakley as Literary Editor The Australian: mostly letters to Barry Oakley, includes some letters to correspondents. Includes some letters addressed to Geoffrey Dutton as Literary Editor (1987-1988).

Folder 24

Correspondence, 1988-1994, Barry Oakley as Literary Editor The Australian: mostly letters to Barry Oakley, includes some letters to correspondents. Includes some letters addressed to Geoffrey Dutton as Literary Editor (1988).

Folder 25

Correspondence 1987-1990: mostly personal letters with some correspondence to Barry Oakley as Literary Editor The Australian.

Folder 26

Correspondence 31 Jan 1988 - 26 June 1990, and undated letters:  Barry Oakley as Literary Editor The Australian.

Folder 27

Correspondence 11 Jan 1990 - 18 June 1991:  Barry Oakley as Literary Editor The Australian.

Folder 28

Correspondence 27 Jun 1991 - 22 Jan 1992:  Barry Oakley as Literary Editor The Australian.

Folder 29

Correspondence 27 Jan 1992 - 1 Nov 1992:  Barry Oakley as Literary Editor The Australian.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Folder 30

Correspondence 16 Jan 1992 - 15 Jan 1993:  Barry Oakley as Literary Editor The Australian.

Box 5

Folder 31

Correspondence, 1995, Barry Oakley as Literary Editor The Australian: mostly letters to Barry Oakley, includes some letters to correspondents.

Folder 32

Correspondence, 1996, Barry Oakley as Literary Editor The Australian: mostly letters to Barry Oakley, includes some letters to correspondents.

Folder 33

Correspondence, Barry Oakley as Literary Editor The Australian, 1997: mostly letters to Barry Oakley, includes some letters to correspondents.

Folder 34

Poems: autograph poems submitted to and published by The Australian.

Folder 35

The Craziplane original manuscript.

Folder 36

A lesson in English, a play by Barry Oakley, manuscript, published in English in Australia.