Guide to the Papers of Mark O'Connor


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Manuscript Name Papers of Mark O'Connor
Manuscript Number MSS 3
Last Updated April 2007
Extent 3.36 m (24 boxes, 2 folios, 6 posters)
Location Academy Library, UNSW Canberra
Abstract The collection comprises literary papers and related material written or collected by Mark O'Connor.

Collection Subject Type

Literary

Scope and Content

The papers of Mark O'Connor include correspondence, literary works, photographs and audio visual material. The collection also includes material concerning O'Connor's involvement with Australians for an Ecologically Sustainable Population, and with his engagement in debates concerning Australian arts funding.

Date Range of Content

1972-1994

Biographical Note

Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_O%27Connor_(poet)

Mark Kevin O'Connor was born in Melbourne, Victoria on 19 March 1945. He was educated at Xavier College, Melbourne before beginning his university studies at the University of Melbourne. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree with first-class honours in English and Classics in 1965.

O'Connor is one of Australia's best-known environmental poets. He has taught English literature and been Writer-in-residence at various Australian universities and colleges. His first book of poetry was inspired by the Great Barrier Reef and he was later commissioned to write poetry on the high country for the New South Wales National Parks Service. He has received numerous grants and fellowships to support his writing. In 1977 he was awarded a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship to spend two years living and writing in the Mediterranean region.

Mark O'Connor has received the following awards and nominations for his work:
ACT Literary Award, 1993: winner FAW John Shaw Neilson Poetry Award, 1990: third for Dot paintings 
FAW C J Dennis Literary Award for Natural History, 1990: highly commended for The great forest 
Northern Territory Literary Awards, Bill Harney Bicentennial Poetry Prize, 1988: highly commended for Bamboo Creek 
Tom Collins Poetry Prize, 1982: joint winner for Naxos Beach 
European Branch of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies Short Story Competition, ca.1979: winner for The black cabaret 
Artlook/Shell Literary Award, 1977: second for The Batavia wreck.

References:
http://pandora.nla.gov.au/nph-arch/2000/Z2000-Sep-11/http://users.actweb...
AustLit Australian Literature Gateway database, July 2004

 

Administrative Information

 

Access and Copying Conditions

Access: Check with Curator

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Preferred Citation

Papers of Mark O’Connor, Academy Library, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, Box [Number], Folder [Number].

Provenance

The collection was acquired from Mark O'Connor in several instalments from 1986-1994.

Separated Material

Further papers of Mark O'Connor are held by the National Library of Australia in the Papers of Mark O'Connor at MS 7744.

 

Subject Keywords

 

Subjects

Australian poetry, poets, Australian poets, 20th century poetry.

Personal Names

Mark O’Connor 1945-

Corporate Names

 

Occupations

Poet

 

Container List

 

Series 1 Tape Transcripts, 1984-1994

This series comprises transcripts of O'Connor's micro cassette tapes and computer discs containing notes, addresses, drafts of correspondence, articles, criticisms, poems, reviews, talks and travel arrangements. The tapes and discs are housed in Series 7.

Folder 1 
Transcripts, 1984

Folder 2 
Transcripts, 1985-1986

Folder 3-5 
Transcripts, 1987

Folder 6-7 
Transcripts, 1988

Folder 8-9 
Transcripts, 1989

Folder 10 
Transcripts, 1990

Folder 11-13 
Transcripts, 1991

Folder 14-17 
Transcripts, 1992

Folder 18-20 
Transcripts, 1993

Folder 21 
Transcripts, 1994

 

Series 2 Correspondence, 1979-1984

This series comprises business correspondence received by O'Connor drafts of letters sent by him. There is also significant correspondence relating to the Australia Council. Folder 1 is restricted.

Folder 1 
Letter to Harry Heseltine from Mark O'Connor, 19/21 June 1986

Folder 2 
Correspondence, 1979-1986

Folder 3 
Correspondence, 1987

Folder 4 
Correspondence, 1988

Folder 5 
Correspondence, 1989

Folder 6 
Correspondence, 1990

Folder 7 
Correspondence, 1991

Folder 8 
Correspondence, 1992-1994

Folder 9-10 
Correspondence relating to the Australia Council, 1987-1994

 

Series 3 Poetry, 1972-1994

This series comprises drafts of published poetry, including Fiesta of men (1983), Poetry in pictures : the Great Barrier Reef(1985), Selected poems (1986), Poetry of the mountains (1988), Ship trans-time : words for a museum (1989), The great forest(1989), Fire-stick farming : selected poems 1972-89 (1990), Tilting at snowgums : Australia's high country in poetry and photos(1996) and The forever lands : Australia's Northern Territory in words and images (2000).

There are also drafts of poems published in magazines, newspapers and anthologies, which are arranged in the final revised form, and drafts for an unpublished book entitled 'Poems' - mini anthology of poems from the books Reef poems and The eating tree : poems and poems translated by O'Connor entitled 'Seven solitudes for an island' from Poiemata by Mimmo Morina. There are also drafts of unpublished poems.

3.1, Fiesta of men (1983)

Comprises correspondence, photocopy of the book contract, notes on poems by John Leonard, drafts and corrected proofs for Fiesta of men, published by Hale & Iremonger, Sydney, N.S.W., 1983.

Folder 1 
Correspondence, photocopy of the book contract, notes on poems by John Leonard, corrected proofs and review, 1982-1983

Folder 2 
Notes and annotated computer typescript drafts, 1980-1983

Including:
'Tour of Atlantis' sequence, 'Pompeii', 'Riding a hired Lambretta in the fifth lane of the Autostrada to visit the underworld' sequence, 'The lame statue', 'The fiesta of men', 'Medals for motherhood (Russia, 1980)', 'Belle du jour', 'Elegy for W.H. Auden', 'The island wife (Papaya)', 'Two shores', 'The diver', 'Wordsworth's house at Rydal', 'Stromboli', 'The lake-island at St Naum' sequence, 'Source of Lake Ochrid (Yugoslavia)', 'Braychino Hill (Macedonia)', 'Clingendael Park (The Hague)', 'Noosa', 'On Kovilovska's statue of Saints Cyril and Methodius (Inventors of the Cyrillic alphabet)', 'Rundebranden Bird-Rock (Norway)' sequence, 'All souls', 'A Javanese Pietà', 'The new world', 'For E.J. Banfield (Beachcomber of Dunk Island', 'Scenes from a wine-drinking country' sequence, 'Lovers', 'One-Tree Island', 'The first hangings in Australia (Abrolhos Islands, 1629)', 'Letter from the Barrier Reef', 'Red mangroves', 'Skagen Forest', 'The triumph of death (Pisa)' sequence, 'Two shores', 'Delphi', 'The swifts at St Naum', 'Lingua Romana (for philologists)', 'Leper settlement, Fantome Island (North Queensland)', 'Lizard Island (Great Barrier Reef)', 'St Titus's (Heraklion)', 'Greek Hills', 'Three views of Patmos', 'Ios Beach', 'Naxos Beach', 'The watchers (Vulcano Island, Aeolian Straits)', 'Greek Island, Summer', 'From the terrace', 'Marble gods (Naples Museum)', 'The pond' sequence, 'The diver', 'Rome, layer by layer' sequence, 'Cliffs at Sounion', 'Homer's grave, Ios', 'Meeting a poet', 'Dreams of a journey' sequence

3.2, Poetry in pictures : the Great Barrier Reef (1985)

Comprises correspondence, notes, draft of the editor's introduction, photocopies from Reef poems and 'Poetry in pictures : the Great Barrier Reef', poems by Mark O'Connor; photographs by Neville Coleman, published by Hale & Iremonger, Sydney, 1985.

Folder 1 
Correspondence, notes, draft of the editor's introduction, photocopies from Reef poems and 'The Great Barrier Reef : poetry in pictures', 1982-1985

3.3, Selected poems (1986)

Comprises correspondence, photocopy of the book contract, drafts, notes on poems by Jessica Frenkel and John Leonard and a book review for Selected poems, published by Hale & Iremonger, Sydney and Foundation for Australian Literary Studies, [Townsville, Qld.], c1986. O'Connor's original title for this book was 'The diver : new and selected poems'.

Folder 1 
Correspondence, photocopy of the book contract, notes on poems by Jessica Frenkel and John Leonard and a review, 1984-1986

Folder 2 
1983 and 1985 selections of computer typescript drafts and annotated photocopies of previously published poems, 1972-1986

Including 1983 selection:
'Roman vineyard', 'On a tern's skeleton', 'The fourth transcendental', 'On Australia's migration policy', 'Nightscene', 'Evenings', 'Love function', 'Reef', 'The herons'
1985 selection:
'On a rusted drum of poison washed up on One-Tree Island', 'On a first encounter', 'Nightscene', 'The pairing of the Terns', 'The fat man', 'One-Tree Island', 'Flight poem' sequence, 'Gannets in air', 'The killer', 'Letter from the Barrier Reef', 'A Javanese Pietà', 'Reprieve : Middle East Crisis : Russia, America on nuclear alert! Thurs. 25 Oct 1973', 'Survival of the fitters', ': an alphabetical parody', 'Metamorph', 'Congratulations', 'Three meditations on Kondallilla Falls' sequence, 'Melbourne views', from 'What happened at Nimbin' including 'Bizarre building designs for temporary city', 'The first evening', 'Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Hare Krishna', 'Strike', 'Sacred egg-cowries', 'Cormorant', 'Sea-Eagles' motto', 'First evening', 'Still life, Heron Island', 'The discovery', 'Turtles hatching', 'Arrival on Heron Island, 1975', 'Frigate-birds', 'Shearwaters', 'Shearwater Islands' sequence, 'Rookery Island', 'Kondallilla Falls, 1976', 'The Rainbow Serpent' sequence, 'Exorcism for an old lover', 'Elegy for W.H. Auden', 'The island wife (Payaya)', 'The first hangings in New Holland (Abrolhos Islands, 1629)', 'To kill an olive', 'Batu Caves, Malaya', 'Pozieres Cemetery', 'The masters' sequence, 'The eating tree' sequence, 'Mud Island', 'Meeting a poet', 'Umbrian farm', 'Vergil at Mantova', 'All souls', 'Cambridge Cathedral burial, 12th century', 'Greek Island, Summer', 'St Titus's (Heraklion)', 'Naxos Beach', 'Cliffs at Sounion', 'Ios Beach', 'Homer's Grave, Ios', 'Three views of Patmos', 'The lame statue', 'A limbless Apollo (Delos)', 'Greek hills', 'Delphi', 'Smaller fleas', 'Tour of Atlantis' sequence, 'Braychino Hill (Macedonia)', 'Source of Lake Ochrid (Yugoslavia)', 'Belle du jour', 'The lake-Island at St Naum' sequence, 'On Kovilovska's statue of Saints Cyril and Methodius (Inventors of the Cyrillic alphabet)', 'The new world', 'Clingendael Park (The Hague)', 'Ålesund', 'Rundebranden Birdrock', 'Wordsworth's house at Rydal', 'Two shores', 'The pond' sequence, 'Pompeii', 'Riding a hired Lambretta in the fifth lane of the Autostrada to visit the underworld...' sequence, 'From the terrace', 'Marble gods (Naples Museum)', 'The watchers (Vulcano Island, Aeolian Straits)', 'Stromboli', 'The fiesta of men', 'The triumph of death' sequence, 'Lingua Romana (for philologists)', 'The diver'

Folder 3 
Drafts, 1972-1985

Including:
'The fat man', 'On a rusted drum of poison washed up on One-Tree Island', 'One-Tree Island', 'Three views of a Gannet' sequence, 'Letter from the Barrier Reef', 'Possession', 'On a first encounter', 'Three meditations on Kondallilla Falls' sequence, 'Kondallilla Falls, 1976', 'The pairing of the Terns', 'The 14 syllogisms of the cross (Parish Church, Ararat, Vic)', 'North Head Quarantine Station (Sydney)', 'Rome, layer by layer' sequence, 'Smaller fleas', 'Two meditations on Kondallilla Falls' sequence, 'Umbrian farm', 'Shearwater Islands' sequence 1. 'Wing' and 2. 'Return', 'Blue Mountains glimpses' sequence, 'Govett's Leap', 'The morning after', 'Katoomba', 'Meanings', 'The pond', 'Pozieres Cemetery', 'A Queenslander remembers the 20th century', 'Returning', 'Natives', 'Planting the Dunk Botanic Gardens', 'A Javanese Pietà', 'The lame statue', 'Melbourne views', 'Embryo voyage' sequence, 'Homer's grave, Ios', 'The herons', 'The eating tree' sequence, 'The cuttlefish bone', 'Coconut palm', 'Fire', 'Hinchinbrook Aborigines', 'Earth'
Older version, April 1985, superseded on 29/4/1985:
'Tour of Atlantis' sequence 4. 'Calliste', 'To kill an olive', 'Three Meditations on Kondallilla Falls' sequence 3. 'Rat song', 'The Sunday crimes', 'Smaller fleas', 'Sister of the moon', 'Rundebranden Birdrock', 'Reprieve : Middle East Crisis : Russia, America on Nuclear Alert! Thurs. 25 Oct 1973', 'Rome, Layer by Layer' sequence, 'Revisiting home town'

Folder 4 
Version used for revisions, February 1985

Including:
'The beginning', 'Reef', 'The herons', 'On a rusted drum of poison washed up on One-Tree Island', 'On a first encounter', 'Nightscene', 'The pairing of the Terns', 'The fat man', 'One-Tree Island', 'Flight poem' sequence, 'Gannets in air', 'The killer', 'Letter from the Barrier Reef', 'A Javanese Pietà', 'Reprieve : Middle East Crisis : Russia, America on nuclear alert! Thurs. 25 Oct 1973', 'Whooshpack', 'On Australia's migration policy', 'Survival of the fitters', 'Wheaties : an alphabetical parody', 'Metamorph', 'Two meditations on Kondallilla Falls' sequence, 'Melbourne views', from 'What happened at Nimbin' including 'Bizarre building designs for temporary city', 'The first evening', 'Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Hare Krishna', 'Strike', 'Sacred egg-cowries', 'Cormorant', 'Sea-Eagles' motto', 'First evening', 'Still life, Heron Island', 'The discovery', 'Turtles hatching', 'Arrival on Heron Island, 1975', 'Frigate-birds', 'Arriving', 'Shearwater Islands' sequence, 'Reptile Park', 'Shearwaters', 'Rookery Island', 'Kondallilla Falls, 1976', 'The Rainbow Serpent' sequence, 'For E.J. Banfield ('Beachcomber' of Dunk Island)', 'Island' sequence, 'Exorcism for an old lover', 'Elegy for W.H. Auden', 'The island wife (Payaya)', 'The first hangings in New Holland (Abrolhos Islands, 1629)', 'To kill an olive', 'Batu Caves, Malaya', 'Pozieres Cemetery', 'The masters' sequence, 'The eating tree' sequence, 'Mud Island', 'Meeting a poet', 'Umbrian farm', 'Vergil at Mantova', 'All souls', 'Cambridge Cathedral burial, 12th century', 'Greek Island, Summer', 'St Titus's (Heraklion)', 'Naxos Beach', 'Cliffs at Sounion', 'Planting the Dunk Botanic Gardens' sequence, 'Ios Beach', 'Homer's Grave, Ios', 'Three views of Patmos', 'The lame statue', 'A limbless Apollo (Delos)', 'Goat', 'Delphi', 'Smaller fleas', 'Tour of Atlantis' sequence, 'Braychino Hill (Macedonia)', 'Source of Lake Ochrid (Yugoslavia)', 'Belle du jour', 'The lake-Island at St Naum' sequence, 'On Kovilovska's statue of Saints Cyril and Methodius (Inventors of the Cyrillic alphabet)', 'The new world', 'Clingendael Park (The Hague)', 'Ålesund', 'Rundebranden Birdrock', 'Wordsworth's house at Rydal', 'Two shores', 'The pond' sequence, 'Pompeii', 'Riding a hired Lambretta in the fifth lane of the Autostrada to visit the underworld...' sequence, 'From the terrace', 'The watchers (Vulcano Island, Aeolian Straits)', 'Stromboli', 'Marble gods (Naples Museum)', 'The fiesta of men', 'The triumph of death' sequence, 'Lingua Romana (for philologists)', 'Five scenes from a wine-drinking country' sequence, 'The diver', 'Cuttlefish bone', 'Beelzebub's children', 'Leper settlement, Fantome Island, North Queensland', 'Full tide (A fantasy)', 'Lizard Islands (Great Barrier Reef)', 'Lovers', 'A walk under the ocean', 'Bass Strait seals', 'The brownness', 'Fire-spring (Cockatoo, Vic., 1983)', 'Full moon in the 5th month of the 1983 drought', 'Hiking on Flinders Island', 'Inland drought', 'Sister of the moon', 'Natives', 'The wallabies - Flinders Island', 'Red mangroves and monsoon', 'The sun-hunters', 'Revisiting home town', 'The 14 syllogisms of the cross (Parch Church, Ararat, Vic.)', 'A Queenslander remembers the 20th century', 'Dreams of the Journey' sequence, 'North Head Quarantine Station (Sydney)', 'Blue Mountains themes' sequence, 'Govett's Leap', 'The morning after', 'The Cliff's, Katoomba'

Folder 5 
Version sent to Hale & Iremonger, 1985

Including:
'Dreams of the Journey' sequence, 'A Queenslander remembers the 20th century', 'North Head Quarantine Station (Sydney)', 'The 14 syllogisms of the cross (Parish Church, Ararat, Vic)', 'Reptile Park', 'The Rainbow Serpent' sequence X. 'Coconut palm', XI. 'Fire', XII. 'Hinchinbrook Aborigines' and XIII. 'Earth', 'Planting the Dunk Botanic Gardens' sequence, 'One-Tree Island', 'Meeting a poet', 'Melbourne views', 'Lizard Islands (Great Barrier Reef)', 'A limbless Apollo (Delos)', 'Lingua Romana (for philologists)', 'Letter from the Barrier Reef', 'Kondallilla Falls, 1976', 'Island' sequence, 'Hiking on Flinders Island', 'The herons', 'Greek Island, Summer', 'Ios Beach', 'The cuttlefish bone', 'Clingendael Park (The Hague)', 'Cambridge Cathedral burial, 12th century', 'The brownness', 'Braychino Hill (Macedonia)', 'Belle du jour', 'The beginning', 'Beelzebub's children', 'Batu Caves, Malaya', 'The Batavia' sequence 2. 'The prize', 3. 'The terror', 4. 'The ballad of Andries', 5. 'For death', 6. 'For life', 7. 'The captured lovers', 8. 'The feast', 9. 'Ever', 'Alesund', 'Love in the Blue Mountains'

Folder 6 
Annotated computer typescript drafts, 1984-1986

Including:
'Inland drought', 'A walk under the ocean', 'Rome, layer by layer' sequence, 'Dreams of a journey' sequence, 'Embryo voyage' sequence

Folder 7 
Annotated computer typescript drafts, 1984-1986

Including:
'Flight poem' sequence, 'Leper settlement, Fantome Island (N. Q'lnd)', 'Lovers', 'The old Queenslander remember the 20th century', 'Pozieres Cemetery', 'Revisiting home town'

Folder 8 
Annotated computer typescript drafts, 1984-1986

Including:
'Scenes from a wine-drinking country' sequence, 'Sister of the moon', 'The sun-hunters', 'The twelve syllogisms of the cross (Ararat Parish Church - St. Mary's)', 'The Batavia'

Folder 9 
Annotated computer typescript drafts, 1984-1986

Including:
'Beelzebub's children', 'The masters' 'Bass Strait seals', 'Scenes from a wine-drinking country', 'Lovers', 'Hiking on Flinders Island', 'Bushfire poem (Cockatoo, Victoria 1983 March)', 'Fire-spring (Cockatoo, Vic., 1983)', 'For E.J. Banfield ('Beachcomber of Dunk Island')', 'The brownness', 'Arriving', 'The beginning', 'Full moon in the 5th month of the 1983 drought', 'Smaller fleas', 'Below falls', 'Carings', 'Mementos', 'Dusk, Mt. Wilson'

Folder 10 
Annotated computer typescript drafts, 1984-1986

Including:
'The Rainbow Serpent', 'Reptile Park', 'Shearwater Islands', 'Parish Church', 'Naxos Beach', 'Riding a hired Lambretta in the fifth lane of the Autostrada to visit the underworld', 'The cuttlefish bone', 'Red mangroves and monsoon', 'The wallabies - Flinders Island', 'The diver', 'Possession', 'The fat man', 'On a rusted drum of poison washed up in One-tree Island', 'One-tree Island', 'Three views of a Gannet' sequence, 'Rat song', 'Blue Mountains themes' sequence, 'Vergil at Mantova', 'Lizard Islands (Great Barrier Reef)', 'Turtles hatching', 'Bass Strait seals', 'Quoin Lake at evening', 'Pacific puffins', 'North Head Quarantine Station', 'A visitor's notebook - North Head Quarantine Station', 'Full tide (A fantasy)', 'Tide', 'Falling Pearls Cliff (Blue Mountains)', 'Letter from the Barrier Reef', 'Two Meditations on Kondallilla Falls' sequence, 'Three meditations on Kondallilla Falls' sequence, 'Kondallilla Falls, 1976', 'Atlantis (Santorini Island, Greece)', 'Interview in a desert'

Folder 11 
Computer typescript drafts of fine copy revisions - close to final version, March 1985

Including:
'Blue Mountains glimpses' sequence, 'Govett's Leap' sequence, 'Heath', 'The Batavia' sequence, 'Whooshpack', 'Vergil at Mantova', 'Oral love in the Blue Mountains', 'Wheaties : an alphabetical parody', 'Returning', 'Flight poem' sequence, 'The fat man', 'On a rusted drum of poison washed up on One-Tree Island', 'One-Tree Island', 'Three views of a Gannet' sequence, 'Possession', 'On a first encounter', 'Three meditations on Kondallilla Falls' sequence, 'Kondallilla Falls, 1976', 'The pairing of Terns', 'A Javanese Pietà', 'North Head Quarantine Station (Sydney)', 'Letter from the Barrier Reef', 'On migration, jobs, and the Franklin', 'Alesund', 'A limbless Apollo (Delos)', 'All souls', 'Arrival on Heron Island, 1975', 'Batu Caves, Malaya', 'Belle du jour', 'Braychild Hill (Macedonia)', 'Cambridge Cathedral burial, 12th century', 'Cormorant', 'Delphi', 'Delphi', 'Dreams of the journey' sequence, 'Embryo voyage' sequence, 'The eating tree' sequence, 'Elegy for W.H. Auden', 'Exorcism for an old lover', 'The fiesta of men', 'The first hangings in New Holland (Abrolhos Islands, 1629)', 'For E.J. Banfield (Beachcomber of Dunk Island)', 'Frigate-birds', 'From the terrace', 'From the terrace', 'Greek Islands, Summer', 'Goat Hills', 'The herons', 'Homer's grave, Ios', 'Ios Beach', 'Island' sequence, 'The island wife (Papaya)', 'Lingua Romana (for philologists)', 'Love function', 'Marble gods (Naples Museum)', 'Melbourne views', 'Meeting a poet', 'Mud Island', 'Naxos Beach', 'The New World', 'Nightscene', 'On Kovilovska's statue of Saints Cyril and Methodius (inventors of the Cyrillic alphabet)', 'Patmos', 'Planting the Dunk Botanic Gardens', 'Pompeii', 'Pozieres Cemetery', 'A Queenslander remembers the 20th century', 'North Head Quarantine Station (Sydney)', 'The Rainbow Serpent' sequence, 'Reptile Park', 'Rundebranden Port', 'Rundebranden Birdrock', 'Sacred egg-cowries', 'Shearwater Islands', 'Shearwaters', 'Source of Lake Ochrid (Yugoslavia)', 'Still life, Heron Island', 'The Sunday crimes', 'Tour of Atlantis' sequence, 'The triumph of death' sequence, 'To kill an olive', 'Umbrian farm', 'The lame statue', 'On a tern's skeleton', 'Strike', 'Stromboli I', 'Survival of the fitters', 'The diver', 'Clingendael Park (The Hague)', 'The pond' sequence, 'St Titus's (Heraklion)', 'Turtles hatching', 'Two shores', 'Riding a hired Lambretta in the fifth lane of the Autostrada to visit the underworld' sequence, 'Vergil at Mantova', 'Wheaties : an alphabetical parody', 'Wordsworth's house at Rydal'

Folder 12 
Computer typescript draft revisions, April 1985

Including:
'Bush orgy', 'Love among the wildflowers', 'Oral love in the Blue Mountains', 'The eating tree' sequence, 'Dreams of a journey' sequence, 'The Batavia' sequence, 'North Head Quarantine Station (Sydney)', 'Blue Mountains themes' sequence, 'Sister of the moon', 'Six scenes from a wine-drinking country' sequence, 'Lizard Islands (Great Barrier Reef)', 'A Queenslander remembers the 20th century', 'Cliffs at evening (Santorini Island, Greece)', 'Pacific puffins', 'Poem', 'Entering', 'Arriving', 'Pozieres Cemetery', 'Turtles hatching', 'Shearwater Islands', 'The Rainbow Serpent' sequence, 'Stromboli', 'Smaller fleas', 'Riding a hired Lambretta in the fifth lane of the Autostrada to visit the underworld' sequence, 'Full tide (a fantasy)'

Folder 13 
Annotated computer typescript drafts, 8-9/5/1985

Including:
'Stations of the cross revisited', 'The eating tree' sequence, 'Embryo voyage' sequence, 'Rome, layer by layer' sequence, 'Tour of Atlantis' sequence, 'North Head Quarantine Station (Sydney)', 'Melbourne views', 'Sacred egg-cowries', 'The discovery', 'Exorcism for an old lover', 'Elegy for W.H. Auden', 'The first hangings in New Holland (Abrolhos Island, 1629)', 'Flight poem' sequence, 'Fire-spring (Cockatoo, Vic., 1983)', 'From the terrace', 'Frigate-birds', 'The diver', 'Goat Hills', 'The fiesta of men', 'Three views of a Gannet' sequence, 'Revisiting home town', 'The 14 syllogisms of the cross', 'Inland drought', 'The cuttlefish bone', 'Umbrian farm', 'Pozieres Cemetery', 'A Queenslander remembers the 20th century', 'Love in the Blue Mountains', 'Shyness'

Folder 14 
Comments on poems by Jessica Frenkel and Leonard, May 1985

Folder 15 
Computer typescript drafts, 1985

Including:
'The pairing of the Terns', 'The beginning', 'Reef', 'Flight poem', 'A Javanese Pietà', 'On Australia's migration policy', 'On a first encounter', 'Sacred egg-cowries', 'The discovery', 'Two views of a Gannet', 'Turtles hatching', 'Evenings', 'First evening', 'Still life, Heron Island', 'On a tern's skeleton', 'Arrival on Heron Island', 'Island', 'Arriving', 'Shearwaters', 'Shearwater Islands', 'Frigate-birds', 'The island wife (Papaya)', 'Reptile Park', 'Sea-Eagles' motto', 'The Rainbow Serpent', 'Exorcism for an old lover', 'For E.J. Banfield (Beachcomber of Dunk Island)', 'Two shores', 'Elegy for W.H. Auden', 'The Batavia', 'Survival of the fitters', 'Batu Caves, Malaya', 'All souls', 'Pozieres Cemetery', 'Belle du jour', 'The masters', 'Umbrian farm', 'Meeting a poet', 'The eating tree', 'Planting the Dunk Botanic Gardens', 'Greek Island, Summer', 'Delphi', 'Homer's grave, Ios', 'To kill an olive', 'The New World', 'Braychino Hill (Macedonia)', 'Source of Lake Ochrid (Yugoslavia)', 'Rundebranden Birdrock', 'Clingendael Park (The Hague)', 'Wordsworth's house at Rydal', 'The pond', 'St Titus's (Heraklion)', 'The lame statue', 'Atlantis', 'Riding a hired Lambretta in the fifth lane of the Autostrada to visit the underworld...', 'Stromboli', 'Marble gods (Naples Museum)', 'Rome, layer by layer', 'The fiesta of men', 'The triumph of death', 'Lingua Romana', 'Scenes from a wine-drinking country', 'The cuttlefish bone', 'The diver', 'Leper settlement, Fantome Island, North Queensland', 'Lovers', 'Embryo voyage', 'Full moon in the 5th month of the 1983 drought', 'Fire-spring (Cockatoo, Vic., 1983)', 'Inland drought', 'Sister of the moon', 'The wallabies--Flinders Island', 'Hiking on Flinders Island', 'The sun-hunters', 'Butchers' budgies', 'Revisiting home town', 'The 14 syllogisms of the cross (St. Mary's Parish Church, Ararat, Vic.)', 'A Queenslander remembers the 20th century', 'North Head Quarantine Station (Sydney)', 'Falling Pearls Cliff (Blue Mountains)', 'Before decadence', 'Interview in a desert', 'Love in the Blue Mountains', 'Below Wentworth Falls', 'Currawong'

Folder 16 
Annotated photocopy computer typescript draft, 1985

Including:
'The beginning', 'The pairing of the Terns', 'Reef', 'Flight poem', 'All souls', 'Arrival on Heron Island, 1975', 'Arriving', 'The Batavia', 'Batu Caves (Malaya)', 'Belle du jour', 'Braychino Hill (Macedonia)', 'Butcher's budgies', 'Cambridge Cathedral burial, 12th century', 'Clingendael Park (The Hague)', 'The cuttlefish bone', 'The diver', 'The eating tree', 'Elegy for W.H. Auden', 'Embryo voyage', 'Evenings', 'Exorcism for an old lover', 'The fiesta of men', 'Fire-spring (Cockatoo, Vic., 1983)', 'Five scenes from a wine-drinking country', 'For E.J. Banfield (Beachcomber of Dunk Island)', 'Frigate-birds', 'Full moon in the 5th month of the 1983 drought', 'Greek Island, Summer', 'Hiking on Flinders Island', 'Homer's grave, Ios', 'Inland drought', 'Island', 'The island wife (Papaya)', 'A Javanese Pietà', 'The lake-island at St Naum', 'The lame statue', 'Leper settlement, Fantome Island, North Queensland', 'A limbless Apollo (Delos)', 'Lingua Romana (for philologists)', 'Lovers', 'Love in the Blue Mountains', 'Marble gods (Naples Museum)', 'The masters', 'Meeting a poet', 'The New World', 'North Head Quarantine Station (Sydney)', 'On a first encounter', 'On migration, jobs and the Franklin', 'On a rusted drum of poison washed up on One-Tree Island', 'Possession', 'Planting the Dunk Botanic Gardens', 'Pozieres Cemetery', 'The pond', 'A Queenslander remembers the 20th century', 'The Rainbow Serpent', 'Reprieve', 'Reptile Park', 'Revisiting home town', 'Riding a hired Lambretta in the fifth lane of the Autostrada to visit the underworld', 'Rome, layer by layer', 'Rookery Island', 'Rundebranden Birdrock', 'St Titus's (Heraklion)', 'Sea-Eagles' motto', 'Shearwaters', 'Shearwater Islands', 'Sister of the moon', 'Source of Lake Ochrid (Yugoslavia)', 'Sill life, Heron Island', 'Stromboli', 'The sun-hunters', 'Survival of the fitters', 'The 14 syllogisms of the cross (Parish Church, Ararat, Vic.)', 'To kill an olive', 'Tour of Atlantis', 'The triumph of death', 'Turtles hatching', 'Two shores', 'Two views of a Gannet', 'Umbrian farm', 'The wallabies - Flinders Island', 'Wheaties : an alphabetical parody', 'Whooshpack', 'Wordsworth's house at Rydal'

Folder 17 
Revised from May 1985 - annotated computer typescript draft, 174 p., September 1985

Including:
'The beginning', 'The pairing of the Terns', 'Reef', 'Flight poem', 'On a rusted drum of poison washed up on One-Tree Island', 'A Javanese Pietà', 'Sea-Eagles' motto', 'On a first encounter', 'On Australia's migration policy', 'Possession', 'Reprieve', 'Wheaties', 'Two views of a Gannet', 'Frigate-birds', 'Evenings','Turtles hatching', 'Still life, Heron life', 'Arrival on Heron Island', 'Island', 'Whooshpack', 'Arriving', 'Shearwaters', 'Shearwater Islands', 'Rookery Island', 'For E.J. Banfield (Beachcomber of Dunk Island)', 'The Rainbow Serpent', 'Exorcism for an old lover', 'Elegy for W.H. Auden', 'The island wife (Papaya)', 'Reptile Park', 'The Batavia', 'Survival of the fitters', 'Batu Caves, Malaya', 'All souls', 'Cambridge Cathedral burial, 12th century', 'Pozieres Cemetery', 'Belle du jour', 'The masters', 'Umbrian farm', 'Meeting a poet', 'The eating tree', 'Planting the Dunk Botanic Gardens', 'Greek Island, summer', 'Homer's grave, Ios', 'To kill an olive', 'The lake island at St Naum', 'Source of Lake Ochrid (Yugoslavia)', 'Braychino Hill (Macedonia)', 'The New World', 'Clingendael Park (The Hague)', 'Rundebranden Birdrock', 'Wordsworth's house at Rydal', 'The pond', 'Two shores', 'A limbless Apollo (Delos)', 'The lame statue', 'St Titus's (Heraklion)', 'Tour of Atlantis', 'Stromboli', 'Riding a hired Lambretta in the fifth lane of the Autostrada to visit the underworld...', 'Marble gods (Naples Museum)', 'Rome, layer by layer', 'The fiesta of men', 'The triumph of death', 'Lingua Romana', 'Five scenes from a wine-drinking country', 'The cuttlefish bone', 'The diver', 'Leper settlement, Fantome Island, North Queensland', 'Lovers', 'Embryo voyage', 'Fire-spring (Cockatoo, Vic., 1983)', 'Full moon in the 5th month of the 1983 drought', 'Inland drought', 'Sister of the moon', 'The wallabies--Flinders Island', 'Hiking on Flinders Island', 'The sun-hunters', 'Butcher's budgies', 'Revisiting home town', 'The 14 syllogisms of the cross (Parish Church, Ararat, Vic)', 'A Queenslander remembers the 20th century', 'Great Western Highway', 'North Head Quarantine Station (Sydney)', 'Love in the Blue Mountains'

Folder 18 
Computer typescript draft sent to Hale & Iremonger, 170 p., 31/12/1985

Including:
'The beginning', 'The pairing of the Terns', 'Reef', 'Flight poem', 'A Javanese Pietà', 'On Australia's migration policy', 'On a first encounter', 'Sacred egg-cowries', 'The discovery', 'Two views of a Gannet', 'Turtles hatching', 'Evenings', 'First evening', 'Still life, Heron Island', 'On a tern's skeleton', 'Arrival on Heron Island', 'Island', 'Arriving', 'Shearwaters', 'Shearwater Islands', 'Frigate-birds', 'The island wife (Papaya)', 'Reptile Park', 'Sea-Eagles' motto', 'The Rainbow Serpent', 'Exorcism for an old lover', 'For E.J. Banfield (Beachcomber of Dunk Island)', 'Two shores', 'Elegy for W.H. Auden', 'The Batavia', 'Survival of the fitters', 'Batu Caves, Malaya', 'All souls', 'Pozieres Cemetery', 'Belle du jour', 'The masters', 'Umbrian farm', 'Meeting a poet', 'The eating tree', 'Planting the Dunk Botanic Gardens', 'Greek Island, Summer', 'Delphi', 'Homer's grave, Ios', 'To kill an olive', 'The New World', 'Braychino Hill (Macedonia)', 'Source of Lake Ochrid (Yugoslavia)', 'The lake-island at St Naum', 'Rundebranden Birdrock', 'Clingendael Park (The Hague)', 'Wordsworth's house at Rydal', 'The pond', 'St Titus's (Heraklion)', 'The lame statue', 'Atlantis', 'Riding a hired Lambretta in the fifth lane of the Autostrada to visit the underworld...', 'Stromboli', 'Marble gods (Naples Museum)', 'Rome, layer by layer', 'The fiesta of men', 'The triumph of death', 'Lingua Romana', 'Scenes from a wine-drinking country', 'The cuttlefish bone', 'The diver', 'Leper settlement, Fantome Island, North Queensland', 'Lovers', 'Embryo voyage', 'Full moon in the 5th month of the 1983 drought', 'Fire-spring (Cockatoo, Vic., 1983)', 'Inland drought', 'Sister of the moon', 'The wallabies--Flinders Island', 'Hiking on Flinders Island', 'The sun-hunters', 'Butchers' budgies', 'Revisiting home town', 'The 14 syllogisms of the cross (Parish Church, Ararat, Vic)', 'The lake-island at St Naum', 'Clingendael Park', 'Wordsworth's house at Rydal', 'The New World', 'The first hangings in New Holland', 'North Head Quarantine Station (Sydney)', 'Falling Pearls Cliff (Blue Mountains)', 'Before decadence', 'Interview in a desert', 'Below Wentworth Falls', 'Currawong', 'Love in the Blue Mountains'

3.4, Poetry of the mountains (1988)

Comprises correspondence, drafts, proofs and review for Poetry of the mountains, poems by Mark O'Connor; photographs by Ian Brown, published by Second Back Row Press, Leura, N.S.W., 1988.

Folder 1 
Correspondence, notes, review, preface and contents lists, 1985-1988

Folder 2 
Annotated computer typescript drafts, 1985-1988

Including:
'Valley of the waters' sequence, 'The falls', 'Falling Pearls cliff', 'Dawn', 'The waterfall', 'Above falls', 'Wentworth Falls', 'Currawong', 'Threshing floors', 'Love in the Blue Mountains', 'The mountains', 'Blue Mountains butterflies', 'Newness', 'Hartley', 'Vacant land', 'Great Western Highway', 'Soft-stone', 'Clinging', 'Crow and Currawong glimpses', 'Deep Pass Gorge', 'Katoomba cable car', 'Night and day', 'Warbler', 'Storm', 'Hanging swamp', 'Hartley Courthouse, New South Wales', 'Sandstone country', 'Sandstone mountains', 'Winter dusk in a glass universe', 'The dance floor in the cave - Kanangra Walls', 'Hartley Lockup', 'The hot ridge', 'Phosphorescence', 'Towards Lithgow', 'Monoliths', 'Myth', 'Entering the National Park', 'Mist', 'The Edge, Three Sisters Bluff', 'In a cloud', 'Pagoda country', 'Fire-stick farming'

Folder 3 
Notes and annotated computer typescript drafts, 1985-1988

Including:
'Great Western Highway', 'Vacant land', 'Spring day', 'Wild fire', 'Nuclear fantasy in the Grose Valley', 'Heath orgy', 'The snake stars', 'Govett's Leap', 'The morning after', 'The Cliffs, Katoomba', 'Heath', 'Meanings', 'Entering', 'Bushfire from above', 'Winter dusk in a glass universe', 'Sunday in Sydney', 'First farm', 'Cosmology', 'The next morning', 'Fire stick farming', 'View from the gods', 'The man who fell from Weeping Rock', 'Roots', 'Warbler', 'Days - trees', 'Trees', 'The hot ridge', 'Snake vision', 'On descending the Blue Mountains by an abandoned pass', 'Currawong', 'Rhododendron', 'The falls', 'The Edge, Three Sisters Bluff', 'Cliff face', 'Cliff plants', 'Hawk, snake & rabbit', 'Rejoining the plateau at evening', 'Crow and Currawongs glimpses', 'Monoliths', 'Cable car at Katoomba', 'Cold day', 'At Three Sisters Lookout', 'Love in the bush', 'The warm birds', 'Mist', 'Fog', 'In a cloud', 'The pioneers', 'The narrow-neck heath', 'The mountains', 'Cliff trees', 'Blue Mountains butterflies', 'Miners Dell, Katoomba', 'The wild lands', 'Vertigo 2', 'Advice to a young poet', 'Immediacies', 'Mount Solitary from Katoomba', 'Leura', 'The guns of Sydney', 'The cave', 'Heat', 'At Nelly's Glen', 'Aborigines', 'In the cemetery of Lawson's father', 'Hartley Lockup', 'Hartley Courthouse', 'The French stations-of-the cross', 'Clinging', 'Newnes', 'An apple is 95 per cent water', 'Deep Pass Gorge', 'Storm', 'Driving', 'Towards Lithgow', 'Fox stink', 'Blankets', 'Kanangra Walls - the dance floor in the cave', 'Near Kanangra Walls', 'Hanging swamp'

Folder 4 
Notes and annotated computer typescript drafts, 1985-1988

Including:
'The Edge, Three Sisters Bluff', 'Cliff plants', 'Hawk, snake & rabbit', 'Rejoining the plateau at evening', 'Immediacies', 'Monoliths', 'The cave', 'Haiku 10', 'At Katoomba', 'Cold day', 'Love in the bush', 'The warm birds', 'Mist', 'Safety blanket', 'Living in a cloud', 'The pioneers', 'The narrow-neck heath', 'A full account of Hartley Courthouse, NSW, 1834', 'The mountains', 'Cliff trees', 'Blue Mountains butterflies', 'Miners Dell, Katoomba', 'The wild lands', 'Vertigo 2', 'Storm clouds over Narrow Neck', 'The giant barrel gum at Mt. Wilson', 'Afloat', 'Afternoon snake (2)', 'Parallax 2', 'At Nelly's Glen', 'Near Mt. Victoria', 'The Hartley Courthouse Lockup', 'In the cemetery of Lawson's father', 'Falling Pearls Cliff', 'Sun', 'Olympian rock', 'Mimics', 'The man who fell from Weeping Rock', 'Vertigo', 'Soft-stone country', 'Spring sunset', 'Tree growing on rock', 'Warbler', 'Heath in weather', 'Trees', 'The hot ridge', 'The frog on Berghoffer Pass', 'Immediacies', 'Near Mt. Victoria', 'Advice to a young poet', 'Leura', 'The guns of Sydney', 'Hartley Courthouse', 'Newnes', 'An apple is 95 per cent water', 'Deep Pass Gorge', 'Kanangra', 'Blankets', 'Currawong', 'Below Wentworth Falls', 'Falling Pearls Cliff (Blue Mountains)', 'Wentworth Falls at evening', 'Home from Italy', 'Above falls', 'Dusk, Mt. Wilson', 'The waterfall', 'Valley of the waters : glimpses' sequence

Folder 5 
Notes and annotated computer typescript drafts, 1985-1988

Including:
'Nuclear fantasy in the Grose Valley', 'Winter dusk in a glass universe', 'Sydney Harbour parks' sequence, 'Fire stick farming', 'From the gods (Olympian rock)', 'Mimics', 'The man who fell from Weeping Rock', 'Vertigo', 'Soft-stone country', 'Spring sunset', 'Tree growing on rock', 'Vertigo 2', 'Warbler', 'A blue wren's bill', 'Heath in weather', 'Heath', 'The hot ridge', 'The frog on Berghoffer Pass', 'Immediacies', 'Cosmology', 'The last 20 years', 'Bushfire - from above', 'The woman said', 'Pagoda country', 'The high raft', 'Wollongambie Amphitheatre', 'Haiku', 'Winter', 'Winter night', 'Early dusk', 'Storm clouds over Narrow Neck', 'Winter, 6 pm', 'The giant barrel gum at Mt. Wilson', 'Mt Wilson rainforest', 'The earth', 'Eroded cliff', 'Overhang', 'The hanging swamp', 'Monoliths', 'Katoomba cable car', 'Pagoda country', 'Entering', 'In a cloud', 'Nuclear fantasy in the Grose Valley', 'Currawong glimpses', 'Fire stick farming', 'Hartley Lockup', 'Soft-stone country', 'Hartley Courthouse', 'Storm', 'Everything about Hartley, 1839', 'Blanket', 'Vertigo', 'Great Western Highway', 'Vacant land', 'Spring day', 'Clinging', 'The Edge, Three Sisters Bluff', 'Mist', 'Govett's Leap Pass', 'Hanging swamp', 'The dance floor in the cave - Kanangra Walls', 'The mountains', 'Blue Mountains butterflies', 'Miners Dell, Katoomba', 'Storm clouds over Narrow Neck', 'Early dusk', 'Winter evening', 'Winter night', 'Summer rain clouds', 'Spring afternoon', 'The giant barrel-gum at Mt. Wilson', 'Aborigines', 'Meanings', 'Love in the Blue Mountains', 'Wentworth Falls', 'Warbler', 'Rain after fire', 'From a cliff', 'Cliff plants', 'Falling Pearls Cliff', 'Wentworth Falls at evening', 'Govett's Leap', 'Morning after', 'Newnes', 'Currawong'

Folder 6 
Annotated computer typescript drafts, 1985-1988

Including:
'After a shower', 'Kondallilla Falls, 1976', 'The mountains', 'Blue Mountains butterflies', 'Early Dusk', 'Winter, 6 pm', 'Winter night', 'Advice to a young poet', 'Edith River Pools', 'Miners Dell, Katoomba', 'Great Western Highway', 'Vacant land', 'Spring day', 'Govett's Leap', 'The morning after', 'Soft-stone country', 'Storm clouds over Narrow Neck', 'Fire-stick farming', 'Pagoda country', 'Warbler', 'Sandstone country', 'The Edge, Three Sisters Bluff', 'Hartley Lockup', 'Vertigo', 'Storm', 'Hartley Courthouse', 'Everything about Hartley, 1839', 'Blankets', 'Clinging', 'The hot ridge', 'Summer rain', 'Spring afternoon', 'The wrens', 'River bed', 'Above Edith Falls', 'Entering', 'The Edge, Three Sisters Bluff', 'Mist', 'In a cloud', 'The mountains', 'Blue Mountains butterflies', 'Govett's Leap Pass', 'Nuclear Fantasy in the Grose Valley', 'Currawong', 'Currawong glimpses', 'Monoliths', 'Katoomba cable car', 'Pagoda country', 'Hanging swamp', 'Vertigo', 'Soft-stone country', 'Storm', 'Hartley Courthouse', 'Everything about Hartley, 1839', 'Blanket', 'Hartley Lockup', 'Clinging', 'Great Western Highway', 'Vacant land', 'Spring day', 'The hot ridge', 'Early dusk', 'Winter evening', 'Winter night', 'Storm clouds over Narrow Neck', 'Miners Dell, Katoomba', 'Summer rain', 'Spring afternoon', 'The dance floor in the cave - Kanangra Walls', 'The giant barrel-gum at Mt. Wilson', 'Warbler', 'Newnes', 'stick farming', 'Cliff plants', 'Govett's Leap', 'The morning after', 'Katoomba', 'Meanings', 'Wentworth Falls at evening', 'Falling Pearls Cliff', 'Wentworth Falls', 'Rain after fire', 'Aborigines'

Folder 7 
Computer typescript drafts, 1985-1988

Including photocopy computer typescript older drafts:
'Entering', 'The Edge, Three Sister Bluff', 'Mist', 'In a cloud', 'The mountains', 'Blue Mountains butterflies', 'Nuclear fantasy in the Grose Valley', 'Currawong glimpses', 'Currawong', 'Monoliths', 'Katoomba cable car', 'Pagoda country', 'The dance floor in the cave -- Kanangra Walls', 'The giant barrel-gum at Mt. Wilson', 'Warbler', 'Newnes', 'Fire stick farming', 'Govett's leap', 'The morning after', 'Katoomba', 'Meanings', 'Cliff plants', 'Govett's Leap Pass', 'Rain after fire', 'Wentworth Falls at evening', 'Falling Pearls Cliff (Blue Mountains)', 'Wentworth Falls', 'Aborigines', 'Love in the Blue Mountains'
Annotated computer typescript newer drafts:
'The mountains', 'Blue Mountains butterflies', 'Govett's Leap Pass', 'Nuclear fantasy in the Grose Valley', 'Monoliths', 'Pagoda country', 'Soft-stone country', 'Storm', 'Great Western Highway', 'Vacant land', 'Early dusk', 'Newnes', 'After fire', 'Hanging swamp', 'The dance floor in the cave -- Kanangra Walls', 'Fire stick farming', 'Govett's Leap', 'The morning after', 'Everything about Hartley, 1839', 'Blanket', 'Hartley Lockup', 'The edge', 'Pagoda country', 'Warbler', 'Sandstone country', 'Storm clouds over Narrow Neck', 'Newnes', 'Soft-stone country', 'Nuclear fantasy in the Grose Valley', 'Entering the National Park', 'Miners Dell, Katoomba', 'In a cloud', 'Mist', 'After a shower', 'Vertigo', 'Hanging swamp', 'Winter dusk in a glass universe', 'The sun-hunters', 'In the rainforest : images', 'Kondallilla Falls, 1976', 'The brownness', 'After fire'

Folder 8 
Contents, acknowledgements page, photocopy computer typescript drafts, 1985-1988

Including:
'In a cloud', 'Currawong glimpses', 'Currawong', 'The dance floor in the cave -- Kanangra Walls', 'The giant barrel-gum at Mt. Wilson', 'edge', 'Above falls', 'Great Western Highway', 'Vacant land', 'Spring day', 'Entering the National Park', 'Govett's Leap', 'The morning after', 'Fire-stick farming', 'Govett's Leap Pass', 'Hanging swamp', 'Hartley Courthouse, New South Wales', 'Everything about Hartley, 1839', 'Blanket', 'Hartley Lockup', 'Towards Lithgow', 'Fox stink', 'Monoliths', 'Mist', 'The mountains', 'Blue Mountains butterflies', 'Newnes', 'country', 'Sandstone country', 'Soft-stone', 'Storm', 'Vertigo', 'Warbler', 'The waterfall', 'Wentworth Falls', 'Wentworth Falls at evening', 'Winter evening', 'Early dusk'

Folder 9 
Annotated typescript drafts of poems revised in 1987

Folder 10 
Note on poem size lines and annotated typescript drafts, 1985-1988

Including:
'Aboriginal literacy', 'After fire', 'An apple is 95 per cent water', 'Blue Mountains glimpses' sequence, 'Cliff plants', 'Currawong', 'Currawong glimpses', 'The dance floor in the cave -- Kanangra Walls', 'Deep Pass Gorge', 'Driving', 'Fox stink', 'Early dusk', 'Winter evening', 'Winter night', 'The Edge', 'The Edge, Three Sisters Bluff', 'Entering', 'Everything about Hartley, 1839', 'Blanket', 'Falling Pearls Cliff (Blue Mountains)', 'Fire stick farming', 'The giant barbell-gum at Mt. Wilson', 'Govett's Leap', 'The morning after', 'Govett's Leap Pass', 'Haiku', 'Clinging', 'Hanging swamp', 'Hartley Courthouse', 'The Hartley Courthouse and Lockup', 'The French stations-of-the cross', 'Hartley Lockup', 'The hot ridge', 'In a cloud', 'In the rainforest', 'Thin poem', 'Katoomba cable car', 'Kondallilla Falls, 1976', 'Living high', 'Love in the Blue Mountains', 'Miners Dell, Katoomba', 'Mist', 'After a shower', 'Monoliths', 'The mountains', 'Blue Mountains butterflies', 'Mt. Wilson Rainforest', 'Parrot on wattle', 'Near Kanangra Walls', 'Newness', 'Nuclear fantasy in the Grose Valley', 'Pagoda country', 'Phosphorescence', 'Revisiting home town', 'Sandstone country', 'Sandstone mountains', 'Soft-stone (Blue Mountains)', 'Soft-stone country', 'Spring day', 'Storm', 'Storm clouds over Narrow Neck', 'Summer rain', 'Spring afternoon', 'Termite lands', 'The threatened forest', 'Towards Lithgow', 'Vertigo', 'Warbler', 'Wentworth Falls', 'Wentworth Fall at evening', 'Wet cliffs', 'Winter dusk in a glass universe', 'Immediacies', 'Afloat', 'Leura', 'Heath', 'Case-mate notes', 'The woman said', 'Storm clouds over Narrow Neck', 'The giant barbell-gum at Mt. Wilson'

Folder 11 
Computer typescript photocopy of notes and poems from which the books poems were selected and the 1988 selection

Including:
'Advice to a young poet', 'Leura', 'The guns of Sydney', 'The cave', 'The Edge, Three Sisters Bluff', 'Cliff face', 'Cliff plants', 'Hawk, snake & rabbit', 'Rejoining the plateau at evening', 'Monoliths', 'Katoomba cable car', 'Love in the bush', 'The warm birds', 'The mountains in the rain', 'Mist', 'Fog', 'In a cloud', 'The pioneers', 'The narrow-neck heath', 'Gooks', 'A full account of Hartley Stockade and Court-House, NSW, 1834', 'The mountains', 'Cliff trees', 'Blue Mountains butterflies', 'Half-burnt', 'Miners Dell, Katoomba', 'Vertigo 2', 'Heat', 'At Nelly's Glen', 'Aborigines', 'In the cemetery of Lawson's father (Hartley Cemetery)', 'Hartley Lockup for Gary Clark', 'Hartley Courthouse', 'Found poems - Blankets', 'The French stations-of-the cross', 'Clinging', 'Newnes', 'An apple is 95 per cent water', 'Deep Pass Gorge', 'Storm', 'Towards Lithgow', 'Fox stink', 'Kanangra Walls - the dance floor in the cave', 'Near Kanangra Walls', 'Hanging swamp', 'Nuclear fantasy in the Grose Valley', 'Winter dusk in a glass universe', 'Sydney Harbour parks', 'Fire stick farming', 'From the gods (Olympian Rock)', 'Mimics', 'From the Gods (Olympian Rock)' sequence: 'The man who fell from Weeping Rock', 'Vertigo', 'Soft-stone country', 'Tree growing on rock', 'Vertigo 2', 'Warbler', 'A blue wren's bill', 'Heath', 'The hot ridge', 'The frog on Berghoffer Pass', 'Cosmology', 'The last 20 years', 'Bushfire - from above', 'Blackheath Rhododendron Park' and 'Heath in weather', 'Pagoda country', 'The high raft', 'Wollongambie Amphitheatre', 'Ours', 'Theirs', 'Winter night', 'Early dusk', 'Storm clouds over Narrow Neck', 'Winter, 6 pm', 'The giant barrel gum at Mt. Wilson', 'Mt Wilson Rainforest', 'Overhang', 'The woman said', 'Winter', 'Lake Burragorang Reserve', 'Govett's Leap Pass', 'Immediacies - Haiku-style', 'Mount Solitary from Katoomba', 'Love in... 3', 'Gravity', 'Cold day', 'At three sisters lookout', 'The wild lands', 'Spring day', 'Weather', 'The hanging swamp', '(Lines written at the waterfall of Pheasants Cave, Mt Wilson)', 'The earth', 'Eroded cliff', 'A visitor's notebook - North Head Quarantine Station', 'A visitor's notebook - North Head Quarantine Station'
1988 selection including:
'Entering the National Park', 'Mist', 'In a cloud', 'Govett's Leap Pass', 'Hanging swamp', 'The mountains', 'Monoliths', 'Sandstone mountains', 'Pagoda country', 'Hartley Courthouse (New South Wales)', 'Everything about Hartley, 1839', 'Blanket', 'The dance floor in the cave -- Kanangra Walls', 'Newness', 'The hot ridge', 'Fire-stick farming', 'Love in the Blue Mountains', 'Storm', 'Currawong', 'Crow and Currawong glimpses', 'Warbler', 'The giant barrel-gum at Mt. Wilson', 'Katoomba cable car', 'The edge', 'Clinging', 'Vertigo', 'Wentworth Falls', 'Wentworth Falls at evening', 'Falling Pearls Cliff', 'Deep Pass Gorge', 'Early dusk', 'Winter evening', 'Parrot on Wattle', 'Winter dusk in a glass universe', 'Vacant land', 'Meanings', 'Towards Lithgow'

Folder 12-13 
Page proofs, 1988

3.5, Ship trans-time : words for a museum (1989)

Comprises correspondence, notes, drafts, list of museum poems and review for Ship trans-time : words for a museum, published by Museum of Victoria, Melbourne, 1989.

Folder 1 
Correspondence, review notes, launch flyers, review, clippings and draft of the preface 'How a museum found a poet', 1988-1989

Folder 2 
Annotated computer typescript drafts of 'Dinosaur Dreamtime', 1983-1989

Folder 3 
Annotated computer typescript drafts, 1988

Including:
'Bark canoe', 'Gun lore', 'Under Martian eyes'

Folder 4 
Annotated computer typescript drafts, 1988

Including:
'The monkey cage' sequence, 'For Tjeby, the once alive', 'White death'

Folder 5 
Annotated computer typescript drafts, 1988

Including:
'Extinction of the Huia', 'The madness of clocks' sequence,

Folder 6 
Annotated computer typescript drafts, 1988

Including:
'Rainbow Lorikeets', 'The amiable inquisition of the surgeon : the Museum's collection of surgical implements'

Folder 7 
October-November 1988 versions - computer typescript drafts (5), 1988

Folder 8 
Contents list, annotated computer typescript drafts and annotated photocopy computer typescript drafts (3) and page proofs, 1988-1989

3.6, The great forest (1989)

Comprises correspondence, notes, drafts, launch speech and review for The great forest, poetry by Mark O'Connor; photography by Cliff & Dawn Frith, published by Hale & Iremonger, Sydney, c1989.

Folder 1 
Correspondence, contents lists, preface, launch speech, clipping and review, 1987-1989

Folder 2 
Annotated computer typescript drafts, 1984-1989

Including:
'The sun-hunters', 'Phosphorescence', 'The fruit salad jungle', 'A Queenslander remembers the 20th century ', 'Fire-spring ', 'In a cloud ', 'Living high ', 'The butterfly tunnel', 'The brownness ', 'At Kondalilla', 'Roadsign ', 'The discovery', 'Nuclear fantasy in the Grose Valley', 'Story ', 'Red mangroves and monsoon', 'Hinchinbrook aborigines', 'Tch'mala : The Rainbow Serpent' sequence, 'Above falls', 'At Edith Falls', 'Honey angels', 'In the Gardiner', 'Barrington Rainforest', 'Lyrebird', 'Forest edge', 'Minnamurra Forest'

Folder 3 
Revised annotated computer typescript drafts, February and May 1987

Including revisions:
'First evening', 'The wrens', 'The threatened forest', 'The brownness', 'Kondallilla Falls, 1976', 'River bed', 'Edith River Pools', 'Red mangroves and monsoon', 'The discovery'
May version of book:
'Phosphorescence', 'Nuclear fantasy in the Grose Valley', 'In a cloud', 'The discovery', 'The sun-hunters', 'Spring-fire (Cockatoo, Vic., 1983)', 'Tch'mala : The Rainbow Serpent' sequence, 'Above falls', 'Deep Pass Gorge', 'Edith River Pools', 'Red mangroves and monsoon', 'Kondallilla Falls', 'On Australia's migration policy', From 'Embryo voyage: To camp in the sun', 'Fruit salad jungle', 'The Butterfly Tunnel', 'A Queenslander remembers the 20th century', 'In the rainforest', 'The wallabies - Flinders Island', 'At Edith Falls', 'Full moon', 'The brownness', 'Entropy', 'The wrens', 'Rock paintings, Katherine Gorge'
Drafts sent to Barbara for corrections 10 May 1987:
'Spring-fire (Cockatoo, Vic., 1983)', 'Tch'mala : The Rainbow Serpent' sequence, 'Kondallilla Falls', 'The threatened forest', 'The wrens', 'The sun-hunters', 'Phosphorescence', 'Living high', 'In the rain forest', 'Above falls', 'At Edith Falls', 'The brownness', 'Rock paintings, Katherine Gorge', 'The fruit salad jungle', 'Nuclear fantasy in the Grose Valley', 'A Queenslander remembers the 20th century', 'Edith River Pools', 'The birds at Minnamurra'

Folder 4 
Annotated computer typescript draft, June 1987

Including revisions 1/6/1987:
'The sun-hunters', 'Nuclear fantasy in the Grose Valley', 'Spring-fire (Cockatoo, Vic., 1983)', 'The brownness', 'The fruit salad jungle', 'Kondallilla Falls', 'Daintree', 'Entropy', 'Story', 'In the forest', 'The Butterfly Tunnel', 'high', 'Myth', 'The discovery', From 'Embryo voyage: To camp in the sun'
Revisions 25/7/1987:
'Phosphorescence and dawn', 'The sun-hunters', 'Nuclear fantasy in the Grose Valley', 'Spring-fire (Cockatoo, Vic., 1983)', 'The brownness', 'Full moon', 'The wallabies - Flinders Island', 'The fruit salad jungle', 'The end of Eden', 'At Edith Falls', 'The Butterfly Tunnel', 'Evening in the forest', 'A Queenslander remembers the 20th century', 'Kondallilla Falls', 'The wrens at Kondallilla', 'Entropy', 'Story', 'Tch'mala : The Rainbow Serpent' sequence, 'Red mangrove and monsoon', 'In a cloud', 'Living high', 'Above falls'
Revisions later 1987 to 1988:
'Evening in the forest', 'Nuclear fantasy in the Grose Valley', 'The discovery', 'Red mangrove and monsoon', 'Tch'mala : The Rainbow Serpent', 'Monsoon', 'Mountain fig', 'Fungus', 'Mangrove', 'Hinchinbrook Aborigines', 'Entropy', 'Kondallilla Falls', 'The wrens at Kondallilla', 'A Queenslander remembers the 20th century', 'The fruit salad jungle', 'Honey angels', 'The Butterfly Tunnel', 'Living high', 'At Edith Falls', 'The brownness', 'The wallabies - Flinders Island', 'Full moon in Tasmania', 'Fire-spring (Cockatoo, Vic., 1983)', 'Lorikeets', 'Above falls', 'Phosphorescence and dawn', 'In a cloud', 'Story'

Folder 5 
Annotated typescript drafts, 1989

Including proposed manuscript 38 p., 25/5/1989:
'The sun hunters', 'Story', 'Phosphorescence and dawn', 'Above falls', 'Wading', 'Lorikeets', 'Fire spring (Cockatoo, Vic., 1983)', 'The brownness', 'At Edith Falls', 'Living high', 'The Butterfly Tunnel', 'Bark canoe', 'Honey angels', 'The fruit salad jungle', 'A Queenslander remembers the twentieth century', 'At Kondallilla Falls' sequence: 1. 'The wrens' and 2. 'Entropy', 'Tiger forest (The Royal National Park of Thailand, 29 November 1986)', 'Hinchinbrook Aborigines', 'Tch'mala, The Rainbow Serpent', 'Mount Bowen', 'Rock', 'Mountain fig', 'Channel', 'Mangrove', 'Monsoon', 'Fungus', 'Coconut', 'Fire', 'Earth', 'The discovery', 'Red mangroves and monsoon', 'Nuclear fantasy in the Grose Valley', 'Evening in the forest', 'Increasing', 'The birds at Minnamurra'
Poems for consideration, 7/6/1989:
'Evening in the forest', 'Full moon', 'The giant barrel-gum at Mt. Wilson', 'At Kondallilla Falls' sequence: 1. 'The wrens at Kondallilla' and 2. 'The threatened forest', 'The eating tree' sequence: 1. 'Hadrian's Wall', 2. 'Ficus carica' and 'Colosseum', 'In the rainforest', 'The wallabies - Flinders Island', 'False autumn in the Daly River Forest', 'The ti-tree hedge', 'Killing grounds', 'Dunk poemlet', 'Mt Wilson Rainforest', 'The edge', First line 'In the great carboniferous era', 'Wentworth Falls at evening', First line 'Chinese view of water', 'Not here', 'Pompeii', 'In the valley of the Kowmung', 'Wentworth Falls', 'Wentworth Falls at evening', 'Falling Pearls Cliff (Blue Mountains)', 'Dusk, Mt. Wilson'
Version of 15/8/1989:
Draft for blurb for The great forest and for Firestick farming, 'Forest with millipede', 'Southern beech forest', 'False autumn in the Daly River Forest', 'Rainforest remnant (Southcoast)', 'The thunder at Minamurra', 'Cyclone forest and cassowary', 'Rainforest city', 'Woman at the forest edge', 'Rainforest birds'
Photocopies of poems and photographs

3.7, Fire-stick farming : selected poems 1972-89 (1990)

Comprises notes, launch speech, review and drafts of Fire-stick farming : selected poems 1972-89, Mark O'Connor, published by Hale & Iremonger and the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies, Petersham, N.S.W, 1990.

Folder 1 
Contents lists, notes by John Leonard, launch speech by Manning Clark, review and drafts of poems, 1987-1990

Drafts of poems including
'The beginning', 'The pairing of the Terns', 'First evening', 'Rome, layer by layer', 'The jigsaw woman'

Folder 2 
Annotated computer typescript drafts, 1987-1989

Including:
'The wallabies - Flinders Island', 'Wading at Acheron Creek', 'Rock paintings, Katherine Gorge', 'Aboriginal literacy', 'Cream of earth' sequence in various versions: 'Sunset at the Narrows, Adelaide River', 'Ash forest', 'Logs', 'Haiku : Adelaide River', 'Bamboo Creek', 'Cattle', 'No man's land', 'Mangrove poem'; 'Sunset at the Narrows, Adelaide River', 'Ash forest', 'Logs', 'Bamboo Creek', 'Cattle', 'Crust', 'The pool', 'No man's land'; 'Delta', 'Sunset at the narrows, Adelaide River', 'Crocodile haiku', 'Ash forest', 'Logs', 'Crust', 'The pool', 'Mud trees', 'The forest', 'Bamboo Creek', 'Cattle', 'No man's land'; 'Delta', 'Sunset at the narrows, Adelaide River', 'Crocodile haiku', 'Ash forest', 'Logs', 'Crust', 'The pool', 'Mud trees', 'The forest', 'Bamboo Creek', 'Wild cattle', 'No man's land'; 'Delta', 'Mangrove River', 'Lowlands', 'Mouth', 'Pool', 'Highlands', 'Sunset at the narrows, Adelaide River', 'Crocodile haiku', 'Logs', 'Mud trees' or 'The forest', 'Arthropod wars', 'Bamboo Creek', 'Wild cattle', 'No man's land', 'Ash forest'; 'Delta', 'Mangrove River', 'Lowlands', 'Mouth', 'Pool', 'Highlands', 'Crocodile haiku', 'Logs', 'Mud forest', 'Arthropod wars', 'Bamboo Creek', 'Wild cattle', 'Wet desert', 'Ash forest', 'Sunset at the Narrow, Adelaide River'; 'Delta', 'Mangrove River', 'Lowlands', 'Pool', 'Crocodile haiku', 'Highlands', 'Logs', 'Mud forest', 'Arthropod wars', 'Sunset at the Narrows, Adelaide River', 'Bamboo Creek', 'Wild cattle', 'Wet desert', 'Reading the tracks', 'Ash forest'; 'Delta', 'Mangrove River', 'Lowlands', 'Pool', 'Crocodile haiku', 'Highlands', 'Logs', 'Mud forest', 'Arthropod wars', 'Sunset at the Narrows, Adelaide River', 'Bamboo Creek', 'Wild cattle', 'Wet desert', 'Reading the tracks', 'Ash forest', 'Mouth'

Folder 3 
Annotated computer typescript drafts, 1987-1989

Including:
'Pozieres Cemetery', 'The naked family', 'First evening', 'Dot paintings' sequence: first line 'First the blue forests begin to run thin', 1. 'Dot paintings', 2. 'Maps', 3. 'Into the centre', 4. 'Central rivers', 5. 'Desert lakes', 6. 'Leaving', 7. 'Images for a painter', 'Centralian landscapes : words for a suite of Aboriginal paintings'
'In a birds-eye -- Australia' sequence: 1. first line 'Aboriginal impressionism -- work', 2. 'From a jet', 3. 'Central landscapes', 4. 'Dead heart?', 4. 'Birds-eye views', 5. 'Deltas', 6. 'Images from a bark painting' and 7. 'He'
'In a bird's eye' sequence: 1. 'Maps', 'Exhibitions', 3. 'Into the centre', 4. 'Central rivers', 5. 'Desert lakes', 6. 'Images for a painter', 7. 'Leaving', 8. 'Dot paintings'
'Dot paintings' sequence: 1. 'Data points', 2. 'Maps', 3. 'Into the centre', 4. 'Central rivers', 5. 'Desert lakes', 6. 'Leaving', 7. 'Images for a painter'

Folder 4 
Annotated typescript drafts, 185 p., 3 p., 5 p. 1972-1990

Including:
'The beginning', 'Reef', 'Flight poem' sequence, 'Turtles hatching', 'The pairing of Terns', 'A Javanese Pietà', 'Two views of a Gannet', 'Evenings', 'First evening', S'till life, Heron Island', 'Island', 'At Kondallilla Falls' sequence, 'Nightscene', 'Exorcism', 'Shearwater Islands' sequence, 'Shearwaters', 'Sea-Eagles' motto', 'Frigate birds', 'Reptile Park', 'Survival of the fitters', 'The Rainbow Serpent' sequence, 'Increasing', 'The Batavia wreck' sequence, 'For E.J.Banfield (Beachcomber of Dunk Island)', 'Planting the Dunk Botanic Gardens' sequence, 'Two shores', 'The pond' sequence, 'Atlantis (Santorini Island, Greece)', 'St Titus's', 'The lame statue', 'The masters' sequence, 'Riding a hired Lambretta in the fifth lane of the Autostrada to visit the underworld...', 'Marble Gods', 'Rome, layer by layer', 'Scenes from a wine-drinking country' sequence, 'Meeting a poet', 'Lingua Romana', 'Umbrian farm', 'The lake-island at St Naum' sequence, 'Braychino Hill', 'To kill an olive', 'All souls', 'Wordsworth's house at Rydal', 'Elegy for W.H.Auden', 'Rundebranden Birdrock', 'Pozieres Cemetery', 'Growth', 'The visit', 'Lovers', 'Leper settlement, Fantome Island, North Queensland', 'The cuttlefish bone', 'The diver', 'A Queenslander remembers the twentieth century', 'The sun-hunters', 'Fire-Spring (Cockatoo, Vic, 1983)', I'Inland drought', 'Sister of the moon', 'The wallabies, Flinders Island', 'Butchers' budgies', 'Full moon in the fifth month of a drought', 'Revisiting home town', 'The 14 syllogisms of the cross (Parish Church, Ararat, Vic)' sequence, 'North Head Quarantine Station', 'Entering the National Park', 'The hot ridge', 'Fire-stick farming', 'Love in the Blue Mountains', 'Wentworth Falls at evening', 'The edge', 'Living high', 'The dance floor in the cave -- Kanangra Falls', 'Sandstone mountains', 'Parrot on Wattle', 'Towards Lithgow', 'The amiable inquisition of the surgeon', 'The Jigsaw woman', 'The madness of clocks' sequence, 'Extinction of the Huia', 'Under Martian eyes', 'Blade', 'Gunlore', 'Gorilla, gorilla!', 'Rainbow Lorikeets', 'In the Gardiner Valley', 'Wading at Acheron Creek', 'Bark canoe', 'Dinosaur Dreamtime', 'Termite lands', 'At Edith Falls', 'Rock paintings, Katherine Gorge', 'Interview in a desert', 'Aboriginal literacy', 'Honey angels', 'Red mangroves and monsoon', 'The fruit salad jungle', 'Cream of earth' sequence, 'Dot paintings', 'The naked family'; postscript and poem notes

3.8, Tilting at snowgums : Australia's high country in poetry and photos (1996)

Comprises notes and drafts for Tilting at snowgums : Australia's high country in poetry and photos, poems by Mark O'Connor; photos by Klaus Hueneke, published by Tabletop Press, Palmerston, A.C.T., 1996.

Folder 1 
Notes, media release, newspaper clipping and annotated computer typescript drafts, 1985-1994

Including:
'In Cooleman Gorge', 'A ride at Reynella', 'Last day of the snow season - Smiggins Holes', 'At Coolamine Homestead', 'Escaping Mt. Carruthers', 'Dam wall', first lines: 'Two men are freezing by a frozen lake', 'That first slight yielding "please"', 'Canberra's parks pre-dawn and white', 'Lying naked on a temperate beach', 'Dead wombat bleeding into the air', 'Rock and roll country. These hills will not lay still'

3.9, The forever lands : Australia's Northern Territory in words and images (2000)

Comprises publication proposal and drafts for The forever lands : Australia's Northern Territory in words and images, by Mark O'Connor and John Kirk, published by Beyond Images, Camberwell East, Vic., (2000)

Folder 1 
Publication proposal, 19 March 1993, and notes, editorial suggestions, contents lists and layout ideas, 1993-1994

Folder 2 
Annotated computer typescript drafts, 1985-1993

Including:
'The Alice', 'The silence (Alice Springs)', 'The centre', 'Wild Budgerigars', 'Finke River', 'Snake', 'Todd River bed, morning', 'Moon over Mindil Beach', 'Plains and pyramids', 'Ice age fields', 'Rock altar', 'White supermarket, Casuarina N.T.', 'Crocodile zen'

Folder 3 
Annotated computer typescript drafts, 1985-1993

Including:
'Feeding plains -- Mamaluka'. 'Birth paintings', 'Painted genitals', 'Storm', 'Storm country', 'In the canyon', 'Storm glimpses', 'Top end storms' sequence, 'Wet', 'The viscosity of water', 'Termite lands', 'Edith Falls', 'Rock paintings, Katherine Gorge'

Folder 4 
Annotated computer typescript drafts, 1985-1993

Including:
'Reflection', 'Bamboo Creek', 'At Ubirr Overhang', 'Nemargon, the Lightning Grasshopper', 'Near Ubirr', 'Happy is he', 'A cave is', 'Traditional owner', 'Nourlangie Cave at night', 'Live Wedgewood', 'Ibis flapping', 'Golden Orb spiders', 'Edith River Pools', 'Climbing Ayers Rock', 'Dot paintings', 'Rock altar', 'The rock', 'Logs', 'Jabirus at Anabangbang', 'Egret stances', 'Portrait by the artist'

Folder 5 
Annotated computer typescript drafts, 1985-1993

Including:
'Above Edith Falls', 'The Arafura Sea from above', 'Rocky Point, Croker Island', 'Arnhem Land', 'Ash forest', 'At Wangi Falls (Litchfield Park)', 'At Litchfield Park', 'Cycads', 'Banksia', 'Baroalba sandstone', 'The birth hole at Corroboree Rock', 'Black "boy" at the Leprosarium (Channel Island, Darwin)', 'Black spring', 'Butcher bird', 'Crispy pond weed at Alice Springs', 'Dawn', 'Dawn at the Crocodile Motel', 'Winter heat', 'Living hot' 'Black frost', 'Heat', 'Dawn on the crocodile swamp', 'Crocodile swamp', 'Desert pools', 'Dune poem', 'Escarpment song', 'Escarpment stream, Litchfield', 'False autumn in the Daly River forest', 'Farm wife', 'The fig', 'Cliff fig'

Folder 6 
Annotated computer typescript drafts, 1985-1993

Including:
'Goose haikus', 'On stalking magpie geese', 'Geese at sunset', 'Gorge country', 'Haikus', 'Hot springs', 'As it was', 'Kakadu dusk', 'Kings Canyon', 'Kings Canyon -- pagoda formations', 'Ledge country', 'Left over', 'Mist at Kakadu', 'Monsoon storms', 'Olgas', 'On the crocodile's back', 'Port Essington (NT)', 'Proverbs from cathedral country', 'Rock forest and cattle', 'Sand waves', 'Spinifex lands', 'Savannah land', 'Seventh continent', 'Sensualities - at Katherine Gorge', 'Katherine Gorge 24th August 1985', 'Sensation', 'Sensuality - Katherine Gorge', 'Goanna', 'Snake fella', 'Stubs', 'Tropical storm', 'Was middling'

Folder 7 
Annotated computer typescript drafts, 1985-1993

Including various drafts of:
'Dot maps', 'From the air', 'On the banks of the Shoalhaven by Arthur Boyd', 'The crocodile place', 'Coburg Peninsula zen', 'False autumn in the Daly River Forest', 'Flying to Alice Springs', 'From the air', 'Dunes', 'Central sand dunes', 'Sand waves', 'Stone and sand', 'Spinifex lands', 'He', 'The silence (at Alice Springs)', 'Dot-style painters', 'Desert pool', 'MacDowell slopes', 'Haiku', 'Finke River', first line 'History finished back in the Dreamtime', 'From air', 'The Alice', 'Stubs', 'Crispy pond weed', 'Todd River bed, morning', 'On Standley chasm', 'Ghost gums', 'Finke River', 'Wild hops', 'Red gums on the Finke', 'Pond weed', 'Dragons', 'Finke', 'Kings Canyon', 'Desert feelings', 'The wet', 'Caves'

Folder 8 
Annotated computer typescript drafts, 1985-1993

Including:
'Alice Springs 4th October', 'Tracks', 'Dune poem', 'Spinifex', 'Spinifex Hotel', 'The forgotten lands', 'Central Australian exploration', 'All tribes are the same', 'Supermarket', 'Rocky Point, Croker Island', 'Black "Boy" at the Leprosarium (Channel Island, Darwin)', 'The Lichfield Park', 'Sun and life', 'Flying fox', 'From above', 'The wet', 'Gorge visions', 'Escarpment song', first line 'Always there', 'Dry', 'Flood-plain Billabong', 'Ubirr', 'Casuarina', 'Living hot', 'Morning mist at Kakadu', 'Wyaballina bit', 'Desert pool', first lines: 'The feathered-trousered lorikeet', 'A pool amid jungle keeps the sky', 'the firefly burns with love so bright'; 'MacDonnell slopes', 'The track', 'Gorge reflections', 'Haiku', 'Black frost', 'Tree puzzle', 'Crocodile Creek', 'Egret haikus', 'Dawn on Yellow Waters', 'A quokkle of pelicans', 'Yellow Waters birds', 'Escarpment view', 'Black spring', 'After fire', 'Neidjie's comments', 'The dry', 'Other haikus', 'Ode on a dead tree', 'Myth', 'Always there', 'Dreamtime creation', 'Haiku', 'The wet', 'Escarpment song', 'Crocodile Creek', 'Egret haikus', 'The long sunset at Yellow Waters', 'Dawn on Yellow Waters', 'Yellow Waters birds', 'A quokkle of birds', 'Goose haikus', 'Reversed', 'Gorge country', 'Escarpment view', 'Gorge reflections', 'Haiku', 'The dry', 'Black frost', 'Black spring', 'Neidjie's comments', 'Floodplains at dawn', 'After fire', 'Yellow Waters sunset sequence', 'Dawn on Yellow Waters', 'A quokkle of pelicans', 'Long sunset at Yellow Waters', 'Kakadu barnyard', 'Reversed', 'Reflections'

Folder 9 
Annotated computer typescript drafts, 1985-1993

Including:
'Floodplains at dawn', 'After fire', 'Litchfield', 'Cycads', 'At Wangi Falls (Litchfield Park)', 'Storm in the valley', 'Feeding plains -- Maukala', 'Kakadu dawn', 'Billabong grass', 'Sandstone cathedrals', 'Electric ice', 'Vision', first line 'Broken lands', 'In Baroalba Gorge (Kakadu)', 'Storm country', 'Paluma at night', 'The forest inside the cloud', 'Conversations in a desert', 'Port Essington (NT)', 'Living hot', 'Winter heat', 'Kakadu storm', 'Sky voices', 'Storm country', 'Escarpment view', first lines 'Strange to see water running straight', 'Thunder through Arnhem land's'; 'Storm glimpses', 'The presence of hawks', 'Estuarine corals', 'Tracks', 'Dune poem', 'Nemargon', 'Jabirus at Anabangbang', 'Termite lands', 'Sensualities - at Katherine Gorge', 'Falls, 22nd August 1985', 'Edith River Pools', 'Katherine Gorge 23rd August 1985', 'From the air', 'Above Edith Falls', 'Katherine Gorge 24th August 1985', 'Sensuality - Katherine Gorge', 'Rock paintings, Katherine Gorge', 'The presence of hawks'

Folder 10 
Annotated computer typescript poems, 1991-1992

3 September 1991 revisions including:
'The paintings at Ubirr Overhang (N.T.)', 'Hunting paintings', 'Fig', 'Nemargon', 'Birth paintings', 'Painted genitals', 'An artists point of view', 'Ubirr Caves', 'A cave is', 'Happy is he', 'Nourlangie at night', 'Arnhem land', 'Kakadu Caves'
Kakadu poems revised in Adelaide 29/4 to 1/5 1992 during visit to John Kirk including:
'Ubirr Overhang (N.T.)', 'Hunting paintings', 'Fig', 'The Grasshopper man', 'Portrait by an artist (Nourlangie Caves, Kakadu)', 'Nourlangie at night', 'Near Ubirr', 'A cave is', 'Happy is he', 'Arnhem land'
21 June 1992 revisions of the above poems

Folder 11 
Note to John Kirk from O'Connor 14/7/1992, and annotated computer typescript drafts, 1992

Including:
'Aboriginal literacy', 'Above Edith Falls', 'Ash forest', 'At Edith Falls', 'At Wangi Falls (Litchfield Park)', 'Bamboo Creek', 'Bark paintings', 'Baroalba sandstone', 'Birth paintings', 'Black "Boy" at the Leprosarium (Channel Island, N.T.)', 'Black frost', 'Butcher bird -- song fragment', 'The cathedral of silence -- Ross River Sands', 'At Ubirr Overhang (N.T.)', 'Fig', 'The Grasshopper Man', 'Portrait by the artist (Nourlangie Caves, Kakadu)', 'Nourlangie Cave at night', 'Near Ubirr (N.T.)', 'Traditional owner', 'A cave is...', 'Happy is he...', 'Arnhem land', 'Climbing Ayers Rock', 'Cream of earth Adelaide River, N.T.' sequence including: 1. 'Delta', 2. 'Arthropod wars', 3. 'Mangrove River', 4. 'Pool', 5. 'Crocodile haiku', 6. 'Highlands', 7. 'Logs', 8. 'Reading the tracks', 9. 'The mud forest', 'Crocodile zen', 'Dawn at the Crocodile Motel', 'Desert feelings', 'Dinosaur Dreamtime (for Mt Stegosaurus and the Centre)', 'Egret haikus', 'Estuarine corals (Darwin Harbour)', 'Feeding plants -- Mamaluka', 'Finke River', 'Ghost gums', 'Haiku', 'Kakadu fragment 1990', 'The wet', 'He', 'Homing', 'Ibis flapping', 'In the canyon', 'Jabirus at Anabangbang', 'Kakadu pastels', 'Kakadu storm', 'King's Canyon -- Pagoda formations', 'The long sunset at Yellow Waters', 'Magela floodplains at dawn', 'Monsoon storms', 'Moon over Mindl Beach, N.T.', 'Morning mist at Kakadu', 'Neidjie says', 'Nemargon, the Lightning Grasshopper (Kakadu)', 'Not here', 'Nothing for lunch', 'Olgas', 'Painted genitals', 'Plains and pyramids', 'Proverbs from cathedral country', 'Redgums in the Barmah Forest', 'Red gums on the Finke', 'Reflections', 'The rock', 'Rock altar', 'Sensualities -- at Katherine Gorge', 'Seventh continent', 'The silence (At Alice Springs)', 'Snake', 'Snake fella', 'Tree puzzle', 'Views of Magpie Creek (Kakadu floodplain)', 'The viscosity of water (Kakadu)', 'Wet desert', 'White supermarket, Casuarina N.T.', 'Wild cattle'

3.10, Miscellaneous Poetry, 1976-1994

This subseries comprises manuscript and computer typescript drafts of O'Connor's poetry published in literary magazines, newspapers and anthologies, together with drafts of unpublished poetry and poetry used for 'Poems' (1985) and 'Seven solitudes for an island'.

Folder 1 
Photocopies of poems for 'Poems' - mini anthology of poems from the books Reef poems and The eating tree : poems - drafts, 1976-1980

Including:
'The beginning', 'Butchers' budgies', 'The cuttlefish bone', 'Evenings', 'Exorcism for an old lover', 'Fire-spring (Cockatoo, Vic., 1983)', 'Five scenes from a wine-drinking country' sequence, 'Frigate-birds', 'Full moon in the 5th month of the 1983 drought', 'Hiking on Flinders Island', 'Homer's Grave, Ios', 'Inland drought', 'The lake-island at St Naum' sequence, 'The lame statue', 'Leper settlement, Fantome Island, North Queensland', 'Lovers', 'Love in the Blue Mountains', 'The New World', 'On migration, jobs and the Franklin', 'On a first encounter', 'The pairing of Terns', 'Possession', 'Pozieres Cemetery', 'A Queenslander remembers the 20th century', 'The pond' sequence, 'The Rainbow Serpent' sequence, 'Reef', 'Shearwaters', 'Sister of the moon', 'Source of Lake Ochrid', 'Turtles hatching', 'Two shores', 'The sun-hunters', 'To kill an olive', 'The wallabies - Flinders Island', 'Wheaties: an alphabetical parody', 'Wordsworth's house at Rydal', 'Whooshpack'

Folder 2 
Correspondence and photocopies of poems for 'Seven solitudes for an island' from Poiemata by Mimmo Morina; translated by O'Connor, 1987-1989

Folder 3 
Review and drafts of poems from The eating tree : poems 
Drafts of 'Hortus botanicus' poem sequence and photocopies of the published version in Lines from the horizon and other poems : an anthology selected from the 1982 Mattara Spring Festival Poetry Prize, edited by Christopher Pollnitz (1982)
List of poems for the 1983 Mattara Spring Festival Poetry Prize, 1980-1983

Folder 4 
Miscellaneous poetry - manuscript and annotated computer typescript drafts, 1977-1983

Including:
'The small pond', 'Bass strait jottings', 'Ballarat drought', 'Jottings for poems', 'More than the tour', 'The old people - Flinders Island', 'The unstoppable express', 'To know Australia', 'The bulldozer growls', 'Pygmies'

Folder 5 
Miscellaneous poetry - annotated computer typescript drafts, 1985-1991

Including:
'Turning home', 'Love-tie', 'Cyclone Winifred', 'Chillagoe', 'Forest threatened', 'Floating petals', 'Engineering poem', 'A letter to Alan Ginsberg', 'The landing of La Perouse at Botany Bay', first line 'Nudists not like seals', 'First home', 'Human cell' 'Football', 'Monaro', 'The 1990 AFL Grandfinal in Beijing (for Manning Clark)'

Folder 6 
Miscellaneous poetry - annotated computer typescript drafts, 1985-1994

Including:
Two poems from Osip Mandelstam - 'Only' and 'To his wife, from prison camp', first line 'A place for humans to be friendly', 'A usually reliable sauce', 'The Afghani robes in the Museum of Victoria', 'Alesund', 'Blade', 'At the Indo Pacific', 'Autumn at Belltrees', 'Belltrees'

Folder 7 
Miscellaneous poetry - annotated computer typescript drafts, 1985-1994

Including:
'Cemetery of the Capuchin Friars, Rome', 'The conversion of Sir Joh Bjelke Petersen and Sir Terry Lewis', 'Cosmology', 'For the Canberra song cycle', 'Cyclone forest and cassowary'

Folder 8 
Miscellaneous poetry - annotated computer typescript drafts, 1985-1994

Including:
'Funeral thoughts', 'How to tell a poetry book by its cover', 'Japanese Garden, Narita', 'Lake Burragorang Reserve', 'The Lizard Island (Great Barrier Reef)', 'Melbourne views', 'Microchip moggie / Feline felon', 'Model of the living cell'

Folder 9 
Miscellaneous poetry - annotated computer typescript drafts, 1985-1994

Including:
'The mongrel bush', 'News of the war', 'Old family', 'Notes on the death of a father', 'On the death of a father'

Folder 10 
Miscellaneous poetry - annotated computer typescript drafts, 1985-1994

Including:
'On the universe : approaching 50', 'Orpheus Island (N. Qlnd)' sequence including: 1. 'Variations on a song', 2. 'Dusk', 3. 'So loud', 4. 'Low tide', 5. 'Orpheus evening', 6. 'Not for us', 7. 'Passing', 8. 'Song'; 'Palm fruits', 'Rags of casualty', 'Rainforest city', 'Redgum', 'Redgums in the Bramah Forest', 'Shepparton, December 22nd 1987', 'The state of greed', first line 'Thin bulge of seepage in neat, sheet of still water'; 'Tiger Forest', 'The two million skulls', 'Wheaties : an alphabetical parody', 'Wild cattle', 'The worms at Fitzroy Falls', 'Tang Kewi Fei', 'Yangzi Gorges'

 

Series 4 Prose, 1982-1994

This series comprises computer typescript drafts relating to published and unpublished prose works by O'Connor, including articles, criticisms, book reviews, autobiographical prose, short stories, poetry readings, talks and seminars and writings regarding sustainable population.

Folder 1-6 
Articles and criticisms, c. 1980s

Folder 7 
Autobiographical prose piece entitled 'Vladivostok adventures', 1990

Folder 8 
Short stories, 1983-1984

Including:
'The block'
'Escape from letters'
'The guardian'
'Hunting and living'

Folder 9-10 
Poetry readings, talks and seminars, 1983-1992

Folder 11-13 
Book reviews, 1986-1991

Folder 14-21 
Sustainable population - notes, correspondence, letters to the editor and articles, together with conference papers and brochures, meeting agendas and newsletters, 1983-1994

Folder 22 
Miscellaneous prose works, 1984-1985

Including:
Words on paper : an introduction to alphabetic theory : a monograph on the theory and history of written language, with special reference to the problems of English and other European languages 1983 - letter to Sue Campbell, 16/12/1987 and annotated computer typescript draft, 5 p.
Television documentary entitled Voyage on my dreams (1985) - 30-minute film documentary produced by the ABC on O'Connor's work as an environmental writer
Radio programs entitled:
Australianization of English (1984)
Australian writers on landscape 
Australian literature and science 
A visit to earth (1984)
Video Transcript:
Naming the parts of Australia : a conversation between Manning Clark and Mark O'Connor 
Outline for a proposed educational video:
'Writing about environment'
Treatment:
'The last empty country'
Drama:
'Letters to Lady Fortinbras'
Reader's Report:
Report on David Reiter's The snow in us, 7/8/1988
The grub in the wood of time - computer typescript review, 2 p. and press release entitled 'Woodworm creates work of art in the National Library' - annotated computer typescript draft, 3 p.
Handwritten notes:
For an article on Imbalance
For James Cook drama students on their performance of Threads, 11/1991
Annotated computer typescript draft for a piece on the Iraq oil blockade

 

Series 5 Editorial, 1985-1990

This series includes notes and computer typescript drafts relating to an anthology edited by O'Connor entitled Two centuries of Australian poetry, published by Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1988. There are also computer typescript drafts of the preface for the 2nd edition published in 1996.

Folder 1-5 
Two centuries of Australian poetry (1988) - correspondence, notes and drafts, 1985-1988

Folder 6 
Two centuries of Australian poetry (1996) - preface drafts, 1990

 

Series 6 Miscellaneous Papers, 1983-1994

This series includes notes, correspondence, curriculum vitae's, supporting material for a Literature Board special grant project application, interview transcripts, travel itineraries and a published criticism regarding O'Connor and his work.

Folder 1 
Curriculum vitae's, 1980-1993

Folder 2 
Supporting material for a Literature Board special grant project application

Folder 3 
Criticism and interviews, 1980-1994

Including:
Criticism by Trevor James entitled 'Wordsworth in Darwin'
Transcripts of interviews with O'Connor regarding his work and the teaching of poetry
Transcripts of interviews with Manning Clark and Anne Edgeworth
Drafts of interview questions regarding political correctness

Folder 4 
Correspondence and notes relating to O'Connor's visiting fellowship at the Humanities Research Centre and the Australian Studies Centre, University of Oregon, 1993-1994

Folder 5 
Japan trip, 1990

Folder 6 
China trip, 1990-1991

Folder 7 
Telephone note pads, 1991-1993

Folder 8 
News cuttings; flyers for readings and workshops; poetry brochures and flyers; newsletters, 1983-1993

Folder 9 
Material by others including poetry, short stories, criticism and curriculum vitae, 1983-1993

 

Series 7 Audiovisual Media, 1986-1993

This series comprises computer discs and micro, audio and video cassette tapes. Transcripts are housed in Series 1.

Box-folder 22 
131 micro cassette tapes containing notes, addresses, drafts of correspondence, articles, criticisms, poems, reviews, talks and travel arrangements, 1986-1990

Box-folder 23 
27 5¼ computer discs containing notes, addresses, drafts of correspondence, articles, criticisms, poems, reviews, talks and travel arrangements, 1986-1990
7 3½" computer discs containing notes, addresses, drafts of correspondence, articles, criticisms, poems, reviews, talks and travel arrangements, 1990-1993
2 VHS video cassette tapes of Naming the parts of Australia : a conversation between Manning Clark and Mark O'Connor, May 1990
Audio cassette tape of Anne Edgeworth reading her poetry, 12/12/1985
Audio cassette tape of Bill Tally interviews: Side A - Rick 28/6/1987, John, 29/6/1987, Paul Turnbull 29/6/1987; Side B - Mark O'Connor, 2/7/1987, 1986-1993

 

Series 8 Photographs

This series comprises photographs of Mark O'Connor and R. F. Brissenden.

Box-folder 24 
Photographs of Mark O'Connor (6, 1 b/w, 5 colour)
Mark O'Connor with R. F. Brissenden (2 colour)

 

Series 9 Folios

This series comprises one handwritten poem by Mark O'Connor and The fiesta of men galley.

Folder 1 
Handwritten poem entitled 'The grub in the wood of time'

Folder 2 
The fiesta of men tape 1 galley

 

Series 10 Posters

This series comprises six posters collected by O'Connor.

Oversize 1-6 
Posters

Including:
'Snow Gum, Dargo High Plains', Forestry Commission of N.S.W.
'Australian Year of the Tree 1982-1983', Forestry Commission of N.S.W.
'Threads : a theatrical landscape drawn from the poetry of Mark O'Connor', Thursday November 21, Cowshed, James Cook University, Western Campus
Notes by Alison Croggon, February 17-28, La Mama
'On Darlinghurst Hill' poem by Paul Knobel, 22/2/1984
Advertisement poster for a talk given by O'Connor in China, 1990