Guide to the Papers of Barry Dickins [MSS 282]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Barry Dickins 
Manuscript Number MSS 282
Last Updated August 2021
Extent 1 box + 2 oversize
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Literary papers, including drafts manuscripts and scripts, drawings, scrapbook and poster.

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

A collection of literary papers of Barry Dickins, including scripts of plays, draft manuscripts with annotations, research material used for Remember Ronald Ryan. Also includes drawings and a poster for The Death of Minnie.

Date Range of Content


Biographical Note

Wikipedia article:

Barry Dickins is an Australian playwright, actor and artist. His career has included a close association with La Mama Theatre in Melbourne as well as the Australian Performing Group. Dickins is a prolific writer, with over fifty plays to his credit, contributing columns and non-fiction to various publications, as well as prose and non-fiction publications. He is also an artist, with his art published in the Melbourne Age and published material.

His best-known work is the stage play Remember Ronald Ryan, a dramatization of the life of the last man executed in Australia. It won the 1995 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award.

Author record, Barry Dickins, AustLit (, St Lucia: The University of Queensland, 2002-. [Retrieved from 21/01/2019].


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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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


Preferred Citation

Papers of Barry Dickins, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 282, Box [Number], Folder [Number].



The collection was acquired from Barry Dickins in two consignments.

Subject Keywords


Australian drama, dramatists, playwrights, artists, actors


Personal Names

Barry Leonard Dickins 1949-

Barry Dickins

KG Fish


Corporate Names

La Mama Theatre

Australian Performing Group



Dramatist, playwright, artist, writer, actor


Container List

Box 1

Folder 1 
Typed, annotated draft of script of The Banana Bender, a one-act play by Barry Dickins, together with printed programme, c1992
Theatre programme for La Mama’s production of Hymmie by Barry Dickens, 26 October to 9 November, 1991

Folder 2 
Annotated draft manuscript of Royboys by Barry Dickins

Folder 3 
Typed, annotated draft of script Beautland by Barry Dickins

Folder 4 
Annotated draft manuscript of Royboys by Barry Dickins

Folder 5 
Script The Golden Goldenbergs, a one-act play by Barry Dickins;
Script Interrogation of Angel, a one-act play by Barry Dickins

Folder 6
Two drawings for The Death of Minnie by Barry Dickins

Folder 7
Script Remember Ronald Ryan by Barry Dickins, third draft, 2 July, 1993
137 pages, prefaced by photographs of Ronald Ryan

Folder 8
‘The Story of Ronald Ryan’, pp. 7-54 [early to mid-1970s?]
Consists of articles, court and trial summaries.



Folio 1
Scrapbook ‘Remember Ronald Ryan’, first draft with annotations, 1992


Oversized - Map Cabinet

OS 1
Poster for The Death of Minnie by Barry Dickins