Guide to the Papers of Brian Ridley [MSS 218]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Brian Ridley
Manuscript Number MSS 218
Last Updated June 2021
Extent 6 boxes
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract The papers of Brian Ridley comprise minutes, reports, press clippings and other papers, mainly relating to the Australian Society of Authors and the Poetry Society of Australia

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Scope and Content

This collection relates to Brian Ridley and includes material relating to his work as a poet and an administrator. It contains minutes, papers, articles, and correspondence relating to the Australian Society of Authors, Poetry Society of Australia, PEN, and Australian Copyright Council as well as poetry and correspondence, including from Suzanne Hunt (who later married Ridley)

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Biographical Note

Poet and administrator Brian Ridley was born in 1942. As well as teaching German, French and Latin, Ridley worked in Australian government departments including Treasury and Prime Minister and Cabinet. As a poet, he was published in Australian journals such as Poetry Australia, Southerly, and Meanjin. He was a counsellor for the Poetry Society of Australia in the late 1960s, and served on the committee of the Australian Society of Authors.

Austlit : Brian Ridley retrieved 28 August 2020


Administrative Information


Access and Copying Conditions

Access: Open Access

This collection contains a variety of copyright material. Copyright is held by the creator of each item. Specific conditions for this collection are listed below. If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items. Digitised material from manuscript collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright. Refer also to the UNSW copyright, disclaimer and takedown policy. 

Copying: Copying of material for private study and research is approved

Preferred Citation

Papers of Brian Ridley, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 218, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


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Subject Keywords



Brian Ridley, 1949-2009 — Archives

Australian poetry — 20th century

Australian literature — Societies, etc

Personal Names

Brian Ridley, 1949-2009

Suzanne Ridley (nee. Hunt), 1942-2009

Corporate Names

Australian Society of Authors

Poetry Society of Australia





Container List


Box 1

Folder 1

Australian Society of Authors, 1970-1973: articles, newsletters

Folder 2

Australian Society of Authors, 1970-1973: articles, newsletters

Folder 3

Australian Society of Authors, 1970-1973: articles, newsletters

Folder 4

Australian Society of Authors, 1970-1973: articles, newsletters

Folder 5

Australian Society of Authors, 1973, 2a

Folder 6

Australian Society of Authors, 1973, 2b

Folder 7

Australian Society of Authors, 1974, 2c

Folder 8

Australian Society of Authors, 1975, 3


Box 2

Folder 9

Australian Society of Authors, 1976, 4

Folder 10

Australian Society of Authors, 1977, 5

Folder 11

Australian Society of Authors, 1978, 6

Folder 12

Australian Society of Authors, 1979, 7 and 1989, 8

Folder 13

Poetry Society of Australia, 1962-1968: general correspondence

Folder 14

Poetry Society of Australia: minutes, correspondence regarding grants

Folder 15

Poetry Society of Australia: certified copies of documents, minutes

Folder 16

Poetry Society of Australia: miscellaneous papers, News clippings, notebook


Box 3

Folder 17

Arts Council Summer School, 1972

Folder 18

Australian Copyright Council, 1973-1977

Folder 19

P.E.N. (Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, Novelists), 1974-1977: notes, newsletter, correspondence; Society of Women Writers, Canberra, Newsletter, 1977

Folder 20

News clippings; review 1975, part 1

Folder 21

News clippings; review 1975, part 2

Folder 22

News clippings; review, 1976-1977

Folder 23

Annandale scrapbook, poetry/review

Folder 24

Reviews, 1974-1975


Box 4

Folder 25

Poetry from Sydney Morning Herald, 1965-1967

Folder 26

Clippings poetry review early 1970s

Folder 27

Ella Turnbull and Duncan Miller

Folder 28

‘The Harrowing of Balmain’, Peter Kocan

‘Paddymelons and Peaches’, Suzanne Hunt

Folder 29

Suzanne Hunt: poetry

Folder 29A

Suzanne Hunt: poetry and correspondence, part 1

Folder 30

Suzanne Hunt: poetry and correspondence, part 2

Folder 31

Suzanne Hunt: poetry and correspondence

Folder 32

Suzanne Hunt: poetry and correspondence


Box 5

Folder 33

Brian Ridley: poetry drafts, 1968

Folder 34

Brian Ridley: poetry drafts, 1969

Folder 35

Brian Ridley: poetry drafts, 1970

Folder 36

Brian Ridley: drafts, 1971/1972/1973

Folder 37

‘Essay on Intrusion’

‘The Dialogue of Life’

‘Poems, 1966-1969

Folder 38

Miscellaneous news clippings, 1972-1974

Folder 39

Miscellaneous drafts and news clippings

‘New Sympathy’, Brian Ridley

Folder 40

Publication notes, 1973

Folder 41

Prize competition, 1969


Box 6

Folder 42

‘Away From Lebanon’, including illustrations

Folder 43

Publication notes, 1968-1972; correspondence

Folder 44

Drafts, 1967/1968/1969

Folder 45

Poetry by Suzanne Hunt

Folder 46

Audio cassette

Folder 47

Audio cassette

Folder 48

Open Door Press: broadsheets, signed by authors