Guide to the Papers of Cornelis Vleeskens [MSS 146]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Cornelis Vleeskens
Manuscript Number MSS 146
Last Updated August 2021
Extent 3 boxes
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Correspondence, assorted works, handwritten and typescript drafts


Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content 

This collection contains poetry and prose by Cornelis Vleeskens and correspondence from contributors to his poetry journals (Fling, Makar…), friends and publishers.

Date Range of Content


Biographical Note 

Cornelis Vleeskens studied for a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in English at the universities of Sydney and Queensland. He travelled widely in South-East Asia, Hong Kong and Japan and worked mainly as a psychiatric and geriatric nurse. He began writing in English, made some attempts to write in Dutch between 1979 and 1984 and then began writing predominantly in Dutch in 1987. His work has been read on Radio 5UV in the late 1970s, Radio 4ZZZ in 1976, Radio 2SER in 1981, Radio 3CR from 1982, Radio 3RRR in 1985 and 1989, Radio 3RPP in 1989, Radio 3ZZZ since 1989 and Radio 2EA in 1990. He read on many occasions, including at Sydney University; the University of Queensland and Kedron College of Advanced Education; the Warana Festival; Cafe L'Absurd (Balmain); Exiles Bookshop (Darlinghurst); Cornstalk Bookshop (Glebe); Monsalvat Poetry Festival; La Mama Poetica; Rochester Castle Hotel (Melbourne); Fringe Festivals (Melbourne); Club Foote (Adelaide) and on the 1990 MAD (Melbourne Adelaide Darwin) Poets Tour on the Ghan Train in 1990.




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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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

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Preferred Citation

Papers of Cornelis Vleeskens, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 146, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was acquired by the library in 1989.


Subject Keywords 



Correspondence, poetry

Personal Names

Cornelis Vleeskens, 1948-2012

Richard Tipping, 1949-….

William (Billy) Jones, 1935-2012

Pete Spence, 1946-….

Corporate Names


Friendly Street Poets



Writer, poet, publisher


Container List 


Box 1

Correspondence – Mainly consists of subscription letters to Fling and letters re material submitted to the journal for publication. Writers include Richard Allen, Jenny Boult, Kate Llewellyn, Joyce Parkes, Andrew Donald, Ananda Braxton-Smith, Robert Habost. The rest of the correspondence relates to material submitted to publishers by Vleeskens, as well as letters from friends. 

Folder 1 

Correspondence, 1976-1987

Newspaper clippings


Folder 2

Correspondence, 1977-1985

Memorandum of agreement between Vleeskens and Angus and Robertson Publishers (June 1978)

Programs, flyers, posters and newsletters


Folder 3

Correspondence, 1980-1988

Newspaper clippings

Lest to remember, by Margaret Houghton

Folder 4

Correspondence, 1976-1988


Folder 5

Correspondence, 1975-1985

Typescript of Action Shots, Prose poems, by Chris Wallace-Crabbe


Folder 6

Typescript of prose (some published, some unpublished)

Folder 7

Typescript of prose (some published, some unpublished)

Folder 8

The Day the River - Proofs and editor’s copy, North Queensland Press, 1984


Box 2

Assorted works, material re Richard Tipping, correspondence (Billy Jones, Pete Spence…), material related to Fling and Makar

Folder 9

Assorted works

Published post neo 1987

Translations published as Naked Dreams post neo 1988

Folder 10

Black Satin

The Desert and the Sea

The Gift


Folder 11

Assorted works, in English and Dutch

Folder 12

Letter from Richard Tipping, May 1978

An interview with Richard Tipping by Michael Sharkey, 1982-83

Newspaper clippings and material re Richard Tipping

Poets’ Union News N.1, correspondence and material re the Poets Union, 1978-79

Folder 13

Correspondence, 1977-88, mainly related to Fling and Makar (subscriptions, submissions, comments) and to material submitted by Vleeskens to publishers

Folder 14

Correspondence, 1976-85, mainly related to Fling and Makar (subscriptions, submissions, comments) and to material submitted by Vleeskens to publishers

Folder 15

Correspondence from Billy Jones, 1977-89

Correspondence, 1979-87

Folder 16

Correspondence, 1976-89, including Pete Spence and Billy Jones


Box 3

Assorted works, including Sittings for a family portrait and The day the river, correspondence and miscellaneous

Folder 17

Sittings for a family portrait – Handwritten and typescript drafts

Folder 18

Sittings for a family portrait – Handwritten and typescript drafts, 1981-84

Sittings for a family portrait – Complete typescript

Folder 19

Assorted works, including The day the river – Handwritten and typescript drafts, 1979-80

Folder 20

Assorted works

Correspondence from publishers re the publication of Vleeskens’ work, 1976-87

Material related to Vleeskens’ grants and awards

Folder 21

Orange Blizzard – Annotated typescript, 1975-79

Folder 22

Assorted works – Handwritten and typescript drafts

Folder 23

Assorted works – Handwritten and typescript drafts

Photocopies of different publications