Guide to the Papers of Garry Shead [MSS 288]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Garry Shead
Manuscript Number MSS 288
Last Updated June 2021
Extent 1 box + 2 oversize + 1 AV box
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Original research, correspondence, publications, photographs and artwork relating to the work of Garry Shead

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Scope and Content

This collection relates to periods of collaborations and artwork produced by Australian artist Garry Shead, including projects based on poems by Robert Adamson and Rudi Krausmann. It includes personal correspondence, exhibition catalogues, original illustrations, poetry and family photographs. Of note are papers and photographs of Shead’s uncle and mentor, the Australian winemaker Maurice O’Shea and the Mount Pleasant vineyard, and the papers related to Shead’s research into his famed D.H. Lawrence series with fellow artist, Brett Whiteley.

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Biographical Note

Wikipedia article:

 Garry Shead was born in 1942 in Sydney. A celebrated artist and filmmaker, whilst studying at the National Art School in 1961 he became one of the youngest exhibitors vying for the Archibald Prize. Throughout the 1960s, Shead worked as a cartoonist and contributor to many national newspapers and magazines before joining the experimental filmmaking collective Ubu Films. During a film expedition in New Guinea, he discovered the letters D. H. Lawrence wrote in 1922 whilst in Australia. In the early 1970s he formed a close friendship with fellow artist Brett Whiteley over their shared interest in D. H. Lawrence, often travelling to places of significance and collaborating on artworks. Shead was awarded the Young Contemporaries Prize by the Central Art School in Sydney, (1967), the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris through the Power Institute in (1973), the Archibald Prize (1993) and The Dobell Prize for Drawing i(2004). Garry Shead continues to present solo exhibitions and his work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Art Gallery of South Australia and numerous regional galleries


Garry Shead, Design and Art Australia Online retrieved 24 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. 

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Preferred Citation

Papers of Garry Shead, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 288, Box [Number], Folder [Number]


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Related Material

Further material relating to Garry Shead is located in the Papers of Debra Adamson at MSS 181, the Papers of Robert Adamson at MSS 149 , the Papers of Rudi Krausmann at MSS 091 and the Papers of Tom Thompson and Elizabeth Butel at MSS 009


Subject Keywords 


Garry Shead, 1942- – Archives

D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

Artists, Australian –- 20th century

Poets, Australian -- 20th century

Wine and winemaking – Australia – History

Mount Pleasant Vineyard (N.S.W.) – History

Personal Names

Garry Shead, 1942-

Maurice O’Shea, 1897-1956

Robert Adamson, 1943-

Rudi Krausmann, 1933-2019

D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence, 1885-1930

Brett Whiteley, 1939-1992






Container List

Box 1

Folder 1

Photocopied instructions and notes, Ecole Nationale d’Agriculture de Grignan, 1917 onwards

Folder 2

Exercise book of Maurice O’Shea, Ecole Nationale d’Agriculture de Grignan.

Folder 3

Exercise book of Maurice O’Shea, Ecole Nationale d’Agriculture de Grignan.

Folder 4

Exercise book of Maurice O’Shea, Ecole Nationale d’Agriculture de Grignan.

Folder 5

Exercise book

Folder 6

Exhibition catalogues, ‘The Crucified Marilyn’ & ‘What are the Wild Waves Saying’, 1974

Folder 7

Original drawings for ‘Cross the Border’

Correspondence from Robert Adamson regarding ‘The Dante’s Tomb Postcards’

Poetry by Robert Adamson, Graal poems, 1976

Folder 8

‘The Glorious Lice’ by Robert Adamson, 1975

Folder 9

Handmade book, photographs and text concerning Garry Shead and Brett Whiteley,

Portrait of D.H. Lawrence

Folder 10

Literary drafts

‘Rudi Krausmann Poems Drawings’, containing notes, illustrations, drafts of typed and handwritten poems with annotations, and other papers

Folder 11

‘R.K. [Rudi Krausmann] Poems’

Poems Drawings Not in Book’


Box 2

Photograph Album/s

Photographs and memorabilia of the O’Shea-Shead families and the Mt Pleasant vineyard, c1913-1958


Oversize Material

Folio 1

‘Excerpts from Kangaroo - D.H. Lawrence, May 1922’. Handwritten and illustrated (a botched attempt at ‘washing’)

Folio 2

Illustrations, untitled [larger than A3]