Guide to the Papers of Harry Heseltine [MSS 365]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Harry Heseltine
Manuscript Number MSS 365
Last Updated October 2021
Extent  2 boxes 1 oversize
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Correspondence, press clippings.

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

This collection relates to Harry Heseltine, former Professorial Head of the English Department at the Faculty of Military Studies, RMC, Duntroon, and includes correspondence, reports and press releases relating to the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Date Range of Content


Biographical Note

Harry Heseltine was educated at the University of Western Australia and Louisiana State University. In the 1950s he was editor of The Winthrop Review. Heseltine held academic positions at the University of New England, the University of NSW, and James Cook University (where he was Professor and Executive Director of the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies). He later became Professorial Head of the English Department at the Faculty of Military Studies, RMC, and then Professorial Head (and later Rector, CEO) at University College, ADFA. Heseltine retired in 1996.


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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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

Preferred Citation

Papers of Harry Heseltine, MSS 365, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was acquired from Professor Heseltine in 2001.


Subject Keywords


Australian Literature, RMC, Duntroon, Miles Franklin Literary Award

Personal Names

Harry Heseltine

Corporate Names

Royal Military College, Duntroon; University of New South Wales; Australian Defence Force Academy; Miles Franklin Literary Award.


Academic, university rector

Container List

Box 1

Folder 1 
Miles Franklin Award: Correspondence, acceptance speeches, invitations, judges reports, press releases: 1970- 1998; Permanent Trustee Company Lt Annual Report 2000

Folder 2 
Miles Franklin Award: Press cuttings

Folder 3
Miles Franklin Award: documents relating to the award held in the archives of the Permanent Trustee

Folder 4 
Miles Franklin Award: Correspondence between Harry Heseltine and Permanent (formerly Permanent Trustees) and other judges 1979-1985

Folder 5 
Miles Franklin Award: Correspondence and other material from Arts Management files 1986-1998.

Folder 6
Miles Franklin Award: Correspondence and other material relating to the preparation and publication of The Most Glittering Prize

Folder 7
Miles Franklin Award,1994 : Play Texas Queensland, by Julie Goodall, submitted for Miles Franklin Award with covering letter to Professor Heseltine.

Folder 8

Miles Franklin Award, 1997: The Scorpion’s Lodestar by Carl Mischke

Box 2

Folder 9
Guide to the papers and books of Miles Franklin in the Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW

Folder 10
Eve Langley: Transcript of recorded interview with Eve Langley, 9 May 1964, Tape 49, Hazel de Berg Collection, NLA; transcript of ABC Sunday Night Radio Two, ‘The Shadows are Different’, an appreciation of Eve Langley including interviews with Douglas Stewart, Beatrice Davis and Hal Porter recorded in 1974 shortly after Eve Langley’s death.

Folder 11
Xavier Herbert: Transcripts of interviews with Xavier Herbert, 1975

Folder 12
A.D. Hope: Typescript of Conversation with Calliope, 1961, signed by AD Hope 1962

Folder 13
Frank Kellaway: Correspondence, outline of proposed novel, typescript of play Puppets and Persons.

Folder 14
Cadet vocab project

Folder 15
Stawell photos etc; Hamilton Spectator indicative list; Ararat History etc

Folder 16
Swan’s: biographical information on Swan family

Folder 17
Swan family (N. W. Swan): biographical information (copies of birth registers)

Folder 18
Reverend Samuel Kelso

 Folder 19 (Oversize)
Austlit printout report on Miles Franklin

Austlit printout report on Miles Franklin Award