Guide to the Papers of Julian Croft [MSS 112]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Julian Croft
Manuscript Number MSS 112
Last Updated May 2021
Extent 2 boxes + 2 oversize
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Drafts, proofs, and correspondence relating to Julian Croft's published works

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Scope and Content

The papers of Julian Croft comprise drafts of short stories and poems along with related correspondence. Drafts include the following works: novel Their Solitary Way (1985), poetry Backless Betty from Bondi (1983), Drunk On a Mast (1981), and Breakfasts in Shanghai (1984), and biography Robert D. FitzGerald (1987) (draft titled ‘The portable FitzGerald’). The collection also includes 24 photographs

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Biographical Note

Wikipedia article:

Australian poet and academic Julian Croft was born in Newcastle in 1941, graduating the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Arts in 1961. After working as a production assistant and a research assistant, Croft completed a Master of Arts and travelled in Europe and Africa. In 1970, he returned to Australia and took up a lectureship at the University of New England. He was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer (1975), Associate Professor (1992) and elected to a chair in 1994. Croft also has a long standing connection with the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, as a foundational member in 1978 and as a life member after leaving the committee in 1989.

As well as his work as an academic, Croft’s poetry has been published prolifically, along with criticisms, novels, short stories and reviews. His poetry collection Breakfasts in Shanghai was the 1985 Australasian regional winner of a Commonwealth Poetry Prize

Austlit : Julian Croft retrieved 3 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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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 Julian Croft, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 112, Box [Number], Folder [Number]


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Related Material

The papers of Robert D. Fitzgerald can also be found in Special Collections, UNSW Canberra at MSS 004


Subject Keywords



Julian Croft, 1941- — Archives

Australian poetry — 20th century

Poets, Australian — Biography

Personal Names

Julian Croft, 1941-

Robert D. Fitzgerald, 1902-1987





Container List


Box 1

Folder 1

Drunk On a Mast

Folder 2

Final manuscript ‘Portable R D FitzGerald’

Folder 3

Correspondence regarding ‘Portable R D FitzGerald’

Folder 4

Uncollected poetry by R F D for ‘Portable R D FitzGerald’


Folder 5

Backless Betty from Bondi + 24 photographs

Folder 6

Their Solitary Way manuscript

Folder 7

Their Solitary Way uncorrected manuscript

Folder 8

Their Solitary Way final draft

Folder 9

Breakfasts in Shanghai


Box 2

Folders 10-13

Final Mockup ‘Portable FitzGerald’ (1985)

Folder 14

Introduction ‘Portable FitzGerald’ (1985)

Folder 15

1985, 1987 correspondence from Roseanne Fitzgibbons regarding galley proofs and manuscript of Robert D FitzGerald

Folder 16

‘Portable FitzGerald’ - off-cuts (July 1984)



Folio 1

Corrected proofs ‘Portable R D FitzGerald’

Folio 2

Galley proofs of Robert D FitzGerald