Guide to the Papers of Nigel Roberts [MSS 083]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Nigel Roberts
Manuscript Number MSS 083
Last Updated October 2021
Extent 2 boxes + 2 AV boxes + 1 folio
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Literary papers, including correspondence, poetry, illustrations and video tapes of readings. The collection also includes an album of unidentified photographs.

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

A collection of literary papers of Nigel Roberts, including correspondence with significant poets including П. O., Richard Tipping, Vicki Viidikas. The collection also includes poetry, illustrations and news clippings, as well as a seven video tapes and an album of unidentified photographs.

Date Range of Content

1970 - 1987

Biographical Note

Nigel Roberts is a New Zealander and Australian poet. Since coming to Australia in his twenties, he has taught at high schools and contributed to Australian poetry. He is best known as part of the ‘generation of 1968’ Australian poetry scene. As well as his poetry, he has edited a number of anthologies, including Off the Page (1990) and Post-Modern Writing (1979).


Author record, Nigel Roberts, AustLit (, St Lucia: The University of Queensland, 2002-. [Retrieved from, 30/01/2019].


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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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

Preferred Citation

Papers of Nigel Roberts, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 083, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was acquired from Nigel Roberts in 1988.

Subject Keywords


Australian poets, Australian poetry, 20th century poetry, New Zealand poets

Personal Names

Nigel Roberts 1941-




Container List

Box 1

Folder 1

Galley, no date.

Catalogue - “Now & then retrospective and works in progress”, Winifred Belmont at Café Quintos, Melbourne.
Essentially a small piece of ephemera, the catalogue lists works by Belmont but does not contain images. According to the artist’s description, the catalogued covered works 1983-1985.

Note cards (three), 1983 - 1985

Folder 2 
‘Poems for People Up Against the Wall’ by Paul ‘Shakey’ Brown, no date.

Folder 3 
Correspondence - П. O., Billy Joe, Richard Tipping, Kim Hemensley, Billie and Annie, 1979 - 1985
Includes poetry. Much of this material is undated.

Folder 4 
Correspondence with editors and Richard Packard, 1973 - 1987
Poetry - Vicki Viidikas, Loraine Roach, Susan Hampton.

Folder 5 
‘In Casa Blanca for the Waters’, no date.
With corrections by M Walding.

Folder 6 
Correspondence - Ian Wedde and various others, 1970 - 1984
Includes poetry. Much of this material is undated.


Box 2

Folder 7 
Correspondence - various, c.1980s

Folder 8
Correspondence - Michael Sharkey; Eric Beach, 1984 - 1987
Includes poems and other material. Much of this folder is undated.

Folder 9 
Poets’ Union - correspondence, minutes, constitution, ephemera, 1978 - 1982

Folder 10
Michael Dransfield - correspondence and poetry, 1969.
Poems from plastic folders, no date.
Poetry - Nigel Roberts, no date.

Folder 11
Clippings, 1979 - 1984
Includes two sub-folders.


AV 1

AV 1.1
Video tape - helical scan tape, Sony V-30H.
McQuarie Gall.

AV 1.2
Video tape - helical scan tape, Sony V-30H.
Richard D., Nigel Roberts, Gig – Michael Wilding.

AV 1.3
Video tape - helical scan tape, Sony V-30H.
Nigel Roberts, Lewis (?), Caldwell, Jefferies, Gallagher.

AV 1.4
Video tape - helical scan tape, Sony V-30H.
Gallagher, Mark Roberts, Cosmos, Donna Maegraft (?), Les Wicks.

AV 1.5
Video tape - helical scan tape, Sony V-30H.
Wild and Wooley.

AV 1.6
Video tape - helical scan tape, Sony V-30H.
John Tranter, Thompson, Forbes, Turner Lilian.

AV 1.7
Video tape - VHS, Panasonic Super SP 180, NV-E180SP
Nigel Roberts


AV 2

AV 2.1
Photo album.
Miscellaneous and unidentified photographs.



Folio 1
Red card binder.
Originals of poetry illustrations.