Guide to the Papers of Peter Bowler [MSS 368]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Peter Bowler
Manuscript Number MSS 368
Last Updated May 2021
Extent 4 boxes
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract This collection contains index cards, drafts, proofs, and manuscripts pertaining to Peter Bowler's writing career

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Scope and Content

The papers of Peter Bowler include drafts, manuscripts, and annotated index cards relating to his published works on words and language The Superior Person’s Little Book of Words (1979), The Superior Persons Second Book of Words (1991), and The Annotated Onomasticon (1983), along with manuscripts and drafts of non-fiction works

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Biographical Note

Wikipedia article:

Author and lexicographer Peter Bowler was born in 1934 in Dubbo. An author in his spare time, he worked for forty years in education policy and management in the public and private sectors. As well as his books about words (the Superior Person’s series), his published works span a variety of topics including child development (Your Child From One to Ten), cults and sects (The True Believers), and extraordinary deaths (What a Way to Go!)

Austlit : Peter Bowler retrieved 28 August 2020


Administrative Information


Access and Copying Conditions

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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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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 Peter Bowler, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 368, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


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Subject Keywords



Peter Bowler, 1934-2020 — Archives


English language — Humour

Personal Names

Peter Bowler, 1934-2020





Container List


Box 1

Folder 1

The Superior Person’s Little Book of Words (1979)Annotated index cards

Folder 2

The Superior Person’s Little Book of Words – Annotated index cards

Folder 3

The Superior Persons Second Book of Words (1991)Final draft


Box 2

Folder 4

The Annotated Onomasticon (1983) – Draft

Folder 5

The Annotated Onomasticon – Annotated draft

Folder 6

The Collector’s Onomasticon – Drafts and proofs

Folder 7

What a Way To Go (c. 1983) – Annotated index cards

Folder 8

What a Way To Go – Annotated index cards


Box 3

Folder 9

Unidentified manuscript

Folder 10

The True Believers (c. 1985) – Manuscript – pp 1-217

Folder 11

The True Believers – Manuscript – pp 218- 350

Folder 12

Your Child From One To Ten – Draft


Box 4

Folder 13

Dismembered (c. 1997) – Draft – First part pp. 1-200

Folder 14

Dismembered  – Draft – Second part pp. 201- 373