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Papers of Ric Throssell, 1937-1998 [manuscript]
Bib ID 1567112
Format ManuscriptManuscript
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Throssell, Ric, 1922-1999
 
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Description [1937-1998] 
5.55 m. (37 boxes) 
Summary

MS 8071 comprises playscripts, drafts of autobiography and other writings in addition to correspondence, research material and other documents relating to Ric Throssell's work as a playwright and author. There are also papers relating to Throssell's career and security classification problems in the Department of Foreign Affairs, the life and work of his mother Katharine Susannah Prichard and of his father Hugo Throssell, and to his involvement with the Canberra Repertory Society (31 boxes).

The Acc00.222 instalment comprises correspondence, drafts, reviews, articles, talks, notebooks and cuttings relating to Throssell's works My father's son and Breaking the codes, and a screenplay of his mother's Black opal. Also included are files on Throssell's involvement with Writers Against Nuclear Arms (WANA) (6 boxes).

Biography/History

Public servant, playwright, author, actor and theatre producer and director. Ric Prichard Throssell was born in Perth in 1922, the son of novelist Katharine Susannah Prichard and Captain Hugo Throssell, V.C. After education at Wesley College he saw war service in New Guinea during World War II. In 1943 he joined the Department of External Affairs and later served in the Australian legations in Moscow and Rio de Janeiro. In 1943 he began a long association with the Canberra Repertory Society as an actor, producer and playwright. He wrote a large number of plays, some of which have been published. He published a biography of his mother, Wild weeds and wind flowers (1975), and an autobiography My father's son (1989), and also edited two collections of his mother's writings Straight left (1982), and Tribute: selected stories of Katharine Susannah Prichard (1988).

Throssell's career in the diplomatic service was greatly hindered by security classification problems resulting from his mother's membership of the Communist Party. He appeared before the Petrov inquiry in 1954, but no case was established against him. In retirement he devoted a lot of his energies to obtaining classified documents relating to himself and his mother with the aid of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Freedom of Information Act. In Canberra he helped to establish the group Writers Against Nuclear Arms. Throssell died in Canberra in 1999.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 8071, MS Acc00.222.

Associated materials: Papers of Katharine Susannah Prichard, 1851-1970 MS 6201.

Related Material Ric Throssell interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 1/208-209.  Interview with Ric Throssell; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 2794. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available in the Special Collections Reading Room and on the Internet at: http://www.nla.gov.au/ms/findaids/8071.html 
Subjects Throssell, Ric, 1922-1999 -- Archives.  |  Throssell, Ric, 1922-1999 -- Political activity.  |  Prichard, Katharine Susannah, 1883-1969.  |  Throssell, Hugo, 1884-1933.  |  Australia. Department of Foreign Affairs -- Officials and employees -- Archives.  |  Canberra Repertory Society.  |  Writers Against Nucelar Arms.  |  Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Dramatists, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Theatrical producers and directors -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Theater -- Australian Capital Territory -- Canberra.  |  Australian drama -- 20th century.
Time Coverage 1937-1998 
Occupation Public servants.  |  Dramatists.  |  Theatre producers and directors.

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