MS 1924 consists of correspondence, notes, diaries, minute books, photographs and cuttings covering every phase of the careers of Herbert and Ivy Brookes. There are papers on the Liberal Party, People's Liberal Party, Commonwealth Liberal Party, Brown Society, 1907-1921, Australian Protective League, 1918, National Union, 1917, Loyalist League, 1918, Board of Trade, 1918-1928, Tariff Board, 1922-1928, Australian Broadcasting Commission, 1932-1940, University of Melbourne, 1933-1947, National Council of Women, 1921-1970, Women's Hospital, 1912-1970, International Club, 1932-1958, and the Lady Northcote Permanent Trust Fund, 1908-1969 (140 boxes, 3 fol. boxes, 4 fol. items, 1 framed item).
The main correspondents are: Sir Kenneth Bailey, Sir James Barrett, Sir Norman Brookes, S.M. Bruce, W.J. Cleary, Sir Joseph Cook, Bishop Philip Crick, Alfred and Pattie Deakin, Sir Frederic Eggleston, Sir Littleton Groom, Sir Bernard Heinze, W.M. Hughes, Arthur Woodward, Sir Richard Jebb, H. Price, Ina Fisher, Timothy Littleton, J.S. Crow, Philip Kennedy, Sir Walter Leitch, A.H.S. Lucas, Jane McMillan, Professor G.W.L. Marshall-Hall, Sir Walter Massey-Green, Sir Walter Murdoch, George Nicholas, Sir George Pearce, Sir Claude Reading, Staniforth Ricketson, Sir David Rivett, Rohan Rivett, T.E. Ruth, Rev. Charles Strong and Mary Allen.
Card index to correspondence available.
The Acc05.153 instalment comprises a pocket diary, 1970, the last kept by Ivy Brookes (1 folder).
Herbert Brookes' business interests included Austral Otis Engineering Co., Australian Papers Mills, National Mutual Life Association and pastoral properties in central Queensland and Western Australia. From 1913 until 1917 he was president of the Victorian Chamber of Manufactures, and in 1917 he was president of the Associated Chambers of Manufactures. Both Herbert and Ivy Brookes were associated with the formation of the Commonwealth Liberal Party in 1909 and the People's Liberal Party in 1911. Herbert worked with W.M. Hughes on campaigns for the referenda on conscription in 1916 and 1917. He also worked for the Commonwealth Government as a member of the Board of Trade, 1918-1928, and the Tariff Board, 1922-1928, as Commissioner-General in the United States of America, 1929-1930, and as the first Vice-Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Commission, 1932-1940. From 1933 until 1947 he was a member of the Council of the University of Melbourne.
Ivy Deakin married Herbert Brookes in 1905. Ivy Brookes held executive positions in the National Council of Women, International Council of Women, Playgrounds and Recreation Association, League of Nations Union, Empire Trade Defence League, Housewives' Association, United Nations Association, and was, for fifty years on the Board of the Women's Hospital, Melbourne. She was a foundation member of the Boards of Studies in Physical Education, 1938-1970, and Social Studies, 1941-1967, at the University of Melbourne. In 1933 she founded the International Club of Victoria and was its president until it disbanded in 1958.