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Papers of Russell Braddon, 1949-1995 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2582984
Format ManuscriptManuscript
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Braddon, Russell, 1921-1995
 
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Description [1949-1995] 
3.70 m. (15 boxes) + 7 cartons. 
Summary

The papers in MS 8963 contain 47 volumes of manuscript drafts of Russell Braddon's works, a small amount of correspondence, including letters from Joan Sutherland, Lord Beaverbrook, the second Lord Thomson and General A.E. Percival, as well as photographs of Braddon at book launchings, of Joan Sutherland, and other photographs (11 boxes).

The Acc04.162 instalment comprises 147 manuscript letters from Braddon to his long-time friend and manager, James Whitehand, plus one letter from Braddon to Kathy Gaskin, photographs of studio, publicity or literary event nature, about 25 cuttings books from the 1950s to the 1970s, and about 30 annotated typescripts of Braddon's fiction, histories and biographies (3 boxes, 5 cartons).

The Acc04.264 instalment comprises the playscript for The naked island, with the author's annotations, and a proof of Cheshire V.C. (1 box).

The Acc04.291 instalment comprises manuscript, typescript and annotated typescript drafts and proofs, together with research notes and other papers relating to Braddon's writings (2 cartons).

Biography/History

Writer. Russell Reading Braddon was born in Sydney in 1921 and educated at the University of Sydney. In 1940, he joined the AIF and, in 1942, was captured at the fall of Singapore. He was imprisoned for the following four years at Changi and on the Burma-Thailand railway. Braddon described his experiences as a prisoner of war in what is his best known work, The naked island, published in 1951. Later he wrote biographies, including that of Joan Sutherland, as well as novels, articles, books on history and television scripts. He was a prolific author who wrote on many topics, only some of them Australian, and was widely translated. Braddon was a broadcaster on radio and television, too. He lived in Britain from 1949 until 1993, and died in New South Wales in 1995.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 8963, MS Acc04.162, MS Acc04.264, MS Acc04.291.

MS 8963 also available on microfilm at the National Library of Australia Main Reading Room – Newspapers and Family History at mfm G 27664-27684.

Related Material Portrait of Russell Braddon, 1953; Located at; National Library of Australia Pictures collection PIC/8864 LOC Screen 117.  Russell Braddon interviewed by Hazel de Berg for the Hazel de Berg collection; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 1/482.  Interview with Russell Braddon, Australian writer; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 1706. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available in the Special Collections Reading Room and online at: http://nla.gov.au/nla.ms-ms8963 
Subjects Braddon, Russell, 1921-1995 -- Archives.  |  Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Biographers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Expatriate authors -- England -- Archives.  |  Australian literature -- 20th century.
Time Coverage 1949-1995 
Occupation Biographers.  |  Novelists.  |  Historians.  |  Scriptwriters.

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