MS 6265 comprises correspondence, notes, articles and book reviews, statistical data, photographs, miscellaneous journal issues, and newspaper cuttings. The literary series (Series 3-12) include research notes, manuscripts and annotated typescript drafts of seven of O'Farrell's publications. Correspondents include Elizabeth Dryer, Brian Fletcher, David Hilliard, T.W. Moody and Edith Johnson (144 boxes, 1 fol. box, 1 elephant folio).
The Acc06.157 instalment includes personal and business correspondence, book reviews, lecture notes, conference material, research files, clippings, drafts of articles and family history material (83 boxes).
Historian and academic. Patrick James O'Farrell was born in Greymouth, New Zealand in 1933 and graduated from the University of Canterbury and with a doctorate from the Australian National University before joining the University of New South Wales in 1959. He was Professor of History at the University of New South Wales from 1972-1999, and became Emeritus Scientia Professor of History upon retirement. O'Farrell also held visiting professorships in Ireland at University College and Trinity College, Dublin.
O'Farrell's initial research work on the history of labour organisations in the Greymouth area in the South Island of New Zealand developed into the study of the New Zealand labour movement. Subsequent research work covered Australian Catholicism, Anglo-Irish relations and the history of the Australian Irish. Among O'Farrell's published works are Harry Holland, militant socialist (1964), The Catholic Church in Australia: a short history 1788-1967 (1968), Ireland's English question: Anglo-Irish relations 1534-1971 (1971), The Catholic Church and community: an Australian history (1985), and Through Irish eyes: Australian and New Zealand images of the Irish 1788-1948 (1994). His The Irish in Australia (1986) won the NSW Premier's Literary Award in 1987 and the Ernest Scott Prize for Australian History. He also edited several publications and served on the editorial boards of the Journal of religious history and the Australasian Catholic record. O'Farrell died in Sydney in 2003.