Radio transcript (43 leaves) of an ABC broadcast titled “Portrait of a poet: the days and ways of Chris Brennan” prepared and introduced by John Thompson. The remarks of several individuals who knew Chris Brennan are recorded. The interviewees included W.A. Selle, Bill Fitzhenry, Sir Lionel Lindsay, Helen Pura, Kenneth Slessor, A.R. Chisholm, J.J. Quinn, Geoff Bennett, H.M. Green, Rolf Brennan, Margaret Clarke and Rod Kidston (1 folder).
Also included is an unbound typescript of 65 leaves in which are recorded the recollections of people who were associated with Chris Brennan. Those represented in the collection are Dulcie Deamer, Mother Pieta of St. Vincent's College, A.R. Chisholm, Brother Gerard of St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill, H.M. Green, J.J. Quinn, Kathleen Donovan, Madame Pura, Norman Ellison, Harley Matthews, Walter Stone, Zora Cross, Janet Lindsay, Geoff Bennett, Norman Porter, Margaret Clarke, Frank and Mrs Johnston, Lionel Lindsay, Tibby Cotter, Rolf Brennan, Ken Slessor, Mr and Mrs Selle, Bill Fitzhenry, Mrs Kay, R. Kidston, Innes Kay and T. Inglis Moore (1 folder).
Poet, academic and teacher. Christopher John Brennan was born in 1870 in Sydney, and died there in 1932. Brennan attended St Ignatius College, Riverview, and the University of Sydney where he read the classics and philosophy. He graduated with first class honours in 1891 and won a travelling scholarship to study languages at the University of Berlin, 1892-1894. Brennan returned to Australia and became a literary author. His first published works appeared in 1897 with the titles XXI poems 1893-1897: towards the source, and XVIII poems: being the first collection of verse and prose. Brennan joined the teaching staff of the University of Sydney in 1909 and in 1920 was appointed Professor of Comparative Literature and head of the University's department of German and comparative literature. In 1925, however, he was dismissed from his Professorship on the grounds of adultery. Brennan then worked as a teacher of modern languages at St Vincent's College, Potts Point, until the time of his death.