MS Acc10.160 comprises correspondence from writer Alan Marshall and artist Noel Counihan to Jenny Hadlow, one photograph and photocopies. The ten letters of Alan Marshall to Jenny Hadlow discuss a visit to Hadlow at Swan Hill made by Marshall, Counihan and his wife Pat in 1970, the oil portrait of Marshall that Counihan based on a photograph he took during that visit, descriptions of the Australian bush, the Murray River and the Czech film based on his novel, I can jump puddles. The letter from Noel Counihan to Hadlow thanks her for her hospitality during the trip to Swan Hill in 1970 and mentions that he has begun work on the portrait of Marshall. The collection includes a black and white photograph showing Alan Marshall and Jenny Hadlow at the inaugural Australian Red Cross Society Winter Luncheon, 1973; a photocopy of the photograph of Hadlow and Marshall used by Counihan as the basis of his portrait of Marshall; and, material relating to Marshall's visit to the Hartley Street School for Physically Handicapped Children in Turner, A.C.T. (1 packet).
Novelist and short story writer William Alan Marshall was born in Noorat, Victoria, in 1902. He contracted polio at the age of six, which left him with a permanent physical disability requiring crutches or a wheelchair. His works include I can jump puddles (1955), This is the grass (1962) and In mine own heart (1963). He was awarded the Order of the British Empire and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Melbourne University in 1972. In 1981, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to literature. Marshall died in 1984.
Painter, cartoonist, illustrator and writer. Born in Melbourne, Jack Noel Counihan was an artist noted for his social-realist style and radical outlook, whose work has been widely exhibited in Australia and overseas. An active member of the Communist Party, Counihan was also a foundation member of the Print Council of Australia, and served as the latter's president between 1973 and 1978.
Jenny Hadlow (née Hackett) grew up on her family's farm, "Thistlebank", at Goodnight, New South Wales, on the Murray River. She married Barrie Hadlow of Swan Hill in 1961. In 1970, they moved with their young family to Canberra, where Barrie was studying and working in horticulture. Jenny Hadlow worked for the Australian Red Cross Society (A.C.T.) for 26 years.