MS 9496 comprises papers that mainly relate to Arch Grant's biography of Kingsley Partridge. The papers include a photocopy of Partridge's journal, handwritten notes, a typescript of Camel train & aeroplane and a card index to Partridge's journal created by Grant (2 boxes, 1 fol. box).
The Acc10.167 instalment comprises transcripts of interviews conducted by Grant as part of his research for his book Camel train & aeroplane: the story of Skipper Partridge (1 folder).
Author and Presbyterian minister. Archibald Wesley Grant was born in New Zealand on 5 February 1911. As a clergyman, he held various positions with the Australian Inland Mission in the Northern Territory and New South Wales. He became an A.I.F. chaplain, serving in the Northern Territory, New Guinea and Borneo between 1941 and 1946. He was also a minister at the John Flynn Memorial Church in Alice Springs, 1956-1960, and an executive member of the Australian Council of Churches, 1966-1967. In 1977, Grant received a British Empire Medal (Civil) for service to the community. As an author, he wrote four books, Camel train & aeroplane: the story of Skipper Partridge (1981), Palmerston to Darwin: 75 years service on the frontier (1990), Australia's frontline matron, Edith McQuade White (1991), and, Aliens in Arnhem Land (1995). Grant died in Sydney in 2005.
Kingsley Foster ("Skipper") Partridge, MBE, was born in 1892 and died in 1976. He was an outback Presbyterian minister and a long time friend and partner of Dr John Flynn, founder of the Australian Inland Mission.