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Papers of Allan Aldous, 1846-1993 (bulk 1940-1980) [manuscript]
Bib ID 1533827
Format ManuscriptManuscript
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Aldous, Allan, 1911-2000
 
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Description [1846-1993] 
1.53 m. (6 boxes) + 2 cartons + 1 folder. 
Summary

MS 9104 comprises examples of both the personal and professional writing of Allan Aldous. The personal writing consists of a long series of wartime letters to his wife, Jean, from London, 1940-1944, and an unpublished autobiography completed in 1987. The professional writing includes a selection of playscripts written for Radio Australia, from the series "The storyteller" and "The Australian tradition", as well as scripts, programs and newspaper clippings relating to Aldous' son et lumiè€re productions in Perth and Melbourne, 1966-1970. Also included are a series of discussion group book notes and other material relating to his work with the Council of Adult Education in Victoria, an unpublished manuscript on outback Australia and a collection of correspondence including letters from Margaret Crosland, Charles Hadfield, James Parish, Nevil Shute, Charles Court and Vivien Leigh (6 boxes).

The Acc00.140 instalment comprises papers further documenting the career and cultural interests of Aldous (2 cartons).

The Acc10.110 instalment comprises 30 colour slides recording the lighting used at the son et lumiè€re production "Cook of the Endeavour", held in the Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne, 6-20 April 1970 (1 folder).

Biography/History

Author, playwright and lecturer, Allan Charles Aldous spent his early years in Perth, Western Australia, before going to London in 1935. In World War II, he enlisted with the A.I.F. in London, later serving in the Army Education Service in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. He continued his work in adult education after the war. Aldous was a writer of children's fiction, his best known novels being the McGowan series of five novels beginning with McGowan climbs a mountain (1945). As a playwright, Aldous wrote many radio plays, especially for Radio Australia. Aldous died in Melbourne in 2000.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 9104, MS Acc00.140, MS Acc10.110.

Associated materials: Papers of Allan Aldous, circa 1930-1963 MS 5744.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available in the Special Collections Reading Room and on the Internet at: http://www.nla.gov.au/ms/findaids/9104.html 
Subjects Aldous, Allan, 1911-2000 -- Archives.  |  Aldous, Jean P. -- Correspondence.  |  Court, Charles, Sir, 1911-2007 -- Correspondence.  |  Crosland, Margaret, 1920- -- Correspondence.  |  Hadfield, Charles -- Correspondence.  |  Parish, James -- Correspondence.  |  Radio Australia.  |  Victoria. Council of Adult Education.  |  Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Radio plays, Australian.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Australia -- Correspondence.
Time Coverage 1846-1993 
Occupation Authors.

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