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Papers of Alexander Sheppard, 1939-1997 [manuscript]
Bib ID 1574381
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Sheppard, A. W. (Alexander William), 1913-1997
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1939-1997] 
0.75 m. (5 boxes) 

MS 8029 comprises diaries, 1942-1947; letters, mostly from 1941; photographs; radio broadcasts; reports and other papers relating to Alexander Sheppard's time in Greece. The collection also includes a large number of newspaper cuttings and publications relating to Greece, particulary cuttings of book reviews written by Sheppard; a 1985 Flinders University honours thesis on British policy towards the resistance in occupied Greece; a file of letters and clippings relating to Sheppard's attempts to publish Lady Chatterley's lover in Australia in the mid-1960s; a letter by C.H. Rolph dated 25 April, 1991; and, a photocopy of Rolph's article "'Chatterley' victory" published in New statesman (10 Jan., 1969). There are also photocopies of extracts from letters to Eileen Sheppard (wife), 1940-1942; letters, 1939-1997; documents and photographs dating from 1941-1997; articles and letters to the editor, 1942-1985; and, articles about Sheppard 1935-1997 (5 boxes).


Soldier, bookseller, publisher and writer. Alexander William Sheppard was born of English parents in Melbourne in 1913. He attended state schools and Melbourne University where he studied law. He learnt Greek and became fluent in other European languages as well. During the Second World War, Sheppard served in Greece as a colonel in the A.I.F. and was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished action during the A.I.F. evacuation from Greece in April 1941. From 1946 to 1948 he headed the British Economic Mission in northern Greece making a personal report in the House of Commons to the Foreign Affairs Committee. Later, in Australia, he became chairman of the Committee for the Restoration of Democracy in Greece. Following the war, Sheppard pursued a career as a bookseller and publisher through his bookselling business in Bathurst Street, Sydney, and, in the 1960s, he lead a campaign to liberalise book censorship. He was also the author of book reviews for various publications including The Herald. Sheppard died in Sydney in 1997.


Manuscript reference no.: MS 8029.

Includes items in Greek, Bulgarian, French and Danish.

Related Material Interview with Colonel A.W. Sheppard, army officer, writer, bookseller and publisher; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 2725. 
Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia, E962.

Reproduction In part, photocopies. [S.l.] 
Subjects Sheppard, A. W. (Alexander William), 1913-1997 -- Archives.  |  Sheppard, A. W. (Alexander William), 1913-1997 -- Correspondence.  |  Rolph, C. H. (Cecil Hewitt), 1901-1994 -- Correspondence.  |  Lawrence, D. H. (David Herbert), 1885-1930 -- Censorship -- Australia.  |  Soldiers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Soldiers -- Greece -- Archives.  |  Publishers and publishing -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Booksellers and bookselling -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Journalists -- Australia -- Archives.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Greece -- Personal narratives, Australian.  |  Greece -- Politics and government -- 1935-1967.
Time Coverage 1939-1997 
Occupation Army officers.  |  Booksellers.  |  Publishers.  |  Authors.  |  Journalists.
Other authors/contributors Mander, A. E. (Alfred Ernest), 1894-1985  |  Rolph, C. H. (Cecil Hewitt), 1901-1994  |  Jeffery, J. S. (Judith Sylvia). British liaison officers and the National Liberation Front : British policy towards the Greek resistance, 1942-1944


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