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Papers of Osmar White, circa 1930-2005 [manuscript]
Bib ID 3806133
Format ManuscriptManuscript
White, Osmar, 1909-1991
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [ca. 1930-2005] 
3.40 metres (14 boxes) + 2 fol. boxes. 

MS Acc06.177 comprises correspondence; drafts of published and unpublished works, including novels, short stories, non-fiction works, articles, playscripts, television scripts (Homicide, Hunter and others), radio scripts (International man) and commissioned histories (for Australia Post and Gollin & Co. Ltd); notebooks; newspaper clippings books and loose clippings; research material, photographs and other papers relating to the Colombo Plan; speech notes; travel documents and other personal documents; material relating to journalism training and lectures; maps; story ideas, book proposals and synopses (12 boxes, 1 fol. box).

The Acc07.141 instalment comprises mostly World War II era papers, including letters to Mollie White (wife), manuscript for Conquerors' road, 1946, notebook-diary, identification cards and other accreditation and press clippings, mainly on New Guinea, 1942-2005 (2 boxes, 1 fol. box).


Journalist, war correspondent and author. Osmar Egmont Dorkin White was born in New Zealand in 1909 and grew up in New Zealand and Katoomba, New South Wales. White entered journalism in Australia, worked as a journalist in New Zealand and was also a freelance writer in South and Southeast Asia, New Guinea and the South Pacific. During World War II White became a war correspondent and covered the New Guinea campaigns of 1942 and 1943. In 1944 he went to Europe with the Herald & weekly times where he was the only Australian correspondent present at the official German surrender. After the War he worked for the Melbourne Herald as a Pacific and Southeast Asia reporter specialising in Papua New Guinea. He was press representative with the Australian Antarctic expedition of 1956-1957. White was the author of several works of non-fiction including Green armour (1945) and, following his retirement from journalism in 1963, he focussed on writing short stories, novels, radio and television scripts, and children's books. White's other non-fiction works include Parliament of a thousand tribes: a study of New Guinea (1965), Australia for everyone: a modern guide (2nd ed., 1974) and Conquerors' road (1996). His short stories and feature articles appeared in the Bulletin, the Australian journal and other Australian, and British and American publications. White died in 1991.


Manuscript reference no.: MS Acc06.177, MS Acc07.141.

Subjects White, Osmar, 1909-1991 -- Archives.  |  War correspondents -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Historians -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.
Time Coverage 1930-2005 
Occupation War correspondents.  |  Journalists.  |  Historians.  |  Children's authors.


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