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Papers of John Hamilton, circa 1957-2012 [manuscript]
Bib ID 3944470
Format ManuscriptManuscript, OnlineOnline
Author
Hamilton, John, 1940-2017
 
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Description [ca. 1957-2012] 
9 m. (2 boxes) + 10 cartons + 11 fol. boxes. 
Summary

MS Acc00.024 comprises files documenting Hamilton's publications and files relating to his work and travels, together with press clippings and photographs. There are also subject files, diaries, scrapbooks and cartoons. Topics covered include Timor, Indonesia, China, Vanuatu, the United Nations Peacekeeping Force and the Sinai Desert (10 cartons, 3 fol. boxes).

The Acc11.181 instalment comprises a collection of folders of newspaper articles written by Hamilton, some interleaved with related ephemera. Folders are arranged chronologically by year. There are several folders entitled 'General News' and others relating to specific subjects including: Martin Bryant - Port Arthur massacre, 1996; Princess Diana, 1997, includes Order of Service for her funeral and A4 colour photographs of the cortege and the public in mourning; Indonesia in crisis, 1998; Jaidyn Leskie murder trial, 1998; Timor crisis, 1999; Sydney Olympics, 2000; ANZACS, 2002; Bali bombings, 2002; and Galipolli, 2005. There is also a photo album of a visit to Galipolli [2005], a collection of Hamilton's Media Passes and cassette tapes of interviews he conducted (1 box, 8 fol. boxes).

The Acc13.034 instalment comprises papers documenting Hamilton's career as a journalist, including professional correspondence, book launch and award presentation speeches, news cuttings, photographs and ephemera. Correspondents include media colleagues such as Herald sun editor Peter Blanden, politicians including John Howard and Florence Bjelke-Petersen, and readers. A portion of the papers focus on Hamilton's retirement from the Herald sun in 2011 and include a farewell card featuring a portrait of Hamilton by cartoonist Simon Schneider (1 box).

Biography/History

Journalist and author. John Hamilton was born in England in 1940 and migrated to Western Australia as a child with his family. Hamilton established himself in Melbourne where he worked as reporter, columnist, feature writer and foreign correspondent before becoming associate editor of the Herald sun newspaper. In a career spanning more than forty years he reported on several major Australian events including the Port Arthur massacre in 1996 and the Thredbo landslide disaster in 1997. His overseas assignments took him to such diverse locations as East Timor, to cover the 1975 civil war, and Turkey to cover the 85th anniversary of the landing at Anzac Cove, 2000.

Hamilton served as a White House correspondent in Washington, D.C. and as chief correspondent and European editor for the Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, based in London. His media honours include two Walkley Awards and the Canada National Press Club Award of Journalistic Merit for his international reporting. He is also the holder of a High Commendation for the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award and a lifetime Australia Day Ambassador. As an author, Hamilton has published Gallipoli sniper: the life of Billy Sing (2008), among other works.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS Acc00.024, MS Acc11.181, MS Acc13.034.

Associated materials: Logbooks of Arthur Edward Dupuis, 1852-1864 MS 9172.

Also available online https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-432827210 MS Acc00.024 copy

Source of Acquisition Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by John Hamilton (Acc00.024). 
Subjects Hamilton, John, 1940-2017 -- Archives.  |  Journalists -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Newspaper editors -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Military historians -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  World War, 1914-1918 -- Australia -- Biography.
Time Coverage 1957-2012 
Occupation Journalists.  |  Biographers.  |  Military historians.
Also Titled

Sun-Herald (Sydney, N.S.W.)

Terms of Use Copying of John Hamilton's copyright material permitted for research purposes. 

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