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Papers of William Hardy Wilson, 1905-2001 and circa 1650 [manuscript]
Bib ID 3995097
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Wilson, Hardy, 1881-1955
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1905-2001] 
[ca. 1650] 
2.90 m. (8 boxes) + 1 large folio box + 2 folio items. 

This collection comprises papers accumulated by William Hardy Wilson until the time of his death in 1955, and then by his son, Dr Lachlan Hardy Wilson, who died in 2002. The earlier papers comprise correspondence, including drafts of Hardy Wilson's outgoing mail; drafts of books and articles; diaries, photographs; exhibition and sale catalogues; a design for a piece of furniture and news cuttings. Papers added by Hardy Wilson's son include correspondence and research undertaken by Zeny Edwards for her book 'William Hardy Wilson: artist, architect, orientalist, visionary', published in 2001; catalogues for later exhibitions relating to Hardy Wilson's work; and typescript drafts of a thesis on Hardy Wilson by Brian Kooyman, c1999. There are also ten hand-coloured maps of Italy and Greece, created by Dutch cartographer and publisher, Jan Jansson, c1650.


Architect, artist and author. William Hardy Wilson was a highly regarded twentieth century architect whose architectural commissions, mainly houses and small commercial buildings, were influenced by early Australian colonial architecture. Two of Wilson's best known house commissions were built in the suburbs of Sydney, "Eryldene" in Gordon, 1914, and "Purulia" in Wahroonga, 1916. Following a visit to China in 1921, Wilson became interested in an architectural style that combined oriental and western elements.

Wilson was also known as an artist whose artistic endeavour featured drawings of old colonial architecture. His work was included in the 1923 Exhibition of Australian Art at Burlington House, London. As an author, Wilson contributed to Art in Australia and other journals. In 1929 he published an autobiographical work, The dawn of a new civilization. His other published works include a fantasy, Yin Yang (1934), Old colonial architecture in New South Wales and Tasmania (1924), Collapse of civilization (1936), Grecian and Chinese architecture (1937), and, Kurrajong: sit-look-see (1954).


Manuscript reference no.: MS Acc07.082.

Related Material Hardy Wilson collection; Located at; National Library of Australia Pictures collection PIC/11872/1-5. 
Subjects Wilson, Hardy, 1881-1955 -- Archives.  |  Architects -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Artists -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Architecture, Domestic -- Australia.  |  Art and architecture.
Time Coverage 1905-2001 
Occupation Architects.  |  Artists.
Other authors/contributors Jansson, Jan, 1588-1664
Terms of Use Copying of Hardy Wilson's copyright material permitted for research purposes. 


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