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Papers of Sir Keith Wilson and Lady Elizabeth Wilson, 1928-2001 [manuscript]
Bib ID 4925297
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Wilson, Keith, Sir, 1900-1987
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1928-2001] 
2.25 m. (15 boxes) 

MS Acc10.030 comprises records relating to the Liberal Party of Australia and associated organisations. The records relate to: Political Reform League: executive committee minutes, financial papers, constitution, rules, and newspaper cuttings; Political Reform League women's section (from 1932 Women's Branch, Young Liberal League and, at final meeting, Young Liberal Women), and minutes; Adelaide Young Liberal League: minutes, annual reports, annual returns, roll books and financial statements; Liberal Youth Centre: executive committee minutes; Liberal and Country League: executive committee minutes, South Australia Division papers, constitution principles and state platform, handbooks, list of branches and officers, historical publications, Tusmore Women's Branch minutes, lecture notes; Liberal Party of Australia (federal), Federal Executive Committee, minutes and papers, annual meeting papers, constitution, platform, historical publications, speeches by party leaders Menzies and Holt, election campaign publications, pamphlets and weekly newsletters.

Further records comprise those relating to the Liberal Party of Australia South Australian Division: constitution, Arts Policy Group minutes; Liberal Party of Australia Federal Women's Committee: papers and general files on women; papers on women's organisations including State Women's Council, Liberal and Country Party Policy for Women; Pan-Pacific and Southeast Asia Women's Association Australia Inc.: conference proceedings, correspondence, newsletters, reports, notices to members, history; Senate Standing orders, 1937; electoral materials including Boothby electorate polling places, 1940, scrapbook of 1946 election; political pamphlets including "The red twin: Communism, Socialism" (Federal Country Party publication), "Hard facts: inflation" (Office of Senator Amanda Vanstone); and, copies of student Liberal magazine (10 boxes).

The Acc10.209 instalment comprises printed (Hansard) speeches, typescript and manuscript speeches and talks for radio and Australia Day Council; correspondence relating to services for the disabled; biographical and historical notes on Sir Keith's life and war service; Royal Commonwealth Society papers, including letter of welcome as President of the South Australia Branch and address to the Society by Malcolm Fraser; Commonwealth Immigration Advisory Council minutes, notes and correspondence; Australian Citizenship Convention papers, information notes and bulletins; government members' Social Security Committee minutes, reports and correspondence; United Nations 20th General Assembly papers including speeches, reports and notes; Good Neighbour Council minutes, publications and correspondence (5 boxes).


Politician. Keith Cameron Wilson was born in 1900 and attended St Peter's Collegiate School, Adelaide, and the University of Adelaide. He married Elizabeth Hornabrook Bonython in 1930. In 1937, he was elected Senator for South Australia for the United Australia Party, serving from 1938 to 1944. During World War II, he left the Senate to enlist in the Army. Wilson was a "Rat of Tobruk", serving with the 2/7th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery, in North Africa and Borneo. After his return, he became the member of the House of Representatives for the South Australian Division of Sturt under the Liberal and Country League and Liberal Party of Australia from 1949 until his defeat by Labor's Norman Makin in 1954. Makin shifted to another seat, which saw Wilson recapture the seat at the next election in 1955. He held the seat until his retirement in 1966 which resulted in his son, Ian Wilson, gaining preselection of the seat, which he subsequently won.

Volunteer. Elizabeth Hornabrook Bonython, later Lady Wilson CBE, was born on 25 January 1907 in Adelaide, daughter of Adelaide Advertiser editor and mayor of Adelaide, Sir John Lavington Bonython (1875-1960) and Blanche Ada Bray (1881-1908). She married Sir Keith Wilson in 1930. Lady Elizabeth was active in community affairs and on the boards of many organisations. She died on 25 September 2008.


Manuscript reference no.: MS Acc10.030, MS Acc10.209.

Associated materials: Papers of Ian Wilson, 1958-1992 MS Acc10.208.

Related Material Liberal and Country League: the origins and development by Sir Keith Wilson; Located at; Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide.  Interview with Sir Keith Wilson; Located at; State Library of South Australia.  Interview with Lady Elizabeth Wilson, charity worker; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 1393. 
Subjects Wilson, Keith, Sir, 1900-1987 -- Archives.  |  Wilson, Elizabeth, Lady, 1907-2008 -- Archives.  |  United Australia Party -- Officials and employees -- Archives.  |  Liberal Party of Australia -- Officials and employees -- Archives.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Philanthropists -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Women philanthropists -- Australia -- Archives.  |  South Australia -- Politics and government.  |  Australia -- Politics and government.
Time Coverage 1928-2001 
Occupation Federal politicians.  |  Philanthropists.
Other authors/contributors Wilson, Elizabeth, Lady, 1907-2008  |  Liberal Party of Australia  |  Reform League  |  Young Liberal League (S.A.)  |  Liberal and Country League (S.A.)  |  Liberal Party of Australia. Federal Women's Committee  |  Liberal Party of Australia. South Australian Division  |  Pan-Pacific and Southeast Asia Women's Association  |  Royal Commonwealth Society  |  Australia. Immigration Advisory Council  |  Good Neighbour Council of South Australia
Terms of Use Copying of Sir Keith and Lady Elizabeth Wilson's copyright material is permitted for research purposes. 


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