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Papers of Max Robertson, 1933-1937 [manuscript]
Bib ID 971852
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Robertson, Max, 1915-2009
 
Access Conditions Permission required for research. Not for loan. 
Description 1933-1937 
14 cm (1 box) 
Summary

Diary, letters, and annotated photographs and postcards describe Robertson's voyage from England to Papua, gold prospecting in Papua, experiences in Port Moresby, employment in Sydney as a schoolteacher, and then with the Australian Broadcasting Commission as an announcer and commentator. The majority of the collection focuses on Robertson's experience in Papua. Includes articles: A day's work in the Lakekamu goldfield, Papua; The coronation of Pope Pius X11; and The headmaster of the King's School (Herbert Denys Hake).

Biography/History

In 1935 Max Robertson travelled from England to Papua New Guinea as part of a gold prospecting team led by Jack Hides. In 1936 he took a position as a schoolmaster in Sydney, and in 1937 joined the staff of 2CH, then joined the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney and Brisbane as an announcer and sports commentator. He returned to England in 1939 and joined the BBC, served in the Army from September 1939 to 1946, then rejoined the BBC, specialising in tennis broadcasting. His publications include: 'The LTA book of the game'; 'Mountain panorama'; 'Going for a song'; 'English furniture; The Encyclopedia of tennis; Wimbledon 1877-1977'; 'Wimbledon - centre court of the game - Final Verdict'; 'Stop talking and give the score'; 'The Ballad of Worple Road'; and 'Once upon a rhyme'.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 9735

Additional material was received in 2004 (MS Acc04/242)

Subjects Robertson, Max, 1915-2009 -- Archives.  |  Hides, J. G. (Jack Gordon), 1906-1938.  |  Broadcasters -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Papua New Guinea -- Gold discoveries.  |  Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) -- Social life and customs.
Time Coverage 1933-1937 
Occupation Prospectors.  |  Broadcasters.

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