National Library of Australia

Enjoy a CovidSafe visit to the National Library.

You must be logged in to Tag Records
Papers of Bruce Bennett, 1973-2012 [manuscript]
Bib ID 5178889
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Bennett, Bruce, 1941-2012
Related Online
Access Conditions Part available for research; part requires permission for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1973-2012] 
11.25 m. (71 boxes) + 1 poster roll. 

MS Acc10.191 comprises papers relating to the career of Bruce Bennett. The collection includes lecture material, conference papers, research material, professional correspondence and some personal correspondence. Significant topics include the Oxford literary history of Australia, the development of Australian studies as a discipline, the promotion of Australian literature overseas, especially in India, short fiction in Australia, post-colonialism, the Australian Literature Electronic Gateway, Judith Wright, Frank Moorhouse, Helen Garner, Dorothy Hewett, Clive James, as well as Bennett's links to the National University of Singapore, Georgetown University, Wollongong University, University of Western Sydney, Australian National University and the University of Bologna (28 boxes, 1 poster roll).

The Acc12.130 instalment comprises miscellaneous published and unpublished papers, lecture and research notes for various projects, including the Espionage Project and the Australian Expatriates Project. Also, some miscellaneous material, including interview tapes relating to Peter Porter and Dorothy Hewett (31 boxes).

The Acc13.035 instalment include Bruce Bennett's lecture notes, and overseas journals with published articles written by Bennett (12 boxes).


Academic, writer and editor. Bruce Harry Bennett was born and received his early education in Perth, Western Australia. A Rhodes Scholar, Bennett was a graduate of the universities of Western Australia, Oxford and London. From 1968-1992 Bennett taught at the University of Western Australia, where he was Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Studies in Australian Literature and edited the literary journal Westerly. In 1993, he commenced a long association with the Australian Defence Force Academy campus of the University of New South Wales, where he was emeritus professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Amongst other literature-related activities, Bennett held visiting appointments at universities in Asia, Europe and North America, served on the Australian National Commission for UNESCO from 1985-1990 and wrote and edited numerous books, articles and reports on Australian literature, culture and society. Bennett received wide recognition for his service to Australian literature and university education, including being made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1993. Bennett died in Canberra in April 2012.


Manuscript reference no.: MS Acc10.191, MS Acc12.130, MS Acc13.035.

Related Material Papers, 1952-1982; Located at; Library, University of Western Australia. 
Subjects Bennett, Bruce, 1941-2012 -- Archives.  |  University of Western Australia. Centre for Studies in Australian Literature -- Employees -- Archives.  |  Australian Defence Force Academy. School of Humanities and Social Sciences -- Employees -- Archives.  |  English teachers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Editors -- Australia -- Archives.  |  College teachers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Australian literature -- History and criticism.  |  Regionalism in literature.  |  Australia -- Intellectual life.  |  Australia -- In literature.
Time Coverage 1973-2012 
Occupation Editors.  |  Oral history interviewers.  |  Academics.


    In the Library

    Request this item to view in the Library's reading rooms using your library card. To learn more about how to request items watch this short online video Help Video.

    Details Collect From
    MS Acc10.191 Special Collections Reading Room - Prior notice required
    Unprocessed collection
    Access details ... more
    MS Acc13.035 Special Collections Reading Room - Prior notice required
    Unprocessed instalment
    Access details ... more

    Order a copy

    - Copyright or permission restrictions may apply. We will contact you if necessary.

    Help Video To learn more about Copies Direct watch this short online video Help Video.
    close Can I borrow items from the Library?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    close What can I get online?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    close Can I get copies of items from the Library?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags
    Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other First Nations people are advised that this catalogue contains names, recordings and images of deceased people and other content that may be culturally sensitive. Please also be aware that you may see certain words or descriptions in this catalogue which reflect the author’s attitude or that of the period in which the item was created and may now be considered offensive.