Item F109 - Letter to the Senate, University of Queensland, 1911

Identity area

Reference code

F109

Title

Letter to the Senate, University of Queensland, 1911

Date(s)

  • 1911 (Creation)

Level of description

Item

Extent and medium

3 l.

Context area

Name of creator

(1870-1932)

Biographical history

Christopher Brennan was born in Sydney in 1870, the son of Irish migrants, and seemed to be bound for the priesthood until he abandoned his vocation and entered the University of Sydney. At University Brennan read deeply in the classics and philosophy, graduating with first-class honours in 1891. He travelled to Berlin to study in 1892-94, where he had a love affair with his landlady's daughter, Anna Elisabeth Werth. They were married in Sydney in 1897, but the marriage was strained by 1907 after the birth of four children and the arrival of Brennan's mother-in-law. Brennan turned to the cafe society of Sydney where he became a formidable presence with his incomparable intellect and wit. Brennan also became one of Australia's best-known poets. Brennan was offered an academic appointment at the University of Sydney in 1909 and was appointed associate professor in German and comparative literature in 1920. In 1925, Brennan's divorce led to his dismissal by the University Senate. His health declined and he died in 1932.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Letter 16 Dec 1911 to the Senate, University of Queensland, explaining his reasons for refusing by telegram the offer of a lectureship in Modern Literature.
Attached: copies of extracts from Brennan's previous application for the Chair of Classics, with testamonials from referees.
Also notice of motion of Senate meeting to consider the lectureship appointment.
Includes correspondence between Cecil Hadgraft and Zelman Cowen re the documents, reviews of French poetry by Christopher Brennan, and a copy of an unpublished poem by Christopher Brennan.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Accruals

System of arrangement

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Unrestricted access.

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Related descriptions

Notes area

Alternative identifier(s)

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Genre access points

Description control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Migrated

Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.

Language(s)

Script(s)

Sources

Accession area

Related subjects

Related genres

Related places