Collection UQFL231 - Frank Moorhouse Papers

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Frank Moorhouse Papers


  • 1957- (Creation)

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160 boxes, 1 parcel

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Biographical history

Award-winning author and journalist Frank Moorhouse was born on 21 December 1938 at Nowra, New South Wales. Moorhouse married Wendy Halloway in 1959 but they separated four years later, having no children. In a literary career spanning over 60 years, he published ten novels and regularly contributed short stories and essays to a number of periodicals and anthologies. His early career as a journalist began at the Daily Telegraph (Sydney) and he worked for several newspapers, eventually becoming editor of the Australian Worker. He is best known for his Miles Franklin award-winning series Palais des Nations, set against the backdrop of the League of Nations, for which he spent four years in Europe researching thanks to an Australia Council Creative Fellowship. He was an advocate for the moral rights of authors and played a central role in copyright reform in Australia. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for service to Australian literature in 1985. Frank died in a Sydney hospital on 26 June 2022.

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Collection previously titled as: Papers, 1957-
Collection alternatively titled as: Frank Moorhouse Collection.

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Literary drafts, personal papers, correspondence, research notes, newspaper cuttings, financial records, subject folders, cassette tapes.

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Unrestricted access, except for Box 22 Folder 1; Box 135 Folder 20; Box 136 Folder 28; Box 138 Folder 53; Box 141 Folder 86 and Parcel 165.

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Copyright applies.

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  • English

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Publication note

'Guide to the Papers of Frank Moorhouse, The University of Queensland Library, Fryer Library'. (2001). Guide to Australian literary manuscripts. University of Western Australia Library & Australian Literary Manuscript Collections Project.

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Material in this collection has been cited:

Lamb, M (2023). Frank Moorhouse : strange paths. Knopf, a part of Penguin Random House Australia, Southbank, VIC

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Up to Box 133 has been rehoused into Boxes 1-83. From Box 134 rehousing and reappraisal has not occurred (hence the gap in box numbers from 84 to 133).

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63004917; 21260371

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Revised, Linda Justo, 17-Feb-2023. Revised, Linda Justo, 1-Jul-2021. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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