Collection UQFL5 - Frederick Walter Robinson Papers

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Frederick Walter Robinson Papers


  • 1910-1968 (Creation)

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33 boxes, 3 parcels, 1 chart.

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Biographical history

Frederick Walter Robinson (known as "Doc Robbie") was born in Sydney on 21 October 1888. He was educated at Sydney High, University of Sydney and the University of Jena. He was Associate Professor of Modern Languages at Royal Military College Duntroon (1913-1932), and Captain and Intelligence Officer in the AIF (1915-1919). F.W. Robinson lectured in English and German at The University of Queensland (1923-1945), and later became Associate Professor of English (1946-1958). He was in the General Staff Office as a Major (Intelligence) in 1941-42. He presented the Commonwealth Literary Fund Australian Literature Seminars and Lectures at The University of Queensland in 1944 and 1958, and at Sydney University in 1946. F.W. Robinson also set up the Fryer Memorial Library of Australian Literature at The University of Queensland. For many years he was associated with the Oxley Library, the Queensland Art Gallery and other cultural institutions. He played a large part in the planning of the University of Queensland at St Lucia. F.W. Robinson died on 26 August 1971.

Archival history

Papers relating to the planning of the present site of the University of Queensland, and other University matters, are stored with other historical University records. Papers relating to his Duntroon period have been returned to the Royal Military College, except for some personal correspondence.
Collection previously titled as: Papers, 1910-1968.
Collection alternatively titled as: Frederick Walter Robinson Collection

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Personal papers, correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, notes, photos, slides, taped lectures (C.L.F.), maps, plans, pamphlets, newspaper clippings and miscellaneous publications, as well as a stamp collection.

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Unrestricted access.

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  • English

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Publication note

Professor Robinson researched some of the history of St. Lucia in 1952. Much of his work has been updated, built on and incorporated into the St. Lucia History Group Research Papers, Vol. 1, Nos. 1 - 5, published in 2004, prepared by Peter Brown.

Publication note

Material from this collection has been cited in:
Buckridge, Patrick. 'A Bohemian Wife: The Life and Death of Olga Penton'. Queensland Review, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2008: 51-65.
McLaren, J. D., & Mclaren, J. D. (1996). Writing in hope and fear : literature as politics in postwar Australia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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Material in this collection may contain culturally sensitive words or descriptions, some of which might not normally be used in certain public or community contexts.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are warned that this collection may contain images of Aboriginal and Islander people now deceased.

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21260498 ; 63004976

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Revised, Linda Justo, 2-Aug-2021. Revised, AM, 04-Mar-2020. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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