Research materials

Research materials about author Ronald Hugh Morrieson, gathered and written by biographer Julia Millen, in preparation for her publication “Ronald Hugh Morrieson: A Biography”, 1996, David Ling.

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  Box 1 Folder 1

Life data – includes family tree; a chronology of the family including key life events and events related to Morrieson’s literary career; biographical notes; copies of newspaper cuttings; notes taken from news articles and electoral rolls; list of historic solicitors’ names; copies of marriage and death registers; will of Charles Bartley Johnson; notes on Lucy Johnson, property and mortgage; birth certificate for 1876 birth of Hugh Francis; photocopies of photographs of Ron and others; two original photographs.

  Box 1 Folder 2

Correspondence related to Morrieson’s university records; newspaper articles; research notes, for example about a car accident in 1950, and others taken at the Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, and the Button Film Archive.

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Correspondence to Millen from Ron’s contacts, regarding the research (including pages from John Dunmore’s unpublished biography), and drafts of her book; biographical notes from interviews (1994-96) with former piano pupils, his cousins and contemporaries, including girlfriend Georgina; 1973 NZ Listener article about Morrieson by Maurice Shadbolt.

  Box 1 Folder 4

Millen’s notes on Morrieson’s novels, short stories, book reviews and films, and related articles. Includes notes on short film/television programme “One of Those Blighters”, 1982 (Dir. Lynton Butler); 1983 NZ Listener article on the re-release of his four novels, and renewed interest in Morrieson; an essay by Frank Sargeson titled “Two Novels by Ronald Hugh Morrieson: An Appreciation”; a 1975 Landfall review of ‘Predicament’ by R.A. Copland.

  Box 1 Folder 5

Correspondence and notes from Len Chambers, a personal friend of Morrieson’s

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Correspondence and notes from Dr. Peter Simpson (English professor, Auckland University), who had written about Morrieson’s work and had intended to write a biography.

  Box 1 Folder 7

Heather Stowe and Tim Chadwick material – Chadwick created a petition to save the old Morrieson home in Hawera, which failed; Stowe was a personal friend who provided information about Ron’s life as a dance-band player.

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The Julia Millen Collection. A condition of the gift is that any publication involving use of material in the gift include full acknowledgment in writing of the collection and its source.
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