Clark, Chris (b.1951)

Accession Number PR04839
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 5 boxes: 0.9 metres
Object type Manuscript, Document, Diary, Letter, Papers, Newspaper cutting, Photograph
Maker Clark, Chris
Date made 1945-2000
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM371 96/0363
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Vietnam, 1962-1975
First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copyright expired. Copying permitted subject to physical condition. Permission for reproduction not required.

Collection relating to the writing of several books by military historian Dr Chris Clark. 5 boxes containing 37 wallets, contents as follows.

Wallets 1-6, relating to "Action Stations Coral Sea: the Australian commander's story":
Bound draft manuscript.
Correspondence with members of the Crace family, Alan Zammitt, Dacre Smyth, Cliff Hemming, Frank Westley, Jack Langrell, Edward J Znosko (USN), T M (Mervyn) Johnston, R P (Perry) Circuitt, Frank Timmerman, The King's School, LT CMDR John H B Macartney (ret), HMAS Hobart Association (Roy E Scrivener), and Roger Moag.
Launch, promotional material and book reviews. Veterans' recollections.
Articles by Chris Clark: "Crucible of an alliance" and "Coral Sea Comedy of Errors".
Translation of recollections by Rear Admiral Toshio Ichiki (JMSDF ret).

Wallets 7-8. "The shame of Savo: anatomy of a naval disaster":
Bound draft manuscript; launch invitation and book reviews.

Wallets 9-10. 'Soldiers in Politics: the impact of the military on Australian political life and institutions':
Bound draft manuscript.
Memoir/letter by Gordon Scholes and "History of The Australian Veterans and Defence Services Council" (AVADSC).
"Some Memories of the Royal Australian Air Force, 1923 to 1939" by Air Commodore U Ewart RAAF ret; "Evatt as Historian, the dismissal of J T Lang" by John McCarthy and "A History of the Legion of Frontiersmen" by unknown author.
Interview notes: Justice Sir Edward Woodward and Hon. Gough Whitlam.

Wallets 11-19. 'McNamara VC: a hero's dilemma'"
Bound draft manuscript.
Correspondence with R C McNamara and others. Includes veterans' recollections.
Engagement as consultant for RAAF, minute paper.
Interview notes: H N Wrigley, WGCDR Gates, G L Grendon and Norm Clifford.
Photocopies of McNamara log book pages and application for pilot training.
Book reviews and McNamara family visit to Australia, 1996.
McNamara Personnel file 1945-46.

Wallet 20. Articles by Chris Clark: "So, you want to write a history. Some practical hints on writing a book for publication" and "The practicalities of writing history for publication: the author's viewpoint" presented at the Naval History Workshop, 1992.

Wallets 21-24. 'The Third Brother: the Royal Australian Air Force 1921-39':
Circular sent to members Pre-War RAAF Association.
"Brief History of the Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association" by the Royal Australian Air Force Association, 24/10/1989.
Correspondence with RAAF veterans: Air Commodore U Ewart (ret); W A Bradlea; W G (Will) Compagnoni; Air Marshal Sir Edward Chilton (ret); Sir Richard Kingsland; John Harrison; Air Commodore P G (Paddy) Heffernan (ret), Derreck French and John Graham. Recollections of 1604 WO A J Skinner and James Lyle Truscott.
Letter from John Harrison and interview notes. Launch, publicity material and book reviews.

Wallets 25-34. 'Hit My Smoke: targeting the enemy in Vietnam'. Unbound manuscript; correspondence with the following former FACs (Forward Air Controllers) C L Ackland , P D Condon, Garry G Cooper, G J Ennis, M Cottrell, B H Fooks, A P Ford, J P Hayden, R N Kelloway, P G Larard, K J Mitchell, C S Langton, R B Gregory, G W Neil, B J S Mouatt, R S Ramsey, D J S Riding, B M Schultz, K I Semmler, A C Sibthorpe, P G Smith, B M Thomas, G A Thoms and N B Williams.
Photocopy of Garry G Cooper's Vietnam diary.
Interview notes for Macaulay Cottrell and G W Neil.
Launch and book reviews.

Wallets 35-36. 'The RAAF in Vietnam; Australian Air Involvement in the Vietnam war 1962-1975'.
Bound draft manuscript.
Correspondence between Chris Clark and various people including B E S Williamson, G C Walton and D M Cooper.
Interview notes: Macaulay Cottrell and K G Brinsley.
Launch and book reviews.

Wallet 37. 'Edge of Centre: the eventful life of Group captain Gerald Packer.'
Correspondence between Chris Clark and the Packer family.
Letter from Air Commodore U Ewart RAAF ret, 1982.
Interview notes: Maida Packer.