Summary

Title: Papers of Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop.

Date range of collection: 1922-1993

Collection number: PR00926

Extent: 25m (129 boxes).

Location: Private Records Collection, Research Centre, Australian War Memorial.

Abstract: A collection of papers which document Dunlop's life from 1922 to 1993 and cover his personal life, education, military and prisoner of war experiences and related post-war concerns, his medical career and his social and civic interests.

 

Administrative information

Provenance: Donated by the sons of Sir Edward Dunlop, Alexander Boyd Dunlop and John Stuart Ferguson Dunlop in 1998. The diaries are part of a larger donation that also includes medals, uniforms and works of art.

Processing and collection guide completed June 1999.

Access: Open with exceptions.

The Dunlop family requested that access be restricted to some material. Medical case records and related material are restricted for privacy reasons. The guide has been annotated to indicate which material is restricted. Microform copies only of the original 1939-45 diaries are available to researchers.

Restrictions on use: Copyright of materials described in this guide is governed by copyright law in Australia. For further information contact the Curator of Private Records, Research Centre.

Preferred citation: Guide to the papers of Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop, Australian War Memorial PR00926.

 

Additional information

Related collections:

Benalla Historical Society, paper records not held by the Australian War Memorial
Australian Rugby Union, rugby memorabilia
Melbourne Science Museum, medical equipment and photographs
Australian War Memorial:
Art collection
Books collection 
Film and sound
Private records
Relics collection

Keywords:


Subjects:

Prisoners of war

Burma Thailand Railway

Surgery

Royal Australian Army Medical Corps

2/2 Casualty Clearing Station

 


Biographical note

Early life

Edward Ernest Dunlop was born on 12 July 1907 at Major's Plain, Victoria, the second of two children for his parents James and Alice (nee Payne), his brother Alan being born in 1905. In 1910 the family moved to a farm near Stewarton and in 1922 to Benalla. Dunlop attended Stewarton Public School and Benalla High School. His upbringing imbued him with a strong work ethic and a pride in his Scottish heritage, the British Empire and British governance and institutions.

Commencing a pharmacy apprenticeship in 1924 at Benalla Dunlop moved to Melbourne in 1927 and attended the Pharmacy College. Excelling in his studies, he won a scholarship in 1930 to Ormond College, Melbourne University to study medicine. Here he acquired his nickname "Weary" (derived from Dunlop tyres) during the course of initiation ceremonies at the college. He excelled at university and graduated in 1934 with first class honours. He excelled too on the sports field, especially in rugby union at which he represented Australia in 1932.

He joined the Royal Melbourne Hospital as a junior resident in 1935 and was appointed Senior Surgical Resident in 1936; in 1937 he joined the Children's Hospital as Resident. In 1937 he graduated as Master of Surgery from Melbourne University.

Dunlop had been a school cadet, and he continued his part-time army service until 1929, when his service ceased under pressure from his pharmacy studies. He re-enlisted in 1935 and was commissioned into the Australian Army Medical Corps on 1 July with the rank of Captain.

In May 1938 Dunlop left Australia for London aboard the SS Ormonde as the ship's medical officer. In London he attended St Bartholomew's Medical School and in 1938 became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. The distinguished medical mentors Dunlop met in London (for example Professor Grey-Turner and Sir Thomas Dunhill) impressed him with their total dedication to their profession, and he resolved to emulate their example. While in Britain Dunlop also developed a wide network of socially elevated and influential people.

Second World War

At the outbreak of war Dunlop was working as a surgeon at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington. He enlisted in the Australian Army Medical Corps (6th Division) on 13 November 1939 with the rank of Captain. He was posted in December 1939 as Medical Officer, Headquarters, Australian Overseas Base, Jerusalem, and appointed Acting Assistant Director of Medical Services. He was promoted to Major on 1 May 1940 and appointed Deputy Assistant Director of Medical Services on the staff of the Australian Corps Headquarters and AIF Headquarters in Gaza and Alexandria.

Appointed as AIF Medical Liaison Officer on the staff of the Deputy Director of Medical Services of Lusterforce, he served in both Greece and Crete. On 18 July 1941 he was appointed to command 2/2 Casualty Clearing Station (2/2 CCS), but he was dissatisfied with staff work and declined this promotion. He remained with this unit as senior surgeon (and second in charge) and subsequently served with them in Tobruk.

With the withdrawal of the 6th and 7th Australian Divisions from the Middle East, the 2/2 Casualty Clearing Station (and Dunlop) were transferred to Java. Here he was promoted to temporary Lt Colonel on 26 February 1942. He was in command of No.1 Allied General Hospital at Bandoeng (Bandung) when Java fell to the Japanese, and he became a prisoner of war.

Burma-Thailand Railway

Australian prisoners of war on Java under Dunlop's command were transferred later that year to Singapore. Here Dunlop clashed with Lt Colonel Galleghan (commander of the 8th Australian Division troops in Changi) over Dunlop's authority as a non-combatant commander.

On 20 January 1943 he left Singapore for Thailand in charge of "Dunlop Force" to work on the Burma-Thailand railway. He remained there until the war ended, labouring tirelessly to save wounded, sick and malnourished men. Many times he put his own life at risk as he stood up to the brutality of his Japanese captors. Though not the only medical officer to act in this selfless way, his name was to become a legend among Australian prisoners of war and an inspiration for their own survival. Throughout his captivity and at great personal risk Dunlop recorded his experiences in his diaries.

On 27 September 1945 Dunlop was appointed Lt Colonel. Returning to Australia in October 1945 he was demobilised on 1 February 1946, transferring to the Reserve List of Officers with the rank of Honorary Colonel. Before demobilisation he had been working (since 10 December 1945) with Brigadier Blackburn at Army Headquarters as Assistant Director of Medical Services to Blackforce. Here his work was driven by a desire to obtain a level of justice for former prisoners of war.

After the Second World War

When a student at Ormond College Dunlop had met Helen Ferguson, to whom he became engaged on 6 June 1940. On 8 November 1945 they were married at Toorak Presbyterian Church, Melbourne. They subsequently had two sons, John and Alexander.

In February 1946 Dunlop resumed his medical career and established a thriving private practice. At the Royal Melbourne Hospital he was appointed Honorary Surgeon to Outpatients and in 1949 Honorary Surgeon to In-Patients. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in January 1948. He joined the staff of the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital and in 1956 became Consultant Surgeon to the Peter MacCallum Clinic. In 1964 he was appointed the Senior Consultant at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Obliged by age to retire from the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 1967, Dunlop continued to practise medicine and was appointed medical officer for the British Phosphate Commission from 1973 to 1981.

Dunlop performed a variety of surgical work but developed a particular interest in gastro-oesophageal surgery and cancer. He pioneered new surgical techniques, though his methods were not without critics. He lectured on his medical interests and for a time taught at the University of Melbourne. Visits to the United States, Britain and other countries developed his professional knowledge and widened his professional and social contacts, and he was actively involved with Australian and international professional bodies, including the International Society of Surgeons. His medical interests extended to community health matters, such as cancer, alcoholism, drug dependence and fluoridation. He served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria (1974-80) and President of the Victorian Foundation on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (1970-82).

Dunlop's friendship with Lord Casey led to his involvement in the Colombo Plan. He taught and undertook surgical work in Thailand, Ceylon and India. He encouraged and promoted the training in Australia of Asian medical personnel and was an active member of the Australian-Asian Association of Victoria. His involvement in Indian medicine was particularly strong and he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Indian Association of Surgeons in 1972. In1969 he was Team Leader of the Australian Surgical Team to South Vietnam.

Dunlop maintained a passionate concern for the health and welfare of former POWs of the Japanese (many of whom were his patients). After the war he resolved to "make [the] care and welfare" of former prisoners of war "a life-long mission". He supported individuals making pension claims and advised and lobbied governments on their behalf. He was Chairman of the Prisoners of War Trust Fund from 1969 to 77. Dunlop also remained active with ex-prisoner of war and veterans associations, being for a time federal president of the Ex-POW Association of Australia. He addressed numerous reunions, meetings and ceremonies both in Australia and overseas. In his later years he led commemorative tours to the Burma-Thailand railway. He came to reject hatred of his former captors and promoted reconciliation with the Japanese.

Dunlop was also a patron, member and supporter of numerous social, educational and sporting associations. These included the Freemasons, Ormond College and the Melbourne Scots.

Gregarious by nature, Dunlop maintained a wide circle of friends and acquaintances in Australia and overseas and was to be seen at many social occasions. He was a diligent letter writer and conscientious in sending Christmas cards.

During the course of his life Dunlop received numerous honours and awards in recognition of his civic, sporting, educational, military and medical achievements. These included the Order of the British Empire (1947), Knight Bachelor (1969), Companion of the Order of Australia (1987), Knight Grand Cross, Order of St John of Jerusalem (1992), Knight Grand Cross (1st Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Royal Crown of Thailand (1993). He was an Honorary Fellow of the Imperial College of London, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Honorary Life Member of the RSL and Life Governor of the Royal Women's Hospital and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. In 1977 he was named Australian of the Year and in 1988 one of the 200 Great Australians.

On 21 April 1988 Helen Dunlop died. She had been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease for many years.

After contacting pneumonia, Dunlop died at his home on 2 July 1993. He was accorded a state funeral on 12 July at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne. Over 10,000 people witnessed his funeral, attesting to his great public esteem and popularity.

His biographer, Sue Ebury, described him as in many ways a "simple and modest man, ever conscious of his origins and grateful for his success." To the end of his life he retained his loyalty to former prisoners of war. Two weeks before he died he wept uncontrollably for the men he had known: "in the prison camps they were the best … they were survivors." And yet, in what is perhaps the key to the immense respect and reverence felt for Dunlop by so many Australians, he combined compassion and loyalty to his fellows with tolerance and forgiveness of his enemies. As one who had suffered so much and still been able to forgive his captors, he seemed to offer a way forward for the many others who had also endured the trauma of war.

References:

  • Sue Ebery , Weary: the life of Sir Edward Dunlop (Ringwood:Viking,1994)
  • E. E. Dunlop , The war diaries of Weary Dunlop: Java and the Burma-Thailand Railway 1942-1945 (Melbourne:Nelson, 1986)
  • Peter Dennis et al. eds , The Oxford companion to Australian military history (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1995)
  • Who's who in Australia 1993 (Melbourne:Information Australia Group, 1993)

 

Scope and content note

The papers of Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop are held within the Private Records collection at the Australian War Memorial's Research Centre. They document Dunlop's life from 1922 to 1993 and cover his personal life, education, military and prisoner of war experiences and related post-war concerns, his medical career and his social and civic interests. The papers occupy twenty-five shelf metres and comprise a range of record types: personal diaries, letters, photographs, film, publications, manuscripts, medical case records, legal papers and official documents.

Dunlop was best known in the public mind as prisoner of war, particularly on the Burma-Thailand Railway, and for his advocacy of the health and welfare of former prisoners after the war. His wartime diaries and related papers are highlights of the collection, but the whole collection documents the diversity and richness of Dunlop's interests and experiences throughout his life. There is much evidence here of the driving forces of Dunlop's life: his sense of duty, his compassion and his desire to be of service to others.

The largest component of the collection is his post-war correspondence (seventeen boxes). The arrangement of the collection follows the original order in which Sir Edward maintained them. This may at times appear to be somewhat indiscriminate, with items appearing in files seemingly out of order. Researchers should be alert to this feature, especially in respect of the correspondence.

Series List:

Series number Title of Series and Date
1 Correspondence, 1949-1993
1.1 Professional correspondence
1.2 Family correspondence
1.3 Personal correspondence
1.4 Prisoner of war, veterans and related correspondence
1.5 Honours and awards correspondence
1.6 General correspondence
2 Personal papers, 1946-1993
3 Financial, legal and related documents, 1946-1993
4 Speeches and addresses, 1940s-1992
5 Publications and manuscripts, 1940-1987
6 Honours and awards, 1922-1980
7 Wartime diaries and papers, 1939-1946
8 Medical career, 1930-1981
9 Ex-prisoners of war and veteran's matters, 1945-1993
10 Asian interests, 1955-1993
11 Membership of clubs and organisations, 1929-1992
12 Printed material

SERIES 1: Correspondence, 1949-1993

This series consists mostly of letters to Dunlop but also includes some copies of his outgoing correspondence. It also includes medical papers, conference papers, manuscripts, speeches, financial and travel papers, references, Christmas and other cards and miscellaneous printed material.

To facilitate access the correspondence has been described under the following headings, but researchers should note that these categories are not exclusive. Relevant material may possibly be located within any of the following categories, especially under General correspondence. A descriptive listing of each item is provided.

SUBSERIES 1: Professional Correspondence

Relates to Dunlop's medical practice and other professional interests, both in Australia and overseas. It includes correspondence with professional colleagues and others in Australia and overseas (e.g. United Kingdom, India, Singapore and Thailand). Subjects covered include Dunlop's medical cases (including former prisoners of war), discussion of particular diseases and other medical conditions, references for Dunlop (ref: item 1/38), involvement in overseas aid programs, training and sponsorship of overseas students and doctors, requests from individuals and organisations for assistance, Dunlop's medical research interests, attendance at medical conferences, meetings and seminars. Also included are copies of talks, lectures, notes on medical matters by Dunlop and others, and travel arrangements. Correspondence on personal, family and other subjects is also included e.g. with his wife Helen and son Andrew (items 1/34 and 1/23). Correspondents include: A.P. Denham, the Repatriation Commission, Rowan Nicks, A. de Sa, P.K. Sen, R.L. Manchanda, P. Nathaniel, Laurens van der Post, Sir James Plimsoll, Lord Casey, M. Simons, Sir James Paterson Ross, C. Mayo, Sir Paul Maltby, Lord Arthur Porritt, R. Dowling, Sir Thomas Dunhill and K.G. Jayasekera.

Series /Item Number Item title, date and description Box / Folder No.

1/1

To Dunlop (in Vietnam) from Shirley Hah (theatre sister) and Pamela Cockwell (secretary) re situation of medical practices, with reports on individual patients (contains restricted material).

Box / Folder No.

1 /

106 / 1,5,8,15,29,37,47(i)-(iv),

107 /

1/2

Professional correspondence,

Draft letter from Dunlop notifying his intention to

1 / 1-10

1/3

Professional correspondence,

From Alfred P. Derham re amoebic dysentery/amoebiasis among ex-POWs; Chairman of Repatriation Commission on Repatriated Prisoners-of-War (G.F. Wootten); papers of Repatriation Commission; manuscript notes by Dunlop.

1 / 1-10

1/4

Professional correspondence,

With professional colleagues and others in India and Southeast Asia re medical matters, requests for sponsorship and other assistance in Australia, attendance by Dunlop at conferences, etc. Correspondents include Arthur de Sa, L.B.M. Joseph, G.B. Ong, Rowan Nicks, Daryao Singh, P.K. Sen, R.L. Manchanda. Also includes letter from Alexander Dunlop (1970).

1 / 1-10

1/5

Professional correspondence,

Re Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (including papers) and international medical organisations; medical papers, and medical training and research; correspondence re individual patients; nomination as surgeon to assist the Royal visit (1970). Correspondents include Bernard O'Brien, Rowan Nicks and Malcolm Simons (contains restricted material).

1 / 1-10

1/6

Professional correspondence,

From medical colleagues and associates (includes papers

1 / 1-10

1/7

Professional correspondence,

Re World Congress of the Collegium Internationale Chirurgiae Digestivae (CICD), New Delhi, 1990. Correspondents include Celine de Sa.

1 / 1-10

1/8

Professional correspondence,

Colonel Allan Walker (official historian) re draft chapter "Medicine and Surgery in Captivity" (1949); Nancy Hayward re colon research (1954-56); patients, and, medical colleagues re medical cases (1949-50); Clifford Wellington re larynx treatment (1960); includes manuscript notes by Dunlop, papers re nursing and surgical training, and medical research papers (1949-51) (contains restricted material).

1 / 1-10

1/9

Professional correspondence,

Re visit to India for Silver Jubilee of the Association of Surgeons of India, Bombay, 1964; visits to Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. Correspondents include Geoffrey Chiam, Arthur de Sa, P.K. Sen, R.L. Manchanda, Laurens van der Post, Santokh Sing Anand, Jacob Chandy, T. Dorairajan, A. Venugopal, Sir James Plimsoll and the Department of External Affairs. Includes manuscript notes by Dunlop on Vietnam visit, correspondence of Dunlop as Deputy President of the Australian-Asian Association; with McCall Say re proposal for scholarship fund for Asian surgeons to work in Australia.

1 / 1-10

1/10

Professional correspondence,

Visits to the United States (including guest surgical work and teaching engagements at Rochester, Pittsburgh, Chicago and San Francisco) and United Kingdom (including re Cecil Joll Lecture to the Royal College of Surgeons), 1960. Correspondents include: US: Charles Puestow, O.T. Clagett, Michael DeBakey, Charles Mayo (Mayo Clinic), Colonel Alan Ferguson Warren, Kenneth Warren; Canada: "Marko" Markowitz; UK: Sir James Paterson Ross (President of the RCS), A. Dickson-Wright. Includes Dunlop's correspondence re oesophagectomy operations, "ileorectal anastomosis" and contact between Nai Boon Pong and Princess (Margaret?).

1 / 1-10

1/11

Professional correspondence,

(Title: "Jacob Markowitz") Letter from Jacob "Marko"

2 / 11-20

1/12

Professional correspondence, "Dr P. Nathaniel",

Assistance by Dunlop to Phillip Nathaniel (India) to

2 / 11-20

1/13

Professional correspondence "Re Dr Malcolm Simons",

Correspondence and related papers re Malcom Simons' interests in immunological research, the concept of "ANZ-ASIA" and a proposal for a 'World Health Federation of Australia'.

2 / 11-20

1/14

Professional correspondence,

Correspondence re contributions by Dunlop to Law Institute of Victoria seminar on "Medicine for Lawyers", including manuscript notes by Dunlop on "Medico-Legal Developments in the Last 30 Years", 1982; letters from Arthur de Sa re foreword for book, 1980, and A.P. Purdey, 1989; Salvation Army appeal leaflet.

2 / 11-20

1/15

Professional correspondence,

Dunlop's contribution to Royal Melbourne Hospital Manual of Surgery on vomiting (includes manuscript notes by Dunlop), 1961; joining International Society of Surgeons, 1961; letters to Dunlop at the World Congress of Gastroenterology (Tokyo); letters from Susie Smairl re situation in medical practice and from Helen Dunlop, 1967; manuscript notes of Dunlop re cancer of the blood and tongue, and gastric surgery, n.d.(contains restricted material).

2 / 11-20

1/16

Professional correspondence,

Arrangements for Dunlop's visits to the United States and United Kingdom, 1960. Correspondents include Maltby, Bachrach, Debakey Thal, Kenneth Warren, Paterson Ross, Mayo, Porritt, R.S. Allison. Includes manuscript notes by Dunlop re S/Sgt A. Gibson. Letters from Dick Eldridge re Dunlop's property near rifle range, Roy Dowling, Rowan Nicks (1967) and domestic correspondence.

2 / 11-20

1/17

Professional correspondence,

Letters and attached papers from Australian and overseas friends and professional colleagues re mixed, mainly semi-personal, subjects. Includes congratulatory messages re award of CMG, January 1965. Also includes paper by Dunlop to the Third World Congress of Gastroenterology: "The Association of Gastro-oesophageal Cancer with Oesophageal Hiatal Hernia", 1966.

2 / 11-20

1/18

Professional correspondence,

Correspondence and papers re Dunlop's visit to the United Kingdom and United States, 1952: viz letters of introduction, including from Robert Menzies (PM); and R.G. Casey (Minister for External Affairs) (addressees include Frank Forde and Percy Spencer); manuscript notes by Dunlop re surgical instruments, visits; letter from Helen Dunlop with enclosed photographs and notes of Alexander; personal letters from friends and professional colleagues; financial and travel papers.

2 / 11-20

1/19

Professional correspondence,

References for Dunlop, includes related correspondence. Referees and correspondents include Sir Thomas Dunhill, Arnold Henry, Lord Arthur Porritt, Lord Moran, Sir Sidney Sewell, Edgar King, Sir Gordon Gordon-Taylor.

2 / 11-20

1/20

Professional correspondence,

Letter from Hiroshi Sato, Professor of Surgery, Chiba University, Japan with enclosed paper re irradiation therapy for oesophageal cancer, n.d.

2 / 11-20

1/21

Professional correspondence, "Flora of Intestine",

Letters from Nancy Hayward with enclosed papers and research materials, including typescript papers: "The Absorption of Pteroylglutamic (Folic) Acid from Human Large Intestine", "The Bacterial Content of the Human Small Intestine in Disease of the Stomach".

3 / 21-26

1/22

Professional correspondence, "India",

Letters to Dunlop from Indian professional colleagues re visit to India for meeting of the Association of Surgeons of India, New Delhi, 1976, appeals for assistance, etc. Correspondents include: Manchanda, de Sa, Philip Nathaniel, Mehta.

3 / 21-26

1/23

Professional correspondence,

Medical assistance to two Tibetan refugee

3 / 21-26

1/24

Professional correspondence,

Correspondence and professional and travel papers re tour of the United States, Canada, Britain and Northern Ireland and Thailand, August-October 1989, especially re lectures at Queen's University, Belfast ("Reflections on the Burma-Thailand Railway Revisited"), St Mary's Hospital, London ("Recollections of St Mary's, John Diver and the Burma Thailand Railway") and war surgery conference at Bethesda, Maryland. Includes correspondence and notes of Dunlop.

3 / 21-26

1/25

Professional correspondence, "Dr K.G. Jayasekera",

Correspondence between Dunlop and Jayasakera, the Department of Immigration, the Australian High Commissioner in Colombo and medical authorities re assistance to Jayasakera to immigrate to Australia and register as a doctor.

3 / 21-26

1/26

Professional correspondence,

Professional/medical papers; letters from colleagues and friends in Australian and overseas; Anti-Cancer Council; requests from individuals and organisations for assistance, support, membership, attendance at social occasions, etc; ex-POW affairs; Dunlop's personal and domestic affairs; papers re aid to India; professional and social activities (e.g. conferences, membership of organisations, etc); ex-POW and veteran affairs; award of knighthood to Dunlop (1969); support for Dr F.M. Narielvala (India); miscellaneous printed material.

3 / 21-26

1/27

Professional correspondence,

(includes file titled "Indian correspondence Asian-65") Letters from colleagues and friends in Australia and overseas, including India and Sri Lanka; requests for assistance; Christmas cards; visit to India-1965; scholarship/training for Indian medical graduates; invitations to attend/speak at functions and meetings in India and elsewhere; copy ofIndian Mount Everest Expedition-1965.

4 / 27-33

1/28

Professional correspondence,

Re agenda and printed papers from professional society and club; requests for assistance from charitable and political bodies; conference information; travel matters; Christmas card; business cards; professional medical matters; Dept. of Immigration concerning Mr. Bun Huor; correspondence with colleagues/friends; notices, advertisements and advice re business and domestic financial matters.

4 / 27-33

SUBSERIES 2: Family Correspondence

Includes correspondence with his parents and relations, with his wife Helen (including correspondence prior to their marriage e.g. [items 1/16 (a)-(h)]) and with his sons John and Alexander. It also includes correspondence pertaining to Helen Dunlop's funeral. Subjects include his sons' career, travel, family matters and their relationship with Dunlop.

Series /Item Number Item title, date and description Box / Folder No.

1/29

Family correspondence, 1960-1987

 

Includes letters from Helen Dunlop to Dunlop when overseas (United Kingdom 1960, Hong Kong 1968, Singapore 1969); large collection of correspondence of John Dunlop (son), 1969-85, re travel, career, family matters, etc; and Alexander Dunlop (contains restricted material).

Box / Folder No.

4 /

1/30

Family correspondence,

Includes letters from Helen Ferguson to Dunlop, 1945 re his release from POW captivity and repatriation, and to Dunlop's parents (James and Alice Dunlop), 1940-45; letters and telegrams and transcripts of radio messages from Dunlop to Helen immediately after his release, August-October 1945; letter of Dunlop to his parents, from HQ BTG, Greece, n.d. (1941), and transcript of radio message to Helen from Java, 1943; various newsclippings re Dunlop, POWs, Thailand-Burma railway, etc; telegram and letter from Jim Yeates, 1945.

4 / 27-33

1/31

Family correspondence,

Letters of John Dunlop re professional activities in

4 / 27-33

1/32

Family correspondence,

From Helen Dunlop; letter from "Nicky" to

4 / 27-33

1/33

Family correspondence,

Letters of Helen, John and Alexander Dunlop, Pamela

4 / 27-33

1/34

Family correspondence,

5 / 34(i)-34(ix)

1/34 Part 1

Letters by Dunlop (in London) to Helen Ferguson, November 1938-March 1939. Includes letter of Oscar Billing to Helen, 1937.

 

1/34 Part 2

Letters by Dunlop (in London) to Helen Ferguson, April-September 1939. Includes letter from Dunlop to "Mrs Rogerson", Mrs Mary "Tossie" Ferguson, and letter from Annie Williams to Helen.

 

1/34 Part 3

Letters from Dunlop (in London and Palestine) to Helen Ferguson, October 1939-March 1940. Includes letter to Mephan and Mary Ferguson.

 

1/34 Part 4

Letters from Dunlop (in Palestine) to Helen Ferguson,

 

1/34 Part 5

Letters from Dunlop (2 AIF Headquarters, Middle East;

 

1/34 Part 6

Letters from Dunlop (2 AIF Headquarters, Middle East;

 

1/34 Part 7

Letters from Dunlop (2/2 Australian CCS, MEF) to Helen

 

1/34 Part 8

Letters from Dunlop (2/2 Australian CCS, 2 AIF; Java)

 

1/34 Part 9

Letters from Dunlop probably to his family from

 

SUBSERIES 3: Personal Correspondence

Correspondence with friends and acquaintances on matters of mutual interest such as personal news, mutual acquaintances, social arrangements, Helen Dunlop's death, and financial and legal matters. Also included are congratulatory letters and cards, Christmas and birthday cards and lists of recipients of Christmas cards from Dunlop [item 1/92]. Correspondents include Charles Lett, Colin Lowndes, Laurens van der Post and Rowan Nicks.

Series /Item Number Item title, date and description Box / Folder No.

1/35

Personal correspondence, 1968-1987

Correspondents include Sir Paul and Lady Maltby, Dr Tom Kemp, Charles Janson, R. Ramsay Rae, Caroline Bagworth, Patricia Vincent (re Andean project) and Andrew Crighton.

Box / Folder No.

6 /

1/36

Personal correspondence,

Death of Helen Dunlop. Includes obituaries by Dunlop

6 / 35-42

1/37

Personal correspondence,

(restricted

6 / 35-42

1/38

Personal correspondence,

From Charles Letts and typed notes n.d. re death of

6 / 35-42

1/39

Personal correspondence,

Tributes to Dunlop as POW leader and award of OBE, correspondents include Brigadier Arthur Blackburn, Sir Thomas Dunhill, Brigadier W.W.S. Johnston), 1945-62; copy of orders by Lieutenant Colonel E.D. Lyneham re capitulation of 2/2 Battalion to Japanese; statement at Ceremony of Remembrance, Sydney Cenotaph, 1952; message from Dunlop in Nakhon Pathom POW camp to Padre Harry Thorpe and tribute by Dunlop to Thorpe, 1944, letter of Harry Thorpe to Dunlop, 1970; poem (by Dunlop?); letter from J.L. Treloar (Australian War Memorial) re Chalker drawings, 1949; "Statement of Speech" by Lieutenant Colonel Y. Nagataro (commandant of Thanbyazayat POW camp, Thailand), 1942; letter from Fred Airey, 1949 re incidents preceding the capitulation to Japanese forces, Singapore, 1942.

6 / 35-42

1/40

Personal correspondence,

Cards re 80th birthday. Includes dinner invitation from

6 / 35-42

1/41

Personal correspondence,

Letters and cards re 80th and 82nd

6 / 35-42

1/42

Personal correspondence,

Letters and cards re 81st birthday.

6 / 35-42

1/43

Personal correspondence,

From Colin Lowndes, Laurens van der Post, Charles Letts and Rowan Nicks re requests for Dunlop's assistance, charity interests (e.g. for a Charitable Trust in Australia), travel to United Kingdom and Asia, ex-POW affairs, tributes to Dunlop, illness and death of Helen Dunlop.

7 / 43, 44(i)-44(iii), 45, 46(i)-46(ii),

1/44

Personal correspondence,

Includes papers re civic reception at Benalla, 1978; Charity Bicentennial 200 Kilometre Team Run draft script for advertisement.

7 / 43, 44(i)-44(iii), 45, 46(i)-46(ii),

1/45

Personal correspondence,

Re Celebratory dinner for Dunlop.

7 / 43, 44(i)-44(iii), 45, 46(i)-46(ii),

1/46(a)

Personal correspondence,

Lists of individuals in Australia and overseas to be

7 / 43, 44(i)-44(iii), 45, 46(i)-46(ii),

1/46(b)

Personal correspondence,

Christmas, birthday and greeting cards from Ray

7 / 43, 44(i)-44(iii), 45, 46(i)-46(ii),

SUBSERIES 4: Prisoner of war, veterans and related correspondence

Includes correspondence with former prisoners of war, pension claims by former prisoners of war and other veterans, medical reports and opinions on specific cases by Dunlop, correspondence with Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Repatriation Review Tribunal, ex-prisoner of war organisations matters and the RSL.

Series /Item Number Item title, date and description Box / Folder No.

1/47

Prisoner of war, veterans and related correspondence, 1975-1988

Box / Folder No.

7 / 43,

1/47 Part 1

1978-1985: Re appeals to Veterans' Review Board, veterans' pension rates, Herbicide study. Includes medical reports; correspondence with Albury and Sydney Legacy, RSL, Department of Veterans' Affairs, Ex-POW and Relatives Association (contains restricted material).

 

1/47 Part 2

1975-1981: Re pension appeal case (contains restricted material).

 

1/47 Part 3

1981-1987: Re pension appeals, patient case files,

 

1/47 Part 4

1942-1981: Re minutes Australian-Asian Association of Victoria; pension claims and reviews, medical case files, requests for assistance (contains restricted material).

 

1/47 Part 5

1987-1988: Includes submission to the "Independent Monitoring Committee of the Veterans' Entitlements Act"; Australian Veterans and Defence Services Council meeting and reports.

 

1/47 Part 6

1979: With Arnold Mann (RACS), papers re neurological disease in POWs, medical matters, POW manuscript history by Ern Corrie, pension appeals, Cancer Council of Victoria, Ex-POW and Relatives Assoc., RSL (contains restricted material).

 

1/48

Prisoner of war, veterans and related correspondence, 1962-1987

Re veterans' pension appeals. Includes papers re reunions of ex-POW and veterans' organisations (contains restricted material).

8 / 48-55

1/49

Prisoner of war, veterans and related correspondence, 1947

Re address by Dunlop to Australian Red Cross Society conference on the problems of ex-POWs. Includes Dunlop's manuscript speech notes.

8 / 48-55

1/50

Prisoner of war, veterans and related correspondence, 1987

With Jack Bennett, President of 8th Division AIF

8 / 48-55

1/51

Prisoner of war, veterans and related correspondence, 1965-1966

With Colonel J.M. Williams re David Hardaker (ex-POW);

8 / 48-55

1/52

Prisoner of war, veterans and related correspondence, 1970-1993

Re appeals for assistance by veterans for pensions entitlements, including letters from Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Ben Humphreys), 1976-88; from W. (Bill) Griffiths, Jack Chalker and Laurens van der Post re Dunlop's visit to UK, 1987 (featuring launch ofThe war diaries of "Weary" Dunlop); death of Ewen Corlette, 1989; from Ninian Stephen resigning as Patron-in-Chief of the Ex-POWs Association, 1989; Scottish Far East POW Association, 1991-93; Australian ex-POW associations (including dispute with Fred Airey, Ex-POW Association of WA), 1970-84; Sir Edward Dunlop Oration, 1987.

8 / 48-55

1/53

Prisoner of war, veterans and related correspondence, 1962-1967

Re attendance at Ex-POW Association and RSL commemorations and events; veterans' claims for entitlements and appeals for assistance. Includes Dunlop's medical assessments. Appeals for help from David Hardaker, 1965; manuscript notes by Dunlop on Walter Edward Fisher (includes obituary of Fisher by Dr C.E. Winston); draft Anzac Day address to Victorian College of Pharmacy, 1967; Lands and Survey Department re management of land at Queenstown, 1966 (contains restricted material).

8 / 48-55

SUBSERIES 5: Honours and awards correspondence

Pertains to the granting of various honours and awards to Dunlop including his knighthood, Companion of the Order of Australia and honorary degrees. It also contains recommendations by Dunlop for awards to other persons.

Series /Item Number Item title, date and description Box / Folder No.

1/54

Item title, date and description:

Honours and awards correspondence, 1953-1993

Official letters re award of knighthoods and

Box / Folder No.

8 /

1/55

Honours and awards correspondence,

Congratulatory letters, cards, telegrams re knighthood (1969), "Australian of the Year" (1976), 80th birthday (1987), Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) (1987), Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Melbourne (1988).

8 / 48-55

1/56

Honours and awards correspondence,

Congratulatory messages re award of Companion of the

9 / 56(i)-56(ii), 57-58,

1/57

Honours and awards correspondence,

Re "Australian of the Year" award, 1976. Includes

9 / 56(i)-56(ii), 57-58,

1/58

Honours and awards correspondence,

Congratulatory letters and messages re knighthood. Includes letter from Dunlop to Eugene Gorman reflecting on the nature of public life.

9 / 56(i)-56(ii), 57-58,

1/59

Honours and awards correspondence, "Recommendations for Decorations", 1987-1993

Letters and recommendations by Dunlop (with related papers) re honours and awards to Patsy Adam-Smith (writer), Donald Cameron (artist), Dawn Rolls (service to veterans), Pat Reid (service to veterans), Joan Saxton (Australian-Asian Association), Dr Nigel Gray (Anti-Cancer Council), David Dickens (surgeon), Rev Dr Geoffrey Bingham (ex-POW writer), Jessie Spark (nurse), Prof. Jiri Neustupny (linguist), Tom Uren (ex-POW), Bruce Lockwood (Victorian Alcohol and Drug Foundation), Vivian Bullwinkel (Statham) (nurse), Russell Piggott (assistance to war veterans), Donald Wall (exPOW), Bruce Ruxton (RSL), Chew Chee Kin (assistance to Chinese community) Ronald Brockie (ex-"Z" Special Unit), Prof David Rowbottom (medical researcher), William Dick (voluntary organisations), George Beard (ex-POW), Eric Ferguson (Australian-Asian Association), Andrew Ware (voluntary organisations), Byron Fitzsimons (service to veterans), Dr Richard Stanistreet (surgeon), Dr Joel Flannery (ex-POW), Rev Dr Gordon Powell (cleric), Sybil Mitchell (daughter of Chauvel); references by Dunlop. Letters and recommendations by Dunlop (with related papers) re honours and awards to Peter Nelson (surgeon), Thomas Long (surgeon), Bernard O'Brien (surgeon).

9 / 56(i)-56(ii), 57-58,

1/60

Honours and awards correspondence,

Re award of Companion to the Order of Australia,

10 / 60-62, 63(i)-63(ii), 64

SUBSERIES 6: General Correspondence

An aspect of Dunlop's correspondence is its casual filing arrangement. Consequently, correspondence on diverse subjects is often filed together and has been listed here under General correspondence. It includes correspondence on all of the above topics from friends, acquaintances and members of the public in Australia and overseas, organisations, government offices and business firms.

Series /Item Number Item title, date and description Box / Folder No.

1/61

General correspondence, 1969-1988

From government officials (including invitations to Government House, Melbourne and Canberra), the public and professional colleagues; invitations; requests for assistance; ex-service matters; addresses to Ormond College (1984, 1987); 1988 Heritage Association seminar; "Australia Day Luncheon" speaking notes (n.d.); Thames Television'sThis is your life; television programs and films on the Thailand-Burma railway; draft letter to the Age re Odyssey House (n.d.).; group photograph with Dunlop (Ormond College?).

Box / Folder No.

10 / 60-62,

1/62

General correspondence, "Sir Wilfred Kent-Hughes Memorial Committee", 1970-1972

Re Biography of Kent-Hughes.

10 / 60-62, 63(i)-63(ii), 64

1/63

General correspondence,

Re Dunlop's publications; involvement in media productions and other non-professional activities; contacts with ex-POWs (includes reminiscences, historical narratives and poems, etc); requests for professional assistance, contributions to books, speaking engagements, etc; "Hellfire Pass" documentary (1987); actions of Lieutenant J.S.G. Disse in Bandoeng, 1942; forewords and review by Dunlop; Sir Wallace Kyle Memorial Oration (1989); manuscript notes: reflections on WW2 (1992), and talk to AMP staff (1992); publicity material re The war diaries of Weary Dunlop. Also includes: congratulatory messages re award of Companion of the Order of Australia (1987); printed material re death of Helen Dunlop (1988-91) including from Morongo Girls College and tributes by Gordon Powell and John Colebatch; notebook re domestic and financial matters (n.d.); ex-POW and other organisations.

10 / 60-62, 63(i)-63(ii), 64

1/64

General correspondence,

From friends, professional colleagues, members of the public and organisations, including personal requests for assistance, appeals (e.g. Odyssey House, Australian War Memorial), honours and awards to Dunlop and overseas travel. Correspondents include Tom Kemp, Charles Janson, Stanley Gimson, Charles Letts, Rowan Nicks, Ninian Stephen and ex-POWs. Includes medical notes by Dunlop, letter to Alexander Dunlop (1985), notes re assassination of Mrs Gandhi, and, Remembrance Day(?) (n.d.); reviews of The war diaries of Weary Dunlop; papers re death of Helen Dunlop (contains restricted material).

10 / 60-62, 63(i)-63(ii), 64

1/65

General correspondence,

From family, friends, government officials, members of the public and ex-POWs re personal matters, non-professional and social activities, including assistance to the Japanese Consul-General, 1974; Asian-Australian Association; nomination as "Australian of the Year", 1976; award of Companion of the Order of Australia (1987); assistance to Ormond College publication of the The war diaries of Weary Dunlop; Dunlop's biography by Lady Ebury. Correspondents include: J.S.G. Disse, Lord and Lady Mountbatten, Bill Griffiths, Rohan Balcombe, Lord Porritt, Rowan Nicks and Nancy Hayward (re bacteriology research, 1951). Includes letter from Dunlop to Helen Ferguson, 1940; manuscript notes by Dunlop re Margaret Gibson (n.d.), and his war service (for publication of the The war diaries of Weary Dunlop).

11 / 65(i)-65(ii), 66, 67

1/66

General correspondence,

Re attendance at premiere of A bright and crimson flower; termination of Alzheimer's Disease Research project. Includes correspondence re wartime incident in Thailand.

11 / 65(i)-65(ii), 66, 67

1/67

General correspondence,

From family members, friends, officials, members of the public (mainly 1991-1993) re Dunlop's non-professional and social activities. Subjects include: publication of The war diaries of Weary Dunlop; visit to Thailand, 1991; assistance to charities, organisations and civic functions (including the Australian War Memorial's Melbourne Advisory Group); Dunlop Barracks opening, 1991; Legacy, 1991; Memorial Wall Project, Ballarat, 1993. Includes sketch of Dunlop by Enid Powell (in correspondence from Rev. Dr Gordon Powell).

11 / 65(i)-65(ii), 66, 67

1/68

General correspondence,

Manuscript notes, "Some Adventures with Firearms" (n.d.), and on health and social policy (n.d.); Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem (Knights Hospitaller) (1981); foreword toGentles heroes; letters from family members, friends, former patients, members of the public and professional colleagues including John Dunlop, Benjamin Rank, Rowan Nicks, Jack Chalker, Charles Janson, Jack Marsh, Laurens van der Post, Kenneth Warren, Tom Kemp, J.S.G. Disse (1982-93); from ex-POWs and veterans, including death of Donald "Scorp" Stuart (1981-93); assistance to organisations, appeals, civic and church activities (1985-90); requests for assistance (1982-90); Christmas cards and messages (1989-92) (contains restricted material).

12 / 68(i)-68(vii)

1/69

General correspondence,

From friends and acquaintances, organisations, veterans, ex-POWs and members of the public; notes re wartime Japanese as "the prisoners of their medieval history"; Dunlop's personal and financial affairs; including publication of The war diaries of Weary Dunlop; Dunlop's biography; Australia Tibet Council (1991); visit to Singapore and the United Kingdom as Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh). Includes letters from Charles Janson; family and business affairs; requests for assistance; attendance at functions; papers re medical organisations; research papers; Christmas cards and messages (1991).

13 / 69, 70(i)-70(ii),

1/70

General correspondence,

From friends and colleagues in Australia and overseas, organisations, ex-POWs, veterans and members of the public. Correspondents include Charles Janson and Laurens van der Post; Dunlop's personal and financial affairs; family correspondence; requests for assistance; attendance at functions; Christmas and other cards.

13 / 69, 70(i)-70(ii),

1/71

General correspondence,

With friends and acquaintances, organisations, ex-POWs, veterans and members of the public. Correspondents include the Department of Veterans' Affairs, L.J. Roberston and Charles Letts. Subjects include Laurens van der Post, execution of Japanese officers for war crimes, F.E. Hugonin, veterans entitlements, professional medical matters, requests for references, Weary Dunlop concert (1989), attendance at functions, membership of organisations. Also includes Christmas and birthday cards.

13 / 69, 70(i)-70(ii),

1/72

General correspondence,

Re award of Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand and visit to Thailand (1988); invitations to attend functions (includes speech notes); Weary Dunlop - Boon Pong Fellowship; "Report of medical conditions as applicable to ex-POW" (Dr D.C. Hinder); visit to Sri Lanka (1985); family correspondence (Raymonds); correspondence re Helen Dunlop's death, from Alec Young, Charles Janson, Rohan Nicks' wife; ex-POW affairs (includes letters by Dunlop re reparations claim against Japan, 1988); Ex-POW Association National Reunion (1988); with Bill Griffiths re contribution to book on prisoners of war; personal and domestic matters; publication of The war diaries of Weary Dunlop(corrections, etc); Australian-Asian Association; letters from public, including requests for assistance; notes of Lady Ebury.

14 / 72-73, 74(i)-74(ii), 75

1/73

General correspondence,

Re award of Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand and visit to Thailand (1988); invitations to speak/attend functions (includes speech notes of Dunlop); personal correspondence (Rohan Nicks, Susan O'Sullivan, Bill (?), Harold Payne, Jack Chalker and others); correspondence with Bill Griffiths; ex-POW/veteran affairs; personal/domestic/household matters (including estate of Helen Dunlop); publication of The war diaries of Weary Dunlop (comments, etc); medical papers; invitation to deliver Sir Wallace Kyle Oration; photographs of Dunlop and others (including of visit to Hellfire Pass); Christmas cards, etc; letters from public, including requests for assistance; notes of Lady Ebury.

14 / 72-73, 74(i)-74(ii), 75

1/74

General correspondence,

Re invitations to speak/attend functions and related papers (includes typescript copies of oration by Dunlop "Surgery and Surgical Pioneers", 1979); assistance to foreign students; Dunlop's curriculum vitae for RACS archives; notes re Gibson family and re Margaret's death; travel of Japanese Consul-General (1974); ex-POW/veteran affairs; correspondence of Lady Ebury re preparation of biography (1993); professional correspondence and papers (L.B.M. Joseph 1962); tributes to Dunlop by Sir Paul Maltby (1946) and related correspondence by Dunlop; "Comradeship in Death: A Visit to a War Cemetery in Thailand" (article by Dunlop for the Age, 1956); articles on Laurens van der Post and John Loewenthal; Dunlop's wartime medical service; notes on Albert Coates; letters from public, including requests for assistance; publication of The war diaries of Weary Dunlop (preparation, comments, etc); copy of reference for Ted Furlong (1945); photographs and portraits of Dunlop and others; membership of Ormond College Council; miscellaneous printed/published papers; notes of Lady Ebury.

14 / 72-73, 74(i)-74(ii), 75

1/75

General correspondence,

Re invitations to speak/attend functions; newspaper article on Dunlop (1983); publication of The war diaries of Weary Dunlop (comments, etc.); photographs; ex-POW/veteran affairs; letter/papers from John Marsh.

14 / 72-73, 74(i)-74(ii), 75

1/76

General correspondence,

Re invitations to speak/attend functions and related papers and photographs; notes on Dr John Henderson Bolton (died 1988); notes of Lady Ebury.

15 / 76-82

1/77

General correspondence,

Letters of (Father) G. Bourke; Punjab University award; personal/domestic/household matters; letter by Dunlop toThe Herald re Indian famine (n.d.); report by Dunlop: "Two Days in Vietnam" (1969); papers re Australian-Asian Association; loan of war diaries (1974); medical notes; National Reunion (1988).

15 / 76-82

1/78

General correspondence,

From friends and colleagues in Australia and overseas; Christmas, birthday and Easter cards; draft book chapter for Dunlop's comment.

15 / 76-82

1/79

General correspondence,

Re Indian interests.

15 / 76-82

1/80

General correspondence,

Re RACS meeting, 1970; letters from colleagues and friends in Australia and overseas; Dunlop as President of Australian-Asian Association; Anti-Cancer Council; requests from individuals and organisations for assistance, support, membership, attendance at social occasions, etc; professional and social activities (e.g. conferences, organisations); ex-POW and veteran affairs; Christmas cards; miscellaneous printed material.

15 / 76-82

1/81

General correspondence,

Re Royal Melbourne Hospital and Australian Medical Association meetings; Melbourne Club; from colleagues and friends in Australia and overseas; requests for donations and assistance; letters of appreciation; papers re professional activities including RSL's request for advice; receipts; papers and correspondence re personal financial and legal matters.

15 / 76-82

1/82

General correspondence,

Re letters and certificate of appreciation; from colleagues and friends in Australia and overseas including India and WHO Immunology Research and Training Centre Singapore; invitations to private functions, meetings, etc; personal financial matters; address by Sir Albert Coates; ex-service association activities (Ex-POW Assoc.?); requests for assistance; Melbourne University Rugby Club; newletters; Dunlop's medical practice; Asian-Australian Association; Australian Foundation on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence; Christmas cards; representations re immigration; Tibetan Refugee Children's Sponsorship Committee of Australia.

15 / 76-82

1/83

General correspondence,

Re invitations to attend/speak at functions and meetings; Christmas cards; letters from colleagues and friends in Australia and overseas; arrangements for UK visit, 1989; The war diaries of Weary Dunlop; letters of appreciation; Civilian Service Medal - Vietnam; opposition to fluoridation; receipts; patronage of political, community, medical and ex-service organisations; assistance to ex-service persons and groups; requests for assistance; miscellaneous printed material. General correspondence, 1978-1993: Re invitations to attend/speak at functions and meetings; Christmas cards; letters from colleagues and friends in Australia and overseas; arrangements for UK visit, 1989; The war diaries of Weary Dunlop; letters of appreciation; Civilian Service Medal - Vietnam; opposition to fluoridation; receipts; patronage of political, community, medical and ex-service organisations; assistance to ex-service persons and groups; requests for assistance; miscellaneous printed material.

16 / 83-84, 85(i)-85(iii)

1/84

General correspondence,

Re letters from colleagues, friends and public in Australia and overseas; ex-POW matters; requests for assistance from individuals and organisations including Laurence van der Post; visits to Kenya and Britain, 1975; letters of appreciation; receipts;Behind the wire and other publications; professional matters including Cancer Institute; Christmas cards; invitations to attend functions and meetings; miscellaneous printed material.

16 / 83-84, 85(i)-85(iii)

1/85

General correspondence,

Re letters from colleagues and friends in Australia and overseas; Christmas and other cards; requests for assistance from individuals and organisations; ex-POW affairs including war crimes trials; Victorian Rugby Union; Melbourne Rugby Union Club; Melbourne University re medical course & employment; congratulatory telegrams and letters, especially for Order of the British Empire, and from former POWs; proposal to name street after Dunlop; copyright of artworks by J.Chalker; invitations to attend functions, meetings; Royal Melbourne Hospital re surgical work; personal financial matters; miscellaneous printed material.

16 / 83-84, 85(i)-85(iii)

1/86

General correspondence,

Re Civilian Service Medal - Vietnam; The war diaries of Weary Dunlop for friends and colleagues; requests for advice and information re POW books; letters from colleagues and friends; requests for assistance from individuals and organisations; POW affairs, including medals for 8 Division; letters of appreciation; invitations to attend/speak at functions and meetings.

17 / 86, 87(i)-87(iv), 88

1/87

General correspondence,

Re letters of appreciation; comments re The war diaries of Weary Dunlop; requests for autograph; requests for assistance or support; ex-POW matters; letters from colleagues and friends; miscellaneous printed material; medical/professional matters; proposed film and television program on Dunlop.

17 / 86, 87(i)-87(iv), 88

1/88

General correspondence,

Re Poems by Rowan Nicks re Dunlop and POW's; personal financial matters; Christmas cards, programs of events and invitations; miscellaneous press cuttings; fluoridation; ex-POW matters; political commentary; Dunlop to Valda Street; from Alexander Dunlop; travel arrangements; letters of appreciation; requests for assistance or donations; comments re The war diaries of Weary Dunlop; Thailand-Australia Medical exchange; letters from colleagues and friends in Australia and overseas.

17 / 86, 87(i)-87(iv), 88

1/89

General correspondence,

Re Patronage or life membership of organisations; requests for assistance or support from organisations and individuals.

18 / 89-90, 91(i)-91(iii),

1/90

General correspondence,

Re The war diaries of Weary Dunlop - public lending rights, copyright, royalties, promotion and reviews and proposed theatrical performance; other publication matters - publishers Viking O'Neill and Penguin Books; foreword forThe ridge and the river.

18 / 89-90, 91(i)-91(iii),

1/91

General correspondence,

Requests for references and assistance; with colleagues and friends in Australia and overseas; miscellaneous printed material; Life Science Promotion Association; social and professional functions; ex-POW matters; personal financial matters; professional medical matters; professional associations and activities; Christmas cards; travel arrangements; letters of appreciation.

18 / 89-90, 91(i)-91(iii),

1/92

General correspondence,

Re From colleagues and friends in Australia and overseas; letters of appreciation; professional medical matters; Christmas cards; speaking engagements; condolences to Nora Wren; miscellaneous printed material.

18 / 89-90, 91(i)-91(iii),

1/93

General correspondence,

With Lord Casey and the Department of External Affairs re visits to India and Ceylon; correspondence with colleagues and friends in Australia and overseas; visits to USA and Britain; letters of appreciation.

18 / 89-90, 91(i)-91(iii),

1/94

General correspondence,

Requests for assistance and references; letters of appreciation; Christmas and other cards; speaking engagements, functions and meetings; letters from colleagues and friends in Australia and overseas; ex-POW affairs; prescription forms; professional medical matters; legal matters; doodles; Chinese National Government Military Certificate for Chen Han Kuang; Republicanism in Australia - request for foreword; building plans; financial affairs; newsletters/notices of organisations; draft speeches; Leonard Books; political and other printed material; Thailand and India - medical support; Paul Edwards re film script;The war diaries of Weary Dunlop.

19 / 94(i)-94(iv)

1/95

General correspondence,

From colleagues and friends in Australia and overseas; ex-POW affairs; congratulatory messages - "Australian of the Year"; letters of appreciation; professional medical matters; Australia Rhodesia Association of Victoria; representations for K.S Singh; Host Family Scheme; personal financial matters; Thailand and Indochina refugees; miscellaneous printed material; speaking engagement; athletes number.

20 / 95-101

1/96

General correspondence,

Australian-Asian Association of Victoria; Dr Raman Kutty; letters from colleagues and friends in Australia and overseas; ex-POW affairs; requests for assistance; travel to Britain.

20 / 95-101

1/97

General correspondence,

From colleagues and friends in Australia and overseas; Dunlop's curriculum vitae; social security entitlements; letters of appreciation; Alcoholism Foundation of Victoria; speaking engagement; ex-POW matters; congratulatory cards - wedding anniversary; Australian-Asian Trade Consultancy.

20 / 95-101

1/98

General correspondence,

From Helen Ferguson (1945); jewellery valuation; POW matters; Australian War Memorial re Dunlop's portrait ; from friends in Australia and overseas; William Constable exhibition; Pakistan Relief Organisation; Arthur Blackburn re Dunlop's Order of the British Empire; Medical Board of Victoria re qualifications; donation to the National Museum of Victoria; Royal Melbourne Hospital endowment fund certificate; robbery at residence; miscellaneous printed material; letters of appreciation; Austin motor car; re Lord Casey; visit to Wellington and district; Consul-General of Japan - translation of poem; medical notes; poem by Dunlop; Thailand - photo, Weary Dunlop - Boon Pong Fellowship.

20 / 95-101

1/99

General correspondence,

From colleagues and friends in Australia and overseas; Darwin visit; Christmas and post cards; John Coast/BBC film proposal; restaurant bill; "Back to Stewarton" celebrations; letters of appreciation; India - requests for assistance; attendance at functions; Buttrose Communications re speaking contract.

20 / 95-101

1/100

General correspondence,

Re Ex-POW matters; professional medical matters; patronage of organisations; attendance at functions; interviews (including AWM, ABC); letters of appreciation; Museum of Victoria; from colleagues and friends in Australia and overseas; requests for assistance - Betty Jeffery; political matters; addresses.

20 / 95-101

1/101

General correspondence,

With friends and colleagues in Australia; Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine re Fellowship presentation; Royal College of Surgeons re visit; South East Asia Air Command Assoc. re visit to Burma; miscellaneous printed material; International College of Surgeons, Thailand section re visit to Thailand and Singapore.

20 / 95-101

SERIES 2: Personal papers, 1924-1992

This series comprises a wide range of material documenting different aspects of Dunlop's personal life and interests and, to a lesser extent, those of his wife, Helen.

Series /Item Number Item title, date and description Box / Folder No.

2/1

Personal papers, 1924-1991

 

Includes material pertaining to Dunlop's academic career (including Ormond College), sporting, social and family history interests.

25 (oversize box) / 1(v)

2/2

Papers pertaining to Helen Dunlop (nee Ferguson),

21 / 2(i)-2(iii)

2/3

Travel documentation and mementos,

Includes airline tickets, luggage tags, postcards, souvenirs, itineraries and correspondence pertaining to Dunlop's travel arrangements.

22 / 3(i)-3(iii)

23 / 3(iv)-3(vi)

2/4

Appointment diaries,

Includes 42 day books listing Dunlop's medical and personal appointments and assorted pocket diaries
(contains restricted material).

restricted material:
108 / 4(i)4(viii)

 

109 / 4(ix)4(xv)

110 / 4(xxi)4(xxvii)

111 / 4(xxi)4(xxvii)

112 / 4(xviii)-4(40)

113 / 4(xli)-4(xlv)

114 / 4(xlvi)-4(liv)

2/5

Sporting interests,

Includes newscuttings, correspondence, photographs and programs covering Dunlop's rugby career, various rugby matches, and the Peninsula Golf Club.

23 / 5(i)-5(iii)

25 (oversize box) / 5(iv)-5(viii)

2/6

Certificates and academic degrees

24 / 6(i)

26 (oversize box) / 6(ii)-6(v)

2/7

Newscuttings

 

Subjects include Dunlop's academic and rugby career, ex-prisoner of war matters, commemorative events, biographical articles on Dunlop, Asian current affairs, and articles about Dunlop's involvement in various activities.

26 (Oversize box) /

27 / 7(ii)-7(vi)

28 / 7(vii)-7(x)

29 / 7(xi)-7(xvi)

30 / 7(xvii)-7(xx), 7(xxi)

31 / 7(xxii)-7(xxvi)

2/8

Scrapbook maintained by Alice Dunlop

Includes newscuttings, letters and other material pertaining to Dunlop's academic, sporting, medical and wartime activities. Includes letters from Helen Ferguson and advice of Dunlop as a POW.

32 / 8

2/9

Photographs

Subjects include Dunlop's family, his academic and sporting activities, the Second World War, wedding photographs, ex-prisoner of war activities and his Asian interests.

32 / 9(i)-9(iii)

33 / 9(iv)-9(viii)

34 / 9(ix)-9(xiii)

35 / 9(xiv)-9(xviii)

36 (oversize box) /

37 (oversize box) /

2/10

Film

Comprises 39 reels of film footage of Dunlop's family and

38 / 10-11 [Currently held in the film and sound department] Copied for viewing on 2 VHS tapes and available in the Research Centre.

2/11

Audio material

Includes 23 audiocassettes being mostly interviews and

38 / 10-11 [Currently held in the film and

SERIES 3: Financial, legal and related documents, 1946-1993

This series covers a range of personal, professional, financial and legal matters. These include Dunlop's wills, traffic accidents, property sales, household accounts, taxation, investment and insurance matters, as well as architectural drawings and plans.

Series /Item Number Item title, date and description Box / Folder No.

3/1

Correspondence,

Box / Folder No.

39 /

3/2

Miscellaneous documents and papers,

40 / 2(i)-2(v)

41 / 2(vi)-2(x)

SERIES 4: Speeches and addresses, 1940s-1992

Public speeches and addresses delivered by Dunlop on a variety of civil, medical and military themes. Included are draft versions and printed copies of his speeches, notes, invitations to speak and programs of events and functions.

Series /Item Number Item title, date and description Box / Folder No.

4/1

Speeches and addresses, 1940s-1992

Box / Folder No.

37 (oversize box) /

42 / 4(i)-(4(vii)

43 / 4(viii)-4(xi)

44 / 4(xii)-4(xv)

SERIES 5: Publications and manuscripts, 1940-1987

Included are copies of published and unpublished medical papers researched and written by Dunlop, forewords for publications on medical, military and other subjects, reviews, research notes, related correspondence and text of some speeches. Also included is pre-publication material for his The war diaries of Weary Dunlop, including the original manuscript, annotated drafts, publishers proofs, illustrations and photographs. There is also correspondence relating to royalties and publication schedules.

Series /Item Number Item title, date and description Box / Folder No.

5/1

Published and

Box / Folder No.

45 /

46 / 5(vii)-5(xii)

47 / 5(xiii)-5(xix)

5/2

Published and unpublished papers, general subjects

48 / 5(i)-5(v)

49 / 5(vi)-5(xi)

50 / 5(xii)-5(xvi)

51 / 5(xvii)-5(xviii),

56 (oversize box) /

restricted material:
115 / 2(xvi)-2(xxiii)

5/3

The war diaries of Weary

52 / 3(i)-3(v)

53 / 3(vi)-3(xi)

54 / 3(xii)-3(xviii)

SERIES 6: Honours and awards, 1922-1980

During Dunlop's life he received numerous honours and awards in recognition of his civic, sporting, educational, military and professional achievements. This series comprises original certificates of honours and awards presented to Dunlop by Australian and international governments and organisations. These include the Royal Life Saving Certificate (1922), Order of the British Empire (1947), Knight Bachelor (1969), Companion of the Order of Australia (1987) and the Knight Grand Cross Order of the Crown of Thailand (1993). Also included is the award of Life Governor, Royal Women's Hospital, 1980 to Helen Dunlop.

Series /Item Number Item title, date and description Box / Folder No.

6/1

Honours and awards, 1922-1980

Box / Folder No.

55 (folio) /

56 (oversize box) /

6/2

Honours and awards to Helen Dunlop,

56 (oversize box) / 2

SERIES 7: Wartime diaries and papers, 1939-1946

Throughout the Second World War Dunlop maintained personal diaries. As a prisoner of war of the Japanese these were kept at great personal risk to himself. The circumstances of his captivity mean that there are periodic gaps in the diaries. Also included are the diaries of other POWs that came into Dunlop's possession. Dunlop's diaries are complimented by medical reports and related papers written mainly by Dunlop pertaining to his Second World War and POW experiences.

Series /Item Number Item title, date and description Box / Folder No.

7/1

Personal papers, 1939-1946

Box / Folder No.

57 /

7/2

Wartime diaries,

restricted material:
116 / 2

7/3

Wartime papers and reports,

Includes medical reports, recommendations for honours and awards, nominal rolls and memorabilia (contains restricted material) of Middle East, Greece, Java and Thailand.

57 / 3(i)-3(vi)

58 / 3(viii)-3(xii)

59 / 3(xiii)-3(xviii)

60 / 3(xxiv)-3(xxv)

61 / 3(iii)

SERIES 8: Medical career, 1930-1981

These records of Dunlop's medical career cover his medical studies and subsequent surgical practice. They also include records of his medical research, lecturing and teaching, and involvement with numerous professional, social and medical organisations. This series includes patient records, research notes and data, copies of his lectures and accompanying glass slides, copies of minutes, reports and related papers concerning his social and medical interests and employment with the British Phosphate Commission. For privacy reasons, access to patient's records and related material is restricted.

Series /Item Number Item title, date and description Box / Folder No.

8/1

Medical studies: lecture, research and course notes, 1930-1939

(contains restricted

Box / Folder No.

62 /

63 / 1(vi)-1(xi)

64 / 1(xii)-1(xiii)

restricted material:
117 / 1(viii), 1(x), 1(xi)

119 (oversize box) /

8/2

Medical research papers, notes and lectures,

(contains restricted

64 / 2(i)-2(iv)

restricted material:
117 / 2(i)-2(iii)

8/3

Conferences: correspondence, papers and related

65 / 3(i)-3(iv)

66 / 3(v)-3(viii)

69 (oversize box) / 3(ix)

8/4

Patients' records and reports.

(restricted access)

restricted material:
118 / 4(i)-4(v)

119 (oversize box) / 4(xix)

120 / 4(vi)-4(x)

121 / 4(xi)-4(xiv)

122 / 4(xv)-4(xviii)

8/5

Medical photographs and glass slides.

(restricted access)

restricted material:
123 / 5(i)-5(iv)

124 / 5(v)-5(viii)

8/6

British Phosphate Commission, 1973-81.

(contains restricted

67 / 6(i)-6(vi)

68 / 6(vii)-6(viii)

restricted material:
125 / 6(i)-6(iv)

125 / 6(vii)-6(viii)

8/7

Medical interests - surgery and related

Societe International de Chirurgie
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian College of Surgeons
James IV Association of Surgeons Inc.
Australian Postgraduate Federation in Medicine
The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Foundation
Australian Association of Surgeons
Other

68 / 7(i)-7(ii)

68 / 7(iii)

71 / 7(iii) 2-4

71 / 8(i) 1-4

72 / 7(v)-7(vii)

8/8

Medical interests: cancer, and, alcohol and drug

Alcohol and drug dependence
Includes correspondence and papers re Alcohol and Drug Foundation, Victorian Foundation on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, and, Australian Foundation on Alcohol and Drug Dependence.
Health Education Centre, Drug Education Advisory Committee
National Health and Medical Research Council, Standing Committee on the Health Problems of Alcohol
Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria
Union Internationale Contre Le Cancer
Cancer, alcohol and drug dependence - miscellaneous

72 / 8(i)-8(iv)

73 / 8(v)-8(ix)

74 / 8(x)-8(xv)

75 / 8(xvi)-8(xxi)

76 / 8(xxii)-8(xxv)

8/9

Hospitals.

Royal Melbourne Hospital
Southern Peninsula Hospital

77 / 9(i)-9(ii)

8/10

Anti-flouridation.

77 / 10(i)-10(ii)

SERIES 9: Ex-prisoners of war and veteran's matters, 1945-1993

Includes correspondence, reports and related papers relating to veterans' (especially former POWs') claims for pensions and other support. Also, Dunlop's involvement with ex-prisoner of war associations, commemorative tours and activities, letters from former prisoners of war and miscellaneous material pertaining to POWs and the Burma-Thailand railway.

Series /Item Number Item title, date and description Box / Folder No.

9/1

Advocacy of ex-POW welfare, 1945-1991.

Includes reports, papers and correspondence with the Repatriation Commission, the Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Veterans Review Board concerning the repatriation and subsequent welfare of ex-POWs. Includes Dunlop's medical opinions on individual pension claims (contains restricted material)

Box / Folder No.

69 (oversize box)

78 / 1(xiii)-1(xix)

79 / 1(xx)-1(xxi)

restricted material:
126 / 1(i)-1(vi)

127 / 1(vii)-1(xi)

128 / 1(xii)-1(xv)

9/2

RSL,

79 / 2

9/3

Ex-Prisoner of War Association,

79 / 3(i)-3(iv)

80 / 3(v)-3(viii)

81 / 3(ix)-3(xiv)

restricted material:
128 / 3(xv), 3(xxi)-3(xxiv)

9/4

The Council of the 8th Division and Service Associates,

82 / 4(i)-4(iv)

restricted material:
129 / 4(i)-4(ii)

9/5

Prisoner of War Trust Fund,

(contains restricted material)

82 / 5(i)-5(ii)

restricted material:
129 / 5(i)-5(ii)

9/6

POW tours,

83 / 6(i)-6(ii)

9/7

Nurses Memorial Centre,

83 / 7-10

9/8

8th Division Memorial, Board of Management,

83 / 7-10

9/9

The Sir Edward Dunlop Medical Research Foundation,

83 / 7-10

9/10

AIF Malayan Nursing Scholarship Fund.

83 / 7-10

9/11

Manuscript diaries by ex-prisoners of war.

69 (oversize box) / 11(xvi)

84 / 11(i)-11(v)

9/12

Miscellaneous material.

Includes plaques, sketches and other material presented

69 (oversize box) / 12(ii)

70 (oversize box) / 12(iii)-(vi)

84 / 12

SERIES 10: Asian interests, 1955-1993

Dunlop's medical interests extended to the promotion of medical education and services in Asia, particularly Thailand, India and Sri Lanka. Under the Colombo Plan and other schemes he made several visits to Asia teaching, undertaking surgical work, delivering lectures and promoting financial, educational and other assistance. This series includes correspondence, reports, medical and other papers related to these interests and activities. In addition, the series includes a daybook, with irregular entries, covering Dunlop's time as Team Leader of the Australian Surgical Team to South Vietnam in 1969, plus mixed papers and reports concerning the Australian Surgical Team.

Series /Item Number Item title, date and description Box / Folder No.

10/1

Colombo Plan,

(contains restricted

Folder / Box No.

85 /

restricted material:
129 / 1(v)

10/2

Australian-Asian Association of Victoria,

85 / 2(i)-2(ii)

10/3

Melbourne Council for Overseas Students.

86 / 3

10/4

Asian interests, general,

87 / 4(i)-(iv)

88 / 4(v)-(ix)

10/5

Australian Surgical Team to South Vietnam - diaries,

89 / 5

10/6

Australian Surgical Team to South Vietnam,

Papers and related material.

89 / 6(i)-6(iii)

90 / 6(iv)-6(vi)

SERIES 11: Clubs, associations and charitable committees, 1929-1992

This series relates to Dunlop's involvement in various clubs, associations and charities. Included are magazines and newsletters, correspondence, reports and related papers.

Series /Item Number Item title, date and description Box / Folder No.

11/1

Ormond College Council, 1929-1987.

Folder / Box No.

90 /

11/2

Melbourne Club,

91 / 2-6

11/3

The Melbourne Scots,

91 / 2-6

11/4

Australian Advisory Council of Elders,

91 / 2-6

11/5

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire,

91 / 2-6

11/6

Freemasons,

91 / 2-6

11/7

Legacy.

92 / 7-10

11/8

Red Shield Appeal.

92 / 7-10

11/9

Order of St John of Jerusalem.

92 / 7-10

11/10

Morongo Girls College Foundation.

92 / 7-10

SERIES 12: Printed material.

This series includes assorted books, leaflets, articles, journals and pamphlets on medical, prisoner of war, military, travel, music and other subjects of interest to Dunlop.

Series /Item Number Item title, date and description Box / Folder No.

12/1

Medical and

Folder / Box No.

92 /

93 / 1(iii)-1(vi)

94 / 1(vii)-1(x)

95 / 1(xi)-1(xiii)

103 (oversize box) / 1(ixv)

12/2

Prisoner of war memoirs and concerns, Second World War

96 / 2(i)-2(v)

97 / 2(vi)-2(x)

98 / 2(xi)-2(xvi)

99 / 2(xvii)-2(xxi)

100 / 2(xxii)-2(xxv)

12/3

Programs, souvenirs and miscellaneous

101 / 3(i)-3(v)

102 / 3(vi)-3(ix)

103 (oversize box) / 3(xv)

104 (oversize box) / 3(xvi)

105 / 3(x)-3(ixv)

 

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