Saunders Collection

The Saunders Collection focuses on Australian involvement in overseas conflicts and the history of the Australian Peace Movement. The Collection has been gathered and arranged by Dr Malcolm Saunders, formerly of the UNE History Department.

The collection is divided into three main areas:

Australian involvement in the Sudan War

Sudan Campaigns 1884–85: Book notes

  • Working files toward the monograph M J Saunders, Britain, the Australian colonies, and the Sudan campaigns of 1884–85 (Armidale, 1985)
  • Numerous photographs regarding the New South Wales contingent to the Sudan and the Sudan campaigns themselves.
  • Typed notes on specific subjects.
  • Photocopied and cut excerpts from related secondary sources.
  • Photocopied and cut excerpts from contemporary works.
  • Photocopied and cut whole works and extensive excerpts arranged by author.
  • Other photocopied and cut excerpts arranged under specific subject headings.

Sudan Campaigns 1884–85: Primary and secondary sources

  • Mounted and labelled newspaper cuttings re the period from February 1885 to July 1885 from the Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Telegraph, Bulletin, Evening News, Freeman's Journal, Newcastle Morning Herald, Sydney Mail, and miscellaneous Sydney and Melbourne newspapers.
  • Newspaper cuttings extracted from the above and arranged under specific subject headings.
  • Photocopied parliamentary debates re the Sudan contingent in the NSW and other Colonial parliaments.
  • British parliamentary papers.
  • Photocopies and notes from related sources from the State Library of New South Wales, the Mitchell Library, the State Archives of New South Wales, and the Australian War Memorial.
  • Cartoons from the Bulletin (1885).
  • Uncatalogued sources.

Anti-Vietnam movement in Australia

Vietnam Moratorium Campaigns 1969–73: Primary sources

Papers generated by movements and groups opposed to United States and Australian involvement in the Vietnam War 1964–73.

Most files are the product of the Vietnam moratorium movement period 1969–73: the high point and hectic years of the broader anti-war movement in Australia between 1964 and 1975. Inter alia files contain originals of minutes of meetings, circulars, correspondence, position statements, and leaflets. They are arranged primarily according to place (national, New South Wales, Victoria, and so on) and secondarily according to time (November 1969 to January 1973).

A few files contain material from specific sources such as anti-conscription groups (eg Committee in Defiance of the National Service Act).

Anti-Vietnam War Movement in Australia: Supplementary sources I

  • Photocopied and cut excerpts from newspapers re public opinion polling on issues concerning the Vietnam War.
  • Work-in-progress seminar papers toward M. J. Saunders, "The Vietnam moratorium movement in Australia: 1969–73" (PhD thesis, Flinders, 1977).
  • South Australian Royal Commission Report (1970).
  • Copies of Peacemaker (1969–73).
  • Material produced by draft resistance groups.
  • Guides to items on Vietnam in the Advertiser 1963–72.
  • Anti-Vietnam War groups' material uncatalogued, but sorted according to place and time.
  • Material regarding Australian trade unions and the Vietnam War.
  • Working papers toward M. J. Saunders, "The Vietnam moratorium movement in Australia: 1969–73".
  • Material produced by anti-war university student groups in South Australia 1967–72.
  • Material on particular cities and regions (eg Canberra, Darwin).
  • Index notes on secondary sources.
  • Anti-war leaflets, posters, stickers, and cards.
  • Material generated by left-wing groups (opposed to) and right-wing groups (supportive of) Vietnam War.
  • Material on specific subjects, eg Vietnam and secondary schools.
  • Papers delivered at the National Anti-War Conference, Sydney, February 1971
  • Drafts of chapters for proposed book, edited by Ralph Summy, on peace protest in Australia 1945–73 (never published).

Anti-Vietnam War Movement in Australia: Supplementary sources II

  • Excerpts from secondary sources re anti-Vietnam War movement (includes some excerpts from books, chapters in books, articles in periodicals).
  • Miscellaneous sources (eg Federal government booklets and pamphlets justifying Australian involvement in Vietnam) toward M. J. Saunders, "The Vietnam moratorium movement in Australia: 1969–73"
  • Files of the Adelaide-based organisation, the Campaign for Peace in Vietnam 1967–73 (arranged mainly according to type of document)
  • Excerpts from Commonwealth Parliamentary Debates 1964–72 and New South Wales and Victorian Parliamentary Debates 1964–72 re Vietnam War and anti-Vietnam War movement
  • Excerpts from books; articles/chapters in books
  • Articles in periodicals (all arranged according to alphabetical order of authors' surnames)
  • Indexes to monographs and to articles in books
  • Indexes to articles in journals and newspapers
  • indexes to items in Bulletin, News Weekly, and Tribune.
  • Indexes to items in peace movement journals and newspapers;
  • Indexes to items in university student newspapers (For indexes to items — as opposed to feature articles — in daily metropolitan newspapers see Newspaper Cuttings: 1964–70, listed below).

Anti-Vietnam War Movement in Australia: Excerpts from periodicals

  • Excerpts from — and in most instances, complete copies of — periodical articles and items concerned in whole or in part with the anti-Vietnam War movement and conscription 1964–73.
  • Articles and items arranged according to alphabetic order of periodical title.
  • Periodicals include scholarly journals (eg Australian Journal of Politics and History, Historical Studies).
  • Left-wing journals (eg Arena, Dissent).
  • Right-wing newspapers (eg News Weekly).
  • Literary journals (eg Meanjin, Overland).
  • Religious press (eg Catholic Worker).
  • Student newspapers (eg On Dit, Rabelais).
  • Articles and items in any particular periodical arranged chronologically.

Newspaper Cuttings: 1964–70

  • Indexes to newspaper cuttings 1964–77.
  • newspaper cuttings regarding the anti-Vietnam War movement in Australia in particular and, to a far lesser extent, Australian involvement in the Vietnam War:1964–73 (November 1964 to September 1970 inclusive). All issues of the Australian between these months were canvassed.
  • Excerpts also from other daily newspapers (such as the Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Telegraph, Age, Courier-Mail, Advertiser, and so on) during 'peak periods' (such as May 1970, September 1970).
  • All cuttings arranged in strict chronological order but neither mounted nor labelled. Newspaper Cuttings: 1970–77.
  • Newspaper cuttings re the anti-Vietnam War movement in Australia in particular and, to a far lesser extent, Australian involvement in the Vietnam War: 1964–73 (October 1970 to December 1977 inclusive). At least one issue of either the Australian or a "quality" daily metropolitan newspaper was canvassed for every day during these months/years.
  • Excerpts also from other daily newspapers during "peak periods" — as well as those listed just above — these include the West Australian, Mercury, Launceston Examiner, and Canberra Times.
  • All excerpts arranged in strict chronological order but neither mounted nor labelled.

History of the Australian Peace Movement 1788–1986: Excerpts from books

  • Excerpts from — and in some instances, complete copies of — books, booklets, and monographs dealing in whole or in part with the history of the Australian peace movement
  • Issues with which they are essentially concerned being: the Crimean War 1854–56, the Sudan campaign 1885, Quakers 1885–99, the Boer War 1899–1902, the Boxer Rebellion 1900–01, the Peace Societies 1905–14, compulsory military training 1912–14, the First World War 1914–18, conscription 1916–17, inter-war period 1918–39, the Second World War 1939–45, post-war period 1945–64, Vietnam and conscription 1965–73
  • Excerpts arranged according to alphabetic order of authors' surnames.

1788–1986: Excerpts from periodicals

  • Excerpts from — and in most cases, complete copies of — articles dealing in whole or in part with the history of the Australian peace movement; most articles from scholarly periodicals.
  • Issues with which they are essentially concerned being: the Crimean War 1854–56, the Sudan campaign 1885, Quakers 1885–99, the Boer War 1899–1902, the Boxer Rebellion 1900–01, the Peace Societies 1905–14, compulsory military training 1912–14, the First World War 1914–18, conscription 1916–17, inter-war period 1918–39, the Second World War 1939–45, post-war period 1945–64, Vietnam and conscription 1965–73.
  • Excerpts arranged according to alphabetic order of authors' surnames.

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