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Orations and other Papers

We have source a variety of websites and papers that might be of use to members of our society.

Henry Handel Richardson Portrait

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Henry Handel Richardson - Papers

Two Studies: Henry Handel Richardson and The Great Extractor
by Rachel Solomon

In November 1931, the newly celebrated Australian author Henry Handel Richardson (1870–1946), was approached by Dr. Jacob Schwartz (b.1899) of the Ulysses Bookshop,1 to publish some of her short stories in fine, limited edition booklets. In December the same year, Two Studies was published by the Ulysses Press. The following is an examination of the history of this fine print publication, and the relationship between the author and the publisher, within the context of the literary and publishing market of the late 1920s and early 1930s. Read more...

This article first appeared in _Script & Print: Bulletin of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and NZ_ 38.4 (2014), and is reproduced here by permission.

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2016 HHR Oration by Dr. Sylvia Martin
Aileen Palmer's "Getting of Wisdom"

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Henry Handel Richardson Society Award Presentation
Short Story by Helen Garner

Wheeler Centre, 9 November 2014
© Helen Garner

Read the speech given by our judge Helen Garner at this years award announcements.

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2012 Society Annual Oration – Friday October 12,
State Library of Victoria

This year's oration will be delivered by eminent Victoria historian and author Dr Brenda Niall AO. Brenda was awarded AO for services to Australian literature, as an academic, biographer and literary critic in 2004. Her most recent book, True North: The Story of Mary & Elizabeth Durack,  was published by Text in April this year

Her oration 'The Sharp Edge of Friendship: Henry Handel Richardson and her Biographer Nettie Palmer' will tell the story of the uneasy friendship between HHR and the Australian writer and critic Nettie Palmer. When they met at Richardson’s house in Sussex in July 1930, they already knew one another through letters. They had much in common. Educated at the same school in Melbourne, they had both travelled and studied in Europe, and were well read in French and German literature.

By 1930 Nettie Palmer was established as the most powerful promoter of Australian literature; she reviewed widely and was already a champion of Richardson’s work. But her great passion was her husband, novelist Vance Palmer, whose ever-frustrated ambition to write The Great Australian Novel dominated their long married life.

Nettie Palmer was intellectually honest and discerning enough to know that Richardson’s Fortunes of Richard Mahony would outshine anything that Vance could ever write. Yet she could not help feeling envious. On Richardson’s side, there were mixed feelings about her undoubted debt to Palmer for promoting her work; she wanted the attention but disliked feeling grateful.

Drawing on the politely formal letters between Palmer and Richardson, as well as their more relaxed letters to others, Brenda Niall will discuss this important friendship, and the ways in which its limitations impacted on Palmer’s biography of Richardson. This work, Niall believes, was inevitably flawed because of unacknowledged rivalry on one side and on the other an imperious refusal to be known.

Places for this year's oration, which will coincide with the announcement of the winning entries in our inaugural Writing Competition, are strictly limited, and quickly being filled, so if you intend being there please book your place either by writing to us at PO Box 35, Chiltern 3683 or by emailing Graeme Charles at gcharles@communityaction.coop. Cheques should be made payable to Henry Handel Richardson Society of Australia, alternatively you can direct deposit BSB 803070 Account number 77605 making sure your name appears. The $15 entry fee includes the oration and refreshments.

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