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  • Title
    Jon Cleary - papers, 1950-1993
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 6382
  • Level of description
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  • Type of material
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  • Physical Description
    7 boxes - 0.91 Meters
    Textual Records
    Textual Records - (typescript)

    Jon Cleary was born in 1917. After service with the Australian army durng World War II he became a full time writer. A story teller in the action/adventure mould he has published over 40 novels, some of which have been made into films, and two collections of short stories. He has also written and adapted for the stage and screen (both large and small).
  • Scope and Content
    Copies/drafts of novels, stories, screenplays, plays and other material.
    1. Novels
    1955-1957; 'Mayor's Nest'. Cleary's only rejected novel. Also includes notes, plot summary and additional partial draft. (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/1)
    1979; 'The Vacant Mirror'. Uncompleted novel. Also includes chapter blocks and general outline. (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/1)
    ca. 1989; 'Murder Song' (tentative title 'Six Green Bottles'). (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/2)
    1989-1990; 'Pride's Harvest'. Also includes chapter outlines. (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/2)
    1990-1991; 'Dark Summer'. (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/2)
    1991-1992; 'Bleak Spring'. (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/3)
    1992; 'Autumn Maze'. (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/3)
    2. Short Stories
    1950-1951; 'Pillar of Salt'. Regional winner, New York Herald-Tribune world story contest (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/3)
    undated; 'Sea Lab' (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/3)
    undated; 'A Restful Change' (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/3)
    3. Screenplays
    1958; 'The Siege'. Shooting script. Developed from an earlier script in collaboration with the film's director. (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/4)
    1959; 'The Sundowners'. Cleary's copy of his own adaptation for the screen from his novel of 1952. (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/4)
    1960 ; 'The Green Helmet'. Shooting script. Adapted from Cleary's novel of 1957. (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/4)
    ca. 1963; 'Strike Me Lucky'. Adapted from Joy Cleary's novel of the same name. (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/4)
    1964; 'The Diamond Smugglers'. Adapted from Ian Fleming's work of the same name (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/4)
    1966; 'The Long Pursuit'. Became the novel published in 1967 (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/4)
    1968; 'Season of Doubt'. First draft script adapted from Cleary's novel. (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/5)
    ca. 1970; 'Damon and Pythias'. (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/5)
    1973; 'Helga's Web'. First draft script adapted from Cleary's novel of 1970. The film was released as 'Scobie Malone'. (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/5)
    1974; 'The Sidecar Boys'. Final draft screenplay. (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/5)
    1985; 'Spearfield's Daughter'. US TV mini series adapted from Cleary's novel of 1982. (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/5)
    undated; 'A Summer of Roses'. Original script. (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/6)
    undated; 'The Climb'. (Call No.: ML MSS 6382/6)
    undated; 'Foreign Territory'. (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/6)
    undated; 'The Roundabout Road'. (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/6)
    undated; 'Welcome Home' (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/6)
    undated; 'Welcome Back'. Another version of 'Welcome Home'. (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/6)
    undated; 'An End to glory.' Adapted from an uncompleted novel (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/7)
    4. Play
    undated; 'The Trumpets of Home'. (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/7)
    5. Story Outlines
    1965; 'The Belles of Long Ago'. (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/7)
    1973; 'Pirate and Son'. (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/7)
    undated; 'The Delinquents'. (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/7)
    undated; 'Seven Days at the Silbersteins'. (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/7)
    6. Other Material
    1989; Interview with George Greenfield (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/7)
    1990; Publicity material for the Scobie Malone novels (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/7)
    1993; 'Nostalgia - Everyone's Twelfth Man'. Published in the ABC Cricket Book, 1993 (Call No.: MLMSS 6382/7)
  • Source
    Donated by Jon Cleary in 1993
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    This material is held offsite and can take up to four days to retrieve.
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