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John Storie Yeomans personal papers, ca. 1940-1987
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0.67 metres of textual material (4 boxes)
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John Yeomans (1916-1995) was a Sydney-based journalist and author. He worked for John Fairfax papers for 30 years until he retired as a sub-editor on the Sydney Morning Herald in 1992. His career as a print journalist began in 1934 with a cadetship at the Wagga Advertiser. He wrote for Illawarra Star, Daily Advertiser, Labor Daily (Daily News) before he joined the Sunday Telegraph in November 1939. He enlisted in 1940 and served five years in the AIF before rejoining Daily Telegraph in 1945. Later he spent five years in London and New York as staff correspondent for Australian Associated Newspapers, a year in Stockholm as string correspondent for the Melbourne Herald Group, a couple of years as sub-editor on the Daily Mirror in London and five years with the ABC as a senior current affairs producer and television director, Yeomans played an important role in the History of the Sydney Opera House. His book about controversies surrounding the architecture, construction and design of the Sydney Opera House, ‘The other Taj Mahal: what happened to the Sydney Opera House’ was first published by Longmans in 1968. He won the Walkley national award for headline writing in 1987 Papers predominately comprised of material from Yeomans four month round Australia trip with his wife in 1965. The record if his trip was published as ‘The Scarce Australians’. References: Compiled from the collection Library correspondence file
BOX 1 Letters from Daily News editors J. Paton and H.H. Mansell relating to his resignation from Daily Telegraph, November 1939 Television programs 1959-1961, with articles about programs he produced like ‘Trial by Jury’, ca. including The ABC Weekly and TV Times Stage floorplan for production of ‘Woman’s World’, drawn by Bernard Hides, 1960 Records and newscuttings relating to production of the ABC inquiry into Tranquillisers, 1960 BOXES 1-2 Newscuttings relating to his early journalistic career, ca. 1934-1979. Includes articles written for Illawarra Star, Daily Advertiser, Labor Daily (Daily News), Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Sun & Guardian, News Chronicle, the Sun, Sun-Herald, Sydnety Morning Herasld, Walkabout Magazine, East Anglian Times, Birmingham Post, Melbourne Herald BOX 2 Manuscript of ‘The Sound of Distant Gunfire’ with corrections and annotations by publisher Angus and Roberston, 1986 Letter to the Sydney Opera House Trust enclosing annotated manuscript of ‘Guide to the Sydney Opera House’, 1971 ‘A Guide to the Sydney Opera House’ published by the Sydney Opera House Trust, 1971 BOX 3 Annotated manuscript of ‘Much Curious Pleasure, ca. 1987 Register of news stories and reports from Europe, ca. 1968-1969 News stories and reports from Sweden, 1973 Five World War II diaries containing accounts of campiagns in Middle East and Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea, ca. 1940-1945 Printed periodicals with stories written by John Yeomans, ca. 1953-1978 Newscuttings, including Coronation souvenir editions of the Daily Mirror and PIX, 1952-1954, 1978, 1984 BOX 4 Draft typescript of newspaper story on the Opera House with photographs by Max Dupain, news Limited, The Mirror and J. Fitzpatrick from the Australian News and Information Bureau, ca. 1968. Incldues negatives Annotated draft manuscripts, notes, page layouts and photographs mainly reproductions relating to ‘20 Best Sights of Sydney’, ca. 1978. Includes photograph by Max Dupain Photocopy of manuscript of ‘The Other Taj Mahal’, ca. 1968 Letter from publishers Longman enclosing page proofs and photographs of Sydney Opera House by Fairfax used in ‘The Other Taj Mahal’, ca. 1973. Includes photographs by Max Dupain, Harry Snowden Legal agreements with Longman publishers for revised edtion of ‘The Other Taj Mahal’ with photographs of the Opera House by Max Dpain, David Cumming, Harry Sowden and Fairfax, ca. 1967-1974 Photographs and negatives of Sydney Opera House roof, ca. 1970 Media reviews of book ‘The Other Taj Mahal’ in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and Canberra Times, 1969 Letter from Jorn Utzon giving him permission to publish drawings, 1967 1 VOLUME Scrapbook of newscuttings and photographs relating to ‘The Scarce Australians’, ca. 1967-1968 1 photograph of concert performance in Sydney Opera House by News Limted, no date
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Mrs June Yeomans, 1997
Copyright status: - In copyright
Please acknowledge: - Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
Information upgraded as part of the Manuscripts Unprocessed eRecords Project 2012-2013
Two of the World War II diaries are coffee stained, almost unreadable, very brittle and at risk of deterioration. May need to be digitised. Awaiting decision from Head of Manuscripts
Australia. Army. Australian Imperial Force, 2nd (1939-1946)
Authors, Australian -- 20th century.
Journalists, Australian -- 20th century.
Sydney Opera House -- Design and construction.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, Australian.
cultural structures & establishments
Milne Bay Province (Papua New Guinea)
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