Guide to the Papers of Christopher Waddington [MSS 179]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Christopher Waddington
Manuscript Number MSS 179
Last Updated June 2021
Extent 1 box + 5 oversize + 1 AV box
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Original correspondence, photographs, drawings and watercolours relating to Christopher Waddington’s artwork based on the novels of Patrick White

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

This collection relates to the artist Christopher Waddington and documents his series of artworks and exhibition inspired by the novels by Patrick White.  The material includes correspondence, drawings, paintings and associated papers on themes taken from White’s principal works including Voss, Riders in the Chariot, The Tree of Man, The Solid Mandala, The Ham Funeral, The Eye of the Storm, A Fringe of Leaves and the Vivisector.  Also included is a copy of an article on Patrick White from the Journal of Australian Literature (July 1991) written by Waddington shortly after the Nobel-prize winning novelist’s death.

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Biographical Note

Artist Christopher Waddington produced a series of artworks and an exhibition based on themes from Patrick White’s novels.  He also wrote an article about the writer which was published in the July 1991 of the Journal of Australian literature.

Author record, Chris Waddington, AustLit (, St Lucia: The University of Queensland, 2002- retrieved 21 May 2020

Chris Waddington. Reflections on Patrick White's Death, Journal of Australian Literature, Vol. 1 no. 2, July 1991, p. 1


Administrative Information

Access and Copying Conditions

Access: Open Access

This collection contains a variety of copyright material. Copyright is held by the creator of each item. Specific conditions for this collection are listed below. If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items. Digitised material from manuscript collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright. Refer also to the UNSW copyright, disclaimer and takedown policy. 

Copying: No copying is approved

Preferred Citation

Papers of Christopher Waddington, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 179, Box [Number], Folder [Number]


The collection was acquired in six consignments


Additional Information


Subject Keywords


Christopher Waddington – Archives

Patrick White 1912-1990

Personal Names

Christopher Waddington




Container List

Box 1

Folder 1

Correspondence, newspaper clippings, memorabilia regarding exhibitions and

and displays of Christopher Waddington

Copy of Journal of Australian literature, July 1991 - article by Christopher Waddington on Patrick White’s death


Audiovisual material

Box 2

Folder 2

Photographs: Voss; Riders in the Chariot; The Tree of Man; The Solid Mandala; The Ham Funeral

Folder 3

Photographs: Christopher Waddington – self - (August 1988); four scenes (untitled); two French scenes; 16 series photographs depicting Patrick White’s novel The Eye of the Storm

Folder 4

Photographs: two sets depicting Patrick White’s A Fringe of Leaves

Folder 5

Photographs of pictures by Christopher Waddington of Patrick White’s The Vivisector



Folder 1

Photocopy of photo collection - ‘A Woman’s Hand’ (5 pages)

Folder 2

Drawings/watercolours by Christopher Waddington depicting characters and scenes from the The Vivisector, 1992

Folder 3

Drawings/watercolours by Christopher Waddington depicting characters and scenes from Riders in the Chariot

Folder 4

Drawings/watercolours by Christopher Waddington depicting characters and scenes from The Tree of Man

Folder 5

Photographs: Christopher Waddington with family and friends at exhibition of his artwork; and of drawings/watercolours depicting characters and scenes from the work of Patrick White