Guide to the Papers of John Croyston [MSS 176]

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Manuscript Name Papers of John Croyston
Manuscript Number MSS 176
Last Updated August 2021
Extent 7 boxes
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Papers, scripts and drafts relating to John Croyston

Collection Subject Type 


Scope and Content

This collection relates to John Croyston and contains scripts, plays, drafts, correspondence, and research relating to his poetry and work as a radio and drama producer

Date Range of Content 

1960 - 1997

Biographical Note

John Croyston worked for several years as a teacher before going on to work at the ABC. From 1958 to 1964 Croyston was a radio producer with the Drama and Features Department, writing and producing many features, as well as producing drama. He co-produced The Poet's Tongue on ABC Radio National for ten years and wrote for the weekly arts programme Quality Street. His poetry was published in Australia's major literary journals including MeanjinOverlandQuadrant and Southerly.


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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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. 

Preferred Citation

Papers of John Croyston, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 176, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was donated  by John Croyston in 1991 and 1999.

Additional Information


Subject Keywords 



Radio programmes, poetry, drama.

Personal Names 

John Croyston 1933-2007

Corporate Names

Australian Broadcasting Commission, ABC


Radio producer, poet


Container List 


Box 1

Folder 1
 ‘The Runaway’ TV script, draft.

Folder 2
‘Casualty’ - play for TV - 3 copies.

Folder 3
‘A Voyage Out’ - play for TV; Two stage drawings.

Folder 4
‘A Voyage Out’ camera script.

Folder 5
‘A Voyage Out’ - TV play.

Folder 6
‘A Voyage Out’ - draft, extracts.

Folder 7
‘In Here Darlings’ - TV play.

Folder 8
‘In Here Darlings’ - TV play.


Box 2

Folder 9
‘Construction’ - 6 drafts, 2 shooting scripts.

Folder 10        
‘Behind the Legend’ - Episode. 30 - S.T. Gill rehearsal script; research

notes and extracts; draft, ‘All That Glisters’ (working title only).

Folder 11
‘The Hills Shall Fly’ 7 copies.

Folder 12
‘Pacific Sequence’ copies and extracts.

Folder 13        

Additional works:

‘Penphone’; ‘The Garden’; ‘Morning Call’; ‘The Day of the

Heroes’; ‘House Auction’; ‘River’; ‘Seasonal’; ‘Harbour Dawn’;

Folder 14

‘Port Jackson’; ‘Illumination’; ‘Still Life’; ‘Silent Film’;

‘Beachcomber’; ‘Bye and Bye’; ‘Marooned’;

Folder 15

Government House

Recovered’; ‘Mrs Whitlam at the Hyde Park Barracks’; ‘Sonnet’;

‘Tennis’; ‘Gap’; ‘On Putting Down a Book of Poems’; ‘After the Sun’; ‘Spring Showing’; ‘Country Town’; ‘Trahison des clercs’; ‘The Rebels are Older’; ‘Those Who Travelled Far...’; ‘Hector’; ‘Grapes’; ‘Medea’; ‘Magpie’; ‘Hobart Sunday’.


Box 3

Folder 16        
Beginning of a first draft film script.

Folder 17        
Revised pages; notes.

Folder 18        
First drafts.

Folder 19        

Drafts of published poetry:

‘Island’; ‘Nightfall’; ‘Distraction’; ‘House Auction’; ‘Pythermus’;

‘Anatomy of Love’; ‘Medea’; ‘Footprints in the Snow’; ‘The Flock’.

Folder 20        
Drafts for revision [novel]


Box 4

Folder 21
Medea by Euripides translated and adapted by John Croyston several drafts

Folder 22
Radio scripts for Poet’s Tongue: programmes on various poets by John Croyston

Folder 23
Roland Robinson: notes, radio programme

Folder 24
ABC School Certificate English radio programme scripts on poets and poetry: 1968-1969

Folder 25

Various scripts

Folder 26

‘Chez Galah’: proposal for TV situation comedy 1970: character descriptions, story ideas, story outline, sample script.

Folder 27

Overseas programme material


Box 5

Folder 28

A First Hearing: material relating to radio programme broadcasting unpublished Australian verse 1968: includes correspondence and original manuscript poems; contributors include Dorothy Hewett, Michael Dransfield, Tom Shapcott, John E. Tranter, David Malouf, Kay Eklund, Peter Skyrzynecki, Ian Mudie

Folder 29

Draft poems by John Croyston

Folder 30

Radio plays and dramatic works by John Croyston

Folder 31
‘Family Man’ dramatic work by John Croyston

Folder 32

‘No Detour’ dramatic work by John Croyston

Folder 33
‘The Gauntlet’ play for radio by John Croyston: drafts, notes, press clippings, letter from ABC (1963) with comments on Croyston’s “The Talisman”

Folder 34
Darwin a drama about Japanese attack on Darwin 1942

Folder 35:
Bombing of Darwin research for ABC television dramatization: plan and photographs of RAAF Station Darwin 1942


Box 6

Folder 36

Bombing of Darwin research for ABC television dramatization: photographs of damage, correspondence, Commission of Inquiry Reports.

Folder 37

Bombing of Darwin research for ABC television dramatization.

Folder 38
Bombing of Darwin research for ABC television dramatization: Research File 3 research by Graham Shirley

Folder 39

Copies of newspaper stories on bombing of Darwin

Folder 40
Bombing of Darwin research for ABC television dramatization: Report One: copies of government archival material


Box 7

Folder 41
Bombing of Darwin research for ABC television dramatization: Report Two: copies of government archival material

Folder 42
Bombing of Darwin research for ABC television dramatization: correspondence

Folder 43
Bombing of Darwin research for ABC television dramatization: research for historical film footage

Folder 44
Poet Poems, Julian Woods and John Croyston, Pumpkin Creek Productions 1997