Guide to the Papers of Peter Nicholson [MSS 147]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Peter Nicholson
Manuscript Number MSS 147
Last Updated October 2021
Extent 1 box + 1 AV box + 1 map cabinet
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Papers, scripts, drafts etc TBC.

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

This collection relates to poet Peter Nicholson and includes correspondence, reviews, writings and photographs.

Date Range of Content


Biographical Note

Peter Nicholson was born in Waverley, New South Wales, grew up in the Sydney suburbs of Woollahra and Epping, and was educated at Armidale Teachers' College and Macquarie University.

Between 2005 and 2008 he wrote the Mondays: Poetry and Culture column for the blog 3 Quarks Daily.

His works include A Temporary Grace : Poetry and Prose (Wellington Lane Press, 1991), Such Sweet Thunder (Wellington Lane Press, 1994), A Dwelling Place(Wellington Lane Press, 1997), Hammerhead (Wollstonecraft Press, 2011), and New and Selected Poems (Wollstonecraft Press, 2012).

Source: AustLit :


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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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

Preferred Citation

Papers of Peter Nicholson, MSS 147, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was donated by Peter Nicholson.

Separated Material

This collection originally included a number of publications, listed below. These works have been catalogued separately, and added to the Library collection.

A Temporary Grace, Wellington Lane Press, 1991;

Such Sweet Thunder, Wellington Lane Press, 1994;

A Dwelling Place, Wellington Lane Press, 1997


Subject Keywords



Australian literature, poetry.

Personal Names

Peter Nicholson 1950-




Container List

Box 1

Folder 1


Copies of letters from: Patrick White, 29 December, 1974; A.D. Hope, 25 June, 1976; and Max Harris, 7 February, 1983.


Folder 2

Newspaper Clippings

Sue Hicks, ‘Poetry is the turn-off of the age – poet’, Mosman Daily, 7 November, 1991;

Judy Adamson, ‘Poet seeks to cast off shackles of literature’, The Northern Herald, 5 February, 1991.


Folder 3


[Untitled], Australian Book Review, no. 161, June, 1994;

Michael Costigan, ‘Singing in Key’, Australian Book Review, August, 1997;

‘Review Copy’ [1 page for A Dwelling Place, published in 1997];

[Untitled and undated compilation by Peter Nicholson], reviews of other writers’ works.


Folder 4


‘Peter Nicholson, (1950-), OzLit website, 14 May, 1997;

Peter Nicholson, ‘An introduction to the Poetry of Peter Nicholson’, OzLit website, 5 October, 1997;

‘Peter Nicholson’ [website print-out], consisting of Introduction, Essay, Poetry, Notebook and Other Sites, 12 October, 1998.


Folder 5


Pentimento Bookshop, Balmain, “Live Poets” invitation, undated;

Wellington Lane Press website promotion, Home-Grown Book Distributor Co-operative Ltd., undated;

2 pages from newsWrite – the newsletter of the NSW Writer’s Centre, with advertisements for Such Sweet Thunder, 1994.


Box 2- AV


Photograph for Poster ‘A Temporary Grace’;

Photograph of Peter Nicholson taken by David Moore, 19 July, 1995.


Map Cabinet

Drawer 9

1081    Poster: ‘A Temporary Grace’, poetry and prose.