Issue Details: First known date: 1843... 1843 Seaborn, Broughton & Walford (SBW) Foundation Archives and Performing Arts Collection
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

Type of Media

Newspapers, magazines, television, newsletters

Access for Researchers

By appointment

Content Summary

Newspaper clippings, examples of collections include:

  • Nearly 1000 boxes of press clippings collected by the Dennis Wolanski Library of the Performing Arts (formerly at the Sydney Opera House) on all aspects of theatre, mainly from 1973, but with some earlier material, c1920s-1996
  • News clipping and entertainment and amusement advertisement collection from the "Daily Telegraph" and "Sydney Morning Herald" compiled by the Dennis Wolanski Library, on matters to do with the arts, 1843-1972
  • Annotated concert and recital programs of music critic Fred Blanks (1963-2009) and press reviews assembled and written by theatre critic Norman Kessell (1940s-1980s), 1940s-2009
  • Reviews and articles collected by John West, used in production of his ABC radio broadcasts "The Showman" and "Sentimental Journey", 1959-1994, and for publication of his book "Theatre in Australia" (1978), 1959-1994
  • Press clippings relating to the Marionette Theatre of Australia, 1956-1988

Publications on the arts, examples of Australian magazines include:

  • "Opera Australia", "New Theatre Australia", "Dance Australia", "Kino Cinema Quarterly", and "Encore" (various dates)
  • "Newsletter" of the SBW Foundation, 1993-present (from 2005 also online on the Foundation’s website)

Publicity material, for example:

  • The publicity files of theatre publicist Judith Johnson, including advertisements, publicity photographs, correspondence with media, media releases, published reviews (clippings), etc., c1960-2006


  • Some of the puppets, and associated documents and photographs, crafted by Ann Davis (creator of Amanda the Cat) for Channel 9 children’s programs, 1957-mid-1960s


The Foundation holds the papers of numerous prominent theatrical figures, which often include additional collections of clippings and publications relating to the arts.

These archives and manuscripts are in the process of being catalogued, but some finding aids are available on site.

See also related entries: NIDA Archives and Rodney Seaborn Library (NIDA).


SBW, theatre, performing arts, Dennis Wolanski, "Daily Telegrah", "Sydney Morning Herald", John West, ABC, Fred Blanks, Norman Kessell, Judith Johnson, Ann Davis, 9 Network, children's

Contact Name

Mr Peter Orlovich, Chief Archivist, SBW Foundation Archives and Performing Arts Collection


925 Botany Road, Rosebery, NSW 2018

Phone and Fax

Ph +61 (2) 9921 0090, Fax +61 (2) 9921 0093


Website Link 1

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Affiliation Notes

  • This record is included in AustLit because it forms part of the Media Archives Project. AustLit does not comprehensively cover Australian Archives.

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