Max WilliamsMax Williamsi(A13727 works by)(birth name: Maxwell JohnWilliams) Born:Established:7 Feb 1930Guildford,Parramatta area,Sydney,New South Wales,;Died:Ceased:20 Jul 2012Bega,Bega area,Far South Coast,South Coast,New South Wales,
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Max Williams had a very deprived childhood in the slums of Redfern, New South Wales, during the 1930s Depression. He was committed to Mittagong Boys' Home at the age of ten and spent most of the next thirty years in prison. In 1969 Williams was convicted of being an accessory to murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Following a successful appeal he was acquitted in 1972. Williams learnt the boot-making craft from his father. He has been an apprentice clown, a prison reformer, a fisherman and a critic. In 1973 Williams was granted his first Writer's Fellowship.
(Adapted from The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature ed. William H. Wilde et.al. (1994):817).
Papers of Max Williams, 1972-2001 are held at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. Manuscript reference no.: MS 7025, MS Acc04.293, MS Acc05.054. Finding aid (2 p.) available in the Manuscript Reading Room.