The Percy Stephensen Collection



Percy Reginald Stephensen, born in Biggenden, Queensland, in 1901, and died in Sydney, 1965, was a giant of Australian letters. The subject of an award winning biography (Craig Munro, Inky Stephensen: Wild Man Of Letters. St. Lucia, 1992), Stephensen is often remembered only as the wild fascistophile of the 1930's and early 1940's who was consigned to a war-time internment camp for suspected disloyalty, a characterisation which has hitherto understated his impact on Australian literary and political nationalism and culture.

Stephensen's great intellectual achievement was to link together the vision of Australian political and economic independence (then from the old Empire) with the 'idea' of Australian cultural independence. The two broad concepts are still linked together as Australia is now conceived by the traitor class as a landspace inhabited by groups who "negotiate across the boundaries of race, class and gender" (to use the words of prominent multiculturalists Mary Kalantzis and Bill Cope). In this "country without nation", any idea of Identity and Independence is decried.

It was finally in 2000 that an Australian nationalist had issued from Oxford University, Stephensen's degree, something the Rhodes Scholar, in his contempt for the old-imperialism, had not bothered to formally take up. The relevant document was donated to the Maryborough, Wide Bay And Burnett Historical Society. A copy of it appears on this site.

A special essay on Stephensen will appear in due course in this Collection such that readers may appreciate the breadth and depth of the thought and achievement of this foremost Australian nationalist.

'A Brief Survey Of Australian History: Our Story In Fifteen Decades' (1938) is a nationalist's examination of Australia's national development. Ever provocative, it forces us to imagine Australia as it could have been - if it had won independence in the nineteenth century.It painted a grim picture of the dependent Australia of the 1930's.

'Fifty-Points For An Australia-First Party After The War' (1941) was quality political analysis and theory, written with a cautious eye on wartime censorship, but a forthright statement on Australian nationalism.

'A Reasoned Case Against Semitism' (1940) written as war came to Australia, is of peculiar contemporary relevance in the situation imposed by the 2001 'War On Terrorism' as declared by the 'Western Alliance'. The discussion of the question of 'anti-semitism' is likely to have currency as Australia debates radical Islam, Zionism and Australia's foreign policy. We do not necessarily endorse Stephensen's article on any particular matter of opinion.We note too, that it was composed prior to the so-called 'Holocaust' which has stifled free discussion into the question.

This Collection will be expanded over time. The first instalment of The Foundations Of Culture In Australia (Stephensen's classic 1935-1936 serialized book about Australia's Identity and the struggle for national independence), became available in 2001. The other two sections followed progressively in 2002.

Readers will have to bear with us for further offerings. But check back from time to time.



A Brief Survey Of Australian History: Our Story In Fifteen Decades

Fifty Points For An Australia-First Party After The War (and appendix: Manifesto Of The Australia-First Movement)

A Reasoned Case Against Semitism

The Foundations Of Culture In Australia:
An Essay Towards National Self-Respect. Part One


The Foundations Of Culture In Australia:
An Essay Towards National Self-Respect. Part Two


The Foundations Of Culture In Australia:
An Essay Towards National Self-Respect. Part Three


Percy Stephensen's Oxford Degree

Decline And Fall Of The British Empire: An Australian Nationalist Point Of View


The Meaning Of "Australia First": Unity And Independence As Natural National Aims

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