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Martine Burns
Letters from Sir Mark and Lady Oliphant and Sir Walter Crocker 1977-1991

MSS 0076


Martine Burns (1947-2002) was Personal Secretary to Lady Rose Oliphant during the last year of the incumbency of Sir Mark Oliphant as Governor of South Australia, and maintained a friendship with both Sir Mark and Lady Rose after their departure from office and during her years in London and Sydney where she worked as an interior designer.  These letters were written to her by the Oliphants and by Sir Walter Crocker, a former Lieutenant Governor of South Australia, between 1977 and 1991.  The letters from Sir Mark Oliphant are of a very personal nature, being written at times of loss in both of their lives.  The more formal letters from Sir Walter Crocker include some recalling life in Indonesia.

These letters were donated to the Library by Ms Burns in March 2002, shortly before her death.  There is related correspondence in the papers of Sir Mark Oliphant
(MSS 92 O4775p Series 3)

1.  Letters from Sir Mark Oliphant, June 1977-September 1989.  36 items
[some letters are to Simone Garrett, Martine Burns' mother]

2.  Letters from Lady Rose Oliphant, January 1977-June 1979  and undated.  15 items

3.  Letters from Sir Walter Crocker, September 1977-December 1991. 10 items

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