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George William Turner

MSS 0087


George Turner graduated from (M.A. 1948) and lecturered at the University of Canterbury. In 1964 he was appointed to senior lectureship at the University of Adelaide, then Reading in 1965 until his retirement in December 1986. He was initially a specialist a early English literature, but later focused on linguistics. He also served as  a consultant to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and editor of the Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary.

The papers were donated to the University in March 2004 by Mrs. Beryl Turner.


Series 1

  • Retirement, honours etc. 1974-90
  • Lumen article on retirement 1986
  • election as Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 1974
  • appointment as Hon. Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of English Language and Literature, 1990

Series 2

  • Study leave 1963, 1978, 1984
  • Reports, correspondence and related papers

Series 3

  • Correspondence c1952-98. 10cm

Series 4

  • Writings (published and unpublished), reviews, conference papers, talks and reports. 1958-98. 15cm
    Including typescript and proofs of The English language in Australia and New Zealand, report on Linguistics in Australia (1974)

Series 5

  • Lecture notes. 1938-39 and c1962-1992. 15cm.
    Including his own notebooks as a form VI student in English and Philology, 1938-39; lectures given by him in English I, Linguistics, Old English, Australian literature etc, at the University of Adelaide; and lectures to the WEA (1962) and to the University of the Third Age (1991-92)

Series 6

  • Dictionary projects: OED, APOD, ACOD etc., Australian national dictionary and other dictionary projects 1970s-1990s. 30cm

Series 7

  • Language files: Australian language, New Zealand language and dictionaries, Icelandic, Pidgin, Playground language, Reading, Words, Spelling reform, Stylistics etc. 1960s-1990s. 30cm.

Later additions

  • Buster book + photos
  • Biographical note
  • Offprints
  • Drafts - how to write clearly
  • Stray papers
  • Group Newsletters
  • Research papers
  • Miscellaneous
  • Obituaries/tributes. Donated by Alan Brissenden, Sept 2008.

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