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94/268/1 Archive, motor racing/aeronautics, Donald James Harkness, Sydney, New South Wales, c. 1916-1971. Click to enlarge.

Donald James Harkness Archive re Motor Racing and Aeronautics

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Personal papers of D.J. Harkness consisting of photographs, scrapbooks, newscuttings, letters received, subject files and biographical notes. The material concerns motor racing and the design of aero engines, in particular Harkness's collaboration with racing driver Norman 'Wizard' Smith, 1930-32 and the construction of the Harkness Hornet aero engine, 1930.

Summary

Object No.

94/268/1

Object Statement

Archive, motor racing/aeronautics, Donald James Harkness, Sydney, New South Wales, c. 1916-1971

Physical Description

Personal papers of D.J. Harkness consisting of photographs, scrapbooks, newscuttings, letters received, subject files and biographical notes. The material concerns motor racing and the design of aero engines, in particular Harkness's collaboration with racing driver Norman 'Wizard' Smith, 1930-32 and the construction of the Harkness Hornet aero engine, 1930.

History

Notes

The Harkness papers were acquired by the Museum in the 1960s as part of the Curator of Transport, Norm Harwood's campaign to develop a Transport and Engineering "Archive".

The Harkness papers were mixed with Harwood's research notes about Harkness. These have now been separated, Harkness's papers being acquired as 94/268/1 and Harwood's research notes being placed in the transport curatorial research files. An exception was made for the copy prints of photographs which Harwood had made. These have been left with Harkness's papers in the Photographs series (94/268/1-1) because of their value in providing a complete visual record of Harkness's career. (The Museum-provenance copy prints are identified by the description 'Copy print, 1970s'.)

As well as his papers, Harkness donated much printed material relating to motoring and aviation. This material has been placed in the transport curatorial research files. A list of it appears on the Blue File.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Mr Donald J Harkness, 1994

Acquisition Date

16 December 1994

Cite this Object

Harvard

Donald James Harkness Archive re Motor Racing and Aeronautics 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 September 2022, <https://ma.as/141199>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/141199 |title=Donald James Harkness Archive re Motor Racing and Aeronautics |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=27 September 2022 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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