Whilst the Archives and Special Collections Centre is probably best known for the Stanley Kubrick Archive, we hold over 25 other collections, with particular strengths in graphic design, film-making, sound arts and journalism. As part of a new series foregrounding these collections, we are focussing this month on the Phillip Knightley Archive.
Phillip Knightley (1929-1917) was an investigative journalist and author who spent the majority of his journalistic career in London at The Sunday Times. He was born in Sydney and first entered the newspaper industry as a copy boy for the Daily Telegraph, Sydney, becoming a trainee reporter on the Lismore Northern Star the following year in 1947. For the next few years, however, he dipped in and out of journalism, working briefly as a Copra trader in Fiji, a door-to-door salesman in Sydney and a gardener in Melbourne before moving to London in 1954, initially working as a correspondent for the Australian Mirror Group before leaving the newspaper industry again. In 1960 he travelled to Mumbai, spending two years working as the editor of a literary magazine, Imprint, which he later realised was funded by the CIA.