The Charles Harpur Critical Archive (CHCA) is a digital archive and a scholarly edition of the poetic works of Charles Harpur (1813-1868).
The archives traces–in manuscript, in colonial newspaper, and in other printed forms–more than 2,700 versions of his 685 verse works (excluding his plays), as well as his prose notes for them.
With a few exceptions, including two long dramatic works, the CHCA includes archival transcriptions of all known versions of Harpur’s poems to 1900: from ‘The Wreck’ (The Australian, 20 December 1833) to three poems in the Windsor and Richmond Gazette on 23 March 1895. It aims to provide a high-quality image of every Harpur artefact (manuscript, newspaper or book) that contains his poetic work.
Archival content in the form of images were largely in place by 2016. Transcription and editing was ongoing into 2017.