Due to a remarkable act of foresight, all the documents needed for a history of the VVAA are now held in a single collection in the Research Centre of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. The collection includes all documents cited by Jock McCulloch and Graham Walker. Following the completion of the Royal Commission into the Uses and Effects of Chemical Agents on Australian Service Personnel in Vietnam (the "Agent Orange Royal Commission") in 1985, the VVAA found itself left with a vast collection of documents for which they had no further use. They were determined to make the information available for future research, but lacked the expertise and resources to catalogue and store the documents. A decision was made, therefore, to donate the entire collection to the Australian War Memorial.
The collection includes a comprehensive set of documents collected by the Federal Member for Parliament for Melbourne Ports, Mr Clyde Holding. Mr Holding had taken an early interest in the Agent Orange issue, and instructed his staff to gather every newspaper clipping and every available document on the issue. He later donated his collection to the VVAA. Jock McCulloch's own research documents are also included in the VVAA collection. In all, the VVAA collection comprises 99 boxes of documents, of which those I have cited can be found in "The Holding Papers", boxes 31-44, and "VVAA General Files", boxes 73099. The collection has the Australian War Memorial serial number AWM PR87/163. I should mention that I was personally involved in the process of gathering some of these documents. For example, the folio numbers in the Holding Papers are clearly marked in my handwriting.