Denis is the son of Tom Fitzgerald and after his father's death in 1993,
the research papers were stored in boxes in the garage of his Sydney home.
The Fitzgerald family appreciated the value of the papers and the meticulous
research they documented for the proposed biography of John Curtin and
were keen for the papers to be lodged where they would be professionally
cared for and made accessible to researchers. Denis was instrumental in
facilitating the lodgement of the papers at the John Curtin Prime Ministerial
Library in 2002.
Denis Fitzgerald was the 2002 JCPML Visiting Scholar and in this role
he played a vital part in the production of this web publication. Denis
authored the biographical sections and provided valuable insights into
the significance of the papers, assisting in identifying key themes and
files for inclusion in the publication. Not the least of his talents is
the ability to decipher his father's handwriting, which had a tendency
to become less and less legible the faster his thoughts ran!