File F3282 - Margaret Grace Thorsborne Papers

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Margaret Grace Thorsborne Papers


  • 1980-1992 (Creation)

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2 folders

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Margaret Grace Kemp-Pennefather was born on 3 June 1927 to Constance Mabel (nee Keys) and Lionel Hugh Kemp-Pennefather. She grew up in Toowong, trained as a nurse, married Arthur Thorsborne in 1963. Margaret and Arthur Thorsborne were inspired by Kathleen McArthur and David Fleay and became active members of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland. Initially living in the Gold Coast area, in 1972 they moved to Cardwell, in North Queensland, to be close to Hinchinbrook Island. She died on 16 October 2018.

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Previously titled: Papers, 1977-1992 : Cardwell, Queensland, to Kathleen McArthur.

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Newspaper cuttings, letters, handpainted envelopes, map, and notes by or related to the work of Margaret Thorsborne. The handpainted envelopes are all addressed to Kathleen McArthur with captions, some with letters.

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Folder 1: Includes five handpainted envelopes; printed map of Rockingham Bay, Qld. with handwritten annotations; W.P.S.Q. News No. 125 March 1992 covering the launch of the Thorsborne Trust; newspaper cuttings concerning the proposed development at Kennedy Bay; notes on the Nutmeg Pigeon population on Hinchinbrook Island and a three page photocopy of a chapter from the 1988 publication "Hinchinbrook Island" written by Arthur and Margaret Thorsborne.

Folder 2: Twenty-two handpainted envelopes, some with letters:
Item 1. Cassowaries need rainforest [postal date] 15 Jan 1980. --
Item 2: Pale yellow robins need rainforest [postal date] 9 Aug 1980. --
Item 3: Egrets need marshes [postal date] 25 Sept 1980 – includes card. --
Item 4: Nutmeg pigeons need rainforest [postal date] 13 Jan 1981. --
Item 5: Mangrove robins need mangroves [postal date] 12 Feb 1981. --
Item 6: Azure kingfishers need tree-lined streams [postal date] 27 Apr 1981. --
Item 7: Rufous fantails need rainforest [postal date] 14 Jul 1981. --
Item 8: Spectacled flycatchers need rainforest [postal date] illegible – includes letter dated 14 Jul 1981. --
Item 9: Egrets need swamps [postal date] 2 Feb 1982. --
Item 10: Dolphins need unpolluted seas [postal date] 30 Apr 1982. --
Item 11: Little kingfishers need mangroves and forest streams [postal date] 24 May 1982. --
Item 12: People need parks [postal date] 24 May 1982 – includes card. --
Item 13: Spectacled flycatchers need rainforest [postal date] 20 Sept 1982 – includes card – different illustration to previous one with same title. --
Item 14: Large-billed scrub-wrens need rainforest [postal date] 23 Feb 1983. --
Item 15: Lovely wrens need rainforest [postal date] 13 Apr 1983. --
Item 16: Wind power [postal date] 30 Sept 1983. --
Item 17: Sea eagles nest on sail Rock off Garden Is. Cape Richards, Hinchinbrook Is in distance [postal date] 30 Mar 1984 – title on reverse of envelope. --
Item 18: There is no way to peace – peace is the way [postal date] 21 May? 1984. --
Item 19: Little kingfishers need rainforest & mangroves [postal date] 12 Dec? 1984. --
Item 20: Reef herons need quiet waters [postal date] 13 Nov 1986. –
Item 21: Mangrove kingfishers need mangroves [postal date] 7 Jul 1988. --
Item 22: Hinchinbrook from Garden Is [postal date] 28 Oct 1989 – includes card – title on reverse of envelope.

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Revised, Linda Justo, 5-Aug-2021. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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