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Correspondence, Lloyd Rees

There are 96 letters and 10 postcards dating from 3 Aug 1919 to 22 Oct 1977, but also including many undated letters and some fragments.

Lloyd Rees and Daphne Mayo knew each other from their studies at the Brisbane Technical College. Rees and Mayo corresponded before Mayo left for London. When Mayo left on the ship, the Ormonde in Sydney in 1920, Rees was there to farewell her. They continued to correspond while Mayo was overseas and became engaged, by mail, in 1922. At this time Rees was living in Paramatta at a guest house called 'Bondo'. This address appears in several of his letters to Mayo. After their engagement, Mayo asked Rees to join her in England. Rees wrote several letters to Mayo while onboard the Esperance Bay. During their time in London and later in Italy they would spend their days pursuing their own studies and interests. Mayo gave Rees the nickname "Georgie". Many of his letters are addressed to "Mary" (his nickname for her) and signed "Georgie". In 1923 Daphne Mayo won the Rome Prize, a travelling scholarship to Rome, and the Royal Academy School of Art gold medal for sculpture. Despite Mayo offering to pay for Rees to stay on and travel with her, at her expense, Rees returned home to Australia, arriving in March 1925. Not long after his return, Mayo's brother Richard Mayo died. Before she returned to Australia, Mayo broke off her engagement to Rees via mail. After a short time in Sydney, she returned to live in Brisbane. They continued to write to each other for years to come. There is also some correspondence from Marjorie Rees, nee Pollard, who married Lloyd Rees in 1931.

There are some small drawings by Rees: Folder 1 - One letter from 6 May 1923 has a hand drawn stamp by Rees; Letter from 27 Jul 1923 has two b&w photographs and a sprig of wattle (or some other plant) -- Folder 2 - Undated letter with hand drawn colour picture of his "garret" at 'Bondo'.

Rees, Lloyd Frederic, 1895-1988

Correspondence, General, 1914 to 1929

Correspondence from 9 Jul 1914 to 28 Jun 1929. Correspondents include: Wattle Day League (9 Jul 1914); Lewis McDonald (20 May 1919); Charles Venden Rees; Royal Academy of Arts; British School at Rome; William Moore; Royal Queensland Art Society.

Queensland Women's War Memorial

Queensland Women's War Memorial is situated in Anzac Square, Ann Street, Brisbane, Queensland. The Brisbane Women's Club launched a campaign in 1929 to raise the funds to create a memorial as a tribute to those who fought in World War One. Due to the depression the campaign was unable to reach the goal of 1000 pounds. Mayo worked on the carved stone panel and drinking bubbler from 1929 to 1932. It was unveiled on 24 March 1932.
This file contains two folders. One folder contains notes and letters regarding the Queensland Women's War Memorial. It includes: a letter of acceptance of her design from the Queensland Women's Memorial Committee (17 May 1930); letters and estimates by the city architect for the fountain; letters from Nora B. Harris, President of Brisbane Women's Club and member of the the Queensland Women's Memorial Committee including one referencing Mayos illness and trip to Hobart (16 Mar 1931); letter from Mayo to Mrs Harris on the progress of the work, delays and payments (9 Nov 1981); a post card of the Memorial ; a handwritten note outlining Mayos design proposal for the Memorial (undated); and the poem with the section to be carved highlighted for Mayos consideration.

The second folder has a blueprint, plan and notes for the drinking fountain.

Newspaper cuttings

22 newspaper cuttings (one has handwritten notes attached) about the Godfrey Rivers Trust, 1933 and undated.


Correspondence from 26 Jun 1937 to 22 Jun 1967. Includes her time as a trustee of the Queensland Art Gallery.

Queensland Art Gallery

General correspondence, 1919 to 1949.

The letters in this file were written to Bill and Lila Mayo, Daphne Mayo's parents. Some are letters they have written to each other. They are presumed to be from the estate of her mother, Lila Mayo. Some letters were mistakenly filed in with correspondence to Daphne.

Exhibition catalogues of Australian galleries

Exhibition catalogues from Australian art galleries including: Anthony Horderns' Fine Art Gallery; Australian National Gallery; Australian War Memorial; Bonython Art Gallery; Clune Galleries; Design Arts Centre; David Jones' Art Gallery; Finney's Gallery; Farmer's Blaxland Gallery; Gainsborough Gallery; Grosvenor Galleries; Johnstone Gallery; Lefevre Galleries; Macquarie Galleries; Moreton Galleries; Art Gallery of New South Wales (National Art Gallery of New South Wales); Philip Bacon Galleries; Qantas Gallery; Queensland Art Fund; Queensland Art Gallery. Other catalogues include: Australian Academy of Art; Blake Prize; Contemporary art society; Royal tour exhibition; Mitchell Library Sydney Ure Smith Memorial Exhibition; Society of Artists Annual Exhibition.

Minutes of Australian War Memorial Art Committee meetings

Daphne Mayo was nominated to act in an advisory capacity to the War Memorial Art Committee in May 1944. Minutes for three of the meetings are in this file: 3 Dec 1946, 25 Oct 1948 and 4 Dec 1950.

Australian War Memorial. Art Committee

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