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Family properties: Lota House, Nindooinbah and Bluff Downs

Maps of locations, correspondence and photographs of family properties including Lota House at Manly, Nindooinbah near Beaudesert and Bluff Downs near Charters Towers. Also, 'Here on a visit' manuscript written by Agnes Helena Wansey, giving an account of her childhood at Lota House and related correspondence.

White, M. W. D.

Bliss [novel] (1981)

This subseries consists of revised drafts, working notes, index cards, proofs and correspondence relating to the novel Bliss. This novel had several working titles: 'Heaven's door', 'A garden at the end of the world', 'On the edges of the empire', 'A wonderful fool' and 'Waiting for the Barbarians'. Bliss was published in Australia by University of Queensland Press in 1981. This was Peter Carey's first novel and won the Miles Franklin Award 1981 and New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards 1982.

'A schoolboy prank' [screenplay] (unpublished)

Unpublished play script titled 'A schoolboy prank by Peter Carey. An adaptation for the stage', 9 leaves, undated. The short story A schoolboy prank was published in Carey's short story collections War Crimes (University of Queensland Press) in 1979 and Collected stories (University of Queensland Press) in 1994.

Correspondence from Parents, Bill and Lila Mayo

William McArthur Mayo (Bill) and Eliza Mary (Lila), née Saxelby corresponded frequently with their daughter Daphne. Sometimes both parents would write individual letters to Daphne on the same day, at other times they would each write in the same letter, and they would also write to her individually. There are approximately 1422 items of correspondence in this subseries dating from 1919 to 1959. Bill would often write about financial matters including Daphne's rental property in Brisbane. Occasionally Lilia would get the date wrong and, if discernible, this date has been corrected in pencil on the letter. As Lila's health deteriorated, her handwritten became more difficult to read.

Mayo, William McArthur, 1868-1954

War crimes [short story collection] (1979)

Setting copy from the University of Queensland Press for War crimes with notes and two audio cassettes of interviews with Peter Carey about War crimes. War crimes won the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards 1980.

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