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Daphne Mayo Papers

  • UQFL119
  • Collection
  • 1897-1982.

In this collection there are over 100 folders of correspondence: 13 of these folders relate to Mayo's commissioned and uncommissioned sculptural works. There are over 1400 items of correspondence from her parents and over 1220 items of correspondence from friends and family (other than her parents). A small number of outgoing letters or drafts are in the collection. There are financial records and related correspondence, bank records, tax records relating to the finances of Daphne Mayo regarding her artistic works, property investments, and investments in bonds and shares. Personal documents are present such as permits; identification documents; diaries; calendars; handwritten notes, writings, scribblings; and copious lists for all areas of her life. There are portrait photographs of Mayo and of her works from 1919-1974; as well as two albums of photograph taken by Judith McKay when Daphne Mayo's Sydney studio was packed up. Included in the collection are 48 sculpting tools. The most prolific of her works of art in the collection are her drawings and paintings with over 436 artworks, as well as 22 sculptures, and 46 sketchbooks. Retained in the collection are inscribed publications, exhibition catalogues, and newspaper and magazine cuttings given to Mayo or collected by her. Additionally material that is presumed to be from the estate of Lila Mayo, Daphne's mother, form part of the collection and this includes 6 folders of letters from 1930 to 1959 from Mayo to her parents.

Mayo, Daphne, 1895-1982

Correspondence, Personal.

Correspondence from friends and family of Daphne Mayo including her parents, Bill and Lila Mayo, Lloyd Rees, some with or by his wife, Majorie Rees; Vida Lahey; Edith Lahey; Dr Christine Rivett; Walter Taylor; Nell Mary Lette Hubble; Mim Shaw; and Ina Rivers. General correspondence includes letters from government departments, the Society of Artists, exhibition organisers, galleries, lawyers, dentists, real estate agents, and others.

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

Correspondence, Parents, Aug 1919 to Nov 1929

Approximately 44 letters (some incomplete, undated) and 1 telegram from Bill and Lila Mayo to their daughter Daphne from 22 August 1919 to 15 November 1929. One letter has a note attached about the death of their son and Daphne's brother, Richard Henry McArthur Mayo (1892-1924).

Correspondence, Parents, 1950

49 letters and 2 letter cards from Bill and Lila Mayo to their daughter Daphne from 1 February to 19 December 1950.

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