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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, Friends and family

Over 1220 letters, postcards, cards, lettercards and telegrams from friends and family (other than Daphne Mayo's parents). Correspondents include: 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.

Correspondence, General

Correspondence from government departments, Society of Artists, exhibition organisers, galleries, lawyers, dentists, real estate agents, and more.

Godfrey Rivers Trust Records

Daphne Mayo was a foundation trustee of the Godfrey Rivers Trust. Daphne Mayo, former student of Rivers, was the main buyer for most of the works acquired by the Trust for the Queensland National Art Gallery (now the Queensland Art Gallery). This subseries includes newspaper cuttings, legal and financial records, details and notes on competitions, and correspondence. The correspondence (137 letters, 14 telegrams) relating to the Godfrey Rivers Trust. Correspondence from Godfrey Rivers and Selina (Ina) Rivers to Mayo including letters of introduction for Mayo by Rivers while she is in Europe. Additional letters by Ina Rivers are held elsewhere in this collection. Letters are from 1912 to 1965, and some undated. Not all years have correspondence.

Godfrey Rivers Trust

Australian War Memorial Art Committee

Daphne Mayo was nominated to act in an advisory capacity to the War Memorial Art Committee in May 1944. This subseries contains minutes for meetings and correspondence.

Queensland National Art Gallery

Daphne Mayo was part of the Queensland National Art Gallery Education Committee, Queensland Combined Art Committee, and trustee of the Queensland Art Gallery. As a Trustee of the Godfrey Rivers Trust she played a substantial and active role in procuring art works for the Gallery.

Queensland Art Gallery

Property records

Ledgers with expenses and income from rental property from 1937 to 1959, most of which were probably kept by her father until his death in 1954 and then by mother and/or Daphne. Ledgers kept by Daphne Mayo from 1960 to 1965 incorporate income and expenses for property, dividends and her profession. Folders contain correspondence, notes, invoices and receipts, and rental books for property in Highgate Hill, Brisbane.

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