Collection UQFL111 - Bruce Dawe Papers

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Bruce Dawe Papers


  • 1936-2008 (Creation)

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39 boxes, 1 parcel.

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Name of creator


Biographical history

Donald Bruce Dawe, Australian poet, was born on 15 February 1930 in Fitzroy, a Melbourne suburb. He worked in various occupations before joining the RAAF in 1959. In 1968 Dawe began teaching at Downlands College, Toowoomba. In 1971 he began as a lecturer at the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education (DDIAE); became a senior lecturer in 1980 and an Associate Professor at the renamed University of Southern Queensland. Dawe's awards include: Patrick White Literary Award in 1980; Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) Christopher Brennan Award in 1983; the Order of Australia for his contribution to Australian literature in 1992. He retired from full-time teaching in 1993. He died on 1 April 2020.

Archival history

Collection previously titled as: Papers, 1936-
Collection alternatively titled as: Bruce Dawe Collection.

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Scope and content

Correspondence, poetry and prose manuscripts, newspaper cuttings, miscellaneous items.

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Unrestricted access.

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Copyright applies.

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  • English

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Uploaded finding aid

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Related material can be found at F3846 Bruce Dawe. Australian Poet. Lovely Bloke

Publication note

Material from this collection has been cited in:
Haskell, D. (2002). Attuned to alien moonlight: the poetry of Bruce Dawe. St Lucia, Qld.: University of Queensland Press.
Land and identity : proceedings of the 1997 Conference held at the University of New England Armidale New South Wales 27-30 September 1997, edited by Jennifer McDonnell and Michael Deves.

Publication note

'Guide to the Papers of Bruce Dawe, The University of Queensland Library, Fryer Library'. (2001). Guide to Australian literary manuscripts. University of Western Australia Library & Australian Literary Manuscript Collections Project.

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1058637007 ; 222658055

Libraries Australia ID

21260191 ; 62988402

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Revised, JR, 22-Apr-2021. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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