Subseries Subseries 1 - Correspondence from Parents, Bill and Lila Mayo

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UQFL119-Series A-Subseries 1


Correspondence from Parents, Bill and Lila Mayo


  • 1919-1959 (Creation)

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23 folders

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William McArthur Mayo (Bill) was born in Brixton, Surrey, England on 13 November 1868. He died on 20 December 1954 in Brisbane.

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Elizabeth Mary Saxelby was born in Belper, Derbyshire, England in 1870. She died on 18 May 1959 in Brisbane. She wrote articles on birds, nature and children in the newspaper (mostly the Brisbane Courier) in the 1920s under the name "Marmee" and occasionally used this name when writing to her daughter, Daphne.

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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.

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Unrestricted access.

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Copyright applies. Contact the Fryer Library.

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  • English

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Boxes 1-2

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Created, Linda Justo, 15-Sep-2020




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  • Box: UQFL119 Box 1
  • Box: UQFL119 Box 2