- [c.1940]-1988 (Creation)
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Olga Meredith Lawler was born in Pambula, NSW, in 1919. She started her career as a journalist at the Cobargo Chronicle. In 1940 she married Charles Masters and over the following twenty years, they lived in New South Wales country towns and had a family of seven children. Olga Masters continued working as a journalist for the Northern Star in Lismore and later for the Manly Daily, the Land and the Sydney Morning Herald. She began her ficton-writing career in 1975. Her first collection, The Home Girls (1982), won a National Book Council Award. This was followed by Loving Daughters (1984), A Long Time Dying (1985), and Amy's Children (1987). Her last collection, The Rose Fancier and her playscript The Working Man's Castle were both published in 1988. A collection of her journalism, Reporting Home, was published posthumously in 1990. The University of Queensland Press published the Collected Stories of Olga Masters in 1996.
Collection previously titled as: Papers, [c.1940]-1988
Collection alternatively titled as: Olga Masters Collection.
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Drafts of A Long Time Dying, Amy's Children, Loving Daughters, The Home Girls, A Working Man's Castle, and other short stories. Also correspondence, reviews, newspaper clippings, articles, audiocassettes, family photographs and documents.
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Series 1: Literary manuscripts
Series 2: Journalism
Series 3: Personal papers
Series 4: Correspondence
Series 5: Newspaper cuttings and critical material
Series 6: Miscellaneous
Series 7: Audio-visual material.
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'Guide to the Papers of Olga Masters, 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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- Masters, Olga, 1919-1986 (Subject)
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Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.