Collection UQFL333 - Eunice Hanger Papers

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Eunice Hanger Papers


  • 1949-1971. (Creation)

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18 boxes.

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Eunice Hanger joined the staff of the University of Queensland in 1955, and was a lecturer in the Department of English until her death in 1972. She edited several anthologies of Australian plays, and wrote numerous articles on Australian drama. She also acted in, produced and wrote many plays. She was active in the Twelfth Night Theatre. She also assembled a collection of unpublished Australian playscripts, now known as the Hanger Collection of Australian Playscripts.

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Judith Arundell Wright was born on 31 May 1915 at Sydney, New South Wales. She studied at the University of Sydney. Wright settled in Brisbane, Queensland, and worked as a statistician at the University of Queensland (UQ) from 1944 to 1948, where she helped Clem Christesen to edit Meanjin. She wrote the first of her poems while working at UQ. Wright met Jack McKinney during her time in Brisbane, and together they moved to Mount Tamborine. They had a daughter, Meredith, in 1950 and married in 1962. Jack died in 1966. Wright was one of Australia's foremost poets, and writers of short stories and children's book. She helped form the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland and was a supporter of the Aboriginal land rights movement. She was a patron of many organisations, including the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, National Forests Action Council (Victoria), Campaign Against Nuclear Power (Queensland), Townsville Women's Shelter and Amnesty International (Victoria). In 1991 she was awarded the Queen's gold medal for poetry. Judith Wright died in Canberra on 26 June 2000.

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Collection previously titled as: Papers, 1949-1971
Collection alternatively titled as: Eunice Hanger Collection.

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Correspondence, addresses, lectures, essays concerning Australian theatre, photographs. Includes small number of letters from Judith Wright and Jack McKinney. Also correspondence, committee minutes, and other papers relating to establishment of J.J. Stable Memorial Tree Theatre.

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  • English

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Further related manuscript material is held in the Hanger Collection of Australian Playscripts. The playscripts are catalogued individually.

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Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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