Collection UQFL404 - Kathleen McArthur Papers

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Kathleen McArthur Papers


  • 1967-1990. (Creation)

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2 boxes, 1 large folder.

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Kathleen McArthur, botanical illustrator and conservationist, was born Kathleen Evans in Brisbane in 1915. In 1938 she married Malcolm McArthur, with whom she travelled to India and around Australia. They were divorced in 1947. From 1953, Kathleen began a major project documenting the wildflowers growing in her local area around Caloundra and the Sunshine Coast more generally. In 1962 she co-founded with her friend the poet Judith Wright the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland (WPSQ) and was the driving force behind the Cooloola Campaign which saved areas of the Sunshine Coast from sand mining.

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Born in Adelaide, Nancy Cato was a journalist and art critic on the 'Adelaide News' until the late 1950s, when she became a freelance writer. She edited the 'Jindyworobak Anthology' (1950), and was actively involved in the Fellowship of Australian Writers and the Australian Society of Authors during the 1950s and 1960s. Her novels include 'All the Rivers Run', 'Green Grows the Vine', and 'Brown Sugar'. Cato published other prose works, two volumes of poetry and contributed to Australian literary magazines. For further information, see the author entry for Nancy Cato at AustLit.

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Rosemary Opala (nee Fielding) was born in Bundaberg, Queensland in 1923. She trained as a nurse at Brisbane General Hospital during World War II, worked at the Peel Island Lazaret in the late 1940s. At this time she began drawing cartoons about nursing, having abandoned a commercial art course in order 'to do something useful’. Many were published in Trephine (Brisbane). She eventually became a nursing supervisor at Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, she wrote popular magazine fiction and in later years wrote non-fiction, with an emphasis on Queensland and its history.

Archival history

Previously catalogued at F1082, F1572, F1852-71, F1875, F2338, F2356, F2447-8.
Collection previously titled as: Papers, 1967- 1990
Collection alternatively titled as: Kathleen McArthur Collection

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Wildflower shows presented by Caloundra Branch of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland.

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Box 1:
Folder 1 & 2 : Watercolours and drawings of wildflowers (printed).
Folder 3 : 'Wildflowering'.
Folder 4 : Papers relating to wildflower shows at Caloundra, 1967-1971.
Folder 5 : Submission opposing the Pumicestone Passage Marine Park (...), 1984.
Folder 6 : Papers relating to campaign to prevent sand-mining in the Cooloola area, 1968-1972.
Volumes 7 & 8 : Newspaper clippings, 1963-1977.
Large Folder 2 : Paintings of wildflowers (printed).
Box 3:
Vols. 1 & 2 : 'Birds of the Sunshine Coast' and 'Wildlife and landscape'.
Folder 3 : 35 Greeting cards incoming, arranged by name.

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Unrestricted access.

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  • English

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Previously catalogued at F1082, F1572, F1852-71, F1875, F2338, F2356, F2447-8.

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Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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