Collection UQFL48 - Martin Haley Papers

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Martin Haley Papers


  • 1923-1992 (Creation)

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14 boxes, 1 parcel.

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Martin Nelson Haley (1905-1980) was born on 7 July 1905 at New Farm, Brisbane. His parents, Nelson Nathan Haley and Mary Josephine (nee Kiely), moved Martin and his two younger siblings to Nambour in 1907. Educated at the local primary school, he subsequently entered St Joseph’s College, Nudgee in 1918 on a state scholarship. In 1925, he began his long career as a schoolteacher, retiring in December 1970. In 1933, he began writing articles for the Catholic Leader. He came to be regarded as one of Queensland’s most distinguished poets. Haley was also a prolific writer of historical articles. He was involved with the Catholic Poetry Society of Queensland (founded by Paul Grano), the Catholic Readers’ and Writers’ society, and the Catholic Writers’ Movement. He published numerous books of verse and translations. He died on 18 October 1980 at Paddington, Brisbane.

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Collection previously titled as: Papers, 1927-1976
Collection alternatively titled as: Martin Haley Collection.

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Correspondence from friends and fellow writers, editors and critics; mainly concerned with literary interests and personal news. The earliest letter is dated 29 Sep 1923 and the latest 6 Jan 1980. The bulk of the letters were written in the 1950's and 1960's. In all there are over 1700 items. Periodicals to which reference is made include: The Advocate; The Catholic Leader; The Catholic Weekly; Contact; Crosscurrents; Expression; Makar; Meanjin Papers; Poetry Australia; Poetry Magazine; 20th Century; Vista. Associations: Catholic Writers' and Readers' Association; Catholic Poetry Society; Poetry Society of Australia.
Included in the correspondents are: Thea Astley; Vincent Buckley; Emily Bulcock; Edna Carroll; C.B. Christesen; Delia Craig Antoine Denat; James Devaney (163) Margaret Diesendorf; Tom Dimes; Rosemary Dobson, R.D. Fitzgerald (48); Maureen Freer, John Gartner; Dame Mary Gilmore; Paul Grano; A.D. Hope (42); R.G. Howarth (47); Rex Ingamells (13); Kevin Kelly; Pat Lawler (55); David Little; David Locher; Llewelyn Lucas (22); Frederick Macartney (51); James McAuley (32); Ian Mudie; Walter Murdoch; Frank Murphy (243); J. Jarvis Nye; Grace Perry; Margaret (June) Saunders (20); Henry Schoenheimer; Thomas Shapcott; Walter Stone; Imogen Whyse (29). This list does not include correspondents with only one or two letters, or purely personal correspondence.

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Unrestricted access, except access to items 1079-1088: Letters (10) from Andre Marling is restricted.

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  • English

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Material from this collection has been cited in:
McLaren, J. D. (1996). Writing in hope and fear : literature as politics in postwar Australia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Sheridan, Susan (2011). Nine lives: postwar women writers making their mark. St Lucia, Qld: UQP.

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222660960 ; 1058602620

Libraries Australia ID

21260463 ; 63004962

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Revised, AM, 25-Jul-2022.
Revised, AM, 01-Jun-2020.
Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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