Collection UQFL51 - Melville Haysom Papers

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Melville Haysom Papers


  • 1932-1974 (Creation)

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1 box.

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Name of creator


Biographical history

Painter, teacher, critic; born in Melbourne, died in Brisbane. President of the Queensland Art Society from 1923 to 1924 and wrote art critiques for the Brisbane Observer. His painting career was interrupted by Army Service from 1940 to 1944. In 1948 he was employed as an instructor in painting at the Brisbane Central Technical College. Awards include Godfrey Rivers Bequest Prize, 1935. His work includes portraits, landscapes & animal paintings moving between impressionistic and academic styles. In later years there was an increased emphasis on abstract qualities in his work.

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Administrative history

The Royal Queensland Art Society had its inaugural meeting in September 1887 and received the Royal Warrant in 1927. Many of Queensland's leading artists have been associated with the Society. It has a gallery and studio in Brisbane and holds workshops, seminars, life classes and exhibitions. Branches of the RQAS are situated in Brisbane, Rockhampton and the Gold Coast.

Archival history

Collection previously titled as: Papers, 1932-1974
Collection alternatively titled as: Melville Haysom Collection.

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Scope and content

Correspondence, manuscript notes, newspaper cuttings, sketches.

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Items 1-11: Correspondence dated 1953-1973, including two from James Mayne, two from Robert Haines
Item 12: Manuscript notes for critiques of art shows
Items 13-14: Press clippings, 1932
Item 15: Folder of 5 sketches.

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Unrestricted access.

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  • English

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Related photographs catalogued at UQFL477 PIC719 - PIC723.

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OCLC Number

44841241 ; 222718807

Libraries Australia ID

21561093 ; 63005023

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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