Collection UQFL551 - Lorna McDonald Papers

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Lorna McDonald Papers


  • 1963-2013 (Creation)

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22 boxes (Offsite Storage)

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Dr Lorna McDonald was born at Portland, Victoria, in 1916. She married Reverend Hugh McDonald in 1938. After raising three sons in country NSW and in Sydney, Lorna and her husband moved to Rockhampton in 1963. She studied as an external student at The University of Queensland, gaining her PhD in History in 1986. She was appointed Rockhampton Historian 1976 to 1980, and Gladstone Historian 1984 to 1987. She continued working as a freelance public historian until 2011. In 1995 she was awarded the OAM; in 2000 awarded D.Litt, Central Queensland University; in 2007 John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction, Royal Historical Society of Queensland and Professional Historians' Association [Qld]. She died in 2017.

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Collection previously titled as: Papers, 1963-2013
Collection alternatively titled as: Lorna McDonald Collection.

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Diaries, research notes, photographs, personal papers. Includes handwritten notebooks; notes from the Archer family letters; material of Peter Fitzallen MacDonald; research material to her PhD (1986); correspondence, photographs, research notes, newspaper cuttings and/or reviews to her some of her publications including: Cattle Country (UQP, 1988), Rockhampton : a history of city and district (UQP, 1981), A Proud Name, Gladstone : city that waited (Boolarong Press, 1988), Letters of an Australian Pioneer Family, 1927-1880 (written with Graeme Bucknall), West of Matilda (CQU Press, 2001), Magic ships (CQU Press, 1997), Over earth and ocean (UQP, 1999), Treasures in a Tea Tin (privately published), Capricornia sketch book (CQUP, 2001). Also includes typescripts of speeches, talks and papers by Lorna on a variety of subjects; two letters from Elizabeth Gilmour (John Denis Fryer's sister) from 1976; and some correspondence from Judith Wright.

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  • English

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Revised, Linda Justo, 7-Nov-2022. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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