- 1915-2016 (Creation)
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Extent and medium
5 boxes, 2 parcels, 7 albums
Name of creator
Anne McCosker, poet, writer and historian of Australians in the colonial territory of New Guinea. Born in Rabaul in 1940, she was evacuated with her family to Brisbane in 1941 and educated at Somerville House in Brisbane and the National Ballet School, London. She has published several books of poetry since 1972 and in 1998 published a non-fiction work, Masked Eden: a History of the Australians in New Guinea.
Contains material formerly catalogued as F2309
Collection previously titled as: Papers, 1959-2011
Collection alternatively titled as: Anne McCosker Collection
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Content and structure area
Scope and content
Literary notes and drafts of Anne McCosker's poems and stories, personal correspondence, research papers and correspondence relating to the history of Australian New Guinea before and after World War Two, World War One letters from Lieutenant F.W.S. (Fred) Martin, and photographs relating to Anne McCosker's family history in Australian New Guinea. Many of the letters, research documents and photographs relating to New Guinea were used as source material for Anne McCosker's book Masked Eden: A History of the Australians in New Guinea.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
The collection is arranged into five series based on the format and function of the material: literary manuscripts, correspondence, research papers relating to the history of Australian New Guinea, photographs and realia. The correspondence has been further divided into Anne McCosker's personal correspondence, correspondence used as source material for her history of Australians in New Guinea and the World War One correspondence of her uncle Frederick Martin. The research papers have been kept in their original order where possible, with subseries for the discrete collection of Stan McCosker's papers, for papers relating to the War Damage Commission and for other research papers, which are arranged loosely by topic and according to the chronological structure of the book Masked Eden.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Unrestricted access except for Series B Subseries 1.
Conditions governing reproduction
Pre-1955 photographs: copyright expired. Copyright applies for photographs taken after 1955 and items in Series E.
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Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Boxes 1-5, Albums 1-7, Parcels 1-2.
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Name access points
- McCosker, Anne, 1940- (Subject)
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Dates of creation revision deletion
Revised, JR, Mar-2021. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.