Series Series B - Postcards and reproduction prints collected by Daphne Mayo

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UQFL627-Series B


Postcards and reproduction prints collected by Daphne Mayo


  • 1924-1973 (Creation)

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5 folders

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Biographical history

Daphne Mayo MBE, sculptor, was born in Sydney in 1895 to English parents. She is noted for her large scale public artworks in Brisbane including the Brisbane Tattersall's Club frieze (1926), the tympanum and concert hall frieze of the new City Hall (1927-30), tympanum and Stations of the Cross for the Church of the Holy Spirit, New Farm (1929-30), Queensland Women's War Memorial, Anzac Square (1929-32), and relief panels for the chapel of Mt Thompson Crematorium (1934). In 1929 she co-founded the Queensland Art Fund with friend Vida Lahey. Between 1940 and 1942 she completed the bronze doors for the Public Library of New South Wales, perhaps her best-known work. She died in Brisbane in 1982.

"Lilian Macarthur" is a pseudonym of Daphne Mayo's.

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These postcards and prints were collected by Daphne Mayo during her travels in Europe and were used to inform her artistic work. The postcards (300), are mostly blank, and are mostly of historical buildings and sculptural art works in Europe. Some postcards have notes written by Daphne Mayo and some are addressed to her from friends. Newspaper cuttings, pictures cut from magazines and a line drawing are among the postcards.

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System of arrangement

This series has been arranged into 5 folders:
Box 1
Folder 5: 237 blank postcards mostly from Europe of historical buildings and art works, particularly sculptures, undated

Folder 6: Previously housed in a ‘Gallery Society News’ envelope addressed to ‘Miss D. Mayo, 147 Gladstone Road, Highgate hill 4101’, 29 (blank) postcards and 6 postcards with writing [by Daphne Mayo], undated

Folder 7: 17 postcards with writing on back (or front). Some have greetings from ‘Tommy’, ‘Bernard’, Margory & Lloyd’, Penny – Elaine Werrilen [?]’, Lloyd and Miss Lahey’, Ursula van Ronbel [?]’, written to Dahpne Mayo at her addresses in London, Italy, Sydney, Brisbane, 1924 to 1973; 11 postcards with notes written in pencil by Daphne Mayo, 1924? ; and newspaper cutting, pictures from magazines, line drawing, 1924?

Folder 8-9: 21 art or sculpture mounted [pasted] reproduction prints shared between the two folders, undated

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Unrestricted access

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  • English

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Related material can be found in UQFL119 Daphne Mayo Papers.

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Box 1 Folders 5-9

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Created, Linda Justo, 1-Nov-2019




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  • Box: UQFL627 Box 1