Collection UQFL70 - John Blight Papers

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John Blight Papers


  • [1915-1984] (Creation)

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19 boxes.

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Biographical history

John Blight was born in Unley, South Australia in 1913. His family moved to Queensland soon after. He was educated at Brisbane State High School. He subsequently gained qualifications as an accountant and worked in the timber industry. He was married to Beverley Madelaine D'Arcy-Irvine in 1942. They had two daughters. Blight's first published poems appeared in the Bulletin in 1939 and his first book The Old Pianist appeared in 1945. In 1968 he moved to Brisbane where he became a full-time writer in 1973 with the support of a fellowship from the Literature Board. -- excerpted from AustLit

Archival history

Collection previously titled as: Papers, [1915-1984].
Collection alternatively titled as: John Blight Collection.
This collection contains item formerly catalogued at F3275, titled: Letters, 1981-1988 : The Grange, Brisbane, Queensland, to Judith Wright.

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This collection contains published and unpublished manuscript and typescript drafts of poems and some prose pieces by John Blight, correspondence with individuals including Thomas Shapcott, Judith Wright, Bruce Beaver and Barbara Giles, and organisations, newspapers and literary societies. Also included are congress and festival pamphlets and papers, newspaper clippings and family photographs.

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Boxes 1-13: correspondence, congress papers, awards, manuscript drafts of unpublished work, newspaper clippings, family photographs ;
Boxes 14-18: manuscript and typescript drafts for poems ;
Box 19: family photographs, etc.

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Access permitted at the discretion of the Fryer Librarian.

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  • English

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224275613 ; 1058831033

Libraries Australia ID

23704756 ; 63015241

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




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