Collection UQFL80 - James Devaney Papers

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James Devaney Papers


  • ca. 1900-1976 (Creation)

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2 boxes.

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Name of creator


Biographical history

James Martin Devaney was born in Sandhurst, Victoria, on 31 May 1890. Devaney studied at St. Joseph's College and in 1915 made his final vows, taking the religious name Fabian Joseph. However he left the order in July 1921. In 1921 he moved permanently to Queensland to a career of full-time writing and journalism. From 1924 to 1943 he published a weekly column of nature notes for the Brisbane Courier-Mail under the pseudonym 'Fabian'. He also wrote a regular 'Literary Section' for the Catholic Leader. Devaney was president of the Queensland Authors' and Artists' Association (later the Fellowship of Australian Writers or FAW). He died on 14 August 1976.

Archival history

Collection previously titled as: Papers, 1927-1976
Collection alternatively titled as: James Devaney Collection.
Incorporates material formerly catalogued at UQFL209 Papers relating to James Devaney; alternatively titled Maureen Stewart and James Devaney Collection.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Acquired from the estate of the creator, and from the creator's niece and great-niece.

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Scope and content

Correspondence; draft manuscripts, photographs, and personal papers relating to James Devaney.

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Arranged into 10 series by the processing archivist.

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Unrestricted access.

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Copyright applies.

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  • English

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Material from this collection has been cited in:
Hatherell, William (2004). 'James Devaney and the Brisbane resistance to modernism', Queensland Review, 11(2), 25–39.
Taylor, Cheryl M. and Ross Smith (1984). 'James Martin Devaney (1890-1976) : A Bibliography', LiNQ, 12(1-3), 83-109.

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Millennium Local System Number

.b19733677 ; .b20524183

OCLC Number

222660608 ; 1096574191 ; 1058701050

Libraries Australia ID

21260429 ; 63004946 ; 23255298 ; 63015157

Alma MMS ID (invalid)


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Updated, AM, 20-Jan-2020.
Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.


  • English



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Physical storage

  • Box: UQFL80 Box 1
  • Box: UQFL80 Box 2