MS 9352
Papers of Gwenda Davey (1932- )



Scope and Content Note

Papers

1968 - 1996

1.68m (12 boxes)

Available for reference.

The papers were purchased by the National Library from Gwenda Davey in 1999.

The material consists of correspondence, journal articles, drafts, seminar papers, newscuttings, publications, research material and working notes relating to Gwenda Davey’s career as a lecturer, freelance writer, consultant and researcher in Australian folklore and folklife. The main projects are : Oxford Companion to Australian Folklore (1993), ‘Folklife in Australia’ ( PhD thesis, 1993 ) and Moe Folklife Project, 1995.

The series Oxford Companion to Folklore contains correspondence and contributions from Shirley Andrews, Frank Campbell, Nancy Keesing, John McPhee, Helen O’Shea, J. S. Ryan and Bill Wannan.

Gwenda Davey has organised the material in folders by project and consultancy. The file titles and the arrangements of records within the files have been preserved by the Library. Library staff have arranged the collection into 8 series.

The recordings of the Moe Folklife Project are held in the Oral History Collection at the National Library of Australia.


Biographical Note

1932

1932 Born in Sydney, 18 February

1952

BA (Hons) in Psychology

1970

Diploma in Education, Monash University

1983

M.Ed., Monash University

1993

PhD, Monash University

Employment history

1954-56,
1958-59,
1968-72

Guidance Officer, Psychology and Guidance Branch, Education Department of Victoria

1957

Primary teacher, Malvern Memorial Grammar School

1960-67

Home duties

1973-84

Lecturer in Psychology and Ethnic Studies, Institute of Early Childhood Development ( now Department of Early Childhood Studies, University of Melbourne )

1984-85

Sessional lecturer in Child Development, Department of Paediatrics, Monash University

1985

Lecturer, Department of Teacher Education, Footscray Institute of Technology, Melbourne

1986

Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of B.Ed (Primary), Department of Teacher Education, Footscray Institute of Technology, Melbourne.
Lecturer in psychology, multicultural and folklore studies

1986-87

Member of Australian Government Committee of Inquiry into Folklife in Australia

1988

Independent consultant

1989

Consultant in Australian Folklore to National Library of Australia (ongoing)

1989-92

Co-editor, Oxford Companion to Australian Folklore

1990

Member Australian Government Consultative Committee on Cultural Heritage in Multicultural Australia

1990-92

Postgraduate scholarship holder (PhD) Monash University
(APRA Scholarship)

1991-92

Project Manager, demonstration project in documentation of multicultural music and dance in the Monaro region (Office of Multicultural Affairs)

1992

Director, Victorian Folklife Association

1994-96

Coordinator, MA in Museum Studies and Cultural Policy, National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University

1995-96

Director, Moe Folklife Project, National Library of Australia and Department of Communication and the Arts

1997-98

Coordinator, Graduate Diploma of Arts (Australian Folklife Studies), National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University

1997-98

Coordinator, Greek-Australian Oral History and Folklife Project, National Library of Australia

1998-99

Project Manager, Bringing them Home – Oral History Pilot Project, National Library of Australia

Special Awards

1988

Australian Folk Trust Major Fellowship

1989

Harold White Fellowship, National Library of Australia

1990

Australian Postgraduate Research Award (PhD scholarship)

1995

Smithsonian Institution, Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies, short fellowship

1998

Awarded Medal of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the protection and preservation of traditional folklore and folklife in Australia


Series List

Series Title
1

Talks, seminar papers, journal articles, 1968-93

2

Teaching programs, 1984-89

3

‘Folklife in Australia: issues of policy and practice’( PhD, 1993 ), 1990-93

4

Oxford Companion to Australian Folklore, 1989-93

5

Moe Folklife Project, 1994-96

6

Consultancies, grants and scholarships, 1975-92

7

Conferences, 1984-94

8

Other Writings of Gwenda Davey, 1986-93


Series Description

Series 1

Talks, seminar papers, journal articles, 1968-93

The series includes notes for talks and lectures and a copy of seminar papers and articles written by Gwenda Davey. See also Series 7 for other conference papers by Davey.

Folder

1

School performances, 1968

2

Talks, early 1970s

3

Talks, reviews, articles, 1973-83

4

Talks 1984-91

5

‘Cinderella and friends: folklore as discourse’, 1980

5

‘Baby’s poetry book’, 1981

5

‘Games in a private world’, 1982

5

‘The functions of folklore’, 1983

5

‘Are nonsense rhymes for young children culturally universal ?’, 1984

5

‘A wigwam for a goose’s bridle’, 1985

5

‘Danny Spooner at Footscray: teachers’ notes’, 1985
‘Australian folklore’, 1986

6

‘Teaching folklore at Footscray’, 1986

6

‘Folklife in Footscay’, 1988

6

‘Australia’s heritage: not just things’, 1988

6

‘Nursery rhymes: a neglected study’, 1988

6

‘Is there an Australian nursery rhyme’, 1988

6

‘Collecting children’s folklore in multicultural Australia’, 1988

6

Submission re community violence, 1988

6

‘Nursery lore and the functions of folklore’, 1988

6

‘Tales of swagmen, goanna oil and elastics’, 1989

6

‘Folklore in Australia’ 1990

6

‘Learning how to joke: the development of pre-school children’s verbal humour’, 1993


Series 2

Teaching programs, 1984 - 89

In 1984-85 Gwenda Davey was a sessional lecturer in Child Development in the Department of Paediatrics at Monash University. In 1985-87 she lectured in psychology, multicultural and folklore studies at Footscray Institute of Technology.

The series includes notes and course outlines for courses in children’s folklore and Australian folklife and a course in child development and health.

Footscray Institute of Technology

Folder

1

Children’s folklore, Semester 2, 1985

2

Children’s folklore, 1986

3

Australian folklore and folklife (HE 171), Semester 2, 1986

4-5

Australian folklore and folklife (HE 171), Semester 2, 1987

Other institutions

Folder

6

Cultural perspectives in the Arts: literature and folklore, Melbourne College of Advanced Education, 1984-85

7

Community paediatrics, Melbourne University, 1984-85

8

Australian folk culture, Asian Law Centre, Melbourne University, 1988-89


Series 3

‘Folklife in Australia: issues of policy and practice’( PhD, 1993 ), 1990-93

The series comprises initial outlines and proposals for Davey’s thesis, drafts, research notes and journal articles. A final bound copy of the thesis is located in folder 16.

Folder

1

First proposals and outlines

2

What is folklore?

3

The invention of tradition

4

Imported (borrowed) traditions

5

Documentation

6

Categorisation of culture

7

The children’s tradition (bibliography)

8

NESB (Non-English) folklore

9

Thesis (miscellaneous)

10

Notes and photocopies

11

Text at April 1991 (part)

12

Monash - check references

13

Thesis - references

14

Other issues

15

Examiner’s report

16

Final bound copy of thesis


Series 4

Oxford Companion to Australian Folklore, 1989-93

The Oxford Companion to Australian Folklore, (Oxford University Press, 1993) was the first major encyclopaedic study of Australian Folklore. It looked at the history of the development of folk culture in Australia and identified significant individuals, institutions and events that have contributed to its evolution.

Some of Australia’s best known writers and folklorists contributed articles to the companion on a diverse range of topics. The range of topics included: Aboriginal folklife, Chinese folklore, country music, Greek shadow puppetry, Ned Kelly, nursery rhymes, patchwork quilts, gum leaf playing and wartime folklore.

The Oxford Companion to Australia Folklore was edited by Gwenda Davey and Graham Seal. Both contributed entries to the publication.

The series contains correspondence between the editors and the publishers, correspondence between the editors and contributors, lists of contributors, list of headings, draft chapters, edited chapters and book reviews.

Folder

1

Correspondence and discussions with Oxford University Press, 1989-92

2

Correspondence between Gwenda Davey and Graham Seal, including some draft material, 1989-92

3

Early notes and drafts

4

Major contributions edited by Gwenda Davey

5

Illustrations

6

Headings, list of contributors and guidelines for contributors

7

Working papers

8

List of contributors and draft chapters from Nancy Keesing

9

Form letters sent to contributors

10

Biographies of contributors

11-12

Contributions edited by Gwenda Davey and Graham Seal

13-14

Correspondence between editors and contributors, 1989-92

15

Book reviews


Series 5

Moe Folklife Project, 1994-96

The Moe Folklife Project was Australia’s first regional study of Australian folklife. The project was funded by the National Library of Australia, the Department of Communication and the Arts and local organisations in Moe and the La Trobe Valley, Victoria.

During 1995 the following aspects of traditional folklife were documented: music and dance; customs, celebrations and special events; children’s playground games, food and storytelling, including stories about working life.

The series includes correspondence, minutes of meetings, newscuttings, research notes, administrative files, journal articles, reports, background reference material and a final edited report.

Folder

1

Original proposal, 1994-95

2

Funding and finances, 1995-96

3

Moe Advisory Committee meetings, 1994-95

4

Information about local people and organisations, 1994-97

5

Information, newscuttings on local places, 1994-97

6

Publicity generated about the project, 1994-96

7

Correspondence, 1994-96

8

Sample copy of worksheets used during the project

9

Listing of tapes delivered to Moe Skillshare for transcription, 1995

10

Copies of two conference papers relating to the project, 1995-96

11

Preparation of edited report for the Internet, 1996

12

Notes relating to Yallourn Heritage Trail, 1994-95

13

Completed questionnaires which were placed in the Moe and Narracan News, 15 November 1995

14

Notes for training session, 1995

15

Final edited report of the Moe Folklife Project, 1996

16

Research assistants - general information, 1994-96

17

Jennifer Aitken, 1995-96

18

Robin Begalo,, 1995

19

Sally Grant, 1994-95

20

Sally Kanellopolous, 1994-95

21

Peter Morrison, 1995

22

Fay Pollack, 1995

23

Nancy Schakau, 1994-95

24

Marie Smith, 1995

25-30

Pamphlets, journal articles, government reports, newspapers, travel brochures and miscellaneous leaflets relating to Moe and the Gippsland region, 1994-96


Series 6

Consultancies, grants and scholarships, 1975-92

The series consists of correspondence, drafts, interviews, journal articles, seminar papers, work books and research notes relating to various consultancies, grants and scholarships.

The Multicultural Cassette Series was produced by Gwenda Davey while at the Institute of Early Childhood Development in Melbourne under a grant from the Australian Government Children’s Commission. It consists of 26 tapes of stories, songs and rhymes in eight different languages . The consultancy for the Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs (AIMA) resulted in the publication of a resource book titled A strange place to go: child migrants to Australia: a resource book.

Folder

1-3

Multicultural Cassette Series, 1975-79

4

IYL Scholarship (International Youth Library, Munich, Germany) 1978

5

Child migrants to Australia – AIMA report, 1981-86

6

Folklife in Footscay, 1987

7

Consultancy : Women in the hop growing industry, National Museum of Australia, 1992


Series 7

Conferences, 1984-94

The series includes conference proceedings and papers given by Gwenda Davey.

Folder

1

National Folklore Conference, 1984

2

ANZAAS Centenary Congress, 1988

3

Forum on the collecting of folk music in Australia, (UNSW), 1988

4

Symposium on issues in multicultural heritage management, 1990

5

Proceedings of the 6th National Folklife Conference, 1994


Series 8

Other Writings of Gwenda Davey, 1986-93

Gwenda Davey has published a number of books for children. Two of these publications, Snug as a bug and Duck under the table are collections of traditional family sayings and rhyming slang which are often used by parents to amuse and control their children.

The series includes correspondence with publishers, drafts of books, sample illustrations, galley proofs, contracts, book reviews, and royalty statements. Folder 2 also contains draft chapters for a book titled ‘Possums’.

Folder

1

Snug as a bug, Oxford University Press, 1990

2-3

Great Australian pumpkin, Houghton Mifflin, 1991

4

Duck under the table, Oxford University Press, 1991

5

Jack and Jill: nursery rhymes, Oxford University Press, 1993

The series also consists of 2 other publications by Davey.

6

Play and friendships in a multi-cultural playground, Institute of Early Childhood Development, 1986 and Folklore and tourism, Centre for Australian Studies, Curtin University of Technology, 1992


Box list

Box

Series

Folder/Piece

1

1

1-6

2

2

1-8

3

3

1-11

4

3

12-15

5

4

1-9

6

4

10-15

7

5

1-15

8

5

17-26

9

5

27-30

10

6

1-7

11

7

1-5

11

8

1

12

8

2-6

May 1999