Guide to the Papers of Carmel Bird

MS 958, MS Acc06.204

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary


Papers of Carmel Bird
Date Range
Collection Number
MS 958, MS Acc06.204
3 metres (16 ms boxes + 1 large folio box)
Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (

Conditions Governing Use

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Carmel Bird, National Library of Australia, [class/series and/or file number]'.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The original consignments were donated to the Library on 2 May 1995 and August 2005. Further papers were received in 2006.


The collection has been largely left in original order.

The Library holds a number of Bird's published works, together with a biographical newsclippings file.

Collection Retrieval Advice

Please note: each consignment in this collection has a separate box number sequence (i.e. there are multiple Box 1's). Please cite the relevant Class number as well as the Box number when requesting retrieval of material from the collection.

Item Descriptions

Class MS 958. Consignments received 1995-2005 Show allonly 1

These instalments contain letters and cards of Barbara Hanrahan, a typescript titled "The world you are walking upon: a tribute to Barbara Hanrahan" and photocopies of articles on Hanrahan, including her orbituary. In her letters, Hanrahan discusses her writings, including Flawless Jade, her art, people they know and Carmel Bird's writings. Also included are papers relating to The Penguin century of Australian stories, which was edited by Bird and published by Penguin in 2000. They mostly comprise correspondence, biographical notes and permission to publish forms received from authors approached about contributions to the anthology.

Comprises 16 boxes (MS 958 Boxes 1-15 + Folio box (unnumbered)).

Series 1. Cassowary's quiz Show allonly 1

File 1. Picture books, proofs, etc. Show allonly 1

Series 2. The white garden Show allonly 1

File 1. Clean publisher's proofs Show allonly 1
File 2. Draft MS on recycled MS Show allonly 1
File 3. CB's changes to chapter sequences, and proofs March 1995 Show allonly 1
File 4. Proposal to publisher Show allonly 1
File 4. Synopsis of novel Show allonly 1
File 4. Notes on characters Show allonly 1
File 4. Reader's report Show allonly 1
File 4. Elements of publishing process and design elements Show allonly 1
File 5. Various drafts (3 ff) Show allonly 1
File 6. Manuscript, August 1994 Show allonly 1
File 7. 3rd draft MS and CB's notes Show allonly 1
File 8. Section of MS + material on 2 disks, July 1994 Show allonly 1

Series 3. Automatic teller Show allonly 1

Series 4. Not now Jack Show allonly 1

Series 5. The stolen children Show allonly 1

Series 6. Red shoes Show allonly 1

Series 7. Daughters and fathers Show allonly 1

Series 8. Crisis Show allonly 1

Series 9. Book covers, etc. Show allonly 1

Series 10. The Bluebird Café Show allonly 1

Series 11. Writer in residence Victoria College of the Arts Show allonly 1

Series 12. Cape Grimm Show allonly 1

Series 13. Magazines, assorted, edited by author Show allonly 1

Series 14. The common rat Show allonly 1

Series 15. Reviews by author Show allonly 1

Series 16. Woodpecker Point Show allonly 1

Series 17. Green (exhibition) Show allonly 1

Series 18. Unholy writ Show allonly 1

Series 19. Memorabilia Show allonly 1

Series 20. The essential Bird Show allonly 1

Series 21. Voices magazine Show allonly 1

Series 22. Author's notebooks Show allonly 1

Class MS Acc06.204. Consignment received 2006 Show allonly 1

This instalment comprises further papers relating to the editing of The stolen children: their stories: including extracts from the Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families, which was published in 1998. Contained in 1 box (MS Acc06.204 Box 1).