Guide to the Papers of Dorothy Hewett

MS 6184

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Dorothy Hewett
Date Range
1883-2002 (bulk 1952-2001)
Collection Number
MS 6184
Extent
5.1 metres (34 boxes + 2 folio boxes + 1 elephant folio)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia
Sponsor
This finding aid is published with the assistance of the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust.

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of correspondence, literary works, photographs, sound and video recordings, theatre programs, posters and press cuttings, with the largest part of the collection being preparatory notes, drafts and manuscripts of Hewett's literary works. Major correspondents include Robert Adamson, Josephine Barnes, Rolf Hennequel, Elizabeth Jolley, Drusilla Modjeska, Stephen Murray-Smith, Hal Porter, Max Williams and Fay Zwicky. Other correspondents include Frank Hardy, Alan Marshall, David Martin, Katharine Susannah Prichard and Richard Wherrett.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for reference.

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Dorothy Hewett, National Library of Australia, MS 6184, [series and/or file number]'.

Provenance

The papers of Dorothy Hewett were received by the Library in a number of instalments between 1979 and 2005: between 1979 and 1999 four consignments of papers were purchased from Ms Hewett; in 2003, papers that Hewett had left with Bill Dunstone in 1988 were donated to the Library by Dunstone; and in 2005 a final instalment was purchased from Hewett's husband, Merv Lilley.

Arrangement

Since the first consignment was received in 1979 a number of different approaches to arrangement and levels of description have been applied to the collection, differences which are reflected in the file titles and notes. No discernible order was apparent in the contents of the consignments. Order has been imposed by the Library to the extent of grouping similar material into a series arrangement whilst retaining the order of adjacent papers wherever possible. In this way Hewett's apparently random approach to filing has been maintained to some degree.

Papers received in 1979, 1984 and 1992 consignments were sequentially arranged and described using a simple box/file approach with continuous file numbers, totalling 131 files. In 2007 these three consignments were rearranged into series, and subsequent consignments of papers were incorporated into the new arrangement. Whilst the contents of files in the original listing (i.e. of the 1979, 1984 and 1992 consignments) have not been rearranged or moved, the file numbers have changed. Researchers seeking to locate this material should refer to 'Appendix 1: Locations of material moved in 2007 review of collection and guide' (see attached).

The order of material within each series adheres to the chronological order in which the consignments were received (i.e. 1979, followed by 1984 etc.). For identification of files relating to each consignment, see 'Appendix 2: Record of Instalments' (see attached).

In the Oral History Section, interviews with Dorothy Hewett are held at ORAL TRC 1/658-659 and ORAL TRC 5217/9.

A Biography file on Dorothy Hewett is available in the Newspaper and Microform Reading Room

Correspondence of Dorothy Hewett is held in the Manuscript Collection in the papers of David Martin (MS 6885), Jack Beasley (MS 9266), Kate McNamara (MS 8512), Tom Inglis Moore (MS 8130), Rodney Hall (MS 4834), Frank Hardy (MS 4887), Katharine Susannah Prichard (MS 6201), Rolf Hennequel (MS 2923) and Robert Adamson (MS 5713), and in the Records of Theatre Australia (MS 6861) and Currency Press (MS 8084).

Hewett's published works, including anthologies of poetry and musical works written in collaboration with composers, are listed on the Library's catalogue.

Biographical Note

Dorothy Coade Hewett was born on 21 May 1923 on a farm near the Western Australian wheat belt town of Wickepin, the elder daughter of Arthur Thomas (Tom) and Doris Irene (René, née Coade) Hewett. She was educated by correspondence as a child, and then at Perth College and the University of Western Australia (UWA), where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in 1963. Hewett began writing poetry as a child. Her first published poem was 'Dreaming', which appeared in an anthology of children's work in 1938. At nineteen her poetry was published in Meanjin and by twenty-two she had won drama and national poetry competitions.

At nineteen she joined the Communist Party, remaining a member until her resignation in 1968. In 1944 she married Lloyd Davies, with whom she had one child. The marriage failed and in 1948 Hewett moved to Sydney where she lived for nine years with another Party member, Les Flood, with whom she had three sons. The couple lived in inner city suburbs and Hewett took jobs in factories. Her book Bobbin up (1959) was based on these experiences.

In 1960 the couple parted and Hewett returned to Perth, where she completed her studies and subsequently taught English at UWA. There she also married Merv Lilley and bore him two daughters. In 1974 the family moved back to Sydney. Here Hewett was successful in applying for a number of grants from the newly formed Literature Board of the Australian Council for the Arts, enabling her to concentrate on her writing. Towards the end of her life she moved with Lilley to Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains.

Hewett's career as a writer spanned fiction, poetry, plays and articles for which she received numerous awards and fellowships throughout her life. Her contribution to Australian literature was recognised with an Order of Australia medal (AM) in 1986. Hewett held the position of writer-in-residence at least nine times at Australian universities and once overseas. Her publishing record is vast and includes three novels, a first volume of memoirs, Wild card (the second volume was in process at the time of her death), fifteen plays, anthologies of poetry, radio and screen plays, short stories, musicals, librettos and articles for Australian and overseas journals. In addition, Hewett and her works have been the subject of much analysis and review by other authors.

It is difficult to separate Hewett's writing from her persona. Her early bohemian lifestyle and political and social activism earned her a reputation as an unrepentant rebel. Students, political colleagues from both sides of politics, theatre people and literati alike were drawn to her outgoing personality and vast intellect. Hewett's flamboyant image and creative output never waned.

Dorothy Hewett died in Springwood, New South Wales, on 25 August 2002, survived by husband Merv Lilley and five of her children.

Biographical Reference(s)

Austlit database entry on Dorothy Hewett, c. 2007, http://www.austlit.edu.au.

Bennett, Bruce. 'Obituary: Dorothy Hewett', The (London) Independent, 3 September 2002, http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi-qn4158/is-20020903/ai-n12646372

Cunningham, James and Wyndham, Susan. 'An unbridled rage to live', The Sydney Morning Herald, August 26 2002, http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/08/25/1030053009320.html

Hewett, Dorothy. Wild card. Ringwood, Victoria: Penguin Books, 1990.

P.L. Duffy Resource Centre, Trinity College W.A. 'Dorothy Hewett (1923-2002): Playwright, novelist, poet', 2006 http://www.trinity.wa.edu.au/plduffyrc/subjects/english/aust/hewett.htm.

Wikipedia entry: 'Dorothy Hewett', c. 2007 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy-Hewett.

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Correspondence, 1942-2002 Show allonly 1

This series contains Hewett's professional and personal correspondence. Hewett did not retain copies of her own letters except in very rare instances. The letters are largely from literary and theatre colleagues, publishers, Hewett's agents and academics. Whilst these mainly deal with Hewett's work and collaborations, the content of many of the letters suggests that Hewett often combined personal and professional relationships. People represented in the series by significant amounts of correspondence include Robert Adamson, Josephine Barnes, Rolf Hennequel, Elizabeth Jolley, Drusilla Modjeska, Stephen Murray-Smith, Hal Porter, Max Williams and Fay Zwicky. Other correspondents include Frank Hardy, Alan Marshall, David Martin, Katharine Susannah Prichard and Richard Wherrett.

Amongst the correspondence in this series can also be found poems by other writers, greetings and post cards, photographs, audiovisual material, notebooks, notes and typescripts written by Hewett, and financial papers. The placement of Hewett's hand- and type-written notes amongst the correspondence has been retained. Some enclosures received with letters appear to have been removed by Hewett but may possibly be found elsewhere in the collection. Correspondence found amongst Hewett's literary drafts has been left in place and is located in Series 4.

File 1. Letters from writers and academics, 1942, c. 1959-1977 Show allonly 1

Correspondents include W.F. (Frank) Arndt, Bob Lord, Alan Marshall and Manning Clark. Also includes a letter of recommendation written by Allan Edwards for Hewett in 1942.

File 2. Letters from writers, 1944, 1959-1979 Show allonly 1

Correspondents include Hal Porter, Randolph Stow, Bill Hart-Smith (enclosing poems), David Martin, Katharine Susannah Prichard (enclosing a 'Tribute to Dorothy Hewett') and Frank Hardy.

File 3-4. Letters from publishers, 1959-1979 Show allonly 1

Includes: agreements (contracts) and correspondence relating to the publication of Bobbin up in Russia and Eastern Europe; correspondence with Rolf Hennequel of Wattle Grove Press; and letters from Stephen Murray-Smith regarding the publication of Hewett's poems in Overland.

File 5. Theatrical correspondence, c. 1966-1978 Show allonly 1

Includes correspondence relating to a production of This old man comes rolling home, and letters from directors Ray Omadei, Richard Wherrett and George Whaley.

File 6. Miscellaneous correspondence, 1979-1983 Show allonly 1

Includes letters from Cecil Holmes about 'The planter of Malata'. Other correspondents include Jim Davidson (one letter), Graeme Blundell (one letter) and Professor Mainusch (one letter).

File 7. Correspondence, 1967-1979 Show allonly 1

Correspondents include Gwen Harwood, Stefan Heym, Arne Neeme, Jim Davidson, Ron Blair, Frank Hardy, David Martin, Tom Hungerford and Stephen Murray-Smith. Topics include: action by Lloyd Davies on Hewett's 'Tatty Hollow story'; invitations to visit universities and to read poetry; and letters of congratulations from audience members about Hewett's plays.

File 8. Correspondence, 1959-1980 Show allonly 1

Correspondents include Alvah Bessie, Gertrude and Stefan Heym, Katharine Susannah Prichard, Elizabeth Jolley, Maggie Dence, Stephen Murray-Smith, John Romeril, Patrick White, John Morrison, Frank Hardy and David Martin. Topics include Australian writing, the Communist Party, the death of Ian Turner, Realist Writers and comments on Hewett's work.

File 9. Letters and cards from Hal Porter, c. 1971-1982 Show allonly 1

File 10. Correspondence, 1957-1981 Show allonly 1

Correspondents include Katharine Brisbane, Robert Page, Stephen Murray-Smith, Sylvia Lawson, Rodney Fisher, Elizabeth Jolley, Tom Shapcott, Richard Wherrett, Wendy Blaxland, Trader Faulkner and Fay Zwicky. Additional letters are from publishers, the ABC, universities, festival committees and the Australia Council. Topics include funding of Overland 1961, attendance at festivals, poetry readings, proposed publications and productions, inquiries from students and literary criticism.

File 11. Correspondence, c. 1973-1976, 1990-1992 Show allonly 1

Includes: a letter from the Australian Council for the Arts Literature Board notifying Hewett of her first grant (1973); correspondence from Charles Sturt University regarding the script and a production of 'Zoo'; and a letter from May Webb with her views on characters from Redfern in Wild card.

File 12. Correspondence, c. 1977-1992 Show allonly 1

Correspondents include: publishers, including Drusilla Modjeska of Collins Angus and Robertson regarding the publication, Sisters; theatre personnel; Vera Deacon, enclosing photographs and recalling life in innercity Sydney in the 1950s; and Moya Henderson, enclosing a draft libretto for a song cycle for soprano, cello and piano based on Wild card.

File 13. Correspondence, c. 1972-1992 Show allonly 1

Includes: royalty statements, a photograph of Hewett, letters from Charles Sturt University about a production of 'Zoo', festival organisers, and single letters from Robert Adamson and Fay Zwicky (enclosing poems).

File 14. Correspondence forwarded to Hewett by her agents, Hilary Linstead and Associates, 1999 Show allonly 1

Includes a sound recording of a setting of a Hewett poem by the band 'Random Selection'.

File 15. Correspondence, c. 1997-1999 Show allonly 1

Includes copies of Hewett's resume and her poem 'Drunks in Darlinghurst'.

Item. Swagman's Ballad - Random Selection [cassette tape] - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000218 Show allonly 1

File 16. Correspondence, 1993-1999 Show allonly 1

Includes notes, a notebook, Hewett's poems, and letters and cards from Elizabeth Jolley, Robert Adamson and Josephine Barnes.

File 17. Correspondence, c. 1985-1998 Show allonly 1

Includes correspondence from Elizabeth Jolley, Max Williams and Robert Adamson (enclosing 'Waggafish report number one' 1998), a report by Hewett on her Australia Council Literature Board Senior Fellowship (1985), snapshots of Hewett (1940 and 1955), a postcard photograph possibly of Hewett's childhood farmhouse and excerpts of early undated letters from Hewett.

File 18. Correspondence, 1993-1998 Show allonly 1

Includes correspondence from Max Williams (enclosing a poem), Carmel Bird, Nora Heysen, Fay Zwicky and Thea Astley.

File 19. Correspondence, 1990-1998 Show allonly 1

Includes letters from Drusilla Modjeska and Elizabeth Jolley, and from the Australia Council regarding a four-year Fellowship.

File 20. Correspondence, 1990-1998 Show allonly 1

Includes letters from Fay Zwicky, Josephine Barnes and Elizabeth Jolley, and a royalty statement from 1992.

File 21. Correspondence, c. 1959-1968, c. 1985-1996 Show allonly 1

Includes: a postcard, possibly from Hewett to her son; letters dated in the 1960s from Randolph Stow, Katharine Susannah Prichard and Alan Marshall; later letters from Helen Garner, Josephine Barnes and Drusilla Modjeska; and a letter from the Australia Council regarding a 1986 Fellowship.

File 22. Correspondence, 1990-1997 Show allonly 1

Includes: letters from Fay Zwicky, Elizabeth Jolley, Josephine Barnes, Nancy Phelan, Gwen Harwood and Max Williams; royalty statements from the 1990s; and a photograph of Hewett at a book signing.

File 23. Correspondence, 1980, 1988-2002 Show allonly 1

Includes: correspondence from Elizabeth Jolley, Josephine Barnes, Drusilla Modjeska and Max Williams; a letter from the Australia Council regarding a 1998 Fellowship; texts of a book launch speech and foreword to Neap tide; a transcript of an interview of Hewett by Nicole Moore (1998); and a royalties statement for 1995.

File 24. Correspondence, 1992, 1998-1999 Show allonly 1

Includes fliers for Bobbin up and copies of poems by Patrick McCauley and Paty Marshall-Stace.

Series 2. Personal, family and business papers, 1883-1994 Show allonly 1

See also Series 1 for correspondence and royalty statements from publishers and Hewett's agents, and Series 5 for further personal and family papers.

File 1. Contracts and financial statements, c. 1962-1971 Show allonly 1

Includes undated agreements with Bulgarian and East German agencies for Bobbin up and financial statements for an Old Tote production of This old man comes rolling home (1968).

File 2. Financial statements, 1988-1991 Show allonly 1

File 3. Copy of Hewett's birth certificate, 1981 Show allonly 1

File 4. Hewett's parents' notebook, c. 1928 Show allonly 1

File 5. Family papers and wooden box in which they were contained, c. 1883-1908, c. 1950-1978 Show allonly 1

Includes letters, postcards, snapshots and negatives, notes and fragments of financial papers, originating from Hewett's parents as well as her own earlier life.

File 6. Award certificates received by Hewett, 1992, 1994 Show allonly 1

Series 3. Juvenilia, c. 1930-1971 Show allonly 1

This series consists of works by Hewett positively identified as dating from her childhood and youth. See also Series 4 for undated writings possibly written as a child or adolescent, and Series 5, Folders 1-10 for juvenilia collated by Hewett as reference material for her autobiography, Wild card.

File 1. Poems by Hewett, including 'The magic mia-mia', c. 1930, 1971 Show allonly 1

Includes poems on Aboriginal themes and one published in Overland (1971).

File 2. 'The gypsy dancer' (play), c. 1934 Show allonly 1

Annotated 'eleven years'.

File 3. Diary, book of poems and history notebook, c. 1934 Show allonly 1

File 4. Illustrated poems, c. 1930 Show allonly 1

Poems written and illustrated by Hewett when a pupil of the Correspondence School in Western Australia for competitions at the Perth Agricultural Show.

File 5. Notebook Show allonly 1

Series 4. Literary works of Dorothy Hewett, 1933-2001 Show allonly 1

This series comprises notes, manuscripts, typescript drafts, proofs, copies, audiovisual material and correspondence relating to Hewett's poetry, plays and prose works. The series is divided into subseries by work title. The arrangement is based loosely on date of receipt at the Library, with material from different instalments of papers brought together under title, and earliest-received papers at the beginning of each subseries. The works are both unpublished and published and are not arranged by form (i.e. poetry, plays and prose are interfiled). Papers relating to specific titles may also be found in the Miscellaneous works subseries (4.31), or under other titles where their presence is highlighted in the folder description. Where no date is indicated by the papers, dates used in subseries title descriptions have been sourced from the Austlit database.

Subseries 4-1. This old man comes rolling home (play), c. 1967 Show allonly 1

File 1. 'Original script with corrections. Jean Wilhelm notes etc.' Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-2. 'Ah Judas!' (play) Show allonly 1

File 2. Typescript Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-3. Bon-bons and roses for Dolly (musical theatre), 1943, 1972-1973 Show allonly 1

File 3. Synopsis and notes for songs, c. 1943, 1973 Show allonly 1

Includes: the typescript of a short interview of Hewett; papers relating to 'The wire fences of Jarrabin' and 'Catspaw'; and a letter from Robert Adamson.

File 4. Roneoed copy, possibly used for production, c. 1972 Show allonly 1

Includes a typescript of 'The beautiful Mrs Portland'.

Subseries 4-4. Bobbin up (novel), 1933, c. 1959-1968 Show allonly 1

File 5. First drafts (excerpts) and correspondence, c. 1933, c. 1959-1968 Show allonly 1

Includes: a photograph of Hewett; pages of poems annotated 'ten years'; and a partial copy of a Mary Gilmore Award judges' report on Bobbin up.

File 6-11. Drafts, c. 1959 Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-5. The chapel perilous (musical theatre), 1967-1970 Show allonly 1

File 12. BBC radio version, c. 1970 Show allonly 1
File 13. Research notes, c. 1967-1970 Show allonly 1
File 14. Original notes, original draft and theatre programs, c. 1970 Show allonly 1
File 15. Typed draft Show allonly 1
File 16. Originals and re-writes Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-6. 'Mrs Porter and the angel' (play), c. 1969 Show allonly 1

Unpublished play performed in Sydney 1969.

File 17. Typescript Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-7. 'Fields of heaven' (play), c. 1982 Show allonly 1

File 18. Working copy and notes: notebooks, loose notes and typescript draft with some amendments. Show allonly 1
File 19. Several drafts, heavily amended, typescript and a production photograph. Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-8. 'Zimmer: a mock opera in two acts' (musical theatre) written with Robert Adamson, c. 1974 Show allonly 1

Original music by Michael Driscoll and Tom Flood. Original lyrics by Robert Adamson, Michael Driscoll and Dorothy Hewett. This work was performed only at a playwrights' conference, with Robert Adamson.

File 20. First draft, typescript, heavily amended. Show allonly 1
File 21. Manuscript notes and drafts, photocopy typescript with some amendments, numbered '11'. Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-9. The golden oldies (play), c. 1976-1977 Show allonly 1

First performed in Sydney in 1976.

File 22. Two annotated roneoed copies and loose typescript pages, labelled 'Director: Richard Wherrett, Dramaturg: Colin O'Brien' Show allonly 1
File 23. Roneoed copy and two sound recordings of performances, c. 1977 Show allonly 1
Item. Golden Oldies - Grant St. Theatre first night 1/77, 1 7/8 [?] Mono Track 1, Sides 1/2 [audio magnetic reel], 01/1977 [?] - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000219 Show allonly 1
Item. Golden Oldies Act I. On reel: Property of Hoopla [audio magnetic reel] - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000220 Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-10. 'Pandora's cross' (musical theatre), 1978 Show allonly 1

Performed in Sydney 1978.

File 24. Notes, poster artwork, early draft and typescript, heavily amended. Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-11. 'The planter of Malata' (screenplay) with Cecil Holmes, c. 1981-1982 Show allonly 1

Based on Joseph Conrad's short story.

File 25. Synopsis, drafts, typescript copies and correspondence, 1981-1982 Show allonly 1

Includes a typescript headed 'The problem of its adaptation', commenting on the screenplay, and a photocopy typescript of ' A journey with Joseph Conrad' by Cecil Holmes.

Subseries 4-12. Joan (musical theatre), c. 1975 Show allonly 1

First performed Sydney 1975, published 1984 in the Yackandandah Playscripts series.

File 26. Two notebooks containing manuscript notes and dialogue. Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-13. The man from Muckinupin (Mukinupin) (musical theatre), c. 1979-1982 Show allonly 1

Commissioned for the 150th anniversary of the founding of Western Australia, 1979.

File 27. Early notes, typescript and photocopied first draft pages with amendments, programs, posters and production photographs, c. 1979-1982 Show allonly 1

Includes a synopsis for 'Pandora's cross'.

Item 28. Typescript in folder Show allonly 1

Annotated 'prompt copy' for Playhouse (National Theatre, Perth) production.

Subseries 4-14. 'Catspaw' (musical theatre), c. 1973 Show allonly 1

Performed in Perth 1973.

File 29-32. Early notes and dialogue, amended versions of the playscript and press cuttings used as background material, c. 1973 Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-15. Rapunzel in suburbia (poetry), c. 1974-1975 Show allonly 1

Published by Prism, 1975.

File 33. Typescript and photocopied poems, no amendments Show allonly 1
File 34-35. Drafts of poems Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-16. 'Hardy' (play) Show allonly 1

File 36. Drafts and notes (mainly trypescript) relating to Thomas Hardy Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-17. Windmill country (poetry), c. 1965-1968 Show allonly 1

Most of the poems in this subseries were published in the anthology, Windmill country, by Overland, 1968.

File 37. Poetry drafts Show allonly 1
File 38. Loose poems and notes Show allonly 1
File 39. Poetry drafts Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-18. Selected poems, 1990 Show allonly 1

File 40. Galley proofs, 1990 Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-19. Greenhouse (poetry), c. 1978-1979 Show allonly 1

File 41-49. Manuscripts and typescript drafts, c. 1978-1979 Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-20. 'Zoo' (play), written with Robert Adamson, 1990 Show allonly 1

File 50. Typescript, c. 1990 Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-21. 'Tragedy in concrete' (play) Show allonly 1

File 51. Corrected typescript, fragment only Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-22. Alice in wormland (poetry), 1979-1987 Show allonly 1

File 52-58. Typescript drafts, c. 1979-1987 Show allonly 1
File 59. Roneoed copy Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-23. The toucher (novel), 1991-1994 Show allonly 1

File 60-66. Handwritten first draft in eight quarto notebooks Show allonly 1
File 67-71. Typescripts Show allonly 1
File 72-73. Final draft Show allonly 1
File 74. Material supplied by Nicholas Hasluck, 1991 Show allonly 1
File 75-76. Notebooks Show allonly 1
File 77. Typescript Show allonly 1
File 78. Draft and notes, c. 1993 Show allonly 1

Includes a letter from Drusilla Modjeska of Angus and Robertson regarding Hewett's short story, 'The Darkling sisters'.

File 79. Draft (copy) Show allonly 1
File 80. Typescript and galleys returned to Hewett, 1994 Show allonly 1
File 81. Artwork for the book's cover and corrected typescript and notes of 'Writing a novel: notes on The toucher' Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-24. 'The beautiful Mrs Portland' (play), c. 1976 Show allonly 1

See also Subseries 4.3, Folder 4.

File 82. Roneoed copy Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-25. 'The Jarrabin trilogy' (plays), c. 1990-1998 Show allonly 1

Written as three self-contained but connected plays.

File 83. Typescripts of 'The wire fences of Jarrabin, 'The memory theatre' and an 'Outline of plays 2 and 3' (marked 'old') Show allonly 1
File 84. Notes and first draft of 'The wire fences of Jarrabin', c. 1990 Show allonly 1
File 85. Notes on 'The wire fences of Jarrabin' Show allonly 1
File 86. First draft of 'The Jarrabin trilogy', c. 1990 Show allonly 1
File 87. First draft and revised copy of 'The wire fences of Jarrabin', 1990, 1994 Show allonly 1
File 88. Letter from Aubrey Mellor of the Playbox Theatre and copy of a map possibly related to the plays, c. 1998 Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-26. Peninsula (poetry), c. 1994 Show allonly 1

File 89. Notebook Show allonly 1
File 90. Typescript and proofs, c. 1994 Show allonly 1

Subseries 7-27. 'The Darkling sisters' (short story), c. 1993-1994 Show allonly 1

Appeared in Sisters, editor Drusilla Modjeska, published by Angus and Robertson, 1993.

File 91. Drafts and corrected typescript with covering letter, c. 1993-1994 Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-28. Neap tide (novel), c. 1993-1999 Show allonly 1

File 92. Notebook Show allonly 1
File 93. 'Background notes' (photocopies), notepad and loose notes, c. 1993 Show allonly 1
File 94-95. Drafts, c. 1998 Show allonly 1
File 96. Fourth draft Show allonly 1
File 97. Proofs, 1999 Show allonly 1
File 98. Notebooks Show allonly 1
File 99. Second draft Show allonly 1
File 100. Artwork for book's cover Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-29. 'The rising (raising) of Pete Marsh' (play), c. 1988 Show allonly 1

The papers associated with this play, as well as those in Series 5, Folders 37-40, were left by Hewett with Bill Dunstone on completion of the play at the University of Western Australia New Fortune Theatre in 1988.

File 101. Notebooks Show allonly 1
File 102. Loose notes Show allonly 1
File 103. Draft Show allonly 1
File 104-105. Acts 1 and 2 (copies) Show allonly 1
File 106. Amended typescript Show allonly 1
File 107. Copy of script Show allonly 1
File 108. Reference material ('Lindow man' videos) Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-30. Nowhere (play), 2001 Show allonly 1

File 109-110. Drafts, fragments, 2001 Show allonly 1
File 111. Edited copy, with revisions, 2001 Show allonly 1

Subseries 4-31. Miscellaneous works, 1967-2001 Show allonly 1

This subseries contains literary papers either not identifiably associated with a known work or containing papers relating to more than one work.

File 112. Short stories Show allonly 1
File 113-118. Drafts of poems, c. 1971-1991 Show allonly 1
File 119. Typescript drafts of unfinished novels Show allonly 1
File 120. Manuscripts and corrected typescript prose manuscripts Show allonly 1
File 121. Miscellaneous handwritten manuscripts, c. 1989 Show allonly 1
File 122. Notebooks Show allonly 1

Includes notes for 'The Darkling sisters' and The toucher.

File 123. Notepads, c. 1994 Show allonly 1

Includes drafts of poems and notes for a 1994 Adelaide Festival panel discussion in which Hewett participated.

File 124. Miscellaneous poems, c. 1992-1996 Show allonly 1
File 125. Miscellaneous papers, c. 1983-1988 Show allonly 1

Includes manuscripts fragments, correspondence, notes and financial papers.

File 126. Miscellaneous papers, c. 1985-1998 Show allonly 1

Includes poems, notes, a South Australian Film Corporation memo relating to Hewett's children's play 'Song of the seals', reviews and correspondence.

File 127. Miscellaneous articles and papers, c. 1992-1994 Show allonly 1
File 128. Miscellaneous papers Show allonly 1

Includes artwork for the cover of Selected poems and a printed poster of Hewett's poem 'Pylons', illustrated with photographs of the poet.

File 129. Miscellaneous notebooks, c. 1987-2001 Show allonly 1
File 130. Miscellaneous papers Show allonly 1

Includes articles, poems, 'The grandmother' (short story), 'Christina's world' (libretto) and 'The Russian writer' (article).

File 131. Miscellaneous papers, c. 1967, c. 2001 Show allonly 1

Includes 'You can't come home again' (short story), introduction to A baker's dozen and the text of an address by Hewett to a Communist Party meeting in 1967.

Series 5. Wild card and autobiographical material, 1893-1991 Show allonly 1

The papers in this series include notes and notebooks, photographs, correspondence, draft material, juvenilia, family and financial papers, reviews of Wild card and audiovisual material. The majority of the papers have been identified as reference material or literary manuscripts relating to Hewett's autobiography, Wild card (which appears to have initially been entitled 'Card houses'). Exceptions are Folders 37-40. These papers were received from Bill Dunstone, with whom Hewett left them in 1988 after they had collaborated on a play by Hewett, 'The rising (raising) of Pete Marsh' (see Subseries 4.29, Folders 101-108). The interview of Hewett (transcript) and two files of articles about and by Hewett appear unrelated to this play and have been added to Series 5 by the Library.

File 1. Notebooks, poems, c. 1942-1944 Show allonly 1

File 2. Notepads, early road map (Adelaide to Perth) and drawings Show allonly 1

File 3. Family and financial papers, juvenilia and photographs of Hewett, c. 1905-1946 Show allonly 1

File 4. Photographs and correspondence, 1939-1952 Show allonly 1

Includes letters written by Hewett from Europe and China in 1952.

File 5. Family papers, story fragment and poems, c. 1932-1957 Show allonly 1

File 6. Notebooks, c. 1940-1942 Show allonly 1

One of the notebooks contains a more recent undated photograph of Hewett and locks of hair.

File 7. Family papers, articles by Hewett and correspondence, c. 1893-1911, c. 1931-1957 Show allonly 1

File 8. School exercise book and notebook Show allonly 1

File 9. Marriage certificate (1895) and notebooks Show allonly 1

File 10. Notebooks, c. 1939-1940 Show allonly 1

File 11-14. Wild card: manuscripts and corrected typescript drafts, c. 1989-1990 Show allonly 1

File 15. Ten-part talking book of Wild card on audiocassette. Royal Blind Society., 1991 Show allonly 1

10 tapes marked Side 1, Side 3, etc to Side 19

Item /1. Wild Card Side 1 [cassette tape] - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000278 Show allonly 1
Item /2. Wild Card Side 3 [cassette tape] - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000279 Show allonly 1
Item /3. Wild Card Side 5 [cassette tape] - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000280 Show allonly 1
Item /4. Wild Card Side 7 [cassette tape] - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000281 Show allonly 1
Item /5. Wild Card Side 9 [cassette tape] - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000282 Show allonly 1
Item /6. Wild Card Side 11 [cassette tape] - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000283 Show allonly 1
Item /7. Wild Card Side 13 [cassette tape] - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000284 Show allonly 1
Item /8. Wild Card Side 15 [cassette tape] - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000285 Show allonly 1
Item /9. Wild Card Side 17 [cassette tape] - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000286 Show allonly 1
Item /10. Wild Card Side 19 [cassette tape] - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000287 Show allonly 1

File 16-18. Wild card: corrected typescript of second draft Show allonly 1

File 19. Wild card: reviews, 1990 Show allonly 1

File 20-24. Wild card: notebooks and notes Show allonly 1

File 25. Diary of China visit, 1952 Show allonly 1

File 26-27. Wild card: draft excerpts Show allonly 1

File 28. Wild card: early draft Show allonly 1

File 29. Wild card: edited draft excerpt Show allonly 1

File 30-32. Wild card: manuscripts Show allonly 1

File 33. Wild card: edited manuscript Show allonly 1

File 34. Wild card: late manuscript, c. 1990 Show allonly 1

File 35. Wild card: audiocassettes Show allonly 1

Item. The Card House by Dorothy Hewett [cassette tape] - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000221 Show allonly 1
Item. The Card House. Ch.2. [cassette tape] - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000222 Show allonly 1
Item. Ch.3 Rewrite [cassette tape] - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000223 Show allonly 1
Item. Ch.4 Unfinished The Card House [cassette tape] - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000224 Show allonly 1
Item. Cover: Wipe. Ch.IV end Card House. Cassette: The Card House Ch.4 end. Ch.5. [cassette tape] - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000225 Show allonly 1
Item. Spine: Autobiography No.1 [?] tape. On cassette: A Saving Grace Chpt VI, Side 1 and Side Two. [cassette tape] - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000226 Show allonly 1
Item. Spine: Autobiography Side 3. Cassette: A Saving Grace Ch.6 Tape 3 [cassette tape] - Piece NLA.MS-SAV000227 Show allonly 1

File 36. Notes for acceptance speech for the Victorian Premier's Literature Award for non-fiction presented to Hewett for Wild card, 1991 Show allonly 1

File 37. Transcripts of an interview of Hewett by Bruce Bennett, 1982-1984 Show allonly 1

File 38-39. Research material, mainly about Hewett, 1986-1988 Show allonly 1

This material appears to have been collected by University of Western Australia English Honours student, Joanne Robertson.

Series 6. Writings by others, c. 1970-2001 Show allonly 1

This series comprises poetry and articles by writers other than Hewett, Hewett's work adapted for the screen and writings about Hewett.

File 1. Poems, c. 1972 Show allonly 1

File 2. Articles, c. 1970-1978 Show allonly 1

Includes: a typescript article 'Dramatic conventions and techniques in The chapel perilous by Dorothy Hewett' by Carla Dente Baschiere (University of Pisa); a photocopy of a short story, 'A Gippsland wedding. Circa 1970' by Kate Ahearne; a photocopy of 'Boozing with Hawke' by Frank Moorhouse; and an unspecified application by Hewett for a special purposes grant.

File 3. Robert Adamson material Show allonly 1

Includes letters, poems, clippings and artwork.

File 4-5. Screen treatment of The toucher by Margot Nash, 1995-1998 Show allonly 1

File 6. Articles about Hewett's work by John Kinsella and Margaret Williams (photocopies), 1989, 1996 Show allonly 1

File 7. Poems by Robert Adamson, 1995 Show allonly 1

File 8. Screenplay by Patrick White, The night the prowler (copy), 1976 Show allonly 1

File 9. Thomas Hardy's 'Studies, specimens etc' notebook, edited by Pamela Dalziel and Michael Millgate (photocopy), 1994 Show allonly 1

File 10. Article by Kate Lilley (print), and essay on Hewett by Jasna Novakovic (typescript), 1997, 2001 Show allonly 1

Series 7. Press cuttings and reviews, 1960-2001 Show allonly 1

This series comprises mainly clippings of reviews of Hewett's publications and productions of her plays, together with articles about, and interviews of, Hewett which appeared in newspapers and journals or were supplied by her agents or publishers.

File 1-2. Reviews and other cuttings, c. 1961-1981 Show allonly 1

File 3. Articles, posters and programs, 1968-1976 Show allonly 1

File 4. Reviews, mainly of Hewett's plays, c. 1969-1979 Show allonly 1

File 5. Reviews of This old man comes rolling home, 1990 Show allonly 1

File 6. Reviews, 1990-1991 Show allonly 1

File 7. Miscellaneous papers, including reviews, 1967-1992 Show allonly 1

Includes awards, notes, invitations and a university course outline.

File 8. Cuttings on Aboriginal rights issues, c. 1960-1971 Show allonly 1

File 9-10. Miscellaneous cuttings, largely reviews of Hewett's publications, 1968, 1981-1999 Show allonly 1

File 11. Reviews of The toucher, 1993-1994 Show allonly 1

File 12. Reviews, 1978, c. 1985-2001 Show allonly 1

Series 8. Photographs, 1952-1999 Show allonly 1

File 1. Photographs: three portraits by Juno Gemes and snapshots taken on a trip to China, c. 1952 Show allonly 1

File 2. Photographs of Hewett, 1972, c. 1980, 1995 Show allonly 1

File 3. Photographs of Hewett and Merv Lilley, c. 1999 Show allonly 1

Series 9. Programs and posters, 1939-1999 Show allonly 1

Largely posters and programs for productions of Hewett's plays.

File 1. Programs and book, 1941, 1990-1991 Show allonly 1

Comprises: Jindyworobak anthology (1941) and programs for This old man comes rolling home (Melbourne Theatre Company) and 'Zoo' (Wagga Wagga).

File 2-3. Programs, various, 1939-1941, 1967-1984 Show allonly 1

File 4. Programs and invitations, 1972, 1993-1999 Show allonly 1

File 5. Posters for productions of Hewett's plays, c. 1970- 1972 Show allonly 1

File 6. Programs and invitations, c. 1968, c. 1992-1998 Show allonly 1

File 7. Posters and book covers, c. 1997-1998 Show allonly 1

Includes a poster created by students rehearsing Hewett's children's play, 'Song of the seals', and bearing handwritten messages from them to Hewett.

Series 10. Miscellaneous papers and objects, 1910-1990 Show allonly 1

File 1. Two tissue boxes with holograph annotations by Hewett Show allonly 1

File 2. Miscellaneous items Show allonly 1

Includes: beadwork, possibly a necklace or belt; cover of journal Vision (1923); and a plastic bag illustrated with photographs of poets, including Hewett.

File 3. Manuscript and printed music, c. 1910-1941, 1974, 1990 Show allonly 1

Container List

Series File Box
1 1-8 1
1 9-16 2
1 17-22 3
1 23-24 4
2 1-4 4
2 5-6 Folio Box 1
3 1-3 4
3 4 Elephant folio
3 5 Folio Box 1
4.1-4.4 1-8 5
4.4-4.5 9-15 6
4.5-4.8 16-21 7
4.9-4.13 22-27 8
4.13-4.15 28-33 9
4.15-4.19 34-41 10
4.19 42-49 11
4.20-4.22 50-58 12
4.22-4.23 59-65 13
4.23 66-74 14
4.23 75-79 15
4.23 80 Folio Box 2
4.23-4.24 81-82 15
4.25 83-88 16
4.26-4.28 89-95 17
4.28 96-100 18
4.29 101-104 19
4.29-4.30 105-110 20
4.30-4.31 111-119 21
4.31 120-127 22
4.31 128 Folio Box 2
4.31 129-131 23
5 1-4 23
5 5-12 24
5 13-19 25
5 20-26 26
5 27-31 27
5 32-33 28
5 34-37 29
5 38-40 30
6 1-4 30
6 5-10 31
7 1-2 31
7 3-10 32
7 11-12 33
8 1-3 33
9 1-4 33
9 5 Folio Box 2
9 6 34
9 7 Folio Box 2
10 1-3 34