Guide to the Papers of Nadia Wheatley, 1946-2008

MS 9000

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Nadia Wheatley, 1946-2008
Date Range
1946-2008
Collection Number
MS 9000
Extent
5.10 metres
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The papers in MS 9000 comprise writing and publishing correspondence, correspondence with school children, drafts, synopses, maps, notes research material, cuttings, page and cover proofs, flyers and other papers relating to her novels and children's books Five times dizzy, Dancing in the Anzac deli, The house that was Eureka, The blooding, My place, and, Lucy in the leap year. Also includes papers relating to her book of short stories, The night Tolkien died, her dealings with the ABC over the series 'The museum of here and now', the stage production of 'Lucy in the leap year' and the stage, film and television productions of 'Five times dizzy'.Major correspondents in MS 9000 include Oxford University Press, Barbara Mobbs (Wheatley's agent from 1988), Children's Book Council of Australia, International Board on Books for Young People, Penguin Books, Collins, Angus & Robertson, Redress Press, SBS, Rosalind Price (Pixel Publishing), Omnibus Books, Belle Alderman, Margaret Aitken, Katherine Scholes, Donna Rawlins, Edel Wignell, Toss Gascoigne, Agnes Nieuwenhuizen, Julie Lewis, Barbara Jefferis, and Theatre South.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2770487).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were purchased by the Library in 1996.

Bibliography

Books

Five times dizzy, Oxford University Press, 1982

Dancing in the Anzac deli, Oxford University Press, 1984

The house that was Eureka, Viking Kestrel, 1985

1 is for one, illus. Helen Leitch, Oxford University Press, 1986

My place, illus. Donna Rawlins, Collins Dove, 1987

The blooding, Viking Kestrel, 1987

Lucy in the leap year, Omnibus, 1993

The night Tolkien died, Random House, 1994

Books edited

Charmian Clift, Trouble in lotus land, Harper Collins, 1990

Charmian Clift, Being alone with oneself, Harper Collins, 1991

Landmarks, Turton& Chambers, 1991

Short Stories in the following anthologies

Hard feelings, ed. Alison Fell, The Women's Press, 1979

And so say all of us, ed. Pearlie McNeill and Marie McShea, Second Back Row Press, 1981

Room to move, ed. Suzanne Falkiner, Unwin Paperbacks, 1985

Absolutely rapt, Oxford University Press, 1990

The blue dress, ed. Libby Hathorn, Heinemann, 1991

Landmarks, ed. Nadia Wheatley, Turton& Chambers 1991

Goodbye and hello, ed. Clodagh Corcoran & Margot Tyrrell, Viking 1992

The Oxford book of children's stories, ed. Jan Mark, OUP, 1993

Weddings and wives, ed. Dale Spender, Penguin, 1994

She's fantastical, ed. Lucy Sussex & Judith Buckrich, Sybylla, 1995

Ready or not, ed. Mark Macleod, Random House 1996

Hide and seek, ed. Jenny Pausacker, Reed, 1996

Chapters in the Following Australian History Collections

Social policy in Australia, ed. Jill Roe, Cassell, 1976

Twentieth century Sydney, ed. Jill Roe, Hale & Iremonger 1980

The wasted years?, ed. Judy Mackinolty, George Allen & Unwin, 1981

Making a life, ed. Verity Burgmann and Jenny Lee, McPhee Gribble, Penguin, 1988

Scripts

Charmian Clift and George Johnston, radio documentary, with Garry Kinnane, Radio Helicon, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1985

Five times dizzy, with Terry Larsen, 12-part television mini-series, Samson Productions/ Special Broadcasting Service, 1986.

Biographical / Historical

Nadia Wheatley was born in Sydney in 1949. She has written primarily novels, short stories, and scripts for children and teenagers.

Awards

Five times dizzy (novel)

New South Wales Premier's Special Children's Book Award, 1983

Highly Commended, Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for Older Readers, 1983

IBBY Honour Award

Five times dizzy (television mini-series)

AWGIE for Best Adaptation, Children's Television Drama, 1987

Dancing in the Anzac deli

Commended, Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for Older Readers, 1984

IBBY Award 1985

The house that was Eureka

New South Wales Premier's Children's Book Award 1985

Commended, Children's Council of Australia Book of the Year for Older Readers, 1985

Shortlisted Vogel Award, 1984

My place (illustrated by Donna Rawlins)

Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for Younger Readers, 1988

Eve Pownall Award for Non-fiction, 1988

IBBY Award, 1988

KOALA Award, 1988

White Raven Award, 1988

Listed US Library Best Books for Young People, 1988

Lucy in the leap year

Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for Younger Readers, 1994

Shortlisted New South Wales Ministry for the Arts Awards, 1994

Shortlisted Mulicultural Award, 1994

The night Tolkien died

Honour Book, Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for Older Readers, 1995

Item Descriptions

Class MS 9000. Original Consignment/s Show allonly 1

Series 1. Writing and Publishing Correspondence, 1981-93 Show allonly 1

Correspondence dealing with all Wheatley's fiction books from Five times dizzy (1982) to The night Tolkien died (1993), as well as some short stories, the non-fiction works Adolescent and family problems: books for young people (1988) and Landmarks (1991), the television and stage productions of Five times dizzy and My place; and progress on Wheatley's unpublished biography of Charmian Clift.

The correspondence canvasses business matters such as writing grants, royalty payments, book awards, publishing agreements, foreign editions, editorial comments on books, permission to publish short stories, negotiations over book covers, copyright requests, public lending right payments, requests for articles and book reviews, Wheatley's comments on other writers' proposals for works, and invitations for visits, talks and book launches. The correspondence also contains a quantity of biographical information as well as comments by Wheatley on Australian juvenile fiction, the status of children's authors, politics, the Bicentenary, other children's authors works, Garry Kinnane's biography of George Johnston, and her involvement in the Unemployed People's Union in 1979-80. The 1990 and 1991 files contain some correspondence with students and the 1993 files contains a file on Wheatley's objections to the NSW Teachers' Federation's use of (and addition of a McDonalds logo to) an illustration from My place for its Year 3 Basic Skills test.

Major correspondents include Oxford University Press, Barbara Mobbs (Wheatley's agent from 1988), Children's Book Council of Australia, International Board on Books for Young People, Penguin Books, Collins Angus & Robertson Publishers, Redress Press, SBS, Rosalind Price (Pixel Publishing), Omnibus Books, Belle Alderman, Margaret Aitken, Katherine Scholes, Donna Rawlins, Edel Wniell, Toss Gascoigne, Agnes Nieuwenhuizen, Julie Lewis, Barbara Jefferis, and Theatre South.

File 1-7. Writing and publishing correspondence, 1981-89 - Box 1 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 8-12. Writing and publishing correspondence, 1990-93 - Box 2 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 13-14. Correspondence with Barbara Mobbs, 1988-93 - Box 2a (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 15. Assorted correspondence with Children's Book Council of Australia and the International Board on Books for Young People, 1983-89 - Box 3 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1

Series 2. Correspondence with Children, 1982-95 Show allonly 1

Letters from school children together with replies containing background information on Wheatley's books.

File 16-19. Correspondence, 1983-92 - Box 3 + a Folio-Box (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 20-21. Correspondence, 1992-95 - Box 3 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1

Series 3. Five Times Dizzy, 1977-83 Show allonly 1

Published by Oxford University Press in 1982. The novel was adapted for the stage by Des Davis of Theatre South and for film and television by Wheatley and Terry Larsen (see also Appendix for Wheatley's background notes).

The series contains papers relating to the novel Five times dizzy (working title 'A job for yaya') and later adaptations for the stage, film and television.

File 22. Novel: Copy of original typescript 'A job for yaya', written in Crete in 1977 and submitted to various Australian publishers 1977-78 (A few pages missing). Also includes Wheatley's background notes to the novel and stage, film and television adaptations - Box 3 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 23. Novel: A complete photocopy (pages 1-75), plus incomplete photocopy 'A Job for yaya'. Latter has some changes made during next re-write - Box 3 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 24. Novel: Substantial handwritten and typed drafts, synopses etc, for re-written version done in Sydney 1979-80 - Box 4 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 25. Novel: (i) Photocopy of clean typescript, chapters 1-4, revised version, 'A Job for yaya'. This is essentially the same as a later version titled Five Times Dizzy. (ii) Photocopy of Five Times Dizzy as submitted to and accepted by Oxford University Press, 1981. Epilogue considerably different from published version. (iii) Two copies first stage galley proofs of Five Times Dizzy. Full set with corrections copied in by Nan McNab, OUP editor; with handwritten corrections by Wheatley - Box 4 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 26. Novel: (i) 2 copies second stage galley proofs, Five Times Dizzy, April 1982, handwritten corrections by Nan McNab. (ii) Shooting schedule for ABC Education program on the writing of Five Times Dizzy, directed by Sophia Turkiewitz. (iii) Early correspondence relating to 'A Job for yaya' and Five Times Dizzy, including letters from Wayne Davies 1977 re chemistry, anonymous Penguin rejection, notes by Wheatley to OUP re the first illustrator chosen and a 1982 letter from second illustrator, Neil Phillips - Box 4 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 27. Stage play: Two versions of the stage play Five Times Dizzy, adapted by Des Davis, with handwritten suggestions, changes, and dialogue by Wheatley - Box 4 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 28. Film scripts: (i) 2 copies typed treatment of 'How Are You?' (44p) submitted to the Australian Film Commission, May 1979. Parts of novel 'A Job for yaya' incorporated into submission. Plus some draft material: including typed draft character notes and Greek notes essentially by Wheatley, with some handwritten additions by Terry Larsen and Wheatley and translations of passages from Greek mantinadhes by Martin Johnston. (ii) Chopped fragments treatment 'How Are You?', with notes for first draft screenplay - Box 4 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 29. Film scripts: First draft screenplay, Five Times Dizzy, 195 pp - Box 4 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 30-31. Film scripts: 2 copies second draft screenplay, Five Times Dizzy -- 179 scenes - Box 5 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 32. Film scripts: Photocopies of cartoons by Patrick Cook, commissioned by Terry Larsen and Wheatley, as a way of opening up the written text of the film script. Drafts from stage after second draft screenplay - Box 5 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 33. Film scripts: Draft re-working of Five Times Dizzy screenplay, 74 pp. (complete), plus notes and drafts - Box 5 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 34. Film scripts: Bound copy Five Times Dizzy third draft screenplay, 128 pp - Box 5 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 35. Film scripts: Fourth draft screenplay, Five Times Dizzy, pages 1-117 complete; second copy pages 22-117 - Box 5 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 36. Film scripts: Australian Film Commission assessors' reports; contract; photographs of Greek girls and grandmothers, Newtown, about 1981 - Box 6 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 36. Scripts for TV mini-series: Notes and synopses, first funding submission to Australian Children's Television Foundation, 1982 - Box 6 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 37. Scripts for TV mini-series: Episodes 1-5: second draft; episodes 6-13: treatments. Written at Ebor, NSW, September 1983 - Box 6 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 38. Scripts for TV mini-series: Episodes 1-5: Third draft? - Box 6 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 39. Scripts for TV mini-series: Episodes 6-12: First draft? - Box 6 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 40. Scripts for TV mini-series: Episodes 6-12, plus slightly different copies of episodes 10-12 - Box 6 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 41. Scripts for TV mini-series: Chopped up fragments and drafts from various stages - Box 6 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 42. Scripts for TV mini-series: Handwritten and cut-and-paste version episodes 8 and 11 from quite a late stage - Box 7 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 43-44. Scripts for TV mini-series: Pre-production scripts, episodes 6-11, from a late stage, 1985? - Box 7 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 45. Scripts for TV mini-series: Post-production: synopses and Mareka's voice-overs. Correspondence with and submissions to Australian Children's Television Foundation; correspondence with producer Tom Jeffrey - Box 7 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1

Series 4. Dancing in the Anzac Deli, 1982-83 Show allonly 1

Sequel to Five times dizzy. Published by Oxford University Press, 1984.

File 46. Handwritten and typed drafts, synopses etc, September 1982 - April 1983. Also one page of handwritten Greek translations of dialogue by Martin Johnston. First typed draft, approx. 84 pages, Sept 1982 - March 1983 - Box 7 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 47. Full original typescript plus 2 full photocopies of the novel, as submitted to OUP mid 1983 - Box 7 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 48. Handwritten and typed changes to novel after editing -- especially new prologue. Editorial revision containing Wheatley's additions and changes, plus editor Rita Hart's suggestions and handwritten mark-up and copying in of changes - Box 7 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 49. Photocopy of editorial revision and photocopy of corrected first stage galley proofs - Box 8 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1

Series 5. The House That was Eureka, 1982 Show allonly 1

Published by Viking/Kestrel in 1985.

File 50. Exercise book: first handwritten draft opening (57 pp.); structural notes, calendars, house maps, photocopies historical material; first typed draft of opening sections, re-typed for submission to Literature Board - Box 8 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 51. Typescript submitted to Literature Board, May 1982 (95 pp.) - Box 8 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 52-53. Handwritten and typed drafts of latter section of novel (mostly written after May 1982 submission) - Box 8 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 54. Typescript of virtually finished novel, with corrections, Sept 1982 - Box 8 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 55-56. 2 photocopies complete typescript as submitted to Vogel/Australian Award and Penguin - Box 9 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 57. Photocopy edited typescript with comments by Kay Ronai and Wheatley - Box 9 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 58. 2 photocopies edited typescript with comments by Kay Ronai and Wheatley - Box 9 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 59. 2 photocopies edited typescript with comments by Kay Ronai and Wheatley - Box 10 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 60. Original typescript, with agreed editorial changes written in; marked up for typesetter - Box 10 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 61. Sample settings, galleys and covers - Box 10 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1

Series 6. The Blooding, 1986 Show allonly 1

Published by Viking/Kestrel in 1987.

File 62. Handwritten first draft, including opening pages, maps, notes and other handwritten drafts - Box 10 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 63. First word-processed draft - Box 10 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 64. Second word-processed draft - Box 11 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 65. Third word-processed draft - Box 11 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 66. Fourth word-processed draft - Box 11 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 67-68. Fifth draft: text as submitted to Penguin, November 1986; with inserts after editing by Kay Ronai, marked up with typesetting - Box 12 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 68. Correspondence with Penguin re editing, permissions and first cover - Box 12 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1

Series 7. My Place, 1986-87 Show allonly 1

Published by Collins Dove in 1987.Illustrated by Donna Rawlins.

File 69. First draft: handwritten, in exercise book: April 1986; first typed draft, as sent to Donna Rawlins, April 1986 - Box 12 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 69-70. Early drafts, research notebooks and notes - Box 12 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 71-72. Sample historical records - Box 12 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 73. Sample of historical maps; research from Sands Directory, and roughs (mainly photocopies) for maps for book, with notes - Box 12 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 74. Typed and handwritten drafts, done in Sydney early 1987 - Box 12 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 75. Late drafts: March/April 1987; mark-up for typesetting; glossary and editorial notes for Pat Woolley for American edition My place; correspondence (mainly with publishers) re My place. - Box 13 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 76. Two sets page proofs; one cover proof - Box 13 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 77. Correspondence (mainly with publishers) re My place. - Box 13 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1

Series 8. Lucy in the Leap Year, 1984-96 Show allonly 1

Published by Omnibus Books in 1993. The novel was adapted for the stage by Wheatley in 1995 for production by Theatre South in 1996.

File 78. Novel: First handwritten drafts, 1984; first typed draft (first third of text only), 1984 - Box 13 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 79. Novel: Handwritten drafts chapters 10-25, 1991 - Box 13 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 80. Novel: First computer typescript complete novel: chapters 1-9 typed c. 1986; chapters 10-25 typed 1991 - Box 13 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 81. Novel: Clean copy complete typescript as sent to Barbara Mobbs, Jenny Pausacker, Libby Gleeson, November 1991 - Box 13 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 82. Novel: Item in Folder 81, with considerable later revision - Box 13 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 83. Novel: First interim revisions January/April 1992;second interim revisions January/April 1992 - Box 14 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 84. Novel: Complete typescript, with revisions, January/April 1992 - Box 14 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 85. Novel: Photocopy version submitted to Aidan Chambers, 28 April 1992 and sent to Jenny Pausacker May 1992 with her handwritten comments, revised Sept/Oct 1992 - Box 14 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 86. Novel: Copy of complete revised typescript, 21 October 1992 - Box 14 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 87. Novel: Copy (same as in Folder 86) marked for illustrator and revised Oct 1992 - Box 14 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 88. Novel: Bits replaced late Oct 1992; clean copy typescript submitted to Omnibus November 1992 and accepted December 1992 - Box 14 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 89. Novel: Copy typescript submitted to Omnibus in November 1992 and accepted December 1992, flagged for illustrator - Box 14 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 90. Novel: Edited text, Lucy in the Leap Year. Posted to Omnibus, 10 March 1993 - Box 14 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 91. Novel: Correspondence re Lucy with Jenny Pausacker, Libby Gleeson, Barbara Mobbs, Aidan Chambers; correspondence with Omnibus re editing (text and illustrations) - Box 15 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 92. Stage Play: First and second drafts, playscript, 1995; handbills and performance schedules, Theatre South, 1996 - Box 15 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1

Series 9. The Night Tolkien Died, 1978-93 Show allonly 1

Short stories published by Random House in 1994.

File 93. 'Land/scape': drafts July-August 1993; historical resource material - Box 15 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 94. 'The Blast Furnace': drafts January-February 1991; historical resource material - Box 15 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 95. 'The Prodigal': drafts April 1992 - Box 15 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 95. 'The Known Soldier': drafts September 1991 - Box 15 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 96. 'The Most Unforgettable Character I Have Ever Met': drafts July 1993 - Box 15 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 96. 'Pastoral': drafts 1978-1993 - Box 15 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 97. 'Quicksand', drafts January - April 1991; offer letter and galleys re The Blue Dress. - Box 16 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 98. 'Listening to Mondrian': drafts November - December 1991; notes - Box 16 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 98. 'Women's Business': drafts 1976 - 1993 - Box 16 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 99. 'Melting Point': drafts August 1993 -- March 1994; translation notes: Latin: Gig Ryan; Greek: Petro Alexiou - Box 16 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 100. 'The Convict Box': drafts December 1990 - February 1991; historical resource material (including letters, Sam Searle's history project); correspondence and galleys re 'Hello & Goodbye' - Box 16 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 100. 'The Night Tolkien Died': drafts May - June 1993 - Box 16 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 101-102. Texts of the twelve stories as submitted to Mark Macleod, Random House, 1993 - Box 16 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 103-104. Edited copy - Box 17 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 106. Editorial correspondence re anthology - Box 17 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1

Series 10. The Museum of Here and Now, 1988-89 Show allonly 1

Script produced for ABC Education Unit TV series, 1988.

File 107-109. Various drafts four episodes of the miniseries - Box 17 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 110-115. Various drafts four episodes of the miniseries - Box 18 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1
File 115. Correspondence with ABC Educational Unit, 1988-1989 - Box 18 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1

Series 11. Short Stories, 1977-95 Show allonly 1

Typescript drafts and some correspondence relating to three published short stories.

File 116. (i) 'The young priestess from the west house': drafts 1977-1984; (ii) 'Chameleon's dish', 1977-1980; (iii) 'Widow Wilberforce and the lyrebird': drafts 1985-1995 - Box 18 (MS 9000) Show allonly 1