Guide to the Papers of Christobel Mattingley, 1909-2011

MS 8290

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Christobel Mattingley, 1909-2011
Date Range
1909-2011
Collection Number
MS 8290
Extent
15.56 metres (67 boxes, 16 carton, 2 folio boxes, 1 map folio, 2 archives boxes)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The papers contains drafts, research notes and correspondence relating to Mattingley's writings and other activities such as her involvement with the Australian Broadcasting Commission, the Australian Society of Authors and the Library Association of Australia. The collection also includes papers relating to the movement to save 'Nutcote', the home of May Gibbs, a film script entitled the 'Australian women artists', as well as personal papers such as diaries and financial papers.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2708284).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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

Provenance

The papers were purchased from Christobel Mattingley in several instalments between 1990 and 1994. Further papers were received in 2002 and 2012.

Biographical Note

Christobel Rosemary Shepley was born in Adelaide in October 1931. She was educated at Presbyterian Ladies College, Pymble, The Friends School, Hobart and the University of Tasmania.

She began her working career as a librarian and teacher librarian in Australia and in England before becoming a fulltime writer and children's writer. She has written articles, film scripts and 34 children's books. Her first book for Brockhampton Press was Windmill at Magpie Creek.

Christobel Shepley married Cecil David Mattingley and lives at Stonyfell, South Australia with her husband and three children. Mattingley is a keen conservationist and worked as lecturer librarian, at the Murray Park College of Advanced Education.

Item Descriptions

Class MS 8290. Original consignment

Series 1. Manuscripts of books, 1963-89

This series comprises manuscripts typescripts notes photocopies and correspondence relating to the children's books written by Mattingley. They were all published except for 'Watchers at Wirrumbirra' and 'Red and blue summer'.

The correspondents include Nan McDonald Lloyd O'Neil Barbara Leggett Ross Campbell Charnan Simon Marianne Carus Janette Whelan Evelyn M. Edwards John Griffin Helen Oxenbury John Burningham Patrick Hardy and Gordon MacDonald.

File 1-4. Watchers at Wirrumbirra (unpublished) - Box 1 (MS 8290)
File 5-7. Red and blue summer (unpublished) - Box 1 (MS 8290)
File 8-9. The picnic dog (1970) - Box 2 (MS 8290)
File 10-14. Windmill at magpie creek (1971) - Box 2 (MS 8290)
File 15. Worm weather (1971) - Box 2 (MS 8290)
File 16-17. Emu kite (1972) - Box 2 (MS 8290)
File 18-20. Queen of the wheat castles (1973) - Box 3 (MS 8290)
File 21-22. Tiger's milk (1974) - Box 3 (MS 8290)
File 23. The suprise mouse (1974) - Box 3 (MS 8290)
File 24-25. Show and tell (1974) - Box 3 (MS 8290)
File 26-28. The battle of the galah trees (1974) See also file 67 - Box 4 (MS 8290)
File 29. White and witchetty (1973) - Box 4 (MS 8290)
File 30. The great Ballagundi damper bake (1975) - Box 4 (MS 8290)
File 31-32. The long walk (1976) - Box 4 (MS 8290)
File 33-35. New patches for old (1977) - Box 5 (MS 8290)
File 36. The special present (1977) - Box 5 (MS 8290)
File 37. The soursob man (1968) - Box 5 (MS 8290)
File 38. The gold frogs (1971) - Box 5 (MS 8290)
File 39. The almond mouse (1972) - Box 5 (MS 8290)
File 40. Four games for Janey (1972-75) - Box 6 (MS 8290)
File 41. The big swim (1977) - Box 6 (MS 8290)
File 42. First love till last light (1977) - Box 6 (MS 8290)
File 43. Budgerigar blue (1978) - Box 6 (MS 8290)
File 44. Katzenfell (1978) - Box 6 (MS 8290)
File 45-46. The jetty (1978) - Box 6 (MS 8290)
File 47. Black dog (1979) - Box 6 (MS 8290)
File 48. Rummage (1981) - Box 7 (MS 8290)
File 49. Brave with Ben (1982) - Box 7 (MS 8290)
File 50. Lexl and the lion party (1982) - Box 7 (MS 8290)
File 51. The strawberry masks (1983) - Box 7 (MS 8290)
File 52. The magic saddle (1983) - Box 7 (MS 8290)
File 53. Duck boy (1983) - Box 7 (MS 8290)
File 54-56. Southerly buster (1983) - Box 7 (MS 8290)
File 57-58. Ghost sitter (1984) - Box 8 (MS 8290)
File 59. The grazier's wife (1984) - Box 8 (MS 8290)
File 60. McGruer and the goat (1987) - Box 8 (MS 8290)
File 61. Muttaburrasaurus and the microchip (1986) - Box 8 (MS 8290)
File 62. Initiation (1989) - Box 8 (MS 8290)
File 63-66. The sack n.d - Box 28 (MS 8290)
File 67. The battle of the galah trees, 1992 - Box 28 (MS 8290)
File 68. No gun for Asmir, 1991 - Box 28 (MS 8290)
File 69. Tucker's mob, 1992 - Box 28 (MS 8290)
File 70. Lizard log, 1975 - Box 28 (MS 8290)
File 71. Miracle tree, 1983 - Box 29 (MS 8290)
File 72. The butcher the beagle and the dog catcher, 1980 - Box 29 (MS 8290)
File 73. The angel with a mouth organ, 1984 - Box 29 (MS 8290)

Series 2. Manuscripts of other works, 1974-88

This series contains manuscripts typescripts notes speeches and correspondence relating to Mattingley's other activities. These include her drafts for the Social Development Series which were produced by the South Australia Film Corporation papers on Mattingley's involvement in the adoption of her play 'The great Ballagundi damper bake' into a musical various articles including some published in the Australian Library Journal and a children's literary script entitled 'Come to the party'.

File 1-9. Manuscripts of other works - Box 9 29 (MS 8290)

Series 3. Diaries, 1952-92

There are 46 volumes of mostly appointment diaries. Some of them contain miscellaneous notes cards and letters.

File 1-51. Diaries - Box 10 29 30 31 (MS 8290)

Series 4. Personal and financial papers, 1968-84

This series contains banking papers royalty statements and taxation papers.

File 1-20. Personal and financial papers - Box 11 12 32 (MS 8290)

Series 5. Business correspondence, 1972-90

This series comprises correspondence with various societies and organisations as well as related conference papers and lecture notes. Some of the correspondence kept by Mattingley has the files arranged by the State in which her correspondents lived.

The major correspondents include Janet Bell John Ward Deirdre Hill Linda Hubbard Carol Mills Anne Ingram Val Watson Elizabeth Fulton Sir Walter Crocker Elizabeth Wilton Alec Bolton Veronica Green Jean Hart Joan Allen Judith Hunter Pixie Thomas Patricia Mullins Mavis Thorpe Clark and Grace Cochrane.

File 1. Australian Broadcasting Commission, 1977-86 - Box 13 (MS 8290)
File 2. Australian Film and Television School, 1974-85 - Box 13 (MS 8290)
File 3. Australian School Library Association, 1973-74 - Box 13 (MS 8290)
File 4. Australian Society of Authors, 1973-89 - Box 13 (MS 8290)
File 5-6. Biographical details, 1972-85 - Box 13 (MS 8290)
File 7. Book of the Year Award, 1972 - Box 13 (MS 8290)
File 8. Book reviews, 1980-84 - Box 14 (MS 8290)
File 9. Burnside Library, 1975 - Box 14 (MS 8290)
File 10. Children's Activities Time Society, 1977-78 - Box 14 (MS 8290)
File 11. Channel 9, 1973-74 - Box 14 (MS 8290)
File 12. Channel 10 Young Writers Awards, 1983 - Box 14 (MS 8290)
File 13. Children's Book Week talks, 1972 - Box 14 (MS 8290)
File 14. Children's Libraries Newsletter, 1971-81 - Box 14 (MS 8290)
File 15. Conferences, 1973-85 - Box 14 (MS 8290)
File 16. Elizabeth Fulton, 1981-82 - Box 15 (MS 8290)
File 17. International Youth Library Munich, 1974-90 - Box 15 (MS 8290)
File 18. Library Association of Australia lecture and bibliography, 1977 - Box 15 (MS 8290)
File 19. Library Association of Australia panel paper, 1979 - Box 15 (MS 8290)
File 20. Library Association of Australia, 1968-85 - Box 15 (MS 8290)
File 21. Literature Board, 1973-84 - Box 15 (MS 8290)
File 22. Multicultural Forum, 1982 - Box 15 (MS 8290)
File 23. Murray Park College of Advance Education, 1970-74 - Box 15 (MS 8290)
File 24. National Book Council, 1980-82 - Box 16 (MS 8290)
File 25. St Peter's Girls School, 1966-71 - Box 16 (MS 8290)
File 26. School visits, 1973-84 - Box 16 (MS 8290)
File 27. Murray Van Den Akker, 1978 - Box 16 (MS 8290)
File 28. South Australian Film Corporation, 1977-81 - Box 16 (MS 8290)
File 29-30. South Australian Film Corporation, 1978-83 - Box 16 (MS 8290)
File 31. Australian Capital Territory, 1972-85 - Box 17 (MS 8290)
File 32. New South Wales, 1972-85 - Box 17 (MS 8290)
File 33. Northern Territory, 1977-84 - Box 17 (MS 8290)
File 34. Queensland, 1970-87 - Box 17 (MS 8290)
File 35-36. South Australia, 1972-85 - Box 17 (MS 8290)
File 37. Tasmania, 1973-85 - Box 18 (MS 8290)
File 38-39. Victoria, 1972-85 - Box 18 (MS 8290)
File 40-41. Victoria, 1974-84 - Box 18 (MS 8290)
File 42. Western Australia, 1975 - Box 19 (MS 8290)
File 43. Western Australia, 1982 - Box 19 (MS 8290)
File 44. Western Australia College of Advance Education Churchland Campus, 1980-82 - Box 19 (MS 8290)
File 45. Housten lecture, 1990 - Box 34 (MS 8290)
File 46. Australian Society of Authors, 1971 - Box 34 (MS 8290)

Series 6. Overseas correspondence, 1974-88

The series contains files of correspondence with friends and admirers who lived abroad.

The major correspondents include Elizabeth Tomlinson Dorothy Butler Irma Kvist Jensen Gavin Rowe Victoria Kaulback Imma Wick Traudl Burkert Tim O'Sullivan Masako Moro Brigitte Webber and Margot Talbot.

File 1. New Zealand, 1978-83 - Box 19 (MS 8290)
File 2. Denmark Holland Japan Switzerland, 1977-88 - Box 20 (MS 8290)
File 3. Germany, 1975-87 - Box 20 (MS 8290)
File 4. England Ireland and United States, 1974-88 - Box 20 (MS 8290)

Series 7. Letterbooks, 1972-84

This series consists of 32 letterbooks comprising rough copies of Mattingley's letters to authors publishers and others.

Series 8. Correspondence with publishers, 1968-88

The series comprises correspondence with various publishers and literary agents.

The correspondents include David Harris Jennifer Rowe Richard Walsh Margaret Wild Janet Burke Kay Ronai Pat Adams Julie Watts Walter McVitty Barbara Ker Wilson Bill Mason Gareth Floyd Michael Horniman and Anne Godden.

File 1. Angus and Robertson, 1970-78 - Box 21 (MS 8290)
File 2. Angus and Robertson, 1979-89 - Box 21 (MS 8290)
File 3. Ashton Scholastic, 1979-87 - Box 21 (MS 8290)
File 4. Brockhampton Press, 1968-72 - Box 21 (MS 8290)
File 5. William Collins, 1974-86 - Box 21 (MS 8290)
File 6. Dunn and Mason, 1977-83 - Box 21 (MS 8290)
File 7. Hamish Hamilton, 1969-72 - Box 21 (MS 8290)
File 8. Hicks and Smith, 1974-75 - Box 21 (MS 8290)
File 9. Hodder and Stoughton (U6K), 1972-78 - Box 22 (MS 8290)
File 10. Hodder and Stoughton (Aust.), 1971-78 - Box 22 (MS 8290)
File 11. Hodder and Stoughton (Aust.), 1979-88 - Box 22 (MS 8290)
File 12. Thomas Nelson (Aust.), 1972-78 - Box 22 (MS 8290)
File 13. Thoman Nelson (Aust.), 1979-85 - Box 22 (MS 8290)
File 14. Oxford University Press, 1970-80 - Box 22 (MS 8290)
File 15. Patrick Hardy Books, 1983-85 - Box 23 (MS 8290)
File 16. Penguin Books (Aust.), 1974-88 - Box 23 (MS 8290)
File 17. Rigby, 1972-77 - Box 23 (MS 8290)
File 18. A.P.Watt Literary Agents, 1971-78 - Box 23 (MS 8290)
File 20. A.P.Watt Literary Agents, 1979-88 - Box 23 (MS 8290)
File 21. Walter McVitty Books, 1973-83 - Box 23 (MS 8290)

Series 9. Children's art work and fan mail, 1970-91

This series comprises art works and fan mail sent to Mattingley by school children including those submitted for the 'Queen of the wheat castles competition' and children's responses to such books as Worm weather Tiger's milk The battle of the galah trees and Duck boy.

File [unnumbered]. 1 Folio parcel of children's art works - Folio-Box 1-3 (MS 8290)

Series 10. Survival in our own land, 1987-90

This series contains photocopies of letters and cuttings relating to the Survival in our own land: 'Aboriginal' experiences in' South Australia' since 1836. The book was initiated by the Aboriginal Executive Committee of the South Australian Jubilee 150 Board. Its aim was to record the effects that the European presence had on the Aboriginal people of South Australia over 150 years. Mattingley won the contract to research and edit the book. The project was funded by the South Australian Government. The original papers relating to this publication are in the Mortlock Library State Library of South Australia. Survival in our own land was published in 1988 and revised in 1992.

File 1-4. Survival in our own land - Box 24 (MS 8290)

Series 11. May Gibbs, 1989-90

The series includes correspondence cuttings and press releases relating to the effort of various 'Nutcote for the nation' action groups to raise money to buy 'Nutecote' the home of May Gibbs in Sydney. Mattingley was the convenor for the South Australian Action Group of the May Gibbs Foundation.

The correspondents include Neil Shand Lesley Tannahill and Anne Taylor.

File 1-11. May Gibbs - Box 24 25 (MS 8290)

Series 12. Miscellaneous

This series includes publishers' catalogues papers of conferences attended by Mattingley miscellaneous correspondence with schools one file of appointments and references plans for Mattingleys house at Stonyfell. Papers relating to the World Students Relief Appeal circulars leaflets and an exercise book of S. Mattingley newspaper clippings and 3 Cassettes.

File [unnumbered]. Miscellaneous - Box 26-27 (MS 8290)

Class MS 8290. Consignment received September 1993

Series 4. Personal and financial papers, 1968-84

File 21-25. Personal and financial papers - Box 33 (MS 8290)

Series 5. Business correspondence, 1972-90

File 47. Award for Young Writers Perth, 1986 - Box 34 (MS 8290)
File 48. Gulgong Primary School - Box 34 (MS 8290)
File 49. Article for Dictionary of Evangelical biographies, 1991 - Box 34 (MS 8290)
File 50. The great literary debate, 1992 - Box 34 (MS 8290)
File 51-52. Miscellaneous business correspondence, 1990-92 - Box 34 (MS 8290)

Series 8. Correspondence with publishers, 1968-88

File 22. Miscellaneous publishers - Box 34 (MS 8290)
File 23. Collins Dove Publisher, 1991 - Box 34 (MS 8290)

Series 9. Children's art work and fan mail, 1970-91

File 1-8. c.1970 - Box 35 (MS 8290)
File 9-16. 1980-82 - Box 36 (MS 8290)
File 17-24. 1982-84 - Box 37 (MS 8290)
File 25-33. 1984-86 - Box 38 (MS 8290)
File 34-41. 1986-87 - Box 39 (MS 8290)
File 42-49. 1988-90 - Box 40 (MS 8290)
File 50-57. 1990 - Box 41 (MS 8290)
File 58-62. n.d - Box 42 (MS 8290)

Series 11. May Gibbs, 1989-90

File 12-13. May Gibbs - Box 42 (MS 8290)

Series 12. Miscellaneous

File 1-5. Miscellaneous - Box 51 (MS 8290)

Series 13. School, 1937-48

This series comprises letters to parents school notes and exercise books from Mattingley's schooldays at Presbyterian Ladies College Pymble 1940-44 and The Friend's School Hobart 1945-47.

File 1. Letters to parents and drawings, 1937-38 - Box 43 (MS 8290)
File 2. Illustrated poems - Box 43 (MS 8290)
File 3. School reports, 1940-47 - Box 43 (MS 8290)
File 4-21. Presbyterian Ladies College school exercise books on nature studies and other subjects, 1940-44 - Box 43 44 (MS 8290)
File 22. Scrapbook - Box 44 (MS 8290)
File 23-25. Friends School Hobart exercise books on history international culture and a song book - Box 44 (MS 8290)
File 26-27. Two small address and memo booklets - Box 44 (MS 8290)
File 28. Diary, 1947 - Box 44 (MS 8290)
File 29-30. French for school BBC publication, 1945-47 - Box 44 (MS 8290)
File 31-33. Friends School speech night publications, 1945-47 - Box 44 (MS 8290)
File 34-46. Friends School Magazines, 1946-48 - Box 44 (MS 8290)

Series 14. University of Tasmania and Library Training School, 1948-52

Mattingley did her undergraduate course at the University of Tasmania and her library training at the Public Library of Victoria. This series contains lecture notes essays and notebooks.

File 1-4. French: lecture notes and essays - Box 45 (MS 8290)
File 5-16. Notebooks of summaries of lectures essays and vocabularies - Box 45 (MS 8290)
File 17-20. German: lecture notes and essays - Box 46 (MS 8290)
File 21-24. Essays on German literature - Box 46 (MS 8290)
File 25-28. Notebooks on German poetry - Box 46 (MS 8290)
File 29-32. Economics: lecture notes and summaries - Box 47 (MS 8290)

Series 15. Aboriginal Studies, 1978-82

In 1978 Mattingley enrolled at the Torrens College of Advanced Education for an Associate Diploma Course in Aboriginal Studies. In 1981 she transferred to the Graduate Diploma course in Aboriginal Studies at Adelaide University. This series contains seven files of study guides lecture notes and essays.

File 1-7. Aboriginal studies - Box 49 (MS 8290)

Series 16. General Correspondence, 1969-83

This series comprises of letters from friends and relatives including letters of congratulations to her success as an author and correspondence with booksellers.

Correspondents include Roberts Bookshop Adelaide University bookshop Griffiths Book Stores and other booksellers.

File 1-11. General correspondence - Box 50 51 (MS 8290)