National Library of Australia
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.
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2708284).
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
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]'.
The papers were purchased from Christobel Mattingley in several instalments between 1990 and 1994. Further papers were received in 2002 and 2012.
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.
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.
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'.
There are 46 volumes of mostly appointment diaries. Some of them contain miscellaneous notes cards and letters.
This series contains banking papers royalty statements and taxation papers.
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.
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.
This series consists of 32 letterbooks comprising rough copies of Mattingley's letters to authors publishers and others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.