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Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Dorothy Cottrell, National Library of Australia, MS 6085, [box number and series and/or file number]'.
A young bride finds it difficult to be a stepmother to a small boy.
This was Dorothy Cottrell's first short story. The first magazine it was offered to, bought it for $500.
1. Not without introduction
2. The actress next door
3. Judith runs out of gas
4. Valentine Blush
5. A sock on the Beak
6. Pups versus Divorce
1-4 were published in the American magazine, Liberty.
5-6 were published in Nash's Magazine, No. 5 in 1934.
A small American boy, orphaned, comes from California to live with aunts (older sisters of his mother) in the North Queensland country town of Eolian.
These were never published in Australia.
1. The Peppered-Egg Mystery
3. Little dogs and large (typescript)
1 was published in the Ladies Home Journal (American) in September 1932 and in Pearson's Magazine. 2. The cutting is from Pearson's Magazine v.LXXIV-27. 3. is a typescript.
Winks is an adventurous Australian terrier named "Tiddlywinks". The Winks stories were subsequently published in a volume, Winks his book Houghton Mifflin, Boston and New York 1932 with illustrations by Paul Bransom.
A birth in flood time in an Australian and back setting. Doctor has difficulty arriving in time.
One pup in a litter of Cattle dogs is not trainable for cattle work, but is reprieved when he is taught to carry the invalid small son of the station owner in a homemade carriage. Setting is in south west Queensland.
Dorothy Cottrell herself taught dogs to pull her own carriage when a child.
The love-story of a girl of peasant German extraction for a person who joins the Australian army during the 1914-1918 War. Setting and characters based on German settlements on the Darling Downs around Toowoomba. It was reported to the Cottrells that the royal party of Edward VIII travelling to Balmoral had much enjoyed this story which had been read on the train.
1. In the Dark of the Moon (typescript)
2. A Uncommon stupid Dog (typescript)
3. Racing Abe goes home (cut-outs)
1. and 2. published in (? - not known). 3. published in the American August 1934 and in Pearson's Magazine LXXX, 35.
The adventures of an Australian swagman and his dog Tug. Dorothy Cottrell was particularly fond of this character.
1. Where's that dog Spike?
2. That Dog Spike (author's title Great Fins)
3. Cench Call
4. Bulldog's Chicken
1. Published in American (April 1935), Nash's Magazine and under the title Bullfighter in Summertime, a scholastic magazine.
2. Published in Good Housekeeping and Hearst's International Cosmopolitan in June 1938.
3. Published in Nash's Magazine of December 1936 and Good Housekeeping.
4. Published ?
A Bulldog and his owners on the Californian waterfront of Los Angeles. These stories are based on a real bulldog which Mr & Mrs Cottrell Owned Conch Call has a photograph of Dorothy Cottrell on the first page.
The Australian Koala.
There are also included in this envelope photographs of koalas selected by Dorothy Cottrell to accompany the article.
A small part-Shetland pony is left on an abandoned property in S.W. Queensland. It is attacked by dingoes and eagles but resumed by a poverty-stricken settler. The pony aids this man to capture a stallion and thus build up his fortune. This story is still included in Australian School English text books, presumably because of its effective evocation of outback landscapes and life.
A mongrel dog on a film set in Hollywood.
Hurricane storm in the Caribbean. This was Dorothy Cottrell's first story to be accepted by The Saturday Evening Post. She was delighted that she "had made the Post at last".
Survival and rescue of an airman who comes down in the sea off the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.
1. The Starting Point
2. The Mad dog
3. The case of the Red and White notices.
These stories are mystery/investigation stories with Mother Seco as the chief character. Setting, California. The Mother Seco stories were published under the name of Barton Merrill.
A love story between a young girl brought up on a remote Caribbean island and an "outsider".
1. I smell a dog
2. Cap'n Buck buys a store
3. The attested Miracle
4. The North Star by Earth's rotation
5. Are you Seagreen yet?
1. Was published in Argosy, September 1948. One was published in The Liverpool Daily Post c. 1960 under the title of Dove of Peace.
2. A widow and her young son Ricky live on the waterfront. Cap'n Buck, an old seaman, is Ricky's great-uncle and friend.
This article is based on Dorothy Cottrell's own experiences and the lift she designed and had constructed at Pioneer House.
Also published in the Liverpool Echo.
A doctor outwits sharks on the Great Barrier Reef.
Woman copes with a dangerous escaped convict in the Florida Mangrove swamps.
Rescue of two sailors who fall into a natural pit in a North Queensland tropical forest. This story was based on an incident told to the Cottrell s by Mr Banfield, when they were on Dunk Island.
An Australian "elder statesman" goes back to the Gulf Country of Carpentaria where he had lived when young, and rescues a mother and son from a bushfire.
A valuable silver object is found in the sea off the coast of a West Indian Island.
The experiences of a young city-bred woman as the wife of an owner of an immense station in the Gulf Country.
This is only one of Dorothy Cottrell's stories to be published posthumously.
Pot and Trot about two Australian terriers.
1. Miss Heuben Smith's Cow
2. We ride the Iron stallions down to drink
3. Old Al and the Broad stripes and bright stars
Typescripts as follows.
A Matter of Focus
And in the Skies the morning hung
By Courage through Danger
Fourteen hundred bulldoga
From Everlasting Thou art God
It was this way your Honour
No man's fool
Through the Invisible
Words for Eternity
Parking Space (a script for a film)
Fragments as follows.
Sir Dresden China (about the Cottrell's cat)
Bin Button Smith
Mr Gottlieb's Ghost
Our dog Boots
An "old Doc" fragment
As the Stars to the High
A small boy is the only survivor of a plane crash in the Everglades, Florida.
Father and son in remote Australian bush hunt for a killer dog.
An Australian Bushfire.
Murder investigation in Queensland outback.
An Australian Drought.
Rivalry between young and old kangaroos.
Big Joe really knew
The Elder's Cheroot
Everythings under control
Homeward bound for New Orleans
Nothing for nothing
A ship drifts West