Guide to the Papers of Jill Hellyer

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MS 6814, MS Acc04.200

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Collection Summary

Creator
Jill Hellyer
Title
Papers of Jill Hellyer
Date Range
1944-2004
Collection Number
MS 6814, MS Acc04.200
Extent
1.65 metres (8 boxes, 1 folio item)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence, manuscripts of Hellyer's published and unpublished works, photographs, reviews, printed material and other papers. There are also material concerning the Australian Society of Authors and the Fellowship of Writers. The main correspondents are A.D. Hope, Nancy Keesing, Xavier Herbert and Patrick White.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1069901).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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

Provenance

The bulk of the papers were purchased in 1983, and a small addition was made in 1996.

Collection Arrangement

The papers were arranged and described by Jill Hellyer. The file numbers in brackets are those of Hellyer.

Finding Aid Source(s)

Please note: This finding aid may comprise or contain descriptive information provided by donors, researchers and/or volunteers.

Collection Retrieval Advice

Please note: each consignment in this collection has a separate box number sequence (i.e. there may be multiple Box 1s). Please cite the relevant Class number as well as the Box number when requesting retrieval of material from the collection.

Biographical Note

Jill Hellyer was born in Sydney on 17 April 1925. For many years she contributed poetry to magazines such as Westerly, Southerly, Meanjin and Overland. She was one of the founders of the Australian Society of Authors and was its first executive secretary from 1964 until 1971. Her publications include poetry, The Exile (1969) and Song of the Humpback Whales (1981), and a novel Not enough savages (1975) and she edited an autobiography of D.W.H. Arnott, Fifty years in psychiatry (1980) She won the Poetry Magazine Award in 1965.

Item Descriptions

Class MS 6814. Original Consignment

Comprises the following papers: Letters of A.D. Hope, 1983-1992; letters of Nancy Keesing, 1988-1992; and other correspondence, 1972-1982, including letters of Patrick White, Xavier Herbert, David Campbell, Lloyd Davies and Afferbeck Lauder; reports, minutes, circulars and newsletters relating to the Australian Society of Authors, 1963-1970; manuscripts and typescripts of poems, articles, book reviews, stories, a radio play and writings for children, including radio broadcasts, television and film scripts; and family papers, including photographs. Other papers include correspondence and papers concerning a publication compiled by Hellyer, Tomb it may concern (1993); photographs; newspaper cuttings; circulars, brochures and printed material.

Contained in 7 boxes, 1 fol. item.

Class [unnumbered]. Original consignment

Series [unnumbered]. The Australian Society of Authors
The Australian Society of Authors, 1963-1970: Constitution, reports, minutes and circulars (1) (File 1-4) - Box 1
Australian Society of Authors, reports circulars and newsletters, 1971-83 (2) (File 5-6) - Box 1
Australian Society of Authors, lists of applicants for 1966 Commonwealth Literary Fund Fellowships, with details of referees and works published (4) (File 7-8) - Box 1
Family photographs (5) Photographs of the launching of the Song of the Humpback Whales, 1981 (6) (File 9) - Box 2
Broadside. Complete set of the Journal of the Australian Society of Authors, 1963-68 (7) (File 10) - Box 2
Series [unnumbered]. Stories
Handwritten list of titles, dates and payments etc. showing title of publication and date the story appeared. (File 11(a)) - Box 2
Cuttings of stories published in newspapers and journals. (File 12(b)) - Box 2
Series [unnumbered]. Articles
Handwritten list of titles, dates and payments (Same as 13a 'book reviews' section below) (File 13(a)) - Box 2
Cuttings of newspapers articles (File 13(b)) - Box 2
Series [unnumbered]. Letters to the Editor
1947-78 (File 13) - Box 2
Series [unnumbered]. Book reviews
Handwritten list of titles, dates and payments (File 13(a)) - Box 2
Book reviews (File 13(b)) - Box 2
Series [unnumbered]. Poetry
Lists of titles, dates of payment (File 14) - Box 2
Poetry, 1944-82 (10) Typescript of final version of poems which have been published (File 15) - Box 2
Poetry (11) Written mainly in the 1940s. Two poems (1967 and one un-dated) written for A.D. Hope. (File 16) - Box 2
Series [unnumbered]. Children's prose and verse
Verse, 1957-66 (File 17) - Box 2

Includes (a) List of titles, dates and payment; (b) Verse, published in school magazines.

Articles, 1957 (File 17) - Box 2

Includes a) List of titles dates and payments; b) Cuttings of articles published in school magazines.

Broadcasts, 1958-63 (File 17) - Box 2
Television and film scripts, 1963-65 (File 17) - Box 2
List of titles dates and payments (File 17) - Box 2
List entitled 'For Alfred Burke', 1945 (File 17) - Box 2
Summer Song: verses for children 8-12 years (13) (File 18) - Box 3
Mrs Mo's Moments. Column by Hellyer published in Pix,1965-66 (14) (File 18) - Box 3
The Roving Caravan (15) (File 18) - Box 3
Published children's' stories (16) (File 19) - Box 3
Short stories, unpublished (17) (File 19) - Box 3
Manuscripts of some published short stories and typescripts of 11 stories (18) (File 19) - Box 3
Children's Radio, Television and Film Scripts (19) (File 20) - Box 3

Includes a) Play School and Space Theme (not used); b) Four scripts for children's programs.

ABC Broadcast scripts with notes (20) (File 21) - Box 3
Radio play, entitled 'Eaglehawks' neck' (not accepted) (21) (File 21) - Box 3
Preliminary material for Not enough Savages 1972-79. Rough notes and letters (22) (File 21) - Box 3
Typescript and galleys of Song of the Humpback Whales (23) (File 22) - Box 3
Correspondence re anthologies 1965-75 (24) (File 22) - Box 3
The Pipes of Pan typescript, 1940 (25) (File 22) - Box 3
Reviews and press cuttings (26) (File 22) - Box 3
Letters re manuscript 'The Exile' and 'Not enough savages' 1974-75. (27) Restricted (File 23) - Box 7
Reviews and press cuttings of Hellyer's work (28) Competitions (File 24) - Box 3
Correspondence, 1951-64 (29) (File 24) - Box 3
Various papers of personal or family nature (30) Restricted (File 25) - Box 7
Two sets of unrelated documents (31) concerning the McLeod-Lindsay case (1968), and the South African Defence Fund (1964) (File 26) - Box 4
Letters from many prominent writers, 1961-81 (32) Restricted. (File 27) - Box 7
Letters of David Campbell, Lloyd Davies and Tom Caples 1972-79(33) (File 28) - Box 4
Letters of A.D. Hope, 1962-83, including some rhyming letters (34). (File 29-30) - Box 4
Correspondence with Housing Commission concerning Laurence Stephan 1981-82 (35) Mental Health and Allan Stephan (File 31) - Box 4
Letters, typed drafts, newspaper clippings and booklets (36) (File 31) - Box 4
Fifty Years in Psychiatry by Dr D.W.H. Arnott, edited by Hellyer (37) (File 32) - Box 4
'Technical aid to the disabled', unpublished article (38) (File 33) - Box 4
Circulars and brochures of various organisations (39) (File 34) - Box 4
Fellowship and literary grants, correspondence 1970-76 (40) (File 35) - Box 5
Laurence Stephan and Usher's Syndrome (41) (File 36) - Box 5
Australian War Memorial visit, 1981. Letters from Sir Zelman and Lady Cowen (42) (File 37) - Box 5
Family trees and newspaper cuttings (43) (File 38) - Box 5
'Sisters' correspondence about publication of Song of the Humpback Whales (44) (File 39) - Box 5
Literature Board. Correspondence about Writer's Fellowship, 1981 (45) (File 40) - Box 5
Song of the Humpback Whales, letters and reviews (46) (File 40) - Box 5
Letters and tape from James Laidlow re the Wongar-Bozic Mystery? (47) (File 41) - Box 5
Tape of the 'Song of the Humpback Whales' (48) (File 41) - Box 5
Tape of Newcastle discussion group on Song of the Humpback Whale (49) (File 41) - Box 5
Contact; bulletin of the North Shore Deaf Children's Association 1966-83, complete set. (50) (File 42) - Box 5
Unpublished novels (51) (a) The boy from Fossicker's Ridge (File 43) - Box 6
Unpublished novels (51) (b) Mosaic of voices (File 44) - Box 6
Unpublished novels (51) (c) Like What (File 45-46) - Box 6
Unpublished novels (51) (d) Erosion (File 47) - Box 6
Not enough Savages, typescript, published by Alpha, 1975 (52) (File 48) - Box 6
Letters from Afferbeck Lauder (1), Xavier Herbert (60), and Patrick White (11), 1975-82 (53) (File 49) - Box 6
McNair Survey, 1969: a Survey of the Earnings of Australian authors (3) (File 1) - Folio [unnumbered]

Class [unnumbered]. Consignment received 1996

Series [unnumbered]. Correspondence
Letters of A.D. Hope, 1983-87 (File 50) - Box 6
Letters of A.D. Hope, 1973-92 Restricted (File 51-3) - Box 7
Letters of Nancy Keesing, 1988-92 Restricted (File 54-5) - Box 7
Correspondence and papers concerning Tomb it may concern, published by ABC books, 1993 (File 56) - Box 6

Class Acc04.200. Consignment Added 2004

Comprises letters from Phillip Adams to Jill Hellyer, 1980-2004, and a file relating to the book, Tomb it may concern, added on 6 September, 2004.

Contained in 1 box.


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