MS 4998
Papers of Eleanor Dark (1901 - 1985)



Scope and Content Note

Papers

1910-74

38.5 cm. (7 folders + 4 security binders)

Available for reference

The collection was donated by Eleanor Dark to the Library in 1975. Further papers were received from John Dark between 1989 and 2000. The papers comprise correspondence (1910-74), newspaper clippings (mostly reviews of Eleanor Dark's novels), and other papers.

Correspondents include Marjorie Barnard, Miles Franklin, Eric G. Lowe, Vance and Nettie Palmer, Karl Shapiro, Xavier Herbert, Jean Devanny, Alec Chisholm and Henrietta Drake-Brockman.

See Appendix A for a complete index of correspondents.


Biographical Note

The novelist, Eleanor Dark (nee O'Reilly) was born in 1901 and died in 1985. Some of Dark's works include Prelude to Christopher (1934), Return to Coolami (1936) and The timeless land (1941).

Prelude to Christopher and Return to Coolami won the Australian Literature Society's Gold Medal for the best Australian novel for the years 1934 and 1936 respectively.

For more detailed biographical information on Eleanor Dark see The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature, 2nd Edition, 1994, pp 215-216.


List of Folders

Papers received 1975

   
Security binder 1

Correspondence, 1910-40 (Items 1-90)

Security binder 2

Correspondence, 1940-43 (Items 91-182)

Security binder 3

Correspondence, 1943-47 (Items 183-248)

Security binder 4

Correspondence, 1948-74 (Items 251-333)

Folder 1

Family statement, 1986

Folder 2

Correspondence, 1939-49
(Items 82, 165, 168, 242, 249-50, 267-9)

Folder 3

Newspaper clippings, 1936-47

Folder 4

Newspaper clippings, 1948-54

Papers received 1989-90

   
Folder 5

Dark Family statement; unpublished biography and research material of Kathleen Dark; two letters (1986 and 1990) from J.O. Dark to the editors of Sydney Bushwalker and Rock; and an article by Eric Dark published in the New Doctor.

Papers received 1991

   
Folder 6

Eric Dark family tree and an annexure.

Papers received 2000

   
Folder 7

‘Corrections and notes to Sassafras: the parish of sixty farms by Robert Snedden’ prepared by John Dark. Copy of a letter (2000) from John Dark to Snedden.


Appendix A

Index to correspondence in Security Binders 1-4

Note: Underlining indicates a letter from the person to Dark. In this particular collection the correspondence is all inward and there are no copies of outward letters.

ASHLEY MONTAGU, M.F. Prof.		126

BAKER, Kate				141
BARKER, Uther				142, 145, 146, 233
					273
BARNARD, Marjorie			47, 48-49, 50, 96, 98, 102, 104, 107
					108, 109, 116-117, 118, 121, 134,
					138, 158, 174, 194, 198, 203,
					204, 218-221, 244, 260-261
BEDFORD, Ruth M.			24-25, 152	
BIRKETT, Winifred G.			34	
BRERETON, J. Le Gay			2	
BRONOWSKI, R.A.				6	
BYRNES, John				288, 294-295

CHISHOLM, Alec				321, 322, 323, 327, 329, 330
CHRISTESEN, C.B.			292-293
CLARK, C. Manning			234, 318
CROSS, Zora				8	
CUMINE, Geoffrey			123-124
CURLEWIS, Ethel see TURNER, Ethel
CURREY, C.H.				132

DAVISON, Frank D.			85-86, 99
DAY(?), Irma(?)				243
de NERVO, Jacqueline			241
DEVANNY, Jean				129-130, 133, 140, 165, 177, 183, 185
DRAKE-BROCKMAN, Henrietta		151, 251-252, 325-326

ELDERSHAW, Flora S.			36, 44-45, 143, 143a-144
ELKIN, A.P. Prof.			139
EVATT, H.V.				69, 106	
EVATT, Mary Alice, Mrs. H.V.		111-113, 319
EWERS, John K.				274

FARWELL, George				217, 262,
FITZPATRICK, Brian			103, 110, 120, 182, 275
FITZPATRICK, Dorothy			178-182, 320
FRANKLIN, Miles				16, 32, 33, 83, 91, 97, 119, 122
					149-150, 171, 172, 193
					258, 259, 305-306,

GIBSON, Lucy Boyce			239-240, 270
GILMORE, Mary				3-5, 162
GOTLIEB, Howard B.			324
GRATTAN, G.Hartley			46

HENRY, Margaret				331
HERBERT, Xavier				82, 95
HOWARTH, R.G.				137, 147-148
HUBNER, Manuel Eduardo			242

KABERRY, Phyllis			100-101
KATZ, Evelyn (later Mrs.K.Shapiro)	205-6, 211-212,
KENNEY, (?)				18-19, 30-31

LOWE, Barbie				308, 313, 316-317, 332-333
LOWE, Eric G.				28-29, 37, 38-43, 51-53, 58-60, 63-65,
					67-68, 70, 81, 92, 105, 114, 266, 276,
					277, 278, 279, 280-281, 282-285
					297-299, 300, 301, 302, 304, 307,
					309-310, 311, 312, 314, 315

MACLEAN, Meta				127-128
MANN, Leonard 				257
MARSHALL, Alan				253-254
MEYNELL, Shirley			54, 55, 61-62, 71-73, 74-75, 76-80
MOORE, Guy E.				56
MUDIE, Ian				135-136
MUSPRATT, Eric (?)			263
MUTCH, T.D.				224

O'CONNOR, Elizabeth			303

PALMER, Helen				291
PALMER, Nettie				9-12, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22-23, 26-27, 84, 87-90
					93-94, 125, 153, 170
					255-256, 296,
PALMER, Vance				14, 35
PARK, Ruth				238
PENTON, Brian				7, 131
RAYMENT, Tarlton			168
REUBEN, Jeanie S.			57

SHAPIRO, Evelyn
see also Evelyn KATZ			216, 223, 286-287
SHAPIRO, Karl				154, 156, 157, 159, 160-161, 163-164,
					166, 167, 169, 175, 176, 184, 186,
					187-188, 189-190, 191-192, 195-197
					199, 200-201, 202, 207-208, 209-210,
					213, 215, 222-223, 227-231
					237, 245-248, 264-265
SHAPIRO, Karl and Evelyn		271-272
STEPHEN, Alfred E.			155

TENNANT, Kylie				115
TURNER, Ethel				1, 225-226, 232, 289-290

WHITE, Osmar				173,
WOOD, Mary				249-250, 267-269
WRIGHT, Judith (McKinney)		328

UNIDENTIFIED				235-236 (damaged)