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Papers of Diana Giese, 1992-2010 [manuscript]
Bib ID 1608838
Format ManuscriptManuscript
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Giese, Diana, 1947-
 
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Access Conditions Part available for research; part requires permission for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1992-2010] 
2.35 m. (11 boxes) + 1 fol. item. 
Summary

MS 9274 comprises correspondence, drafts, photographs, proofs, scripts and illustrations. Most of the collection relates to Giese's books Astronauts, lost souls & dragons, Beyond Chinatown and to others on which she has collaborated with writers such as Stanley Hunt, on the first full-scale Chinese-Australian autobiography. There is also material relating to the National Library of Australia's Post-war Chinese Australians oral history project, notably on the Kwong Sue Duk family history video produced by members of the family as well as material on the Fong On family, the Hou Wang Temple at Atherton, Queensland, and four certificates issued by the Chinese Nationalist Party (the Kuomintang) relating to Liu Lung (9 boxes, 1 fol. item).

The Acc10.132 instalment comprises correspondence and edited typescript drafts relating to Giese’s collaboration with a member of the Chinese community, Stanley Hunt, on his autobiography titled From Shekki to Sydney, and with a member of the Polish Jewish community, George Sternfeld, on his autobiography titled Chocolate to Anzac biscuits. Also included is the cover of Giese’s 1997 book, Astronauts, lost souls & dragons (2 boxes).

Biography/History

Writer, oral historian and publishing consultant. Diana Giese was born in 1947 and spent her early years in Darwin. She was educated there, in the United States and at the Australian National University. Giese has been employed in the publishing industry in London and Sydney, by Macmillan, Oxford University Press, HarperCollins, Pandanus Books, Brandl & Schlesinger and other companies. As an author, Giese has written several books including Beyond Chinatown: changing perspectives on the top end Chinese experience (1995), Astronauts, lost souls & dragons: voices of today's Chinese Australians (1997), and A better place to live: making the top end a new kind of community (2009).

She has also worked as a literary journalist for major newspapers and ABC Radio, and served on writers' festivals and prize committees. Giese's community and oral history work has involved her with libraries, including the National Library of Australia, archives and museums, and with diverse ethnic communities around Australia. Giese runs her own publishing consultancy, offering project management, editing, oral history, writing and publishing expertise.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 9274, MS Acc10.132.

Associated materials: Papers of the Kwong family, 1891-2001 MS 9059.

Related Material Post-war Chinese Australians oral history project; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection.  Khmer Community in Australia oral history project; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available in the Pictures and Manuscripts Reading Room and online at: http://www.nla.gov.au/ms/findaids/9274.html 
Subjects Giese, Diana, - 1947- - Archives.  |  Authors, Australian - 20th century - Archives.  |  Women authors, Australian - 20th century - Archives.  |  Social historians - Australia - Archives.  |  Chinese Australians - Biography.  |  Chinese - Australia - Social life and customs.  |  Australia - Ethnic relations.  |  Australia - Social conditions.  |  Australia - Emigration and immigration.
Time Coverage 1992-2010 
Occupation Journalists.  |  Historians.  |  Oral history interviewers.  |  Consultants.

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