MS 4557 comprises literary manuscripts of: Pastures of the blue crane, including a typescript draft, galley proofs and a shooting script; Who calls from afar, including a typescript draft and galley proofs; Isle of the sea horse, including typescript draft, galley proofs and notebook; The honey forest, including the typescript draft; Beat of the city, including galley proofs; Echo in the wilderness, including the first typescript drafts, galley proofs, notebook and newspaper clippings, a map and correspondence relating to the book. Other correspondence in the collection includes letters from M.E. George of Oxford University Press, R. Ramberger and Peter Seeger relating to the publishing of Hesba Brinsmead's books and containing suggestions and comments on her works (2 boxes).
The Acc03.244 instalment comprises typescript drafts (some annotated) of novels, short stories and poems, together with galley proofs, page proofs, illustrations, photographs and cuttings of Brinsmead's autobiographical article "Myself when me" (2 cartons).
Children's writer. Hesba Fay Pixie Brinsmead (née Hungerford) was the author of stories, articles and radio talks. Her first book, Pastures of the blue crane (1964) won the Mary Gilmore Medal in 1965 and was chosen as the Children's Book Council Book of the Year. In 1972, Brinsmead's semi-autobiographical novel, The longtime passing, won the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award.