The MS 5396 collection comprises correspondence, manuscripts and typescripts, research material, corrected proofs, and photographs relating to Barbalet's short stories and her books: Far from a low gutter girl: the forgotten world of state wards, South Australia, 1887-1940, Blood in the rain, and Lady, baby, gypsy, queen (5 boxes).
The Acc02.154 instalment includes drafts and papers relating to The wolf, the final draft of Blood in the rain, and correspondence, 1988-1991 (1 box).
The Acc03.146 instalment comprises papers relating mainly to the unpublished novel Joey, including several word-processed drafts, some handwritten pages and notes, and two photocopied cuttings (1 box).
The Acc03.245 instalment comprises drafts of Lady, baby, gypsy, queen (1 box).
The Acc04.073 instalment includes drafts of The presence of angels, plus proofs, cover proofs, and correspondence (1 box, 1 fol. box).
The Acc04.192 instalment comprises correspondence relating to the children's book The wolf, 1989-1990, drafts and marked up proofs of Steel beach (formerly called Joey), and the copyedited draft of Blood in the rain (1 box).
The Acc05.044 instalment includes a folder relating to Reggie, queen of the street, a folder relating to The presence of angels, an envelope of letters relating to Far from a low gutter girl, and an envelope of illustrations, text and proofs of Reggie (1 A3 carton).
The Acc05.074 instalment consists of files relating to the history of Adelaide Children's Hospital (1 box).
Researcher, diplomat and writer. Margaret Evelyn Barbalet was born in Tasmania in 1949 and graduated with a Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Adelaide in 1973. As an author, Barbalet has written in a number of genres, including novels, children's books, short stories and historical writings. She was one of a group of A.C.T.-based women writers known as the "Canberra Seven". Barbalet has combined her writing with a number of other jobs including work as an historian with the Adelaide Children's Hospital; a research officer with the Adelaide City Council; a history lecturer at Mitchell College of Advanced Education, Bathurst; a researcher for the Commonwealth Schools Commission; a tutor at the Canberra College of Advanced Education; a research officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and as an analyst with the Office of National Assessments.
Manuscript reference no.: MS 5396, MS Acc02.154, MS Acc03.146, MS Acc03.245, MS Acc04.073, MS Acc04.192, MS Acc05.044, MS Acc05.074.