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Papers of Guy and Phyllis Boyd, 1890-2001 [manuscript]
Bib ID 1061312
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Boyd, Guy, 1923-1988
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Access Conditions Series 1 and series 9, folder 6 restricted during the lifetime of Ben Boyd. Remainder available for reference. Not for loan. 
Description 1890-2001 
9.00 m. (56 boxes) + 3 folio boxes. 

The collection comprises papers relating to both Guy and Phyllis Boyd. There is correspondence with gallery directors, exhibition catalogues and photographs relating to the life and career of Guy Boyd. The main correspondents include Philip Bacon, Ron and Betty Beaver, Kim Bonython, Eva Breuer, Andrew Ivanyi, Gisella Scheinberg, Max Stern and Ann von Bertouch. Phyllis Boyd was actively involved with organizations covering a wide range of social, feminist and religious issues. There is correspondence, papers and subject files relating to this involvement, including with Women Who Want to be Women, The Australian Family Association and Women Against the Ordination of Women. There are also papers relating to the estate of Phyllis Boyd's aunt, the artist Agnes McNamara. The Boyds were amongst the first to be involved in what was to become a national campaign for a judicial enquiry into the 1982 murder conviction of Lindy Chamberlain. There is correspondence, campaign ephemera and newspaper cuttings relating to the 'A plea for mercy' campaign which they initiated. Guy Boyd was executor of the estate of his uncle, the author Martin Boyd. Included in the papers is correspondence relating to the administration of the estate and the sale and distribution of Martin Boyd's books.


Guy Boyd commenced his artistic career as a potter, establishing the Guy Boyd Pottery in 1953. He sold the business in 1964 to concentrate on his career as a sculptor, which he pursued until his untimely death in 1988. Phyllis Boyd was a feminist with strongly held views on the role of women as homemakers.


Manuscript reference no. : NLA MS 7551.

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Related Material Related material held by National Library of Australia Manuscripts Section: MS 7400, Chamberlain Support Group and MS 7845, National Freedom Council; MS 6810 and MS 6812, Papers of Martin Boyd. 
Index/Finding Aid Note List available (22 p.). 
Subjects Boyd, Phyllis, -2001 -- Archives.  |  Boyd, Guy, 1923-1988 -- Archives.  |  Chamberlain-Creighton, Lindy, 1948- -- Trials, litigation, etc.  |  Boyd, Martin, 1893-1972.  |  McNamara, Agnes.  |  Women Who Want to be Women.  |  Australian Family Association.  |  Women Against the Ordination of Women.  |  Trial (Infanticide) -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.  |  Sculptors -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Feminists -- Australia -- Archives.
Time Coverage 1890-2001 
Occupation Feminists  |  Sculptors
Other authors/contributors Boyd, Phyllis, -2001

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