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Papers of John O'Grady, circa 1930-1986 [manuscript]
Bib ID 1574389
Format ManuscriptManuscript
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O'Grady, John, 1907-1981
 
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Access Conditions Part available for research; part requires permission for research. Not for loan. 
Description [ca. 1930-1986] 
1.93 m. (12 boxes) + 1 packet + 1 folder. 
Summary

MS 8046 comprises family and general correspondence, diaries and notebooks dating from 1942, handwritten and typewritten literary manuscripts (some of which are unpublished), press cuttings, ledgers and other financial records including royalty statements, legal documents and photographs relating to O'Grady's life after 1942. The collection also includes screen plays for They're a weird mob by Richard Imrie and On the beach by John Paxton, and the thesis, in English, "Erzähltechnik und soziale Probleme in Nino Culottas Romanen" by Friederike Stiegler (1975-1976) (12 boxes).

The Acc08.174 instalment consists of a box of slides that belonged to O'Grady. Subjects include Apia Samoa, Algernon Street Oatley, Tokelau Islands, Georges River, Atlantic Ocean and the Panama Canal (1 packet).

The Acc11.060 instalment comprises typescripts of poetry and one short story written by O'Grady. Some of the typescripts were compiled during the Second World War and subsequently when O'Grady was working as a pharmacist on the island of U'polo (1 folder).

Biography/History

John O'Grady was a qualified pharmacist. He worked in a variety of jobs from 1929 to 1958, serving with the Army Medical Service from 1942-1950, and working in Samoa from 1956-1958. He then became a full-time writer. He had 18 books published, mostly humorous novels. His first book, They're a weird mob (1957), written under the pseudonym of Nino Culotta, was the most successful.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 8046, MS Acc08.174, MS Acc11.060.

Originals in private ownership.

Related Material One quarter-inch audio tape of "Unstrung bow" as broadcast by ABC radio in 1956; Located at; National Library of Australia, Oral History Section.  John O'Grady interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 1/85. 
Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia, E955.

Reproduction Some photocopies of letters. [S.l.] 
Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available in the Special Collections Reading Room and online at: http://www.nla.gov.au/ms/findaids/8046.html 
Subjects O'Grady, John, 1907-1981 -- Archives.  |  Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Novelists, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Australian fiction -- 20th century.  |  Samoa -- Description and travel.
Time Coverage 1930-1986 
Occupation Pharmacists.  |  Soldiers.  |  Authors.
Other authors/contributors Imrie, Richard  |  Paxton, John, 1923-  |  Stiegler, Friederike. Erzähltechnik und soziale Probleme in Nino Culottas Romanen

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