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Papers of Christobel Mattingley, 1909-2011 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2708284
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Mattingley, Christobel, 1931-
 
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Description [1909-2011] 
15.56 m. (67 boxes) + 16 cartons + 2 fol. boxes + 1 map folio + 2 archives boxes. 
Summary

The papers in MS 8290 are arranged into 16 series. The correspondence series, 1969-1991, includes general, overseas and business correspondence. Among the correspondents are Janet Bell, Carol Mills, Joan Allan, Patricia Mullins, Mavis Thorpe Clark, Elizabeth Tomlinson, Barbara Ker Wilson, Michael Horniman, Mem Fox and Elizabeth Jolley. Other series include manuscripts of books and other works, 1963-1989; diaries, 1975-1992; letterbooks, 1972-1984; and, children's art work and fan mail, 1970-1990 (51 boxes, 2 fol. boxes, 1 map folio).

The Acc02.165 instalment documents Christobel Mattingley's career from 1991-2001, and comprises publications, correspondence, subject files, drafts and background material (16 cartons).

The Acc12.006 instalment comprises correspondence, research notes, manuscript drafts, publicity material and reviews pertaining to various articles written for the National Library of Australia magazine as well as Mattingley's books: Battle order 204; Ruby of Trowutta; My father's island; Chelonia Green; and Maralinga the Anangu story. Also includes artwork, transcripts, publisher files, handbooks from the University of Tasmania, fan mail, agreements as well as information related to school visits and travel arrangements (16 boxes, 2 archives boxes).

Biography/History

Librarian, author and children's writer. Christobel Rosemary Mattingley (née Shepley) was born in Adelaide in 1931. She was educated at Presbyterian Ladies' College, Pymble, The Friends' School, Hobart and the University of Tasmania. She began her working career as a librarian in Australia and England and worked as a lecturer librarian at the Murray Park College of Advanced Education before becoming a fulltime writer and children's author. Mattingley has written articles, film scripts and over 40 children's books. Her first book for Brockhampton Press was Windmill at Magpie Creek (1971). She is the recipient of several awards including the inaugural Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award, Younger Readers in 1982 for Rummage, and Children's Christian Book of the Year 1986 for The miracle tree. Mattingley has also written for adults and in 1988 she researched and edited Survival in our own land: "Aboriginal" experiences in "South Australia" since 1836. Her biographical works include King of the wilderness: the life of Deny King (2002), and Battle order 204: a bomber pilot's story (2007). She is a keen conservationalist and, in 1995, she was awarded an honorary doctorate of the University of South Australia. Mattingley was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1996, and, in 1999, she received the Pheme Tanner Award for service to children's literature.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 8290, MS Acc02.165, MS Acc12.006.

Related Material Christobel Mattingley interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 1/1114-1115.  Interview with Christobel Mattingley, children's author; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 2564.  Papers; Located at; University of Canberra, Lu Rees Archive of Australian Children's Literature. 
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Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia ; E949.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available in the Special Collections Reading Room and on the Internet at: http://www.nla.gov.au/ms/findaids/8290.html 
Subjects Mattingley, Christobel, 1931- -- Archives.  |  Librarians -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Women librarians -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Women authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Australian literature -- 20th century -- Women authors.  |  Children's literature, Australian -- 20th century.
Time Coverage 1909-2011 
Occupation Librarians.  |  Authors.  |  Children's authors.  |  Oral history interviewers.

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