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Nancy Cato
Collection of unpublished letters and poems
Mister Maloga [manuscript]

MSS 266 C366m
MSS 823A C36c


Nancy Fotheringham Cato was born 1917 in Glen Osmond. She graduated from The University of Adelaide in 1939 after studying English Literature and Italian. A poet and novelist, she had also been a journalist and art critic. She was a foundation member of the Lyrebird writers (1949). She was also part of the Jindyworobak Movement, and in 1950 edited tthe Jindyworobak Anthology.

Nancy had many achievements in her life. She was actively involved in the Fellowship of Australian Writers and the Australian Society of Authors during the 1950s and 1960s, was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1984, for services to literature and the environment, and in 1991 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Queensland.

Nancy died at Noosa Heads, Queensland, on 3 July 2000.


266 C366m

Original manuscript of the novel, Mister Maloga: Daniel Matthews and his mission, Murray River, 1864-1902. includes a facsimile of the Maloga Mission report and a holograph letter from Daniel Matthews.

Letters to the Librarian. Dec. 1976 - Jan. 1977

823A C36c

Series 1: Letters to Nancy Cato from Reginald Charles (Rex) Ingamells.
1943-1953. 10 items.
Principally re Jindyworobak Review and Anthology.

Series 2: Letters to the Librarian by Cato. 
1969. 5 items.

Series 3: Poems: transcript and MSS.
6 items.

  • El Alamein (typescript) signed
  • Drought (typescript)
  • Matins at Coolum (photocopy of printed version) Quadrant no. 17, no. 1. Jan/Feb 1973
    • typescript
    • typescript of printed version with letter
  • Willy-willy MS draft
  • [A dream] MS
  • Journeys Pt III: The Road (typescript)

Folder labelled Poetry MSS

Series 4: Collection of MSS letters to Cato re: editorship of Jindyworobak anthology.
47 items.

Series 5: Collection of MSS letters to Cato, mainly from other Australian Writers
1947-1963. 20 items.

Series 6: North-West by South [printed novel]
London: Heinemann, 1965.

Series 7: North-West by South

  1. Proof-typescript of North-West by South
  2. MSS resource material used in Writing Novel

Series 8: Additional material

  • Letter from Rex Ingamells, 1950
  • Newspaper clipping - letter by Cato to 'The Australian' 20/12/1976
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