Clark, Mavis Thorpe (1909-1999)

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Clark, M. R.
Clark, M. Thorpe
Clark, Mavis Thorpe
Latham, Mavis Rose (1909-1999)
M.R.Clark (1909-1999)
Thorpe Clark, Mavis
Thorpe Clark, Mavis (1909-1999)
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Mavis Thorpe Clark was a prolific writer of children's fiction who, in late life, also wrote for adults. In the process of researching her first adult book, , the biography of Sir Douglas Nicholls, she created a large archive of letters and correspondence of relevance to indigneous scholarship.

Mavis Thorpe Clark was born in Melbourne, Victoria, in 1909. Her writing career began at the age of 14, when the published, as a children's serial, her work , by no means a masterpiece, but her first literary endeavour. Her first published book, written when she was 18 and sold to Whitcombe and Tombs in 1930 for the then handsome sum of £30, was , a boy's adventure story about Rugby football.

Her first book for adults, , the biography of Sir Douglas Nicholls, Aboriginal pastor later appointed Governor of South Australia, was published in 1965 and re-issued in 1973 in a revised second edition. In 1979, she published another Doug Nicholls's biographical account under the title . In order to complete this task, she researched Aboriginal archives and associated with Aboriginal people, and has left a large amount of personal notes, correspondence, research files, etc. of relevance to Aboriginal scholarship.

Unlike most authors, Clark did not suffer rejection of any book submitted for publication. She became an extremely prolific writer and published 32 books, mostly for children, five of which were broadcast as serials by the Australian Broadcasting Commission. Her book won the 1967 Australian Children's Book of the Year award, and film rights to were bought by the Walt Disney organisation. Clark died in Melbourne in 1999, at the age of 90. She has been honoured by having the national Fellowship of Australian Writers Mavis Thorpe Clark Award named after her.

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Mavis Thorpe Clark was born in Melbourne, Victoria, in 1909. Her writing career began at the age of 14, when the Australasian published, as a children’s serial, her work The Red School, by no means a masterpiece, but her first literary endeavour. Her first published book, written when she was 18 and sold to Whitcombe and Tombs in 1930 for the then handsome sum of £30, was Hatherley’s First Fifteen, a boy’s adventure story about Rugby football. Her first book for adults, Pastor Doug, the biography of Sir Douglas Nicholls, Aboriginal pastor later appointed Governor of South Australia, was published in 1965 and re-issued in 1973 in a revised second edition. In 1979, she published another Doug Nicholls’s biographical account under the title The Boy from Cumeroogunga. In order to complete this task, she researched Aboriginal archives and associated with Aboriginal people, and has left a large amount of personal notes, correspondence, research files, etc. of relevance to Aboriginal scholarship. Unlike most authors, Clark did not suffer rejection of any book submitted for publication. She became an extremely prolific writer and published 32 books, mostly for children, five of which were broadcast as serials by the Australian Broadcasting Commission. Her book The Min Min won the 1967 Australian Children’s Book of the Year award, and film rights to The Sky Is Free were bought by the Walt Disney organisation. Clark died in Melbourne in 1999, at the age of 90. She has been honoured by having the national Fellowship of Australian Writers Mavis Thorpe Clark Award named after her.

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Clark, Mavis Thorpe
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Aborgines in society: the man from Cummeragunja
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe
    [1968]
    Series: IspartOf Smoke Signals
  3. Trust the Dream: an autobiography
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe
    [Spring Hill, Vic.]
    Published: Rhonda Hall
  4. Papers of Mavis Thorpe Clark
    National Library of Australia
    [2004]
  5. No mean destiny : the story of the War Widows' Guild of Australia 1945-85
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe
    [South Yarra, Vic.]
    Published: Hyland House
  6. Papers of Mavis Thorpe Clark, 1923-1987
    [31 boxes ]
    Series: National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection
    Manuscripts, typescripts, notes, newspaper clippings and correspondence relating to Clark's work as a writer. The correspondence is mostly with publishers and editors, including: Cole Turnley, E. W. Cole, W. Heinemann, George Robinson, Edward Vidler, Derek Smith, Sir Donald Bradman, Zola Kay, Chris Tangey, Catherine Hennessy, Jackie McDonald.
    MS 7847
  7. Letters: to Grade Fives, Blackburn South Primary School
    [0.05 m : 2 August 1974 -]
    Series: State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection
    Letter from Mavis Thorpe Clark addressed to the Grade Fives of Blackburn South Primary School. Also a newsclipping showing her at Blackburn Library
    MS 12847
  8. Papers of Mavis Thorpe Clark
    [8 boxes : 1980?]
    Series: State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection
    Comprises documents, letters and notes relating to Mavis Thorpe Clark's associaiton with International P.E.N., the Austrlaian Society of Authors and the National Book Council
    PA 99/124
  9. Manuscript and research files of Mavis Thorpe Clark
    [10 boxes : 1950 - 1980]
    Series: State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection
    Comprises orignal manuscirpt of the book 'Pastor Doug: the story of Sir Douglas Nicholls, Aboriginal leader'. Also, research files containing correspondence, newspaper clippings, published material photgraphs and research notes
    PA 01/59

Resources by Mavis Thorpe Clark (55)

  1. Trust the dream : an autobiography / Mavis Thorpe Davis
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe
    [ Book : 2004 ]
    At 37 libraries
    Trust the dream : an autobiography / Mavis Thorpe Davis
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 70.936)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 70.936)

  2. Pastor Doug : the story of Sir Douglas Nicholls, Aboriginal leader / [by] Mavis Thorpe Clark
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe
    [ Book : 1965-1975 ]
    Languages: English;Undetermined, [1 other]
    At 55 libraries
    Pastor Doug : the story of Sir Douglas Nicholls, Aboriginal leader / [by] Mavis Thorpe Clark
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 30.477)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 30.477)

  3. The min-min / Mavis Thorpe Clark
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe
    [ Book : 1966-2000 ]
    Languages: English;German, [1 other]
    At 46 libraries
    The min-min / Mavis Thorpe Clark
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 28.628)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 28.628)

  4. Papers
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe, 1909-1999
    [ Unpublished : 1973-1986 ]
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 24.1)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 24.1)

  5. Solomon's child / Mavis Thorpe Clark
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe
    [ Book, Audio book : 1981-1987 ]
    At 39 libraries
    Solomon's child / Mavis Thorpe Clark
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.694)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.694)

  6. Blue above the trees / Mavis Thorpe Clark ; illustrated by Genevieve Melrose
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe
    [ Book : 1967-1974 ]
    At 31 libraries
    Blue above the trees / Mavis Thorpe Clark ; illustrated by Genevieve Melrose
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.622)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.622)

  7. No mean destiny : the story of the War Widow's Guild of Australia 1945-85 / Mavis Thorpe Clark
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe
    [ Book, Audio book : 1986-1988 ]
    At 47 libraries
    No mean destiny : the story of the War Widow's Guild of Australia 1945-85 / Mavis Thorpe Clark
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.545)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.545)

  8. The brown land was green
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe
    [ Book : 1974-1990 ]
    At 29 libraries
    The brown land was green
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.314)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.314)

  9. Pastor Doug : the story of an Aboriginal leader / Mavis Thorpe Clarke
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe
    [ Book : 1965-1966 ]
    At 36 libraries
    Pastor Doug : the story of an Aboriginal leader / Mavis Thorpe Clarke
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.31)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.31)

  10. The sky is free / Mavis Thorpe Clark
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe
    [ Book, Audio book : 1974-1992 ]
    Languages: English;German, [1 other]
    At 35 libraries
    The sky is free / Mavis Thorpe Clark
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.285)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.285)

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Resources about Mavis Thorpe Clark (2)

  1. Trust the dream : an autobiography / Mavis Thorpe Davis
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe
    [ Book : 2004 ]
    At 37 libraries
    Trust the dream : an autobiography / Mavis Thorpe Davis
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 70.905)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 70.905)

  2. Papers
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe, 1909-1999
    [ Unpublished : 1973-1986 ]
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 24.257)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 24.257)

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  1. DARK POOL Island By MAVIS THORPE CLARK
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    ... By MAVIS THORPE CLARK ExCEPT for that tiny hole," Ted said, "There's nothing interes ... 1977 words
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    ... pä^ä s> By MAVIS THORPE CLARK (¿UICKLY, Ted told of their »iventure. "Gelignite!" the Head ... 1455 words
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