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 indigenous 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. Aborigines 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. Guide to the Papers of Mavis Thorpe Clark
    National Library of Australia
  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, 1920-1999 [manuscript]
    [13.75 m : 1920 - 1999]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    MS 7847 comprises 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, and Jackie McDonald. The MS Acc99.226 instalment includes notes and notebooks, talks given by Clark, newspaper cuttings, press releases and correspondence relating to several of her works, including, No mean destiny, They came south, Nowhere to hide, Blue above the trees and her autobiography, Trust the dream. In addition, manuscripts of various unpublished works, a scrapbook on Pastor Doug, and papers relating to conferences Clark attended. The MS Acc05.016 instalment comprises correspondence, drafts, screenplays, royalty statements, agreements, files on Public Lending Right and Copyright Agency Limited, diaries and photographs.
    MS 7847
  7. Letters : to Grade Fives, Blackburn South Primary School 1974 Aug. 2. [manuscript].
    [0.05 m : 2 August 1974]
    Series: State Library of Victoria
    Letter from Mavis Thorpe Clark addressed to the Grade Fives of Blackburn South Primary School. Also a newsclipping showing her at Blackburn Library
    Accession no: MS 12847
  8. Papers, 1973-1986] [manuscript].
    [1.75 m, 10 boxes : 1973 - 1986]
    Series: State Library of Victoria
    Comprises documents, letters and notes relating to Mavis Thorpe Clark's association with International P.E.N., the Australian Society of Authors and the National Book Council.
    Accession no: MS 13527
  9. Manuscript and research files, 1894-1997 [manuscript].
    [1.8 m, 10 boxes : 1894 - 1997]
    Series: State Library of Victoria
    Comprises original manuscript and drafts of the book "Pastor Doug : the story of Sir Douglas Nicholls, Aboriginal leader". Also, research files containing correspondence, clippings, published material, photographs, and notes. Also material relating to a proposed television documentary on Sir Douglas, and material on Aboriginal issues and land rights.
    Accession no: YMS 15399

Resources by Mavis Thorpe Clark (58)

  1. Trust the dream : an autobiography / Mavis Thorpe Davis
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe
    [ Book : 2004 ]
    At 38 libraries
    Trust the dream : an autobiography / Mavis Thorpe Davis
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 144,535.406)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 144,535.406)

  2. Papers
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe, 1909-1999
    [ Unpublished : 1973-1986 ]
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 136,769.141)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 136,769.141)

  3. Papers of Mavis Thorpe Clark
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe
    [ Unpublished : 1920-1999 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    Papers of Mavis Thorpe Clark
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 83,674.578)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 83,674.578)

  4. Young and brave / Mavis Thorpe Clark
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe
    [ Book : 1984 ]
    At 19 libraries
    Young and brave / Mavis Thorpe Clark
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 71,080.539)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 71,080.539)

  5. Die Stadt der funkelnden Steine / Mavis Thorpe Clark
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe
    [ Book : 1970 ]
    Languages: German;English, [1 other]
    At 2 libraries
    Die Stadt der funkelnden Steine / Mavis Thorpe Clark
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 70,828.812)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 70,828.812)

  6. Missing gold / by Mavis Thorpe Clark
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe
    [ Book : 1951 ]
    At 16 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 70,813.992)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 70,813.992)

  7. Home again at Timber Creek / M. Thorpe Clark
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe
    [ Book : 1950 ]
    At 13 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 70,654.914)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 70,654.914)

  8. Pastor Doug : the story of an Aboriginal leader / Mavis Thorpe Clarke
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe
    [ Book : 1965-1966 ]
    At 39 libraries
    Pastor Doug : the story of an Aboriginal leader / Mavis Thorpe Clarke
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 70,654.219)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 70,654.219)

  9. The brown land was green
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe
    [ Book : 1974-1990 ]
    At 25 libraries
    The brown land was green
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 70,647.211)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 70,647.211)

  10. Fishing / Mavis Latham ; illustrated by Joy Murray
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe
    [ Book : 1963 ]
    At WA State Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 70,640.266)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 70,640.266)

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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 38 libraries
    Trust the dream : an autobiography / Mavis Thorpe Davis
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 144,223.312)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 144,223.312)

  2. Papers
    Clark, Mavis Thorpe, 1909-1999
    [ Unpublished : 1973-1986 ]
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 137,061.625)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 137,061.625)

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  1. Methodist Ladies' College (MLC), Melbourne (1882-)
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  1. Government Gazette Appointments and Employment
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    ... music. Ms Mavis Thorpe CLARK (Mrs Latham), 1/22 Rochester Road, Canterbury Vic 3126 For service to the ... 11346 words
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    ... 'Connor, Kathleen Anne Leahy, Claire Eileen Herbert, Marjorie Annie Coad, Margaret Joan Jacgung, Mavis Jean Newton ... WESTERN AUSTRALIA. Bbtjce Rock. 2 McLernon, Margaret Anne .. Clark, Thelma June Robinson, Patricia June ... 246 words
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  1. Trust the dream : the autobiography of Mavis Thorpe Clark
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  2. The Clark family comes to Australia : a family history with reminiscences by Mavis Thorpe Clark / compiled and edited by Ronda F. Hall
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  3. Mavis Thorpe Clark - Picture No 4 / Macmillan of Australia
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    [ Book : 1981 ]
    At Minlaton Com School
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  4. The shape of girls' lives : sex roles socialization in the novels of Joan Phipson, Eleanor Spence and Mavis Thorpe Clark from the early 1950's to the early 1980's / Colleen Keane
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  1. NEW SERIAL STORY "THE RED SCHOOL HOUSE" My Mavis Thorp Clark
    The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 1 September 1934 p 45 Article
    ... NEW SERIAL STORY "THE RED SCHOOL HOUSE" By Mavis Thorp Clark will begin in "The Young Polk's" Page ... 200 words
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  2. PASTOR DOUG: HE BEAT THE ODDS THE BOY FROM CUMEROOGUNGA: The story of Sir Douglas Nicholls, Aboriginal leader. By Mavis Thorpe Clark. 179pp. $9.95.
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    ... , Aboriginal leader. By Mavis Thorpe Clark. 179pp. $9.95. Reviewer: VERONICA SEN Pastor Doug Nicholls taken in ... white men have, by and large, been fairly positive ones. But his story, admirably told by Mavis Thorpe ... 388 words
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    ... Story on two levels THE MIN-MIN.— By Mavis Thorpe Clark. Lans-downe Press. 206pp. Price $3 ... rain is too fortuitous, and subsequent developments seem contrived and flat. However, Mavis Thorpe ... 483 words
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  2. Pastor Doug / Mavis T. Clarke
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  3. Writers' earning from film of their novel : recorded talks at Film Rights Symposium
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  4. Recorded proceedings of Annual Writers' Seminar
    Fellowship of Australian Authors
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  4. Gus O'Donnell ends 19 years as an ASA -Australian Society of Authors- leader
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