Guide to the Papers of Margaret Scott [MSS 042]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Margaret Scott
Manuscript Number MSS 042
Last Updated October 2021
Extent 28cm (2 boxes)
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Collection of correspondence, notes and manuscript drafts of Tricks of memory : poems (1980), Visited (1983), The black swans (1988) and The baby-farmer (1990).

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

Collection of correspondence, notes and manuscript drafts of Tricks of memory : poems (1980), Visited (1983), The black swans (1988) and The baby-farmer (1990).

Date Range of Content


Biographical Note

Wikipedia article:

Margaret Daphne Scott was born on the 20 June 1934 in Bristol, England. Writer, poet, novelist and humourist, Margaret Scott migrated to Australia with her first husband, Michael Boddy, in 1959. From 1966 to 1989 Scott taught in the English Department at the University of Tasmania. She left teaching to become a full time writer. In 1986, after the death of her second husband, legal scholar Michael Scott, she bought and restored a house on the Tasman Peninsula in southern Tasmania. This inspired her poetry and her love for her home and surrounding area led to her being asked to write Port Arthur : a story of hope and courage. In the 1990s Scott became well known for her erudite appearances on the television shows World Series Debates and Good News Week.

In 2005 Scott was chosen for the inaugural Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women and also received the Australia Council Writers' Emeritus Award. Scott, who suffered from emphysema, died at her home on the Tasman Peninsula.

Margaret Scott died on 29 August 2005 in Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania.

Scott was awarded:
Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships, Writers' Emeritus Award, 2005, and the Centenary Medal, For outstanding contribution to Tasmanian literature.

AustLit : The Resource for Australian Literature, February 2007.


Administrative Information


Access and Copying Conditions

Access: Open Access

This collection contains a variety of copyright material. Copyright is held by the creator of each item. Specific conditions for this collection are listed below. If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items. Digitised material from manuscript collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright. Refer also to the UNSW copyright, disclaimer and takedown policy. 

Copying: Copying of material authored by Margaret Scott for private study and research is approved. 

Preferred Citation

Papers of Margaret Scott, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 042, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was acquired from Margaret Scott in a single instalment in 1987.


Additional Information

Related Material

Special Collections holds further material relating to Margaret Scott:

PR 9619.3 .S371 M3 1994 - Margaret Scott reads her poetry at the Australian Defence Force Academy Library on 7 September 1994  


Subject Keywords



Australian poetry, Tasmania, poets, Australian poets, women poets.

Personal Names

Margaret Scott 1934-2005 




Container List


Box 1

Folder 1 
Correspondence with publishers, literary editors, Vivian Smith, Susan Hampton, Kate Llewellyn, Peter Pierce, Tim Thorne, Gwen Harwood, Judith Rodriguez and Barbara Giles, 1975-1986

Folder 2 
Manuscript and annotated typescript drafts of unpublished material, includes two children's plays 'The minstrel and the king' and 'A dragon for King Cambuscan', and an introduction to Effect of light : the poetry of Tasmania (c1985)

Folder 3 
Manuscript and annotated typescript drafts of talks, reviews, lecture notes and tutorial notes

Folder 4 
Manuscript draft of The baby-farmer (1990)

Folder 5 
Manuscript drafts of poetry and prose, 1948-1967


Box 2

Folder 6 
Manuscript and annotated typescript drafts of poems, c1967-68

Folder 7 
Manuscript, annotated typescript and typescript drafts of poems for The black swans (1988)

Folder 8 
Manuscript, annotated typescript and typescript drafts of poems for Visited (1983)

Folder 9 
Manuscript, annotated typescript and typescript drafts of poems for Tricks of memory (1980)