Guide to the Papers of Oriel Gray [MSS 178]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Oriel Gray
Manuscript Number MSS 178
Last Updated August 2021
Extent 1 box
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Literary papers, including manuscripts of Gray’s autobiography Scraps of Paper.

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Scope and Content

A collection of literary papers of Oriel Gray. The collection consists of two typed manuscripts of Gray’s unpublished autobiography Scraps of Paper.

Date Range of Content


Biographical Note

Wikipedia article:

Oriel Gray was an Australian playwright and screenwriter. Her work focused on social issues, notably feminist issues and class conflict. Her 1955 play The Torrents was co-winner of the 1955 Playwrights’ Advisory Board Competition with Ray Lawler’s Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. Her other well-known works include Lawson (1943) and Burst of Summer (1959).

Gray also wrote scripts for television, including ‘We Should Have Had a Uniform’ (1975) for Quality of Mercy. She was also on the writing staff for the soap opera Bellbird (aired 1967 - 1977).

She published her memoirs Exit left: memoirs of a scarlet woman in 1985 and later published one novel, The Animal Shop (1990).


Author record, Oriel Gray, AustLit (, St Lucia: The University of Queensland, 2002-. [Retrieved from 24/01/2019].

IMDb. (2010). Oriel Gray (1920 - 2003). Retrieved from:, 24/01/2019.


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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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 Oriel Gray for private study and research is approved.

Preferred Citation

Papers of Oriel Gray, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 178, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was acquired from Oriel Gray in 1987.

Related Material

Further papers of Oriel Gray are held at State Library Victoria, MS Box 4140.  An ABC Radio National interview recorded with Oriel Gray a few years before her death is archived at  

Subject Keywords


Australian drama, dramatists, playwrights, screenwriters

Personal Names

Oriel Gray 1920-2003


Dramatist, playwright, writer, screenwriter


Container List

Box 1

Folder 1 
Manuscript  -  Scraps of Paper - book 1

Folder 2 
Manuscript  -  Scraps of Paper - book 1