Guide to the Papers of Tess Brady [MSS 320]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Tess Brady
Manuscript Number MSS 320
Last Updated June 2021
Extent 1 box + 1 oversize
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract This collection comprises correspondence, literary drafts, and other items shared between Tess Brady and Kevin Pearson, along with miscellaneous papers of Tess Brady

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

The papers of Tess Brady contain letters, manuscripts, and poems sent to her by Kevin Pearson as well as some personal documents such as information on payments

Date Range of Content


Biographical Note

Wikipedia article:

Tess Brady (birth name Mariwyn Nelson Brady) was born in Adelaide in 1948, and studied at the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, Exeter University, and Deakin University. She has an honours degree in Philosophy, a Masters in Educational Linguistics, and a Doctorate in Writing. As well as teaching writing at several universities, Brady has published in a number of genres including children’s books, self help, and crime fiction

Austlit : Tess Brady retrieved 4 September 2020


Administrative Information


Access and Copying Conditions

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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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

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Preferred Citation

Papers of Tess Brady, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 320, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


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Related Material

Further material relating to Kevin Pearson is held in Special Collections, UNSW Canberra at MSS 033


Subject Keywords



Tess Brady, 1948- — Archives

Australian poetry — 20th century

Personal Names

Tess Brady, 1948-

Kevin Pearson, 1946-





Container List


Box 1

Folder 1

Letters - from Kevin Pearson to Tess Brady

1988 – 1991 Six letters, handwritten, some postmarked only

18/2/1991 Handwritten letter, accompanied by note to ANZ authorising use of Pearson account by Tess Brady

14/8/1991 Certified mail, two letters in one envelope

17/2/1988 Card, postmarked

Undated or date unclear - Eight letters, handwritten

Undated - 2, handwritten on Friendly Street Poets letterhead

Two cards, one dated 19/2/1988, other undated

Folder 2

Letters - from Kevin Pearson to Tess Brady, accompanied by copies of poems, epigram

26/4/1993, handwritten note to Tess Brady with three typed poems by Kevin Pearson: Climbing Confucius’ moun(t)ain. 6000 steps for the travellers - Occasions of eyes - Repeat performance.  For a traveller

Postmarked letter 5/4/199?, handwritten, with three typed poems by Kevin Pearson: Proverbs of Hell. Abbreviated for the ‘clever country’ - A disquisition on the law - Wayside rests

Two letters in envelope postmarked 27/11/1991 with three poems by Kevin Pearson: Nhill - Conspirators and spies - Essay in criticism. Poetics

Date ‘early ‘81’, one poem, undated and untitled, from Kevin Pearson

Undated, handwritten note and poem by Kevin Pearson: Sadness

Undated, typed poem from Kevin Pearson, three lines and untitled with handwritten addendum

Undated, handwritten letter with one poem by Kevin Pearson:  Constitutional

Undated handwritten letter with unattributed poem on reverse: Love after love

Postcard, undated with haiku by Kevin Pearson: Haiku, for Tess

Postcard, undated with epigram: Air Traffic Control

Card, undated with message to Tess Brady and draft of poem: Of the nature of burning

Letters – Miscellaneous

Kevin Pearson to KF Literary Services, draft, typed with handwritten section introducing work by Tess Brady for possible publication, dated 7/8/1987

Introductory letter (‘To whom it may concern’) regarding Kevin Pearson and Tess Brady professional activities/credentials from Department for the Arts, South Australia, dated 28/2/1985

Folder 3

Literary drafts

The Apparition’s Daybook– by Kevin Pearson, comments/criticisms on manuscript possibly made by Tess Brady

Talking Heads. Roggeveen at Easter Island. Text for Two Voices – by K. F. Pearson and Christopher Singh Mooney, unedited, typed manuscript

Poems, undated, by Kevin Pearson: Couplets - For the vanquished - The garden of Hafiz (for Tess) – Late summer ripener - Port Lincoln

Literary drafts - Other

Poem, unattributed: Shortlisted

School Shell Exercise book with jottings for articles, contains notes on Miles Franklin’s My brilliant career and other miscellaneous writings, undated

Folder 4

Newspaper clippings

Annotated ‘Publishing poetry by the metre’ in the ‘Aust. Sun 2-3. 1988 Magazine 10’, no page number

Annotated The Advertiser 26 September 1987 ‘Poetry that evokes some impressive images’, review by Rosemary O’Grady p. 7

Personal documents

Poem: In memorium: a catalogue for Frank with handwritten note by Tess Brady stating ‘Read at my fathers Memorial Service 8/89, by Kevin’

Two astrology charts, four undated sheets drawn up by a Brady Chart Resources for Kevin Pearson and Tess Brady

Department of Heath, Health Care Card for Kevin Pearson, Mariwyn Brady and one child, 1987

Rent Book, 13/3/1983 – 23/1/1984, payments made by Kevin Pearson (Tenant) to M.N. Brady (Landlord)

K. F. Pearson (1992) And ANTS it was: a history of Altona North Technical School, contains inscription to Tess Brady from author; article from The Mail, 29 July 1992 ‘Tall tales and true from Altona Tech’, and The Western Times July 29, 1992 ‘Heard the one about Dempsey?’ (copied from back of letter in Box 1, Folder 2)

Miscellaneous papers

Possibly stencil from roneograph, one sheet waxed paper titled ‘South Australian Poets’ Newsletter. September 1981’ with handwritten note from ‘K’ to ‘Tess’

Friendly Street Poets bookmark

K. F. Pearson (1992) And ANTS it was: a history of Altona North Technical School, contains inscription to Tess Brady from author; one articles, from The Mail, 29 July 1992 ‘Tall tales and true from Altona Tech’, and The Western Times 29 July 1992 ‘Heard the one about Dempsey?’ (copied from back of letter in Box 1, Folder 2)

Three gift tags/cards, one handmade

Two membership cards: Experimental Art Foundation (Kevin Pearson), and the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (Tess Brady & K. Pearson)

One Wakefield Press business card for Kevin Pearson (Publications Manager)

Folder 5


Seven photographs, passport size – one coloured of Kevin Pearson; two black and white strips containing two identical images of Kevin Pearson; one black and white strip containing two images, one of Kevin Pearson and one of Tess Brady

Original photographic folder from Adelaide Passport Studio


Oversize material

OS 1

South Australian Writers’ Centre Newsletter, February 1986, opens out to heavily annotated poster for Adelaide Festival Writers’ Week 2-8 March