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- [i] See ‘May Gibbs: An Australian Classic’ for further information on Gibbs and the library’s extensive collection of her illustrations and literary papers.
- [ii] Edgeworth’s texts were widely circulated and read in Australia. Copies of her popular moral tales for children are held as part of the Marcie Muir Collection of Australian Children’s Books at the National Library of Australia in Canberra.
- [iii] The special collections libraries at Queen’s University Belfast and National Museums Northern Ireland in the UK hold the full series of the Irish National School Readers. A digital exhibition of these textbooks and their connection to education in Australia in the nineteenth century can be viewed online.
- [iv] The Library holds original copies of Aunt Judy’s Magazine (1866-1885), which was distributed in Australia and recommended by Spence to the readers of her newspaper review columns. The magazine can also be viewed in digital format through the library’s eresources.
- [v] Spence’s children’s literature remains uncollected but can be read in its original newspaper format through TROVE. Barbara Wall’s online bibliography for the State Library of South Australia further lists Spence’s contributions to this genre and is a helpful guide.
- [vi] Details about the symposium, including the programme and list of speakers, can be found online through the Writing and Society Research Centre’s webpages at Western Sydney University.
- [vii] Jessica’s and Maggie’s essays, along with Fiona Wright’s essay on Barbara Baynton, can be read through the Sydney Review of Books webpages.
- [viii] See ‘“Who do you think you are?” Australian Women Writers’ for more on the debate over the value of Australian women’s writing.