Guide to the Papers of Colleen Burke [MSS 069]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Colleen Burke
Manuscript Number MSS 069
Last Updated June 2021
Extent 3 boxes
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Manuscripts, poems, drafts, correspondence, and papers relating to Colleen Burke

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Scope and Content

The papers of Colleen Burke comprise material relating to her work as an author and poet as well as correspondence, and a photocopy of the Last Will and Testament of Francis Patrick Burke. Material relating to published works include She Moves Mountains (1984), Hags, Rags and Scriptures (1977), and Doherty's Corner : the Life and Work of the Poet Marie E.J. Pitt (1985)

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Biographical Note

Poet, biographer and prose writer Colleen Burke was born in 1943 in Sydney. Along with teaching creative writing and oral history, Burke has received three grants from the Literature Board of the Australia Council, two Varuna Writing Fellowships, and a NSW Writers’ Fellowship in 2000. In addition to publishing extensively as a poet, Burke has written a number of biographies, most notably Doherty's Corner : the Life and Work of the Poet Marie E.J. Pitt (1985)

Austlit : Colleen Burke retrieved 14 July 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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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 Colleen Burke, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 069, Box [Number], Folder [Number]


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Subject Keywords



Colleen Burke, 1943- — Archives

Women authors, Australian — 20th century

Australian poetry — 20th century

Australian women poets — Biography

Personal Names

Colleen Burke, 1943-

Marie EJ Pitt, 1869-1948






Container List


Box 1

Folders 1-4

Doherty’s Corner - The Life and Work of the Australian Poet Marie E J Pitt 1864-1949

Folder 5

Doherty’s Corner - The Life and Work of the Australian Poet Marie E J Pitt 1864-1949 - final manuscript

Folders 6-8

She Moves Mountains - draft


Box 2

Folder 9

Copies of poems from:

She Moves Mountains

The Incurable Romantic

Hags, Rags and Scriptures

Manuscript of ‘Call Around and See Us But We Are Going Out’.

Folder 10

‘This Small Earth’ poetry

Folders 11-12

Drafts of various poetry

Folder 13

Last Will and Testament of Francis Patrick Burke (photocopy)

Folders 14-16



Box 3

Folder 17


Folders 18-19

Marie Pitt correspondence

11 manilla folders with Colleen Burke’s signature and handwriting (miscellaneous) thereon