Guide to the Papers of Edmund Fitzgerald [MSS 102]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Edmund Fitzgerald
Manuscript Number MSS 102
Last Updated August 2021
Extent 14 cm (1 box)
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract The collection includes correspondence, typescript drafts and galley proofs of short stories by Edmund Fitzgerald.

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Scope and Content

The collection includes correspondence, typescript drafts, galley proofs and published copies of short stories by Edmund Fitzgerald, including The five o'clock cow (1980); 'The choreographed corpse caper : a collection of detective and mystery stories' (1988); 'Beyond the call' and 'Where will I put my legs ...?'.


The collection has been arranged in box then folder order.

Biographical Note

Edmund Fitzgerald was born on the 7 October 1925 in Melbourne, and was educated at Box Hill. His short stories have been published and broadcast on radio. Fitzgerald lives in Canberra.

Fitzgerald awards include:
Australian Golden Dagger Mystery Competition, 1990: May winner for 'Beyond the call'
Australian Golden Dagger Mystery Competition, 1989: September winner for 'The choreographed corpse'
In 1980 Rigby conducted a literary competition in conjunction with the Adelaide Festival and The five o'clock cow won the $2000 Humour Award. Most of the stories in this book had been published in the Canberra times or in various fishing magazines.

AustLit Database, November 2004.

Administrative Information


The collection is available for research.

Restrictions on Use

No copying is permitted without the permission of the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Papers of Edmund Fitzgerald, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, MSS 102, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


Acquired by the Academy Library, UNSW Canberra from Edmund Fitzgerald in three consignments from 1988-1997.

Access Terms

Personal Names

Fitzgerald, Edmund, 1925- -- Archives.

Topical Subjects

Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.

Short stories, Australian -- 20th century.



Container List

Box 1

Folder 1
The five o'clock cow, by Edmund Fitzgerald; illustrated by Geoff Pryor, published by Rigby, Adelaide, 1981

Correspondence from Rigby, including winning of the prize, textual alterations and memorandum of agreement between the author and Rigby Limited, 1980-1981
Letter from Fitzgerald to Helen Pedler, Rigby re the amendments made by Fitzgerald to the 1st galley proofs, 18 October 1980
Annotated typescript, carbon typescript and photocopy typescript drafts with various page numbers

Folder 2
The five o'clock cow

Annotated carbon and photocopy typescript draft, 97 p.

Folder 3
The five o'clock cow, 28/8/1980

Corrected galley proof

Folder 4
The five o'clock cow

Published copy of the work, with many alterations removing 'Australianisms' for the U.S. and U.K. market

Folder 5
'The choreographed corpse caper : a collection of detective and mystery stories'

Typescript and photocopy typescript draft, 104 p.

Folder 6
'The choreographed corpse caper', published in Australian golden dagger mysteries, Hutchinson, Melbourne, Victoria, 1988, and in The Australian way, September 1989

Photocopy typescript draft, 10 p.
Copy of The Australian way, September 1989, and a photocopy of p. 88-96

Folder 7
'Beyond the call' and 'A country ramble'

'Beyond the call', published in The Australian way, May 1990, p. 46-55 - copy of The Australian way , May 1990, and a photocopy of p. 46-55
'A country ramble' - annotated typescript draft with cut and paste inserts, 11 p.

Folder 8
'Where will I put my legs ...?'

Photocopy typescript draft, 128 p.