Guide to the Papers of Marion Campbell [MSS 299]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Marion Campbell
Manuscript Number MSS 299
Last Updated August 2021
Extent 4 boxes
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Literary papers, including manuscript material of Campbell’s novels Lines of Flight (1985) and Not Being Miriam (1988) as well as short material, a radio play. Also includes correspondence.

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

A collection of literary papers of Marion Campbell. The collection consists mostly of manuscript material for Campbell’s novels Lines of Flight (1985) and Not Being Miriam (1988). It also includes other material relating to short fiction, fellowship applications, correspondence, an an entry for a radio play competition.

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Biographical Note

Wikipedia article:

Marion Campbell is an Australian academic and novelist. Her undergraduate work at the University of New South Wales and University of Western Australia was in French literature. Afterwards, she did post-graduate study on Stéphane Mallarmé in France. She completed her doctorate at Victoria University of Technology in 2011. Her literary work, described as ‘experimental’, often explores feminist themes. She coordinated the creative writing program at the University of Melbourne as a Senior Lecturer (1999 - 2008) and Honorary Fellow (2008 - 2013). In 2013, she was appointed Associate Professor in Professional and Creative Writing at Deakin University.

 Her novel, Not being Miriam (1988), was the 1988 winner of the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. She has since been shortlisted for that prize twice, for Prowler (1999) and Shadow Thief (2006). Her most recent publication, The Man on the Mantlepiece, was published by University of Western Australia press in 2018.


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

Deakin University. (2019). A/Prof. Marion Campbell Staff Profile. Retrieved from, 29/01/2019


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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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 Marion Campbell for private study and research is approved.

Preferred Citation

Papers of Marion Campbell, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 299, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was acquired from Marion Campbell in 1992.


Subject Keywords


Australian academics, Australian novelists, 20th century novels

Personal Names

Marion Campbell 1948-

Marion May Campbell

Marion M. Campbell


Writer, academic, editor


Container List

Box 1

Folder 1 
First draft of Not Being Miriam

Folder 2 
First draft of Not Being Miriam
Manuscripts of ‘Elsie’ and ‘Auntie Maimie’s Everafter Christmas Show’ (An entry for the Ian Reed Radio Play Competition).

Folder 3 
‘Elsie - Milkbar’ drafts; ‘Maimie’s Everafter’ draft; Lydia notes for ‘Paper Witch’.

Folder 4 
‘Bees’; ‘Five Gazebos’.

Folder 5 
‘Five Gazebos’, Not Being Miriam - notes for various parts.

Folder 6 
Draft of Not Being Miriam

Folder 7 
Draft of Not Being Miriam

Folder 8 
Old manuscript of Not Being Miriam


Box 2

Folder 9 
Old manuscript of Not Being Miriam

Folder 10
Drafts - Acting Innocent
Includes ‘The Boxes’ and The Bubble Bathers’.

Folder 11
New Writers’ Report, 1987
From ‘Ariadne’s Yarn ‘- manuscript ‘Ariadne’s Understudies’

Folder 12 
Includes ‘A Far Cry’, ‘Big as the Sky’.

Folder 13 
Manuscript - ‘Five Gazebos’

Folder 14 
Manuscript - Not Being Miriam

Folder 15
Correspondence regarding Lines of Flight, 1985
Manuscript - Lines of Flight

Folder 16
Manuscript - Lines of Flight


Box 3

Folder 17
Manuscript - Lines of Flight

Folder 18 
Parts I and II of Lines of Flight

Folder 19
Manuscript - Lines of Flight

Folder 20
Drafts - Lines of Flight

Folder 21
Drafts and notes - Lines of Flight

Folder 22
Drafts and notes - Lines of Flight

Folder 23
Draft - Lines of Flight

Folder 24
Application for Writer’s Fellowship, 1985
Correspondence - Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1984
Early drafts of Lines of Flight, 1980 - 1981

Folder 25
Drafts - Lines of Flight

Folder 26
Penultimate drafts of Lines of Flight

Folder 27
Draft - Lines of Flight