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Issue Details: First known date: 1955... 1955 Blackfellers' Country
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Cob Creek, a small town on the Cunningham Highway is suffering drought conditions and faces a rising threat of bush-fires. Evan Percy's niece, Margaret, comes to stay, and a romance sparks between her and Lindsay, the son of Lester and Frances Farraway. Eventually, Miss Olive, a sharp-tongued, uncommunicative woman, is revealed to be a doctor and leaves her small shack to live with Evan. Upon hearing of Dr Olive's improved social-standing, Frances relents in opposing Lindsay and Margaret's relationship. In the end, Dr Olive catches the culprits who burned down the bake-house and local grocery store.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      ca. 1955-1961 .
      Alternative title: The Little Pond
      • The Helen Haenke Collection at the University of Queensland's Fryer Library holds two copies of 'The Little Pond'. The first is a workshop version, and throughout the manuscript there several letters from a mentor at the Writers' Training Class Novel Writing Group. These letters comment on the story structure and its characters and Haenke's writing style. The manuscript is typed with a typewriter in a mixture of red and black ink: some pages are entirely red ink, others entirely black, and some half and half. There is heavy editing throughout, handwritten in blue and pink ink. There is also a pale brown water stain on several pages. 

        The second copy is much cleaner and neater than the workshop version. It has been typed with a typewriter onto thin pale paper, and there is a small amount of handwritten annotations throughout. 

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    y separately published work icon Helen Haenke Collection Helen Haenke , 1955-1989 14265233 1955 archive

    The University of Queensland's Fryer Library holds a substantial collection of Helen Haenke's literary works. The collection includes plays, short stories, novels, poems, and prose, all in manuscript form. Several of these works were published, but only the manuscript and electronic text versions are included in the collection. 

      [n.d.] .
      Extent: 264l.p.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      • The Helen Haenke Collection at the University of Queensland's Fryer Library holds one copy of 'Blackfellers' Country'. The first few pages of the manuscript comprise handwritten notes, in red ink, detailing the timeline, scenes and characters of the novel. The first page lists the events as they occur from 4pm to 11pm. Below that is a list of the four parts of the novel with notes on the days and times spanned in each section, and which chapters comprise each section. The paper is pale brown with a large dark brown water stain over the top half of the page. On the back of the page is a typed and annotated copy of page 6 of the novel.

        Following the first page is a small sheet of thin, pale green paper that has been handwritten on. There are five phrases written in blue ink, one of which is 'The Little Pond', another novel by Helen Haenke. And in red ink 'Blackfellers' Country' is written. Possibly the other phrases are titles of other novels Haenke wrote or worked on.

        The third page of the manuscript is written on the same green paper as the second. It shows a grid with character names written at the top and chapter numbers down the sides. There are crosses in the squares of the grid. It appears to be a chart to note which characters feature in which chapters. At the bottom of the page is a sum for how many crosses are in each character's column: this seems to be the sum of how many appearances each character makes in the novel.

        Following this are two pages on pale brown paper: one is a third of an A4 page, and the other is full size with the same water stain as the first page of the manuscript. Both pages are typed with a type writer and have numerous handwritten notes and corrections made in red ink. Both pages are sections from the novel.

        There are two synopses of the novel included with the manuscript, and both appear to have been written by the author. The first is typed with a typewriter onto brown-red paper, with annotations and corrections handwritten in green ink. It is titled 'Balckfellers' Country' and there is a short paragraph in brackets that explains the author's familiarity with this title. The synopsis consists of five pages, and the same brown water stain appears on each page.

        The second synopsis has been typed with a typewriter onto thin, pale brown paper. It is titled 'Synopsis, Blackfellers' Country', and the explanation of the term 'Balckfellers' Country' is slightly longer than in the previous synopsis. The rest of the synopsis is mostly the same as the previous one, but with more information. It consists of seven pages and has been annotated in handwritten blue ink.  

        In between the two synopses is a page with one paragraph typed onto it explaining further the use of term 'Blackfellers' Country'. The paper is pale brown and very thin, the type is in red ink, and there are several handwritten annotations in purple ink. 

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