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  • Title
    John Vincent Bayley - papers, 1994?-1998
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 6929
    SAFE/MLMSS 6929 (Safe 3/236)
  • Level of description
  • Date

    1994? - 1998
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Physical Description
    0.18 metres of textual material (1 box)

    John Vincent Bayley was born on 13 January 1949. He has written several plays and has been a member of the South Australian Writers' Centre and the Australian Playwrights Centre. In the mid 1990s, Bayley and his friend Leon Carmen devised a plan to perpetrate a hoax on the literary community. Carmen wrote the novel My Own Sweet Time under the pseudonym Wanda Koolmatrie. Bayley acted as his agent, negotiating the publication of the book by Magabala Books, Broome, Western Australia. The book was subsequently included, with the works of many well known Australian writers, in an anthology of Australian autobiography, and was used as a text for the Higher School Certificate examination in New South Wales. It was short listed in the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, and in April 1996 won the Nita May Dobbie Literary Award (for first published work of a female writer). At that time, Wanda Koolmatrie was thought to have been an Aboriginal woman from South Australia. It was later alleged that Bayley was fully aware of the criteria for the Nita May Dobbie Award when he allowed the book to be entered. He was charged by the New South Wales Police with making false and misleading statements with intent to obtain a financial advantage, but the case was eventually dismissed.
  • Scope and Content
    1994?; My Own Sweet Time, by Wanda Koolmatrie (pseudonym for Leon Carmen). Ms. with alterations and deletions. One foolscap spiral bound journal, five quarto exercise books and loose sheets, totalling 542 pages.

    1998; Daylight Corroboree. A first hand account of the Wanda Koolmatrie affair, by John Bayley. Edited by Leon Carmen. Bound typescript. RESTRICTED. (Removed and transferred to SAFE/MLMSS 6929)

    1998; Afterword for Daylight Corroboree, by Wanda Koolmatrie. Ms.

    1997; Brief of Evidence. NSW Police V John Bayley. In the 'Wanda' Case. Bound typescript and ms. with ms. annotations. RESTRICTED (Removed and transferred to SAFE/MLMSS 6929)
  • Source
    Acquired from Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers in 1998.
  • Access Conditions
    Partly restricted: -
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