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  • Title
    Beryl Whiteley - Papers, 1956-2005
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 7658
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  • Physical Description
    2 boxes - 0.3 Meters
    Textual Records - (manuscript)

    Beryl Whiteley was born Beryl Martin in 1917. She married Clement Whiteley in 1936. Their first child was born in 1937 and named Wendy; her father called her Frannie. Brett Whiteley was born in 1939 and died in 1992. Brett's name for Beryl was 'Sning'. This later became 'Ning', the way in which his baby daughter Arkie pronounced it. In 1957 Beryl left Australia to live mainly in London. She returned to Australia in the 1990s.
    In 1999 Beryl Whiteley established the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship to enable young Australian artists to live and work in Paris.
  • Scope and Content
    1956-2004; Letters received. Correspondents include Georges and Genevieve Bagneres, Norman Berlis, Kim Bonython, Edit and Lawrence Daws, Christine France, Fran Hopkins, Inge and Ken Paris, Anne Purves, Jeffrey Smart, Rollin Schlicht, Arkie Whiteley and Wendy Whiteley. Many family letter are addressed to 'Ning'. Arranged chronologically. RESTRICTED (Call No.: MLMSS 7658/1)
    Undated [ca. 1960-1970]; 'Letters from Wendy from London, Spain, France, Deya Majorca over ten years or more', being undated letters received from Wendy and Brett Whiteley; Beryl is usually addressed as 'Sning' or 'Sningy'; some letters are addressed to Sning and Giovanni (John McCarthy). (Call No.: MLMSS 7658/2)
    Undated; Undated letters received from her daughter Fran Hopkirk; earlier letters are signed 'Wendy', her birth name. RESTRICTED (Call No.: MLMSS 7658/1)
    Undated; Undated letters received. Correspondents include Edit Daws, Chris France, Inge and Ken Paris and Jeffrey Smart. RESTRICTED (Call No.: MLMSS 7658/1)
    1992-2002; Letters received from Bryan Robertson, director of Whitechapel Art Gallery. Includes newscuttings, obituaries and other material regarding Robertson. (Call No.: MLMSS 7658/2)
    2000-2004; 'Letters & cards from the Winners of the B.W. Scholarship over six years overseas', being letters and cards received from Alice Byrne, Ben Quilty and Kylie Needham, Alan Jones and Karlee Rawkins. RESTRICTED (Call No.: MLMSS 7658/1)
    1960-2002; Miscellaneous correspondence. Includes drafts and copies of letters sent by Beryl Whiteley; copies of letters sent by Brett Whiteley to Lloyd Rees, Jan. 1960 and 5 July 1961; copies of letters received by Fran Hopkins, 1998. RESTRICTED (Call No.: MLMSS 7658/1)

    1992-2004; LEGAL AND FINANCIAL PAPERS. Includes documents concerning the court case over Brett Whiteley's will and arrangements for the travelling scholarship. RESTRICTED (Call No.: MLMSS 7658/1)

    1995-2005; PAPERS CONCERNING THE BRETT WHITELEY STUDIO. Includes notices of events and exhibitions. (Call No.: MLMSS 7658/2)

    1999-2004; PAPERS CONCERNING THE BRETT WHITELEY TRAVELLING ART SCHOLARSHIP. Includes speech by Beryl Whiteley at presentation of inaugural scholarship, 1999; notices concerning the scholarship; newscuttings (Call No.: MLMSS 7658/2)

    1989-2004; CATALOGUES and notices of art exhibitions and auctions (Call No.: MLMSS 7658/2)

    1957-2004; MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS, including 'A Whiteley Alphabet' by Bruce James and a eulogy for Brett Whiteley by Peter Wright, 22 June 1992 (Call No.: MLMSS 7658/2)

    1959-2003; NEWSCUTTINGS (Call No.: MLMSS 7658/2)

    1963-2004; PHOTOGRAPHS (Call No.: MLMSS 7658/2)
  • Source
    Presented by Beryl Whiteley OAM in 2005
  • Access Conditions
    Partly restricted: -
  • Access Conditions

    This material is held offsite and can take up to four days to retrieve.
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