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Mary Gilmore's typewriter

2002.0050.0001

On display

Mary Gilmore's typewriter

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Physical description

Black painted, steel framed, 'visible' typewriter with circular white pre-decimal keys. "L.C. SMITH & BROS TYPEWRITER" is printed along an inverted arch across the front, which cradles the typeface heads. It is rusty and the ribbon is missing.

Statement of significance

This collection comprises a manual typewriter used by Mary Gilmore after her return to Australia from Paraguay in 1902.

Dame Mary Gilmore's body of work includes prose, essays, newspaper columns and social commentary. When looked at as a whole, it provides the reader with not only an in-depth look at the issues facing Australia during Gilmore's lifetime, but also a glimpse of her personality and life history, since the majority of topics she wrote about were written from first-hand experience.

Physical description

On display at the National Museum of Australia.

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