Guide to the Papers of Gabrielle Carey [MSS 286]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Gabrielle Carey
Manuscript Number MSS 286
Last Updated August 2021
Extent 2 boxes
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Literary papers, including manuscripts, drafts and notes relating to In My Father’s House (1992) as well as correspondence and some other material.

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

A collection of literary papers of Gabrielle Carey. Most material relates to In My Father’s House (1992). The collection includes drafts and manuscripts, early versions, annotations by author Rory Barnes, and galley proofs. There is also correspondence between Carey and her father, the social psychologist Alexander Carey.

Date Range of Content

1984 - c1991

Biographical Note

Wikipedia article:

Gabrielle Carey is an Australian author and academic. She is best known for the teen novel Puberty Blues (1979), co-written with Kathy Lette and since adapted for film and television. She currently works as a lecturer in writing at the University of Technology Sydney.

She has published one another novel, The Borrowed Girl (1994), based on her time living in Mexico, and four autobiographical books. These include In My Father’s House (1992), which deals with the suicide of her father, the social psychologist Alexander Carey. Her 2013 book, Moving Among Strangers was the joint winner of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Award for Non-Fiction.

Author record, Gabrielle Carey, AustLit (, St Lucia: The University of Queensland, 2002-. [Retrieved from 21/01/2019].

Carey, Gabrielle. (2012). About & Contact. Retrieved from 21/01/2019


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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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: Check with Curator.

Preferred Citation

Papers of Gabrielle Carey, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 286, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was acquired from Gabrielle Carey in one consignment.

Subject Keywords


Australian writers, novelists

Personal Names

Gabrielle Carey 1959-

Corporate Names

Salami Sisters




Container List

Box 1

Folder 1 
In My Father’s House - incomplete manuscript, 1990
The first 64 pages are missing.

Folder 2 
In My Father’s House - original hand-written notes in a hardback diary, 1988

Folder 3 
In My Father’s House - initial hand-written draft, late 1988 - early 1989

Folder 4 
In My Father’s House - hand-written draft, 1989

Folder 5 
Correspondence, 1984 - 1987
Correspondence between Gabrielle Carey and her father, Alex Carey while Gabrielle was in Ireland;
Correspondence between Gabrielle Carey and Alex Carey while she was in Mexico

Some copies of Alex Carey’s replies are photocopies.

Folder 6
In My Father’s House - manuscript parts 3,4, 5, 1990
Unedited, by Rory Barnes.
1990 draft with comments in red pen by Rory Barnes

Folder 7
In My Father’s House - various drafts, 1988 - 1989
Early 1988 draft of part 1;
Miscellaneous pieces;
1989 draft of part 2;
Earlier version 1988 of part 1;
Old version of part 1 written in Mexico, early 1989;
1989 draft of part 1 - pages 1-26

Folder 8
In My Father’s House - various drafts, 1988 - 1990
Early version, 1989, part 3;
Bits and pieces of drafts of parts 4 and 5, 1988-1989;
Miscellaneous pieces, part 2, 1990;
Early draft, part 2, 1988-1989;

Folder 9
In My Father’s House - various drafts, 1988
Irish additions to part 2;
Earliest draft of parts 3 and 4 (1988)


Box 2

Folder 10 
In My Father’s House - complete draft, no date

Folder 11
Correspondence regarding publication and miscellaneous pieces, 1990

Folder 12 
In My Father’s House - draft, 1990

Folder 13 
In My Father’s House - draft, late 1990

Folder 14
In My Father’s House - annotated galley proofs, c1991