Guide to the Papers of Jenny Summerville [MSS 032]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Jenny Summerville
Manuscript Number MSS 032
Last Updated June 2021
Extent 2 boxes
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Material related to Jenny Summerville's award-winning science fiction novel Shields of Trell (1984)

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Scope and Content

The papers of Jenny Summerville comprise material relating to her work as an author. Most of the collection relates to science fiction novel Shields of Trell (1984), including manuscripts and artwork. An unpublished manuscript entitled ‘Elizabeth’ is also included

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Biographical Note

Jenny (Jennifer) Summerville was born in Sydney and moved to the Kimberleys in 1966 where she began writing. Her science fiction novel Shields of Trell (1984) won the Australian/Vogel Award, and her writing for local Taree radio station won best station-produced commercial in the Australian Commercial Radio Awards. As well as writing, she worked as a secretary, barmaid, advertising copywriter and sculptor.

Austlit : Jenny Summerville retrieved 29 June 2020


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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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

Preferred Citation

Papers of Jenny Summerville, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 032, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


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Subject Keywords



Jenny Summerville — Archives

Science fiction, Australian

Juvenile fiction

Personal Names

Jenny Summerville




Container List


Box 1

Folder 1

Shields of Trell and ‘Elizabeth’ - manuscripts

Folder 2

Shields of Trell - manuscript, typescript

Folder 3

Shields of Trell - manuscript, handwritten

Folders 4-5

Shields of Trell – manuscript


Box 2

Folders 6-10

Shields of Trell

Folder 11

Shields of Trell - artwork