Guide to the Papers of Silvana Gardner [MSS 189]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Silvana Gardner
Manuscript Number MSS 189
Last Updated June 2021
Extent 2 boxes + 1 oversize + 1 AV box
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Manuscripts of poems, correspondence, and material relating to the writing activities of Silvana Gardner

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

This collection relates to writer and artist Silvana Gardner and includes nine coloured proofs of ‘The rainbow cats’ (a children’s book published in 1993 as The rainbow cat), correspondence, a travel diary recording inspiration for A painter of icons and a manuscript draft for The devil in nature (both poetry works), a small press item A honeycomb of music by David Ward, and material relating to literary competitions, creative writing in schools and writers workshops

Date Range of Content


Biographical Note

Wikipedia article:

Poet, writer, and visual artist Silvana Gardner was born in Zadar, Croatia in 1942, and gained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland in Fine Arts, History and English Literature. Her first published poem appeared in an anthology of Australian women poets in 1975. As well as publishing numerous works of poetry and two children’s books, Gardner’s works have been widely represented in Australian and international anthologies, and she has been extensively involved with creative writing workshops, festivals, and arts in the community. As a visual artist, Gardner has had works represented in major collections in America, Canada, and Australia

Austlit : Silvana Gardner retrieved 6 October 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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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 for private study and research is approved

Preferred Citation

Papers of Silvana Gardner, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 189, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


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Related Material

Further material relating to Silvana Gardner is located in the Silvana Gardner Papers in the Fryer Library at UQFL261


Subject Keywords



Silvana Gardner, 1942- — Archives

Authors, Australian — 20th century — Archives

Australian poetry — 20th century

Australian children’s literature – 20th century

Personal Names

Silvana Gardner, 1942-





Container List


Box 1

Folder 1


Folder 2

The devil in nature - manuscript

Folder 3

Writers’ camp - ‘Eye of the writer’, 1987 and ‘No, sorry’, 1988 Windsor House

Folder 4

1984 literary competition

‘Sometimes showers’ - 1983 literary competition

Sometimes sunshine - 1980 competition

Folder 5

Creative writing: Holy Rosary School, 1985 and Brisbane Boys Grammar School, 1986 - ‘Child at window - plane taking off’

Folder 6

Oxley State High School, 1986

Paddington Street Festival, 3 December 1984                            

Small Press item: A honeycomb of music by David Ward - limited edition (059/100)


Box 2

Folder 7

Handbook - 1991 Warana Writers’ Week

‘The rainbow cats’ - originals

‘Jacob’s cat’ - laminated copies

Folder 8


Folder 9


Diary - European trip (inspirations for The painter of icons)


Oversize material                              

‘The rainbow cats’ - coloured proofs (nine).  Mylar folders 1 – 5


Audiovisual material

AV Box 1

Two black and white proofsheets of portraits of Sylvana Gardner

One black and white portrait and one colour portrait, October 1985