Guide to the Papers of William George Moore [MSS 237]

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Manuscript Name Papers of William George Moore
Manuscript Number MSS 237
Last Updated May 2021
Extent 1 AV box
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Two draft play scripts by William George Moore and a crayon portrait by Norman St Clair Carter, together with a letter and photograph relating to Dora Wilcox

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Scope and Content

This collection comprises two draft play scripts by the Australian art and drama critic William George Moore, a portrait of the writer by the artist Norman St Clair Carter, and a letter and photograph relating to Moore’s wife, the poet Dora Wilcox

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Biographical Note

Wikipedia article:

Art and drama critic.  The son of a Victorian politician, William George Moore worked as an actor in the United States and England before returning to Melbourne in 1904 to join The Herald as drama critic. During the period 1909-1912 he organised local performances of productions by playwrights including Louis Esson and Katharine Susannah Prichard, as well as his own plays such as The Mysterious Moonlight.  After serving with the British Army in the First World War he worked for The Daily Telegraph in Sydney, later publishing the two-volume landmark history The Story of Australian Art (1934) and co-editing with Tom Inglis Moore a collection of Best Australian One-Act Plays (1937).  From 1923 until his death in 1937 William George Moore was married the New Zealand-Australian poet Dora Wilcox.

Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Edition: Moore, William George (1868-1937) retrieved 19 May 2020

Author record, William George Moore, AustLit (, St Lucia: The University of Queensland, 2002- retrieved 19 May 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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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 William George Moore, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 237, Box [Number], Folder [Number]


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Additional Information

Related Material

Other papers relating to William George Moore form part of the collections of the National Library of Australia (MS 7647), the State Library of Victoria (MS Box 3518/4) and the State Library of Queensland (Box 10935)


Subject Keywords


William George Moore, 1868-1937 – Archives

William George Moore, 1868-1937 – Portraits

Australian drama – 20th century

Personal Names

William George Moore, 1868-1937

Norman St Clair Carter, 1875-1963

Dora Wilcox, 1873-1953


Theatre critics

Art critics


Container List

AV Box 1

Folder 1

One-act play ‘Mysterious Moonlight’ by William George Moore - first and second drafts, inscribed to Dora Wilcox

Crayon portrait by Norman St Clair Carter, autographed

Autographed letter to Dora Moore (Wilcox) with photograph (Norman St Clair Carter)