Lawson, William, 1876-1957

Lawson, Will, 1876-1957, Quilp N (Pseudonym), 1876-1957

Writer and journalist. Born Gateshead, Durham. In 1880 the family migrated to New Zealand. His father joined the New Zealand Insurance Co, and in 1884 was transferred to Brisbane. His family returned to New Zealand 1892. Worked briefly as a clerk in the Wellington office of the USSCo; then at National Provident Society. Began writing poetry, inspired by Henry Lawson; 'Stokin' published in the Sydney Bulletin 7 Jul 1900, under the pseudonym 'Quilp N'. His first collection of verse, The Red West Road, appeared in Wellington 1903. In 1905 married Vera Willis. Moved to Sydney 1912. Wrote for Sydney Bulletin and the Lone Hand. During World War I returned to New Zealand to write for various newspapers, then worked as a publicity officer and compiled tourist guides. Joined Smith's Weekly in Sydney in 1923. Also toured in USA and East Asia. Wrote first novel in 1935, becoming a freelance writer shortly after. Active member and State secretary of the Fellowship of Australian Writers. He was a heavy drinker and in 1942 his wife left him. Rehabilitated by Henry Lawson's widow Bertha. Wrote a biography My Henry Lawson (Sydney, 1943). Lawson lived with Bertha until her death in 1957. He died a few months later.

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Date: 1951-1956 By: Lawlor, Patrick Anthony, 1893-1979 Ref: MS-Papers-9109 Description: Letters to Pat Lawlor from Will and Bertha Lawson, Sydney; also some material on Henry Lawson, and clippings on Henry Lawson's teaching stint in New Zealand ...
Date: Mar 1917 From: Furkert, Frederick William, 1876-1949 : Papers Ref: MSX-4635 Description: Title continues:`...being a record of its wonderful growth and daily perations, soldiers in the making, the work of the camp described and illustrated.' Furk...
Date: [1949] From: Lawlor, Patrick Anthony, 1893-1979 : Further papers Ref: 80-063-094 Description: Chapters 16 to 24 of `Mary Smith's hotel', published in 1951 as `Gold in their hearts' Other Titles - Gold in their hearts (1951) Quantity: 1 folder(s).
Date: [1949] From: Lawlor, Patrick Anthony, 1893-1979 : Further papers Ref: 80-063-093 Description: Covering letter to Lawlor with foreword and chapters one to 15 of `Mary Smith's hotel', published in 1951 as `Gold in their hearts' Other Titles - Gold in t...
Date: [1948] From: Lawlor, Patrick Anthony, 1893-1979 : Further papers Ref: 80-063-092 Description: Covering letters to Lawlor with introduction, preface, first and third chapters to Lawson's `Mary Smith's hotel', later published as `Gold in their hearts' (...
Date: [1930-1977] From: Lawlor, Patrick Anthony, 1893-1979 : Further papers Ref: MSX-5560 Description: Scrapbook of notes, clippings, photographs and correspondence relating to Wellington seagulls and other sea birds; also duplicates of Lawlor's articles on Co...
Date: 1937-1958 By: Lawlor, Patrick Anthony, 1893-1979 Ref: MS-Papers-11124 Description: Contains: Letters to Pat Lawlor from Will Lawson, 1937-[1957?]. They contain references to publication and book sales, common friends and to Bertha and Henry...
Date: [1927-1983] By: Dalton, Muriel, active 1975-1999 Ref: MS-Papers-6541 Description: Comprises a collection of letters given to Dalton in 1967, to which further letters were added in 1968; draft letter from Dalton to Lawlor and reply; and let...
Date: ca 1909-1974 From: Lawlor, Patrick Anthony, 1893-1979 : Further papers Ref: 86-105-036 Description: Diary extracts, some published cartoons, and three original drawings, (1) Ships of Sarah's bosom' drawn by Arthur Messenger for Will Lawson; and (2) Gresley ...
Date: [1944-1964] From: Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand : Records Ref: MS-Papers-6064-1 Description: Comprises letters from Will Lawson to Lawlor with inquiries and suggestions (1945, 1951); draft article, `The First Polyensian settlers, some sidelights'; `M...
Date: [1933-1965] From: Norwood, Hugh, fl 1978-1999 : Papers relating to Katherine Mansfield and other matters Ref: MS-Papers-7293-25 Description: Correspondence, transcripts of articles and poems, clippings and articles from newspapers and periodicals and copy of Mansfield publications listed in Bagnal...
Date: 1903-1904, 1911-1913, 1948-1951 By: Lawson, William, 1876-1957 Ref: MS-Papers-1679 Description: Comprises draft poems including `Men of the road, Fact and fancy, Four cities, etc; drafts of two novels, `Mary Smith's hotel', first published as `Gold in t...
Date: 1933, 1952-1957 From: Lawlor, Patrick Anthony, 1893-1979 : Papers Ref: MS-Papers-0450-17 Description: Letters relating to Will Lawson (1952-1957) and notes relating to the `New Zealand artists' annual' (1933) Quantity: 1 folder(s).
Date: [1925-1973] From: Lawlor, Patrick Anthony, 1893-1979 : Papers Ref: 77-067-4/3 Description: Persons entered under Name; many of the files include letters about the subject from other people. File, `NZ ALS', includes a variety of contributors, not al...
Date: 1934-1947 From: Lawlor, Patrick Anthony 1893-1979 : Correspondence with Johannes Andersen, Will Lawson (Australia) and F W Reed, and H Cazneaux and K Burke Ref: MS-Papers-5462-2 Description: Quantity: 1 folder(s).
Date: 1956-1957 nd From: Lawlor, Patrick Anthony 1893-1979 : Correspondence with Johannes Andersen, Will Lawson (Australia) and F W Reed, and H Cazneaux and K Burke Ref: MS-Papers-5462-6 Description: Quantity: 1 folder(s).
Date: [1930-1960] From: Lawlor, Patrick Anthony, 1893-1979 : Further papers Ref: 80-063-084 Description: Letters from Will Lawson and James Elliott and autographs of literary and other people clipped from letters Arrangement: In case folder in clear envelopes; ...
Date: [1925-1973] From: Lawlor, Patrick Anthony, 1893-1979 : Papers Ref: 77-067-5/2 Description: Persons entered under Name; many of the files include letters about the subject from other people. The general `W' file includes clippings on Osmar White, A ...
Date: [1950-1952] From: Lawlor, Patrick Anthony, 1893-1979 : Further papers Ref: 86-105-016 Description: Corrected carbon typescript of pages one to [85] of Lawson's autobiography; also letters from Lawson to Lawlor, dedication and copy of poem, `Baa' baa' black...
Date: [1950-1952] From: Lawlor, Patrick Anthony, 1893-1979 : Further papers Ref: 86-105-017 Description: Corrected carbon typescript of pages 84-191 of Lawson's autobiography Baa baa black sheep was published..... This copy inscribed `To my friend Pat Lawlor fo...