HILSON, Charles; SEYMOUR, Olive (artist)
A small archive relating to the publication of children’s poetry by the Western Australian writer Charles Hilson and artist Olive Seymour.
Autograph letter by Charles Hilson to writer and bibliophile Dr. George Mackaness, headed ‘North Burracoppin School, W.A., 4 May 1934’, manuscript in ink, 2 pp quarto, signed at the foot ‘C.W. Hilson’; Hilson seeks Mackaness’ opinion of his poetry and of collaborator Olive Seymour’s illustrations: ‘Will you tell me honsetly and fairly if the following are good enough to see the light of print’; the letter is accompanied by two four-stanza poems by Hilson in manuscript, My Toys and Make Believe, with charming pencil and ink vignette illustrations by Seymour, on individual quarto sheets each 250 x 190 mm; and three smaller original pencil and ink drawings by Olive Seymour (105 x 170 mm; 55 x 150 mm; 70 x 135 mm), one with a short untitled poem by Hilson in manuscript; all items are in good, clean condition, with original folds.
Hilson and Seymour were teachers at the same school in the tiny Western Australian wheatbelt community of Burracoppin, 280 km east of Perth. They would go on to collaborate on two published works, Fiddle-de-dee : a book of verses for little children (1939), and Gum-tips : a second book of verses for little children (1946).