Norman Lindsay research
Rachel Fuller from Cornstalk Bookshop in Sydney spent several days in Brisbane recently completing research for a bibliography of published works relating to Norman Lindsay. Working primarily with material from The Lindsay Collection of Pat Corrigan, Rachel viewed more than 130 volumes. From illustrated editions of Steele Rudd and Banjo Paterson to obscure references in QANTAS inflight magazines, from memoirs of Rose Lindsay to Pix People and Christmas cards, Rachel’s search of the collection trawled all aspects of Lindsay’s work. A highlight of the collection is the multiple editions of illustrated books that show the differences of style and format in artwork for different editions. Of particular interest to Rachel was The Boomerang, a magazine produced by Norman Lindsay as a schoolboy aged 16 while attending Creswick Grammar School. The purple print of the magazine was produced using a gelatine duplicating method, from Lindsay’s hand written and hand drawn originals. The Australian Library of Art copy with 17 issues is the most complete extant example. It shows that Lindsay’s talent and his style were evident early in his life.