The Cherished Heart:
The life of poet Paula Fitzgerald

Secondary reading

Buckridge, Patrick and Belinda McKay, eds. By the book: A literary history of Queensland. St Lucia (QLD): University of Queensland Press, 2007.

Clarke, Patricia. ‘Queensland’s First Professional Woman Journalist: Mary Hannay Foott’, Queensland History Journal, 22, no.4 (2014): 302-215.

Connah, Margaret. Preface to Softly Falls my Shadow and other Poems: In Memory and Honour of Paula Fitzgerald. Brisbane: Australian Fellowship of Writers, 1972.

Davis, Joan. ‘The Southwellians, 1938, and the Catholic Poetry Society’, Masters Thesis, James Cook University, 1986.

Fitzgerald, Paula. ‘Portrait of a Pioneer: The Hon TH Fitzgerald – Sugar Pioneer 1823-1888’, All Hallows’ School Magazine (1957): 54-55.

Kyle, Noeline, Manathunga, Catherine and Joanne Scott. A Class of its Own: A History of Queensland University of Technology. Brisbane: Hale and Queensland University of Technology, 1999.

McKay, Belinda. ‘Brisbane Women Writers Between the Wars’, Lecture, Brisbane Writers’ Festival, 2004.

McKay, Belinda. ‘”The One Jarring Note”: Race and Gender in Queensland Women’s Writing to 1939’, Queensland Review, 8.1 (2001): 31-54.

Mackay Family History Society, ‘Thomas Henry Fitzgerald’, Early Settlers of Mackay 1860-1885,

‘Paula Fitzgerald’, Old Queensland Poetry 1859-1959: The first 100 years, 

Newpaper sources

‘All Hallows’ Breaking-up Concert’, The Telegraph, 11 December, 1914.

‘An Australian Poetry Anthology’, The Courier Mail, 3 December, 1938.

‘Arts and Crafts Society’, Truth, 29 October, 1916.

‘Catholic Poetry and Catholic Poets’, Catholic Freeman’s Journal, 8 September, 1938.

Fitzgerald, Paula, ‘To the President of my College: What it Would Mean’, The Daily Mail, 19 March, 1918.

‘Inspired by Robert Southwell’, Advocate, 15 September, 1938.

‘Queensland Writing’, Daily Mercury, 27 November, 1954.

‘Songs of the South’, Southern Cross, 28 October, 1938.

‘Talented Brisbane Girls: Art of the Misses Fitzgerald’, The Daily Mail, 5 April, 1919.

‘The Singing Tree’, The Age, 28 June, 1941.

‘Trends in Modern Poetry’, The Courier Mail, 28 June, 1941.

Other papers referenced:


The Daily Mail

Downlands College Magazine

The Australasian

The Argus

The Catholic Press

The Courier Mail

The Telegraph 



Martin Haley Collection, Fryer Library, State Library of Queensland.

Paula Fitzgerald Papers, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

Two essays by Paula Fitzgerald, Fryer Library, University of Queensland.