Letter by Alec H. Chisholm to Mrs R.H. Croll 1950.06.05
THE AUSTRALIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA
Dear Mrs Croll:
I was, and am still very sorry to have missed you when you were in Sydney, and sorry too that you had an unsuccesssful climb on our Golden stairs -- though possibly that climb will assist to strengthen you in your attack (many years hence) on the real Golden stairs!
Thanks very much for the information about Den. The fact appears to be that the earlier parts of the book on the Bloke were written at Toolangi and the later parts at Sunnyside. There is no doubt whatever that Den owed a big debt to the Roberts family (as he did also to Bob) and the extraordinary thing, as you say, is that he never really acknowledged it.
I have not seen or heard anything of Biddy of late -- and don't particularly want to. Presumably she will benefit through a selected edition of Den's work which I am preparing and introducing and which will be published by A. & R. late this year.
With kind regards to Robin and yourself.
R.H. Croll Collection MS8964 FB19 - State Library of Victoria
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