- 1929 -1942 (Creation)
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W. E. Fuller was born in Hobart on 26 December 1885. His father was manager of Walch's book department, which W. E. Fuller joined in 1904. He later worked for a short time for Angus & Robertson in Sydney, where he met Frances Ruby Evans, whom he married in 1910. From 1915 to 1918 he served with the A.I.F. and was wounded.
In 1920 he opened his own bookshop (merging briefly with Oldham, Beddome &Meredith between 1930 and 1932). In 1961 after his death Fullers Bookshop moved from 103 Collins Street to Cat & Fiddle Arcade and in 1962 the business was purchased by three employees, Cedric and Ian Pearce and Lindsay Hay, and moved to Murray Street, 1975.
W. E. Fuller was a keen repertory actor, and helped to found and maintain a repertory theatre in Hobart. He was also one of the pioneer broadcasters with the A.B.C. in the 1930s, giving regular talks on books, and also other broadcasts. He wrote plays, short stories and children's stories and published a novel in 1919, "Love, London and Lynette".
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Deposited on indefinite loan to the University of Tasmania Archives, by Mrs. W. E. Fuller, 11 February 1976. (d. 27 June 1982) (except 36(2,3) and 37 donated to University Library).
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Correspondence dated 1929 - 1942. Including letters from Solicitor and agreement with Oldham & Morris, notice of opening of W. E. Fuller's "The Bookshelf" 48 Elizabeth Street, (underneath Goodwill Store), plan of basement of 48 Elizabeth Street; letters from Joan McLennan, Governor's private secretary, Government House; correspondence with A.B.C. and 7HO relation to broadcasts, plays submitted, etc. (including A.B.C. contracts).
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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact Special.Collections@utas.edu.au
When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”
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Original inventory and descriptive notes can be found at : https://eprints.utas.edu.au/10926/2/Fuller.pdf
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HE Jan 2018