Reginald Charles (Rex) Ingamells (1913 - 1955) was a poet and editor. He was the founder of the Jindyworobaks, a group of Australian poets who wanted to create a distinctly Australian poetry that incorporated the Australian landscape and culture. Ingamells researched Aboriginal culture and languages from across Australia to incorporate into his work.

In 1973, Rex's wife, Mrs Eileen Ingamells, presented to the Library a collection of his material including manuscripts of his works and letters to and from other Australian writers.

In 2002, she presented a small collection of personal letters and memoribilia, including press clippings. Included with the later donation are explanatory notes from Mrs Ingamells.

The items include correspondence from literary people including G. Ballantyne, A.R. Chisholm, J. Devaney, J. Hudson, Inglis-Moore, C. Jury, Miles Franklin, Morris Miller, Moodie-Meddle, W. Murdoch; also correspondence with the Commonwealth Literary Fund; manuscripts and drafts of books, articles and poetry written by Ingamells.

A few printed items, mainly poetry by Ingamells and his colleagues, accompanied the manuscripts. These have been catalogued either as unique copies or as second copies.

N.S.W. Muster Rolls June-Sept 1835 (manuscript)
N.S.W. Gaols Daily reports - H.M. Gaol, Richmond 16.11.1837; 21.12.1838 (manuscript)

Incomplete items, such as odd issues of periodicals have been added to the Acquisitions periodicals records and shelved uncatalogued with the Collection (29 printed items in all).

Items can be found by searching within the Ingamells Collection in FindIt@Flinders:

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Further items of interest may be purchased from time to time and added to the Collection.

Dates of deposit: 1973 and 2002.