In addition to numerous interviews
with Peggy, I interviewed her friends, her relatives and her colleagues, both in Australia and, courtesy of AAPT’s special weekend
phone rates, overseas. I frequented the Mitchell Library, the National Library of Australia, The National Archives, the Research
Library of the National Gallery and the Victorian Performing
Arts Museum. The internet also revealed a wealth
of information. I selected photos from more than 2000 images in archives and private collections in Australia
After five years’ research,
I completed my manuscript.
I wanted my book to be a balanced
integration of narrative, reviews, illustrations and photos. To achieve this I needed control of the layout. I therefore self-published.
I created the book cover and optimised the photos with Photoshop. I did the layout to the pre-press stage
with PageMaker, then handed over to Southwood Press for printing and binding. Because of the large number of photos, I specified
115gsm Matte Art paper.
The completed book arrived
from the printer on 24 March 2004