This project has grown out of initial investigations conducted as part of a 2011 Nancy Keesing Fellowship at the State Library of New South Wales, which I presented as a work-in-progress in February 2012: http://furphyarchive.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/mitchell-library-hail-fell...
This stage involved photographing the extant manuscript and typescript, and the production of lightly encoded transcriptions of the documents. The transcription of the typescript (two layers: type and Furphy's handwritten revisions) has been checked and revised once, and will be checked at least one more time by several sets of eyes. This will eventually lead to critically established reading texts for each version, and a speculative reconstruction of the 1898 typescript version of Such is Life.
At the moment, this is the status of the transcriptions of the following versions:
1897 Manuscript: the 72 pages of extant manuscript are transcribed and organised.
1898 Typescript: 422 pages of extant typescript are transcribed, awaiting a third round of checking against the images.
1903 First Edition: Transcription generously provided by the Sydney Electronic Text and Image Service (SETIS). Awaiting checking and re-insertion of page breaks.
1921 Abridgement of Rigby's Romance: Generously provided by SETIS. Awaiting checking and re-insertion of page breaks.
1937 Abridgement of Such is Life: Transcription complete, awaiting checking against original.
1946 Edition of Rigby's Romance: Transcription complete, awaiting checking against original. This will eventually be superseded by a transcription of the 1905-6 serialisation from the Barrier Truth.
1948 First Edition of The Buln-Buln and the Brolga: Generously provided by SETIS. This will eventually be superseded by a transcription of the ca 1905 typescript.
In addition to providing greater access to the pre-publication versions, the abridged Such is Life (1937) and the full-length Rigby's Romance (1946) will be available here for the first time in electronic form.