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No 23 April 1979


Select List of Accessions to the Australian Manuscript Collection, 1978

  • ARMSTRONG, John Henry Brian
    Papers, 1916–1973.
    35 cm. original ms., typescript and printed.
    Pres. by Miss Dorothy Armstrong.
    A prisoner in Karlsruhe and Cologne, Germany, during the concluding stages of the 1914–1918 war, Lieut. Brian Armstrong recorded his experiences in a diary July-December, 1918, and in correspondence written after the Armistice. In addition to official papers and printed items relating to both World Wars, the collection contains documents relating to Armstrong's legal career, letters of introduction from Sir Robert Menzies and some items on the history of the Henty family which complement Henty records presented to the Library by the Armstrong family some years ago.
  • AUSTRALIAN Telecommunications Employees’ Association
    Records, 1911–1963.
    4.6 m. original ms., typescript, printed.
    Pres. by Australian Telecommunications Employees’ Association.
    The Australian Telecommunications Employees’ Association was formed in 1911 as the Australian Postal Electricians’ Union. The records include minutes of Federal Council and Executive meetings, 1911–1963; salary histories, salary claims and arbitration awards and transcripts, 1926–1960; and correspondence, 1911–1960.
    Journal, 1872–1876.
    4 cm. original ms.
    This journal was kept by an unknown officer on H.M.S. Challenger during her voyage of scientific exploration around the world, 15 Nov. 1872 to 12 June 1876. Also included are lists of officers, scientists and ship's company and lists of soundings in the Atlantic, Pacific and Southern Oceans. Several of the officers and scientists from the Challenger published records of this voyage.
  • CHILDREN'S Protection Society
    Records 1896–1971.
    4.36 m. original ms., typescript and printed.
    Pres. by Children's Protection Society.
    The Children's Protection Society was formed in 1896 as the Victorian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. These records include minutes, 1896–1971; correspondence, 1930–1961; financial records, 1944–1957; some printed material, press cuttings and photographs; and a large number of records of cases relating to children under the care or supervision of the Society.
  • COOKE, Samuel Winter
    2 cm. original ms., printed and photographs.
    Bequeathed by the late Mrs. Margaret Winter Cooke.
    Samuel Winter Cooke (1847–1929) inherited Murndal Station, Hamilton, in 1878 on the death of his uncle, Samuel Pratt Winter. This book of reminiscences includes a short biography of Samuel Pratt Winter and detailed descriptions of Murndal homestead and its furnishings. It also includes photographs of works of art in the house.
  • DARBYSHIRE, Phillip Arthur
    Papers, 1931–1960.
    9.3 m. original ms., typescript and printed.
    Pres. by Mrs. M. Darbyshire.
    Phillip Darbyshire (1889–1969), journalist and author, was the script writer of the A.B.C. radio programme ‘The Village Glee Club’. This collection includes the scripts of this series as well as personal and professional correspondence.
  • DEMOCRATIC Labor Party, Victorian Branch
    Records, 1954–1978.
    40 m. original ms., typescript and printed.
    Pres. by Democratic Labor Party.
    The records of the Victorian branch of the Democratic Labor Party cover the entire period of the Party's existence from 1954 to 1978 and include minutes, correspondence and policy and general files as well as material relating to the Young Democratic Labor Association. Also included are the records of the Australian Labor Party, including conference and executive minute books, 1901–1955, and records of the Political Labor Council dating from 1901.
  • DOUGLAS, Clive Martin
    Musical compositions; autobiography, scrap-books 1904–1966; concert programmes 1931–1941; and genealogical records.
    1.5 m. original ms., xerox and printed.
    Pres. by Mrs. Marjorie Douglas.
    Dr. Clive Douglas conducted various Australian Broadcasting Commission orchestras. He held the position of associate conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra 1947–1953 and of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra 1953–1966. Many of his musical compositions reflect an interest in the Australian landscape. These papers complement the large collection of his original scores presented by Dr. Douglas to the Library some years ago.
  • FEDERATION of Victorian Film Societies
    Records, 1952–1978.
    11.5 m. original ms., typescript and printed.
    Pres. by Federation of Victorian Film Societies.
    The Federation of Victorian Film Societies is the umbrella organization of film societies and groups in Victoria. Founded in 1949. It conducts the annual Melbourne Film Festival as well as other special film events and acts to protect the interest of serious cinema enthusiasts. The records include minutes; correspondence; membership records; subject and administrative files; and some published items reflecting the interests of the Federation.
  • GURNER, John
    Certificates of appointment and petitions, 1820–1845.
    3 cm. original ms. and printed.
    Pres. by Miss B. J. Gurner.
    Chief Clerk of the Supreme Court of New South Wales from 1824–1841. John Gurner's papers include two letters from Sir Francis Forbes, Chief Justice of New South Wales, dated 1836 and 1840, and numerous certificates of commission and appointment. A petition to Sir George Gipps in 1841 announces Gurner's decision to move into private practice in partnership with William Minithorpe and summarizes the details of his career during the preceding years. John Gurner's son Henry Field Gurner later became the first attorney admitted to pactice on the inauguration of the Supreme Court in Melbourne in 1841.
  • HART, Fritz Bennecke
    Musical scores, lists of compositions, memoirs and biographical notes.
    Original ms., xerox copies, photographs and some printed items.
    Pres. by Mrs. Marvell Hart.
    To the already substantial collection of Fritz Hart's papers presented to the Library by Mrs. Hart in 1974 have been added several new items of interest. Fritz Hart's Personal Recollections written in 1921 concentrate on the first eighteen years of his life and describe the influences on his musical development. The collection includes further operatic scores and librettos, detailed lists of Hart's compositions and photographs.
  • LINDSAY, Sir Daryl Ernest
    Letters to G. Kingsley Sutton, 1967–1976
    17 cm. original ms.
    Pres. by G. Kingsley Sutton, Esq.
    A further addition to the Library's substantial holdings of material relating to the Lindsay family in this collection of letters from Sir Daryl Lindsay to G. Kingsley Sutton, Esq. The letters are principally concerned with matters relating to the Ballarat Art Gallery.
  • McCUBBIN, Frederick
    Autobiographical reminiscences.
    1.5 cm. original ms.
    Pres. by Mrs. Kathleen Mangan.
    A note by Louis McCubbin on the cover of this book attributes the ink manuscript to Frederick McCubbin and the interspersed pencil notes to Frederick's son Alexander. In the memoir Frederick McCubbin records the beginnings of his artistic training at the Trades Hall School of Design and at the National Gallery School under the instruction of Thomas Clark, and mentions his early friendship with fellow artist Tom Roberts.
  • McINTYRE, Kenneth Gordon
    Original manuscript of The secret discovery of Australia, Adelaide and London, Souvenir, 1977.
    7 cm. typescript copy.
    Pres. by K. G. McIntyre, Esq.
    K. G. McIntyre's important re-evaluation of the discovery of Australia entitled The secret discovery of Australia. Portuguese ventures 200 years before Captain Cook has stimulated new interest in this field of Australian history. This typescript copy of the manuscript represents the final draft of the book. It contains the author's emendations and instructions to the printers.
  • MANN, Leonard
    Papers, 1935–1963.
    26 cm. original ms., typescript and printed.
    Pres. by Leonard Mann, Esq.
    Leonard Mann (b. 1895), an Australian novelist and poet, particularly noted for his prize-winning novel Flesh in armour (1932) donated this collection which consists principally of publishers’ manuscripts of some of his later novels. Manuscripts of Human drift (1935), Mountain flat (1939), Andrea Caslin (1959) and Venus half-caste (1963) are included as well as a film treatment of Murder in Sydney and a small collection of correspondence from 1944 to 1947 dealing predominantly with film rights.
  • MEETING of the Residents of Melbourne, 1 June 1836
    0.5 cm. original ms.
    Pres. by S. R. C. Wood, Esq.
    This document records the minutes of a public meeting held in Melbourne on 1 June 1836, less than a year after the first permanent settlement had been established, to discuss means of keeping peace in the new settlement. Resolutions passed at the meeting cover the appointment of James Simpson as the local Arbitrator, the protection to be afforded to aborigines, and the preparation of a petition to Sir Richard Bourke, the Governor of New South Wales, seeking the official appointment of a Resident Magistrate at Port Phillip. The thirty-one signatories are those of the first residents of Melbourne and include John Batman, John Pascoe Fawkner, J. H. Wedge, J. W. Dark, James Simpson and Dr. Alexander Thomson.
  • MELBOURNE Little Theatre
    Minutes; financial records; scripts and photographs 1961–1977.
    39 cm. original ms. and printed.
    Pres. by Miss Irene Mitchell.
    Founded by Brett Randall and Hal Percy in 1931, the Little Theatre became an established theatrical centre in South Yarra. It was renamed
    St. Martin's Theatre in 1962 following the enlargement of the theatre buildings. Part of the collection comprises a large number of photographs of actors and stage productions. Irene Mitchell, an early member of the company, was awarded an M.B.E. in 1975 for her work for theatre in Australia.
  • MORAN and Cato
    Business records, 1882–1950, and private papers of the Moran family.
    41 cm. original ms. and printed.
    Pres. by James Thomas Moran.
    The partnership of Thomas Edwin Moran and F. Y. Cato in the grocery business was established in 1882 and expanded rapidly into one of the earliest chain store operations in Australia, with fifty branch stores in business by 1898. The growth of the company is amply documented by a range of minute books, cash and bank books, price lists and lists of stock-takers’ names and is especially strong for the period after 1900. Amongst the private papers in the collection is a notebook belonging to Mrs. Elizabeth Moran which lists furnishings bought for her Armadale house in 1886.
  • OLD Melbourne Cemetery
    Records, 1864–1922.
    27 cm. xerox copies and photoprints held by the Melbourne City Council.
    Copied from originals.
    Photographs of some of the earliest graves in Melbourne accompany the official registers of the Old Melbourne Cemetery which was established in 1838. The registers of burial span the years 1872–1922 and from 1919 record the transfer of remains to Fawkner Cemetery following reclamation of the old site by the City Council. Letters of application to register family graves cover the earlier period from 1867–1873.
  • MERCANTILE Rowing Club
    Records, 1925–1970.
    48 cm. original ms., typescript and printed.
    Pres. by Mercantile Rowing Club.
    The Mercantile Rowing Club was formed in Melbourne in 1879. Most of its records were destroyed by fire in 1927. Some correspondence from 1925 to 1927 survives and the records include minutes, correspondence, financial records, subscription books, annual reports and programmes dating from 1927.
  • PEARCE, Harry Hastings
    Biographical material on J. S. Langley and his involvement with the Rationalist Movement.
    49 cm. original ms. and printed.
    Pres. by H. H. Pearce, Esq.
    J. S. Langley formed the Freethought Society of Australia in 1939 following his split with the Rationalist Association of Australia over the distribution of monies towards propaganda work. Harry Pearce has compiled a scrapbook on the controversy and collected the minute book of the Rationalist Society of Victoria 1918–1931 and financial records of the Free-thought Society together with private and official correspondence of the Rationalist Movement for the years 1891–1967. Accompanying pamphlet and journal material includes literature of the Australia-First Movement.
  • POHLMAN, Robert Williams
    Diaries, 1839–1855.
    17 cm. xerox copies of original ms. and transcripts, photoprints.
    Copied from the originals in the possession of Mrs. E. A. Pohlman and Robert Pohlman, Esq., and from transcriptions held by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria through John Randell, Esq.
    Robert Williams Pohlman (1811–1877) emigrated to Port Phillip in 1840 with his younger brother Frederick Roper Pohlman. They took up Elephant Bridge Station but sold it in 1841 and invested in Glenhope Station. In 1841 he was admitted to the bar, later becoming Master in Equity, Commissioner of the Court of Requests, County Court judge and acting judge of the Supreme Court. The first diary records his life in London before emigrating and the remaining volumes are concerned with his life at Elephant Bridge and in Melbourne. There is also a diary written by his wife Eliza in 1844, photoprints of family portraits and photographs.
  • POLITZER, Ludwig Louis
    Correspondence, 1924–1932.
    1 cm. original ms.
    L. L. Politzer (1885–1954) was a bibliographer, translator and poet and an associate and correspondent of many Australian literary figures. This correspondence consists of 13 letters from Norman Lindsay, three letters from Rose Lindsay, and 27 letters from Nettie Palmer. The letters from Norman Lindsay are of special interest. Three of these refer to the return to Australia of P. R. Stephenson to join with Lindsay in the formation in Sydney of the Endeavour Press.
  • SAFFIN, Noel
    2.2 m. original ms., typescript, printed, microfilm.
    Pres. by Dr. Noel Saffin.
    This collection consists of notes, pamphlets and correspondence relating to the writing of Dr. Saffin's thesis Non Anglican Protestant denominations: educational change in N.S.W. and his five volume History of the working man in Victoria. Other material relates to the Spanish Civil War and the 3rd World Conference Against A & H Bombs.
  • SEDON Galleries
    Records of the Sedon Galleries, Melbourne, 1925–1958.
    1.9m. original ms. typescript and printed.
    Pres. by L. C. Sedon-Thompson, Esq.
    W. R. Sedon opened his private art gallery in Hardware Chambers, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, on 14 October 1925 with an exhibition of Australian artists, including works by Napier Waller, Elioth Gruner and Norman Lindsay. This collection includes correspondence from many noted Australian painters and financial records of the gallery 1935–1962. A press notices book gives contemporary criticism of the exhibitions.
  • TURNBULL and Son
    Journals of Winninburn Station, Victoria, 1858–1866.
    10 cm. original ms.
    Pres. by Miss Joyce Adamson.
    Adam Turnbull (1803–1891) was a physician, pastoralist, public servant, Member of the Legislative Council of Tasmania, and a minister of religion. His eldest son Adam Turnbull (1826–1905) came to Victoria with his cousin George Young to represent his father's interest in properties at Mt. Koroite and Dundas. In 1858 this partnership was dissolved and the Turnbull family took up Winninburn Station near Coleraine. Adam Turnbull, jnr., was manager of this station. The journals were entered daily over the eight year period and contain details of daily life as well as a day to day account of the running of the station.

Select List of Accessions to the Historical Picture Collection, 1978

  • BATEMAN, Edward La Trobe
    Captain Cole's house — William Street, Melbourne, 1847. Pencil, heightened with white. Unsigned. Date and title on mount.
    The house depicted was occupied by the merchant and parliamentarian George Ward Cole before he built St. Ninians at Brighton. It is a fine addition to the collection of La Trobe Bateman drawings already in the possession of the Library.
  • BEANEY, Dr. James George
    Portrait. Artist unknown. Oil.
    Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    Dr. Beaney, a prominent surgeon, politician and philanthropist, was a flamboyant figure in late Victorian Melbourne. The painting shows him in fancy dress as Romeo with his customary diamond adornment.
  • HENDERSON, John Black, attrib.
    Album of 14 watercolour drawings of Phillip Island, c. 1860.
    Each drawing is titled in ink along the lower edge and the album has been attributed to surveyor Henderson after comparison with other known examples of his hand. The album portrays the coastline of Phillip Island as it was when it was first surveyed and one drawing shows the survey cutter.
  • WALLING, Edna
    Garden Designs, 1925–33. 190 plans.
    Presented by Miss Mervyn Davis.
    The collection consists of landscape plans for houses and institutions located in different suburban and country areas in Victoria, New South Wales. South Australia and Tasmania.
    Collection of World War I photographs 1914–1918. 229 photographs loose and in six albums.
    Presented by the late J. H. B. Armstrong.
    The albums are a record of a soldier's experiences in the 1st A.I.F. from training to battle. They complement the large collection of World War I material held in the Library.
    Two family albums illustrating life in Gippsland in the last years of the 19th century.
    Kleesattel album, c. 1880–1900. 175 photographs and 34 prints.
    Presented by Miss Louise Hamilton.
    Gippsland life and scenery including views of Traralgon and Walhalla.
    Armstrong album, c. 1890–1900.
    Presented by Miss Dorothy Armstrong.
    Country life, towns, churches, roads and bush scenes.
    The album is probably the work of Rev. R. H. Armstrong, later Bishop of Wangaratta.
  • MEADE, Collection of postcards, c. 1880–1920. 197 postcards in two albums.
    Presented by T. D. Meade.
    These albums are added to the extensive collection of postcards previously presented by Mr. Meade.
  • SUMMERS, Charles
    Collection of 43 photographs, 1870–1910.
    The photographs relate to the sculptor Charles Summers, whose work is well represented in the Library's collection, and his family.