KLEIN, John ("Jack") Coxon
[SAMOA] An archive of manuscript correspondence, printed ephemera and realia belonging to an American war correspondent in Samoa during the Samoa Crisis and First Samoan Civil War, 1888-1890.
This highly important and unpublished group of unique primary documents relating to the Samoa Crisis and First Samoan Civil War was assembled in Samoa during the years 1888-90 by the American war correspondent John (“Jack”) Coxon Klein. It must be emphasized from the outset that Klein was not exactly a neutral commentator on the developments …
TILLY, Onora (1773-1857)
Letter to Port Phillip pioneer Charles Parker Tilly from his mother in Falmouth, Cornwall. Dated 9 July, 1839.
[Entire letter]. Manuscript in ink written on 3 sides of a small quarto bifolium (230 x 185 mm); the outer side is addressed Mr. Charles Tilly, care of Messrs Welsh Eddy & Co. Merchants, Launceston, Van Diemen’s Land; the letter itself is headed Tremough, July 9th 1839, is addressed to My Beloved Children and is signed at …
DALY, Harriet W. (1854-1927)
[NORTHERN TERRITORY] Harriet Daly : autograph letter signed, to Sir Frederick Young, referring to plagiarism of her book. February, 1888.
Manuscript letter in ink, 2 pp, small octavo bifolium (155 x 100 mm), with Daly’s address and the date on the third side 6 Tavistock Crescent, Westbourne Park [London], 3 February ; addressed ‘Dear Sir Frederick Young’ and signed at the foot ‘Sincerely yours, Harriet W. Daly’; fine condition, no faults. In this hitherto unpublished …
WILSON, Charles A. C.
[WESTERN DISTRICT] Manuscript account of Charles Wilson to Charles Savage for the survey of three allotments near Rokewood. May, 1866.
Manuscript in ink on the first side of an octavo bifolium, 204 x 124 mm, headed ‘Rokewood, May 12 / 66’, being a bill from Charles A. C. Wilson, Government Contract Surveyor, to Charles Savage, ‘for Survey of three Allotments for License under 42nd Section of the Amending Land Act 1865’, for the sum of …
Ink on paper, 160 x 130 mm; a page removed from a broken-up Edwardian friendship album kept by a young Lancashire woman, “L. Heaton”, in which most entries – all contributions made by her acquaintances – were dated between 1904 and 1911; well preserved, but the notes are back-to-front!
[WESTERN DISTRICT] Account for the hire of horses and traps from William O’Brien, Warrnambool, to Dr. William Boyd. January 1866 – March 1868.
Manuscript account, single octavo sheet (180 x 112 mm) written in ink on both sides, headed ‘Warrnambool, March 30th / 68, Dr. Boyd, Dr. to W. O’Brien’, itemising a number of transactions involving the hire of horses and/or traps by Dr. William Boyd from merchant William O’Brien, made between 3 January 1866 and 30th March …
WOODWARD, R.H.; [SCEALES, Jane]
[WESTERN DISTRICT] Manuscript letter written on behalf of the Trustees of the estate of Adolphus Sceales, late of Merrang Station, 1868.
Manuscript letter, octavo bifolium (203 x 127 mm), written on the first side only; headed ‘Weronggurt – Warrnambool, 11 July 1868’, and signed at the foot ‘R. H. Woodward’, the letter is addressed to ‘E. G. Yorke, Esq., Belfast’ [Port Fairy], and regards Woodward’s claim, as the executor of the estate of the late Adolphus …
STEWART, Henry Noel
A Royal Navy midshipman’s personal logbook and journal, kept during service on HMS Repulse, HMS Powerful and other ships deployed on the China Station and in the Indian Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and Mediterranean Sea, 1897-1900.
A pair of Midshipman’s personal logbooks containing the writings and drawings of Royal Navy Junior Officer Henry Noel Stewart, dated January 1897 to August 1900. The main section relates to the deployment of the Royal Navy cruiser HMS Powerful on the China Station from January 1898 to July 1899. Two volumes, folio (325 x 210 mm), Waterlow …
Pen and pencil on thick paper, 260 x 320 mm, signed in upper right margin MacGregor, the focus being the Overland Telegraph running from Adelaide to Darwin, with numerous natural features such as mountains, lakes and rivers delineated, the coastline and colonial borders in red, placenames in black; drawn by a school child probably aged …
[GOLD RUSH; CHINESE IN AUSTRALIA; ROBERT O’HARA BURKE] Recognizance of Bail document issued to Ah Man, a Castlemaine miner charged with stealing two ducks, and George Forsyth, his surety. Signed by Robert O’Hara Burke, Superintendent of Police. Castlemaine, January 1860.
[Castlemaine, Victoria, 7 January 1860]. Pro forma document, 213 x 173 mm, letterpress printed on both sides with entries in manuscript in the hand of the famous explorer Robert O’Hara Burke, at the time Superintendent of Police for the Castlemaine district, releasing from custody Ah Man, a gold miner charged with stealing two ducks from a …
STAUGHTON, Simon; WILLIAMS, Octavius; A'BECKETT, Thomas Turner
[MELBOURNE] True copy of a deed of conveyance between Simon Staughton and Octavius Williams, relating to the sale of three large subdivisions of land with developed properties at Prahran, near Melbourne, 17 February 1853.
Manuscript on parchment, folio (410 x 335 mm), pp 6, , written in a fine clerical hand, dated 17 February 1853, being a true copy of the deed of conveyance prepared by the solicitor Thomas Turner à Beckett for the transfer of three subdivisions of land at Prahran, near Melbourne, in the County of Bourke, together …
CURCIER & ADET
[WINE; TOBACCO; MELBOURNE] Manuscript letter to Édouard Adet, of Curcier & Adet, wine merchants, 1863.
Entire letter (single folded octavo sheet of blue writing paper), addressed to Edouard Adet Esq., Curcier & Adet, Post Office, Castlemaine, the addressed side franked with 4d stamp of the Colony of Victoria and postmarked Melbourne SE 8 63, with rubber cachet in blue of Curcier & Adet, Melbourne, arrival cancel of Castlemaine Victoria SE 9 63 on reverse, …
[GUÉRARD, Eugene von and GUÉRARD, Louise von]
Eugene and Louise von Guérard : a deed of release document bearing the signatures of the artist and his wife, dated October 1871.
On the evening of 12 September 1871 the colonial artist Eugene von Guérard and his wife Louise were passengers on a train which was involved in a collision as it was returning to Flinders Street from Prahran. Ironically, the accident took place only a short distance from their residence in East Melbourne. The injuries both …
CLEVELAND, Charlotte (1819-1884)
Journal of Charlotte Cleveland describing her voyage from London to Launceston, 9 April – 4 August 1852.
A hitherto unknown manuscript copy of Charlotte Cleveland’s famous journal, apparently commissioned by her daughter Edith, probably between 1890 and 1900. Late nineteenth century notebook. Small octavo, original black cloth card covers (now detached); manuscript in ink on ruled paper, pp , 1-117, , 118-140; first page inscribed in ink in the hand of Charlotte Cleveland’s …
HEPBURN & LEONARD
Ballaarat : Printed by W.M. Brown [for Hepburn and Leonard], manuscript date of 13th Sept., 1864. 100 x 210 mm, promising that Donald McKay will pay the company of Hepburn and Leonard the sum of Thirty-six pounds nineteen shillings [MS entry] for stock received, due on 16th October 1864 and payable at the London Chartered …
SYLE, Jane Margaret Winter (née DAVIS, 1821-1859)
[CHINA; MISSIONS] Two manuscript letters of Jane Syle, wife of American Episcopal missionary in China Rev. Dr. Edward W. Syle, written from Shanghai to her young son Henry Winter Syle in Baltimore, 1852.
Letter I. Jane Margaret Winter Syle to her son Henry Winter Syle [in Baltimore]. Shanghai, 10 March 1852. Manuscript in brown ink on blue writing paper, bifolium (135 x 108 mm),  pages; complete (but lacking envelope); original folds, light foxing. Letter II. Jane Margaret Winter Syle to her son Henry Winter Syle [in Baltimore]. …