[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 …
FLOWER, Horace (1818-1899)
[WESTERN DISTRICT] Manuscript letter written by pioneer settler Horace Flower. Port Fairy, Victoria, 1867.
Manuscript letter, octavo (177 x 113 mm) bifolium, written on the first side only; headed ‘Belfast the 5 Dec / 67’, and signed at the foot ‘Yours, fideliter H. Flower’, the letter is addressed to [Dr.] W[illiam]. Boyd, Esq. (of Warrnambool) and is an enquiry regarding the interest due to be paid to J. [John] …
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]. …
[DA COSTA, Benjamin Mendes, 1803-1868]
Manuscript letter addressed to early Adelaide merchant Benjamin Da Costa, from John Relfe in London, regarding Da Costa’s long-overdue payment for prints sent to him by Relfe which were to be sold in Adelaide. March, 1844.
Entire letter, bifolium (195 x 160 mm), manuscript in ink written on one side, headed ‘London, March 12 / 44’ and signed at the foot ‘Jno. Relfe’, the address panel on the outer side with London Ship Letter marking in red dated 13 March 1844, addressed to ‘B M Da Costa Esq, Adelaide, N S …
SCRATCHLEY, Laura Lilias (née Brown, 1843-1917)
Lady Lilias Scratchley, widow of Major General Sir Peter Henry Scratchley, special commissioner for the Protectorate of New Guinea, 1884–1885: autograph letter, signed, thanking the wife of William Chalmers for a photograph of her late husband. July, 1886.
Manuscript in black ink on mourning paper, octavo bifolium (175 x 112 mm); written on 3 sides and signed in full at the foot ‘Lilias Scratchley’, the letter is headed ‘Gordon Lodge, Lympstone, S. Devon, 23rd July ’, and is addressed to the wife of William Chalmers, a close friend of Lilias Scratchley’s late husband, …
[MISSIONS; NEW GUINEA] A manuscript pamphlet in Latin recording the Roman Catholic presence at Onginofeka, Papua.
[Circa 1912]. Quarto, original paper wrappers with manuscript title in pencil to front ‘Onginofeka’ (old ink stains and some silverfishing), staples perished,  pages of manuscript notes in Latin in ink; with some notes in French on the final page; last date to appear in the booklet is 16 December 1912; contents clean and legible. This …
PEEK, Samuel (1807-1857)
[Sydney, NSW : Samuel Peek], 1850. Bifolium, 225 x 185 mm, folding to 83 x 125 mm, letterpress on the first side only, headed ‘Sydney, 2nd November, 1850’, printed signature of ‘Samuel Peek, George and Pitt Streets’ at foot; outer side addressed to ‘Mr. Henry Foster, Parramatta St.’ (n.b., no house number was required!), postmarked …