BESWICKE, Mabella (née Mayall) (attributed)
Writing case belonging to Mabella Beswicke (Mayall), wife of Port Phillip pioneer Charles Beswicke of Moodie Yallo Station.
[Between 1835 and 1840]. Portable case for writing accessories and paper, of thick card covered with hand-sewn floral-patterned purple velvet trimmed with corduroy, the underside covered in black silk, 220 x 285 x 30 mm (slightly irregular), with four flaps opening to 460 x 460 mm; the exposed card of the interior floor and flaps …
ORTON, Joseph Rennard (1795-1842); HENRY, Samuel
Autograph letter signed by Joseph Orton to the secretaries of the Wesleyan Missionary Society concerning a plan proposed by the merchant Samuel Henry to improve contact between missionary stations in the South Seas, 1832.
Bifolium, manuscript ink on paper,  pages, signed by Samuel Henry, addressed to Joseph Orton, dated 15 August 1832; following an autograph letter, [1 1/2] pages, signed by Joseph Orton, addressed to the secretaries of the Wesleyan Missionary Society, dated 7 September 1832; verso of second leaf of bifolium with penned address panel, postal stamps …
STREETON, Arthur (1867-1943)
The Arthur Streeton Catalogue. (With a holograph letter from Streeton to Mr. Politzer, regarding the creation of colour prints for this catalogue raisonné)
Melbourne : Arthur Streeton, 1935. Limited to 500 copies signed by the artist (this copy is no. 373). Quarto, gilt-lettered purple cloth covered boards (a little sunned, upper board with bumped bottom corner), pp 141, illustrated with numerous tipped-in colour and black-and-white plates, and with essays by J. S. Macdonald, Irwin Macdonald and Lionel Lindsay; …
Two letters addressed to Benjamin Hurst, Wesleyan minister at Goulburn, New South Wales, from fellow ministers James Somerville (Braidwood) and Benjamin Chapman (Sydney). 1853-54.
Benjamin Hurst (1811-1857), in company with Francis Tuckfield, had been sent from England to work as a Wesleyan missionary among the Port Phillip Aborigines in 1838. Hurst worked with Tuckfield in the Geelong-Colac area for a number of years before his appointment as minister at Goulburn, the fledgling pastoral township on the South Tablelands of …
SMITH, Edward Herbert; [BRUGUIÈRE, Antoine André, Baron de Sorsum, 1773-1823]
[LA PÉROUSE; BOTANY BAY] Poems, original and translated, by E. H. Smith, A. B., Incumbent of Killamarsh. / “Sweet heart-soothing poesie!”
Foolscap folio (189 x 285 mm), full maroon calf (boards worn and scuffed), spine with gilt decoration; front pastedown with armorial bookplate with the motto VIRTUS INCENDIT VIRES and initials FLS below the coat of arms; manuscript in ink in the author’s own hand,  147  pp; the preliminaries comprise a title leaf and 3-page index …
HOWE, George 1769-1821; BLAXCELL, Garnham 1778-1817; BENT, Ellis 1783-1815; FOSTER, James; JAMES, Joseph
Promissory note, dishonoured, signed by Garnham Blaxcell for 250 pounds to be paid in good Government Bills to Captain Joseph James, Sydney, 20 March 1812, watermarked paper, 73 x 200 mm; accompanied by a notice of protest form dated 16 August 1813 signed by Ellis Bent, Judge Advocate and James Foster, Clerk for Ellis Bent, …
[MISSIONS; NEW GUINEA] Dictionnaire Roro-Français I. / Dictionnaire Roro-Français II. / Grammaire Roro.
Unpublished manuscript. Undated, but probably between 1910 and 1920. Three notebooks, small quarto, original matching stiff black covers (two with cloth spines now disintegrated); lined paper with manuscript text written in ink in Roro and French; each notebook with title at head of text; unpaginated (but approximately 150; 80; 72 pp); second notebook with table at …
DOVE, William Woodman, Rev. (1832-1867)
[HUNTER VALLEY; DARLING DOWNS] Letter from clergyman and colonial artist Rev. William Woodman Dove, to his sister in Gloucestershire. Sydney, 1857.
Manuscript in ink, 1 page, small quarto, written by William W. Dove and addressed to his younger sister, Miss Selma Dove, of Falfield House, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, dated 22 January 1857 and written from Sydney while Dove was on Sabbatical from the Darling Downs; signed at the foot ‘My dear Selma, Your loving brother, William W. …
Illustrated manuscript letter written by a volunteer at the Easter Artillery Encampment, Middle Head, Sydney, April 1887. (A love letter to Lena Brasch?)
Manuscript in ink, octavo bifolium (178 x 114 mm), written on  sides, with three vignette pen sketches; headed ‘Camp, Middle Head, 0.0 am, 13th April 1887’, addressed to Lena [Brasch?]; clean and legible, but incomplete (lacking the last 1 or 2 pages). This charming missive was written in a playful and romantic tone at …
ALSTON, John; [OSBORNE, Isabella, 1831-1854]
A suicide on the morning of her wedding : Isabella Osborne, of Yackandandah, northeast Victoria, hangs herself at Sutton Forest, Southern Highlands, New South Wales, on 21 March 1854.
A previously unknown (hence unpublished) letter containing a first-hand account by John Alston, the shocked and grief-stricken father of the groom, describing the tragedy that occurred at Sutton Forest on Tuesday, 21 March 1854, when the bride-to-be and his future daughter-in-law, Isabella Osborne, hanged herself on the morning of her proposed wedding to his son, …
HORE, E. O. (Miss); [CUTLER, Mary Anne, 1843-1937]
Handwritten invitation to Miss Cutler from Miss Hore to attend her birthday party, to be held at Mrs. Kells’, George Street, Parramatta, on May 8 [1858?]. “Dancing commences at 7. Private entrance”.
Manuscript in ink, on one side only of a single octavo size sheet of notepaper (182 x 114 mm) with embossed fleur-de-lis at upper left corner; dated at the foot May 4th; original folds, in fine condition. This charming ephemeral piece relates to a manuscript held in the State Library of New South Wales: a …
CAVERHILL, Jane Blackwood (née MACK)
Head of title: Greenburn, Reston, Berwickshire. 2nd October, 1881. [U.K. : circa 1920]. Disbound typed manuscript, recto only of 23 quarto leaves, preceded by a typed title page, the final page with typed explanation “Written by my Mother, Jane Blackwood Mack, who married John Caverhill, eldest son of William Cavehill Crichness Duns and Helen Caverhill née Mack …
[SLANEY, William Henry]; [OXLEY, Francis]; [SEDDON, Arthur]
Deed of conveyance between William Henry Slaney and Francis Oxley, relating to a land allotment at Footscray. Melbourne, June 1858.
Manuscript on parchment, folio (465 x 310 mm),  pages, written in a fine clerical hand, dated 12 June 1858 and recording the conveyance of the southern part of Allotment 9, Section 11 on the corner of Whitehall and Napier Streets, Footscray, from William Henry Slaney, grocer, of Collingwood, to Francis Oxley, grocer, of Melbourne; …
[SLANEY, William Henry]; [OXLEY, Francis]; [SEDDON, Arthur]
Deed of conveyance between William Henry Slaney and Francis Oxley, relating to a land allotment at Williamstown. Melbourne, June 1858.
Manuscript on parchment, folio (465 x 310 mm),  pages, written in a fine clerical hand, dated 12 June 1858 and recording the conveyance of the western half of Allotment 8, Section 18 on Osborne Street, Williamstown, from William Henry Slaney, grocer, of Collingwood, to Francis Oxley, grocer, of Melbourne; with a sketch plan of …
CROSSLEY, Ada Jemima (1871-1929)
[OPERA] Australian contralto Ada Crossley : a small group of manuscript ephemera, late 1890s to early 1900s.
I. Holograph note in ink on note paper (170 x 90 mm) with letterhead of Durham House, Langford Place, St. John’s Wood, London. ‘With pleasure I send my autograph. Very sincerely yours, Ada Crossley Muecke’. (On 11 April 1905 at the parish church of St Marylebone, Ada married Dr Francis Frederick Muecke, son of H. C. …
[MANUSCRIPT] Campagne de la Corvette à Voiles l’Alcméne. Commandée par Mr. Coudein, Capitaine de Frégate, à destination des Mers du Sud et Océanie.
An important, unpublished first-hand account of the voyage of the French naval corvette Alcméne in the South Seas, 1848-1852, including extended descriptions of the loss of crew members to cannibalism in New Caledonia in 1850, and of the vessel’s infamous shipwreck at Kaipara on the west coast of New Zealand in 1851, whilst en route from Hobart Town to Tahiti. …