State Library of Victoria > La Trobe Journal

No 29 April 1982

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Select List of Accession to the Australian Manuscripts Collection, 1981

  • Carnegie, Margaret.
    • Papers, 1960–1981.
    • 25cm.
    • Presented by Mrs. Margaret Carnegie.
    • Part restricted.
    • Margaret Carnegie is well known in the Australian art world as both collector and patron. Her papers include correspondence from artists, art historians, gallery directors and critics. She has also contributed to the Australian dictionary of biography and her working papers for her articles on A. R. Blackwood (1850–1905), R. D. Blackwood (1862–1940) and J. A. Campbell (1854–1916) are included.
  • Chirnside, Robert.
    • Papers, 1857–1918.
    • 5m.
    • Presented by Mr. R. Chirnside.
    • Robert Chirnside (1830–1902) sailed to Australia in 1857 to manage the “Werribee” run for Thomas Chirnside. He and his family were involved in the “Mount Rothwell’, “Eunach” and “Weering” runs. Their major interest was sheepbreeding. The Chirnside papers include family and business correspondence, diaries, financial records and miscellaneous papers. Also included are financial records of the L. C. Chirnside partnership, Little River, 1968–1969.
  • Coleman, Thomas L.
    • Record book, 1897.
    • 0.5cm.
    • Presented by Mrs. H. B. Ronald.
    • Thomas Coleman, special correspondent for The Australian Cyclist, and Alfred Mather cycled from Darwin to Melbourne in August-November 1897. Coleman's record book contains details of their trans-Australian journey as far as Glenelg, South Australia.
  • Christ Church. South Yarra.
    • Records, 1854–1964.
    • 1.65m.
    • On permanent loan from Christ Church, South Yarra.
    • Christ Church, South Yarra has deposited with the Library an almost complete set of records providing a comprehensive account of its activities. Included are minute books, financial records, letter books, preacher's books and marriage and baptism registers and certificates. Some records from St. Chad's and St. Lawrence's, two mission chapels of the Church, are also included.
  • Crosthwaite family.
    • Papers, 1860–1941.
    • 5cm.
    • Presented by Mrs. M. Brennan.
    • The Crosthwaite family were early settlers in the Kiewa Valley. Their papers include family correspondence and the diary of John Crosthwaite describing farm life in the 1860's. Some related photographs are held in the Picture Collection.
  • Embling, Thomas.
    • Diary and notes, 1852.
    • 1.6cm.
    • Purchased.
    • Thomas Embling (1814–1893), doctor and parliamentarian, was a key witness in the 1852 Parliamentary Enquiry into the management of the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum and his diary provides a detailed account of the dispute which led to the Enquiry.
  • Evans, Wilson Percy.
    • Papers.
    • 8m.
    • Presented by Dr. Wilson p. Evans.
    • Restricted.
    • Dr. Evans, notable Williamstown Historian, intends to present to the La Trobe Library his extensive collection of research material, plans and manuscripts. The first installment includes original records and notes concerning Williamstown, its historical buildings, council and other local bodies, as well as a number of personal papers.
  • The Friends Peace Committee.
    • Papers, 1951–1956.
    • 8.5cm.
    • Presented by Mr. A. C. Clarke.
    • The Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, held their first meeting in Australia in 1832. Pacifism is one of the fundamental xml:ideals of this group, and the records of its Peace Committee include minute books, correspondence and other papers relating to anti-conscription. These records are a valuable addition to other Friends papers held in the Library.
  • Glenelg Regional Library Service.
    • Oral history project.
    • 80 Cassette tapes.
    • Presented by the Glenelg Regional Library Service. In 1979 the Glenelg Regional Library Service received a special projects grant from the Library Council of Victoria to fund an oral history project in the region, which covers Casterton, Hamilton, Heywood and Portland. Entertainment is the focus of the interviews, although the reminiscences of the interviewees span a wide range of experiences from the beginning of this century to the present. Duplicate tapes are held by the Glenelg Regional Library Service.
  • Heath, Frank.
    • Architectural records.
    • 6m.
    • Presented by Mrs. F. Heath.
    • Frank Heath was a renowned architect and town planner whose work included hospitals, welfare and private housing and urban and rural development schemes. The records of his architectural practice comprise drawings, specifications, plans and some correspondence. Frank Heath and his father shared a close interest in the Cremation Society of Victoria and also included are records from this Society.
  • Hodges, Frederick N.
    • Históry of Australian Goldsmiths.
    • 66cm.
    • Presented by Mrs. M. Hodges.
    • Frederick Hodges recorded events in the history of gold and silversmithing in Australia with meticulous detail. His account includes biographies, works and marks of goldsmiths and a directory of goldsmiths, jewellers, watchmakers and engravers.
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  • Institution of Engineers, Australia, Victoria Division.
    • Records, 1918–1980.
    • 19m.
    • Presented by the Victorian Division of the Institution of Engineers Australia.
    • The Institution of Engineers, Australia was established in 1919 by an amalgamation of state bodies. State divisions remain the most important link for members and the archives of the Victorian Division include membership records, minutes and other records of branches and country groups and the files of the divisional office. Also included are some records of the Victorian Institute of Engineers, 1883–1952.
  • Leeper Family.
    • Correspondence, 1910–1952.
    • 54cm.
    • Presented by Miss V. A. Leeper.
    • This large collection of correspondence comprises letters from Sir Reginald Leeper and Allen Leeper to their family in Melbourne. Sir Reginald Leeper was the founder of the British Council following his transfer to the Foreign Office in London. His letters contain descriptions of European political events, 1920–1949. His brother, Allen, also worked for the British Foreign Office.
  • Loh, Morag.
    • Oral history.
    • 1.7 cassette tapes.
    • Copied from original tapes in the possession of Morag Loh.
    • In 1975 Morag Loh began to interview Italian immigrants and their families about their experiences in Australia. The cassettes copied for the Library consist of interviews with four Italian immigrants who provide detailed accounts of their lives in Italy and Australia. Information from these interviews was included in Morag Loh's recent book on the Italian immigrant experience.
  • Melbourne Chamber of Commerce.
    • Minute books, 1918–1959.
    • 61cm.
    • Presented by the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce.
    • The Melbourne Chamber of Commerce was established in 1851 and the first transfer of its records to the La Trobe Library comprised records for the period 1851 to 1921. The minute books recently presented extend holdings to 1959. Also included is one volume of minutes of the Chamber's Approved Society.
  • Melbourne Steamship Company.
    • Business records.
    • 76cm.
    • Presented by Howard Smith Industries Pty. Ltd.
    • The Melbourne Steamship company included in its holdings a number of shipping subsidiaries. The records of this Company and its subsidiaries include minute books, share registers, employee records and financial ledgers. They mainly concern the period 1940–1962 although there is some earlier material.
  • Melbourne Lyceum Club.
    • Records 1912–1970.
    • 6m.
    • Presented by the Lyceum Club, Melbourne. Restricted.
    • The Melbourne Lyceum Club, formed in 1912, draws its membership from women with academic qualifications or distinction in the fields of art, music, literature, philanthropy, education or public service. Many distinguished Victorian women have been associated with the Club, and its records include correspondence, minute books, membership and financial records and miscellaneous papers.
  • Peters, Edwin Francis.
    • Goldfield diaries and other papers.
    • 5cm.
    • Presented by Mr. E. Stuart Morris.
    • Ned Peters (1833–1909) worked claims on most of the goldfields around Bendigo. His diaries, which span the years 1851–1857, provide a vivid account of the hardships faced by the miners and their families. Included with these papers are transcripts of the diaries which were prepared and edited for publication by Les Blake.
  • Port Phillip Association.
    • Papers.
    • 4cm.
    • Purchase.
    • The Port Phillip Association was formed in Tasmania in 1835 to explore and settle the Port Phillip district. A permanent settlement was established at Melbourne in late 1835, following John Batman's exploration of the area in May-June of that year. These papers include letters to Charles Swanston, a leading member of the Association, from Batman, J. T. Gellibrand, Michael Connolly and George Mercer as well as a number of related financial documents and miscellaneous items.
  • Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union Records.
    • 1.92m.
    • On permanent loan from the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union.
    • The Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union first began to transfer its archives to the La Trobe Library in 1971. This further installment includes the collections of Reta and Sidney Vellenga, C. E. W. Bryant, J. S. p. Ramsay and letters from Dr. MacGillvray to W. K. McLean.
  • Royal Society of Victoria.
    • Records, 1856–1962.
    • 18cm.
    • On permanent loan from the Royal Society of Victoria.
    • The Royal Society of Victoria has played a major role in the advancement of scientific and philosophical study in this state. The Society has decided to deposit its records on permanent loan with the La Trobe Library and the first installment includes correspondence files, a scrapbrook, minute book and photographs.
  • St. Pauls Cathedral.
    • Records, 1849–1962.
    • 30.30m.
    • On permanent loart from St. Pauls Cathedral.
    • The Diocese of Melbourne was founded in 1847. It encompassed the whole of Victoria until 1875 when the Bishop of Ballarat was consecrated, to be followed in 1901 with the creation of the Dioceses of Bendigo, Wangaratta and Gippsland. The records of St. Pauls Cathedral comprise those of the Diocese of Melbourne and its later dioceses, including correspondence, financial records, baptism registers
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      and miscellaneous papers.
  • Sharman, Matthew Stanton.
    • Correspondence, 1914–1919.
    • 7cm.
    • Presented by University High School.
    • Matthew Sharman was an outstanding and long serving headmaster of University High School (1915–1941). This volume of correspondence between Sharman and old boys and masters serving in the First World War reveals the close relationship he formed with his staff and students. These letters complement other Sharman material held in the Library and our large collection of First World War material.
  • Standish, Frederick.
    • Diary, 1857.
    • 3cm.
    • Presented by Mrs. J. S. Legge.
    • Frederick Standish (1824–1883) was appointed assistant commissioner of the goldfields at Sandhurst in 1854 and later was also protector of the Chinese. He relinquished these positions upon becoming chief commissioner of police in Victoria in 1858. Standish took an active interest in life at Sandhurst and his diary provides details not only of his official duties but also an account of the life of a gentleman on the goldfields.
  • Women and Labour Conference, Second.
    • Records, 1977–1980.
    • 75cm.
    • Presented by the Convenors, Second Women and Labour Conference.
    • In May 1978 the first Women and Labour Conference was conducted at Macquarie University to discuss issues affecting women. The records of the Second Conference, held in Melbourne in 1980, include minutes, correspondence, financial records, photographs and miscellaneous papers. The group which organized the Melbourne Conference continues to meet and minutes and correspondence of this group are also included.
  • Woods, Graham.
    • Victoria Institute of Colleges.
    • 36 cassette tapes.
    • Presented by Dr. Graham Woods.
    • Dr. Woods conducted interviews with 37 people closely involved with the Victoria Institute of Colleges during its fifteen-year existence. The resulting tapes provide a fresh insight into this organization. Interviewees include D. H. Borchardt, Dr. Norman Curry, Sir Louis Matheson, Dr. L. W. Shears and Dr. R. C. Traill.

Select List of Accessions to the Picture Collection, 1980

  • Arnest, John Maud
    • Hamilton, Vic., 1900–1920. 96 photoprints.
    • Glass negatives lent for copying by Hamilton City Art Gallery Society. This collection gives a comprehensive account of life in Hamilton in the early years of the century, including work and leisure activities, domestic and commercial interiors. Arnest, a skilled American photographer, was centred in Colac at this time.
  • Bellin, Samuel
    • Mr. C. J. La Trobe. n.d. Engraving after oil painting by Sir Francis Grant.
    • Mr. La Trobe 1824–32. Pencil.
    • Presented by M. Perregaux, great-great-grandson of La Trobe's brother-in-law Auguste de Montmollin, through the former Agent General for Victoria, Sir John Rossiter.
  • Boer War
    • Australian soldiers in the Boer War 1899–1902. 49 photo prints.
    • Copied by the Library photographer from glass negatives lent by Mr. L. W. Petersen, Adelaide.
    • The Boer War was not as comprehensively documented in photographs as the two World Wars which followed. This collection considerably boosts the Library's holdings of pictorial material relating to the Boer War.
  • Central Victoria
    • Scenes in central Victoria c. 1850–1880. 8 water-colours mounted in two frames illustrating the Inglewood & Jericho areas.
    • Purchase.
  • Colville, George
    • Surrey Lodge, Mitcham Road. c. 1920–30. Pencil.
    • Purchase.
  • Giles, F. Kenwood
    • Moltnoma, Glenferrie Road, c. 1920–30. Pencil.
    • Purchase.
  • Day & Sons, Lithographers
    • Proposed to be erected for the Archbishop of Sydney. Coloured lithograph by W. Simpson. n.d.
    • A portable town for Australia, erected at Hemming's
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      Portable House Manufactury, Clifton House, Bristol. Tinted lithograph by R. Carrick.
    • Purchase.
    • These two items supplement the Library's fine collection of illustrations of nineteenth century portable housing, designed in Britain for export to Australia.
  • Foley, G. E.
    • Portrait of Germaine Nicholson, 1885. Oil on millboard. Signed and dated lower right.
  • Nicholson, Thomas
    • Portrait, opalotype, c. 1890.
    • Presented by Mrs. M. Collins, Beaumaris.
    • Germaine Nicholson, 1814–1888, was a tea importer who made a fortune trading in the 1850's and 60's. A noted philanthropist, he was a founder and director of the Melbourne and Hobson's Bay Railway Company, a founder of the Bank of Victoria and of Melbourne Grammar School. The opalotype of his brother Thomas is an example of a photograph printed on to an opaque glass support, a process used only in the 1890's.
  • Hollinshed, Charles Neville
    • Architectural plans and photographs, 1930–1965. 17 architectural plans, 48 photographs.
    • Presented by the architect, Mr. Neville Hollinshed of Sorrento.
    • The photographs show both interior and exterior views of buildings designed by Mr. Hollinshed. They include Horsham Town Hall, Village Theatre, Toorak and Her Majesty's Theatre.
  • Loh family
    • Portraits. 24 b/w photographs. 1950–1980.
  • Chinn family
    • Portraits. 29 b/w photographs.
  • Kim family
    • Portraits. 21 photographs and coloured slides.
    • These family photographs were lent for copying through Morag Loh who is working on a project supported by an Australia-China Council grant administered by the Library, to document primary sources relating to the Chinese in Victoria (related material is housed in the Picture Collection).
  • May, E. C.
    • Set of ten printed lithographs after S. T. Gill and G. H.
    • Purchased.
    • This rare set of lithographs, one of only ten known sets, adds to the Library's extensive collection of nineteenth century prints.
  • Phillip-Stephan Photo-Litho and Typographic Process Company Ltd.
    • Bird's Eye View of Melbourne, c. 1887. Tinted photolithograph.
    • Purchase.
    • An example of the work of Samuel Phillip, a photographer, and Adam Stephan, a lithographic printer, who combined their talents in 1884 in Sydney to perfect a method of photolithographic printing. The view depicts a south eastern aspect from the dome of the Supreme Court building.
  • Ramsay family
    • Photographic Collection. c. 1885–92. 72 photoprints, glass negatives.
    • Glass negatives presented to the Library by Mr. R. A. Ramsay, Mooleric, Birregurra.
    • This superb collection documents the life of the family on their station and during travels, towards the end of last century.
  • Shier, Spencer
    • Collection of 200 negatives, c. 1930–1940.
    • Presented by Mr. D. A. T. Gaskin, Templestowe.
    • The negatives, mostly portraits, represent the work of a leading Melbourne photographer.
  • Theatre Royal, Melbourne
    • 32 posters, 1861.
    • Presented by Mr. Les Ferns on behalf of Mr. Alan Stone, Richmond.
    • These posters form part of a much larger collection, glued together in one mass and in poor condition, which was found in the roof of a house in Richmond during renovations. They are of immense historic value, being the earliest collection yet located. To date, thirty two have been detached and restored by the Conservation Section. The rest remain an ongoing project.
  • Walker, Charles B.
    • Album of photographs of Melbourne and suburbs c. 1888.
    • Presented by the Mitchell Library on behalf of Mr. Victor Hilton, Kensington, New South Wales.
    • The album contains a superb collection of prints by Walker, a fine craftsman who, although listed in Melbourne directories from 1880–1900, was previously unknown. This album has allowed xml:identification of further work by him already held in the Picture Collection and not previously attributed.
  • Wendell, Richard
    • Portrait, 1880–1900. Sepia photograph.
    • Presented by the subject's granddaughter, Miss J. Wright.
    • Wendell, a German born lithographer, worked for Troedal in the 1880's and 90's. Many of the lithographs in the Troedal Collection are his work.
  • Whittam, Patric and Yvonne
    • Collection of photographs of bridal headdresses and bouquets made by Misses Whittam of the Block Arcade, c. 1955. 232 black and white photos.
    • Presented by Misses Whittam.
    • This material is a comprehensive pictorial record of a bridal millinery business.