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Sydney: Turner & Henderson, 1880.
The inaugural exhibition catalogueDuodecimo, pp. 22, [ii]; original wrappers, preserved in a folding cloth box. The rare catalogue of the Society's inaugural exhibition held at the Garden Palace which had been purpose-built for the Sydney International Exhibition in 1879. An impressive two hundred and...
Sydney: Bank of NSW, 1826.
To William RedfernCashier's receipt, printed and completed in manuscript, 90 x 140 mm. The receipt is made out to William Redfern for the sum of eighty pounds in Spanish dollars and is payment for the second instalment on four stock certificates. After 1825 British...
Sydney: Bank of New South Wales, 1 January 1824.
Early share certificate from Australia's first bankPrinted share certificate on vellum; 22.5 x 105 mm, completed in manuscript in ink. For the first thirty years of the colony of NSW, there was no organised and regulated banking system, rather a....
Sydney: Thomas Richards, 1859. Foolscap folio, 37 pp.; printed on blue paper; protected in recent brown buckram. A scarce Government paper on the "Defence of the Town and Harbour of Sydney". Motivated chiefly by the memory of the Crimean War, the paper was a telling contribution to the then current...
London: War Office, 1807. Folio, large paper copy; finely bound in contemporary straight-grained morocco, all edges gilt. A beautifully bound copy of the entire list of the British Army of 1807 - including a list of the officers of the New South Wales Corps (p. 311) serving under Colonel Francis Grose.
Sydney: Thomas Richard, Government Printer, 1881. Single foolscap sheet. Exchange of telegraphs between the Acting Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong and the Colonial Secretary of New South Wales concerning outbreak and quarantine of contagion: "Small-pox having been introduced here by Chinese recently arrived, this Government has by Proclamation notified that...
Sydney: Thomas Richard, Government Printer, 1886. Foolscap, 8pp. Detailed source document for Chinese Immigration into New South Wales between 1883 and 1886, with name of vessels, date of arrival and notes details of deserters, stowaways and those caught with false papers.
Sydney: W.J. Row, 1st July - 31 December, 1844. Thick folio; in contemporary half calf with gilt-lettered labels. A fine collection of the New South Wales Government Gazette for July to December 1844, in an original binding by William Moffitt, a free convict and Sydney's first bookbinder of note. Examples...
[Sydney?]: circa 1840s.
Unsigned caricature of three men in mid-century New South WalesThree ink caricatures on a single sheet of laid foolscap paper, 215 x 340 mm. A charming naïve ink sketch executed in mid-century Sydney. The three figures make an interesting tableau and would seem to illustrate a....
Sydney: N.S.W. Government Printer, 1897.
Photographic Panorama of the Sydney Agricultural ShowFive-panel panoramic photograph, highlighted by hand, laid down on canvas, 390 x 3490 mm.; some wear and staining to canvas backing, very lightly cracked at one joint, but overall in very good condition. A rare very large panoramic...
Sydney: Thomas Richards, Government Printer, 1872.
Australian laws to curb Blackbirding in the PacificFoolscap folio, drop-title, 3pp., very good condition. This paper prints laws of 1872 passed by the parliament of New South Wales to control the dubious practice of 'Blackbirding' - using Polynesian labour in the Pacific through...
Sydney: By Order of the Council, 1835. Single foolscap sheet folded to docket size. A document giving the Governor of the day, Sir Richard Bourke permission from his majesty to pass a law legitimising land grants that do not bear the name of his Majesty or any of his predecessors.
Sydney: Government printer, 1858. Single foolscap sheet, foxed. Receipt of petition presented to the Legislative Assembly, signed by Robert Dodge Merrill and Thomas Roger Leavitt, merchants, stating that Chinese immigration restriction will be deleterious to their merchant business with the treaty ports in China.
Sydney: Government Printer, 1859. Single foolscap sheet, fine. This sheet acknowledges receipt by Legislative Assembly of petition signed by 400 members of the Sydney Chamber of Commerce regarding the overly-harsh punishment of one Captain Johnson, master of the American vessel "Kate Hooper", and other merchants, relative to the confiscation of contraband opium.