A selection of manuscripts chiefly from an important private collection relating to Australia's foundation as an English Colony and its transition from penal colony to emerging nation. Many document the history of transportation and the passage of convicts from prisoners to land holders and prominent citizens. Several outline the growth of commerce and establishment of a standard currency banking system.
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Appeasing the sonFolded parchment; 320 x 400 mm, folded lower edge secured with green ribbon in two places. Signed by George Arthur as Lieutenant-Governor and John Burnett as Colonial Secretary; annotated on the reverse "Inscribed and recorded in the Supreme Court of Van Diemen's Land this twenty-ninth...
To Darling's aide-de-campShare certificate, printed and completed in manuscript 111.5 x 195 mm. A share certificate for stock in the Bank of Australia issued to Governor Darling's aide-de-camp, Thomas Condamine who was instrumental in the establishment of what was to become the Public Library of New South...
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: 1812 & 1813.
Early financial documents, predating the first Australian bankQuarto, two-leaf document printed on one side of the first leaf and completed in manuscript, with manuscript promissory note on the second leaf; with another ms. note on a smaller separate sheet. A pair of rare early financial...
Sydney: 30 June 1823.
200 acres in MethvenLarge printed vellum leaf, completed in manuscript, approx. 290 x 257 mm., verso blank except for ms. docket title; original folds, with well-preserved ribbon and paper seal attached. Fine original land grant signed by the sixth governor, for 200 acres in Methven...
Land & Estate Agency, George Street: Stephen & Stokes, Printers, 2 May, 1833.
Home for a publican and the beginnings of Burwood112 x 174 mm, printed form completed in manuscript in brown ink; printed decorative device above printers' caption; completed" Webb £2.12.0" on verso, together with small sum workings...
Campbell of the Wharf to the founder of the London Missionary SocietyALS, single sheet of laid paper, stamped Portsmouth Ship Letter and London date stamp. Short letter dated 6 Mar 1826, written from Campbell's Wharf, signed by the wharf's owner, Robert Campbell (1769-1846) and addressed to the...
1st September 1842.
A transported shoemaker earns his freedomSingle leaf; 180 mm x 170 mm; printed and completed in manuscript. A certificate of freedom issued to William Smallridge in 1842, on completion of his fourteen year sentence. Smallridge was one of 200 convicts who had been transported on the...
Sydney: 19 March 1795.
Rare and early Bill of Exchange signed by David CollinsQuarto, single leaf, 2pp., manuscript in ink on paper. An ephemeral example of the emerging New South Wales economy with a rare association. David Collins' own account of the new settlement (An Account of the English...
11 February 1836.
A precursor to the National Australia BankShare certificate, printed and completed in manuscript 116 x 190 mm. An early share certificate for bank stock in the Commercial Banking Company of-Sydney established on 24 October 1834, opening for business on 1 November 1834 in a temporary office...
Van Diemen's Land first independent court of recordBifolium 315 x 198 mm; manuscript with paper; royal wafer seal affixed. A pardon for James Browne, convicted and sentenced to death, for murder in Van Diemen's Land, conditional on his being transported to Norfolk Island for the term of his...
Sydney: 24 May, 1830.
Over-supply in the colonial marketALs single sheet of laid paper, 250 x 440 mm., stamped "India Letter Deal" A colonial mercantile correspondence: Crombie Maclaren & Co write to advise Andrew Scott in Edinburgh of an over supply in the colony due to the previous large...
London & Maidstone: dated between 4 September 1879 & 23 December, 1880.
"with Mr Gould's compts. & thanks"Four single sheets; including two printed receipts from Gould, 13.5 x 21 cm, both completed in manuscript, one with internal revenue stamp and signature of Gould, purchase order from Maidstone Museum, 12.5...
Phillip Parker King & H.M.S BathurstManuscript leaf, folded to letter-size, 26 x 20 cms; housed in a quarter morocco solander case. A rare shipboard relic from H.M.S. Bathurst, the vessel in which Phillip Parker King completed his fourth and final Australian coastal survey. King's Australian coastal voyages.....
London: 26 January 1824.
A notorious murder and a felon turned Court-KeeperSingle sheet measuring 350 x 200mm [and] octavo, 344pp, frontispiece, 2 folding plans, three illustrations; modern cloth. The trial of Joseph Hunt (1795-1861), John Thurtell (1794-1824) and William Probert for the brutal murder of William Weare, a London...
Hobart Town: 24 December, 1824.
Colonial purchases on Christmas eveALS single sheet, folded to letter size with early "Hobart Town, VDL" oval handstamp. Short letter penned on Christmas Eve from a Hobart Town merchant enclosing an account (not present) to Henry Jellicoe of Campbell Town in Van Diemen's Land...
Sydney: 25 July 1821.
The beginnings of the Strathallan estate in TasmaniaFolio; manuscript in ink on vellum, 303 x 390 mm; in fine original condition, with suspended paper seal. A good, early grant by Macquarie as fifth governor, with the signatures of Charles Whelan as witness and Frederick Goulburn...
Windsor: Government House, Monday 4 October 1819.
"Half year's Salary"Single leaf, manuscript in ink. A rare manuscript from the period of Macquarie's Governorship, written from Government House at Windsor. It is a warrant for for Richard Lawson, "His half year's Salary", for duties as "Overseer in the New discovered...
Sydney: 1812, 1814 & 1840.
Colonial wax sealsWax seals, surviving from original documents; in good condition, mounted. An attractive pair of original impressions of Macquarie's smaller seal: the first or "territorial" seal of New South Wales; accompanied by an 1840 example of Gipps's seal. Often bruised and cracked on...
Sydney: 2 May 1823.
The art and mystery of a TailorFolio, one leaf; printed form completed in manuscript on paper. An indenture assigning the orphan Charles Gregory to the care of Thomas Bowden as apprentice. The nature of the apprenticeship was specified as "the art and mystery of a....
Parramatta: 29 April, 1831.
Marsden in Parramatta and New ZealandTwo-page autograph letter by Marsden, on watermarked paper, 325 x 200 mm., original red wax seal, old folds; stamp for the Parramatta post office. A letter from the aging and indefatigable Marsden to the pastoralists' agent, George Ranken agreeing to...
London: 6 December, 1838. Single sheet, wove paper, 23 x 18.5 cm.; some wear along the old folds, but in excellent condition. A fascinating manuscript document, thanking Mitchell for his gift to Queen Victoria of his 'Work on Australia, and a Set of his Maps'.The letter is dated December 1838...