Includes a list of the 'Civil Establishment of Van Diemen's Land and its dependencies'; a list of the 'Military'; a list of 'Public Institutions'; a 'Return of convicts'; list and description of 'Newspapers and Journals published in Hobart Town'; an 'Index Plantarum, or an attempt towards a popular description of some of the most common and remarkable indigenous plants of Van Diemen's Land' [pp.61-114]; 'A shred of autobiography, containing various anecdotes, personal and historical, connected with these colonies' [by Jorgen Jorgensen - pp.115-180). Includes also a 'Chronological view of events in Van Diemen's Land and other parts of the world, during the last two years'; an alphabetical 'Directory of the district of Hobart Town taken from the Jury List' ; a list of shipping arrivals and departures at Hobart for 1834; an essay on Circular Head by James Ross, addressed to Edward Curr Esq. Annual first published in 1829 as 'Hobart Town Almanack' and continued until 1838 with variant titles: 'Van Diemen's Land Annual and Hobart Town Almanack', 'Ross's Van Diemen's Land Annual and Hobart-Town Almanack', 'Ross's Hobart Town Almanack, and Van Diemen's Land Annual', "Elliston's Hobart Town Almanack and Ross's Van Diemen's Land Annual'.
Presentation of colours to the Buckingham rifles dated May - October 1861. File of papers concerning the presentation of colours and a bugle to the Buckingham Volunteer Rifle Corps, by the ladies of the county; including subscription lists, receipts for payments to the designer of the flag, to the carpenter for erecting a platform, etc., invitation, letter from Lady Young, from Entally, agreeing to make the presentation addressed to the secretary of the (Ladies) Committee Arthur Kennard Chapman
Letters from Molesworth Jeffery to his sisters Susanna and Catherine (Kate) in U.K. , small water colour of Burnbank Homestead and photographs of St. George's Chapel, Lachlan, and Richard Piggott, Lord Viscount Molesworth.
Collection of photographs and transparencies of the erection and unveiling of the Tasman Memorial, Prince of Wales Bay, 1923. The expedition to erect a memorial was led by J. Moore Robinson and included John Reynolds who took the photographs.
Engraved mounted print carried as a despatch in 1970 on the Barquentine "Regina Maris" to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the voyage made by Captain Cook and newspaper cutting on the sale of Cook's log book and journal. Engraving by W. Hall, from the painting by Nathaniel Dance (1776), printed by Fisher, Son &Co., with facsimile of Cook's signature. Printed about 1820.
Collection of miscellaneous papers including lease, bank book, letter from G. W. Walker, gold digging license, correspondence of William Woollett about survey of allotment at Great Swanport, birth certificate of James Rothwell Crouch 22 January 1843 (Quaker certificate of witness of birth), bank book of Ann Crouch, small ms. music book inscribed "CC to KL".
Ship's accounts dated 1812. Addressed Jacob Mountgarrett for supplies for a boat's crew, including potatoes, rice, pork, sugar, wheat, 2 oars, seal hooks, whaler's lance, skins, etc. and for each man (names listed) rum, tobacco, shirts, trousers etc.
Land grant, dated 1805 and signed by Philip Gidley King, of 100 acres on the river Derwent, V.D.L. to Henry Hayes, reserving a road one chain broad communicating with Mill Farm. Endorsed with record of transfers of the property, 1811 - 1825. Final transfer: Joshua Ferguson to Edward Foord Bromley.
Diary of Rev. Robert Knopwood dated 1 January 1805 to 17 July 1808. The diary is headed 'Revd. Robert Knopwood, Chaplain, Hobart Town, Derwent River, Van Diemens Land'. It begins on Tuesday 1 January 1805, noting 'a general muster of all the prisoners in the colony it being New Years Day'. It is written in a neat hand, some words being abbreviated. Knopwood notes, for example, dining with the Governor and others , visiting the Government Farm, kangaroo shooting, fishing, the shortage of provisions in the colony, the weather, the arrival and departure of ships, occasionally christenings, etc. etc. Some pages have been cut out leaving only the date (probably by R.K.)
Paper by William Colenso for the Tasmanian Society , dated 1843. 'Filices Nova, Novae Zelandiae, Auct. Guil. Colenso, 1843' A classification and description of some newly discovered ferns collected in the Northern Island of New Zealand, in the summer of 1841 -1842 by William Colenso, Paihia, January 3rd. 1843 Manuscript of article published in the Tasmanian Journal, vol. 2 (1846) pp 161-189, with note by editor (R.C. Gunn)
Miscellaneous papers and photographs of the Murray and Archer families. Includes some Archer architectural plans, photographs of Circular Head, Tasmania area and collection of carte de visite of unknown subjects by various Tasmanian and Australian photographers.
Letters received by the Stokell family 1844-1910. Letters and copies of letters to the Stokell family, including a copy of a letter from bushrangers Martin Cope, Alexander Reid, John Reubens & James Prendergrass to George and Miss Stokell 1844 and 2 letters from E. H. Scott (1909, 1910). Also printed Poems and hymns by E. H. Scott undated.
Typescript of 'Reminiscences of early Tasmanian life by Miss Amelia Hayes, dictated by her father' ? John Hayes. nd.. Also notes and correspondence of the Hayes family by Clive Lord, W.A.T. Hayes, Winifred Terry and others.
List of Tasmanian fish by M. Allport (n.d. c1870-1876) Includes also "List of Tasmanian fish sent to Dr. Gunther, British Museum, per ship "Windward", March, 1874" ; List of Tasmanian saltwater fish sent to the Royal Museum of National History, Brussels by Mr. Morton Allport, March, 1874" ;"Dr. Gunther's list 2nd collection", and letters :-British Museum 12 Oct., 1872 ("thank you and Mrs. Meredith for ... 6 plates of Tasmanian fishes. I return them as requested ..." ; 2 May, 1875, report on fish received - a salmo trutta taken in Derwent estuary, having "in its stomach eight anchovies, a diet which will account for the rapid growth of salmonoids in your waters but which will not improve the flavour of their flesh", surprised that Tasmanian anchovies not yet turned to same use as in Europe; whip-tails - macronurus Novae Zelandiae : 8 Apr., 1876 : further report on collection sent - included new genus (No. 18 in list: "No local name. See 40 in book and drawing by Mrs. Allport.
Grant dated 18 December 1805 to Henry Hayes of 100 acres on the Derwent to be known as Henrietta Farm, to be held for five years free of taxes, rents etc. but timber suitable for naval purposes was to be reserved for the use of the Crown. Endorsed with transfers: Henry Hayes to Charles William Murray 1811,Charles W. Murray to William Collins 1814, illegible to Joshua Ferguson 1821 and J. Ferguson to Edward Foord Bromley 1825
Copies of letters written by John Martin, June to November 1849 to his brother David, from Dublin, the ship 'Elphinstone' and from Bothwell, Tasmania. Martin was an Irish political prisoner transported to Van Diemen's Land.
Small photographs of plans and proposed designs held In the Tasmanian State Archives. Includes, Government House: Watch House, New Town: Gaol and Court House, Longford: Public School, Hobart, (i.e. 'Hutchins'): Watch House, Kensington, Antill Ponds: Court House, Bagdad : Watch House, Kangaroo Point.
Miscellaneous papers of the Rev. Robert Knopwood including sermon "This is the condemnation", prayers, minutes, marriage register and a copy of Knopwoods diary kept by Knopwood from January 1801 to 22nd July 1802 aboard the H.M.S. Resolution
Copies of Governor Davey's pictorial proclamation to the aborigines, promising equal justice for whites and natives, with modern tracing (Davey altered to Arthur in a modern hand) and another copy with a different heading.
Letter from R. D. Blackmore [Richard Doddridge Blackmore (1825-1900) English novelist, author of Lorna Doone] to Mannington Caffyn, on the origin of the title 'Cradock Nowell'. 18 February 1890. Also letter from E. A. Nowell to Mr Morton [secretary of Royal Society of Tasmania] enclosing Blackmore's letter.
Two prints : (1) View of the country round Hobart Town In Van Dleman's Land. Reduced on zinc from a drawing by Joseph Lycet, in the collection of Professor Buckland at Oxford. Printed by C. Hullmandel, London. N.D. (2) Architect's drawing of proposed High School, by A. Dawson, printed by T. Browne.
'Mount Bischoff (abstract) - brief history, undated, plus 'Sketch of the proposed trophy for Mount Bischoff Tin Mining Co'. n.d. pen & wash drawing, stamped: 'R. Flack Ricards, Architect, 14 Elizabeth Street, Hobart.
Microfilm copy of 'Narrative of the overland journey of Sir John and Lady Franklin and party from Hobart Town to Macquarie Harbour, 1842' by David Burn - extracted from Colburn's United Services Magazine, Vol.2-3, June-November, 1843
Certificate of award of 2nd class medal to Tasmanian Executive from the Paris exhibition of 1855 signed by Napoleon Bonapart. Photographic copies of Certificates of award from Sydney and Melbourne Exhibitions to James G. Moir of Hobart for lead shot, 1879 & 1880-1881 & plan of Melbourne Centennial Exhibition 1888
Examples of historic British journals, pamphlets, speeches etc. The collection consists of miscellaneous examples and loose sheets, most in poor condition, torn and fragile. Includes, British Mercury, British Journal, London Journal, Flying Post, The Medley, Intelligencer, The Observator, Mercurius Caledonius, Mercator or Commerce Retrieved, The Weekly Journal of British Gazeteer, etc
Publication entitled 'Salmoniana,' by Barri Couta(pseud.)m June 1866. Humorous verse and sketches concerning the arrival of salmon ova in Tasmania. The names of the commissioners and others have been noted on the sketches in this pamphlet which includes advertisements printed by J. Walch & Son.
Letters, diaries and miscellaneous documents relating to both Sir John and Lady Jane Franklin. Many of the papers are only copies (some with omissions). not original, as, according to Rawnsley, after Lady Franklin's death her niece and companion, Sophia Cracroft, selected some papers for publication and had illegible ones copied or extracted and the originals were destroyed. The copies or extracts have been corrected and edited.
English eighteenth and nineteenth century newspapers: The Times, Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, Whitehall Evening Post, London Gazette, Observer and Edinburgh Courant. Covering the death and funeral of Lord Nelson 1805, the battle of Waterloo 1815 (reprint), Coronation of Victoria 1838 and the Coronation of George IV.
Birds of Tasmania undated [early 20th cent]. Notes and extracts from the 'Catalogue of Birds in the British Museum' (London) 1874-1895 of birds which may be found in Tasmania, made by an unknown researcher (? early 20th century) on loose half sheets of foolscap paper (possibly originally in a spring type binder, including diagram of bird and illustrations of eggs and beaks. pages 1-581 (numbered + c. 100 illustrations
Key List of Tasmanian Birds, with a method for their easy identification by Parker and Morton. Typed draft of a' pamphlet' bound and interleaved with blank pages and corrected in ink. - eg the addition of 'By Parker and. Morton' under the title and. the alteration of 'I' to 'we' and: 'procured by myself' to 'procured by Capt. Parker R.N.' in the preface. The 'key' is described in the preface as 'meant for those who are not up in scientific terms'. 'The Systematic List of Tasmanian Birds' by Colonel W.V. Legge (1841-1918) was followed and so the 'Key' was probably compiled between 1900-1907 by Capt. Arthur Charles Parker (c1860-1920) and Alexander Morton (c1854-1920) secretary of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Printed bulletins, extracts from newspapers, proclamations dated 1812 and 1815 regarding Napoleon Bonaparte mostly during War of the Seventh Coalition and prior to his surrender July 1815. Most "Extrait du Moniteur" in French.
Cuttings from the Liverpool. Mercury (U.K.) probably compiled by the editor, John Smith, including scraps of editorials, answers to queries, reports of St. Nicholas Vestry meetings, etc. dated 1842 to 1850. Inside cover marked ms. "John Smith, Mercury Office, Liverpool.'"
Two newspapers - Fiji Times, dated 6 & 10th of January 1877 and The Bulawayo Sketch dated 21 July 1894. Mock cyclostyled paper on a fold of account ruled paper - humourous sketches and adverts. Note ms. at top 'Byrne (6 )'
Copies of tracings made in 1917 from old Government plans of the Port Arthur Convict Settlement, mounted on canvas and bound (by Walch's). Photographic copies of tracings, possible made later. The original tracings were stamped "P.W.D. traced 1917", with a number. The copies are not coloured, although descriptions refer to "parts shaded red", etc. Includes military barracks, penitentiary, model prison, block plan of the settlement, Port Arthur church etc.
Letter written from Hobart to John Ingle, London:- depression in monetary, commercial and agricultural interests (affairs of Montefiore, Bryant, Hopleys (and their agent Hobbs). The writer also attempted 'from recollection a sketch [plan] of your property in Argyle and Macquarie streets showing the present improvement' of new wharves reclaimed from the sea and the extension of Argyle Street cut through Government House gardens , and also the old police office on the corner which belonged to the Gellibrand's trustees but was up for sale, being in a dilapidated state, and would be a valuable site for shops or stores • The letter is torn and a piece is missing with the signature, but it may- have been written by Edward Lord.
Plates from unknown work published by E. Noblet, Liege [Belgium] The plates show drawings of various machinery for coal mining, including carriages, compressed air system, lifts, pumps, digging machines, props, etc. and drawings of mines and coal seams of the mines of the Meuse and Ruhr. Legends at the top of each plate are in French, with English and German translations below the plate.
The Derwent Star and Van Diemen's Land Intelligence, Hobarts first and short lived newspaper was first issued on 8 January 1810. This issue No. 7, 3 April 1810 gives an account of the recent death and funeral of David Collins, Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemen's Land. Produced fortnightly by the government printer George Clark/Clarke, there were twelves issues published from 1810 to 1812.
Miscellaneous material relating to Franklin and his appointment, the dismissal of Capt. Maconochie. Lady Franklin's dinner engagement book, stereoscopic photograph of Lady Franklin Museum and assorted correspondence
Collection consists of various Walker Mill records including ledgers, sales journals and day book. Also included is a cashiers day book for the Derwent Bank. John Walker was the liquidator of the bank.
Collection of material relating to the Boer War, federation and parliament. Also includes material relating to the Royal visit to Tasmania in 1901. These papers consist of official circulars, invitations and programmes.
A collection of pamphlets articles - newspaper cuttings compiled by W.N. Hurst and notes made by him on topics of historical interest. A rough index was made by Hurst (R.S.23/6) and W.H. Hudspeth compiled an index to the collection when it was received by the Royal Society (R.S.23/8).
Collection consists of handwritten diaries and personal family correspondence. The Boyes diaries are detailed and include waspish comment on his contemporaries. His letters to his wife are also informative.