Australasia

AYLMER‚ Isabella. 16582

AYLMER‚ Isabella.	16582 Autograph Letter Signed ‘I.E.Aylmer’‚ to Mrs. Hall‚ about taking a manuscript to Hurst & Blackett‚ announcing that “Griffiths and Farren gave me fifteen guineas (what I asked) for a New Zealand story”‚ wishing she had known about Mrs. Hall’s collection of stories first. 2½ pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition‚ some thinning at centre fold. 32 Dorset Place‚ undated‚ probably 1861. Isabella Aylmer was the author of one of the earliest New Zealand novels‚ Distant Homes; or‚ the Graham Family in New Zealand by Mrs. J.E.Aylmer (1862). This letter records the acceptance of the novel by the publishers‚ Griffiths and Farren. Her correspondent is likely to be the writer Anna Maria Hall (Mrs. Samuel Carter Hall‚ 1800-1881).

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CLARKE‚ Lieutenant-General Sir Andrew. 17657

CLARKE‚ Lieutenant-General Sir Andrew.	17657	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mr. Symons‚ about a correspondence with Sir A.Alison‚ Clarke’s arrangements for “winter quarters” in Devonshire‚ inviting his correspondent to join a shooting party. 4 pp. 7 x 4 inches‚ in good condition. 52 Portland Place [London]‚ 6 September 1887. Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Clarke‚ (1824 – 1902). surveyor and politician in Australia‚ Surveyor General of Victoria. Sir Andrew Clarke served as the second Governor of Singapore and the Governor of the Straits Settlements from 4 November 1873 until 7 May 1875. Clarke played a key role in positioning Singapore as the main port for the Malay states of Perak‚ Selangor and Sungei Ujong. Singapore's Clarke Quay was named after him. Clarke Street‚ located next to Clarke Quay‚ was officially named in 1896‚ and was originally two streets known simply as East Street and West Street in north Kampong Malacca. As Governor of the Straits Settlements‚ Clarke was famous for signing the Treaty of Pangkor in 1874‚ which established indirect British rule over the Malay States.

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CURDIE‚ Daniel. 14406

CURDIE‚ Daniel.	14406 Original Signature‚ Daniel Curdie MD‚ on part of a form for the British Association for the Advancement of Science‚ giving his address as Port Phillip‚ New Holland. 2 x 7 inches‚ in good condition. 2 July 1851. Uncommon. Dr. Daniel Curdie (1810-1884)‚ Scottish doctor who emigrated to Australia (1839) and became a distinguished botanist. In 1845 he. followed Curdie's River down to the sea‚ and the estuary was called Curdie's Inlet after him. He left for Europe on "Black Thursday" (7th February‚ 1851)‚ and in Scotland‚ continuing his studies of sea-weeds‚ he was so fortunate as to discover a new one. He returned to Melbourne‚ with a wife‚ in 1854.

Price : £100.00

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DACRE‚ Arthur. 7130

DACRE‚ Arthur.	7130 Autograph Letter Signed ‘Arthur Dacre’‚ to Mrs.Berlyn‚ describing recent financial losses in the theatre‚ stating that “it seems we cant get a living here”. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. The Tower House‚ Tite Street [London]‚ 29 May 1890. “...we are going (much against the grain) to offer our services in drawing rooms. I then do a short waterling-places tour before leaving England - I hope for good.” Arthur James‚ known as Arthur Dacre (1840-1895)‚ actor‚ formerly a physician. Amy and Arthur James‚ better known as Amy Roselle and Arthur Dacre‚ arrived in Australia in 1895. They had been suffering bad luck in England and thought that they could recoup their losses in the colony. But on 17 November 1895 they ended their lives in a real-life drama - the tragedy of a murder-suicide at their lodgings at 129 Macquarie Street‚ Sydney.

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EARDLEY-WILMOT‚ Chester. 10381

EARDLEY-WILMOT‚ Chester.	10381	Autograph Letter Signed ‘Chester Eardley-Wilmot’ to James Gibson (Crown Agent for the Van Diemen’s Land Company at Circular Head)‚ asking him to join Sir William and Lady Denison for dinner. 1 page 7 x 4¼ inches‚ partially toned‚ integral blank leaf. Government House [Hobart]‚ 8 July 1852. Robert Charles Chester Eardley-Wilmot‚ one of the three sons of the Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen’s Land‚ Sir John Eardley-Wilmot‚ became Assistant Colonial Secretary and Registrar.

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ELLISON-MACARTNEY‚ William. 13808

ELLISON-MACARTNEY‚ William.	13808	Autograph Letter Signed‚ as Deputy Master of the Royal Mint‚ to Mr. Hollams‚ sending an order for three people to visit the Mint. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. 18 December 1907. Sir William Grey Ellison-Macartney‚ (1852 – 1924) served as the Governor of Tasmania and Western Australia.

Price : £35.00

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GALWAY‚ 8th Viscount‚ Governor-General of New Zealand. 14278

GALWAY‚ 8th Viscount‚ Governor-General of New Zealand.	14278 Official Christmas Card‚ signed ‘Galway’‚ showing the mountain ranges on South Island. 7 x 9 inches‚ blue silk tie. In good condition. Government House‚ Wellington‚ New Zealand‚ 1937. George Vere Arundell Monckton-Arundell‚ 8th Viscount Galway (1882-1943)‚ Governor-General of New Zealand‚ 1935-41.

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HAMPDEN‚ Henry Robert Brand‚ 2nd Viscount. 14275

HAMPDEN‚ Henry Robert Brand‚ 2nd Viscount.	14275	Autograph Letter Signed ‘Hampden’‚ to Mr. McMillan‚ thanking him for the cutting‚ “but I hate snakes and other horrors”. 1 page 8 x 5 inches. On the verso is a part letter forwarding this to an autograph collector in 1897. Government House‚ Sydney‚ 21 April 1896. Henry Robert Brand‚ 2nd Viscount Hampden (1841 – 1906)‚ Governor of New South Wales from 1895 to 1899. Hampden Bridge in Kangaroo Valley‚ NSW is named after him. “... I hate snakes and other horrors. I really would rather walk 10 miles the other way from Mr. McGarvin Smith’s milking factory.”

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Hawaii. STALEY‚ Thomas Nettleship‚ Bishop of Honolulu. 12921

Hawaii. STALEY‚ Thomas Nettleship‚ Bishop of Honolulu.	12921 Autograph Letter Signed ‘T.M.Honolulu’‚ to the Revd. W.B.Pusey‚ about the train times for the visit by Staley and his wife to Pusey at Maidstone. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ small thin at centre fold‚ otherwise good. 71 Cambridge St.‚ 30 May‚ no year given‚ probably 1862‚ watermark 1860. Thomas Nettleship Staley (1823–1898)‚ first Anglican bishop of Honolulu. He was appointed by John Bird Sumner‚ the Archbishop of Canterbury‚ and consecrated on 15 December 1861‚ at the suggestion of Samuel Wilberforce and Queen Victoria‚ as the church's first bishop of the Kingdom of Hawaii. He and his wife departed on 17 August 1862 and arrived in Honolulu in October 1862‚ a few weeks after the death of Albert‚ Prince of Hawaii‚ the only son of King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma Kaleleonalani Na?ea.

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MACKENZIE‚ Sit Thomas Noble. 15413

MACKENZIE‚ Sit Thomas Noble.	15413	Letter Signed‚ as New Zealand High Commissioner during the final year of World War I‚ to Lord Milner at the War Office‚ introducing Captain Richard Seddon‚ “recently arrived in this country with reinforcements from the Dominion”. 1 page 10 x 8 inches‚ filing hole‚ somelight creasing‚ mounted on an old album page. New Zealand Government Offices‚ Strand‚ London‚ 3 June 1918. Sir Thomas Noble Mackenzie (1854–1930)‚ Scottish-born New Zealand politician and explorer who briefly served as the 18th Prime Minister of New Zealand in 1912‚ and later served as New Zealand High Commissioner in London. Mackenzie was a notable explorer. He was a member of expeditions to the Tautuku Forest (1883)‚ the wild country between Milford Sound and Lake Te Anau (1888; discovered the Sutherland Falls)‚ and the Matterhorn Mountains (1888; discovered a pass between Lake Manapouri and Hall's Arm). He was the first person to try to map an overland route to Dusky Sound (1894–1896). He crossed the land between Lake Te Anau and Lake Wakatipu in 1907.

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McARTHUR‚ Alexander. 14276

McARTHUR‚ Alexander.	14276 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Elliott Stock‚ about the payment of a subscription. A good one page example‚ 7 x 4½ inches. Brixton‚ 13 June 1872. Alexander McArthur (1814 -1909)‚ Australian and British merchant and politician‚ arrived in Sydney in 1842. In 1851 he was very successful as a shipping agent for the export of gold. His firm built a large warehouse in Sydney and opened branches in Adelaide‚ Melbourne‚ Brisbane and Auckland.

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NEW ZEALAND. Edmund Hobhouse‚ first Bishop of Nelson. 16357

NEW ZEALAND. Edmund Hobhouse‚ first Bishop of Nelson.	16357	Autograph Letter Signed ‘Edmund Nelson’‚ to the Revd. Francis Kilvert‚ Claverton Lodge‚ discussing school appointments in the diocese‚ stating “it is all important to get religiously-minded Masers & Churchmen‚ who will use their opportunities judiciously”‚ the establishment of a school in the Warren‚ four miles from Blenheim‚ enquiring about John Kilvert who “proposes some sections there”. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ one stain‚ otherwise good. Nelson NZ‚ 20 August 1861. Edmund Hobhouse (1817–1904)‚ Bishop of Nelson‚ New Zealand (1858-1865). The diocese‚ extending over 20‚000 square miles‚ had a sparse and scattered population‚ with few roads. Its difficulties were increased by the outbreak of the New Zealand land wars and by the discovery of gold. Hobhouse was diligent in ministering to his scattered flock‚ was generous in hospitality‚ provided a residence for the holder of the see‚ and founded the Bishop's School. But the work broke down his health; he resigned the see in 1865 and returned home in 1866. Francis Kilvert (1793–1863)‚ English cleric‚ schoolmaster‚ antiquary‚ and literary editor; uncle of the diarist‚ Francis Kilvert. “The School System of this Province makes no Provision for religious Teaching‚ but leaves it with the local Committee of Ratepayers - & the Committee (commonly) to the Schoolmasters.”

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SELWYN‚ George Augustus. 11508

SELWYN‚ George Augustus.	11508 Autograph Letter Signed ‘G.A. NZealand’‚ to Mr. Achill‚ acknowledging his letter and hoping to have a meeting to discuss his correspondent’s son. A good one page example‚ 7 x 4½ inches. Richmond‚ Surrey‚ 24 May 1854. George Augustus Selwyn (1809-1878) was consecrated Bishop on 17 October 1841‚ and sailed for New Zealand on 26 December. He was a significant figure in the development of the colonial churches‚ and his travels to the Pacific Islands led to the formation of the separate diocese of Melanesia. Selwyn College Cambridge was built in his memory.

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THURSTON‚ John Bates. 16341

THURSTON‚ John Bates.	16341 Autograph Letter Signed [to Sir William McArthur]‚ saying that Thurston has received instructions to leave for the Pacific on Thursday by the S.S. Rome‚ and is “now pushed close for time”. 2½ pages 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. Empire Club‚ Piccadilly‚ undated. Sir John Bates Thurston KCMG (1836 -1897)‚ British colonial official who served Fiji in a variety of capacities‚ including Premier of the Kingdom of Viti (before the islands were ceded to the United Kingdom) and later as colonial Governor.

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