Manuscript Sources

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National Library of Australia

Manuscripts relating to the Goldfields of Victoria

1. MS 133 Henry Handel Richardson

Includes papers to Dr Walter Lindesay Richardson who practised medicine on the goldfields of Ballarat. It contains his case notes of midwifery, and includes his mining licence.

2. MS 210 Robert Salisbury

Letter dated 29 December 1871, describing his experiences in Australia including references to the Castlemaine Diggings (57 pages)

3. MS218 Thomas Hampton

Letters 1853- Seventeen letters written from various Victorian Goldfields

4. MS 264 William Henry Archer

Papers 1847-1865, includes 9 letters from Raffaello Carboni and the Rev. Patrick Smyth concerning Eureka Stockade

5. MS 305 Rev. Richard Connobee Journal October 1851, describing the diggings at Ballarat in October 1851 (8 pages)

6. MS 387 J. G. Miles Thesis 1854? "Governor Hotham: Aspects of his government in Victoria with particular reference to the Ballarat goldfields disturbances", M.A. University of Melbourne.

Letters written from NSW goldfields 1850-1870

  • Note The "NSW goldfields" referred to the Port Phillip District of NSW as well as NSW as we now know it, so that there may be items of interest in this manuscript collection of NLA. The Colony of Victoria separated from NSW in July 1851, but much of the administration was still referred to Sydney NSW. For example, there was no Supreme Court in Victoria in 1851, so that cases (Like that of murderer Patrick Kennedy) had to be referred to a higher Judge in Sydney.

Letter from Ivor Crowther, Bathurst to A. Hanger Leathes 18 September 1851 (MS 1469/3)

Letters from Hugh Hamilton, Assistant Gold Commissioner, Ophir, to Anna Maria Broke, 26 January and 26 March 1852 (AJCP M942 - originals held by the Suffolk County Record Office, Ipswich Branch)

Four letters from Thomas Mate, Tarcutta to M.W.B. Evans 1852-53 (MS2073)

Letter from John Rose, Lochinvar, to his mother, 8 March 1858 (MS 1210)

Transcript of letter from Sam Hillyard, Braidwood, to his father 15 March 1861 (MS5609)

Letters from Charles Fletcher, Kiandra, to his brother and sister, 8 May and 15 December 1861 (MS 5609)

Two letters from Joel Croxford, Ironbark, to his brother nad niece, 1864 (MS 1263 - originals held by the Bedford County Record Office UK)