Papers of G.M. Mathews
Series 1 (Folders 1-8)
Box 1 Mathews, G.M.Untitled ms. notes in pencil by Mathews
listing and describing bird genera, on the verso of
typescript lists of bird species.
Series 2 (Folders 1-4)
Box 2 Mathews, G.M.Unpublished Mss of projected Handbook of the
Birds of Australia. (plus several un-numbered pages, and
notes on species)
Series 3 (Folders 1-7)
Box 2 Mathews, G.M.Manuscript material, probably unpublished,
including the following titles:Remarks on Petrels (t.s.,
probably an address); Annual Report on British New Guinea,
remarks; Catalogue of books in the British Museum; Proc.
Linn. Soc. of N.S.W. Also ms. notes on Petrels and other
Series 4 (Folders 1-4)
Box 3 Black and white proofs of plates, most with ms.
inscriptions "One complete set of spare coloured plates;
final proofs" (13 plates)
Series 5 (Folders 1-7)
Box 3 One bundle marked "Ornithology typescript", being
narrative notes on bird genera (591 pp.)
Series 6 (Folders 1-7)
Box 3 & 4 "Notes on the Moa and others" - MSS.Correspondence from
R.Kemp, and notes and correspondence from Allan
Brooks.Tickets, programmes etc. from International
Ornithological Conferences.Arms of the Appleton Club -
original, glazed and framed. Irrediparra - ts. notes and 1
coloured plate by Beryl Ireland, original, plus 1
photo.Envelope fromTom Iredale to Mathews marked on front
"Generic character of Australian Birds", and on back "21
plates B. and W. for new Handbook,Australia". Plates black
and white, original. Some Medland, some B.Ireland. Ms.
list of plates headed "Generic Character of Australian
Birds". Plates numbered, one coloured.
Series 7 (Folders 1-6)
Box 4 Proofs of plates for Manual of Birds of New Zealand.
Bulletins of the British Ornithological Club 1931-5.
Printers proof of Petrels Off-prints of some of Mathews'
articles, papers read ar the B.O.C., etc. Album of
newspaper cuttings re transfer of Mathews' library to
Series 8 (Folders 1-8)
Box 4 Mathews, G.M. Plates, various, and 1 notebook: Notebook,
ms., of "Books Wanted" Envelope marked "Odd plates from
Emu and other publications. Also plates of G.M.M.'s by
Lilian Medland". Black and white "legs and feet of
Petrels" not original. Few printed pages of Emu. Plates
for other of Mathews' books, some hand-coloured. Envelope:
"Drawings of Birds Austr. B. and white". Originals for
Birds of Australia; heads, feet, feathers, etc. Envelope:
"Sketches and drawings (believed all Petrels)". Black and
white mock-up plates 0f heads etc., and seperate sketches
in numbered envelopes. Envelope: reprints, two articles
from Emu, are "with complements Neville Cayley". Envelope:
"Odd sketches and plates probably for Lord Howe and
Norfolk Is." Black and white, original. Mainly beaks and
claws. Envelope: "Lord Howe and Norfolk Book. Plates to be
added to by Systema Avium large paper edition". Plates by
the lithograph and hand-colouring process; some not yet
Series 9 (1 Folder)
Box 5 One bundle of printer's proofs, marked "to Compositer",
with ms. revisions to lists.
Series 10 (Folders 1-8)
Box 5 Petrels.Original drawings, coloured, showing bone
structures, sgnd. R.Kemp.Original sketches; some signed
F.W.F., some B.I., some P.C.Ms. and ts. notes including
material on Petrels, other bird genera; several bundles.
Series 11 (Folio run)
One bound volume "Extracts, newspaper cuttings etc." from
Series 12 (1 Folder)
Box 6 Correspondence, A.B.Crawford to Mathews, on Petrels. 1949
Series 13 (Folders 1-3)
Box 6 Mathews: ms. and ts. notes concerning Emus and
Cassowaries. Annotated copies of following publications:
Roberts, Brian British Graham Land Expedition 1934-7:
Scientific Reports Vol.1. The Life Cycle of Wilson's
Petrel. Forbes W.A. Voyage of H.M.S.Challenger -
Zoology-Report on Anatomy of Petrels.
Series 14 Folders 1-6)
Box 6 Mathews, G.M. One folder marked "Petrels, rough notes",
ts. and ms, by G.M.M. Photos of Puffins, photos by Bell
and Oliver. "Storm Petrel tails" - black and white
original, sgd. F.W.F. "Skeletons of wings" - original
sketches. Letters and sketches: Talbot Keeley, Kemp. Proof
prints of beaks etc.
Series 15 (Folders 1-5)
Box 6 One ts. bundle marked "Mathews. Ms. of Systema Avium
Australasianarum. G.M.M.", with ms. corrections.
Series 16 (Folders 1-3)
Box 7 R.Bowdler Sharpe's ms. on Godman's Petrels, with Mathews'
ms. of Birds of Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands on verso.
One bundle of ts. notes on bird genera.
Series 17 (Folders 1-9)
Box 7 Mathews, G.M. Folders 1-7: Ms. of Systema Avium
Australasianarum. Folders 8,9 - Closed: Lettters to
G.M.Mathews,1907-1949, itemised 1-180
Series 18 (Folders 1-3)
Box 8 Gray, G.R. Four notebooks, 1869-71. Ms. notes of part of
G.R.Gray's publication Hand-list of Genera and Species of
Birds, published 1869-71, being sections Scansores,
Gallinae,and Conirostres of Part II
Series 19 (Folders 1-2)
Box 8 Gray, G.R. Three notebooks, 1869-71 ms. Ms. notes of
sections Tenuirostres and Dentirostres of Part I of Gray's
Hand- list of Genera and Species of Birds.
Series 20 (Folders 1-7)
Box 8 Bowyer-Bowyer, Thomas Henry. Six ms. notebooks containing
(folders ornothological notes presented to Mathews by the author's
1-2),Box mother. Also four letters to Bowyer-Bowyer from R.
9 (folders Bowdler- Sharpe, Director B.M. of Natural History,
Series 21 (Folders 1-4)
Box 9 Offprints of articles, some by Mathews. Mostly annotated
by Mathews, and containing ms. and ts. notes and some
sketches. A.C.Bent: Life Histories of North American
Petrels and Pelicans and their Allies (U.S. National
Museum, Bulletin 121) C.A.Fleming: The Phylogeny of the
Prions (reprint from The Emu) G.M.Mathews: Pachyptila,
the Prions (reprint from The Emu) G.M.Mathews: A
Shearwater for Western Australia (reprint from The Emu)
G.M.Mathews: Remarks on Prions (reprint from The Emu)
G.M.Mathews: Key of the Storm-petrels (reprint from The
Emu) G.M.Mathews: Remarks on Petrels (reprint from The
Emu) L.Glouert: The Little Shearwater's Year (reprint from
The Emu) G.M.Mathews: On Fregetta Bonaparte and Allied
Genera (reprint from Novitates Zoologicae) G.M.Mathews:
The Birds of Tristan da Cunha (reprint from Novitates
Zoologicae) .M.Mathews: A Check-list of the Order
Procellariiformes (reprint from Novitates Zoologicae
Series 22 (1 Folder)
Box 9 Ts. of pages 1-260 of Handbook of the Birds of Australia
Series 23 (Folders 1-3)
Box 10 Mathews, G.M. and Hallstrom, E.J.L.: Notes on the Order
Procellariiformes, 1943 Proof copies (3) with ms.
additions, corrections etc., and some correspondence
inside. Voous, J.H.Jnr.: printed notes and letter to
Series 24 (Folders 1-9)
Box 10 Gould material:Photostat copies of letters from John Gould
to E.P.Ramsay, 1866-9 One folder marked "John Gilbert"
with ts. copies of letters from J.Gilbert to J.Gould,
1839-42 and containing article reprints by A.Chisholm and
others on John Gilbert. One folder marked "Gouldiana" with
reprints of articles concerning John Gould and various
letters with reference to Gould. One folder marked
"Mrs.John Gould" with tss.copies of 18 letters to and from
Mrs.Gould, 1838-39, and two letters from Lady Franklin to
Mrs.Gould, 1838, and one letter to Mrs.Gould from
J.B.Williamson (originals held in Mitchell Library - VH
12.9.95) One folder marked "John Gould", containing
correspondence 1938-41 between K.Hindwood, A.Chisholm, and
others concerning historical research on the work of John
Gould, and maps showing the places visited by Gould in
Tasmania, S.A. and N.S.W. Bulletins of the N.S.W.branch of
the Royal Australian Ornithologists' Union, 1936-37.
Mathews G.M.: Proofs of Birds of Norfolk and Lord Howe
Islands, also of A Check List of the Order
Procellariiformes (Notitates Zoologicae,v.XXXIX)
Folio run Mathews, G.M.Ms. of Systema Avium Australasianarum
Series 26 (Folders 1-7)
Box 11 Mathews, G.M.:One bundle of preliminary ts. of Birds of
New Zealand, with ms. plates for same (some coloured, some
black and white; original and not original) Medland,
L.:Coloured plates, not original
Series 27 (1 folder + folio run)
Box 11 Folder: Mathews, G.M., Petrels ms.; Sharpe, ms. on
Folio run Mathews, G.M., ms. of Birds of Norfolk and Lord Howe
Islands (two parcels. Parcel i) mainly ms., some ts.;
parcel ii) ms. include some rough notes and
Series 28 (Folders 1-4)
Box 11 Photographs of Mathews' collectors, artists and
colleagues. Mathews, G.M.: Offprints; ts. catalogue of
Ornithology library of G.M.M.; ms. and ts. notes; original
bird sketches. Original Lionel Lindsay sketch for
bookplate for the library of H.L.White of "Belltrees",
Scone; cutting with reference to White stamp collection.
Series 29 (Folders 1-6)
Box 12 Mathews, G.M.: miscellaneous plates, hand coloured and
black and white sketches for various publications; black
and white water-colour, original (Birds of Lord Howe
Island ? - not signed. Sketches, plates, notes for beaks
etc., black and white; some original. Mainly by
F.W.Frohawk. Coloured plates, not original; some by
F.L.Jaques. Storm Petrels. Black and white original, by
F.W.Frohawk Medland, L.: Colour plates of petrels, and
petrel sketches In Pictorial: original watercolours (birds
of New Zealand?); two original water-colours of petrels.
Folio run Sharpe: Ms. on Godman's Petrels, with, on verso, Mathews:
Ms. of Birds of Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands.
Folio run, Sharpe and Chubb:Ms. text of work on Godman's Petrels
Folio run Sharpe: Ms. on Godman's Petrels - includes proof pages .
Series 32 (1 folder)
Box 13 Sharpe: Ms. on Godman's Petrels.
Folio run Sharpe: Ms. on Godman's Petrels with, on verso,Mathews
G.M., Ms. of Systema Avium Australasianarum, 50 pp.
Folio run Sharpe: Ms. on Godman's Petrels, with, on verso,Mathews:
Proof pages of Systema Avium (including portion dealing
with New Zealand birds). Report on the cataloguing of the
Mathews collection. Bulletins of Royal Australasian
Ornithologists' Union. Some correspondence.
Series 34 (Folders 1-6)
Box 13 Mathews, G.M.:Ms. for Birds of New Zealand (ts. with ms.
corrections). Marked in Mathews' hand "all ready to be
Series 35 (Folders 1-10)
Box 14 Mathews, G.M.:Ms. for Birds of New Zealand. Ts. with ms.
(includes small amount of printed material e.g. reprint of
Series 36 (Folders 1-10)
Box 14 Mathews, G.M.:Ms. for Birds of New Zealand pp.364-591; in
ts. with some ms. notes.Plates, coloured and monochrome,
for same; not original The notes marked "ready for
printing from here on".
Series 37 (1 folder)
Box 15 Plates of Petrels: "Godman's originals given me by Dame
Mary Godman" in G.M.M.'s handwriting. Hand-coloured,
original. Plates from Mathews' Birds of Australia;
Petrels. Originals. Some hand-coloured plates, some
Series 38 (Folders 1-10, also folio run)
Box 15 Miscellaneous ms. notes and illustrations: includes ts.
notes on New Zealand Birds not included in the Australian
bird list. Spare plates of Mathews' books. Some original
sketches of beaks etc.Painted sandpaper representation of
In Pictorial section (204/14/56)
Series 40 (1 folder)
Box 16 Temmink, C.J.: Coup d'oeil sur la faune des Isles de la
Sonde et de l'Empire du Japan. 1835. Ms. copy. 1 volume.
Deleted from this collection
- Diggles, Sylvester: Letterbook, 1871-77 (244pp.) Being copies of
letters written from Brisbane to fellow collectors, mainly entomologists
and ornithologists, and to his family. The letterbook also contains 11
page index to contents. Now at ms. 1551
- Mathews, G.M.:My Life Story. Ts., 40 pp. Now at ms.1134
Series 41 (Folders 1-6, microfilmed)
Box 16 Ireland, Tom:5 folders of chapter drafts and notes in Tom
Ireland's hand, being material for the projected Handbook
of Birds of New Zealand, in which he was collaborating
with G.M.Mathews. Includes some plates, not original, and
some correspondence Ireland to Mathews; also
correspondence re G.M.Mathews Ornithological Collection.
Series 42 (Folders 1-6)
Box 17 Black and white plates for Handbook of New Zealand Birds,
plates of beaks, claws, heads, etc., a few original.
Envelope:"Illustrated key, spare proofs"; black and white
heads etc. in miniature for key. "Envelope: "....
Important. Receipt for N.Z.plates (Lilian Iredale), and
notes on N.Z. plates ..." Receipt dated 1935. Alexander,
W.B.: Reprints of several articles in Journal of Royal
Society of Western Australia, Emu, etc.
Series 43 (Folders 1-6)
Box 17 Envelope of press cuttings concerning Mathews, l940-44.Ts.
notes by Mathews "The history of my Ornithological career
and of my Birds of Australia", with ms. corrections etc.
Ts. notes on penguins, petrels etc. Ms. and ts. notes for
Birds of New Zealand
Box 18-21: 44 i) (Folders 1A-3J; 4A-5K; 6A-8J; 9A-10L; also folio
run, folder 11) Ms. and ts. notes in 11 concertina
folders; filed under subject. One parcel black and white
plates, not original.
Box 22-23 44 ii) (Folders 1-13, also folio run, folder 13A)
Box 23 Plates and drawings, 17 bundles:Original drawings,
water-colours, and ink-and-wash sketches. Tracings.
Original water-colours by J.G.Keulemans, A.Stahl, R.Green,
N.W.Cayley (and others). Black and white plates, not
original, patterns for printer. Leaflet: List of Birds
Addition of 1991 to collection, added to Box 23:C.B.E.
medal; photograph of G.M.Mathews; water-colour of Mathews,
caricature, "The Weary Drover"; letter from the Headmaster
of King's School, Parramatta; table rules etc., invitation
to inverstiture, June 1939; letter from W.C.Hankinson; 6
Series 45 (1 book)
Box 24 Press clippings concerning Gregory Mathews, 1939-1943, 1
Series 46 (2 books - microfilmed)
Box 24 Bell, Roy Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island journal,
July 8th 1912 to March 18th, 1914, containing his
observations on bird life there. Ts., 2 volumes. Folder
with letter to G.M.M. from C.E.Hillman.
Box 25: Added May 1993. Two volumes of G.M.Mathews' Systema Avium
Australasianarum (London, 1927-30) interleaved with
numerous ms. additions by Mathews.
Folio: Added 3.3.88 Illuminated testimonial from the
Commonwealth National Library, 28.7.41
Guide prepared November 1995. Last updated August 1996.