Guide to the Papers of Maie Casey

MS 1840

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Maie Casey
Papers of Maie Casey
Date Range
Collection Number
MS 1840
5.32 metres (38 boxes, 1 folio item)
Language of Materials
National Library of Australia


Scope and Contents

The collection comprises correspondence, diaries, notebooks, speeches, drafts, articles, poetry, subject files, Ellis Rowan source material, art work, photographs and other papers relating to Maie Casey's interests in art and family history, her books An Australian story (1962), Melba revisited (1975) and Rare encounters (1980), her involvement in the International Sculpture Competition (1953) and her role as the wife of the Governor of Bengal and Governor-General of Australia. There are also some papers of John Cotton, Theodotus John Sumner, Sir Charles Ryan and Ellis Rowan.

Major correspondents include Princess Alice, Kazu Aso, Princess Marthe Bibesco, Rosemary Dobson, Donn Casey, Princess Pantip Chumbhot, Sir Paul and Alix Hasluck, Anthea Hastings, Elizabeth Hudson, Sir Charles and Natasha Johnston, Angela Limerick, Frank Logan, Peter Masefield, Shudha Mazumdar, Cynthia Nolan, John Oldham, Elizabeth Salter, Sir David Scott, Clement Semmler, Louise Walker, and Patrick White.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (

Conditions Governing Use

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Maie Casey, National Library of Australia, MS 1840, [series and/or file number]'.


The papers were donated by the Casey family in three small instalments in 1971, 1973 and 1980 and one large instalment in 1996.


The Maie Casey Papers were arranged by Connie Hauser, Lord Casey's secretary, after Lady Casey's death. Much of this arrangement has been preserved, particularly in series 4 (art papers), 6 (Ellis Rowan) and 8 (photographs). The alphabetical sequence in series one is an amalgamation of two alphabetical sequences constructed by Connie Hauser, together with loose correspondence from the collection. Authors of many of the letters have been identified, presumably by Ms Hauser.

Letters of Maie Casey are held in the following collections: Bruce Tracey (MS 2495 and MS 2935); Harold Marshall (MS 9075); Sir Richard Blackburn (MS 7363) and Kenneth Slessor (MS 4000).

Other Casey Family papers are held at:

MS 2217 Casey, Richard Gardiner Casey, Baron, 1890-1976 (Papers, 1910-1940, 3cm)

MS 5335 Casey, Richard Gardiner Casey, Baron, 1890-1976 (Programme, 1976, 1cm)

MS 6150 Casey Family (Papers, 1820-1978, 11m)

An oral history interview with Lady Casey is held by the Oral History Section at ORAL DeB 336-337.

Biographical Note

Ethel Marian Sumner (Maie) Ryan was born on 13 March 1892 in Melbourne and died on 20 January 1983. She was the daughter of Alice Elfrida Sumner and Surgeon-General Sir Charles Snodgrass Ryan (1853-1926) (brother of Cecil Godfrey Ryan and Ellis Rowan) and the sister of Rupert Ryan. Her paternal grandparents were Charles Ryan and Marian Cotton (daughter of John Cotton).

Maie Ryan spent her early life in Collins Street, Melbourne, where her father had his residence and surgery. She was educated privately. When she was 14 she left Australia to attend St George's boarding school, Ascot, England. During World War I she worked in London before accompanying her brother to Cologne. She returned to London in the 1920s and in 1926 she married Richard Gardiner Casey, who at that time was Australian political liaison officer in London.

The Caseys returned to Australia in 1931 and after Casey's election to the House of Representatives, settled in Canberra. Lady Casey accompanied her husband on his postings to Washington as first Australian diplomatic representative to the United States, 1940-42; to Cairo as Minister of State in the Middle East, 1942-44 and to Calcutta as Governor of Bengal, 1944-46. The Caseys had two children, Donn and Jane.

Lady Casey was a painter, illustrator and patron of the arts. She attended the Westminster School of Art in London and in Australia was associated with the George Bell School in Melbourne, and Joan Lindsay. She illustrated Helen Jo Samuel's biography of Ellis Rowan Wild flower hunter (1961) as well as her own book, An Australian story.

She took up flying while living in Canberra in 1938 and flew in Australia and the United States. She was associated with the Royal Victorian Aero Club and a founder of the Australian Women Pilots' Association. She was also a member of the American women pilots' club, the Ninety Nines.

She was also first President of the Indian Institute of Art in Industry, 1945-46 and a member of the jury, International Sculpture Competition, London, in 1953.

Lady Casey published three autobiographical accounts: An Australian story, 1837-1907 (1962), a history of four generations of her family in Australia; Tides and eddies (1966), an account of her early married life; and Rare encounters (1980), reminiscences of Lady Edwina Mountbatten, Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, Dame Nellie Melba and her mother-in-law, Mrs R.G. Casey. She also published a biography Melba re-visited (1975); two volumes of verse, Verses (1963) and From the night (1976); co-edited Early Melbourne architecture 1840-1888 (1953) and wrote the libretto for a musical based on an episode in the life of Daisy Bates, The young Kabbarli (1972).

Articles written by Lady Casey include 'Charles Snodgrass Ryan' (Medical Journal of Australia, 19 Sept. 1959: 390-393), 'An introduction to the Nan Kivell Collection' (Art in Australia, v.5, no. 4, Mar. 1968): 586-595), 'A tribute to Sidney Nolan' (Art in Australia, v.5, Sept. 1967: 434), 'George Bell in Bourke Street', (Art in Australia, v.4, Sept. 1966: 120-124) and 'John Cotton 1802-1849' (Journal of the Society for the Bibliography of Natural History, v. 4, part 2, Jan. 1963: 85-91).

She was awarded the Kaiser-I-Hind Medal, the Africa Star, and the Amelia Earhart Medal and was made a Commander of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 1982.

See also Glittering surfaces: a life of Maie Casey by Diane Langmore (Allen & Unwin, 1997).

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Correspondence, 1860-1984

General correspondence of Lady Casey mainly comprising personal correspondence. It also includes a small amount of family and financial correspondence, correspondence relating to social engagements, historical and family research and correspondence on Lady Casey's books and writings (see also series 3). The correspondence includes some carbons and drafts of replies by Lady Casey, two cassette letters, photographs, cuttings, programs, typescripts of speeches, poetry and short stories and other papers associated with the correspondence. Major correspondents are listed below.

The correspondence of Lady Casey falls into three sections: a large sequence of correspondence, most of which was annotated and arranged alphabetically by Lord Casey's secretary; an expanding file which has been retained in its original alphabetical order and separate correspondence files maintained by Lady Casey.

File 1-3. A, 1942-82. Hilda Abbott, Julian Amery, Judith Anderson, Antarctic Wives Association, Clarissa Aran, Kazu Aso, Australian-American Association - Box 1

File 4-8. B, 1945-82. Ethel Barnes, Marga Barr, Margaret Barrow, Grace Bartram, Ian Bassett, Lady Bastyn, George Bell, Rosemary Dobson (Bolton), Lady Doreen Brabourne, Aileen and Sidney Butler - Box 1

File 9-15. C, 1963-83. Lord and Lady Carrington, Donn Casey, Adam Charnaud, Sheila Chichester, Princess Pantip Chumbhot, Lady Diana Cooper, Sir Walter Crocker - Box 2

File 16-17. D, 1966-82. Dr Michael Dale, Lady Delacombe, Ruth Dobson, Sir Russell Drysdale, Sir Edward (Weary) Dunlop, Geoffrey and Ninette Dutton - Box 2, 3

File 18. E, 1964-82 - Box 3

File 19. F, 1967-82. Pauline Fanning - Box 3

File 20. G, 1942-82. Lady Margaret Gifford - Box 3

File 21-25. H, 1955-82. Penne Hackforth-Jones, Gerald Hamilton-Edwards, Sir Paul and Alix Hasluck, Anthea Hastings (Joseph), Cameron Hazlehurst, Katharine Hepburn, Penelope Hope, Elizabeth Hudson - Box 3, 4

File 26. I, 1979-82 - Box 4

File 26. J, 1963-82. Sir Charles and Natasha Johnston - Box 4

File 27. K, 1965-81. Alison King, Marcia Kirsten - Box 4

File 28-29. L, 1942-82. Lady Peggy Lewthwaite, Angela Limerick (Countess), Ernest Llewellyn, Frank and Ray Logan - Box 4

File 30-36. M, 1963-84. Macgowan Family, Reta McLean, Harold Macmillan, Laurie and Lind Macpherson, Margaret Mallory, Shudha Mazumdar, Mountbatten Family (Richard, Patricia and John) - Box 4, 5

File 37. N, 1961-82. Oscar Nemon, Sidney Nolan, Cynthia Nolan - Box 5

File 38. O, 1962-82. John Oldham - Box 5

File 39-40. P-Q, 1946-82. Sir James Plimsoll, Potter Partners - Box 5

File 41-43. R, 1948-82. Sue Rees, Kitty Ritson, Ryan Family (Dominic, Rosemary and Gwen Peyton-Jones) - Box 6

File 44-54. S, 1945-82. Elizabeth Salter, Sir David Scott, Hope Scott, Rachel Scott, Miranda Selous, Clement Semmler, Dr Amal Shah, Sacheverell Sitwell, Amy Smart, Marjorie Smart, Esther Soong, Mary Spears, William and Antonia Spowers, Clare Spurgin, St John Council for Victoria - Box 6, 7

File 55. T, 1963-82 Lord Talbot de Malahide, Mervyn Talbot Rice - Box 7

File 56. U, 1968-78 - Box 7

File 56. V, 1966-82. Lady Von Bibra - Box 7

File 57-60. W, 1946-82. Louise Walker (see also files 69 and 86-89), Alison Waller, Patrick White, Lorri Whiting - Box 8

File 61. Y, 1969-80 - Box 8

File 62. Unidentified, 1942-82 - Box 8

File 63. Alphabetical expanding file: A-B, 1962-76. Rosemary Dobson (Bolton) - Box 8

File 64. Alphabetical expanding file: C-F, 1971-76. Adam Charnaud - Box 8

File 65. Alphabetical expanding file: G-H, 1970-76. Alix Hasluck, Anthea Hastings, Joan Hammond, Elizabeth Hudson - Box 9

File 66. Alphabetical expanding file: I-Mc, 1967-76. Frank Logan, Shudha Mazumdar, Hal Missingham, Reta McLean - Box 9

File 67. Alphabetical expanding file: N-R, 1964-76. Oscar Nemon - Box 9

File 68. Alphabetical expanding file: S, 1970-76. Clem Semmler, Elizabeth Salter, David Scott, Hope Scott, Amy Smart - Box 9

File 69. Alphabetical expanding file: T-Y, 1970-76. Louise Walker, Alison Waller - Box 9

File 70. Correspondence files: Family letters, 1860-1953 - Box 9

File 71. Correspondence files: Miscellaneous notes and letters, 1910-53 - Box 9

File 72. Correspondence files: Private correspondence, 1918-64 - Box 9

File 73. Correspondence files: Women's voluntary services- Middle East, Bengal, 1942-43 - Box 10

File 74. Correspondence files: Family file - Middle East, 1942-44 - Box 10

File 75. Correspondence files: Governors wives conference (New Delhi, Nov. 1944), 1942-82 - Box 10

File 76. Correspondence files: Calcutta, 1943-46 - Box 10

File 77. Correspondence files: Various letters from Calcutta files - for Australia, 1944-45 - Box 10

File 77. Correspondence files: America, 1944-51 - Box 10

File 78. Correspondence files: Begg, Jean, 1944-76 - Box 10

File 79. Correspondence files: Foreign references, 1947-74 - Box 10

File 80-81. Correspondence files: Princess Alice, 1948-82 - Box 10, 11

File 82. Correspondence files: Miscellaneous letters to keep, 1950-79 - Box 11

File 83. Correspondence files: India, 1953 - Box 11

File 84. Correspondence files: Miscellaneous letters, 1953-70 - Box 11

File 85. Correspondence files: Miscellaneous, 1953-83 - Box 11

File 86-89. Correspondence files: Princess Marthe Bibesco, 1958-73 - Box 11, 12

File 90. Correspondence files: Letters from Princess Valentine Ghika-Comanesh, Louise Walker, Odette Bibesco and Ruth Dobson, 1974-80 and papers relating to George Bibesco, the death of Marthe Bibesco and other matters, 1959-73 - Box 12

File 91. Correspondence files: Queen Elizabeth; Prince Phillip, 1964-82 - Box 12

File 92. Correspondence files: Amy Johnston, 1977-80 - Box 12

File 93. Correspondence files: Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) congratulations, 1982 - Box 12

Series 2. Diaries and notebooks, 1940-83

Appointment diaries, address books and notebooks.

File 1. Diaries, 1940, 1950-59 - Box 13

File 2. Diaries, 1960-69 - Box 13

File 3. Diaries, 1970-75, 1977-79 - Box 13

File 4. Diaries, 1980-83 - Box 13

File 5. Notebooks and address books - Box 13

Series 3. Writings, c.1850-1982

Writings of Maie Casey. Other writings are interspersed in files throughout the collection. Other correspondence relating to writings is in series 1.

Subseries (i). Early writings, 1904 - Box 13, 14

Fairy tales, stories, plays, sketches by Maie Ryan and others. Also includes school compositions and exercises and other juvenilia. Most of the manuscripts are not dated.

7 files

Subseries (ii). An Australian story (1962), c.1850-1980 - Box 14, 15

Drafts and research files containing photographs, research and publishers' correspondence, notes, cuttings, illustrations by Casey, original family documents including a letter by Charles Ryan (1864), letters by Ryan and Hammond Stock and Station Agents (1875), reviews, letters from readers and maps.

11 files

Subseries (iii). Melba re-visited (1975), 1924-81 - Box 16

Files containing manuscript and corrected typescript drafts, cuttings, review, letters by recipients and readers of the book, typescripts or reminiscences and illustrations by Casey.

4 files

Subseries (iv). Rare encounters (1980), 1896-1982 - Box 16, 17

Files containing correspondence, photographs, typescript and manuscript drafts, proofs, cuttings, articles, letters of thanks from recipients and appreciations by readers.

7 files

Subseries (v). Speeches, 1937-80

Speeches, broadcasts and notes for speeches.

File 1. Speeches, 1937-47 - Box 17
File 2. Speeches, 1942-48 - Box 17
File 3. Speech notes, 1942-55 - Box 17
File 4. Speeches, 1948-70 - Box 18
File 5. Speeches, 1960-69 - Box 18
File 6. Speeches, 1970-80 - Box 18
File 7. Undated speeches, 1970-80 - Box 18

Subseries (vi). Articles, 1947-72

Files containing drafts, correspondence, illustrations, publications, cuttings, and photographs. Correspondents include Rex Nan Kivell.

File 1. 'Contemporary Australian Art' (Marg), 1953-59 - Box 18
File 2. 'Charles Snodgrass Ryan' (Medical Journal of Australia), 1958-69 - Box 18
File 3-4. 'An introduction to the Nan Kivell collection' (Art and Australia and Apollo), 1966-69 - Box 18
File 5. 'George Bell in Bourke Street' (Art and Australia), 1966-70 - Box 19
File 6. Other magazine and newspaper articles, 1947-72. Includes 'Russell Drysdale and the Australian countryside' (The Geographical magazine, June 1952), 'Emily' (Sydney Morning Herald, Nov. 25 1967), 'Endpiece' (Sydney Morning Herald, Nov. 1 1969), 'Our short history' (La Trobe Library journal, 1972), 'Wedding day in fairyland' (Sydney Morning Herald, June 13, 1970), 'John Cotton, 1802-1849' (Journal of the Society for the Bibliography of Natural History, Jan. 1963) and 'Tigers and elephants', (Australian junior, May-June 1947) - Box 19

Subseries (vii). Verse, 1951-79 - Box 19

Manuscripts and typescripts of poetry by Maie Casey including pieces published in From the night (1976) and translation of poetry by Baudelaire and others.

6 files

Subseries (viii). Other writings, 1943-79

File 1-2. Other writings by Casey including personal tributes to nurse Annie Moriah Sage, C.B. Thomson, Princess Marthe Bibesco, George Bell, Cynthia Nolan, Sir William Dobell, Agatha Christie, Stella Reading, Freda Thompson, Ruth Whiting and Joan Lindsay - Box 20
File 3-4. Papers relating to 'The young Kabbarli: an opera in one act'; music for 'Through the dark night' (lyrics by Maie Casey; music by Margaret Sutherland) - Box 20
File 5. Papers relating to Casey's biographical introduction to and involvement in the publication of John Cotton's birds of the Port Phillip district of New South Wales, 1843-1849 (1974), 1966-77; 'A day of the garter', 1969 - Box 20
File 6-7. Miscellaneous writings, 1943-79 including personal tributes, speeches, transcript of an interview with Hazel De Berg (National Library, 1967), articles, prefaces to books, and family history notes - Box 20

Series 4. Art papers, 1941-87

Subseries (i). Indian art

Files on art subjects maintained by Maie Casey while in India, 1944-46. The papers relate to the Indian Institute of Art in Industry (of which Maie Casey was president, 1945-46), the Exhibition of Bengal Art (Apr. 26-May 3 1945, Government House, Calcutta) and Maie Casey's attempts to organise similar exhibitions in Britain and Australia. Correspondents include Daryl Lindsay and Hal Missingham.

File 1. Art in Industry, 1944-46 - Box 20
File 2. Bengal Art Exhibition - Calcutta, 1945 - Box 21
File 3. Bengal Art Exhibition - Australia, 1944-45 - Box 21
File 4. All-India Exhibition, Burlington House, 1945 - Box 21
File 5. Australian art galleries, 1944-45 - Box 21
File. Art bodies in England (including British Council), 1945 - Box 21
File 6. Art - India, 1944-46 - Box 21
File. Indian art objects for Australia, 1944-49 - Box 21

Subseries (ii). International Sculpture Competition

Numbered sequence of files relating to Lady Casey's involvement in the competition conducted by the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in 1953 on the subject 'the unknown political prisoner'. The competition was won by Reg Butler. Australian finalists included Margel Hinder, Tom Bass and John Joseph Bruhn.

The files include correspondence, cuttings, photographs of the winning models, articles, competition details and names of Australian and New Zealand entrants.

File 7. London visit - correspondence, 1951-53 - Box 21
File 8. Sydney trip file, 1952-53 - Box 21
File 9. Sculpture exhibition, 1953 - Box 21
File 10. London correspondence, 1952-53 - Box 22
File 11. Entries - Australia and New Zealand - Box 22

Subseries (iii). Art files

Files on artists and art organisations. The files contain correspondence, typescripts of articles, photographs of works, catalogues, publications, original drawings and water-colours and notes.

File 12-14. Mary Cecil Allen, 1966-82 - Box 22
File 15. Australian artists, 1962-82 - Box 22
File 16. Cecil Beaton, 1964-80 - Box 22
File 17. George Bell, 1971-81 - Box 22
File 18. Sir William Dobell, 1966-72 - Box 23
File 19. Emily Hope, 1973-80 - Box 23
File 20. Museum of Modern Art, NY, 1967-82 - Box 23
File 21. Hugh Ramsay, 1967 - Box 23
File. Tom Roberts, 1966-80 - Box 23
File 22-23. Jamini Roy, 1946-87 (includes material added by Jane Macgowan) - Box 23
File 24. Royal Society of Arts, 1977-79 - Box 23
File 25. Eugene Von Guerard, 1969-72 - Box 23
File 26. Lorri Whiting, 1965-79 - Box 24
File. Other art papers - Box 24
File 27-28. Exhibition catalogues, 1941-68 - Box 24
File 29-30. Photographs of artworks - Box 24, 25
File 31-35. Miscellaneous art papers including correspondence with art galleries (1956-81), cuttings, catalogues, drafts, pamphlets, photographs, lists of paintings belonging to the Caseys, original artworks and copies of drawings by Maie Casey, 1945-81 - Box 25

Series 5. Subject files, 1905-82

Files relating to Maie Casey's involvement in various organisations, her family property 'Edrington', a visit to Asia with her husband as part of a Ministerial delegation to the Colombo Plan Conference in 1955, and other matters. The files include newsletters, minutes, annual reports, correspondence, pamphlets and cuttings. Correspondents include Helen Keller.

File 1. Australian Neurological Foundation, 1976-80 - Box 25

File 2. Berwick Library, 1978-82 - Box 25

File 3-4. Blind, 1945-69 - Box 26

File 5. Edrington, 1972-82 - Box 26

File 6. Journey, 10 Oct-2 Nov 1955, 1955-56 - Box 26

File 7. Joan Lindsay, 1931-80 (includes letters to Jane Macgowan) - Box 26

File 8. Casey-Daryl Lindsay correspondence, 1948-75 (copies) - Box 26

File 9. Music, 1965-69 - Box 27

File 10. National Library tape (Hazel De Berg interview), 1967-75 - Box 27

File 11-12. Nursing (including Annie Sage Memorial Fund), 1947-69 - Box 27

File 13. Philippe duc d'Orleans, 1905-74 - Box 27

File 14. Reference material, 1953-56 - Box 27

File 15. Margaret Sutherland, 1967-72 - Box 27

Series 6. Ellis Rowan, 1869-1974

This series contains a small amount of original Rowan letters, copies of Rowan correspondence, books by Rowan, files of correspondence, articles, photographs, and other material relating to Rowan and a draft of Helen Jo Samuel's biography of Rowan Wild flower hunter (1961).

File 1. Photographs and portraits of Rowan - Box 27

File 2. Letters by Rowan, 1869-74, copies of letters to Ellis Rowan from her grandparents, 1897-1903 and a note from the British Administrator, German New Guinea giving Rowan permission to take away birds of paradise 'for scientific purposes', 1916 - Box 28

File 3. Newspaper cuttings mainly concerning Rowan's paintings and exhibitions, 1878-1916 and copies of 'Press opinions of Mrs F.G. Rowan's water-colour flower drawings' - Box 28

File 4-9. Files mainly containing correspondence relating to Rowan including responses to Wild flower hunter. Also includes biographical details on Rowan, transcripts of Ferdinand von Mueller letters, drawings by Maie Casey for Wild flower hunter, reviews of the book, correspondence relating to gifts and loans of Rowan paintings and photographs - Box 28, 29

File 10-11. Typescript draft of Wild flower hunter by H.J. Samuel with corrections by Casey - Box 29

File 12. Articles on Rowan and other papers, 1963-74 - Box 29

File 13. A flower hunter in Queensland and New Zealand by Mrs Rowan (1898) - Box 29

File 14. A guide to the wild flowers by Alice Lounsberry; illustrated by Ellis Rowan (4th edition, 1899) - Box 29

File 15. Typescripts entitled 'The Aboriginal races of Australia', 'Encounter with bushrangers', 'A cruise among tropical islands' and 'Inland caves of Australia', possibly by Rowan - Box 29

Series 7. Writings by others, 1932-82

File 1. Poetry by Joan Ackland, 1978 - Box 30

File [unnumbered]. The world we live in: a series of speeches on current events by R.G. Casey, 1933

File 2. 'Old Beaumaris passes by' by Winifred Craig, c.1932 - Box 30

File [unnumbered]. 'Giali' by Charles Jordan (Screenplay for feature film), 1969

File [unnumbered]. Typescript account of early travel and settlement in Victoria by Mary Jane Read (nee Docker) (1828-1923)

File [unnumbered]. 'The dawn of the north-east' by T.G. Clarke, 1905 and other items

File 3. 'Personal recollections of early Victoria' by A.A.C. Le Souef - Box 30

File [unnumbered]. 'Second annual report to the Dean and members of the Faculty of Medicine upon clinical education' by Sir Alan Newton (University of Melbourne, 1949)

File [unnumbered]. 'Caesar' by Inez Lillies

File 4-6. 'Catch the sunlight' (biography of Brigadier General Lord Thomson of Cardington) by Peter Masefield - Box 30

File 7-8. To ride the storm: the story of the airship R101 by Sir Peter G. Masefield, 1982 (see series 1 for Peter Masefield correspondence), 1974-82 - Box 30, 31

File 9-11. 'Picture of Anna' by Lindsay Ryan (with manuscript corrections by Maie Casey) - Box 31

File 12. 'The good sign' by Sir Gordon Volley - Box 31

File [unnumbered]. Unidentified typescripts (one in French)

Series 8. Photographs, c.1842-1972

Casey Family photographs. Bundles of photographs kept in files or envelopes have been kept together.

File 1. Family photographs, c.1842-47 - Box 31

File 2. R.G. Casey senior, 1886-1896 - Box 31

File 3-4. Unsorted family photographs - mostly R.G. Casey, 1891-1960 - Folio [unnumbered], Box 32

File 5-6. Family photos, 1891-1968 - Box 32

File 7. Photographs, 1906-70 including photos of the Northern Territory, 1947 and Cairo during World War I - Box 32

File 8. Photograph album, Cambridge, 1911-13 - Box 32

File 9. Photograph album, 1932-35 including shots of Duntroon (ACT), Kiandra (NSW), Canberra and Parliament - Box 32

File 10. R.G. Casey, 1936-61 - Box 33

File 11. U.S.A, 1940-41 - Box 33

File [unnumbered]. Maie Casey, 1941-72

File [unnumbered]. Middle East, 1942-43

File 12. India, 1944-46 - Box 33

File 13. Photographs of India, 1944-45 and photos, 1958 - Box 33

File 14-15. Photographs - Governor-General, 1965-69 - Box 33

File 16. Maie Casey - Box 34

File 17. R.G. Casey - Box 34

File 18-22. Miscellaneous photos - Box 34, 35

File 23. Photographs used in Glittering surfaces (1997), 1906-1976 labelled by Diane Langmore - Box 35

Series 9. Family papers, 1831-1899

Papers of the naturalist John Cotton (1802-1849). Cotton's daughter Marian married Charles Ryan, father of Surgeon General Sir Charles Ryan. (See also Australian dictionary of biography, volume 1). Also includes papers of Theodotus John Sumner (1820-1884) and Sir Charles Ryan.

See also series 6/2 for a small quantity of papers of Ellis Rowan.

File 1-2. Journal/notebooks of John Cotton, Feb. 1831-Apr. 1833 and May 1833-Nov. 1835. The volumes contain descriptions and water-colours of artworks he had seen exhibited; summaries and illustrations of lectures of the Zoological Society attended by Cotton; copies of poetry by Wordsworth, Byron, Spencer and others; comments on current events, a cholera epidemic, and nature observations including illustrations of insects and birds. Both volumes are indexed by Cotton. The notebooks are signed by Ellis Rowan and Maie Casey - Box 35

File 3-4. Typescript transcripts of the 1831-1833 diary of John Cotton. Includes photographs of some illustrations, and letters from Joseph Burke (University of Melbourne Department of Fine Arts) and Oxford University Press regarding the journals, 1963 - Box 35

File 5-6. Drawings and water-colours of John Cotton of animals, birds, fish, crustaceans, landscapes, portraits and interiors. One piece is dated 1839. Also includes a sketch by Maie Casey of John Cotton and a sketch by Maie Casey of a drawing by Cotton - Box 36

File 7. Letterbook, 1856-58 of Theodotus John Sumner written from Stony Park, Brunswick, Vic - Box 36

File 8. Birth and death certificates of T.J. Sumner and other Sumner Family documents, 1820-1899 - Box 36

File 9. Sir Charles Ryan letters and documents, some in French, 1871-72 - Box 36

File 10. Les murailles d'Orleans pendant l'Occupation Prussienne (1871) - Box 36

Series 10. Other papers, 1937-82

File 1. Passports, 1943-74; marriage certificate, 1926; international driving permits and vaccination certificates - Box 36

File 2. Papers, 1943-59 including music, a speech and a guest list for Government House (Calcutta) - Box 37

File 3. Papers, 1966-79 including programs of tours and state visits (1968-69) and the memorial service program for R.G. Casey, 1976 - Box 37

File 4. Papers, 1980-82 and undated papers including program for the memorial service of Sir John McEwen - Box 37

File 5-6. Newspaper cuttings and copies of articles, 1937-80 including cuttings regarding R.G. Casey's death and an article on Sir Charles Ryan - Box 37

File 7-8. Printed material including poetry by Sacheverell Sitwell and Bibles - Box 37, 38

File 9. File entitled 'A company of carols' containing printed sheet music with words by Marnie Bassett, Maie Casey, Rosemary Dobson and Joan Lindsay and music by Margaret Sutherland, nd. (Added October 2001) - Box 38