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- Collections of the University of Birmingham
- Collections held by the University of Birmingham (as filmed by the AJCP)
- Date Range
- 1894 - 1962
- Collection Number
- 41 items
- Language of Materials
- Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents
Correspondence of Joseph Chamberlain; principle correspondents include Lord Salisbury, Queen Victoria and King Edward VII, Michael Hicks-Beach, Lord Ashbourne, and Lord Northcote. Subjects Include; Imperial affairs, Colonial affairs, Samoa, overseas trade, appointment of Govenors, domestic politics, and fiscal policy.
John Galsworthy's notes on New Zealand.
Correspondence of Alan Strode Campbell Ross concerning linguistics, particuarly his research on the language and vocabulary of the Pitcairn Islanders.
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Material selectively filmed at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1972 (AJCP Reels: M867-M868). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.
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University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, England. For further information see University of Birmingham archives catalogue.(http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/)
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Finding Aid Note
This finding aid is a revised online version of the original finding aid prepared by the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP), published by the National Library of Australia in 2019. The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.
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Agricultural Congress (1899); Antarctica; Army and defence; Australia; Barton, Sir Edmund; Politicians: Britain; Canterbury College, New Zealand; Chamberlain, Joseph; Colonial Conferences; Deakin, Alfred; Edward VII, King of England; Fiji; France; Galsworthy, John; Gascoyne-Cecil, Robert A.T., 3rd Marquess of Salisbury; Germans in the Pacific; Great Britain. Colonial Office; Honours; Imperial Conferences; Pacific Cable Conference (1896); Pitcairn Island; New Zealand: politics and government; Australia: politics and government; Postal services; Great Britain: relations with colonies; Ross, Alan S.C.; Royal visits; Samoa; Shipping; South Africa; Straits Settlements; Suez Canal; Tariffs; Telegraphic communication; Tonga; Trade: imperial; United Empire Trade League; Victoria, Queen of Great Britain; New Zealand: visits to2; Australia: visits to; Vocabularies.
Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998 . Entry 470, p. 183.
Biographical / Historical
Joseph Chamberlain (1836-1914), born in London, became a successful Birmingham businessman and was Mayor of Birmingham in 1874-1876. Standing as a Radical candidate, he was elected to the House of Commons in 1876. He was elected the first president of the National Liberal Federation in 1877. In the second Gladstone Ministry in 1880-1885, Chamberlain was President of the Board of Trade and in the third Gladstone Ministry in 1886 he was briefly President of the Local Government Board. He resigned in March 1886 on the issue of Home Rule for Ireland. He became leader of the Liberal Unionists in the House of Commons in 1891 and subsequently drew closer to the leaders of the Conservative Party. When the Conservatives under Lord Salisbury returned to power in 1895, Chamberlain became Secretary of State for the Colonies. He held the office for eight years, resigning in September 1903 so that he could campaign freely for the cause of tariff reform and closer imperial ties. He suffered a stroke in 1906 from which he never fully recovered.
Colonial paragraph in Queen's Speech; Suez Canal shares.
Approves appointments of Lords Beauchamp and Tennyson as governors of New South Wales and South Australia.
Opposition of Queen to proposal that Duke of York visit New Zealand.
[The rest of the file (17 items) could not be filmed for technical reasons.]
Changes resulting from federation of Malay native states; appointments. (2 letters)
Railway extension in Malay states; meeting of sultans and chiefs; Kelantan.
Revision of colonial boundaries; German claims to Samoa.
Appointment of Irish lawyers in the colonies.
Seeks interview concerning British Antarctic expedition.
Thanks for hospitality to representatives of the colonies.
Recieved his letter which he will value always. Canadian copyright. Will send a copy of his recently published novel to Birmingham for Chamberlain.
Action of some colonies in severing connections with International Tariff Bureau.
Declines honour; no honour held in less esteem in Australian colonies; his services.
Visit of Australian premiers to Paris should be considered social rather than business; Sir John Forrest.
Has declined to speak in Paris on gold mining industry in Western Australia.
Appointment of standing committee to consider landing rights for submarine cables.
Suggests shorter terms for Australasian governorships.
Suggests each colony send a report on measures for protection of colony against invasion for forwarding to Defence Committee.
Interest in governorship of New Zealand.
Offer of KCMG; Federal Convention.
Seeks a vice-regal appointment in a cooler climate, preferably Australia.(copy)
Correspondence with British North Borneo Company.
Recommends Sir Saul Samuel for baronetcy.
Transvaal question more serious than any other; in next half century Germany and France will be ousted from Pacific by forces of Australasia; no objection to yielding to Germany on Samoa.
Dissatisfaction of Australian governments and press concerning New Hebrides.
Foreign Office considers that New Hebrides question should be kept quiet for present; sensitivity of French public opinion. (copy)
Departure from India; inquires when he should go to Australia.
Correspondence concerning Commonwealth Constitution Bill (1900), governorships, visit of Duke and Duchess of York to Australia, Australian troops in South Africa, governor-general's allowances; resignation of Lord Hopetoun. Correspondents include Alfred Deakin, Sir Joh Dodds (Hobart), Sir Arthur Havelock, Lord Hopetoun, Lord Tennyson (Adelaide) and Chamberlain. (60 items)
Correspondence with Lord Ranfurly (Wellington) about honours. (7 items)
Proposed Pacific Cable Conference; no reason for British Government to subsidise cable.
No justification for a grant to enable artillery volunteers to visit Canada; Pacific cable.
War Office suggestion of sending troops from British colonies to inauguration of Australian Commonwealth.
Appointment of state governors in Australia following appointment of governor-general; difficulty of finding men prepared to make pecuniary sacrifice.
Queen declines approval for representative British troops to attend inauguration of Australian Commonwealth.
Seeks information on value of imports into colonies from foreign countries in period 1884-94 and reasons why importers preferred foreign goods to British goods. (circular letter, printed)
Commercial treaties between Britain and France and Belgium; effect on trade between Britain and its colonies. (printed)
Drafts of proceedings, correspondence, printed memoranda and notes for speeches relating to the 1902 Colonial Conference. They include copies of letters from A. J. Balfour to King Edward VII, letters and notes by Sir Robert Giffen on commercial relations of the Empire, and memoranda by Lord Selborne and William St John Brodrick on imperial defence matters. (13 items)
Correspondence of Chamberlain with Lord Hopetoun, Sir John Forrest, Edmund Barton and George Reid. The subjects include naval defence, honours, the South African War, the Pacific islands, land legislation in Australia, and the overseas travels of Barton and Forrest. (9 items)
Correspondence of Chamberlain with Sir John Cockburn, Alfred Deakin, Sir John Forrest and Lord Selborne, as well as telegrams, newspaper cuttings and printed documents. The subjects include imperial trade, an invitation to Chamberlain to visit Australia, the completion of the Coolgardie water supply scheme in Western Australia, politics in Western Australia, South Africa, naval defence, and the labour trade in the Pacific. (18 items)
Sends memorandum (34pp.) on the events of 1903 and origins of the tariff reform movement.
Letters and extracts from letters on tariff reform.
Exports to colonies compared to exports to foreign countries.
Bounties given by foreign governments to their mercantile marine.
(11pp. + tables)
Sends letter from W. Farrer Ecroyd on preferential tariffs.
Correspondence of Chamberlain with Lord Northcote (6 letters) and Sir John Forrest. The subjects include the Western Australian water scheme, Federal politics, the visit of Hugh Davies to Britain, free trade and protectionism in Australia, the Conciliation and Arbitration Bill, the formation and fall of the Watson Ministry, State governors, Alfred Deakin, George Reid, Northcote's reflections on Australian society, and British-Australian relations. (8 items)
Necessity of closer union with the colonies; establishment of Committee of Imperial Defence. (copy)
Preferential tariff; outrage committed by Russian Baltic Fleet.
Correspondence of Chamberlain with Lord Northcote (7 letters) and Sir Gerald Strickland (Hobart). The subjects include Imperial relations, the need for an Imperial Council, George Reid, imperial defence, proposals for an Australian squadron, preferential trade, Federal-State relations, Alfred Deakin, a dispute between Sir Josiah Symon and High Court judges, the Naval Agreement, immigration, the formation of the Deakin Ministry, B. R. Wise, and the Premiers Conference. (9 items)
Preference and South Africa; visit of B. R. Wise to England; likelihood he will be Australian High Commissioner.
Deferral of Imperial Conference; A. J. Balfour and tariff reform. (typescript)
Imperial Conference; necessity for unfettered discussion of preferential trade within Empire. (typescript extracts)
Federal election; need for Deakin-Watson alliance to advance protection; Western Australian secession; relations with Colonial Office.
Result of Federal election; likely continuance of Deakin Government.
Defeat of referendum in Australia; Imperial Conference; class taxation and socialist ideals.
Imperial Conference; death of Richard Seddon; Chamberlain's illness; Alfred Deakin 'the hero' of the Imperial Conference; Federal politics; Federal-State relations; ignorance of Colonial Office officials; Deakin's opinion of British political leaders; preferential trade provisions in Australian budget; weaknesses of Australian Constitution; William Lyne; retirement of J. C. Watson; Andrew Fisher; Northcote's plans of retirement; appointment of High Commissioner in London; Lord Chelmsford. (9 letters)
Biographical / Historical
John Galsworthy (1867-1933), novelist, playwright and short story writer, achieved fame as the author of The Forsyte Saga (3 vols, 1906-21) and its sequels A Modern Comedy (1924-28) and End of the Chapter (1931-33). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1932. He visited Australia, New Zealand and some of the Pacific Islands in 1892-93.
Biographical / Historical
Alan Strode Campbell Ross (1907-1980) was a lecturer in English at the University of Leeds in 1936-1940. He served in the Foreign Office during World War II and then joined the staff of the University of Birmingham. He was Professor of English Language (1948-1951) and Professor of Linguistics (1951-1974). Among his many publications were Ginger: a loan-word study (1952) The Pitcairnese Language, with A. W. Moverley (1964).
Correspondence, word lists and research material of Ross concerning his research on the language and vocabulary of the Pitcairn Islanders, 1956 - 1962 (File 1546-1629)
The correspondents include E. H. Flint (Brisbane, 9 letters), F. Percival Ward (Sydney), A. Wotherspoon (Hukerenui, New Zealand), H. E. Maude (Canberra, 8 letters), Donald Marshall (Papeete), J. P. Church (Onerahi, New Zealand), M. Mallet (Norfolk Island), L. K. Burch (Papakura, New Zealand), B. E. Parham (Apia), Gordon Williams (Christchurch, 4 letters), James Gray (Christchurch), Eric Partridge (London) and Ralph White (Tahiti).