Guide to the Collections held by the University of Birmingham (as filmed by the AJCP)



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Created: 2019

Collection Summary

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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Available for Access.

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Preferred Citation

Acknowledgement of use of this material should refer to the location of the original material and to the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Citation Items from this collection should include references to the location of the original material and to the AJCP nla.obj number, which serves as the online identifier for the digital copy.

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Archival History

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.

Existence and Location of Originals

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, England. For further information see University of Birmingham archives catalogue.(

Existence and Location of Copies

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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 The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.

Dates used in this finding aid refer to the date range of the records selected for filming rather than to the date range of the Series or Files.


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.

Item Descriptions

Fonds JC. Joseph Chamberlain Collection, 1886 - 1999

39 items

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.

Series JC5. General correspondence, pre-1900

5 items
Lord Salisbury, 1887 - 1899 (File 5/67)
5 items

Filmed selectively.

Lord Salisbury to Chamberlain, 31 July 1895 (Item 28)

Colonial paragraph in Queen's Speech; Suez Canal shares.

Lord Salisbury to Chamberlain, 13 Jan. [1896] (Item 60)

Loyal telegrams from Australia.

Lord Salisbury to Chamberlain, 22 January 1899 (Item 106)

Approves appointments of Lords Beauchamp and Tennyson as governors of New South Wales and South Australia.

Lord Salisbury to Chamberlain, 31 January 1898 (Item 107)

Opposition of Queen to proposal that Duke of York visit New Zealand.

Lord Salisbury to Chamberlain, 18 September 1899 - 4 October 1899 (Item 123-127)

Negotiations with Germany; connection between Transvaal and Samoa in mind of Emperor.

Series JC9. Imperial affairs

10 items
Australia, 1895 - 1900 (File 1/3)
1 item

Archival History

[The rest of the file (17 items) could not be filmed for technical reasons.]

Sir Gerald Smith (Perth) to Chamberlain, December 1895 - February 1896 (Item)

Assumption of office as governor; Sir John Forrest; Sir William Robinson; Aborigines Protection Board. (2 letters)

Fiji, 1897 (File 1/4)
1 item
Sir George O'Brien (Suva) to Chamberlain, 14 December 1897 (Item)

Policy of government through native chiefs; opposes replacement by British officers.

Pacific Cable Conference, 1896 - 1897 (File 1/5)
1 item
Lord Selborne to Chamberlain, 1896 - 1897 (Item)

Pacific Cable Conference; conflict between Australian and Canadian representatives; position of Admiralty; Australian representatives on Pacific Cable Committee 'more than useless; possible successor to Sir Robert Meade. (2 letters)

Straits Settlements, 1895 - 1898 (File 6/1)
3 items
Sir Charles Mitchell (Singapore) to Chamberlain, 1895 - 1898 (Item)

Changes resulting from federation of Malay native states; appointments. (2 letters)

Sir Frank Swettenham (Selangor) to Chamberlain, 23 July (Item)

Railway extension in Malay states; meeting of sultans and chiefs; Kelantan.

Chamberlain to Sir Charles Mitchell: appointment, 18 December 1895 (Item)
Imperial penny postage, 1897 - 1899 (File 6/3A)
1 item
J. Henniker Heaton to Chamberlain, 1897 - 1899 (Item)

Establishment of imperial penny postage; support of Australian premiers; likelihood New Zealand will come into the plan. (7 letters + newspaper cuttings)

Agricultural Congress, 3 August 1899 - 5 September 1899 (File 6/3B)
3 items
Lord Templetown to Chamberlain, 3 August 1899 (Item)

Proposed Imperial Agricultural Congress.

Lord Templetown to Lord Ampthill, 5 September 1899 (Item)

Proposed Imperial Agricultural Congress.

F. A. Fulford (Board of Agriculture) to Lord Ampthill, 23 August 1899 (Item)

Imperial Agricultural Congress.

Anglo-French negotiations, 13 December 1895 - 14 December 1895 (File 6/3C)
3 items
George Goschen to Chamberlain, 14 December 1895 (Item)

Anglo-French negotiations.

Sir Robert Meade (Colonial Office)to Chamberlain, 13 December 1895 (Item)

Revision of colonial boundaries; German claims to Samoa.

[Sir Frederick Richards] to George Goschen, 14 December 1895 (Item)

Anglo-French negotiations.

Miscellaneous correspondence, 12 July 1895 - 12 March 1900 (File 6/3D)
21 items

Filmed selectively.

Lord Ashbourne to Chamberlain, 31 July 1895 (Item 1)

Legal appointments in the colonies.

Lord Ashbourne to Chamberlain, 27 January 1898 (Item 2)

Appointment of Irish lawyers in the colonies.

HGB. Publication of tariffs in all countries, including the colonies, 24 June 1897 (Item 3)
C. E. Borchgrevink to Chamberlain, 13 November 1897 (Item 4)

Seeks interview concerning British Antarctic expedition.

C. E.Borchgrevink to G.C. Sellar, 16 November 1897 (Item 5)

Antarctic expedition.

Lady Braddon (London) to Chamberlain, 16 July 1897 (Item 6)

Thanks for hospitality to representatives of the colonies.

Hall Canie (Isle of Man) to Chamberlain, 29 December 1895 (Item 7)

Recieved his letter which he will value always. Canadian copyright. Will send a copy of his recently published novel to Birmingham for Chamberlain.

George Curzon (Foreign Office) to Chamberlain, 25 June 1897 (Item 9)

Action of some colonies in severing connections with International Tariff Bureau.

? (Sandringam) to Chamberlain, 11 February 1898 (Item 11)

Invitation to Duke of York.

Duke of York to Chamberlain, 11 February 1898 (Item 13)

Invitation to visit New Zealand.

J. Henniker Heaton to Chamberlain, 7 March 1899 (Item 14)

Declines honour; no honour held in less esteem in Australian colonies; his services.

Chamberlain to Lord Hopetoun, 12 July 1895 (Item 15)

Suggested talk on Hopetoun's Australian experiences.(copy)

Lord Hopetoun to Chamberlain, 2 May 1898 (Item 16)

Seeks appointment as Governor-General of Canada.

Chamberlain to Lord Hopetoun, 9 May 1898 (Item 17)

Regrets refusal.(copy)

Chamberlain to Lord Hopetoun, 12 March 1900 (Item 18)

Thanks for note. (copy)

Sir Edmund Monson (Paris) to Chamberlain, 2 July 1897 (Item 20)

Visit of Australian premiers to Paris should be considered social rather than business; Sir John Forrest.

Sir Edmund Monson to Chamberlain, 4 July 1897 (Item 21)

Forrest's 'Paris demonstrations'.

Sir John Forrest to Chamberlain, 5 July 1897 (Item 23)

Has declined to speak in Paris on gold mining industry in Western Australia.

Duke of Norfolk to Chamberlain, 10 January 1899 (Item 24)

Appointment of standing committee to consider landing rights for submarine cables.

Lord Onslow (Paris) to Chamberlain, 8 Sept. (Item 28)

Suggests shorter terms for Australasian governorships.

Rawson (?) to Chamberlain, 4 December 1896 (Item 31)

Suggests each colony send a report on measures for protection of colony against invasion for forwarding to Defence Committee.

R. Seddon (London) to Chamberlain, 7 July 1897 (Item 34)

Thanks for volume of Chamberlain's foreign and colonial speeches.

Correspondence, 15 December 1896 - 21 December 1897 (File 9/5)
3 items

Filmed selectively.

Lord Castletown to [Duke of Devonshire], 15 December 1896 (Item 12)

Interest in governorship of New Zealand.

Henry Cuthbert (Melbourne) to Chamberlain, 13 September 1897 (Item 13)

Offer of KCMG; Federal Convention.

Duke of Devonshire to Chamberlain, 21 December 1897 (Item 14)

Lord Castledown and governorship of New Zealand.

Correspondence, 24 June 1895 - 16 September 1899 (File 9/7)
5 items

Filmed selectively.

Sir Arthur Havelock (Ceylon) to Lord Ripon, 24 June 1895 (Item 27)

Seeks a vice-regal appointment in a cooler climate, preferably Australia.(copy)

Richard Martin to Chamberlain, 11 September 1899 (Item 33)

Correspondence with British North Borneo Company.

Richard Martin to Chamberlain, 15 September 1899 (Item 36)

Governor of North Borneo.

Sir Edward Wingfield (Colonial Office), 16 September 1899 (Item 37)

Suggests Hugh Clifford as governor of British North Borneo.

Lord Selborne (Puys) to Chamberlain, 10 September 1895 (Item 48)

Lord Lamington; his career and suitability as governor of Queensland.

Series JC11. General correspondence, 15 December 1897 - 26 October 1901

2 items
Correspondence with Lord Salisbury, 15 December 1897 - 29 August 1900 (File 30)
14 items

Filmed selectively.

Chamberlain to Lord Salisbury, 15 December 1897 (Item 109)

Recommends Sir Saul Samuel for baronetcy.

Chamberlain to Lord Salisbury, 17 January 1899 (Item 146)

Recommends Sir William McGregor, late administrator of New Guinea, to be governor of Lagos.

Chamberlain to Lord Salisbury, 20 January 1899 (Item 147)

Lord Beauchamp accepts New South Wales; proposes to offer South Australia to Lord Tennyson.

Lord Salisbury to Chamberlain, 22 January 1899 (Item 148)

Approves Beauchamp and Tennyson.

Lord Salisbury to Chamberlain, 31 January 1899 (Item 151)

Opposition of Queen Victoria to visit by Duke of York to New Zealand.

Lord Salisbury to Chamberlain, 23 April 1899 (Item 156)

Hong Kong question; tri-dominion of Samoa would be impossible, to draw lots and divide the islands would be undignified.

Lord Salisbury to Chamberlain, 18 September 1899 (Item 179)

Connection between Transvaal and Samoa; both German Emperor and New Zealand are unreasonable.

Chamberlain to Lord Salisbury, 18 September 1899 (Item 181)

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.

Chamberlain to Lord Salisbury, 29 September 1899 (Item 185)

Tonga should not be given to Germany under any circumstances.

Lord Salisbury to Chamberlain, 29 September 1899 (Item 186)

Discussion with Count [Hatzfeldt] about Samoa.

Lord Salisbury to Chamberlain, 4 October 1899 (Item 188)

Reference to Samoa in Queen's Speech.

Lord Salisbury to Chamberlain, 17 January 1900 (Item 195)

Queen's Speech.

Chamberlain to Lord Salisbury, 22 January 1900 (Item 196)

Reference to Australian federation in Queen's Speech; Queen's comment on name 'Commonwealth of Australia'.

Lord Salisbury to Chamberlain, 29 August 1900 (Item 197)

Queen Victoria's view on Duke of York going to Australia.

Miscellaneous correspondence, 19 January 1901 - 26 October 1901 (File 39)
4 items

Filmed selectively.

Sir Charles Dilke to Chamberlain, 19 March 1901 (Item 47)

Dissatisfaction of Australian governments and press concerning New Hebrides.

Chamberlain to Sir Charles Dilke, 21 March 1901 (Item 48)

Foreign Office considers that New Hebrides question should be kept quiet for present; sensitivity of French public opinion. (copy)

Sir Arthur Havelock (Algiers) to Chamberlain, 19 January 1901 (Item 84)

Departure from India; inquires when he should go to Australia.

J. Henniker Heaton to Chamberlain, 26 October 1901 (Item 86)

Letter from Edmund Barton on penny postage; Australian postal revenues result in a loss.

Series JC14. Colonial affairs, 1900 - 1902

4 items
Australia, 1900 - 1902 (File 1/1)

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)

New Zealand, 1901 - 1902 (File 1/2)

Correspondence with Lord Ranfurly (Wellington) about honours. (7 items)

Fiji, 6 May 1901 (File 2/3)
1 item
Sir George O'Brien (Suva) to Chamberlain, 6 May 1901 (Item 1)

Offer of governorship of British Guiana (incomplete), with reply from Chamberlain.

Straits Settlements, 15 July 1902 (File 2/9)
1 item
Sir Frank Swettenham (Singapore) to Chamberlain, 15 July 1902 (Item 1)

Siamese claims to certain Malay states, with reply from Chamberlain.

Series JC16. Miscellaneous notebooks and correspondence, 8 November 1895 - 1 January 1902

4 items
Miscellaneous letters, 8 November 1895 - 26 December 1900 (File 4)
2 items

Filmed selectively.

Chamberlain to William St John Brodrick, 26 December 1900 (Item 2)

Doubts possibility of any great changes in relation of colonies to imperial defence; South African War.

Chamberlain to Frederick Fison, 8 November 1895 (Item 7)

Professorship at Canterbury College, New Zealand.

Correspondence with Sir Michael Hicks-Beach, 2 March 1896 - 10 September 1900 (File 5)
4 items

Filmed selectively.

Sir Michael Hicks-Beach to Chamberlain, 2 March 1896 (Item 8)

Proposed Pacific Cable Conference; no reason for British Government to subsidise cable.

Sir Michael Hicks-Beach to Chamberlain, 29 May 1899 (Item 25)

No justification for a grant to enable artillery volunteers to visit Canada; Pacific cable.

Sir Michael Hicks-Beach to Chamberlain, 6 September 1900 (Item 30)

War Office suggestion of sending troops from British colonies to inauguration of Australian Commonwealth.

Sir Michael Hicks-Beach to Chamberlain, 10 September 1900 (Item 31)

Visit of troops to Australia.

Correspondence with Queen Victoria and King Edward VII, 26 January 1899 - 1 January 1902 (File 6)
10 items

Filmed selectively.

Queen Victoria to Chamberlain, 26 January 1899 (Item 46)

Appointment of Lords Tennyson and Beauchamp as governors of South Australia and New South Wales.

Queen Victoria to Chamberlain, 29 January 1899 (Item 47)

Lord Tennyson.

Inscriptions for a table and inkstand used by Queen Victoria when giving assent to the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Bill, 12 July 1900 (Item 65)
Chamberlain to Queen Victoria, 26 July 1900 (Item 66)

Appointment of state governors in Australia following appointment of governor-general; difficulty of finding men prepared to make pecuniary sacrifice.

Duke of York to Chamberlain, 29 July 1900 (Item 67)

Flag to be presented by Queen to representatives of colonial troops serving in South Africa.

Sir Arthur Bigge to Chamberlain, 30 July 1900 (Item 68)

Appointment of future governors to Australia.

Duke of York to Chamberlain, 3 September 1900 (Item 71)

Approval of Queen for his visit to Australia; regrets she has refused his visit to Canada.

Sir Arthur Bigge to Chamberlain, 19 October 1900 (Item 74)

Queen declines approval for representative British troops to attend inauguration of Australian Commonwealth.

Sir Francis Knollys to Chamberlain, 16 November 1901 (Item 79)

Royal titles.

Sir Arthur Bigge to Lord Monk Bretton, 1 January 1902 (Item 91)

Retirement of General George French from command of military forces in New South Wales; Prince of Wales suggests he be knighted.

Overseas trade, 28 November 1895 - 30 June 1897 (File 7)
3 items

Filmed selectively.

Chamberlain to colonial governors, 28 November 1895 (Item 2)

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)

George Curzon (Foreign Office) to United Empire Trade League, 5 March 1896 (Item 5)

Commercial treaties between Britain and France and Belgium; effect on trade between Britain and its colonies. (printed)

C. Boyle to Charles Ritchie, 30 June 1897 (Item 6)

Sends memorandum by Sir Robert Giffen on effects of termination of commercial treaties with France and Belgium. (printed)

Series JC17. Colonial correspondence, 1901 - 1902

3 items
1902 Colonial Conference (File 1)

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)

Australia, 1902 (File 2)

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)

Miscellaneous items, 1902 (File 5)
1 item

Filmed selectively.

A. J. Balfour. Eulogy of Chamberlain (extracts), 13 February 1902 (Item 2)

Series JC18/1-10. Colonial and foreign correspondence and documents, 1903

2 items
Australia, 1903 (File 3)

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)

New Zealand, 1903 (File 9)

Correspondence of Chamberlain with Richard Seddon and William Pember Reeves, referring inter alia to a gift to Chamberlain of New Zealand ferns. (4 items)

Series JC18/16-20. Domestic politics, 1900 - 1932

3 items
Cabinet crisis of 1903 (File 16)
1 item

Filmed selectively.

Copies of letters from A. J. Balfour to King Edward VII, notes of a Cabinet meeting (14 Sept. 1903), printed documents, statistics and extracts from letters relating to Chamberlain's resignation from the Government in September 1903 over the issue of tariff reform, 14 September 1903 (Item 1-12)
Fiscal policy, 1 June 1900 - 1932 (File 18)
28 items

Filmed selectively.

Sir Austen Chamberlain to Blanche Dugdale, 4 March 1931 (Item 22)

Sends memorandum (34pp.) on the events of 1903 and origins of the tariff reform movement.

Chamberlain to Duke of Devonshire, 29 May 1903 - 21 September 1903 (Item 45-47)

Letters and extracts from letters on tariff reform.

J. L. Garvin to Chamberlain, 26 November 1903 (Item 62)

Comments on letter of Sir Robert Giffen.

Chamberlain to J. L. Garvin: acknowledgment (copy), 27 November 1903 (Item 63)
Sir Robert Giffen to Chamberlain, 26 October 1903 (Item 64)

Trade statistics.

Sir Robert Giffen to Chamberlain, 2 November 1903 (Item 65)

Exports to colonies compared to exports to foreign countries.

Chamberlain to Sir Robert Giffen: acknowledgment (copy), 2 November 1903 (Item 66)
Chamberlain to Sir Robert Giffen: acknowledgment (copy), 5 November 1903 (Item 67)
Sir Robert Giffen to Chamberlain, 8 December 1903 (Item 68)
R. W. Leyland (Liverpool) to Chamberlain, 16 July 1903 (Item 83)

Bounties given by foreign governments to their mercantile marine.

Chamberlain to R. W. Leyland: acknowledgement (copy), July 1903 (Item 84)
Bounties for British sailing ships, Shipping Gazette and Lloyds List, 3 June 1902 (Item 85)
Subsidies to British sailing ships, Shipping Gazette and Lloyds List, 2 August 1902 (Item 86)
Liverpool Shipowners Association. French shipping bounties as affecting sailing ships (Item 87)

(11pp. + tables)

Sir Herbert Maxwell. Notes on tariff reform movement. (15pp.) (Item 93)
Sir Herbert Maxwell to J. L. Garvin, 19 March 1920 (Item 94)

Beginnings of tariff reform. (copy)

G. F. Renwick to Chamberlain, 24 June 1903 (Item 109)

Sends letter from W. Farrer Ecroyd on preferential tariffs.

A. J. Balfour. Economic notes on insular free trade. (London, 1903), 1903 (Item 134)
J. Little. The Empire in the crucible: trade reciprocity: the Ottawa Conference. (Bournemouth, 1932), 1932 (Item 135)
The Times. Precis of sixty-seven articles in The Times since 1885 on preferential tariffs and Empire. (4pp.) (Item 136)
United Empire Trade League. The Empire policy: the British Empire for Britons (Item 137)
United Empire Trade League. Liberals to Liberals on the British Commonwealth (Item 138)
Notice of public meeting to be held on June 10, 1903 at Great Eccleston, addressed by Col. W.H. Foster, Dr Thomas Fisher and W.T. Carter, member of the Australian Parliament. (Poor legibility), 10 June 1903 (Item 139)
'American tariffs and American sheep', speech of Hon. Charles H. Grosvenor of Ohio in the House of Representatives, Friday June 1, 1900., 1 June 1900 (Item 140)
Harold Cox. Mr Balfour's pamphlet: a reply. (London, 1903), 1903 (Item 141)
Mr Chamberlain's proposals. (London, Westminster Gazette, 1903) (44pp.), 1903 (Item 142)
Proofs of two cartoons on the imperial preference dispute, 1903 (Item 143-144)
Newspaper cuttings, including reports of parliamentary proceedings, 1903 (Item 145-155)
Miscellaneous items, 1900 - September 1903 (File 19)
2 items

Filmed selectively.

M. A. Drummond. The War in South Africa, 1900. (20pp.) (File 29)
Extracts from letters from Chamberlain to Lord Selborne (typescript), June 1903 - September 1903 (File 54)

Series JC19. Colonial papers and miscellaneous correspondence, 1904

2 items
Australia, 1904 (File 1)

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)

Miscellaneous correspondence, 24 June 1904 - 29 November 1904 (File 5)
4 items

Filmed selectively.

Chamberlain to Lord Lansdowne, 24 June 1904 (Item 62)

Necessity of closer union with the colonies; establishment of Committee of Imperial Defence. (copy)

Chamberlain to Saxon Mills, 29 November 1904 (Item 68)

Imperial preference. (typescript)

Richard Seddon (Wellington) to Chamberlain, 2 November 1904 (Item 75)

Preferential tariff; outrage committed by Russian Baltic Fleet.

Chamberlain to Sir Frank Swettenham, 3 November 1904 (Item 83)

Swettenham's letter to The Times; imperial preference and Crown colonies; requests a meeting. (typescript)

Series JC20. Colonial papers and miscellaneous correspondence, 28 January 1903 - 1905

3 items
Australia, 1905 (File 1)

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)

South Africa, 28 January 1903 (File 3)

Filmed selectively.

Gilbert Parker to Chamberlain, 28 January 1905 (Item 2)

Preference and South Africa; visit of B. R. Wise to England; likelihood he will be Australian High Commissioner.

Gilbert Parker to A. J. Balfour, 28 January 1905 (Item 3)

Travels in South Africa; strong interest of South Africans in policy of preference and reciprocity between Britain and the colonies; correspondence with Sir Edmund Barton and Alfred Deakin; conversation with B. R. Wise.

Miscellaneous correspondence, 24 January 1905 - 24 October 1905 (File 4)
5 items

Filmed selectively.

Sir Herbert Maxwell (?) to Chamberlain, 26 May 1905 (Item 90)

Deferral of Imperial Conference; A. J. Balfour and tariff reform. (typescript)

Parker Smith. Sir Edward Grey's vote of censure: tariff reform and Imperial Conference (typescript and ms.), c. 26 May 1905 (Item 104)
Chamberlain to Sir Frank Swettenham, 24 January 1905 (Item 118)

Suggested discussion on relations with the colonies; limited view of Imperial matters by most colonial leaders. (typescript)

Chamberlain to Lord Tennyson, 23 May 1905 (Item 119)

Tariff and colonies. (typescript extract)

Chamberlain to Lord Tennyson, 24 October 1905 (Item 120)

Tariff reform movement; drawbacks of a uniform tariff; imperial defence.(copy)

Series JC21. Colonial papers and miscellaneous correspondence, 1906

1 items
Miscellaneous correspondence, 14 March 1906 - 14 December 1906 (File 3)
8 items

Filmed selectively.

Alfred Deakin to Chamberlain, 14 March 1906 (Item 42)

Imperial Conference; necessity for unfettered discussion of preferential trade within Empire. (typescript extracts)

Chamberlain to Alfred Deakin, 26 April 1906 (Item 43)

Defeat of Balfour Government; need for Imperial Conference to set up expert committees to draw up scheme of preferential tariff. (extract)

Chamberlain to Alfred Deakin, 16 May 1906 (Item 44)

Imperial Conference. (extract)

Lord Northcote to Chamberlain, 3 May 1906 (Item 68)

Imperial Conference; relations with Colonial Office; no information provided on New Hebrides deal with France. (extract)

Chamberlain to Lord Northcote, 29 May 1906 (Item 69)

Disastrous colonial policy of Liberal Government; threatened interference with self-governing colonies; Imperial Conference; Federal-State relations. (extract)

Lord Northcote to Chamberlain, 2 October 1906 (Item 70)

Federal election; need for Deakin-Watson alliance to advance protection; Western Australian secession; relations with Colonial Office.

Lord Northcote to Chamberlain, 14 December 1906 (Item 71)

Result of Federal election; likely continuance of Deakin Government.

Richard Seddon to Beetham, 15 May 1906 (Item 101)

Praise of Chamberlain. (extract)

Series JC22. Miscellaneous correspondence, February 1907 - August 1912

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Sir John Forrest (London) to Chamberlain, 19 May 1911 (Item 75)

Defeat of referendum in Australia; Imperial Conference; class taxation and socialist ideals.

Sir John Forrest to Chamberlain, 16 June 1911 (Item 76)

Refers to visit to Chamberlain's home. (extract)

Correspondence between Chamberlain and Lord Northcote, February 1907 - January 1908 (File 100-108)

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)

Correspondence and papers concerning the Imperial Fund, June 1912 - August 1912 (File 152-158)

Including letters of Chamberlain, George Wyndham, Andrew Bonar Law and Austen Chamberlain. [The aim of the Imperial Fund was to strengthen tariff reform organisation and the cause of imperial preference.]

Series JC23. Press cuttings and miscellaneous printed articles about Chamberlain

1 item
Articles about Chamberlain written after 1914 (File 4)
1 item

Filmed selectively.

L. S. Amery. The most favoured nation clause (25pp., typescript), n.d. (Item 12)

Series JC24. Materials relating to J. L. Garvin's The Life of Joseph Chamberlain, 7 July 1942

1 item
Miscellaneous notes and letters about Chamberlain, 7 July 1942 (File 4)
1 item

Filmed selectively.

John Reynolds (Hobart) to J. L. Garvin, 7 July 1942 (Item 3)

Biography of Sir Edmund Barton; sends copy of a letter from Chamberlain.

Fonds JG. John Galsworthy Collection, 19 May 1925

1 item

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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.

John Galsworthy. Notes on New Zealand. (1p.), 19 May 1925 (Item 504)

Fonds L. Add. Additional Letters, 7 May 1946 - 1962

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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).

R. E. P. Dwyer (Port Moresby) to Ross, 13 June 1947 (Item 755)

New Guinea names for 'wild ginger'.

R. E. P. Dwyer to Ross, 7 May 1946 (Item 807)

Occurrence of wild ginger in New Britain.

A. McKenzie (Apia) to Ross: acknowledgment, 28 May 1947 (Item 828)

Howard Hayden (Suva) to Ross, 19 June 1947 (Item 859)

Fijian and Hindustani words for 'ginger'.

H. Papy (Papeete) to Ross, 23 May 1947 (Item 862)

Local names for two species of wild ginger in French Polynesia.

G. E. Hard (Abebama) to Ross, 24 July 1947 (Item 866)

Ginger not grown in Gilbert and Ellice Islands.

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).