Guide to the Papers of Sir Thomas Brisbane
National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record
- Sir Thomas Brisbane
- Papers of Sir Thomas Brisbane
- Date Range
- 1815 - 1858
- Collection Number
- MS 4036
- 1.23 metres (4 small phase boxes + 1 folder)
- Language of Materials
- Special Collections (Manuscripts)
Scope and Contents
MS 4036 comprises reports and letters dealing with his period in N.S.W. chiefly, giving detailed description of events (4 boxes).
Conditions Governing Access
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2620184).
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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Sir Thomas Brisbane, National Library of Australia, MS 4036, [box number and series and/or file number]'.
Endorsed: copy of despatch to Earl Bathurst 28 Feb. 1824. Not found in HRA. Autograph
Not found in HRA. But see HRA Series 1 Vol XI pp 259-260
NB only five letters could be found in this folder.
Copies of enclosures to a despatch ? Copies of correspondence re absence of Rev W Walker and his wife from the orphan School, Parramatta. Copy of a letter from Capt. R Stirling, ADC to the Governor, to the Rev W Walker Nov. 8 1825 and copy of reply from Rev W Walker, 12 Nov. 1825, 8-12 Nov 1825 (Item 1/42) - Box 2
Copy of Despatch No 97 See HRA Series 1 Vol XI pp902-903
Note copy of Goulburn's reply 21 Nov 1825 in 11[1/12/1-2]
Apparently written by Brisbane soon after his return to England re his recall, nd (Item 1/45) - Box 2
Holograph draft .
Document dated at Holy Island. Entitled:Replies to Questions by M.Gen?Sir Thomas McDougall[sic]Brisbane connected with N. S.W. affairs, 28 Sept 1830 (Item 1/47/1-6) - Box 2
Holograph draft signed.
Brisbane's reply to the address of the people of New South Wales, 25 Oct 1825 (Item 2/2/1-2) - Box 2
Brisbane's reply to the address of the people of New South Wales, 25 Oct 1825 (Item 2/3/1-3) - Box 2
Clerk's copy with holograph additions. Also loose sheet 1/2 page.
Brisbane's reply to the address of the people of New South Wales, 25 Oct 1825 (Item 2/4/1-2) - Box 2
Address from Leinster Marine Lodge of Australia No 266 and some other members residing in NSW (Item 2/10) - Box 2
Rough copy' written in top left corner
[Draft] of Brisbane's reply to address from Inhabitants at Parramatta, 17 Nov 1825 (Item 2/15) - Box 2
Two issues of The Australian newspaper containing Addresses to Brisbane. Nov 3, 1825 Nov 17,1825, Nov 1825 (Item 2) - Box 2
These newspapers have not been microfilmed.
Copy, but with shaky signature, original?
Letter to HRH Duke of Cambridge Commander in Chief Horse Guards asking for opinion, 28 Aug 1858 (Item 3) - Box 2
Letter to Queen Victoria from Brisbane asking re his Memorial Aug 25 1858, 1 Nov 1858 (Item 3) - Box 2
Letter to Brisbane from Bathurst transmits Brisbane's Commission and Instructions as Captain General and Governor-in-Chief of New South Wales, 30 Mar 1821 (Item 4) - Box 2
Bathurst's signature original? The Commission and Instructions are absent. [See HRA Series 1 Vol.x pp589-603. For Instructions see also Stheby, Sale Dec. 16 1958 Lot 456 now in Mitchell Library.]
Letter to Brisbane from Bathurst instructs him to dismiss Dr Douglas from the Magistracy.[ See HRA. Ser 1 Vol X1 p 307], 18 Jul 1824 (Item 4) - Box 2
two drafts, much amended. Copies
Letter from Anthony D Lilly Bookseller undated, With translation of a letter to Lord Fitzroy Somerset, nd (Item 6?) - Box 3
photocopy, much deteriorated. Another tranlsation of the same letter on creamy paper
Letter from Lady Brisbane to Miss Shotta Scott Douglas - personal letter, 16 Sept 1853 (Item 6?) - Box 3
copy on this blue paper over written diagonally
Letter from 5 people to Brisbane re local matters. + possible response from Brisbane on back of letter, 2 Jul 1848 (Item 6?) - Box 3
Letter to Brisbane from Henry Thomson of Penrith, Cumberland on the death of Brisbane's son, 11 Dec 1849 (Item 6?) - Box 3
copy? With remains of address and wax seal
Letter to Brisbane from Lord Fitzroy Somerset announcing Sir George Henry Scott Douglas 's appointment to an ensigncy by purchase in 34th Foot, 3 Nov 1843 (Item 6?) - Box 3
from Horse Guards
Memorandum of Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane's service, some corrections in his own hand, nd (Item 6?) - Box 3
4 statistical tables from official document by H Marshall, Dep. Inspector of Hospitals 1836, black slaves in West Indies and British troop numbers. Part of letter to Lord Fitzroy Somerset from Makerstoun, Kelso. [see above], nd (Item 6?) - Box 3
in Brisbane's own hand.
Letter from Goulburn, F [Colonial Secretary] to Lieut. Percy Simpson giving him his instructions as Commandant at the new station at Wellington Valley[via Bathurst], 1 Jan 1822 (Item 6) - Box 3
Letter from Goulburn, F [Colonial Secretary] man as Superintendent of Agriculture at Bathurst together with his instructions. Draft of 3 tables included, 22 Feb 1823 (Item 6) - Box 3
Letter from Goulburn to Mr John Maxwell appointing him as Superintendent of Government Stock Bathurst and with his instructions, 20 May 1823 (Item 6) - Box 3
Letter from Sir George Arthur Lt-General and Governor of Van Diemen's Land to Brisbane from Government House, Hobart Town. Letter refers to the second and third parts of Bigge's reports, to the moral depravity prevailing in VDL suggests a small corps of yeomanry in VDL and send his congratulations on the survey of Moreton Bay, 18 Jun 1824 (Item 7) - Box 3
Autograph Marked 'private'
Letter from Sir Ralph Darling, General and Governor of New South Wales thanking Brisbane for his private letter which contained so much useful and acceptable information, referring to the appointment Oxley and McArthur to the Legislative Council, etc. Also with cover, 4 Feb 1826 (Item 10) - Box 3
Autograph. Marked 'Private'. With address sheet.
[Date from postmark] In French. Postmark Bordeaux
Letter to Brisbane from HRH William Duke of Clarence later King William IV, 11 Dec 1820 (Item 11.6) - Box 3
From St James
Letter to Brisbane from Sir Ronald C. Ferguson introducing Mr William Effingham Ferguson, 24 Dec 1821 (Item 11.7) - Box 3
To Brisbane from Prof. John Leslie, introducing Rev Archibald Macarthur, 29 May 1822 (Item 11.8) - Box 3
From Cape of Good Hope. With cover & with wax seal
Letter to Brisbane from ? introducing Mr. Balcomb [sic], thought to have been involved with Bonaparte on St Helena but since re-instated. Balcombe was appointed Colonial Treasurer of NSW in 1823. See ABD Vol 3, 10 Oct 1823 (Item 11.11) - Box 3
From Horse Guards, London. Letter possibly from Bathurst
Letter to Brisbane from Admiral Sir George Cockburn at the Admiralty introducing Mr Balcombe, 20 Oct 1823 (Item 11.12) - Box 3
Letter marked Private
Letter to Brisbane from John ? Recommending mathew Gregson, Jun convict, 14 Feb 1824 (Item 11.13) - Box 3
From Seaforth House, near Liverpool
Letter to Brisbance from Pitt, thanking B for his kindness to Mr Arrietta and Mr Elyard and expressing interest in the news he has had from his neqphew Capt Gambier of New South Wales which he trusts will in time become the Emporium and the central point of everything great and good through the extent of the North and South Pacific Oceans, 14 Feb 1824 (Item 11.14) - Box 3
From Dover Street
From 5 Nicolson Square Edinburgh
On board the corvette La Coquille at Sydney. Letter in French.
Letter to Brisbane from James Macarthur [son of John Macarthur], 28 Aug 1824 [not 24th] (Item 11.17) - Box 3
Letter to General Sir Andrew F Barnard from Mr Brent recommending a convict Sarah Warmby, 21 Sept 1824 (Item 11.18) - Box 3
From The King's Lodge, Windsor Park
Letter to Brisbane from Barnard enclosing the letter from Mr Brent, 21 Sept 1824 (Item 11.19) - Box 3
Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park
Letter to Brisbane from Edwards Barnard introducing Mr John Edwards, 8 Nov 1824 (Item 11.20) - Box 3
From 16 Parliament St
Letter to Brisbane from John Campbell re his search for land for his sons on the North-East arm of Broken Bay, 8 Nov 1824 (Item 11.21) - Box 3
From Bungarabu. Traces of a red wax seal on last page
From Horse Guards. Letter marked 'Private'
Letter from John Jamison President of the Agricultural Society re the Society, 15 Jun 1825 (Item 11.23) - Box 3
From HMS Diamond Address 'envelope' on back of document with Napier's wax seal
Letter from Joseph Little re his petition presented a short time before Brisbane's departure from NSW asking for a Free Pardon and enclosing letter from Private Secretary's Office dated 1 Dec 1825. see next, 27 Feb 1828 (Item 11.26) - Box 3
From the Sydney Asylum. Address on back of document with postmarks and remains of wax seal.
Note to Joseph Little with Governor Brisbane's reply to his petition, in absence of the Private Secretary signed Wm Lithgow, 1 Dec 1825 (Item 11.27) - Box 3
From Private Secretary's Office
From Strathallan, Argyle
Letter to Brisbane at Kelso, North Britain from Edward Sabine Secretary of the Royal Society on behalf of the President and Council of the Royal Society on the subject of Mr Rumker's observations, 13 Mar 1830 (Item 11.29) - Box 3
From Somerset House. Address label on back of letter + wax seal.
Letter to Brisbane at Kelso from Sir W Gordon asking Brisbane to write observations relative to the Establishments, Civil and Military in NSW, 3 Sept 1830 (Item 11.30) - Box 3
From Horse Guards
Letter to Brisbane from Charles Grant, Baron Glenelg advising his appointment as Knight Grand Cross of the Bath, 6 Feb 1837 (Item 11.32) - Box 3
From London Also envelope with postal stamp + wax seal
Letter in Maori and English re "Boyd" massacre New Zealand 1823 [thought to have been written on the behalf of Chief Te Aara ('George') by Samuel Marsden or John White] (File)
Letter written in English and Maori from the Maori chief George, who was responsible in 1809 for seizing the 'Boyd' and killing and eating the crew, 6 Nov 1823 (Item 13) - Box 4
Copy? + 1 photocopy. From Wesleydale, W[h]angaroa, NZ. Translation reads 'let your anger cease for the killing of Capn Thompson and all his men. I came from Port Jackson on board his ship and he flogged me thrice... A ship came from England to revenge the loss of the Boyd when Tippeher, his son and Duateua were killed. that is enough let our anger cease and as a token of that I have given a New Zealand matt to Mr White for your. You give me a fowling piece, etc.'. Rev Samuel Marsden on his fourth visit to NZ Jul-Dec 1823 visited the chief George, and talked with him about the massacre of the crew of the Boyd. George expressed a wish to go again to Port Jackson and Marsden agreed to look after him.[See Missionary Register for 1824pp517-18]. It seems highly probable therefore that this letter was written by Marsden for the chief.
"Petition of the Gentry, Merchants, Land Holders, Yeomen, Traders and other Free Inhabitants of H.M.'s Colony of New South Wales assembled at a Public Meeting duly onvened by the Sheriff of the Colony" petitioning the House of Lords for the priveleges of Trial by Jury, Taxation by Representation and an Elective Assembly,  (Item 14) - Box 4
original manuscript on two pages of vellum.Subscribed and signed on behalf of the meeting by John Mackaness, Sheriff of the Colony of New south Wales.
Booklet sent to Brisbane by LE Threlkeld Missionary from the London Missionary Society. 'Orthography and Orthoepy of a dialect of the Aborigines of New South Wales. Part 1.' No doubt specially prepared and written for the Givernor to help enlist his aid. It will be remembered that Threlkeld's 'Specimen of a Dialect of the Aborignines of New South Wales' was published in Sydney in 1827. this manuscript is therefore 'THE FIRST WORK DEVOTED TO ANY DIALECT OF THE AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINES.', Sept 1825 (Item 15) - Box 4
oritginal autograph manuscript and hand bound booklet inscribed on the cover "To His Excellency the Governor, Sir Thomas Brisbane, KCB, etc". Inlcudes modern photocopy. Has been microfilmed
John Oxley [1781-1828] Surveyor-General of New South Wales. Report of an expedition to survey Port Curtis, Moreton Bay and Port Bowen, with a view to form Convict Penal Establishments there, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT REPORT sent to Frederick Goulburn, Colonial Secretary of new Sout Wales, for the information of the Governor, General Sir Thomas M Brisbane. Oxley was sent by Brisbane in 1823 in the 'Mermaid' to search the coast line beyond Port Macquarie for a site where a new convict settlement might be established. On his way back he put into Moreton Bay and discovered the Brisbane River, 1825?? (Item 16) - Box 4
original manuscript paper watermarked 1820, unfortunately lacking the first four and the last leaf.
Printed copy of pp1-26 from Barron Field's 'Geographical memoirs' . The only publication of Oxley's report on this important discovery was in Field's Geogrpahicla Memoirs on New South Wales 1825. Field 'edited' it slightly, altering a number of words and some of the punctuation, 10 Jan 1824 (Item 16) - Box 4
Copy torn out from a book, a Copy in the collection of Mr Rex de C. NanKivell.
[Map] Plan of the River Brisbane by John Oxley Surveyor General of NSW - inserts of Mouth of the river and Chart of Moreton Bay, 6 Feb 1825 (Item 16) - Box 4
Printed, onion skin paper, water stained. Printed by John Murray London 6 Feb 1825.
[Map] Sketch of the River Boyne, Port Curtis by John Oxley, Surveyor General of NSW 1823, Mar 1825 (Item 16) - Box 4
Printed, onion skin paper, water stained. Printed by John Murray London Mar 1825. Stamped on the back Australian Subscription Library 1826
Map of the country between Bathurst and the Liverpool Plains shewing Mr Allan Cunningham's route during the months of Apr May & Jun 1823, 6 Feb 1825 (Item 16) - Box 4
Printed, onion skin paper, water stained. Printed by John Murray London 6 Feb 1825. Stamped on the back Australian Subscription Library 1826
Map of the country to the south of the Country to the south of Lake George shewing Capt Currie's, Major Oven's route during the months of May and Jun 1823. Lieutenant Oxleey's General Map of the colony of New South Wales by Mark John Currie Comm.RN 1825, 23 Apr 1826 (Item 16) - Box 4
Printed, onion skin paper, water stained. Printed by John Murray London, 23 Apr 1826. Stamped on the back Australian Subscription Library 1826