Guide to the Records of the Van Diemen's Land Company


MS 290

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Collection Summary

Van Diemen's Land Company
Records of the Van Diemen's Land Company
Date Range
Collection Number
MS 290
0.03 metres (1 folder)
Language of Materials
National Library of Australia


Scope and Contents

Copies of reports and letters describing explorations 1827-1829, as contained in a notebook presented by Mr C.D. Escott of Gundagai.

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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], Records of the Van Diemen's Land Company, National Library of Australia, MS 290, [item number]'.

Item Descriptions

Exploring report of C.P. Lorymer. (Circular Head, 29 January, 1827). pp. 1-5. (Item 1)

Extract from letter, E. Curr to the Directors of the Van Diemen's Land Company, relating to Lorymer's journey. (1827). pp. 5-6. (Item 2)

Exploring report (slightly edited) of Henry Hellyer Esq. Discovery of Hampshire and Surrey Hills. (Circular Head, 13 March, 1827). pp.6-[31]. (A slightly variant version of this report is reproduced in Sketch of the history of Van Diemen's Land ...., by James Bischoff (1832). (Item 3)

Two extracts, one at least from a letter of Stephen Adey, Esq. One describes Highfield, and the other the Circular Head area. pp.[31-32]. (Item 4)

Extract from letter, Alexander Goldie (Emu Bay, 16 September 1829) to Edward Curr, describing the hunting, shooting and capture of "natives" pp.[32-34]. (Item 5)

Letter from Curr (Highfield, Circular Head, 30 September 1829) to Goldie, expressing horror at the deeds recounted in Goldie's letter, and promising to report them to the Governor. pp.[34-35]. (Item 6)

Extract from letter, Goldie to Curr (1 June 1828), describing Burleigh, the Medway River, May-day-plains, and the Vale of Belvoir. pp.[35-36]. (Item 7)

Extracts, Curr to Directors (23 June, 1828), describing Burleigh, Surrey Hills, P.[36]. (Item 8)

Hellyer to Curr (17 October, 1828), describing Moory Mount, Hellyer River, Race Course Plains, Painters Plains, and the discovery of a hut containing Aboriginal paintings. pp.[36-37]. (Item 9)

Hellyer to Curr (1 November 1828), describing Painters Plains, S.W. River (Huskisson River), Hatfield and Netherby. pp.[37-38]. (Item 10)

Hellyer to Curr (Emu Bay, 29 November 1828). Discovery of Mackintosh River, Eldon Range, and other places during explorations of 7-23 November 1828. Note at end says "The latter part of this copy of Mr contain report much abbreviated". pp.[38-74]. (Item 11)