Guide to the Papers of the Brooks Family


MS 1559

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Collection Summary

Brooks Family
Papers of the Brooks Family
Date Range
Collection Number
MS 1559
0.18 metres (1 archives box)
Language of Materials
National Library of Australia


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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 the Brooks Family, National Library of Australia, MS 1559, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Item Descriptions

Class 1. Original consignment

Fragments of manuscript letters and journal entries. (photocopies). Comprises Items 1-22. (File 1)

Manuscript journal, 29 June 1825-8 March 1829 (94 pages), with letters at rear 6 January - 25 July 1830 (pages 96-130), (photocopy). Comprises Item 23. (File 2)

The diary contains comment on social conditions in the colony, including currency problems, wheat and wool prices, arrivals and departures of shipping in Sydney Harbour, the state of the colonial government, the aborigines, convicts and military establishment, comment on Governors Brisbane and Darling, as well as matters relating to the Brooks family, Denham Court and the Liverpool-Campbelltown district.

Typed transcript of Item 23 (diary 1825-1829) followed by ms notes (59 pages) (photocopy). Comprises Item 24. (File 3)

Jane Maria Cox (nee Brooks) (1806-1888) (File 4)

Reminiscences. Written 1873. This is a handwritten copy of the original (photocopy). Comprises Item 25.

Class 2. Additional Material

Published work The flock master's companion, and shepherd's guide ... by a practical shepherd. (File 1)

Hoyston Press [England], 1835. This bears the inscription "Richd H. Alexander" and will be held in the Manuscript Section as it bears also 2 pages of manuscript notes on the endpapers and several notes and amendments in the body of the work. As it was no doubt used by Brooks or his employees as a practical working volume, it will be held with the other manuscript items.

The ancient history of the Egyptians, Carthaginians... by Charles Rollin. Cincinnati, George Conclin, 1842. Vol. 1. Retained in Manuscripts as bears inscriptions "Master W. Brooks, December 25th" and "to the young Gentleman who stood Dux in the public examination upon General Literature with the best wishes of...leslie F.L.S. B.. th." (File 2)

Gegedzerick station ledger, March 1837 - March 1851 (File 3)

Name index in front of volume. Shows names of employees, wages paid, in some cases work carried out. At rear of volume: Shoemaking account.

Gegedzerick station ledger November 1850-December 1855. Name Index in front of volume. Volume shows under names of individual employee/customer items bought from the station store, cash advanced and amounts offset from employees' wages. At fo. 118 commences record of weight of wool, property of Richard Brooks, January 1853-July 1856, and of Miss Pryce and Captain Weston (no date, 1856?); drafts drawn on Daniel Cooper; numbers of sheep shorn by individual shearers 1855 (fo. 123). (File 4)

Gegedzerick station ledger November. 1859-1884. Name Index in front of volume. Volume shows items bought from station store, cash advanced, wages paid. (File 5)

At rear (fo. 117) shearing accounts 1880-1882, weight of wool processed 1881, accounts of the Gegezerick (sic) estate, shearing accounts 1861-1867, list of cheques drawn by A.W. Brooks 1881-1884

One book of manuscript music. Includes "God save the King" "Rule Britannia" and marches. (File 6)

Pencilled plan of garden layout (probably 20th century). (File 7)