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Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of J. H. L. Cumpston, National Library of Australia, MS 613, [box number and series and/or file number]'.
Original consignment comprises Boxes 1-10 + Folio. Further papers added July 1988 (Boxes 12-13), March 1992 (Box 13), May 1995 (Box 14), May 1996 (Box 14), March 1997 (Box 14), and July 2001 (Box 14).
Born in Melbourne on 19 June, 1880, Cumpston was educated at Wesley College and the University of Melbourne where he graduated in Medicine in 1902. On the way to Japan in 1905 he had an opportunity to witness work done by the American public health service to control contagious diseases. Later, in 1905 he went to London to study public health (especially scarlet fever and diphtheria). In 1908 on his return he joined the Health Department at Perth where he remained until 1911 when he joined the Commonwealth Quarantine Service. He became its director in 1913 and upon the creation of Commonwealth Department of Health in 1921 he was its Director General. This position he held until his retirement in 1945, after which he was engaged in the field of international health. In 1949 he went to Ceylon as adviser for its health services and the following year he was sent on a mission to Java, Malaya and Siam on behalf of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund.
He published a number of works including History of Smallpox in Australia 1788-1908. His literary interests also included Australian exploration Two books Charles Sturt and Thomas Mitchell were published. He died in Canberra in 1954.
Inland Sea and the Great River published by Angus & Robertson - posthumously.
(1) Handwritten manuscript
(2) Original typed draft
(3) Bound copy
E7 Normanton, 1944. Pencil line follows Leichhardt River to Burketown.
E8 Townsville 1949 Track marked up Burdekin River then down Gilbert River westward
F8 Longreach 1950 Leichhardt's route
F9 Rockhampton 1951 Leichhardt's route
G7 Rockhampton 1944 Simpson Desert - Birds ville - Betoota. Various routes.
G8 Rockhampton 1943 Charlesville - Cooper's Creek. Burke and Wills?
H7 Rockhampton 1944 Tracks NW from Tibooburra and near Lake Torrens Poole and Brown mentioned.
J7 Port Augusta 1943 Tracks North from both Port Augusta and Broken Hill.
Hamilton and Melbourne Sheets. Mitchell's route to Portland shown
Sydney 1926. Markings near Newcastle and Jervis Bay.
Broken Hill 1940. North-south route marked to east of Lake Torrens Wilcannia - Broken Hill - to Maree.
Adelaide 1934 Track along Murray River, also Murrumbidgee
Broken Hill 1940 Routes north from Broken Hill
Bourke 1937 Routes shown in Moree area and north through Macquarie marshes.
Canberra No date. Track down Bogan and Lachlan Rivers.
Charleville 1940 Track up the Barcoo River. Pyramid. Depot mentioned.
Northern Territory. 1934. Various markings including an area marked off in squares. Has some lines of writing in pencil beginning: "Contact with Sturt on Cooper's Creek..."
Federal/Capital Territory. 1920. Another edition before 1938.
Jervis Bay. 1916
(JHLC's full signature)
The East-West Bitumen July 1, 1948, 33