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Collection Summary

Creator
Deane Family
Title
Papers of the Deane Family
Date Range
1847-1960
Collection Number
MS 610
Extent
1.92 metres (12 boxes)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

Henry Deane's papers include: correspondence and printed material relating to his work as Engineer-In-Chief in charge of Commonwealth railway construction, notably the Transcontinental (Kalgoorlie to Port Augusta) railway; newspaper clippings and photographs covering his career and other interests, notably botany, concerning which there is also a quantity of correspondence (with J. H. Maiden and Baron von Mueller, among others) and notes and specimens relating to his work on Australian fossil flora and native timbers.

Mathilde Deane was a research student and amateur writer. Her papers include: correspondence connected with her historical and private research; copies and extracts of despatches and other documents concerning 19th century Australia; newspaper clipping, photographs and publications relating to travels with her father, family affairs and other interests, notably Theosophy.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn723334).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Deane Family, National Library of Australia, MS 610, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were presented to the Library by Mathilde Deane of Reigate, Surrey in 1958 and 1963. Correspondence concerning Henry Deane's work in the fields of botany and palaeontology has been indexed (see Appendix 1)

Arrangement

Note that there are two parts to the collection: Papers relating principally to Henry Deane (Series 1-9), and Papers relating principally to Mathilde Elizabeth Deane (Series 10-15).

Biographical Note

DateEvent
1847, 26 MarchDate of birth, London
1880Joined railway service of New South Wales
1890Appointed Engineer in Chief. The introduction of steam tramways in Sydney and the building of the first Hawkesbury railway bridge were undertaken during his term of office
1906Retired from service with New South Wales Railways
1906-08Practised as consulting engineer in Sydney
1908Appointed controlling engineer for the survey of the Transcontinental (Kalgoorlie to Port Augusta) railway
1912Became Engineer in Chief in charge of Commonwealth railways construction branch, and supervised the building of the Transcontinental railway
1914Retired from Government service and returned to Melbourne to practise as consulting engineer
1924, 12 MarchDied
DateEvent
1847, 26 MarchDate of birth, London
1880Joined railway service of New South Wales
1890Appointed Engineer in Chief. The introduction of steam tramways in Sydney and the building of the first Hawkesbury railway bridge were undertaken during his term of office
1906Retired from service with New South Wales Railways
1906-08Practised as consulting engineer in Sydney
1908Appointed controlling engineer for the survey of the Transcontinental (Kalgoorlie to Port Augusta) railway
1912Became Engineer in Chief in charge of Commonwealth railways construction branch, and supervised the building of the Transcontinental railway
1914Retired from Government service and returned to Melbourne to practise as consulting engineer
1924, 12 MarchDied

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Biographical And Genealogical Material Relating To the Deane Family And Ancestors

Henry Deane: biographical notes, manuscript and typescript, and pamphlets (File 1) - Box 1

Correspondence from family and friends at time of Henry Deane's death (File 2) - Box 1

Obituary notices, newspaper clippings at time of death (File 3) - Box 1

Henry Deane (of Clapham - father of Henry Deane): private correspondence 1847-1869. Two copies autobiographical pamphlet. Manuscript Scrapbook (File 4) - Box 1

Henry James Deane (son of Henry Deane): copy of birth certificate; typescript biographical notes; letters of condolence at time of death; obituary notes The Engineer, 29 October 1948; printed circulars concerning auction of possessions (File 5) - Box 1

Mathilde Elizabeth Deane (known throughout the papers as Elsie, daughter of Henry Deane): typescript memo concerning qualifications and employment experience (File 6) - Box 1

Deane family tree; correspondence with relations concerning genealogy of Mason family and descendants (File 7) - Box 1

Series 2. General Correspondence, 1880-1924

Includes application for Ad eundem degree, 1892. Concerns personal affairs, business matters (Commonwealth Oil Corporation) etc (File 8) - Box 1

Series 3. Engineering And Railway Material

Correspondence 1880-1921 relating to bridge and other and construction work for New South Wales railways; exchange of letters concerning appointment to direct Transcontinental railway survey and construction; technical details of equipment and staff requirements of Commonwealth railway project (File 9-10) - Box 2

Reports, journals, pamphlets: typescript report Sydney Harbour Trust 1905; draft report on trip abroad 1904-5; printed reports, 1895, to Minister; report on Uniform Gauge Conference, 1913; proof copy report on Wolgan Valley Railway; report of Select Committee on claims of Harry Carpenter, 1913 (File File 11) - Box 2

Commonwealth Gazette, 27 July 1912; The Australian Mining Standard, 28 May 1914; four copies reprint article 'Third Rail and Mixed Gauge' by Henry Deane in Industrial Australia, 29 July 1920 (File File 11) - Box 2

Printed speech by Lord Forrest on Survey Bill for Transcontinental (Kalgoorlie-Port Augusta) railway: comments (printed) by Henry Deane (File File 11) - Box 2

Typescript and printed addresses to Royal Society of New South Wales, Sydney University Engineering Society, Institutions of Surveyors. Autograph loose notes, notebook. (File File 11) - Box 2

Miscellaneous blueprints, sketches, metal samples (File File 11) - Box 2

Series 4. Botany

Correspondence: Fred Turner and J. H. Maiden concerning Turner's protest against Maiden's judging of his essay submitted for Royal Society of New South Wales prize, 1892. (File 12) - Box 3

E. Haviland, 1883-88; letters to Deane concerning writer's botanical researches and experiments (File 13) - Box 3

Dr William Woolls, 1884-93: letters to Deane concerning writer's botanical work, mainly on timbers and orchids; Specimens (File 14) - Box 3

Dr Charles Musson, 1888-89: letters to Deane regarding identification of plant specimens; Manuscript botanical list (File 15) - Box 3

Miscellaneous correspondence (mainly J. H. Maiden), 1902-1919, concerning Deane herbarium presented to Botanic Garden, Sydney; identification of botanical specimens (File 16) - Box 3

Dr A. R. Wallace, J. H. Maiden, 1909-1910: concerns the compilation of a plant census for each Australia State (File 17) - Box 3

Miscellaneous correspondence, 1920-1921, regarding appointment of Director to Australian Museum, Sydney, etc (File 18) - Box 3

Dr A. R. Wallace, 1892-92: letters to Deane concerning writer's collection of exotic plants (File 19) - Box 3

Professor T. Edgworth David, 1903: letter concerning plant fossils (File 20) - Box 3

Australian Fossil Flora: notes, correspondence (with R. Etheridge, W. Baldwin Spencer, W. S. Dun, etc), journals and specimens, 1895-1907 (File File 21) - Box 3

Department of Mines Monthly Progress Report, No 12 March 1900 (File File 21) - Box 3

New Zealand Fossil Flora: correspondence (with W. N. Benson, etc) regarding fossil flora collection and exhibition (File 22) - Box 4

Miscellaneous correspondence, 1887-1921 (with J. H. Maiden, etc), concerning plant specimen identification; Mr Deane's gifts to various museums, etc (File 23) - Box 4

Autograph notes on orchids (File 23) - Box 4

Typescript memo re Public Service. Palaeontological Society Annual Report, 1888 (File 23) - Box 4

Four Commonwealth Office of Education Discussion posters. (File 24) - Box 4

Specimen photographs, sketches (File 25) - Box 4

Specimen photographs (File 26) - Box 4

Conference on Australia Timbers, 1916: syllabus, correspondence concerning papers presented, addresses, newspaper clippings (File 27) - Box 4

Linnean Society correspondence regarding Deane collections, journals (File 27) - Box 4

Australian Orchids Part 12: correspondence (with Baron von Mueller, J. H. Maiden, etc) regarding preparation of Deane's manuscript, being continuation of R. P. Fitzgerald's publication on Australian Orchids (File 28) - Box 4

Autograph notes (File 28) - Box 4

Botanical pamphlets and journals (File 29) - Box 4

Correspondence with Baron von Mueller, 1886-1889, concerning plant specimen identification; botanical writings by Deane (File 30) - Box 4

Autograph notes concerning Palaeontology (File 31) - Box 4

Fossil plant tracings and leaf specimens (File 32) - Box 4

Fossil plant photographs (File 33) - Box 5

Glass slides of botanical specimens (File 34) - Box 5

Correspondence with W. S. Dun, Department of Mines New South Wales, 1902-1909, concerning Australian and New Zealand fossil flora (File 35) - Box 5

Correspondence with National Museum, Melbourne, 1909-1918 (with W. Baldwin Spencer, etc), concerning identification of fossil plants, etc (File 36) - Box 5

Autograph notes concerning Ettingshuisen (File 37) - Box 5

Autograph notes concerning eucalyptus (File 38) - Box 5

Miscellaneous correspondence, 1906-1917, concerning identification of fossil plants (File 39) - Box 5

Series 5. Palaeontology

Correspondence, 1888-1909, Palaeontographical Society concerning membership and receipt of journals (File 40) - Box 5

Series 6. Meteorology

Correspondence with H. A. Hunt, Commonwealth Meteorologist 1906-1916, concerning Deane's weather and rainfall observations (File 41) - Box 5

Correspondence with H. C. Russell, Sydney Observatory 1882-1884, concerning Deane's weather observations (File 42) - Box 5

Manuscript rainfall observations, 1914-1924 (File 43) - Box 5

Rainfall records, Manilla station, 1883-1900 (File 43) - Box 5

Royal Meteorological Society circular, 1920 (File 43) - Box 5

Manuscript memorandum book with rainfall, barometer readings, 1878-79 (File 43) - Box 5

Series 7. Photographs - Held in Pictures collection

Photographs of Deane family, ancestors and friends (File 44) - Box Pictures

Photographs, postcards covering 1904-1905 tour abroad (File 44) - Box Pictures

Miscellaneous postcards, photographs (File 45) - Box Pictures

Photographs of Third Rail Test; Transcontinental railway; the building of Wolgan Valley Inc; Historic Sydney Railway bridges (File 45) - Box Pictures

Two sets botanical photographs (File 45) - Box Pictures

Photograph albums covering Theosophical Society leaders, conventions, garden parties (File 45) - Box Pictures

Series 8. Newspaper Clippings And Publications

Alphabet indexed file miscellaneous newspaper clippings, 1908-1935 (File 46) - Box 5

Two books of miscellaneous press clippings, 1899-1904 concerning railways, forestry; politics, etc (File 47) - Box 6

Article clippings on Australian writers, 1906-1922 (File 48) - Box 6

Article clippings on Antarctica, 1908-1913 (File 49) - Box 6

Article clippings on Liberal Catholic Church, 1922 (File 50) - Box 6

Articles by B. Cecil Doyle, 1913-1933 (File 51) - Box 6

Article clippings on aviation, 1907-1923 (File 52) - Box 6

Articles by Professor Tucker, 1908-1925 (File 53) - Box 6

Miscellaneous press clippings (File 54) - Box 6

Articles by 'M. M.', 1916 (File 55) - Box 6

Articles by Mary K. Krout, 1906-1922 (File 56) - Box 6

Press clippings on Chinn case, 1913 (File 57) - Box 6

Miscellaneous clippings, 1891-1957 (File 58) - Box 6

Article clippings 'titles and their history', 1930-1931 (File 59) - Box 6

Article clippings on Canberra Parliament opening ceremonies, 1927 (File 60) - Box 6

Miscellaneous press clippings in alphabet-indexed Files (File 61) - Box 6

Article clipping on Deane's Boronia, 11 September 1927 (File 62) - Box 7

Articles by Henry Deane 'Unification of Rail Gauge in Australia', 12 November 1914; copies of continued article, 3 December 1914, from Australian Statesman and Mining Standard (File 63) - Box 7

Two copies 'Index January - June 1916', Vol. IV, for Australian Statesman and Mining Standard (File 53) - Box 7

'The Ladysmith Lyre, 27 November 1899: 'An exact Facsimile of the humorous: illustrated, pages published in Ladysmith during the siege', issued by The Daily Graphic (File 64) - Box 7

Two issues The Church Standard, Vol. I, No 4, 21 June 1912; Vol. 1 No 7, 12 July 1912. (File 65) - Box 7

Two pages The Church Standard, 12 March 1915 (File 65) - Box 7

Comment and Cartoons, Vol. 1, No 2, 7 December 1917 (Melbourne) (File 66) - Box 7

The Court Journal, Vol. CLXXVIII, No 4764, 4 June 1920 (File 67) - Box 7

Modern Transport, Vol. XIII, No 323, 23 May 1925 (London) (File 68) - Box 7

Seven issues The Book Lover (Melbourne), Vol. XVI, No 168, Apr 1913; Vol. XVI, No 169, May 1913; Vol. XVI, No 176, Dec 1913; Vol. XVII, No 177, Jan 1914; Vol. XVII, No 186, Oct 1914; Vol. XIX, No 201, 1 Nov 1916; Vol. XXI, No 226, March, 1918 (File 69) - Box 7

Conscription dodgers: Referendum, 1916 (File 70) - Box 7

Miniature newspapers; The Daily Telegraph, 2 Jan 1901; The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 Jan 1901 (two copies), 22 June 1911; The Australian Star, 20 Mar 1909 (File 71) - Box 7

'The Great Pyramid of Egypt' by Philo-Israel (London), 1879 (File 72) - Box 7

The Bathurstian Quarterly, Vol. VI, No 4, 19 Jun 1894 (File 73) - Box 7

The Rainbow, No 1, 1 May 1919 (File 74) - Box 7

Series 9. Miscellaneous Papers

One sheet 'Questions and Answers NSW Legislative Assembly, No 30, 12 Sep 1922 (File 75) - Box 7

Miscellaneous receipts; company prospectuses; copies Income Tax returns; Invitation Card; membership tickets; advertising brochures and miscellaneous circulars, notices of meetings. (File 76) - Box 7

Typescript, manuscript notes for essays, articles. (File 76) - Box 7

Souvenir programme commemorating the Prince of Wales' visit to Australia, 1920 (File 76) - Box 7

War Map of Europe (File 76) - Box 7

Miscellaneous pamphlets (File 76) - Box 7

Series 10. General Correspondence and Papers - Mathilde Elizabeth Deane (aka Elsie)

Papers concerning work done for Mitchell Library 1919-1925, being preparation of 'Index to Victorian Despatches', 1851-1860 (File 77) - Box 7

Papers concerning copy work done 1925-1934 at Public Record Office, London for Mitchell Library, covering various despatches and documents (File 78) - Box 7

Papers concerning Miss Deane's searches on behalf of Melbourne Public Library for Melbourne Centenary Celebrations, 1934 (File 79) - Box 8

Papers concerning identity of early Australian painter J. B. Henderson (File 80) - Box 8

Correspondence with Royal Australian Historical Society concerning membership addresses (File 80) - Box 8

Three notebooks in pencil being copies of private correspondence concerning tour abroad, 1904-5 (File 81) - Box 8

Papers concerning Miss Deane's employment and qualification, 1916-1921 (File 82) - Box 8

Personal correspondence with B. Cecil Doyle, 1925-1954 (File 83) - Box 8

Private correspondence with relations and friends, including letters concerning Deane family tree (File 84) - Box 8

Series 11. Historical Research

Bound photostat copy of 'Index to Despatches relating to Colony of Victoria, 1851-1860, prepared by Miss Deane (File 85) - Box 9

Typescript copy of same (File 86) - Box 9

Notebooks kept by Miss Deane in connection with searches (File 87) - Box 9

Typescript copy of Despatch C. O. 201/271, 1291, NSW, W. K. Snodgrass to Lord Glenelg (File 88) - Box 9

Despatches from the Governor of Victoria to the Secretary of State, 1855 (File 88) - Box 9

'Despatches, enclosures and extracts missing from volumes in the Public Libraries of NSW, Victoria and the Commonwealth, together with minutes of the Colonial Office made on certain of the despatches' (File 88) - Box 9

List of pamphlets and prints leaflets on vols 'Miscellaneous letters' C.O. 201, NSW, 1823-37 (File 88) - Box 9

Copies of documents from Governor Bourke to Rt Hon. E. G. Stanley, 15 January 1834 (File 89) - Box 9

Copy of document concerning coinage from W. Denison to the Duke of Newcastle, 12 March 1860 (File 89) - Box 9

Short history of gold coinage in the States of the Commonwealth (File 89) - Box 9

List of enclosures concerning proposed new colony on the Murray - 'Albertonia', 1852 (File 89) - Box 9

Letters on the subject to the Secretary of State from Robert Lyon Milne (File 89) - Box 9

Copies of miscellaneous letters concerning Diocese of Sydney and appointment of a Registrar to the Supreme Court (File 89) - Box 9

Extracts from despatches of Governor Hotham concerning Finance Committee, 1854-1855 (File 90) - Box 10

Extracts from despatches of Lieut. Governor La Trobe concerning Supreme Court, 1851-1852 (File 90) - Box 10

Typescript essay drafts by Miss Deane concerning early Victorian despatches (File 90) - Box 10

Chronological list of letters concerning Port Phillip settlement, 1827-1840 (File 90) - Box 10

Extracts from Victorian Government despatches, 1851-1852, 1854 (File 91) - Box 10

Copies of private letters from Matthew Flinders to Miss Chappell, 1800-1803 (File 91) - Box 10

Victoria: list of enclosures not typed. From the despatches from the Secretary of State, (Vol. 2, 1852 - Vol 5. 5, 1860) (File 91) - Box 10

Despatches from the Governor of Victoria, 1851-1855 (File 91) - Box 10

The Dawes Memorial (File 91) - Box 10

Sir Robert Peal to Wilmot Horton on gentlemen convicts (File 91) - Box 10

Series 12. Private Research

File notes, extracts from documents and synopsis of paper given by Miss Deane to Historical Society of Victoria titled 'Overseas postal services in the fifties' (File 92) - Box 10

Typescript and Photostat copy of paper (File 92) - Box 10

Series 13. Private Writings On Various Subjects

Notes, typescript drafts of essays and poems by Miss Deane (File 93) - Box 10

Typescript essays and addresses by Miss Deane concerning astrology and theosophy (File 94) - Box 10

Copy of 'Campanus house tables', compiled by Alexander Sim (File 94) - Box 10

Typescript drafts of essays, articles and poems, with related correspondence (File 95) - Box 10

Typescript and manuscript essays and poems (File 96) - Box 11

Addresses by Miss Deane to Tuesday Club, Sydney, 1910-1911; manuscript notebook with details of Tuesday Club meetings (File 97) - Box 11

Series 14. Theosophical Society In Australia And England

Pamphlets and circulars (File 98) - Box 11

Correspondence concerning Miss Deane's progress and work as member of the Esoteric School of Theosophy (File 98) - Box 11

Series 15. Newspaper Clippings And Publication

Press clippings on G. B. Shaw, 1927 (File 99) - Box 12

Press clippings of Miss Deane's published articles (File 99) - Box 12

Miscellaneous clippings, 1903-57 (File 99) - Box 12

Booklet 'Australia's resources and their utilisation Part I' (Commonwealth Office of Education, Sydney) (File 100) - Box 12

Platypus pamphlet 'The United Nations inaction' (1949, Commonwealth Office of Education) (File 100) - Box 12

Current Affairs Bulletin, Vol / No 3, 25 October 1948 (File 100) - Box 12

Six issues The Bunyip Cambridge School quarterly; April (2), June (3), September 1909 (File 100) - Box 12

Two issues The Ryde News (Sydney), 31 May 1912 (File 100) - Box 12

One page The Ryde News (Sydney), June 1912 (File 100) - Box 12

One page The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 March 1912 (File 100) - Box 12

One page Evening Sun (Melbourne), 31 January 1925 (File 100) - Box 12

One page The Indian (London), July 1927 (File 100) - Box 12

Series 16. Miscellaneous Papers

Typed transcript essay 'Fleets of the golden fleece' by J. A. Bury (File 101) - Box 12

Manuscript details Hunter's Hill Winter Dances, 1896-98 (File 101) - Box 12

Typescripts of miscellaneous essays by E. H. Oliphant (File 101) - Box 12

Typescript of essay on Alfred Deakin by A. B. Foxcroft (File 101) - Box 12

Diplomas and medal presented to Miss Deane (File 102) - Box 12

Map of South America prepared by Miss Deane (File 102) - Box 12

Map Melbourne and suburbs (File 102) - Box 12

Two National Capital Foundation Ceremony passes, (1913) (File 102) - Box 12

Miscellaneous invitations, membership cards, entertainment programmes, circulars, typescript notes, account book (File 102) - Box 12

Miscellaneous correspondence to Mr Deane, 1909-1919; includes correspondence on photographs taken of the Doryanthes, Nullaboor Plains and the Western Australian border. (File 103) - Box 12


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