Guide to the Papers of the Rawson Family


MS 1759

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Collection Summary

Rawson Family
Papers of the Rawson Family
Date Range
Collection Number
MS 1759
0.18 metres (1 archive box)
Language of Materials
National Library of Australia


Scope and Contents

The collection consists mainly of letters from William and Samuel Rawson to their father John Rawson and other members of the family such as their sisters Marianne, Ellin and Elizabeth.

Samuel Rawson came to Australia in 1838 aboard the Florentia and joined the 28th regiment in Sydney.

William Rawson was employed in Calcutta in a merchant house but had to leave India for health reasons. From India he went to Van Diemen's Land in 1842, and travelled from there to South Australia and Victoria. Later he travelled to the New England area where he took up a station. He died in Charleville about 1866.

John Rawson (father of William and Samuel) spent his life-time in England in the Halifax area.

Apart from the numerous letters the collection also contains 6 diaries and logs of sea journeys undertaken by various members of the family, plans of the ships "Florentia" and "Thomas Coutts" and also plans of the city of Adelaide. There is also a prayer book and a silk play bill for an amateur production in Perth, Western 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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Rawson Family, National Library of Australia, MS 1759, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

See also MS 4279, by Samuel Rawson of China.

Item Descriptions

Correspondence (see Appendix I - Correspondence Index - under the Related Documentation tab) (Item)

Magazine article, John Pemberton Simpson (Item 76)

Account of John Rawson (Item 84)

Plans of [?] Rawson (Item 93-94)

Stamp from Rawson letters (Item 129)

Regimental order/list (Item 202)

Regimental order/list (Item 210-211)

Regimental order/list (Item 213)

Regimental order/list (Item 228)

Letter of identification, William Rawson (Item 255)

Silk playbill (Item 298)

Accounts of Samuel Rawson (Item 295-297)

Accounts of Samuel Rawson (Item 299-300)

Diaries of [?] Rawson, mainly accounts of voyages aboard the "Thomas Coutts" and the "Florentia". (Item 305-309)

Plans of John Rawson (Item 301-302)

Prayer book (Item 310)