Guide to the Papers of Sir John Ferguson

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MS 3200

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: May 2016

Collection Summary

Creator
Ferguson, John Alexander, Sir
Title
Papers of Sir John Ferguson
Date Range
18th-19th century
Collection Number
MS 3200
Extent
25.24 metres (109 boxes, 11 folio boxes, 1 folio item)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia
Sponsor
The digitisation of the Library’s Currency Collection was made possible by the generous financial support of donors to the Banknotes and Currency Preservation Appeal (2015). The Library gratefully acknowledges this support.

Introduction

Scope and Contents

A large group of papers accumulated by Sir john Ferguson during the course of his life and career. Comprises correspondence with missionaries, institutions such as the National Library, collectors and historians concerning his interest in collecting Australiana and in compiling his Bibliography of Australia; family correspondence; files of cuttings, manuscripts, both original and copies; notes and printed items on such topics as local histories, particular events in Australian history, and missionary work in the Pacific Islands; medals; early Australian money; papers relating to his work with the State Library of New South Wales and the Royal Australian Historical Society; and manuscript drafts and galley proofs of his Bibliography of Australia.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2291032).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired in a number of instalments from both Sir John Ferguson and his family.

References

References used in the creation of this finding aid include:

Australian colonial currency and promissory notes by Michael P. Vort-Ronald, second edition, 2012.

Statement about the Extent of this Guide

The Library is in the process of creating a full descriptive guide for this collection. As an interim measure, only currency items identified through the Library's 2016 Currency Project are described below.

Biographical Note

Sir John Ferguson, bibliographer and judge.

Item Descriptions

Currency, c.1812-1848 (File)

24 early Australian currency related items. Items 1-14 were originally located in box 20/folder 131 of the collection . Items 15-24 were originally located in box 82/folder 7 of the collection.

Items 15-24 relate to the Bank of Australia which was established by John MacArthur and business associates on 8th June 1826. After a healthy start the bank failed on 2nd March 1843. The liquidation of the Bank of Australia resulted in the remaining assets of the bank being disposed of by lottery to the shareholders. A shareholder had the right to ‘assign’ their ticket to someone else for the sum of £4. Plans for a second lottery in April, 1849 were objected to by the government and it did not take place.

Colonial Police Fund of New South Wales currency note for five shillings, c.1814 (Item 1)

Issue details

Type: later issue [1816-1817]

Country: Australia

Denomination: five shillings sterling

Issuing agency: Colonial Police Fund of New South Wales

Printer: probably Government Printer, George Howe

Domicile of issuer: NSW

Issued to: James Williams

Issue date: [1816-1817?]

Circulation status: unissued

Illustrative content: back has Latin quotation from Cicero warning against forging

Physical description: dimension - 169x83 mm; black print on white paper

Additional information

Colonial Police Fund of New South Wales founded 1 April 1810 by Governor Macquarie: effectively the first treasury. The funds received were for expenses relating to police, jails and capital works.

William Jenkins currency note for one shilling, c.1812 (Item 2)

Issue details

Category: Promissory (currency) note

Type: A (asterisk in oval)

Country: Australia

Denomination: one shilling sterling

Issuing agency: William Jenkins

Domicile of issuer: Sydney, New South Wales

Issued to: Bearer in copper coin

Issue date: [1812?]

Serial number: illegible

Signatures: Wm Jenkins

Physical description: dimension - 36x72 mm; black print on white paper with handwriting in ink

William Jenkins currency note for one shilling and sixpence, c.1812 (Item 3)

Issue details

Category: Promissory (currency) note

Type: A (asterisk in oval border)

Country: Australia

Denomination: one shilling and sixpence sterling

Issuing agency: William Jenkins

Domicile of issuer: Sydney, New South Wales

Issued to: Bearer in copper coin

Issue date: [Dec 1812?]

Serial number: 57

Signatures: Wm Jenkins

Physical description: dimension - 42x68 mm; black print on white paper with handwriting in ink

William Jenkins currency note for two shilling and sixpence, c.1812 (Item 4)

Issue details

Category: Promissory (currency) note

Type: B (frond border)

Country: Australia

Denomination: two shillings and sixpence sterling

Issuing agency: William Jenkins

Domicile of issuer: Sydney, New South Wales

Issued to: Bearer in copper coin

Issue date: [1812? ] Serial number: illegible

Signatures: Wm Jenkins

Physical description: dimension - 40x67 mm; black print on white paper with handwriting in ink

John Hutchinson currency note for one shilling, c.1812 (Item 5)

Issue details

Category: Promissory (currency) note

Type: frond border

Country: Australia

Denomination: one shilling sterling

Issuing agency: John Hutchinson

Domicile of issuer: Sydney, New South Wales

Issued to: Bearer in copper coin

Issue date: [1812-13?]

Signatures: J Hutchison (sic)

Circulation status: unissued

Physical description: dimension - 41x91 mm; black print on white paper with handwriting in ink

John Hutchinson currency note for two shillings and sixpence, c.1812 (Item 6)

Issue details

Category: Promissory (currency) note

Type: frond border

Country: Australia

Denomination: two shillings and sixpence sterling

Issuing agency: John Hutchinson

Domicile of issuer: Sydney, New South Wales

Issued to: Bearer in copper coin

Issue date: [1812-13?]

Signatures: J Hutchison (sic)

Circulation status: unissued

Physical description: dimension - 42x88 mm; black print on white paper with handwriting in ink

John Hutchinson currency note for five shillings, 1813 (Item 7)

Issue details

Category: Promissory (currency) note

Type: frond border

Country: Australia

Denomination: five shillings sterling

Issuing agency: John Hutchinson

Domicile of issuer: Sydney, New South Wales

Issued to: Bearer in colonial currency ('copper coin' crossed out and replaced in handwriting by 'colonial currency' ) Issue date: 17 April 1813

Serial number: 7

Signatures: J Hutchison (sic)

Circulation status: unissued

Physical description: dimension - 42x88 mm; black print on white paper with handwriting in ink

Additional information

This note is consecutive to No.6 held by Dixson Library, SLNSW.

Enoch Kinsela currency note for one shilling, 6 April 1813 (Item 8)

Issue details

Category: Promissory (currency) note

Type: frond border

Country: Australia

Denomination: one shilling sterling

Issuing agency: Enoch Kinsela

Domicile of issuer: Sydney, New South Wales

Issued to: Bearer [in] currency

Issue date: 6 April 1813

Serial number: [3?]

Signatures: Enoch Kinsela

Physical description: dimension - 35x75 mm; black print on white paper with handwriting in ink

Enoch Kinsela currency note for one shilling and sixpence, 26 May 1813 (Item 9)

Issue details

Category: Promissory (currency) note

Type: frond border

Country: Australia

Denomination: one shilling and sixpence sterling

Domicile of issuer: Sydney, New South Wales

Issued to: bearer [in] currency (handwritten)

Issue date: 26 May 1813

Serial number: [27?]

Signatures: Enoch Kinsela

Physical description: dimension - 35x73 mm

Garnham Blaxcell currency note for two shillings and sixpence, 17 December 1814 (Item 10)

Issue details

Category: Promissory (currency) note

Type: frond border

Country: Australia

Denomination: two shillings and sixpence sterling

Issuing agency: G [Garnham] Blaxcell

Domicile of issuer: Sydney, New South Wales

Issued to: bearer [in] currency

Issue date: 17 December 1814

Serial number: 7

Signatures: G Blaxcell

Physical description: dimension - 48x81 mm

Additional information

Blaxcell arrived as acting Purser on HMS Buffalo. Appointed by Gov. King to several positions, he became a very wealthy merchant but was involved in debt litigation. He for England 1817 but died in Batavia in Oct 1817, his debts unpaid.

Colonial Police Fund of New South Wales currency note for one pound sterling (Item 11)

Issue details

Category: Promissory (currency) note

Type: early issue [1810-1816]

Country: Australia

Denomination: one pound sterling

Issuing agency: Police Fund [Colonial Police Fund of New South Wales]

Domicile of issuer: Sydney, New South Wales

Issued to: bearer

Watermark: horizontal striations

Physical description: dimension - 53x129 mm

Colonial Police Fund of New South Wales currency note for two pounds sterling (Item 12)

Issue details

Category: Promissory (currency) note

Type: early issue [1810-1816]

Country: Australia

Denomination: two pounds sterling

Issuing agency: Police Fund [Colonial Police Fund of New South Wales]

Domicile of issuer: Sydney, New South Wales

Issued to: bearer

Watermark: horizontal striations

Physical description: dimension - 55x128 mm

Photograph of Colonial Police Fund of New South Wales currency note for two shillings and sixpence, c.1814 (Item 13)

Photograph of Commercial Banking Company of Sydney one pound note (Item 14)

Bank of Australia lottery ticket No. 3740, issued to John Campbell, 19 October 1848 (Item 15)

Issue details

Category: lottery ticket

Country: Australia

Issuing agency: Bank of Australia

Printer: H G Jervis

Domicile of issuer: George St, Sydney, NSW

Issued to: John Campbell, assigned to Mrs Clou?

Issue date: 19 October 1848; drawn on 1 January 1849

Serial number: 3740

Signatures: four bank directors

Overprinting: assigned on reverse to Mrs [Clou?] for £4

Illustrative content: patterned border with six inset illustrations

Watermark: Sydney Banking Company

Physical description: dimension - 192x112 mm; black print on off white paper with ink handwriting

Bank of Australia lottery ticket No. 3741, issued to John Campbell, 19 October 1848 (Item 16)

Issue details

Category: lottery ticket

Country: Australia

Issuing agency: Bank of Australia

Printer: H G Jervis

Domicile of issuer: George St, Sydney, NSW

Issued to: John Campbell, assigned to himself

Issue date: 19 October 1848; drawn on 1 January 1849

Serial number: 3741

Signatures: four bank directors

Overprinting: assigned on reverse to Mrs [Clou?] for £4. 'Allotment 1 South Hastings' in pencil on reverse

Illustrative content: patterned border with 6 inset illustrations

Watermark: Sydney Banking Company

Physical description: dimension - 192x112 mm; black print on off white paper with ink handwriting

Bank of Australia lottery ticket No. 3745, issued to John Campbell, 19 October 1848 (Item 17)

Issue details

Category: lottery ticket

Country: Australia

Issuing agency: Bank of Australia

Printer: H G Jervis

Domicile of issuer: George St, Sydney, NSW

Issued to: John Campbell. Not assigned.

Issue date: 19 October 1848; drawn on 1 January 1849

Serial number: 3745

Signatures: four bank directors Overprinting: not assigned

Illustrative content: patterned border with six inset illustrations

Watermark: Sydney Banking Company

Physical description: dimension - 198x112 mm; black print on off white paper with ink handwriting

Bank of Australia lottery ticket No. 3746, issued to John Campbell, 19 October 1848 (Item 18)

Issue details

Category: lottery ticket

Country: Australia

Issuing agency: Bank of Australia

Printer: H G Jervis

Domicile of issuer: George St, Sydney, NSW

Issued to: John Campbell. Not assigned. Issue date: 19 October 1848; drawn on 1 January 1849

Serial number: 3746

Signatures: four bank directors

Overprinting: not assigned

Illustrative content: patterned border with six inset illustrations

Watermark: Sydney Banking Company

Physical description: dimension - 198x115 mm; black print on off white paper with ink handwriting

Bank of Australia lottery ticket No. 3747, issued to John Campbell, 19 October 1848 (Item 19)

Issue details

Category: lottery ticket

Country: Australia

Issuing agency: Bank of Australia

Printer: H G Jervis

Domicile of issuer: George St, Sydney, NSW

Issued to: John Campbell. Not assigned. Issue date: 19 October 1848; drawn on 1 January 1849

Serial number: 3747

Signatures: four bank directors

Overprinting: not assigned

Illustrative content: patterned border with six inset illustrations

Watermark: Sydney Banking Company

Physical description: dimension - 198x115 mm; black print on off white paper with ink handwriting

Bank of Australia lottery ticket No. 3749, issued to John Campbell, 19 October 1848 (Item 20)

Issue details

Category: lottery ticket

Country: Australia

Issuing agency: Bank of Australia

Printer: H G Jervis

Domicile of issuer: George St, Sydney, NSW

Issued to: John Campbell. Not assigned.

Issue date: 19 October 1848; drawn on 1 January 1849

Serial number: 3749

Signatures: four bank directors

Overprinting: not assigned

Illustrative content: patterned border with six inset illustrations

Watermark: Sydney Banking Company

Physical description: dimension - 197x114 mm; black print on off white paper with ink handwriting

Bank of Australia lottery ticket No. 3752, issued to John Campbell, 19 October 1848 (Item 21)

Issue details

Category: lottery ticket

Country: Australia

Issuing agency: Bank of Australia

Printer: H G Jervis

Domicile of issuer: George St, Sydney, NSW

Issued to: John Campbell. Not assigned. Issue date: 19 October 1848; drawn on 1 January 1849

Serial number: 3752

Signatures: four bank directors

Overprinting: not assigned

Illustrative content: patterned border with six inset illustrations

Watermark: Sydney Banking Company

Physical description: dimension - 196x112 mm; black print on off white paper with ink handwriting

Bank of Australia lottery ticket No. 3753, issued to John Campbell, 19 October 1848 (Item 22)

Issue details

Category: lottery ticket

Country: Australia

Issuing agency: Bank of Australia

Printer: H G Jervis

Domicile of issuer: George St, Sydney, NSW

Issued to: John Campbell. Not assigned.

Issue date: 19 October 1848; drawn on 1 January 1849

Serial number: 3753

Signatures: four bank directors

Overprinting: not assigned

Illustrative content: patterned border with six inset illustrations

Watermark: Sydney Banking Company

Physical description: dimension - 193x112 mm; black print on off white paper with ink handwriting

Bank of Australia lottery ticket No. 3766, issued to John Campbell, 19 October 1848 (Item 23)

Issue details

Category: lottery ticket

Country: Australia

Issuing agency: Bank of Australia

Printer: H G Jervis

Domicile of issuer: George St, Sydney, NSW

Issued to: John Campbell. Not assigned.

Issue date: 19 October 1848; drawn on 1 January 1849

Serial number: 3766

Signatures: four bank directors

Overprinting: not assigned

Illustrative content: patterned border with six inset illustrations

Watermark: Sydney Banking Company

Physical description: dimension - 194x112 mm; black print on off white paper with ink handwriting

Bank of Australia lottery ticket No. 3767, issued to John Campbell, 19 October 1848 (Item 24)

Issue details

Category: lottery ticket

Country: Australia

Issuing agency: Bank of Australia

Printer: H G Jervis

Domicile of issuer: George St, Sydney, NSW

Issued to: John Campbell. Not assigned.

Issue date: 19 October 1848; drawn on 1 January 1849

Serial number: 3767

Signatures: four bank directors

Overprinting: not assigned

Illustrative content: patterned border with six inset illustrations

Watermark: Sydney Banking Company

Physical description: dimension - 196x112 mm; black print on off white paper with ink handwriting


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