Guide to the Papers of the De Salis Family


MS 7989

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Collection Summary

De Salis Family
Papers of the De Salis Family
Date Range
c. 1840-c.1930
Collection Number
MS 7989
14 metres (52 ms boxes + 2 phase boxes + 2 medium folio boxes + 3 Folio-packets + 1 non standard MS box + 1 map folio)
Language of Materials
Special Collections (Manuscripts)


Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence between family members, friends and business associates; political notes; post cards; published material; press cuttings.

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 De Salis Family, National Library of Australia, MS 7989, [series and/or file number]'.

See MS 2623 for the Family Tree.

See also MS 2656 for the Papers of Pierce Galliard Smith.

Biographical Note

Leopold Fabius Dietegan Fane de Salis (1816-1898) migrated to Australia in 1840 with his brother-in-law. He married Charlotte MacDonald in 1844 and had five children; Leopold William (1845-1930) who married Jeanette Caroline Armstrong in 1895; Rodolph (1841-1876); George Arthur Charles (1852-1932) who married Mary St Irving Galliard Smith in 1878; Henry Gubert (1858-1931); Nina who married William Farrer. Leopold acquired large pastoral interests including Darbalara Station which he bought in 1840 and which he sold in 1855 when he moved higher up the Murrumbidgee to Cuppacumbalong, Tharwa. He lost extensive holdings in Queensland in the 1892 crisis. He was Member of the Legislative Council 1874-1898 in the Queanbeyan District. Leopold William was MLA 1872-1874 and George Fane de Salis was MLA 1885-1885.

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Papers of Leopold Fane de Salis, 1816-1898

Insurance documents (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 1

Land conveyance and indenture documents, including the following conveyance Documents: (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 1

1882 Bernard McTiernan to James McTiernan1881 Mary McTiernan to J.&B. McTiernan1872 William Roohan to Hugh McTiernan1870 Thomas Wilson to William Roohan1895 William Cosgrove and another, to William Lenane1865 William Lenehan Jr. to Thomas Wilson1860 Charles Bolt to William Lenane1859 W. O'Neill to C. Bolt1866 T. Kennedy to J. Maher1858 Land Purchase document. William O'Neill1901 Supplementary abstract of Title of William Lenane1862 Michael Commins to William Lenehan Jr.1879 Indemnity. George MacDonell to Hon. Leopold Fane de Salis M.L.C.; Indenture agreement. The Scottish Australian Investment Co. Ltd to Hon. Leopold Fane de Salis M.L.C. 18791883 James Gray to Leopold Fane de Salis1881 Thomas Long to Leopold Fane de Salis

Agreement between Pastoralists' Federal Council and the Amalgamated Shearers' Union of Australasia, 7 August 1891 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 1

Map of N.S.W. issued by Pastures Protection Board of Braidwood (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 1

Conveyance Documents (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 1

1886 Kurts to G. Fane de Salis

1887 T. Warner to L. Fane de Salis

1890 T. Gale to L. Fane de Salis

Mortgage Documents. 1896 T. Tong to E.F. Foster (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 1

Letters of Administration. 1886 Thomas Warner (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 1

1857 Grant by purchase to William O'Neill (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 1

Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage. DE SALIS, COUNT (de Salis) (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 1

1890 Agreement between Leopold and George (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 1

Bank books for Messrs de Salis and Smith 1860, 1871-1872, 1872, 1877-1884, 1884, 1885-1890, 1866-1871, 1838-1866, 1873-1876, 1866 and 1859-1893 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 2

Accounts, receipts and related letters, 1866-1897 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 3, Box 4

Some concern land and wool sales.

Political notes and press clippings (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 5-11 (7 MS Boxes)

Some correspondence (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 5-11 (7 MS Boxes)

Meteorological records kept by Leopold Fane de Salis (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 5-11 (7 MS Boxes)

Notes referring to issues of a non-political nature on the subject of land purchase laws, meat and wheat exports and wool (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 5-11 (7 MS Boxes)

Papers created while a Member of the Legislative Assembly 1864-1869 and Legislative Council 1874-1898 (he was also a Magistrate from 1844) (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 5-11 (7 MS Boxes)

Papers concerning land purchase and some correspondence (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 12

Mainly letters to Leopold concerning business, including correspondence regarding survey of Runs (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 14

Agreement with Rev. Smith and de Salis Brothers 1880 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 13

Letters from Henry Parkes; letters from family (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 13

Series 2. Papers of George Fane de Salis

Family letters to George, Father, Dad or Papa (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 15, Box 16

Business letters to George (may include some family letters) (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 17, Box 18, Box 19, Box 20, Box 21, Box 22, Box 23

Box 17 contains letters of sympathy on death of Eric Fane de Salis who was killed in action during World War 1.

Series 3. Papers of Mary Fane de Salis (nee Smith)

Letters addressed to Mary Smith from School friends 1868; letters from family members (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 24

Letters from family and friends; some business letters (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 25, Box 26, Box 27, Box 28

Letters addressed to 'Marie', but actually sent to Mary. Most are from her sister Emily (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 29, Box 30

Series 4. Letters to Charlotte Fane de Salis

Letters to Charlotte, mostly from family and friends. Some are addressed to Lottie (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 31

Series 5. Letters to Mary Fane de Salis

Letters to May Fane de Salis, mostly from family and friends (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 32

Series 6. Letters to Emily Fane de Salis

Letters to Emily Fane de Salis, mostly from family and friends (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 33

Series 7. Letters to Mina Farrer (nee de Salis)

Letters to Nina Farrer (nee de Salis) with some letters to William Farrer (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 34

Series 8. Family Correspondence

Letters to Mary de Salis, daughter of George and Mary Fane de Salis (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 35

Other letters may be with Mary Fane de Salis (nee Smith) Series 3.

Letters to William Fane de Salis; Henry Fane de Salis; Eric and Mrs E.C. de Salis; Rodolph Fane de Salis; Charlie Fane de Salis and Nina Fane de Salis, daughter of George and Mary Fane de Salis (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 35

Series 9. Miscellaneous

Prescriptions, remedies, recipes, map of Gundagai, letters found in books, parts of letters and letters to unidentified people (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 36

Photographs, Queanbeyan Aborigines (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 37

Prayer book (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 37

Dance programmes (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 37

Menus (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 37

Handwritten poems (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 37

Letters to MacDonald (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 37

Autographs (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 37

Telegrams (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 37

Mementoes (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 37

Flockowners Diary 1918 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 37

Bookplate for Charlotte Fane de Salis (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 37

Accounts and notes (1 Ledger) 1851 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 37

To the elector's of the Queanbeyan District (File [unnumbered]) - Box 38

Newspaper supplements 19th and early 20th Century, Silhouettes (x2) and portrait; Miscellaneous material; empty Envelopes & Stamps (Item Unnumbered)

Series 10. Press Cuttings

Press cuttings (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 39

Series 11. Post Cards and Greeting Cards

Post cards and greetings cards (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 40

Series 12. Published Books

Kennedy's handbook of Scottish song with the melodies. Melbourne: Stillwell and Knight, 1872 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

The King Who Walked With God. Orange: Central Western Daily, 1939 (with inscription to Charlotte, Mary, Nina and Em, dated 1952) (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

Official programme, New South Wales National Regatta Anniversary Day, 26th January 1886 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

Visitors' guide to Bath and District by electric car and motor bus issued by the Bath Electric Tramways Co. Ltd (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

New South Wales: her commerce and resources by G.W. Griffin. Sydney: Charles Potter, 1888 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

New South Wales: the Mother colony of the Australias. Sydney: Charles Potter, 1896 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

The soldiers' poems, The Dardanelles and other verses by C.N. Hutchinson. Sydney: The Central Press (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

The Queens Hotel, Kandy, Ceylon (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

Australian Ballads: the Canterbury poets, edited by William Sharp. Walter Scott Publishing Co (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

The Charm of Whistler. London: T.C. AND E.C. Fack, (inscription to Charlotte) (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

The little dream by John Galsworthy. London: Duckworth Co. (inscription to 'Dear Charlotte with best Xmas wishes from Una and Ros, Xmas 1911') (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

Rules, c., of the NSW Polo Association 1898 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

Picturesque London. Marshall, Hamilton, Kent Co. (inscription to 'Miss de Salis ... 1911') (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

Catalogue of publications by W.M. Power Westmister Victoria Gallery, 1908 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

The Charm of Leighton. London: T.C. (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

Slate drawings. Belding Bros Co's (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

Fables and moral maxims in verse and prose, selected by Anne Parker. London: John W. Parker, 1835 (inscription to 'Emily Phillippa Davies ... 8th birthday') (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

Sacred songs and solos and New hymns and solos, compiled and sung by Ira D. Sankey. London: Morgan Scott (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

Narrative hymns for village schools. London: Joseph Masters, 1861 (inscription 'Emily E.G. Smith, St John's Parsonage, Canberra) (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

Records of the raids. London: Society for promoting Christian knowledge, 1918 (inscription Charlotte de Salis from ...) (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

History of the Bunhill Fields Burial Ground. London: Charles Skipper East, 1893 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

The nature lovers' note book by Eric Pochin. Leicester: The Brockhampton Book Company (belonged to M.F. de Salis) (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

Rafferty, king of Australia by Sandy McTavish. Melbourne, 1931 (inscription 'The Misses de Salis from ...') (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

The Pacific and you by R.C. Blumer and E.C. Rowland. Sydney: The Australian Board of Missions, 1943 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

By air to battle : the official account of the British Airborne Divisions. London: His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1945 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

Tender grass for Christ's lambs by W. Weldon Champneys. London: Wertheim and MacIntosh, 1848 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

Edinburgh: official guide by John Menzies Co (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 41

The letters of Rachel Henning with forty pen drawings by Norman Lindsay, introduction by David Adams. Sydney: Bulletin Newspaper Co (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 42

The coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, approved souvenir programme, 1952 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 42

Madame Tussaud's exhibition guide by GeoAugustus Sala. London: Baker Street Station (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 42

The harvest of the years Houghton Mifflin Company, 1927 (inscription 'Mrs Farrer from Angus Robertson') (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 42

The climbs of NormanNerunda by May NormanNerunda. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1899 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 42

Tent life in Tiger Land and sport and work on the Nepal frontier, by James James Inglis. Sydney: A. Hutchinson Son, 1888 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 42

The art of marine painting in oil colours by J.W. Carmichael. London: Windsor and Newton (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 42

In your hands Australian by C.E.W. Bean. London: Cassell Company, 1918 (inscribed "with kind regards from C.E.W. Bean") (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 42

Australian museums : hints for collectors of geological and mineralogical specimens by F. Rattle. Sydney: Charles Potter, 1887 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 42

Mrs Beeton's shilling cookery book with more than 600 recipes by Isabella Beeton. London: Ward Lock Co. (inscribed 'E.P. Smith July 1989') (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 42

Animals by Harrison Weir and other artists (has 'Emily' on cover) (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 42

Sketchbook of trees (cover missing) Blackie Son (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 42

Hutchinson's Popular and illustrated dog encyclopaedia, volume one, AFo edited by Walter Hutchinson. London: Hutchinson Co (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 43

The Canberran: the magazine of the Canberra Grammar School, Canberra. Vol.3, no.11 Sept. 1933; no.4, 1934; no.6, 1936; no.7, 1937 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 43

The new review, Vol.15, no.87, Aug. 1896 (cover missing) (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 43

Pearson's magazine, Vol.4, Sept. 1897 no.21 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 43

Tell us another, or funniest shooting and fishing stores ever told on earth or flying by Rowland Oliver S.M (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 43

The Englishwoman's domestic magazine, Vols.1, 5-7, 1858, 1862-1864 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 43

The Works of Harrison Ainsworth III, Windsor Castle. London: George Routledge Sons (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 43

Covered in maroon cloth with school emblem. Inside cover has bookplate: given to E.G. De Salis June 1908 for a mathematic prize

On heroes, hero workship and the heroic in history by Thomas Carlyle. George Routledge Sons (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 43

Covered in maroon cloth with bookplate stating 'Prize for hard work E.G. de Salis Xmas 1907'

Ladies Treasury plate from Jan. 1881 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 44

Ladies Treasury, Jan.-Nov. 1882; Jan., Feb., May, Aug. 1883; Apr., Oct., Nov., Dec. 1886; Jan.-June, Aug.-Dec. 1885 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 44

Ladies Treasury, Jan.-Dec. 1865, Jan.-Dec.1876 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 45

Ladies Treasury, Jan.-Feb. Apr.-July, Sept.-Dec. 1879; Jan.-Nov. 1877; Jan.-May, July-Dec. 1880; 1878 (plates for Aug., Sept. Nov. missing) (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 46

Annotated copy of Crown Lands Bill, 1883 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 47

Newspaper clippings (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 47, Box 48, Box 49, Box 50

Probably collected by George de Salis) dated early 1900s to 1950s on matters such as taxation, land and farming.

Some articles refer to William Farrer. There are also some handwritten notes.

Note: much of the material is in poor condition.

Anzac bulletin, no.75, June 1918 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 50

Home chat, no.293, 1900 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 50

London and North Western time tables, 1894 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 50

Complete guide to Tasmania, 1920 (very poor condition) (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 50

Pages from a book belonging to Leopold Fane de Salis, damaged at Darbalara during Gundagai flood in 1852.

The Weekly Times book of patterns. Melbourne (no cover) (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 50

Scrap Book with poems and press cuttings (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 50

Newspaper cuttings in large volume with some handwritten notes.

Maroon volume of newspaper cuttings (cover damaged) (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 51

The Land Act, 1897; Engineering and Electrical Exhibition, 1897; A manual of the licensing law, 1883; Abstract - Meteorological Observations, 1871; Handbook of information for intending settlers of British New Guinea, 1892; The Crown Lands Alienation Act, 1861-1880; The Crown Lands Act of 1884; Impounding Law amendment Act, 1881 (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 51

Various printed pamphlets and booklets (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 52

Drawing books (File [Unnumbered]) - Box 52

Series 13. Folio items

Note: 1-6 are in very poor condition.

Cauppacbalong Day Book, 1852-1861 (File 1) - Folio-Box FB(A)

Ration A/C Tharwa, 1879-1892 (File 2) - Folio-Box FB(A)

Ledger, 1851. Dabalara Station, Junee Station, Oura (near Wagga) (File 3) - Folio-Box FB(A)

Cauppacumbalong, 1869-1878 (File 4) - Folio-Box FB(A)

Darbalara property near Gundagai. House and contents in Gundagai Flood, 1852. Day book dated 1845-1849 (File 5) - Folio-Box FB(A)

Letterbook. Cuppacumbalong, 1856-1860 (File 6) - Folio-Box FB(A)

Nina Farrer's Flower book (File 7) - Folio-Box FB(B)

Newspaper clippings, 1914 (File 8) - Folio-Box FB(B)

Rainfall observations, 1885-1899 (File 9) - Folio-Box FB(B)

Scrap album, 1877. Photographs (File 10) - Folio-Box FB(B)

Photographs of George Fane de Salis and May Fane de Salis (File 11) - Folio-Box FB(B)

Framed photograph of William Farrer in Cambridge Rifles Regiment and framed group photograph (File 12) - Folio-Box FB(B)

Wooden shield, 1840 - 1930 (File 13) - Piece 1 (wooden shield)

Printed Map of England. Annotated and presented for the N.S.W. Food for Britain appeal (File) - Piece 2

1.1 metres