Guide to the Papers of Terry Wills Cooke
National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record
- Wills Cooke, Terry
- Papers of Terry Wills Cooke
- Date Range
- 1794 - 2016
- Collection Number
- MS 10257
- 2.88 metres (10 ms boxes + 2 large folio boxes + 1 small phase box + 3 folders + 1 Packet)
- Language of Materials
- Special Collections (Manuscripts)
Scope and Contents
The collection documents the activities of the Wills family, who were pastoralists from the early 1800s, in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland and includes: letters; personal and financial documents; diaries; maps; photographs; realia; manuscript and typescript notes;Register of deaths of the Cullin-la-ringo massacre, also referred to as the Wills Tragedy; writings, publications, research material and a family tree of Edward Wills. Much of theis material relates to the life and times of Horatio Spencer Howe Wills (1811-1861), pastoralist and politician, and his son Thomas Wentworth Wills (1835-1880), footballer and cricketer, who played a significant role in the development and establishment of Australian Rules Football.
Conditions Governing Access
Access conditions may apply to this collection, please refer to the collection's catalogue record for further information (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn7506491).
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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Terry Wills Cooke, National Library of Australia, MS 10257, [class/series/file/item number]'
MS Acc17.036 is housed in the parent collection MS 10257
'A Land so Inviting' - the life and times of Horatio Spencer Wills by CE Sayers, 2016 (File 14) - Box 5
Unpublished biography edited and notated by Terry Wills Cooke (TWC)
Letters - some original some photocopied; mainly to and from Horace Wills, 1882-1996 (File 16) - Box 6
Most of these letters are from Horace to Sarah
A file named by Terry Wills Cook as 'Odd Bits and Pieces about family'; contains a Colonial Bank of Australasia cheque from 1857; Horace Wills' Last Will and Testament; correspondence over a century; early history of Rockhampton, 1888-1998 (File 20) - Box 7
A letter from Edward VIII's private secretary in 1920 thanking Horace Wills for the Aboriginal weapon gifts
Pistol always carried in her apron pocket by Sarah E Wills during her time at Coorabelle and Cullinlaringo.
Belgian made bulldog style pocket revolver with folding trigger. 1 3/4inch barrel, 6 shot fluted cylinder, and checkered birds beak walnut grips.
describing an epic droving trip from Cullinlaringo to Wentworth with over 10,000 sheep
Photocopied issues of The Currency Lad 1832; original copy of The Newsletter of Australia 1861; small photo album of Sidney as a boy; small leather wallet containing Mr and Mrs Horace Wills' visiting cards; Antill and Harrison family tree; Framed results card of the (first ever) Grand Cricket Match Victoria Vs NSW in the Domain January 14, 1857, 1832-1860's (File) - Folio-Box 11
Newsletter of Australia 1861 describing the Burke and Wills journey and the 1861 massacre
Cullinlaringo and Corabelle homesteads, zamia tree, Aboriginal staff, wool teams, governess and children, massacre site -Contains photographs of Aboriginal persons now deceased
Bloomfield River (Far North Queensland) plantation, pineapple gardens, mills, kanakas from New Hebrides; Springsure station - Contains photographs of Aboriginal persons now deceased
Cullinlaringo lagoon and creek; children; show rams, Aboriginal stockman with Sarah Wills' horse; the massacre site; stock yards and wool shed - Contains photographs of Aboriginal persons now deceased
Photographs of Hebe; lock of hair; Baptismal and First Communion Certificates; Homeopathic Hospital Nursing Certificates; Marriage documents and photographs 1910; pieces of her wedding dress; a lock of Hebe's golden hair; ship's menu 1930
Published family histories x 3; Supplement to the Geelong Advertiser on AFL legends (2008) (File 37) - Box 10
The Pockley Family in Australia 1842-1976; The Antill Family Australia 1809; Roots of the Mighty Oak, the Ancketill, Anketell and Antill families 803-1990
Photocopy of a page listed in the Register of deaths in the district of Rockhampton (File 40) - Folio-Box 12
This collection comprises a photocopy of a page listed in the Register of deaths in the district of Rockhampton, dated 17 October 1862. Those listed include pasroralist Horatio Wills; his overseer David Baker and his wife Catherine, their son Iden and daughter Elizabeth. They were among 19 killed in the Cullin-la-ringo massacre also referred to as the Wills Tragedy, reported by Tom Wills with explanatory notes by Terry Wills-Cooke.