Guide to the Records of Robert Brooks & Company (as filmed by the AJCP)


M582 - M583

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Online Items

File of letters received by Robert Brooks & Company mainly relating to a cotton plantation owned by Captain Robert Towns on the Logan River in Queensland, 1861 - 1890 (File 1)

The letters are not filed in date order. They include a letter from Towns on the selection of a property suitable for cotton growing (1862), letters from W.T. Walker, the manager of the plantation, and several reports by C. Lett of his inspection of the property, together with his views on its management and the economic position of the colony (1873-77) and financial statements on cotton-growing. There are also letters from Lett, Alexander Stuart and Edward Knox concerning the health and death of Towns in 1873, the administration of his estate, negotiations with the executors, the valuation and sale of his cattle stations and other properties. These letters were mostly written to Herbert Brooks, the son of Robert Brooks. The final papers in the file relate to litigation in Christchurch, New Zealand, between Robert Brooks & Company and King & Company in 1890.

Journal of Robert Brooks, 1 January 1822 - 19 July 1826 (File 2)

The journal entries for 19th of July 1826 are continued at nla.obj-740094311.

Journal of Robert Brooks, 19 July 1826 - 30 September 1828 (File 3)

Ledger of Robert Brooks, 1826 - 1830 (File 4)

The ledger refers to transactions with Thomas Barkworth, John Bisdee, Robert Campbell &Co., Ranulph Dacre, Joseph Dowson & Co., Henry Mitchison & Co, William Walker and various ships and ship captains.

Ledger of Robert Brooks, 1831 - 1832 (File 5)

The ledger refers to transactions with Robert Campbell & Co., Captain Thomas Collins, Joseph Dowson & Co., Ranulph Dacre (Sydney), Lancelot Iredale (Sydney), Solomon Levey (Sydney), Simeon Lord (Launceston), Henry Mitchison, H.H. Mortimer & Co., Thomas Reibey (Launceston) and various ships.

Acceptance book, 1846 - 1853 (File 5)

The volume records cheques accepted for payment.

Cash book of Robert Brooks, 1 January 1855 - 3 September 1859 (File 7)

Letterbook of Robert Brooks, 1841-02-18/1843-05-1843 (File 8)

The book contains copies of letters written by Brooks. Among the recipients are Thomas Archer, Archers, Gilles & Co. (Launceston), Robert Campbell (Sydney), James Cain (Melbourne), Ranulph Dacre (Sydney), Capt. Thomas Harrington, Luscombe Driscoll & Co., Thomas Reibey (Launceston), Robert Towns (Sydney), Williams, Campbell & Co. (Launceston), W.C. Wentworth (Sydney) and Capt. A.S. Weddell.