Guide to the Papers of the Somers Family (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

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Series. Anna Eckford Somers Cocks, 13 December 1876 - 14 May 1890

Subseries. Correspondence, 1889 - 14 May 1890

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Harriet Cocks (Christchurch) to Anna Somers Cocks re son Reginald's debts and family trouble, 16 October 1889 (File)
Henry Bromley Cocks (Christchurch) to Anna Somers Cocks re his son Reginald's debts, 14 May 1890 (File)
Note on R.S. Cocks' accounts with A.P. Somers Cocks, 1889 (File)

Subseries. J.P. Somers Cocks Melbourne Affairs, 13 December 1876 - 1878

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Application for a marriage licence by Frederick Benjamin Bryant to marry Jessie Olivia Elworthy in Melbourne, 13 December 1876 (File)
Letters re marriage in Australia of John Patrick Somers Cocks to Elizabeth Bateman (c.20p.), 1877 - 1878 (File)

Includes: J.P. Somers Cocks to his mother Anna Somers Cocks; Eliza Bateman (Sandridge) to J.P. Somers Cocks; Messrs. Malleson, England and Stewart (Melbourne) to Messrs. Still and Sons (London) re terms to be offerred to [Miss Bateman].

Series. Arthur Somers Cocks - 6th. Baron

Subseries Boxes 5-10. Australian Papers, May 1926 - September 1931

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Subseries Box 5. Australia: Official, May 1926 - September 1931
Cash Book (125pp), May 1926 - September 1931 (File A)

Includes Bank of Australia account book, 7 July 1931-14 Sept 1931. (3p.)

Cash Book; at back monthly expenditure. (134p.), May 1926 - August 1931 (File B)
Lady Somers' lists of engagements (8p.), April 1931 - May 1931 (File C)

References to trips to Mallee, Moonee Valley races, etc.

Box file of correspondence, farewell letters expressing thanks for Somers' work in Victoria c. 200 letters, c. June 1931 (File D)

Correspondents include: H.B. Tyack Bake; A. Tholy Prinsep; A. Somerset; Toc H.; United Power House; W.R. Creswell, Geelong Grammar School; various municipalities.

Loose correspondence (c.40p.), 8 December 1930 - 12 June 1931 (File E)


Subseries Box 6. Correspondence, 1927 - 1931

These letters are generally undated. Dates have been surmised from post marks where possible.

Lady Somers (Melbourne) to her sister Viola, Lady Apsley, 1927 - 1931 (File A)

Discusses her official duties; comments on people met, trips made, etc. (54 letters)...

Lord and Lady Somers (Melbourne) to his sister, Verena, Lady Clarendon, 1927-1931, 1933 (File B)

Details official duties, trips up-state, political comments, appointment of governors, etc. (c. 150 letters)

Lord Somers (Melbourne) to Lord Clarendon re Governor Generalship of South Africa, 3 January 1928 (File C)
Lord Somers (Melbourne) to Lord Clarendon re visit from Lord Salisbury; migration to Australia; effects of police strike, 10 November 1928 (File)
Lord Somers (Melbourne) to Lord Clarendon re South Africa, 4 February 1930 (File)
Lord Somers (Melbourne) to George, Lord Hyde (nephew) giving his opinion of Australians, 9 January [?] (File D)
Subseries Box 7. Memorabilia, 1918 - 1937

Comprises souvenirs, programmes, certificates re scouting, Lord Somers' camp, etc. (c. 453p.)...

Subseries Box 8. Photographs

Official photographs of Lord and Lady Somers at functions (arrival in Melbourne; inspecting Australian regiment; with Government House staff, etc) and personal snap shots of Australian countryside taken during visits and at camps.

Subseries Box 10. Masonic, 1886 - 1931

Comprises: Masonic material, souvenirs, programmes, menus, booklets of ritual, by-laws, constitutions, etc. (c.1600p.)...

Subseries. Unboxed material, 1926 - 1931
Declarations of loyalty and presentation addresses, 1926 - 1927 (File)
The City of Melbourne, 23 June 1931 (Item)
The City of Malvern, 28 June 1926 (Item)
The Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works, 29 June 1926 (Item)
The City of Port Melbourne, 23 June 1931 (Item)
The City of St. Kilda, 28 June 1926 (Item)
The City of South Melbourne, 23 June 1931 (Item)
The Shire of Omeo (unbound), 4 April 1927 (Item)
The Municipal Association of Victoria, 31 May 1931 (Item)
The City of Prahran, 23 June 1931 (Item)
The Shire of Rutherglen, 12 July 1927 (Item)
The Borough of Maryborough and the Shire of Tullaroop, 9 August 1926 (Item)
The Anglican Church in the Prince of Victoria, (undated) (Item)
The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, 1927 (Item)
Lalbert State School, 15 September 1927 (Item)
The City of Footscray (Item)
The Shire of Maffra, 6 April 1927 (Item)
The Shire of Kyneton, 1 March 1927 (Item)
The City of Oakleigh, 2 August 1927 (Item)
The City of Warrnambool, 29 March 1927 (Item)
The Shire of Fern Tree Gully, 16 February 1929 (Item)
The City of Melbourne, 28 June 1926 (Item)
Freemasons of Victoria, (undated) (Item)
The Shire of Colac, November 1927 (Item)
The Borough of St. Arnaud, 1 April 1930 (Item)
The City of Malvern, 1931 (Item)
The Town of Sale, 5 April 1927 (Item)
The City of Preston, 14 July 1926 (Item)
The Town of Hamilton, (undated) (Item)
The Shire of Kerang, 17 November 1926 (Item)
The Town of Mildura, 27 November 1926 (Item)
The Shire of Charlton, 24 September 1928 (Item)
The Birchip Shire Council, (undated) (Item)
The Shire of Yarrawonga, 10 January 1930 (Item)
The Shire of Bairnsdale, 5 April 1927 (Item)
The Professional Fire Brigade (and an honourary membership), 14 July 1927 (Item)
The City of Essendon, 14 November 1927 (Item)
The City of Bendigo (mounted), 17 December 1926 (Item)
The Laying of the Foundation Stone, St. Bartholomew's, Burnley, 25 July 1926 (Item)
Souvenir of Citizens' Ball, Melbourne. 14 photographs, 12 August 1926 (Item)
Dookie Agricultural College, Victoria. 22 photographs, 20 August 1926 (Item)
Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria. 58 photographs (Item)

Series. Finola, Lady Somers, 9 July 1926 - 14 March 1930

Subseries. Trunk, 9 December 1926 - 1927

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Subseries. Bundle of Australian material. (c.154p.)

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Subseries. Brown Writing Case, 9 July 1926 - 14 March 1930

Commonwealth Bank of Australia bank book (24p.), 9 July 1926 - 14 March 1930 (File)
Letters to Lady Somers from Lord Somers in England and Australia. No dates. (c100p.) (Some letters incomplete) (File)

Subjects include: the offer of the governorship of Victoria; visits up state; dinner with premier; social events; political news; scouting.

Letters to Lady Somers from daughter Shib (Melbourne) (27 letters), c.1926-1931 (File)