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



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Angas Family
Papers of the Angas Family (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1842 - 1988
Collection Number
8 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

1. Correspondence 1906-54 of Lillian Angas, including letters of Sir Keith Angas, Fay Angas and H.F. Angas.

2. Watercolour by Charles Howard Angas.

3. Copy of a diary 1855 kept by John Howard Angas on a voyage from London to Adelaide on the barque Fop Smit.

4. Land grant 1842 to John B. White.

5. Manuscript biography of Lillian Angas by her grand-daughter Daphne Rance.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Access.

Conditions Governing Use

Many of the records digitised as part of the AJCP are still in copyright. Readers wishing to publish or reproduce documents should seek permission, in the first instance, from the owner of the original material.

Preferred Citation

Acknowledgement of use of this material should refer to the location of the original material and to the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Items from this collection should include references to the location of the original material and to the AJCP nla.obj number, which serves as the online identifier for the digital copy.

Example: M Series: Journal of Capt. James Cook, 18 February 1770, British Library Add. MS 27885 (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Filmed as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1990 (AJCP Reel: M2513). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Mrs E. Bancroft and Mrs D. Rance.

Existence and Location of Copies

The original AJCP microfilm of the records filmed from this collection is available at the National Library of Australia [] as well as other institutions holding AJCP microfilm.

Finding-aid Notes

This finding aid is a revised online version of the original finding aid prepared by the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP), published by the National Library of Australia in 2018. The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.

Dates used in this finding aid refer to the date range of the records selected for filming rather than to the date range of the Series or Files.


Angas Family; Angas, Charles H.; Angas, Fay; Angas, H.F.; Angas, John H.; Angas, Lillian; Angas, Sir Keith; Emigrant voyages; Fop Smit (barque); London, England; Rance, Daphne; South Australia; South Australia: immigration to; White, John B.


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 8, p3.

Biographical / Historical

George Fife Angas (1789-1879), who was born at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was a coachmaker, shipowner and banker. In 1832 he joined the committee of the South Australian Land Company and in 1835 he formed the South Australian Company to purchase land in the proposed colony. He recruited many migrants for the colony, including German Lutherans who settled in the Barossa Valley in 1842. His two sons migrated to South Australia in 1843 and Angas and his wife followed in 1851. He made his home at 'Lindsay Park', near Angaston in the Barossa Valley. He was a member of the South Australian Legislative Council from 1851 to 1866.John Howard Angus (1823-1904), the son of George Fife Angas, was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He sailed to South Australia in 1843 to take charge of his father's properties in the Barossa Valley. He purchased good shorthorn cattle and merino sheep and the estate began to prosper. In 1854-55 he visited England where he married Susanne Collins. On their return, they settled at 'Collingrove' near his father's estate. He was president of the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society and a member of the South Australian Legislative Assembly (1871-76) and the Legislative Council (1887-94).Charles Howard Angas (1861-1928), the son of John and Susanne Angas, was born in London. He accompanied his parents to South Australia in 1863. He married Eliza Etty Dean in 1887. After his father died in 1904, Charles carried on the management of the property. He was a prominent member of the Royal Agricultural Society.Lilian Gertrude Angas (1862-1958) was the daughter of John and Susanne Angas. She married George Bazley White in 1891. Following their divorce, she and her children reverted to the name Angas in 1911. She lived for many years in Surrey, England.(Lawrence) Lee Bazley Angas (1893-1973), the son of George and Lilian White, spent his early years in South Australia and in 1906 accompanied his family to England. During World War I he served with the 1st Cheshire Regiment, attaining the rank of major and winning the Military Cross and Croix de Guerre. He attended Magdalen College, Oxford and later became a stockbroker and economic forecaster in London and New York. Among his publications were Reparations, trade and foreign exchange (1922), Germany and her debts (1923), The coming American boom (1934), Problems of foreign exchange (1935) and Investment for appreciation(1936). Sir (John) Keith Angas (1900-1977), the son of Charles and Eliza Angas, was born at Angaston. He attended St Peter's College, Adelaide, and Geelong Grammar School. On the death of his father, he inherited the family property, Lindsay Park, where he bred sheep and horses. He served on numerous organisations, including the Liberal and Country League of South Australia, the Graziers' Federal Council of Australia, the South Australian Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science, Elder Smith & Co. Ltd. and the Anti-Cancer Foundation of South Australia.

Item Descriptions

Series. Angas Family Papers, 1842 - 1953

7 items

Lillian G. Angas letters to son, Lee, from Australia. (5 letters), 3 March 1906 - 17 September 1906 (File A)

Subjects include: voyage to Perth, visit to Collingrove, family news; Golden Gate gold mine.

Letters (9pp.), 30 January 1940 - 14 July 1942 (File B)

Re Lillian Gertrude Angas Annuity Trust from JA Thomson and A Cockburn, Trustees, Adelaide

Letters to Lillian Gertrude Angas from Sir Keith Angas (Lindsay, SA), 14 November 1951 - 6 November 1953 (File C)

Re attendance at Liberal Party Conference, and at County shows.

Letters to Lee Angas (Lillian Gertrude Angus' son) (8 letters), c. 1950-1954 (File D)

From HJ Hillier (Evandale), 'Nannie' Lillian Hillier (Evandale), Fay Angas (Lindsay Park), re family news, visit to Davis Cup.

Watercolour by Charles Howard Angas of Noble - collie dog bred by John Howard Angas, 25 December 1896 (File E)

Copy of Diary kept by John Howard Angas on voyage of barque Fop Smit from London to Port Adelaide. (66p.), 8 August 1855 - 31 December 1855 (File F)

Description of ship, weather, shortage of water, food, problems with animals on board, arrival, events at Angaston.

Land Grant in South Australia to John Bagley White, 21 February 1842 (File G)

Series. Australia's past: Lilian Gertrude Angas (1862-1958), 1988

Mrs Rance's entry for the bicentennial competition organised by the Historical Association, the life story of her grandmother, Lilian Gertrude Angas, grand daughter of George Fife Angas; daughter of John Howard Angas.

Comprises: Mrs Rance's memories of her grandmother; family tree; photographs of portraits of George Fife Angas (c.1829), Rosetta French Angas, John Howard Angas and other members of the family; pattern of Angas Tartan; newspaper cuttings re George Fife Angas, John Howard Angas; and other members of the family (poor xeroxes); John Howard Angas' voyage to Australia; return to England and birth of LGA (1862); return to Australia, settled at Collingrove, JHA managed his father's estates; photographs of Collingrove, and the children; LGA's memories of Collingrove, of George Fife Angas and of visits of Princes Albert and George to Collingrove, luncheon menus; LGA takes up nursing in England; family of George White; marriage of GW and LGA; birth of Erica (1891) and Lawrence (1893); moved to Willowie; Erica's account of her Australian childhood; photographs of the children; 1906 family voyages to England; work at West Ham Central Mission; 23 July 1952 LGA to son Lawrence re family reunion to celebrate her 90th. year, the 'wonderful heritage' of the Angas family; family tree with signature of guests at 90th. birthday gathering; LGA's speech at gathering - her memories and stories of the Angas family.