Guide to the Eedy Family papers (as filmed by AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Eedy Family
Papers of Eedy Family (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1841 - 1932
Collection Number
9 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Includes: letters 1868-88 of Capt. John Eedy of Sydney to his sister Jane Eedy subjects include Sydney centennial celebrations, economic depression in colonies, and growth of Sydney; letters 1926-30 of Charles Eedy of Tanna, New Hebrides, to his cousin May Riley containing family news; family photographs 1866-1925.

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 at the private residence of Miss R.F. Cuskelly, England, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1987 (AJCP Reel: M2049). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

The papers were originally held by Miss R.F. Cuskelly. Sussex, England but were transfered to the National Library of Australia (collection reference: MS 7372) (

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 The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.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.


Australia: economic conditions; Eedy Family; Eedy, Charles; Eedy, Jane; Eedy, John, Capt.; New Hebrides; Photographs; Riley, May; Tanna, New Hebrides


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 157, p57.

Item Descriptions

Ann Eedy (London) to her daughter Jane Eedy (Stourbridge), November 1841 (File (1))

Family news; return of son John from China; refers to his visit to South Australia.

Capt. John Eedy (Sydney, Grafton) to his sister Jane (7 letters), 1868 - 1888 (File (2))

7 items

Sydney: recollections of last meeting at Stourbridge; visit of Duke of Edinburgh to Sydney; news of South Family at Geelong; photographs, 26 February 1868 (Item (2)/(i))

Grafton: acknowledges photograph; command of coastal steamer; bar of the Clarence River; visit of Walter Prothero to Australia; economic depression in colonies, 17 July 1868 (Item (2)/(ii))

Sydney: family news; differences in celebration of Christmas in England and Australia, 19 February 1871 (Item (2)/(iii))

Sydney: photographs of sons; growth of Sydney; family news, 3 October 1871 (Item (2)/(iv))

Sydney: lack of letters from England; recommends emigration for workingmen; wages for women; plans to establish navigation school; birth of son; dispute about estate of relative, 19 April 1873 (Item (2)/(v))

Sydney: lack of letters; navigation school; news of son John; requests copy of birth certificate (incomplete), 7 March 1877 (Item (2)/(vi))

Sydney: decline in numbers at navigation school; news of various sons; Sydney Centennial celebrations; Government House garden party; Lord Carrington, 18 August 1888 (Item (2)/(vii))

Charles Eedy (Tanna, New Hebrides) to his cousin May Riley (6 letters and 4 documents), 1926 - 1932 (File (3))

10 items

Arrival at Tanna; infrequent steamers, 21 August 1926 (Item (3)/(i))

Management of trading station; isolation; Presbyterian Mission; description of house; servants, 15 October 1927 (Item (3)/(ii))

Plans for visit to England; photographs; servants; Sir George Fuller; love of books; volcano, 3 February 1928 (Item (3)/(iii))

Labour strike in Tanna; propaganda of brother William Eedy; loneliness; construction of new house, 14 December 1929 (Item (3)/(iv))

Desruction of house in hurricane in 1929; financial matter, 5 April 1930 (Item (3)/(v))

Decision to leave New Hebrides; death of native woman; funeral ceremonies; aggression of natives; detestation of islands; slight improvement in business; dislike of Labour Governments, 8 September 1932 (Item (3)/(vi))

Business card of Capt. John Eedy, teacher of navigation, Sydney, [n.d.] (Item (1))

Obituary of Capt. John Eedy, Sydney Morning Herald, 17 July 1893 (Item (2))

Obituary of Capt. George W. Eedy, Sun (Sydney), 15 April 1921 (Item (3))

Cutting concerning Arthur M. Eedy, elected to Sydney University Senate, Daily Telegraph (Sydney), 19 November 1924 (Item (4))

Two photographs of Capt. John Eedy, Sydney, [n.d.] (File (1))

Photographs of sons of Capt. John Eedy (File (2))

Sons of Capt. John Eedy: John Eedy; William Eedy (c. 1866); Peter Eedy (April 1872); Arthur M. Eedy; George Eedy

Two photographs of unidentified woman, Sydney, n.d. (File (3))

Photograph of unidentified boy, Sydney, n.d. (File (4))

Photograph of Arthur M. Eedy, Yass, 1925 (File (5))

Photograph of May Riley, n.d. (File (6))