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Aitken, Alexander.
Title: Papers.
Date Range: 1860-1910
Size: 1 (2") box.
Summary:
1: Diary kept by Aitken as a member of the relief party, 26 Jan 1861-22 Nov 1862
2: Correspondence, 1860-1863 mainly from A.W. Howitt.
3: Newscuttings, 1875-1910, mainly re Burke and Wills Expedition of 1860
State Library of New South Wales (NSL:R)
Call No: ML MSS 1263
University of South Australia (SUSA)
Call No: SP 994.031 A311
State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Library, Australian Manuscripts Collection (VSL)
Call No: MF held

Andrews, Lancelot W.
Title: School essay book
Date Range: 1917
Size: 1 item
Summary: School essay book written by Lancelot Andrews of Maryborough Grammar School in 1917. Essay titles include "A great Australian explorer (Burke and Wills)".
Access: Open
Australian War Memorial, Research Centre (AAWM)
Call No: PR90/131

Austin, Robert.
Title: Central Australia.
Date Range: 1860
Size: 1 v.Summary: Central Australia: Contents - Burke and Wills Exploration: Minindie to Cooper's Creek; Wills report.A. Howitt's Relief Expedition; Howitt's diary. Howitt's Recovery Expedition.B. MS Transcript bound in 1 vol.
Access: Available for reference. Not for loan.
National Library of Australia, Manuscript Section (ANL:MS)
Call No: MS 20

Becker, Ludwig, 1808-1861.
Title: [Letter, 1860 Mar. 9, to Ferdinand von Mueller] / from Ludwig Becker.
Date Range: 1860 Mar. 9.
Size: 4 p.
Summary: Letter written in German, refers to the leadership of the Australian exploring expedition. Name: Mueller, Ferdinand, Baron von, 1825-1896.
Access: Available for reference. Not for loan.
National Library of Australia, Manuscript Section (ANL:MS)
Call No: MS 1236

Bergin. Thomas John,
Title: Courage and Corruption - An analysis of the Burke and Wills Expedition and the subsequent Royal Commission of Enquiry.
MA Honours thesis, 1982.
University of New England

Booth, Abraham, 1815-1902.
Title: Diary.
Date Range: 1856-1861
Size: 1 bd. vol.
Summary: Journal of Abraham and Hannah Booth, 1856-1861. An account of life on Tragowell Station, including the visit of the Victorian Exploring Expedition on 3rd September 1860, together with miscellaneous newspaper cuttings and biographical information about Abraham Booth.
Access: Available for reference
State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Library, Australian Manuscripts Collection (VSL)
Call No: MS held

Brahe family.
Title: Family papers
Date Range: 1797-1974
Size: 0.5 cm.
Summary: Papers of the Brahe family, 1797-1974. Includes photographs, which are mostly undated but from the 19th century, especially of May H. Brahe; family tree undated but compiled ca. 1974; certificates, 1846-1927, are in English and German; Press cutting about May Brahe in the Herald (Melbourne), 6 November, 1984; map of the parish of Katamatite country of Moira in Victoria; and an undated account by William Brahe of the Burke and Wills Expedition. The account was written when he was an old man.
Access: Available for reference.
State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Library, Australian Manuscripts Collection (VSL)
Call No: MS held

Bourke, John
Title: Letter
Date Range: c. 1858
Size: 21 pp. Format: Photocopies
Summary: Letter from John Bourke to John O'Shanassy concerning the identity of "anonymous" donor of £1000 for exploration 1858. Praise for himself and O'Shanassy as patriots and good citizens. Quotes extracts from daily papers. Asserts donor Mr Kyte and gives details of Gregory's Journey.
Royal Historical Society of Victoria Inc (VRHS)
Call No: MS000860; Box 222/13

Bourke, John Conway, 1821-1908
Title: Papers Size: 13 v. bound and unbound, original ms., ms. copy, and printed material.
Summary: Include correspondence, reminiscences, notes, memoranda, accounts, deposition, newspaper cuttings and map. A personal account of the life and work of John Conway Bourke, as stockman, first mailman between Melbourne and Sydney, and instigator of the Burke and Wills expedition. The papers are a recollection of Bourke's role in the history and development of Victoria and give his impressions of the dangers of pioneering life. His reminiscences include life as a stockman at Dandenong and Ballamaring cattle stations in 1840s with particular reference to cattle sales, boundary disputes and squatters, Alfred Longhorne, William Fletcher, Samuel Webster, James Simpson, John Gardiner, Charles H. Ebden and James McAlpin; conflicts and communication with Aborigines with reference to massacre of Faithfull's party and attack at John Clarke's station; critical comments on exploration re use of camels; A. D. Gregory's search for Leichhardt party; Babbage expedition; Ambrose Kyte and Burke and Wills origins; notes and correspondence re job applications, employment at General Post Office and Bourke's case for pecuniary recognition with testimonials and letters signed by John O'Shanassy, Edward Wilson, Joseph Hawdon, Frank and Charles Gavan Duffy and Edmund Finn. Further references to role played by J. C. Bourke in history of Victoria include correspondence signed by Bourke and John Hawdon , Charles Bonney, Thomas Jennings, T. Smith and copy of letter to Sydney Morning Herald by Charles H. Ebden. Also miscellaneous letters and notes re life of J. C. Bourke re St Patrick's Society, Western Port Hotel, employment of Dennis and Prucella Kelly, lease agreement with Michael Pender and overland journey to Adelaide with Joseph Hawdon. NOTE: A sketch map of Dandenong District c. 1845 is included; a book of newspaper cuttings contains account in serial form of life and work of J. C. Bourke. It was entitled "Perils of a pioneer" by "Max" (neither paper nor date known). Also short notes on Edward Henty, John Batman, John Gardiner and Major Thomas Mitchell by J. C. Bourke.
Access: Application to be made to repository.
Royal Historical Society of Victoria Inc (VRHS)
Call No: 4114-4117, 4532, 4351-2-3 and MS 000106; Box 38/

Burchett Family
Title: Papers
Date Range: 1843-1970
Size: 1 v. unbound, 36 p. and loose items, typescript copy and original ms.
Summary: Transcription of diary and letters of Caleb Burchett from birth in 1843 to about 1900; together with notes and letters from his father, James, and his brother, James, transcribed from Caleb Burchett's manuscript by Winston Harold Burchett, 1970. These describe life at Carlton, Brunswick and Poowong and Jeetho districts, with particular reference to early settlement; pioneering hardships; involvement in community life re teaching, preaching and local council; reminiscences re Burke and Wills, Darraweit Gum, imprisonment of Inspector Geary, law suit re councillors of Buln Buln Shire, financial crash 1890s; and references to early settlers Jimmy Baker, Mark Gardiner, Henry Littledike, Charles Cook, James Scott, William Carter Holmes. Also includes biographical details re Burchett family and letter signed by Caleb Burchett to daughter, Laura, 1915 re family life and queries re "Burchett letters" held by R.H.S.V.
Access: Application to be made to repository.
Royal Historical Society of Victoria Inc (VRHS)
Call No: MS 244416; Box 61/3

Burke and Wills Expedition
Title: Papers.
Date Range: 1860-1861
Size: 3 microfilm reels. Format: Microform
Summary: Papers relating to the Burke and Wills Expedition 1860-1861. Includes diary, notebook, letters of Burke, diary and notebook of Wills, diary and notebook of John King, maps, a letter from Ludwig Becker to F von Mueller (in German), journal of Frederick Walker and unpublished work on Burke and Wills by J. S. Weatherston (1946) (see A897). Also notes on the expedition by J. D. Somerville, 1941.
Access: Available for reference.
National Library of Australia, Manuscript Section (ANL:MS)
Call No: Mfm G 3748-50

Burke and Wills Expedition
Title: Copy of papers held in the National Library of Australia
Size: 3 reels Format: Microfilm
State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Library, Australian Manuscripts Collection (VSL)
Call No: held

Burke and Wills Expedition, (1860-1861)
Title: Maps.
Date Range: 1860-1861
Summary: Maps from various sources related to the Victorian Exploring Expedition.
Available for reference.
State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Library, Australian Manuscripts Collection (VSL)
Call No: MS held

Burke and Wills Expedition, (1860-1861).
Title: Papers.
Date Range: 1860-1861
Size: 8 cm. (14 folders).
Finding Aids: Descriptive list available (5 p.).
Summary: Papers relating to Robert O'Hara Burke: a portion of a diary kept by Burke (also photocopies of some of the pages); letters; last message at Cooper Creek (photocopies). Papers relating to William John Wills: journal; notebook; note left by Wills at Cooper's Creek (photocopy). Press sheet announcing the death of Burke and Wills, and also an account of the funeral. Papers of John King, sole survivor of the expedition: diary; notebook; account books. Also included is a typescript of notes on John King by F.H. Hawkins and D.W. Roberts.
Access: Available for reference. Not for loan.
National Library of Australia, Manuscript Section (ANL:MS)
Call No: MS 30

Burke and Wills Expedition, (1860-1861).
Title: Records.
Date Range: 1857-1875
Size: 2 m. 62 cm. 17 microfilm reels.
Finding Aids: Descriptive list and card index available for reference.
Summary: The records of the expedition, including correspondence, despatches and reports; the field notes of William John Wills (second in command); the minutes of the Royal Society (1857-1862); sketches of Ludwig Becker. Other groups relating to the various relief expeditions include the diaries of A.W. Howitt, records of W. Landsborough's contingent party, and the expeditions of Captain Norman and F. Walker.
Access: Application for access to be made to repository. Microfilm copy will be issued in preference to original manuscripts.
State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Library, Australian Manuscripts Collection (VSL)
Call No: ms held (MS 13071 ?)

Burke, Robert O'Hara
Title: Letter written from Terrick Terrick, 31st August 1860
State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Library, Australian Manuscripts Collection (VSL)
Call No: held

Burke, Robert O'Hara, 1821-1861
Title: Letters of recommendation
Date Range: 1852
Size: 20pp.
Summary: Five letters including letter 28 Oct. 1852 J. S. Pakington, Colonial Office, Downing Street, London, to C.J. La Trobe endorsed on p.4 with names of persons recommending Burke, endorsement dated April 1853.
Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, SA Branch (SRGS)
Call No: MS 15c

Clune, Frank. 1893-1971.
Summary:
Box 25 MS4951 Series 1, Folders 148. Includes information on the book "Dig".
Box 68 MS4951 Series 1, Folders 417. Short stories by Frank Clune including "Burke and Wills"
Box 105 MS4951 Series 1, Folders 49-56. Burke and Wills Expedition (was MS936 UNSW)
Box 106 MS4951 Series 1, Folders 57. Burke and Wills Expedition (was MS936 UNSW)
Box 217 MS4951 Series 4, Photographs, including those taken researching "Dig
National Library of Australia, Manuscript Section (ANL:MS)
Call number: ANL:MS4951

Crocker, Willis Talbot, 1909-
Title: Papers regarding John McKinlay.
Date Range: 1991
Size: 14 cm. (1 box). Occupation: Biographers
Summary: Typescript of biography of the explorer John McKinlay together with an index, a list of references and research notes.
Access: Available for reference. Not for loan.
National Library of Australia, Manuscript Section (ANL:MS)

Crummer, H.S.W.
Title: Letter to Thomas Gill discussing the death and grave of C. Gray
Date Range: 29 May 1914
Size: 4pp.
Summary: The letter discusses chiefly the opinions of Hewitt and J. McKinlay. With the letter is a copy of 'Extracts from McKinlay's Expedition in search of Burke and Wills'.
Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, SA Branch (SRGS)
Call No: MS 25c

Deasey, William Denison, 1920-1984.
Title: Papers.
Date Range: 1938-1984
Size: 1.5 m. (9 boxes).
Finding Aids: Descriptive list available (38 p.).
Summary: Papers include: 1. Diaries and notebooks, 1938-1941, 1945-1962, 1969-1976, 1981. 2. Correspondence, 1941-1983. 3. Autobiographical materials. 4. Draft and associated research material for Deasey's unpublished book on Peter Egerton Warburton (1813-1889). 5. Unproduced film script by David Williamson, "Burke and Wills".
Access: Partly restricted.
State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Library, Australian Manuscripts Collection (VSL)
Call No: MS 12827

Devenport, Victor Sturt.
Title: Papers.
Date Range: 1853-1959
Summary: Correspondence, research notes, printed material and photographs, together with original letters received from Napier G. Sturt.
[The research notes include papers on the Murray River, Broken Hill, and Burke and Wills].
Access: Available for reference.
State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana (SSL:M)
Call No: PRG 14

Gaskett, G.
Title: Certificate of appreciation
Date Range: 1862 Jun. 18
Size: 1 frame; 42 x 62cm.
Summary: Certificate of appreciation, 18 June 1862, presented to G. Gaskett of the Victoria (ship), by the Exploration Committee of the Royal Society of Victoria.
Access: Available for reference.
State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Library, Australian Manuscripts Collection (VSL)
Call No: MS held

Gow, Robert Biggart.
Title: Diary and journal.
Date Range: 1860-1871
Size: 3 cm.
Summary: Diary, 21 Aug. to 25 Oct. 1861, of travels in the pastoral districts of Victoria, NSW. and South Australia with cuttings illustrating the Burke and Wills expedition (91p). In it he describes meeting with the expedition just outside Melbourne. He was also in Menindie when Wright and the rest of the party returned and gives their version of what happened. Journal of a voyage from Melbourne to London in the ship "Clarence" (1871), preceded by twenty pages of notes from Lyell's "Elements of Geology".
Access: Available for reference. Not for loan.
National Library of Australia, Manuscript Section (ANL:MS)
Call No: MS 24

Hawkins. F H,
11 page typed essay titled John King - Royal Hibernian written on the centenary of the expedition for the Old Boys of the Royal Hibernian Military School (1769-1924). Deals briefly with Kings early life then concentrates on his participation in the Burke & Wills expedition at the age of 22. It follows his life after surviving the expedition until his death in 1872.
National Library of Australia, Manuscript Section (ANL:MS)
Call number: ANL:MS985

Howitt, A. W. (Alfred William), 1830-1908.
Title: Papers.
Date Range: 1837-1930
Size: 9 boxes. 3 microfilm reels.
Finding Aids: Analytical entries for principal correspondents in Manuscripts card catalogue.
Summary: Letters to family in England from A. W. Howitt and his wife Maria Robinson (nee Boothby). Autobiography of William Howitt (1792-1879). Correspondence includes letters from the following: Daisy Bates, Rev. L. Fison, Sir James Frazer, E. Morris Miller, Professor Sir Baldwin Spencer and Eugene von Guerard. Articles, circulars, memoirs and notes on aboriginal customs. Aboriginal vocabulary lists. Maps and charts. Instructions for the relief of the Burke and Wills expedition from the Chairman and from the Secretary of the Exploration Committee of the Royal Society of Victoria. Diary of A. W. Howitt on trip to 'Far North' 1859-1860.
Access: Available on application.
State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Library, Australian Manuscripts Collection (VSL)
Call No: ms held

Howitt, A. W. (Alfred William),1830-1908.
Title: Papers.
Date Range: 1861-1862
Size: 3 microfilm reels.
Summary: Comprises diaries, field books, and drafts of letters, 13 August 1861-November 1862.
Access: Available for reference.
State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Library, Australian Manuscripts Collection (VSL)
Call No: MS held

John Wyles & Company.
Title: Records.
Date Range: 1875-1959
Size: 18 m.
Summary: Correspondence, journals, cash books, ledgers, commission books, deed books, newspaper cuttings, auctioneers' plans, maps, drawings, and papers of various estates administered by John Wyles & Co. Notable sub-groups in this accession include the records of Giles and Smith (land and estate agents) 1853-1903; Assets Purchase and Realisation Co. 1885-1905; Mount Charlotte Gold Mining Co. 1896-1899; and the Premier Gold Mining Co. 1901-1909. Among the personal papers is the manuscript diary (portion only) of John McKinlay, kept during his expedition of 1861-1862 in search of Burke and Wills.
State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana (SSL:M)
Call No: held

Keneally, Thomas, 1935- .
Title: Papers.
Date Range: 1967-1983
Size: 5.19 m.
Finding Aids: List available (5 p.).
Summary: Manuscripts and typescripts of novels, plays, short stories and articles and an extensive correspondence. Works represented among the manuscripts include Brink larks and heroes, Confederates, The cut-rate kingdom, Halloran's little boat, Ned Kelly and the city of bees, Passenger, Season in purgatory, The survivor, A victim of the Aurora, 'Bligh', and 'Burke and Wills' A large proportion of the correspondence is with publishers, literary agents and editors. The correspondents include Philip Ziegler, Tessa Sayle, James Moad, Thomas Stewart, Peter Grose, Donald Horne, Peter Cross, W.R. Cumming, John Abernethy, Clem Christesen, Tim Curnow, Geoff Barnes, Geoffrey Blainey, Alec Bolton, Barbara Buick, Peter Coleman, Sir William Collins, Xavier Herbert, Leonie Kramer, Les Murray, Cyril Pearl, Grace Perry, Patricia Rolfe, Fred Schepisi, Gavin Souter and Douglas Stewart.
Access: Partly restricted. Not for loan.
National Library of Australia, Manuscript Section (ANL:MS)
Call No: NLA MS 6428. Restricted access - Box 4, Folders 40-41 "Burke & Wills"
Access restricted. Box 4, Folders 40 to 41, manuscript of book Burke and Wills.

Kenny, Herbert
Title: Letter from Riverstone, NSW to A. C. Macdonald concerning the graves of members of the Burke and Wills expedition
Date Range: 23 Sep. 1913
Size: 1p.Typescript copy
Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, SA Branch (SRGS)
Call No: MS 59c

Landsborough, William. 1825-1886.
Title: Papers.
Date Range: 1856-1908
Size: 2 boxes and 1 folder.
Finding Aids: List available.
OM69-17. This collection consists mainly of original material. There are 192 personal letters, 14 diaries and journals covering the period 1856-1886, as well as newspaper cuttings, pamphlets, typescripts, circulars, miscellaneous documents and accounts, and books. Many of the papers relate to the Uhr case and the road from St. George to Cunnamulla.
OM69-30. Consists entirely of typescript copies of diaries and letters, 1861-1884.
Access: Available for reference.
State Library of Queensland, John Oxley Library, Manuscripts and Business Records Collection (QJO)
Call No: OM69-17; OM69-30

McLaren, Ian Francis. 1912-
Date Range: 25 Mar. 1959 Size: 4pp.
Title: Letter to thc Sec. R.G.S. A'sia (SA Branch) Inc. asking for information on the Victorian Exploring Expedition 1860-1861.
Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, SA Branch (SRGS)
Call No: MS 63c

Mack, K Joe.
Title: Letter : to the Geographical Heritage Committee, Royal Geographical Society of South Australia.
Date Range: 1985 Sept. 15
Size: 10 p. (0.1 cm.).
Summary: Letter to the Geographical Heritage Committee, Royal Geographical Society of South Australia, re - the siting of memorial cairns to members of the Victorian Exploring Expedition, 15 September, 1985.
Access: Available for reference
State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Library, Australian Manuscripts Collection (VSL)
Call No: MS held

Moorehead, Alan McRae, 1910-1983.
Call number: ANL:MS5654 - 327 Folders
Title: Papers.
Finding Aids: Preliminary list available (3 p.).
Box 20 - Folders 160-166 - "Cooper's Creek" Manuscripts and proofs.
Box 21 - Folders 167-168 - "Cooper's Creek" Notes and background material.
The collection, which was received in two consignments, from London and Rome, ranges from a diary kept as a schoolboy in 1926, to personal and business correspondence, manuscripts and proofs of most of his published and unpublished works, notebooks and diaries, photographs, press cuttings and reviews, and background material to his books. Also a card written by Lucy Moorehead to Ivan Page.
National Library of Australia, Manuscript Section (ANL:MS)

Muller, Margaret L.
Title: The background to the Burke and Wills Expedition of 1860.
Final year undergraduate paper by Muller whilst at Honours School of History, University of Melbourne 1958. Quoted by Kathleen Fitzpatrick. University of Melbourne ?

Munro. Ron F,
Call number: ANL:MS61391
The story of the Burke and Wills expedition from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria 1860-1. Researched and compiled by Ron Munro. 2001.
Ron Munro, 7 Allott Court, Spring Gully, Bendigo, VIC 3550.

Newell, Andrew.1841-1926
Title: Papers
Date Range: 1854-1921
Size: several volumes bound & unbound, original ms., typescript and printed material and photographs.
Summary: A large collection of personal and business correspondence, diaries, letterbooks and miscellaneous items 1854-1921, which cover social, economic, political and cultural aspects of life during this period with much interesting information and impressions of the Newell family in Melbourne and Boston. Detailed accounts of family life, children's education, childbearing and child rearing, attitudes to marriage and details of everyday events and the subtle nuances of personal relationships, and social life at rural and seaside resorts including Sorrento, Bright, Healesville, Flinders, as well as overseas. Also includes detailed accounts of business ventures in mining, manufacturing, building trade, agricultural machinery, imports and exports, investments in companies. These accounts are valuable both for their factual recording of events and for their comparisons of social, economic and political life in Australia and America, from which one gains some understanding of how American immigrants settled in the colonies, their reasons for doing so, and the problems associated with migration. References to Victoria include Burke and Wills departure from Royal Park.
Access: Application to be made to repository.
Royal Historical Society of Victoria Inc (VRHS)
Call No: MS 000664; Boxes 181-203

Rhodes. Jon,
32 black and white pictures
Monumental Myths I and Monumental Myths II - The Burke and Wills Expedition - Sites and Memorials. 2001.
National Library of Australia, Manuscript Section (ANL:MS)
Call Number:ANL:MSPIC/6114/1-32 LOC Box PIC/6114; PIC/7040/1-16 LOC Box PIC/7040; PIC/7041/1-9 LOC Box PIC/7041; PIC/7599 LOC FS 31; PIC/7600 LOC FS 31

Rowe, Peter Harvey.
Title: Records
Date Range: 1862 Jan. 11-1872 Aug. 4.
Size: 4 cm.
Summary: Records of Peter Harvey Rowe, Bosun on the Victoria, on the attempted rescue of Burke and Wills; includes despatch sent to Peter Rowe, 11 January 1862. Also letter from Dept. of Public Works, Melbourne. 4 August 1872 re dredging operations; press cuttings and concert programme. Also 2 photos of early bluestoned cottage in Williamstown.
Access: Available for reference.
State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Library, Australian Manuscripts Collection (VSL)
Call No: MS held

Sandford, John.
Date Range: [19--].
Size: 62 l.
Format: Typescript (duplicated)
Title: Burke and Wills : a play in three acts / by John Sandford.
University of Queensland, Library (QU)
Call No: fy H1552

Somerville, James Dugald.
Title: Letter to the President R.G.S. Australasia (SA Branch) Inc.
Date Range: 3 December 1958.
Size: 4pp.
Summary: Letter concerning investigation into 'false trails' in the search for details of the route followed by Burke and Wills and for Gray's grave.
Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, SA Branch (SRGS)
Call No: MS 90c

Strutt, William. 1825-1915.
Call number: ANL:MS MfM G15886
Title: Off For Australia : emigration every body, and every thing, now, all, is new:
Autobiography of William Strutt.
Date Range: [19--]
Size: 1 microfilm reel.
Summary: Typescript copy of the part of Strutt's autobiography dealing with his years in Victoria and New Zealand, 1850-1862. The autobiography discusses Strutt's voyage to Australia in 1850 and recounts his various occupations during his years in Victoria and New Zealand. It also describes life in early Melbourne, the gold digging at Ballarat and gives some history of Melbourne and Victoria. Also included are typescript copies of notes made by Strutt about the christening of the son of a New Zealand chief, Mr Pomare in 1863, and about the Burke and Wills expdition, and typescript copy of a newspaper article about Strutt in the Melbourne Argus, 1911 July 14.
Access: Available for reference.
National Library of Australia, Manuscript Section (ANL:MS)
Call No: Mfm G 15886

Strutt, William.1825-1915.
Title: The life and adventures of the painter of "Peace" / written and illustrated by himself.
Date Range: [ca.1911]
Size: 1 microfilm reel.
Summary: Autobiography of William Strutt entitled The life and adventures of the painter of "Peace". The narrative deals with his student life in Paris, his voyage to Australia on the Culloden, and recounts his various occupations during his years in Victoria and New Zealand. It describes life in early Melbourne and the gold diggings at Ballarat as well as discussing aspects of the history of Melbourne and Victoria. Also included are typescript copies of notes made by Strutt about the christening of the son of a New Zealand chief, Mr Pomare, in 1863, notes about the Burke and Wills expedition, a typescript copy of a newspaper article about Strutt in the Melbourne Argus, 1911 July 14, correspondence and several illustrations by Strutt.
Access: Available for reference.
National Library of Australia, Manuscript Section (ANL:MS)
Call No: Mfm G 657

Thiele, Colin.1920- .
Title: Burke and Wills: a radio play / by Colin Thiele.
Date Range: [19--]
Size: 35 leaves.
University of Queensland, Library (QU)
Call No: H1720

Threadgill, Bessie.
Title: Papers.
Date Range: 1920-1922
Size: 3 v.
Summary: Notes made by Bessie Threadgill in preparation of her thesis South Australian Land Exploration 1858-1860.
Access: Available for reference.
State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana (SSL:M)
Call No: PRG 7

Tietkens, William Henry. 1844-1933
Title: Letter to T. Gill concerning the Burke and Wills expedition
Date Range: 9 September 1913.
Size: 2pp.
Summary: Tietkens refers to McKinlay's finding of Gray's grave. A pencil note signed '-?- Moore' on p.1 reads 'I am by no means sure that Burke was a Catholic'. Tietkens ends by promising to send a 'few memoirs to Gill.
Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, SA Branch (SRGS)
Call No: MS 102c

Towner, Alfred Cory
Title : Map showing route of Burke and Wills
Extracts from Queensland Department of Public Lands map, route of Burke and Wills hand drawn from information supplied by Towner. 1961.
National Library of Australia, Manuscript Section (ANL:MS)
Call number: ANL:MSMS1391

Trundle, Gwen
Title: Collection of historical papers chiefly relating to William Landsborough
State Library of Queensland, John Oxley Library,Manuscripts and Business Records Collection (QJO)
Call No: held

Tyson, James.1819-1898.
Title: James Tyson papers in the National Library of Australia.
Date Range: 1847-1961
Size: 2 microfilm reels.
Format: Microform
Finding Aids: List available (7 p.).
Summary: These papers consist of two collections. The first relates chiefly to the boundary dispute between Tyson and McEvoy [at Lake Paika]. There is also a group of personal papers of Robert Biggart Gow and maps related to the Burke and Wills expedition. The second collection contains documents relating to claims of inheritance and to the administration of Tyson's estate from 1898-1907
Access: Available for reference.
National Library of Australia, Manuscript Section (ANL:MS)
Call No: MFM G 7727-7728 Series 8 (of 12)
Several explorers maps including :
MS34 (60) - Tracing showing the route of the VEE from Menindie to Torowoto - W J Wills
MS34 (61) - Map of Burke and Wills route from Cooper's Creek to Carpentaria (printed). Copied from the map prepared by W J Wills.
MS34 (62) - Map of area around Cooper's Creek

Tyson, James.1819-1898.
Title: Papers.
Date Range: 1847-1961
Size: 15 cm.
Finding Aids: Descriptive list (7 p.) available.
Summary: The papers consist of two collections
1 - The papers relating chiefly to the case of McEvoy vs. Tyson a dispute concerning the boundaries of their respective holdings at the junction of the Darling and Murrumbidgee Rivers. Includes also a group of personal papers of R.B. Gow, and maps, including one signed W.J. Wills'.
2 - Documents relating to claims to inheritance and to the administration of Tyson's estate, 1898-1907. Includes a diary of Tyson 1863-1864
Access: Available for reference. Not for loan.
National Library of Australia, Manuscript Section
Call Number ANL:MS34

Walker, Frederick. 1820?-1866.
Title: Journal.
Date Range: 1861-1862
Size: 7.5 cm.
Format: Includes typescript copies (2) of second part of the journal
Biog. Note: Frederick Walker, 1820-1866, explorer and officer of native police, set out from Rockhampton in September 1861 in search of the Burke and Wills Expedition. After traversing the Barcoo, Albert and Flinders Rivers he made his way back to Rockhampton via the North Queensland coast several months later without achieving his objective.
Access: Available for reference. Not for loan.
National Library of Australia, Manuscript Section (ANL)
Call No: MS 23
State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Library, Australian Manuscripts Collection (VSL)
Call No: microfilm copy held

Weatherston, J. S. (Joseph Stewart), 1876-1950.
Title: Burke and Wills.
Date Range: [between 1940 and 1950]
Size: 15 cm. (5 v.).
Summary: Original typescript with handwritten alterations of a book on the Burke and Wills expedition.
Access: Available for reference. Not for loan.
National Library of Australia, Manuscript Section (ANL:MS)
Call No: MS 1136

Weatherston, J. S. (Joseph Stewart), 1876-1950.
Title: Material relating to Burke and Wills.
Date Range: c. 1940-1950
Size: 45 cm.
MS 295: Carbon typescript copy of manuscript of book on Burke and Wills. Letters written to Weatherston relating to Burke and Wills. Some press clippings relating to Burke and Wills. One small folder of literary manuscripts.
MS 1136: Original typescript manuscript with handwritten alterations of the proposed book on Burke and Wills.
Access: Available for reference.
National Library of Australia, Manuscript Section (ANL:MS)
Call No: MS 295, MS 1136

Welch, Edwin James.
Title: Journal of Victorian Contingent Expeditions, and other papers
Date Range: 1861-62, 1862-1909
Size: 2 reels Format: Microfilm
State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Library, Australian Manuscripts Collection (VSL)
Call No: held

White, John.1913- .
Title: Paper.
Date Range: 1996
Size: 1 cm.
Summary: Postscript to the author's book, "Burke and Wills: the stockade and the tree" (1992) in reply to David Corke's "Report of the 'Dig Tree' site" (1992).
Access: Available for reference. Not for loan.
National Library of Australia, Manuscript Section (ANL:MS)
Call No: MS 9042

Wills family.
Title: Papers.
Date Range: 1857-1980
Size: 6.0 cm.
Summary: Comprises photographs, chiefly portraits of Robert O'Hara Burke, William John Wills, and members of the Wills family; press cuttings, miners' rights; correspondence; a kid glove given by Julia Matthews to W. J. Wills; an embroidered bag in which the collection was stored; and miscellaneous. Also three books which belonged to the family.
Access: Available for reference.
State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Library, Australian Manuscripts Collection (VSL)
Call No: ms held

Wills, William John.1834-1861
Title: Letters
Date Range: 1839-1861
Summary: 28 letters and one fragment, mainly from William John Wills to members of his family; also press cuttings relating to the Burke and Wills Expedition 1862-1863.
State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Library, Australian Manuscripts Collection (VSL)
Call No: held

Wills, William John.1834-1861.
Title: Correspondence and press cuttings.
Date Range: 1839-1861
Size: 1 bd. v. 1 microfilm reel.
Summary: Collection of letters, mainly by William John Wills to members of his family, 1839-1861. 28 Letters and one fragment, also press cutings relating to the Burke and Wills expedition 1862-1863. Biog.
Access: Available for reference
State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Library, Australian Manuscripts Collection (VSL)
Call No: MS held

Wills, William John.1834-1861.
Title: Letters.
Date Range: 1852-1861
Size: 1 microfilm reel.
Summary: Contains: Diary of Wills' journey to Australia, letters to members of his family describing his journey, the Australian countryside, his life as a shepherd on a station near Deniliquin, his work at the observatory on Flagstaff Hill, Melbourne, his life in Melbourne, and his expedition to central and northern Australia, 1860-1861.The reels also contain cuttings from Melbourne and London newspapers concerning the expedition, death and funeral of Burke and Wills, and two letters to Wills' father dated 1839 and 1840.
Access: Available for reference.
National Library of Australia, Manuscript Section (ANL:MS)
Call No: mfm G 14542

Wills, William John, 1834-1861.
Title: Notebooks.
Date Range: 1860-1861
Size: 1 microfilm reel.
Summary: Unpublished field notebooks kept by W. G. Wills during the expedition to the Gulf of Carpentaria, 1860-1861.
Access: Available for reference.
National Library of Australia, Manuscript Section (ANL:MS)
Call No: mfm G 22754

Expeditions in search of Burke & Wills [cartographic material]
J Murray (Firm)
Cartographic data:Scale <ca.1:5 082 176>
Publication: London, J. Murray, 1863
Description: 1 map on 4 sheets : photograph ; sheets 27 x 20 cm each
Notes: Map covers areas of Queensland, New South Wales and part of South Australia.
Subtitle: Map of eastern Australia, on which are delineated the routes of Messrs. Bourke & Wills, McKinlay, Landsborough & Walker, to accompany the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society for 1863.
Library holdings: 1 map in 4 sheets, photograph copy.
Location: Onsite storage; please "send a request".1 map in 4 sheets, photograph copy
Call Number: RBM 804 05082 e 1863
State Library of Queensland, John Oxley Library, Manuscripts and Business Records Collection (QJO)

Miscellaneous papers relating to the Burke and Wills Expedition, 1860-1862
Date Range: c. 1863-1871
Size: 1 v. unbound, original ms, typescript and ms. copy.
Summary: These include a copy of John King's narrative which appears (in part at least) to have been transcribed from articles in The Australasian 1870 - this provides an interesting first-hand account of the expedition with particular emphasis on privations, relationships with the Aborigines and the tragic deaths of Burke and Wills; paper by Alfred Woolley Greig entitled "William John Wills: a biographical sketch"; notes compiled by Miss C. Kemp re route of the expedition from Melbourne to Menindie; essay by J. D. Somerville entitled "The Burke and Wills Expedition - the resurrection of the horse 'Billy"' dated 1941; correspondence by John Conway Bourke to John Watson and Alexander Sutherland re origins of the Expedition and the role he played, and a copy of a letter signed by John O'Shanassy to J. C. Bourke, 1863; letter signed by J. S. Weatherston, 1947 re number of camels used on the Expedition; miscellaneous correspondence to R.H.S.V. re Explorers' Memorial Fund 1911-1914; copies of correspondence re Wills Family collection, mainly genealogical, signed by Mavis Lewis to -. Morgan, 1971, includes references to Frances Wills and the ships Lady Kenaway and Nabob; poem by William Thompson "Lament for Burke and Wills"; anonymous essay entitled "Burke and Wills Expedition" re origin and early stages; miscellaneous notes by Barbara Savill.
Access: Application to be made to repository.
Royal Historical Society of Victoria Inc (VRHS)
Call No: MS 14818, 12717, 4115, 4115 A, 00340; Box 119/3

Papers relating to memorials to Victorian pioneers
Size: unbound, several pages, original ms. typescript and printed items; bound; 32 p. typescript, illustrations and photographs.

Summary: Papers, correspondence, notes, circulars, pamphlets, booklets, newspaper cuttings and photographs. Includes references to Ferdinand Von Mueller, Wilbraham F. E. Liardet, Robert Hoddle, Angus McMillan, John Gardiner, Hume and Hovell, Burke and Wills, John Flynn, Thomas Mitchell, John Batman, Rev. Francis Tuckfield, Sarah Burns and those buried at Red Bluff, 1840. Correspondence relates to compiling a survey of regional memorials by Victorian Historical Association, 1844, and further lists, 1859; this includes a booklet entitled Victorian historical memorials to explorers and discoverers, 1844. NOTE: Papers include a hymn, a poem, and circulars re biographical details.
Access: Application to be made to repository.
Royal Historical Society of Victoria Inc (VRHS)
Call No: MS 000084; Box 32/10

Plans of McKinlay's Burke Relief Expedition[map]/ signed W.D. Hodgkinson.
Date Range: 1862.
Size: 6 maps.
Summary: Plan of the Burke Relief Expedition led by John McKinlay 1861-1862, in six parts. Compiled by W.D. Hodgkinson, draftsman on the expedition. Ink on paper with route taken shown in coloured ink. Copy by Bessie Threadgill of original in Surveyor General's Office (R/16).
Access: Copies may be supplied for research or study. No publication without written permission from the Mortlock Library.(540)
State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana (SSL)
Call No: C 89

Royal Geographical Society of Australasia(Victorian Branch)
Title: Collection of miscellaneous papers
Date Range: 1883-1924
Size: several vols., original ms. typescript ms. copy and printed.
Summary: These relate to the history of the Society and its amalgamation with the Historical Society of Victoria. Papers include draft constitution, minutes of inaugural meeting, minute books, memos, financial statements, cash book, letterbook, pamphlets, membership lists and certificates, list of aims and objectives, extracts from journals, reports, newspaper accounts, miscellaneous items, large body of correspondence and several unpublished manuscripts of lectures (listed below) read before the Society re matters of scientific and geographical study. Particular references to explorations and expeditions to Central Australia, New Guinea, New Hebrides and the Antarctic; voyage of the Scotia, visits of Captain R. F. Scott, Lieutenant Ernest H. Shackleton, H. M. Stanley; search for the remains of Leichardt's party and the bodies near Langrange Bay, W.A.: whaling ship the "Antarctic"; Australian Exploring and Prospecting Association; employment of Asiatic labour in northern Australia; research on the Warrnambool wreck; Centennial Exhibition and Columbus Exhibition; newspaper extracts of perjury case involving Alexander Cameron McDonald; miscellaneous papers on the Ancient Mariners of Victoria, the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science and world-wide geographical and scientific societies and congresses. Principal persons include Baron Ferdinand Von Mueller, Alexander Cameron McDonald, G. S. Griffiths and explorations led by Thomas Elder, David Lindsay and W. H. Tietkens. Manuscripts included are: Bradshaw, Joseph: Northern Territory views and notes. Bully, H. J.: Notes on the Crozet Islands - expedition to the islands in the schooner Catherine. Chataway, Senator: Report of his comments after Rev. Gilbert White's paper on Northern Australia. David, T. W. Edgeworth: Cupriferous shales in pennian rocks near Sydney. Fowler, Thomas Walker: A note on Captain Cook's Point Hicks. Hayward, Joseph: A holiday in Greece. James, Job: The position of the granite family with regard to sedimentary formations. Kernot, W. C.: Melbourne's great unknown mountain. McDonald, Alexander Cameron: The beginning of Australia. McDonald, Alexander Cameron: The fate of La Perouse. MacFie, Matthew: Are the laws of nature transgressed or obeyed by the continuous labour of white men in the Australian tropics? Newland, V. Marra: The East African Protectorate: a white man's country. Panton, J. A.: A brief review of additional evidences as to the discovery of Australia by de Quiros. Smith, W. Ramsay: Notes by a naturalist in the South Seas. Wilkinson, W. Percy: The nomenclature of Australian wines in relation to historical commercial usage of European wine names, international conventions for the protection of industrial property and recent European commercial treaties. Wunderlich, Franz: Contributions to the knowledge of ore and other views. There is also a discussion of a paper by George Gordon McCrae.
Access: Application to be made to repository.
Royal Historical Society of Victoria Inc (VRHS)
Call No: MS 000692; SN 27

Royal Geographical Society of Australasia(Victorian Branch)
Title: Photographs
Size: 1 v. bound, photographs, maps, sketches, original ms.
Summary: Miscellaneous collection of photographs which appear to have been donated by Baron von Mueller, whose photograph and greeting appear as a frontispiece. Photographs include Glasshouse Mts (Queensland); progressive stages of railway being built near Adelaide; New Guinea and Tonga landscapes; statue of Sir John Franklin; explorers Capt. Speke, Capt. Grant, Capt. Everill, W. R. Cuthbertson, Alexander Cameron MacDonald, Jnr, William Landsborough; King Jerry, a Geelong Aborigine and Tasmanian Aborigines: Kellas's Quarry, Warrnambool, and notes on the legend; Elder's scientific expedition 1891-92; members of S.A. Branch of R.G.S. and David Lindsay's Exploring Party; R.G.S. excursion, March, 1895 (9th-14th) which includes men, women and children; also includes miscellaneous maps, sketches (one by T. Ryan) and photographs; several of the photos were taken by J. W. Lindt.
Access: Application to be made to repository.
Royal Historical Society of Victoria Inc (VRHS)
Call No: MS 000142; Boxes 49, 50, 52 and 02

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