MS 6681 comprises typescript journal and newspaper articles by Harold S. Williams; a paper titled "Two remarkable Australians of old Yokohama", 1974; papers concerning Mrs E.S. Patton; printed material, including issues of the Journal of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, v. 13, no. 12 & 13, 1976-1977 and Mar. 5, 1978; index of 44 cartons of books, brochures, pamphlets, sheets and photographs on China, Japan, Korea and the Far East; three copies of cuttings on Japan and brochure The foreign cemeteries of Kobe and Osaka, 1978 (83 boxes, 1 carton, 25 fol. boxes, 1 fol. item).
The Acc05.092 instalment comprises one volume, 1929-1931 (1 v.).
The Acc09.161 instament comprises a small group of papers accumulated by Harold S. Williams. There are writings by Williams, including several published works and a scrapbook of cuttings of articles he wrote on tours into Communist China in 1964-1965; two photograph albums, one containing images of damage resulting from World War II and one of images of the Williams' beach house at Makidani Village; colour slides of images relating to Japanese culture and architecture; historical notes by Williams about Cameron & Co.; a scrapbook kept by Jean Williams, containing cuttings and a small group of correspondence, 1958-1986; photographs, writings and artefacts relating to Isaac Ailion, Mabel Ailion and family; and a set of prints of a group of paintings by Hiroshige and Keisai Eisen entitled "The 70 stages of the Kisokaido" (3 boxes, 3 fol. boxes).
The Acc09.168 instalment includes the residence certificate (Kyoju Shomeisho) issued by the Akashi Police Station on 22 December, 1926 to Mr W. Amos Rawnsley, 942 banch aza Shioya, Tarumi-mura, Akashi-gun, Hyogo-ken; and, appeals to the foreign employees of Nippon Yusen Kaisha, Kobe, and the foreign residents of Kobe for subscriptions to support the widow of the late Mr Charles Esdale, April-May 1886 (1 folder).
Orientalist and historian. Harold Stannett Williams was born in Melbourne in 1898 and died in Kobe in 1987. Williams went to Japan for a visit in 1919. He decided to stay and, except during the Second World War when he served in the Australian Army, he lived there until his death. After the war he was a member of the Occupation Forces in Japan. On his return to civilian life in 1949, he renewed his business interests and, with his wife Gertrude, began his research into the history and culture of the foreign settlements. He was the author of numerous books on Japan including Tales of foreign settlements in Japan (1958), and Foreigners in Mikadoland (1963). Williams contributed articles to the Mainichi daily news and to other English language newspapers, both in Japan and other countries. In 1967 he was awarded the International Cultural Award of the Hyogo Prefectural Government. In 1972 Williams was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for service to historical research.
Manuscript reference no.: MS 6681, MS Acc05.092, MS Acc09.161, MS Acc09.168.
Digital masters available for selected items ; National Library of Australia, Manuscript collection ; nla.ms-ms6681.
Available on microfilm.
[Harold S. Williams map collection] Located at National Library of Australia Map collection, MAP Harold S. Williams map collection 1-51.
Available for research. Not for loan.
Copying of Harold S. Williams' copyright material permitted for research purposes.
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