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    This is a NSW State Archives exhibition project.

    The Queen's album was a magnificent collection of photographs presented to Queen Victoria by the people of New South Wales in 1882. The sumptuously bound volume contained 64 photographs of New South Wales, boldly celebrating the 'wild and majestic' landscapes of the colony, alongside its industry, wealth, and progress.

    In 2019 a question remains - where is the album now? We are calling on you to help us solve this mystery and we're sharing how we know what we know with you. Read, share, transcribe, or tag - we're calling on all history sleuths and time detectives to help solve this mystery!

    How you can help
    Read: Read and review the articles and annotations below. This will give you a good idea about the story of the album. There are also a few extra mysteries hidden here that might be interesting to pursue. We'd be interested to hear your findings!

    Share: Share our quest with friends and family. Someone out there must hold the answer to the whereabouts of the Queen's album, and the more people we reach, the better. You can join the online conversation by following and using #QueensAlbum on social media.

    Transcribe: Transcribe the articles we've collected here. You could also transcribe articles from the period - improving transcriptions greatly assists with searching, and might help uncover something we've missed. If you haven't corrected text on Trove before, you should check out these guidelines before starting. We'd love to see you all on the Trove Text Correction Hall Of Fame!

    Tag: If you find an article or clue, let us know! You can use "QueensAlbum" to tag articles on Trove (and you can search for tagged items using publictag:QueensAlbum). Trove has information on how to add tags here. If you find a useful website (maybe a private collection or auction house result) you can let us know by leaving a comment below, or sharing on social media.

    You can share your findings and theories with us by commenting on this list, or find us on Facebook and Twitter. If you use social media, you can search #QueensAlbum for updates and any breaking news about the album. Please observe the Trove Terms of Use when using the site.

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  1. NEWS OF THE DAY.
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Friday 17 December 1880 p 5 Article
    Abstract: THE Legislative Council met shortly before noon yesterday, when there was a large attendance of members present, as well as a considerable number of ... 3583 words
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    This article appears to be the first mention of the Queen's album, described here as 'a marvel of sumptuous binding', with emphasis on the work of the artists at the Government Printing Office.

    In November 1880, Thomas Richards wrote to the Deputy Master of the Mint with a request for the purchase of silver that was 'urgently required by this Department for an official purpose'. Two weeks later, J. H. Eaves of Surry Hills invoiced the Government Printing Office for a significant sum, describing services supplied as '8 Elaborate and Massive solid silver carved corners for Photographic Album (to be Presented to Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen)'.
    Source: NRS 4409 Copies of letters sent [Government Printing Office]

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  2. NEW SOUTH WALES. SYDNEY, I7th December.
    The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Saturday 18 December 1880 p 5 Article
    Abstract: The Government are sending a beautiful album, in an equally beautiful case, to the Queen. The album is bound in purple velvet, enriched with silver, ... 406 words
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    Following the announcement in the Sydney Morning Herald on 17th December 1880, news of the Queen's album - 'a beautiful album, enclosed in an equally beautiful case' - travelled to other Australian colonies. Throughout December, readers in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania learned of the Government's intentions.

    We've included some examples below, but you can find more by looking for items tagged "Queen's Album". To search, use publictag:QueensAlbum.

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  3. INTERCOLONIAL NEWS. [BY ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH.] (AUSTRALIAN PRESS AGENCY.) NEW SOUTH WALES. SYDNEY, Friday Evening.
    The Riverine Herald (Echuca, Vic. : Moama, NSW : 1869 - 1954; 1998 - 2000) Saturday 18 December 1880 p 2 Article
    Abstract: The Government are sending a beautiful album, enclosed man equally beautiful case, to the Queen. The album is bound in purple velvet enriched with si ... 177 words
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  4. NEW SOUTH WALES. Sydney, December 17.
    The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922) Saturday 18 December 1880 p 3 Article
    Abstract: The Government are sending a beautiful album in an equally beautiful case to the Queen. The album is bound in purple and velvet, and enriched with si ... 281 words
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  5. NEW SOUTH WALES. SYDNEY, Friday.
    Ovens and Murray Advertiser (Beechworth, Vic. : 1855 - 1918) Saturday 18 December 1880 p 4 Article
    Abstract: The Government is sending a beautiful album, enclosed in an equally beautiful case, to the Queen. The album is bound in purple velvet, enriched with ... 153 words
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  6. THE GIFT TO HER MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA. TO THE EDITOR OF THE HERALD.
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Tuesday 21 December 1880 p 3 Article
    Abstract: Sir,—I rend in your issue of this day a very flattering report of the workmanship and photographic album to be presented to her Majesty Queen Victori ... 148 words
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    An interesting letter to the editor. It would be great to know who Livicus Jonas was (or who was behind the pseudonym!), and where these rumours originated. There is a later report (12th January 1881) in the South Australian Register that notes the album was destined for the Melbourne Exhibition before travelling on to England. It's also worth noting that J. H. Eaves invoiced the Government Printing Office in March 1881 for 'polishing corners before sending away to remove finger mark stains'. Perhaps this is evidence the album had been extensively handled. Certainly, Eaves undertook work to bring the silver-work 'equal to new'.
    Source: NRS 4409 Copies of letters sent [Government Printing Office]

    We haven't yet confirmed if the album was actually presented at the Melbourne International Exhibition (and we encourage you to explore this lead further), although we know Thomas Richards and the Government Printing Office were awarded prizes in bookbinding and photography at the event.
    Source: NRS 4477 Diplomas won by the Government Printer, at the Melbourne International Exhibition.

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  7. THE QUEEN'S ALBUM.
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Saturday 8 January 1881 p 7 Article
    Abstract: The magnificent album of photography, prepared at the Government Printing Office, for presentation by the Government of the colony to her Most Gracio ... 846 words
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    This article provides a 'more detailed description' of the 'magnificent album of photography' to be presented to 'the exalted lady' Queen Victoria. The album is described as both a 'graceful tribute of loyalty' and a showcase of 'the characteristic features of one of the greatest of her Colonial possessions'.

    This article was reproduced by the Government Printing Office as an appendix to its 1882 Specimen of printing types in use at the Government Printing Office, Sydney. These volumes are beautifully bound, and contain samples of the lettering and ornamentation used by the Government Printing Office. The inclusion of descriptions of the Queen's album - produced using 'the best talent' in the department - in this volume is indicative of the significance of the work.

    It's worth noting that the wooden case - a 'gem of art' constructed from Australia timbers - has not been located. This is another mystery worth a look!

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  8. THE QUEEN'S ALBUM. TO THE EDITOR OF THE HERALD.
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Monday 10 January 1881 p 5 Article
    Abstract: Sir,-A description appears in your columns of a very magniflcent album of photography prepared for presentation to the Queen. The title page sets for ... 118 words
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    This letter to the editor has similarities to the earlier letter penned by 'Livicus Jonas' in December 1880. The writer notes that the title page of the album claims it is presented 'on behalf of the people of New South Wales' and as such, the people of the Colony should be given the opportunity to view it. The writer calls on the Government to exhibit the album at the Art Gallery or Garden Palace 'so as to allow the donors an opportunity of inspecting this gift'.

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  9. NEW SOUTH WALES. Sydney, January 6.
    South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) Wednesday 12 January 1881 p 6 Article
    Abstract: The supreme question of the moment is that of water supply. Eager eyes are daily scanning the heavens to read the signs of the time; and the weather ... 4044 words
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    This is interesting because, while it reproduces an earlier article describing the album, it contains an intriguing snippet:

    'A large album to be presented to Her Majesty the Queen by the Government of New South Wales, on behalf of the people of the colony, has just been completed, and will be sent to the Melbourne Exhibition for a time, thence to England'.

    Here, we have confirmation the press was suggesting the album would appear at the Melbourne Exhibition before presentation to the Queen.

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  10. A Tribute of Loyalty From New South Wales to the Queen.
    Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser (Qld. : 1875 - 1902) Saturday 22 January 1881 p 3 Article
    Abstract: The magnificent album of photography, prepared at the Government Printing Office, for presentation by the Government of the colony to her Most Gracio ... 841 words
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    The detailed description of the Queen's album, published in the Sydney Morning Herald 8th January 1881, was re-published in colonial and intercolonial newspapers.

    Thomas Richards, Government Printer, wrote to the Principal Under Secretary on 28th February 1881, informing him 'that the Album of Photographs for presentation to Her Majesty the Queen is packed, ready for addressing and despatch. I enclose the keys of the casket, and await instructions'.
    Source: NRS 4409 Copies of letters sent [Government Printing Office]

    Records of the Colonial Secretary indicate that instructions were not dispatched until April, when the keys were handed back to the Government Printing Office. In the meantime, J.H. Eaves had invoiced the Government Printing Office for work including the removal of the corners and centre piece 'for impressions to be taken'.
    Source: NRS 922 Indexes and registers of letters received [Colonial Secretary]
    Source: NRS 4409 Copies of letters sent [Government Printing Office]

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  11. NAVAL SHAM FIGHT.
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Wednesday 13 April 1881 p 5 Article
    Abstract: The grand naval sham fight off Mrs. Macquarie's Chair yesterday was by far the most successful demonstration every witnessed in Port Jackson; indeed ... 1073 words
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    Initial newspaper reports indicated that an album containing 56 images was to be sent to the Queen; the album that was actually dispatched contained additional images, with a total of 64 photographs. We have the list of photographs that was sent, and have identified the additional images, which are part of the Government Printing Office glass plate negative collection.
    Source:NRS 4440 Specimen of printing types in use at the Government Printing Office, Sydney

    The decision was made to include photographs of two significant events in 1881 - the naval sham fight in April, and the visit of the Detached Squadron in June.

    The naval sham fight was a public display of the necessity of modern warships, and the defence capabilities of the Harbour. The day was declared a public holiday, enabling 'thousands to witness the demonstration who would otherwise have been chained to their counters or desks' and the grounds of Government House were thrown open to ensure that 'as many as possible should enjoy the sight'.

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  12. OUR SUPPLEMENT. The Sailor Princes.
    Illustrated Sydney News and New South Wales Agriculturalist and Grazier (NSW : 1872 - 1881) Saturday 11 June 1881 p 10 Article
    Abstract: THE arrival in Australian waters of the two eldest sons of the Prince of Wales is an event which has naturally occasioned a feeling of pleasure throu ... 482 words
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    The arrival of the Royal Princes as part of the Detached Squadron was a significant event, even if it wasn't an official Royal visit. As this article notes '...although we are forbidden by the rules of the naval etiquette to offer them a Royal welcome, there is nothing to prevent us from showing how true and unchangeable is the loyalty we bear to the throne of which they are the youthful representatives'.

    Photographs of the Detached Squadron were included as additional images in the album presented to Queen Victoria in 1882.

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  13. PRESENTATION OF A COLONIAL ALBUM TO THE QUEEN. LONDON. February 28.
    The Sydney Daily Telegraph (NSW : 1879 -1883) Wednesday 1 March 1882 p 3 Article
    Abstract: The Hon. Saul Samuel, the Agent–General for New South Wales, was introduced to the Queen, at Windsor Castle, yesterday, by Earl Spencer, President of ... 56 words
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    News of Queen Victoria receiving the Queen's Album began to appear in March 1882. Some reports, however, are imprecise.

    In this article, the album is described as 'a handsome album of colonial drawings'. This is an error. On 6th December 1881, Thomas Richards informed the Principal Under Secretary that 'the Album of Photographs and the Picture for presentation to the Queen' were ready to sail. This article appears to have conflated the two items - the album of photographs and the picture - into one.
    Source: NRS 4409 Copies of letters sent [Government Printing Office]

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  14. SOUVENIR OF NEW SOUTH WALES TO THE QUEEN. LONDON, FEB. 28.
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Wednesday 1 March 1882 p 5 Article
    Abstract: Mr. Saul Samuel, Agent-General for New South Wales, was introduced to her Majesty the Queen yesterday, at Windsor Castle, by Earl Spencer, Lord Presi ... 60 words
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    This article has combined the two items (album and picture) sent for presentation to the Queen, describing 'a handsome album of New South Wales scenery and drawings'. As previously mentioned, these were in fact two separate items.
    Source: NRS 4409 Copies of letters sent [Government Printing Office]

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  15. PRESENTATION TO THE QUEEN.
    Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931) Wednesday 1 March 1882 p 4 Article
    Abstract: LONDON, February 27.—Yesterday the Hon. Saul Samuel, C.M.G., Agent-General for New South Wales, presented to Her Majesty the Queen the handsomely-bou ... 67 words
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    The description of a 'richly-illuminated album containing views of New South Wales scenery and public buildings' is interesting. While it might be stretch to describe it as 'richly-illuminated', gold leaf was used in it's making. The edges of the album were gilded, as was the border around each photograph. In an 1882 memorandum justifying the price of gold leaf ordered from Messrs Gordon and Gotch, Melbourne, Thomas Richards argued the price was reasonable, stating 'this Gold Leaf being heavier and superior in every way to that under contract, was procured specially for the "Queen's Album"...'
    Source: NRS 4416 Registers and index of memoranda received (memoranda books)

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  16. PRESENTATION TO THE QUEEN.
    Wallaroo Times (Port Wallaroo, SA : 1882 - 1888) Wednesday 1 March 1882 p 3 Article
    Abstract: Mr Saul Samuel, of New South Wales, who is now on a visit to England, has presented to the Queen, at Windsor, an Album, containing views of New South 39 words
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  17. Sir Saul Samuel. LONDON, February 28.
    Western Star and Roma Advertiser (Toowoomba, Qld. : 1875 - 1948) Saturday 4 March 1882 p 2 Article
    Abstract: Sir Saul Samuel attended at Windsor yesterday, and presented to her Majesty the Queen a beautiful album of views of New South Wales, prepared for the ... 39 words
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    In a diary entry for 27th February 1882, Queen Victoria notes 'the album presented by the Agent Gen: of New South Wales, a present from the Colony, is very pretty'. - Queen Victoria's Diaries, journal entry, Monday 27th February 1882, vol. 76, p. 60.

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  18. Presentation to the Queen.
    Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931) Wednesday 19 April 1882 p 5 Article
    Abstract: The Hon. Saul Samuel, C.M.G., travelled down to Windsor Castle the other day (says the "European Mail," of March 10), and had the honour of presentin ... 81 words
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    2019-05-31 13:47:07.0

    This article notes that Agent General Saul Samuel presented Queen Victoria with 'an album containing views of the colony, and a water-colour drawing of the town and harbour of Sydney, which her Majesty was graciously pleased to accept'.

    We thought this description sounded pretty specific, so we started looking for watercolours with a similar title from the period. We located a watercolour named Sydney: the town and harbour by Edward Baker Boulton, 1879. A catalogue entry in The Victorian watercolours and drawings in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen by Delia Millar identified this painting as the ‘picture’ sent with the Queen’s album for presentation by Saul Samuel. You can view the watercolour online here.

    More importantly, the catalogue entry also suggested that the album of photographs was ‘now untraced’. So we still have a mystery!

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  19. ENGLISH AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS. (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) LONDON, MARCH 10.
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Thursday 20 April 1882 p 9 Article
    Abstract: The country has been thrown into a state of alarm and anxiety by the attempt of a madman named Rodorick Maclean to assassinate the Queen. Maelean app ... 5969 words
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    Located in the fourth column of this article is a detailed description of Saul Samuel presenting the Queen's album to Queen Victoria. The Queen is reported to have 'graciously informed Mr. Samuel that she was very pleased to accept such a beautiful specimen of the workmanship of the colony'. It is also noted that she 'expressed her admiration of the photographs, both as presentations of beautiful scenery and as works of art'.

    This report of the presentation of the Queen's album was reproduced in the Government Printing Office's 1882 Specimen of printing types in use at the Government Printing Office, Sydney alongside an article from the Sydney Morning Herald and a detailed list of photographs.

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  20. The Queen and the Colony.
    Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931) Wednesday 14 June 1882 p 8 Article
    Abstract: His Excellency the Governor has received the following letter from Earl Kimberley, in reference to the album and picture presented to Her Majesty the ... 173 words
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    The Governor of New South Wales received correspondence from Earl Kimberley containing references to the Queen's Album in May 1882. It was noted that the Queen 'was graciously pleased' to accept the album, presented by the Government 'on behalf of the people of this colony'. This was announced to the public in June 1882.
    Source: NRS 4512 Despatches, circulars and cables from the Secretary of State and the Under Secretary, and copies of despatches to the Secretary of State

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  21. Collection of photographs presented for the acceptance of her most gracious majesty Queen Victoria by the government on behalf of the people of New South Wales
    [ Book : 1880 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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    This is a prototype album held in the State Library of New South Wales collection. It contains 56 images and is lacking the photographs of the naval sham fight and visit of the Detached Squadron that were added to the album presented to Queen Victoria.
    Source: NRS 4440 Specimen of printing types in use at the Government Printing Office, Sydney

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  22. The Victorian watercolours and drawings in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen / Delia Millar
    Millar, Delia
    [ Book : 1995 ]
    At 14 libraries
    The Victorian watercolours and drawings in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen / Delia Millar
  23. [Queen Victoria]
    [ Photograph : 1893 ]
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    At State Library VIC
    [Queen Victoria]