English, Book, Map, Photograph edition: George William Rusden : Collection of personal and historical papers Rusden, George William, 1819-1903.

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  • Manuscript
  • several volumes, bound and unbound, letterbook copy, original ms. ms. copy, typescript, printed sketches, maps, photographs (Box 172-2) and other items
Language
  • English

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Title
  • George William Rusden : Collection of personal and historical papers
Author
  • Rusden, George William, 1819-1903.
Physical Description
  • Manuscript
  • several volumes, bound and unbound, letterbook copy, original ms. ms. copy, typescript, printed sketches, maps, photographs (Box 172-2) and other items
Part Of
  • MS 013280, 17501-14, 22228-35, 32282 (Box 171 to Box 180 inclusive)
  • Royal Historical Society of Victoria Manuscripts Collection
Summary
  • Papers depicting social, political, economic and legal life in Australia and New Zealand, compiled between 1848-1903.,The material includes correspondence (original and letterbook copies) between family members, friends, business and legal relations; diaries, legal documents, publications, parliamentary papers, business papers and miscellaneous memorabilia such as photographs, postcards, maps, sketches, invitations, calling cards, newspaper cuttings and other mementoes of Australia and overseas.,Family correspondence relates to domestic life, deaths, marriages, financial problems (especially Richard Gilman, Jnr); more general discussions on the economic climate in Australia (1890s depression, bank crash with specific references); federalism and the internecine party struggles in Victorian politics and a commentary on the various ministries between 1856-1868; descriptions of Rusden's trips to China and comments apropos trade and manufacturing (with Australia), coloured labour question, cotton growing industry, lambskin industry and general references to pastoral industry - (with reference to Rusden family properties at Yabtree Station, Mittagong and Argalong Stations, N.S.W.); also comments on transportation, Acclimatization Society, Boer War and the flu epidemic.,Other correspondence to Rusden relates to publishing of Rusden's works by Chapman and Hall; to the libel case against Rusden (Bryce v Rusden); community and personal relations with Willan &​ Sons (solicitors, Melbourne); Ashton &​ Co. (solicitors, England); Commercial Building &​ Investment Co. (Sydney) and Prahran Mechanics' Institute, also private correspondence from Sir Frederick Aloysius Weld re New Zealand history (in particular the controversial events of the Waitara War and related issues); letterbook with replies from a number of Mechanics Institutes and local libraries in Victoria accepting book donations from Rusden.,Diaries, business papers, domestic ledgers and financial records which relate to domestic budgeting and expenditure; will; superannuation submission; legal costs re case Bryce v. Rusden; mortgage problems re Richard Gilman, Jnr (nephew); investments and general details of overseas trips to China and Europe.,New Zealand papers include correspondence, legal papers, press cuttings, parliamentary reports and miscellaneous memoranda - the struggle for power between the Maoris and white settlers, and general relations after colonization under the auspices-of British rule; a collection of papers which give a full account of the libel suit Bryce v. Rusden 1884-87; these include parliamentary investigations and reports, counsel's notes, hearings, petitions, legal correspondence and accounts, newspaper reports and Rusden's private papers; enlarged plan of Nukumaru and miscellaneous items re publication of Rusden's "History of New Zealand" (Melbourne, Melville, Mullen &​ Slade, 1895); also includes private publication "Tragedies of New Zealand in 1868 and 1881" (London, G. W. Rusden, 1888).,Rusden's collection of memorabilia from Australia and overseas provides an interesting cameo of his privileged social position, and includes acquaintances with 'bohemian' art circles, political persons and those in the upper echelons of religious life; membership to exclusive clubs; fraternization with intellectuals; attendance at ambassadorial functions, royal occasions and major cultural and sporting events.,General references to Queensland pastoral industry, Onslow family, Sir Charles Nicholson, James Service, Dick Ottley and the Rusden residences in Holmwood, N.S.W., and Victoria (Chudleigh House and Cotmandene respectively); photographs include family members, portraits of James Macarthur Onslow, J. E. Millais, Hamilton Hume, Thomas Turner a'Beckett, George Armytage, Edward Irving and unnamed portraits [see Box 172/​2]; Aboriginal and family graves; literary references include Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, several poems and religious tracts; also includes several postcards which depict religious life; a sketch of Oakwood, Brighton, by Rusden's sister Rose Selwyn; and a water colour of Leith Hill, Surrey, Rusden's birthplace.,Miscellaneous papers in the collection are as follows:,Paper by Rev. Dean Selwyn entitled 'The ethical value of the work of the Lord Jesus Christ' (1897),Papers on the 'Divine and Johnstone court martial case' re the origin of Nicholas Divine (Philip Divine),Report of the Board to Enquire into the Arrangement for the Better Organization of the Civil Service of the Colony of Victoria signed by G.W.R. and others, 1856,A plan of the Gordon Boys' Home,Rusden's booklet entitled 'The discovery, survey and settlement of Port Phillip' dedicated to Anthony Trollope, 1871.,Material also includes reference sources and genealogical papers family tree, index to the material held by the Leeper Library, Melbourne University.,NOTE: George William Rusden was an educationalist, civil servant and historian. His family migrated to Australia in 1833 and during his early years in New South Wales he was a pastoralist. In 1847 he sailed to China in the hope of economic gain. This hope not realized, he returned to Victoria where he settled into the life of a civil servant as clerk of the parliaments. He retired in 1882. His interests were many, he wrote prolifically, and was acquainted with many notables from the religious, literary and political milieus. He never married and wrote under the pseudonym 'Yittadairn' and has been described as 'peculiar a gentleman as one will encounter in a lifetime'. The Bryce v Rusden libel case arose from comments made by Rusden in his "History of New Zealand". He vehemently attacked John Bryce for the part he played in the Maori Wars, relying mostly on the hearsay of Bishop Hadfield of Wellington. Rusden appealed against his original conviction and finally damages were reduced to half the original amount of £5,000.,Note: A card index to some of the Rusden papers is held in Box 171-10. Keywords: a'Beckett, Thomas Turner,Aboriginal Australians, graves,Acclimatization Society,Argalong Station (N.S.W.),Armytage, George,Art and artists,Asian labour,Boer War 1899-1902,Brighton,Bryce, John,Business history,Businessmen,Chapman and Hall,China,Chinese,Chudleigh House,Civil service,Clubs,Commercial Building &​ Investment Company (Sydney),Cotmandene (homestead),Cotton growing,Cultural life,Depression in the 1890s,Diaries,Dickens, Charles,Divine and Johnstone court martial case,Divine, Nicholas,Divine, Philip,Economic conditions,Epidemics,Europe, description and travel,Family life,Farrer, Sir William James,Federalism,Gilman, Annie,Gilman, Ellis James,Gilman, Ellis R.,Gilman, Hugh R.,Gilman, Richard I.,Goe, Field Flowers,Gordon Boys' Home,Gorst, Sir John,Graves,Holmwood (N.S.W.),Hume, Hamilton,Influenza epidemic,Intellectuals and intellectual life,Investments,Irving, Edward,King, John,Lambskin industry,Law cases,Learmonth, Thomas,Leeper Library, Melbourne University,Legal documents,Legal history,Legal profession,Libel cases,Libraries,Maoris,Maps,Marriage and married life,Mechanics' Institutes,Millais, J.E.,Ministries, government,Mittagong Station (N.S.W.),Moorhouse, Mary,Mortgage problems,New Zealand,New Zealand, Maoris,Nicholson, Sir Charles,Oakwood,Onslow family,Onslow, Elizabeth Macarthur,Onslow, James Macarthur,Ottley family,Ottley, Dick,Pastoral industry,Perry, Charles,Poets and poetry,Political parties,Politicians,Politics and government,Port Phillip District, settlement,Postcards,Prahran Mechanics Institute,Publishers and publishing,Pusey, Catherine,Queensland pastoral industry,Religion and religious life,Richmond, Christopher William,Rusden family,Rusden, Alfred William Gifford,Rusden, Amelia Christina,Rusden, Frances Townsend,Rusden, George William,Rusden, Georgina Mary,Rusden, Gilbert Frederick,Rusden, Grace Frances,Rusden, Henry Keylock,Rusden, Rose Elizabeth,Rusden, Sarah Ann,Rusden, Thomas George,Sargood, Sir Frederick Thomas,Selwyn, Arthur E.,Selwyn, Dean,Service, James,Sladen, Sir Charles,Sladen, St. Barbe,Social classes, life and conditions,Social classes,Solicitors,Sports and recreation,Superannuation,Trade and commerce,Trollope, Anthony,Weld, Sir Frederick Aloysius,Willan &​ Sons,Yabtree Station (N.S.W.)
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