AUSTRALIA. Papers of the Courtney and related families, including letters and papers relating to the early settlement of Australia, nineteenth century
Lot 8
AUSTRALIA. Papers of the Courtney and related families, including letters and papers relating to the early settlement of Australia, nineteenth century
£3,000 - 4,000
US$ 5,000 - 6,600
Lot Details
Papers of the Courtney and related families, including letters and papers relating to the early settlement of Australia, including:

(i) Autograph letter signed by Charles Budd, from Hobart Town, Van Dieman's Land, 4 February 1829, to his sister in England, complaining that "Mr H" with whom he is travelling has stopped in Van Dieman's Land instead of going on to Sydney, and grumbling that he cannot afford the passage back home ("...The country itself is very fine bounding in fish and many sorts of game... we have been visited by the Governor and all the most respectable inhabitants... I propose to get a situation for myself elsewhere as I m sure Mr H and me will never agree..."), with postmarked address panel

(ii) Fifteen autograph letters sent from Sydney between 1836 and 1845 by Edward Courtney of successively the Bank of Australasia and Commercial Bank, Sydney, to his brother and sister-in-law Sydney and Catharine in England, together with the autograph journal of his voyage out to the colony in 1836 (approximately 100 pages, unbound, 4to), the journal describing albatross-shooting and other nautical pursuits, while the letters give news from the commercial wing of the young colony ("...We have been a little surprised with the notification that Sir R. Bourke in a fit of irritation has resigned the governorship of the colony & we are now in fact without a head... Sir Richd Bourke Whig like is determined to enjoy the loaves & fish, to the last moment, for although he has officially resigned yet he continues to receive the emoluments -- & to give some colouring to the affair he is about to visit the distant parts of the colony & starts in the Rattle Snake Sloop of War for Port Phillip in a few days..."); plus a later letter from Melbourne, with letters by other members of the family from St Helena (1836), Cape Town and elsewhere, most in envelopes bearing postmarks

(iii) Gold rush journal kept by Alexander Burnett in 1852, prefaced: "Remarks on a Voyage from England to Sydney, N.S. Wales commencing on the 2nd January 1852 being the day of our departure from Aberdeen to Leith, thence to London by Steamer; and then by the good Ship Euphrates from the London Dock to Sydney thence to Majors Creek, to have a cut at the diggins there, and our proceeding at the creek for the months of July and August" ("...doing nothing at the diggins to day, it is easy getting fire wood here having nothing to do but cross cut... one of the diggins on the new ground found a nugget 10oz in weight, being the largest found on the diggin in this quarter he was offered 5D for it, but refused, directly after the word broke out the whole place was taken out in claim over the whole hill, but I dont think it will prove profitable to all, we at least wont try it this month at any rate. Wednesday 4th Thursday & Friday doing little, at noon on Friday our new chum Mr Shepherd gave it up for a bad job, gold diggin did not seem to suit his taste, and if he continued much longer at it, he would be a dead man to use his own words..."), nearly 90 pages, a third of which are devoted to their gold mining venture, disbound, some pencil entries over-written in ink, 8vo

(iv) A grant signed by George III (fine large signature) of two-thirds of the prize San Cristoforo to the captain, officers and crew of the Anson "lately acting the Orders of the late Lord Viscount Nelson", 27 May 1806, commission signed by George III (with late ill-formed signature), appointing Jonathan Courtney apothecary to HM forces 1809 (docketed by William Blake's patron Thomas Butts), and other material, much of which relates to the history of the family
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  1. Luke Batterham
    Specialist - Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs
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