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Finding Aid for the M. Wright Diary of A Surveyor in East New South Wales, Australia, 1847
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: M. Wright Diary of A Surveyor in East New South Wales, Australia
    Date (inclusive): 1847
    Collection number: 170/296
    Creator: Wright, M.
    Extent: 148 leaves : paper ; 280 x 210 mm. bound to 350 x 230 mm.
    Abstract: The typed transcript of a diary by an Irish surveyor working in East New South Wales, Australia from July 1, 1847 to November 17, 1847. During this time Wright surveyed areas in the vicinity of Dungog, Newcastle, and Singleton. Wright discusses surveying and life in New South Wales, and also includes an unfinished tale about an evil parson.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], M. Wright Diary of A Surveyor in East New South Wales, Australia (Collection 170/296). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 5357105 

    Processing Note

    Cataloged by Jonathan Naito, with assistance from Jain Fletcher and Laurel McPhee, July 2004,in the Center For Primary Research and Training (CFPRT).

    Biography

    The manuscript suggests that M. Wright was Irish by birth. He was irregularly employed as a surveyor in New South Wales, Australia, and during 1847 surveyed portions of Dungog, Newcastle, and Singleton.

    Scope and Content

    This volume is a typed transcript of a diary covering the period from July 1, 1847 to November 17, 1847. During this time Wright surveyed areas in the vicinity of Dungog, Newcastle, and Singleton. He discusses personal, professional, and public matters, including the change in governors in New South Wales from Sir George Gipps to Sir Charles FitzRoy, Mr. Edmund Besley Court Kennedy's Cape York expedition, and the Commercial Bank scandal. Much attention is given to the Presbyterianism and Scottish population in Australia. It also includes an unfinished tale about an evil parson that stops and starts at irregular intervals throughout the manuscript.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Wright, M. --Diaries.
    Surveyors --Australia --New South Wales --Diaries.

    Related Material

    Bound Manuscripts Collection (Collection 170)  . Available at UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.