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

Cataloged by Jonathan Naito, with assistance from Jain Fletcher and Laurel McPhee, July 2004; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
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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. Department of 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, Department of 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, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

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Preferred Citation

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

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 the Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Container List

 

ff. 1r-3r: the demise of Sir George Gipps

 

ff. 12r-16r, 33r-34r, 38r-40r, 56r-58r: M. Wright, "The Devil's Own Parson."

 

ff. 13r: Harbor survey of Newcastle

 

ff. 15r, 20r-21r: Mr. Kennedy and the exploring party; complaints about Sir T. S. Mitchell

 

ff. 26r-33r: Newcastle and the arrival of Sir Charles Augustus Fitz Roy

 

ff. 63r: drop in price of land from 1837-1847

 

ff. 74r-80r: Dungog and Singleton

 

ff. 81r-90r: New Forest in Hampshire and Clarence Town

 

ff. 99r-100r: land regulation

 

ff. 101r-116r: Commercial Bank scandal

 

ff. 123r-25r: squatting regulation.