MS 762 and MS 2212
Papers of Sir Joseph Cook (1860-1947)



Scope and Content Note

MS 762

  • Papers
  • 1919-1927
  • 13 cm (9 folders)
  • Available for reference
Material relating to the Paris Peace Conference (1919) and the Naval Armaments Conference (1927). Also included is a file labelled 'Status of the High Commissioners', 1926. Many of the papers relating to the Paris Peace Conference were written or assembled by J.G. Latham, who accompanied Cook to the Conference.

This collection was donated to the Library in 1953 by Mr R. Cecil Cook, son of Sir Joseph Cook.

MS 2212

  • Papers
  • 1880-1986
  • 56 cm (4 boxes)
  • Available for reference
This collection is a mixture of material created by Joseph Cook, and material gathered by Mrs Mary Wood, his granddaughter. It consists of a small number of notebooks, a commission as NSW Secretary for Mines and Agriculture, an illuminated address, the text of the Treaty of Versailles, a passport, photographs, newspaper cuttings, and miscellaneous printed and photocopied material relating to Cook.

The first consignment of this collection was donated to the Library in 1968 by Mrs Wood. A further consignment, also originating from Mrs Wood, was purchased from a book dealer in 1995.


Related Material

In addition to the Cook Papers the Library holds other manuscript collections (including microfilm copies) which contain letters or other materials relating to Cook. These are described in Special collections relating to Sir Joseph Cook in the National Library of Australia


Biographical Note

1860: Born 7th December, at Silverdale, Staffordshire.
1873: Became family breadwinner after his father's death.
1885: Married Mary Turner on August 8, emigrated to Australia shortly after.
1887: Employed at the Vale of Clwydd colliery, Lithgow NSW.
1891: Elected to NSW Parliament as Labor Member for Hartley.
1893: Elected leader of the Parliamentary Labor Party.
1894: Left the Labour Party, appointed Postmaster-General.
1898-99: Secretary for Mines and Agriculture.
1901-21: Represented Parramatta in the Federal Parliament.
1905: Deputy-leader of the Free Trade Party.
1908: Leader of the Free Trade Party
1909-10: Minister for Defence, and deputy leader of the newly formed Liberal Party.
1913: 13th January, replaced Alfred Deakin as leader of the Liberal Party.
1913-14: Prime Minister, Minister for Home Affairs.
1917-20: Minister for the Navy in W.M. Hughes' Nationalist ministry.
1918: Represented Australia at the Imperial War Conference and in the Imperial War Cabinet, along with Hughes.
1918: Knighted.
1919: Represented Australia at the Versailles Peace Conference
1920-21: Treasurer.
1921-27: High Commissioner for Australia in London.
1928-29: Chair of the Royal Commission into the Finances of South Australia as Affected by Federation.
1929: Retired to Bellevue Hill, Sydney.
1947: Died 30th July.

References:

Australian Encyclopaedia
Australian Dictionary of Biography
Commonwealth Parliamentary Handbook


MS 762

Original file names have been used for each folder.

Peace Conference, Paris, 1919

Folder

1, 1a. 'Ex-German colonies I, correspondence, memoranda': reports, cables, memoranda and newspaper cuttings about the former German colonies in the Pacific; includes a letter from Andew Fisher, and a report 'Australia's claim to the German islands'; July 1918 - May 1919.

2. 'Ex-German colonies II, peace clauses': minutes and draft treaty clauses relating to the German colonies and the treatment of Germans in former German colonies; also a few letters to/from Commander J.G. Latham; Jan - May 1919.

3. 'Ex-German colonies III: Nauru': memoranda, copies of correspondence, agreement between United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand for administration of the mandate over the island of Nauru, Nov 1918 - Aug 1919. Correspondents include Sir Joseph Cook, W.M. Hughes, and W.F. Massey (NZ).

4. 'Ex-German colonies IV: official documents': printed and roneoed memoranda and minutes on the future of the German colonies, Jul 1918 - May 1919.

4a. Ex-German colonies IV: official documents (Xerox copies of Folder 4).

5. 'Status of the High Commissioners' (file numbered 441/3/98): memoranda and letters on the status of the High Commissioners of the Dominions in London, 1926. The letters are from Sir James Allen, New Zealand High Commissioner.

Naval Disarmament Conference, Geneva, 1927

6. 'Telegrams, London': roneoed telegrams, mainly between the British Delegation at Geneva and the Foreign Office, 1927.

7. 'Telegrams, Manchester (Massachusetts)': roneoed telegrams from Sir Esme Howard (1863-1939), British Ambassador to the United States, 1927.


MS 2212 - Description

This collection has been divided into material relating directly to Sir Joseph and Dame Mary Cook, and material gathered by his granddaughter, Mrs Mary Wood.

Material relating directly to Sir Joseph Cook

Folder

1.1897 Federal Convention wallet with a few notes and cuttings; 1909 diary containing political notes; 1918 diary containing political notes.

2. 1922 appointments diary; 1924 diary containing political notes.

3. Small commonplace book, including political notes; Loose notes for speeches, n.d.

4. Commission appointing Cook Secretary for Mines and Agriculture for New South Wales, and a covering letter, 1898.

5. Illuminated address presented to Cook by residents of Wallerawang on his transfer from New South Wales Parliament to Federal parliament, May 1901.

6. Versailles Conference, 1919: Conditions of Peace [text of the Treaty of Versailles].

7. Journal of the International Economic Conference, Geneva:5 May 1927., 7 May 1927.

8Miscellaneous Documents: Envelope addressed to Miss C.M. Cook, c/o Bradford, England, from Sydney, 1936, containing photograph of London and message describing lodgings in London; Cabin-class passage ticket, Liverpool-Sydney, for Dame Mary Cook, 1938.

9. Passport of Dame Mary Cook, 23 Feb 1938.

10. Photographs: 19th century family (unidentified); Wedding photograph of Mary Cook, 1885.; Joseph and Mary Cook and three children: Mary Cook and a young boy: Cook selling the first war bonds certificate; Cook and Lady Cook (two copies: mounted and unmounted); Portrait of Cook (National Galleries of Scotland); Some statesmen of the Great War: painting by Sir James Guthrie (postcard); Cook and Lady Cook at the Opening of Parliament, London, ca 1924; Cook and another in uniform, London, ca 1920s; Launching of Australia's first Supermarine Napier aircraft by Dame Mary Cook, Southampton, 1926; Sir Joseph and Lady Cook (portraits from a magazine), 1920s

11. Our part: three great speeches on the war (delivered by C.G. Wade, Joseph Cook and E.D. Millen, 6 July 1915); Speech by Cook on the Treaty of Peace (bound Hansard extract), 17 Sept 1919.; Federal referendums: the case for and against (referenda on aviation and marketing), 1936.; Commonwealth Gazette notice of Cook's death, 1947, and photocopy with 7¢ stamp of Cook (issued in 1972) affixed; Order of service, State Funeral, Wesley Chapel, Sydney, 1 Aug 1947.

12.Newspaper cuttings, 1918, 1927, 1947.

13. Embroidery: Chesterton Bd. School, 1880: alphabets (by Mary Cook née Turner, aged 16).

Material collected by Mrs Mary Wood

14.Photocopy of Australian High Commissioner file (original held at Australian Archives (Series CP 268/3, Bundle 4), comprising newspaper cuttings and memoranda, 1921-27.

15.'Joseph Cook': script of a play broadcast from radio station 2UE, 31 July 1947.

16Photographs, including: opy photographs of those in Folder 1; Canberra suburb of Cook; Sir Joseph's Cook's regalia; Mrs Mary Wood with Cook's regalia, Parramatta, ca 1985; photocopies of 19th-century photographs of Lithgow; photograph of 7¢ stamp of Cook.

17.Photocopies of land titles involving Joseph Cook or his property, 1898-1976.

18.The Bulletin, 10 Nov 1962, 2 Jul 1977.

19.Newspaper cuttings and photocopies: 1904, 1910, 1927, 1955, 1978, 1985-86, principally about the rediscovery of Cook's regalia at Parramatta in 1985.

20.Block of five 7¢ stamps issued in honour of Joseph Cook, with a sixth non-denominated stamp 'Joseph Cook Prime Minister 1913-1914', 1972.

21.Farewell to the Honourable Mr Justice Richard Cecil Cook, Industrial Commission of New South Wales, 1 Mar 1972; with a photograph of a large house.

22.Photocopies of biographical material, and of 1901 ballot paper for Parramatta.

23.J.R.M. Murdoch, Joseph Cook: a political biography, Ph.D. thesis, University of New South Wales, 1968; with 'Joseph Cook in Lithgow', notes of a talk by John Murdoch, Lithgow, 1966.

24. G. Bebbington, Pit Boy to Prime Minister, University of Keele, 1986 (2 copies).

25.Peter Cook, Pitboy to Prime Minister, 16 p., n.d.; John Murdoch, Sir Joe: A biographical sketch of Sir Joseph Cook, Stoke-on-Trent, 1979; James Jarvis, The beginnings of the settlement in the parish of Castle Hill, 36p., n.d.


MS 2212 - Box list

Folders	Box
1-6	1
7-13	2
14-21	3
22-25	4

Appendix: papers of Sir Joseph Cook held at Australian Archives

Inventory of series: cp 611

Person: Cook, Joseph, 1860-1947 CP 611

Series
Date Range    Series Title                                 Series No  

1875-1949     Published material pertaining to Dame Mary   M3606      
(1875-1949)   Cook                                                    

              .54m held by CA 1726, Australian Archives,              
              New South Wales Office                                  

              This series contains a collection of                    
              photographs, magazine and newspaper                     
              articleson Dame Mary Cook.                              

by1900-by1947 Unidentified and undated photographs and     M3800      
              newspaper clippings contained in Sir                    
              Joseph Cook's personal collection                        

              .18m held by CA 1726, Australian Archives,              
              New South Wales Office                                  

              This series is a collection of assorted                 
              photographic prints, postcards, and                     
              pictures cut from newspapers. None of the               
              items are identified. Most of the                       
              photographs depict groups which include Sir             
              Joseph Cook.                                            

1901-1940     Diaries, appointment and note books of Sir   M3580      
(1901-1940)   Joseph Cook, chronological order with gaps              

              .18m held by CA 1726, Australian Archives,              
              New South Wales Office                                  

              This is a collection of Sir Joseph Cook's               
              diaries and appointment books from 1907 to              
              1940 with some gaps. The appointment books              
              cover 1923 to 1928 inclusive and 1932. Sir              
              Joseph's note books contain newspaper                   
              clippings and jottings.  The notes from                 
              1927 were taken at the League of Nations                
              Assembly.                                               

by1901-1940   Newspaper articles and cartoons relating to   M3612     
(by1901-1940) Sir Joseph Cook                                         

              3.6m held by CA 1726, Australian Archives,              
              New South Wales Office                                  

              This series contains newspaper articles and             
              cartoons from various international and                 
              Australian newspapers.                                  

1909-1922     Documents relating to Sir Joseph Cook's       M3608     
(1909-1922)   tenure in parliament                                    

              .09m held by CA 1726, Australian Archives,              
              New South Wales Office                                  

              This series contains copies of the reports              
              and bills Sir Joseph Cook presented to                  
              parliament. The series also contains a                  
              folder of correspondence to Sir Joseph from             
              the Governor General about the proposed                 
              double dissolution of parliament in 1914.               

1909-1929     Indexed book of newspaper cuttings           M3635      
(1909-1929)                                                           

              .18m held by CA 1726, Australian Archives,              
              New South Wales Office                                  

              This series consists of a hard cover book               
              with pages divided first alphabetically and             
              then numerically. The section A-D contains              
              cuttings from various newspapers and                    
              publications and letters from Sydney during             
              World War 1. Section E-H contains                       
              correspondence from dignitaries and                     
              friends. Sections I-M and N-Q contain                   
              letters and invitations. 1-7 contains                   
              cuttings from the Worker and Army Navy                  
              Gazette. 8-9 contains the table plan for                
              the Times Luncheon to Overseas Press                    
              Representatives. 10-11 contains constituent             
              letters. 12-15 contains cuttings. 16-21                 
              contains correspondence relating to Sir                 
              Joseph's appointment to the Privy Council.              
              22-23 contains general correspondence.                  
              24-25 contains correspondence about the                 
              South Australian Royal Commission. 26-27                
              contains draft speeches. 28-29 contains the             
              preliminaries of the Versailles Peace                   
              Conference. 30-35 contains information and              
              correspondence about the League of Nations.             
              36-39 contains general correspondence.                  

1909-by1922   Framed black and white photographs of the     M3798     
              first Liberal cabinet and the delegates to              
              the League of Nations                                   

              .36m held by CA 1726, Australian Archives,              
              New South Wales Office                                  

              This series consists of two framed black                
              and white photographs of events involving               
              Sir Joseph Cook. One is the first Liberal               
              Cabinet and the other is the delegates to               
              the League of Nations meeting in Geneva.                

1910-1940     Miscellaneous correspondence (letters,        M3603     
(1920-1940)   telegrams and cards) to Sir Joseph Cook                 

              .09m held by CA 1726, Australian Archives,              
              New South Wales Office                                  

              This series contains miscellaneous                      
              correspondence in various formats. There                
              are folders of letters, telegrams and cards             
              from a range of people. These people                    
              include well known people and Sir Joseph's              
              constituents.                                           

1911-1976     Certificates and booklets detailing the      M3583      
              honours bestowed on Sir Joseph Cook                     

              .09m held by CA 1726, Australian Archives,              
              New South Wales Office                                  

              This series contains the documents                      
              conferring honours on Sir Joseph and Lady               
              Cook. The honours include the notice of Sir             
              Joseph's knighthood, a proposed statue to               
              his memory, the release of an Australian                
              stamp depicting Sir Joseph, and his                     
              inclusion in the painting "Some Statesmen               
              Of The Great War".                                      

1911-1957     Photographs of and correspondence from Sir   M3604      
(1911-1957)   Joseph and Dame Mary's children                         

              .09m held by CA 1726, Australian Archives,              
              New South Wales Office                                  

              This series contains family                             
              memorabilia.There are photographs of Sir                
              Joseph's and Dame Mary's children, school               
              reports belonging to Cecil Cook, letters                
              from Cecil Cook and school magazines.                   

1912-1939     Miscellaneous memorabilia of Sir Joseph and   M3633     
              Dame Mary Cook in various formats                       

              .09m held by CA 1726, Australian Archives,              
              New South Wales Office                                  

              This series contains memorabilia in various             
              formats, including post cards, souvenir                 
              programs, maps, correspondence and                      
              clippings of newspaper articles about Sir               
              Joseph and Dame Mary's children.                        

1913-1938     Photographs of events involving Sir Joseph    M3614     
(1913-1938)   and Dame Mary Cook                                      

              .18m held by CA 1726, Australian Archives,              
              New South Wales Office                                  

              This series contains miscellaneous                      
              photographs depicting events involving Sir              
              Joseph and Dame Mary Cook. The series                   
              includes photographs of a reception for                 
              Australian boy scouts in London, portraits              
              of Sir Joseph, and Sir Joseph and Dame Mary             
              laying the commemoration stone at the 125th             
              anniversary of the erection of the first                
              government house at Parramatta.                         

1914-1947     Miscellaneous publications depicting world    M3795     
(1914-1952)   events                                                  

              .54m held by CA 1726, Australian Archives,              
              New South Wales Office                                  

              This series contains publications, a number             
              of which contain articles about Sir Joseph              
              Cook or report on his activities as                     
              Australia's representative overseas. Other              
              publications contain stories about other                
              eminent figures of the times including Sir              
              Winston Churchill and King George VI.                   

1918-1927     Documents and photographs of events during      M3609   
(1918-1927)   Sir Joseph Cook's time as Australia's                   
              representative to the League of Nations                 

              .09m held by CA 1726, Australian Archives,              
              New South Wales Office                                  

              This series contains reports, minutes,                  
              engagement lists, speeches and photographs              
              from League of Nations meetings held                    
              between 1918 and 1927.                                  

1918-1940     Invitations to Sir Joseph and Dame Mary                 
              Cook, programmes and seating arrangements,   M3610      
              chronological order                                     

              .54m held by CA 1726, Australian Archives,              
              New South Wales Office                                  

              This series contains invitations, royal                 
              commands, tickets and programmes of events.             

1921-1943     Photographs, certificates and documents      M3582      
(1921-1943)   recording events during Sir Joseph Cook's               
              tenure as High Commissioner                             

              .09m held by CA 1726, Australian Archives,              
              New South Wales Office                                  

              This series contains the reports of the                 
              High Commissioner for the period 1922 to                
              1926. The series also includes records                  
              relating to ceremonial proceedings,                     
              including the wedding ceremony of Princess              
              Mary, and the British Empire Exhibition.                

1922-1922      Mounted studio photographs taken of Sir     M3796      
(1922-1922)   Joseph Cook in 1922                                     

              .36m held by CA 1726, Australian Archives,              
              New South Wales Office                                  

              This series consists of two studio                      
              photographic portraits taken of Sir Joseph              
              Cook in 1922.                                           

1925-1925     Photographs of the unveiling of the          M3632      
(1925-1925)   memorial to the Second Australian Division              
              at Mount- Saint-Quenton                                 

              .09m held by CA 1726, Australian Archives,              
              New South Wales Office                                  

              This series contains a photographic record              
              of the unveiling of the original memorial               
              to the Second Australian Division at                    
              Mount-Saint-Quenton, France. The memorial               
              depicted a soldier bayoneting an eagle. Sir             
              Joseph Cook as the High Commissioner                    
              represented Australia at the ceremony. The              
              memorial was unveiled by Marshal Foch.                  

1926-1926     Photographs of the christening and launch     M3613     
(1926-1926)   of amphibian flying boats by Sir Joseph and             
              Dame Mary Cook                                          

              .09m held by CA 1726, Australian Archives,              
              New South Wales Office                                  

              This series contains a photographic record              
              of the christening, launch and inaugural                
              flight of the submarine-Napier amphibian                
              flying boats. Six aircraft were built at                
              the Southampton Submarine Aviation Works.               
              Sir Joseph Cook was the passenger when the              
              aircraft took its first flight.                         

1928-by1929    Reports of the Royal Commission into South   M3634     
(1928-by1929) Australian as affected by Federation                    

              .18m held by CA 1726, Australian Archives,              
              New South Wales Office                                  

              This series contains reports and minutes                
              produced by the Royal Commission into South             
              Australia as affected by Federation. Sir                
              Joseph Cook was the Chair of the                        
              Commission.                                             

1947-1968     Printed biographical material about Sir       M3581     
              Joseph Cook                                             

              .18m held by CA 1726, Australian Archives,              
              New South Wales Office                                  

              The series contains various publications                
              about Sir Joseph Cook's life.  They are: an             
              article titled "Joseph Cook in Lithgow", by             
              J Murdoch; a book called Pit Boy to Prime               
              Minister by G Bebbington; a PhD thesis by               
              JRM Murdoch titled "Joseph Cook - a                     
              political biography"; and the script of a               
              play broadcast from Radio Station 2UE                   
              Sydney on 31 July 1947 simply titled                    
              "Joseph Cook".                                          

1947-1950     Records relating to the deaths of Sir        M3605      
(1947-1950)   Joseph and Dame Mary Cook                               

              .09m held by CA 1726, Australian Archives,              
              New South Wales Office                                  

              This series contains a folder of condolence             
              cards and letters to Sir Joseph's family,               
              and a list of people and organisations who              
              sent wreaths to Sir Joseph's funeral. The               
              series also contains a script of a radio                
              eulogy to Sir Joseph broadcast by 2UE, New              
              South Wales. There is also a copy of the                
              Gazette notice of Sir Joseph's death.