Guide to the Papers of Sir Josiah Symon

MS 1736

National Library of Australia


Date completed:April 2008
Last updated:April 2008


This finding aid was created by the Manuscripts Branch of the National Library of Australia with the assistance of the Nora Heysen Bequest.


Table of Contents

Collection Summary

Introduction

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Access

Copying and Publishing

Preferred Citation

Provenance

Other Forms Available

Digitised Material

Related Material

Biographical Note

Series List and Descriptions

Series 1 General correspondence, 1858-1938

Series 2 Diaries and notebooks, 1861-1916

Series 3 Press cuttings, 1850-1942

Series 4 Printed material, 1845-1951

Series 5 Legal practice, 1855-1928

Series 6 Member of the House of Assembly, South Australia, 1875-1928

Series 7 House of Assembly election, South Australia, 1887

Series 8 Political activities, 1889-1897

Series 9 Federation, 1820-1939

Series 10 Senator for South Australia, 1901-1927

Series 11 Attorney-General, 1903-1906

Series 12 1913 general election, 1911-1913

Series 13 Oaths Abolition Bill, 1882-1932

Series 14 HMS Commonwealth, 1906-1927

Series 15 Royal Commission on the Constitution, 1927-1928

Series 16 Seccession Movement, Western Australia, 1895-1933

Series 17 Governor-General's appointment, 1925-1932

Series 18 Gladstone centenary celebrations, 1877-1933

Series 19 Certificates, 1863-1904

Series 20 Cards, invitation and programs, 1895-1954

Series 21 Family papers, 1878-1959

Series 22 Knight Commander of St Michael and St George (KCMG), 1891-1934

Series 23 Australian War Memorial, 1915-1930

Series 24 University of Sydney, 1902-1931

Series 25 University of Adelaide, 1923-1932

Series 26 State Library of South Australia, 1918-1930

Series 27 Gifts to other South Australian institutions, 1923-1932

Series 28 Gifts to Scottish institutions, 1915-1931

Series 29 Writings and speeches, 1864-1933

Series 30 Shakespeare studies, 1901-1933

Series 31 Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1865-1933

Series 32 Tributes following Symon's death, March-November 1934

Container List



Collection Summary

Creator:Sir Josiah Symon
Title:Papers of Sir Josiah Symon
Date Range:1820-1959 (bulk 1860s-1930s)
Collection Number:MS 1736
Extent:23.05 m (53 boxes) + 10 folio boxes and 10 elephant folio items
Repository:National Library of Australia
Abstract:Correspondence, memoranda, notes, speeches, press cuttings, ephemera and publications covering every phase of Symon's life: his legal practice, political career in South Australia and his involvement in the Federal Conventions and Federation. The papers also reflect his literary, educational, social and philanthropic interests and his association with the Universities of Sydney and Adelaide and the South Australian State Library.

Introduction

Scope and Content

Correspondence, memoranda, notes, speeches, press cuttings, ephemera and publications covering every phase of Symon's life: his legal practice, political career in South Australia and his involvement in the Federal Conventions and Federation. The papers also reflect his literary, educational, social and philanthropic interests and his association with the Universities of Sydney and Adelaide and the South Australian State Library.

Correspondents include Richard Baker, Edmund Barton, J. Langdon Bonython, James Boucaut, Lord Bruce, Joseph Chamberlain, J. C. Clemons, Joseph Cook, William Cullen, Alfred Deakin, Hugh Denison, John Downer, Andrew Fisher, John Forrest, Simon Fraser, Henry L. Galway, Robert Garran, Thomas Glassey, David Gordon, John Gordon, Lord Gowrie, Albert J. Gould, Samuel Griffith, Henry Gilbert, Ernest Holme, W. M. Hughes, William Irvine, Isaac Isaacs, C. C. Kingston, John Latham, Sidney Lee, Charles Lucas, P. J. Lynch, Mungo MacCallum, Edward Mitchell, George Murray, J. C. Neild, Alice Northcote, Lord Novar, R. E. O'Connor, George Pearce, George Pitt, Grenfell Price, E. Pulsford, H. R. Purnell, George Reid, William Sowden and Samuel Way.

Much of Symon's correspondence is contained in letterbooks. Press cuttings have often been placed in commonplace books.

Arrangement

The Library has arranged the Symon Papers into 32 series, each of which has been described in this finding aid.

A name index to correspondence has also been produced.

During the 2008 revision of the finding aid a small instalment received in 1980 was added to Series 21.

Access

Available for research. Not for loan.

Provenance

The papers were received by the Library between 1966 and 1968 from Sir Josiah Symon's literary executor and daughter, Miss L. K. (Kilmeny) Symon.

In December 1980 Sir Josiah’s Commonwealth railway life pass was donated to the Library by the State Library of South Australia on behalf of a donor who was living in the house previously owned by Kilmeny Symon and had found the pass in a crack in the flooring.

Copying and Publishing

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Other Forms Available

Commonplace book No 14 covering political and general matters, 1904-1905 is available on microfilm (mfm G 28374).

Digitised Material

Two reprints of articles by Symon on the Commonwealth Bill (1900) which are housed in the Deakin Papers (MS 1540) have been digitised. They can be accessed through the Library catalogue.

Related Material

Photographic material and objects held in the NLA collection are listed in the Library's catalogue and on Picture Australia.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Sir Josiah Symon, National Library of Australia, MS 1736, [series and/or folder number]'.

Biographical Note

Josiah Henry Symon, son of James and Elizabeth Symon, was born in Wick, Scotland, on 27 September, 1846. He received his early education at Stirling High School and at Moray Training College, Edinburgh.

After emigrating to South Australia in 1866 Symon commenced employment at his cousin’s law practice in Mt Gambier, and completed his studies in the employment of Way and Brook, in Adelaide, being called to the Bar in 1871. Upon the death of Brook he joined S. J. Way in partnership, eventually purchasing the business in 1876 when Samuel Way was elevated to the Bench. Symon was widely accepted as the leader of the Adelaide Bar until his retirement in 1923.

In March 1881 he was appointed Attorney-General in South Australia's short-lived Morgan Government. He was elected as the member for Sturt in the House of Assembly a few weeks later and retained that position until 1887, when he unsuccessfully contested the constituency of Victoria.

On 8 December, 1881, Symon married Mary Eleanor Cowle. They had five sons and seven daughters, two of whom died in infancy.

After leaving State politics, Symon devoted himself to the growing movement for Federation, becoming President of both the South Australian Federation League and the Commonwealth League. He was elected a member of the South Australian delegation to the Australasian Federal Convention, 1897-1898, and served as Chairman of its Judiciary Committee. In recognition of his work towards Federation he received a knighthood (KCMG) in 1901.

Elected to the Senate in 1901 to represent South Australia, Symon was soon recognised as free trade leader on tariff matters. He held the portfolio of Attorney-General in the Free Trade - Protectionist Reid - McLean Coalition Government, 1904-1905. In 1909 he stood out from the arrangement under which the Protectionists and Free Traders came together to become what was known for a time as the Fusion and later as the Liberal Party. Refusing to sign the Liberal Movement manifesto he contested the 1913 Senate elections as an independent and was defeated. He then returned to his legal practice which he had maintained while in politics.

Symon is also remembered as a philanthropist. He was a member of the Council of the University of Adelaide, 1897-1901, and in 1926 gave the University £10,000 to establish the Lady Symon Building for Women students. His law library was given to the University of Adelaide Law School, and in addition he established scholarships at the University of Sydney, Scotch College, Adelaide and the High School at Stirling, Scotland. In 1927 Sir Josiah gave £1,500 to the Australian Inland Mission to build the Eleanor Symon Hospital at Innamincka, and later he helped establish the Northcote Rest Home for Mothers and Babies.

His personal library of over 10,000 volumes was bequeathed to the State Library of South Australia on condition it was kept intact as it had been at 'Manoah', his home in the Adelaide Hills.

Shakespeare the Englishman, which was published in 1929, incorporated addresses given by Sir Josiah, who was held in high regard as a Shakespearean scholar.

'Manoah', his stately home, was surrounded by grazing lands which were worked as a stock property. 'Auldana', a vineyard at Magill, was another Symon property.

Sir Josiah Symon died on 29th March, 1934, and was accorded a State funeral. His wife, five sons and five daughters survived him.

Reference(s):
Sir Josiah Symon, Australian Dictionary of Biography online, http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A120174b.htm



Series List and Descriptions

Series 1 General correspondence, 1858-1938

Personal correspondence and letter books arranged chronologically. Correspondents include J. Charles Genders, Thomas Glassey, Fred Johns, Sir Everard im Thurn, Sir Sidney Lee, E. M. Lister, Sir Charles Lucas, Lady Helen Novar, Rev. F. Slaney-Poole, William Sowden and Sir Edward Wallington. Further correspondence relating to particular periods of Symon's career, or particular topics, is to be found in later series.

Folder 1 General correspondence, 1862-1866

Comprises Items 1-30

Folder 2 General correspondence, 1858-1869

Comprises Items 31-101

Folder 3 General correspondence, 1869-1872

Comprises Items 101a-164b

Folder 4 General correspondence, 1873-1875

Comprises Items 165a-229c

Folder 5 General correspondence, 1876-1878

Comprises Items 230-336

Folder 6 General correspondence, 1878-1879

Comprises Items 337-417

Folder 7 General correspondence, 1880

Comprises Items 418-501

Folder 8 General correspondence, 1881

Many letters undated

Comprises Items 502-565

Folder 9 General correspondence, 1882-1890

Comprises Items 566-612a

Bag 10 Letter book, April 1880-October 1990

Comprises Item 613

Folder 11 General correspondence, 1891-1892

Mainly an account of a visit to India by Symon in 1892

Comprises Items 614-719

Folder 12 General correspondence, 1892-1893

Comprises Items 720-824

Bag 13 Letter book, October 1890-February 1894

Comprises Item 825

Folder 14 General correspondence, 1894-1898

Comprises Items 826-884b

Bag 15 Letter book, February 1894-September 1898

Comprises Item 885

Bag 16 Letter book, January 1897-January 1898

Comprises Item 886

Bag 17 Letter book, January 1898-January 1900

Comprises Item 887

Folder 18 General correspondence, 1898-1900

Comprises Items 888-919

Bag 19 Letter book, January 1900-February 1901

Comprises Item 920

Folder 20 General correspondence, 1901-1902

Comprises Items 921-964

Bag 21 Letter book, February 1901-December 1902

Comprises Item 965

Folder 22 General correspondence, 1903-1904

Comprises Items 966-1042

Bag 23 Letter book, December 1902-August 1904

Comprises Item 1043

Bag 24 Letter book, August 1904-June 1905

Comprises Item 1044

Folder 25 General correspondence, 1905

Comprises Item 1045-1073

Bag 26 Letter book, June 1905-June 1906

Comprises Item 1074

Folder 27 General correspondence, January 1906-June 1907

Comprises Items 1075-1150

Folder 28 General correspondence, July-December 1907

Comprises Items 1151-1198

Folder 29 General correspondence, 1907

Mainly undated letters

Comprises Items 1199-1275

Bag 30 Letter book, June 1906-August 1907

Comprises Item 1276

Bag 31 Letter book, August 1907-July 1908

Comprises Item 1277

Folder 32 General correspondence, January 1908-June 1909

Comprises Items 1278-1324

Folder 33 General correspondence, July-September 1909

Includes undated correspondence

Comprises Items 1325-1472

Bag 34 Letter book, July 1908-July 1909

Comprises Item 1473

Folder 35 General correspondence, August 1909-October 1910

Comprises Items 1474-1525

Bag 36 Letter book, August 1909-July 1910

Comprises Item 1526

Bag 37 Letter book, July 1910-January 1912

Comprises Items 1527

Folder 38 General correspondence, 1911

Comprises Items 1528-1586

Folder 39 General correspondence, January-May 1912

Comprises Items 1587-1646

Folder 40 General correspondence, May-December 1912

Comprises Items 1647-1684

Bag 41 Letter book, January-December 1912

Comprises Item 1685

Bag 42 Letter book, 1881-1917

Comprises Item 1686

Bag 43 Letter book, December 1912-December 1913

Comprises Item 1687

Folder 44 General correspondence, 1913

Comprises Items 1688-1731

Folder 45 General correspondence, 1914

Comprises Items 1732-1807

Folder 46 General correspondence, January-May 1915

Comprises Items 1808-1847

Folder 47 General correspondence, June-December 1915

Comprises Items 1848-1915

Bag 48 Letter book, December 1913-August 1915

Comprises Item 1916

Folder 49 General correspondence, January-July 1916

Comprises Items 1917-1958

Folder 50 General correspondence, August-December 1916

Comprises Items 1959-2018

Bag 51 Letter book, August 1915-December 1916

Comprises Item 2019

Folder 52 General correspondence, January 1917-January 1918

Comprises Items 2020-2103

Bag 53 Letter book, December 1916-July 1917

Comprises Item 2104

Folder 54 General correspondence, January-June 1918

Comprises items 2105-2154

Folder 55 General correspondence, July-December 1918

Comprises Items 2155-2234

Folder 56 General correspondence, 1919

Comprises Items 2235-2276a

Bag 57 Letter book, July 1918-August 1920

Comprises Items 2277

Folder 58 General correspondence, 1920

Comprises Items 2278-2356

Folder 59 General correspondence, January-August 1921

Includes a copy of the summary of proceedings and documents from the Conference of Prime Ministers and Representatives of the United Kingdom, the Dominions and India (June-August 1921)

Comprises Items 2357-2426

Folder 60 General correspondence, September-December 1921

Comprises Items 2427-2495

Folder 61 General correspondence, January-June 1922

Comprises Items 2496-2544

Folder 62 General correspondence, July-December 1922

Comprises Items 2545-2596

Folder 63 General correspondence, January-June 1923

Includes an article by Symon 'Australia and the Privy Council' in the Journal of Comparative Legislation and International Law, November 1922

Comprises Items 2597-2634

Folder 64 General correspondence, August-December 1923

Comprises Items 2635-2683

Bag 65 Letter book, August 1920-March 1923

Comprises Item 2684

Folder 66 General correspondence, 1924

Comprises Items 2685-2781

Folder 67 General correspondence, January-August 1925

Comprises Items 2782-2872

Folder 68 General correspondence, September-December 1925

Comprises Items 2873-2969

Folder 69 General correspondence, January-May 1926

Comprises Items 2970-3090

Folder 70 General correspondence, May-October 1926

Comprises Items 3091-3222

Folder 71 General correspondence, October-December 1926

Comprises Items 3223-3257

Folder 72 General correspondence, January-June 1927

Comprises Items 3258-3361

Folder 73 General correspondence, July-December 1927

Comprises Items 3362-3449

Folder 74 General correspondence, January-June 1928

Comprises Items 3450-3557

Folder 75 General correspondence, July-December 1928

Comprises Items 3558-3675

Folder 76 General correspondence, January-July 1929

Comprises Items 3676-3778

Folder 77 General correspondence, August-October 1929

Comprises Items 3779-3858

Folder 78 General correspondence, November-December 1929

Comprises Items 3859-3963

Folder 79 General correspondence, January-February 1930

Comprises Items 3964-4036

Folder 80 General correspondence, March-May 1930

Comprises Items 4037-4147

Folder 81 General correspondence, June 1930

Comprises Items 4148-4208

Folder 82 General correspondence, July-August 1930

Comprises Items 4209-4267

Folder 83 General correspondence, September-October 1930

Comprises Items 4268-4369

Folder 84 General correspondence, November-December 1930

Comprises Items 4370-4434

Folder 85 General correspondence, January 1931

Comprises Items 4435-4499

Folder 86 General correspondence, February 1931

Comprises Items 4500-4561

Folder 87 General correspondence, March-April 1931

Comprises Items 4562-4637

Folder 88 General correspondence, May-July 1931

Comprises Items 4638-4705

Folder 89 General correspondence, August-September 1931

Comprises Items 4706-4805

Folder 90 General correspondence, October-November 1931

Comprises Items 4806-4857

Folder 91 General correspondence, December 1931

Comprises Items 4858-4916

Folder 92 General correspondence, January 1932

Comprises Items 4917-4970

Folder 93 General correspondence, February 1932

Comprises Items 4971-5005

Folder 94 General correspondence, March 1932

Comprises Items 5006-5051

Folder 95 General correspondence, April-May 1932

Comprises Items 5052-5111

Folder 96 General correspondence, June-July 1932

Comprises Items 5112-5184

Folder 97 General correspondence, August-October 1932

Comprises Items 5185-5281

Folder 98 General correspondence, November-December 1932

Comprises Items 5282-5360

Folder 99 General correspondence, April 1925-April 1933

Mainly letters for the period January-April 1933. Includes a letter dated April 1925 (Item 5434)

Comprises Items 5361-5437

Folder 100 General correspondence, May-August 1933

Comprises Items 5438-5511

Folder 101 General correspondence, September-December 1933

Comprises Items 5512-5595

Folder 102 General correspondence, 1934-1938

Mainly letters for the period January-August 1934. Includes two miscellaneous letters dated 1935 and 1938

Comprises Items 5596-5633

Series 2 Diaries and notebooks, 1861-1916

Diaries and notebooks kept by Symon including the diary of his voyage to Australia in 1866.

Folder 1 Diary, 1866

Original diary and transcript of Symon's voyage to Australia on the St Vincent

Comprises Items 1-56

Folder 2 Diaries, 1863-1870

Includes diaries for 1863-1864 and 1867-1870

Comprises Items 57-61

Folder 3 Diaries, 1876-1916

Includes diaries for 1876, 1907, 1911 and 1912-1916

Comprises Items 62-65

Folder 4 Notebook, 1863-1864

Comprises Item 66

Folder 5 Notebooks, 1866-1912

Comprises Items 67-73

Folder 6 Notebooks, 1861-1876

Includes student notebooks and an undated index (possibly belonging to one of the commonplace books in Series 3)

Comprises Items 74-77

Series 3 Press cuttings, 1850-1942

Press cuttings for the period 1850-1942 (bulk 1860s-1930s) in book form or loose. Other cuttings appear throughout the collection in their relevant series.

There are 27 bound scrapbooks or commonplace books in the series. They have been listed according to subjects. A number of the books also contain indexes.

In a foreword to the commonplace books Symon wrote: 'The scrap or commonplace books contain newspaper cuttings, pamphlets, memoranda, articles on political, legal, literary and personal subjects in twenty seven volumes of which three are early law reports and one the war. There are many speeches and addresses on Imperial subjects and in the Imperial Parliament and on Federation and the early history, both of South Australia and the Commonwealth.'

Bag 1 Political and general, 1862-1878

Comprises Item 1

Bag 2 Political and general, 1869-1896

Comprises Item 2

Bag 3 Legal, political and general, 1866-1916

Index included

Comprises Item 3

Bag 4 Political and general, 1869-1905

Index included

Comprises Item 4

Bag 5 Shakespeare and general, 1875-1921

Index included

Comprises Item 5

Bag 6 Federation and personal, 1891-1897

Index included

Comprises Item 6

Bag 7 General, 1898-1908

Comprises Item 7

Bag 8 Federation and personal, 1896-1900

Index included

Comprises Item 8

Bag 9 Federation and personal, 1900-1901

Index included

Comprises Item 9

Bag 10 Federation and personal, 1892-1903

Index included

Comprises Item 10

Bag 11 Free trade and elections, 1900-1903

Index included

Comprises Item 11

Bag 12 Political and general, 1889-1909

Index included

Comprises Item 12

Bag 13 Political and general, 1906-1911

Index included

Comprises Item 13

Bag 14 Political and general, November 1903-1906

Index included

Comprises Item 14

Bag 15 Political and general, 1903-1924

Index included

Comprises Item 15

Bag 16 Early law reports: Supreme Court, 1873-1894

Comprises Item 16

Bag 17 Early law reports, 1890-1900

Comprises Item 17

Bag 18 War and general, 1888-1942

Mainly cuttings 1888-1929. Loose material in front of the volume includes a copy of Separation for Federation: manifesto of Eastern Goldfields Reform League of Western Australia (1900)

Also included is correspondence between Kilmeny Symon (Symons' daughter) and the National Gallery of South Australia (1940)

Comprises Item 19

Bag 19 Law and law reports, 1871-1918

Index included

Comprises Item 19

Bag 20 Imperial Conference, March-May 1907
Bag 20a Imperial Conference, April-July 1907
Bag 21 Political and general, 1907-1917

Index included

Comprises Item 21

Bag 22 War and general, 1914-1917

Comprises Item 22

Bag 23 General, 1896-1910
Bag 24 General, 1925-1931

Includes a 1912 cutting

Comprises Item 24

Bag 25 Literary: kept by L. K. Symon, 1912-1914
Bag 26 Literary: kept by L. K. Symon, 1907-1911
Bag 27 General: kept by A. W. Piper, 1887-1898
Folder 28 Press cuttings and notes, 1865-1926

Consists of an exercise book entitled 'Commonplace book by J. H. Symon' commenced in 1865 containing cuttings, notes and poetry

Item unnumbered

Folder 29 Press cuttings, 1850-1865

Pages from two books of press cuttings. Both books are missing their covers

Items unnumbered

Folder 30 Press cuttings, 1895-1933

Items unnumbered

Folder 31 Press cuttings, 1883-1927

Items unnumbered

Folder 32 Press cuttings, 1914-1930

Items unnumbered

Folder 33 Reprint from The Register, 18 June 1906

Includes a special supplement: a facsimile of the first issue of the South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register, 18 June 1836

Items unnumbered

Folder 34 Press cuttings, 1871-1942

Mainly cuttings on Charles Dickens, 1871-1909. Includes a miscellaneous 1942 cutting

Items unnumbered

Folder 35 Press cuttings, 1924-1934

Items unnumbered

Folder 36 Press cuttings, 1891-1938

Items unnumbered

Folder 37 Press cuttings, 1895-1934

Items unnumbered

Folder 38 Press cuttings, 1913-1933

Items unnumbered

Folder 39 Press cuttings, 1905-1937

Items unnumbered

Folder 40 Press cuttings, 1925-1933

Cuttings on the north-south railway

Folder 41 Press cuttings, 1923-1939

Cuttings on Alfred Deakin including reviews of Alfred Deakin: a sketch by Walter Murdoch

Items unnumbered

Folder 42 Sydney Mail, 5 January 1901

Item unnumbered

Folder 43 Press cuttings, May-June 1932

Series of articles by Robert Garran

Items unnumbered

Folder 44 Sydney Morning Herald, 9 May 1927

Items unnumbered

Folder 45 British newspapers, May 1926

Issues of the Times and the British Gazette

Items unnumbered

Folder 46 Press cuttings, February-May 1927

Includes visit of Duke and Duchess of York for the opening of Parliament House, Canberra

Folder 47 Commemorative issue of the Canberra Times, 9 May 1927

Item unnumbered

Folder 48 Newspapers, May 1927

Relating to the opening of Parliament House, Canberra

Folder 49 Press cuttings, 1921-1929

Items unnumbered

Folder 50 Newspapers, May 1927

Items unnumbered

Folder 51 Newspapers, 1914-1927

Consists of the London Times (1914) and Sydney Morning Herald (1927)

Items unnumbered

Folder 52 Canberra supplement to the Sydney Morning Herald, 9 May 1927

Item unnumbered

Folder 53 Sydney Morning Herald, 9 May 1927

Item unnumbered

Folder 54 Section of the Adelaide Advertiser, 10 May 1927

Item unnumbered

Folder 55 Brisbane Daily Mail, 9 May 1927

Item unnumbered

Folder 56 Sydney Morning Herald, 9 May 1927

Item unnumbered

Folder 57 Sydney Morning Herald, 10 May 1927

Item unnumbered

Folder 58 Newspapers, 1926-1927

Items unnumbered

Folder 59 Newspapers, May 1927

Relating to the opening of Parliament House, Canberra

Folder 60 Press cuttings, 1886-1932

Items unnumbered

Folder 61 Newspapers and press cuttings, 1925-1932

Items unnumbered

Bag 62 Press cuttings from the London Times, 1892-1898

Includes a facsimile proclamation of the establishment of the colony of South Australia (28 December 1836) which appeared in the South Australian Register, 28 December 1892

Series 4 Printed material, 1845-1951

A miscellaneous collection of parliamentary papers, reports, pamphlets, periodicals and newspapers, on a wide variety of subjects. Other printed items have been placed in their relevant subject series.

Symon's personal library from his home at 'Manoah' was donated to the State Library of South Australia.

Comprises Folders 1-43 (Items 1-745).

Series 5 Legal practice, 1855-1928

Symon practised law in South Australia from 1867 until he retired in 1923. He was called to the Bar in 1871 and became a QC in 1881. This series is arranged chronologically and contains partnership agreements, accounts, correspondence with J. S. Way, L. W. Blakewell, E. E. Cleland, H. V. Rounsevell, William Symon, and others, briefs and legal opinions. Also included are papers concerning the cases of Bonney (1889), Shippan (1902), Joseph Vardon (1907) and Gillett (1923).

Folder 1 Correspondence, memorandum and legal papers, 1866-1880

Comprises Items 1-51

Folder 2 Correspondence, memorandum and legal papers, 1882-1898

Comprises Items 52-78

Folder 3 Accounts, 1873-1885

Comprises Items 79-118

Folder 4 Accounts, 1885-1889

Comprises Items 119-144

Folder 5 Accounts and correspondence, 1898-1910

Comprises Items 145-194

Folder 6 Accounts, correspondence and legal papers, 1897-1900

Comprises Items 195-268

Folder 7 Correspondence, 1898-1902

Comprises Items 269-310

Folder 8 Correspondence, 1907-1920

Comprises Items 311-382

Folder 9 Correspondence and legal papers, 1881-1922

Comprises Items 383-435

Folder 10 Correspondence, notes and legal papers, 1916

Comprises Items 436-489

Folder 11 Legal papers, 1916

Comprises Items 490-540

Folder 12 Correspondence, notes and legal papers, 1916-1917

Comprises Items 541-623

Folder 13 Legal papers, 1917

Comprises Items 624-635

Folder 14 Correspondence and legal papers, 1886-1889

Comprises Items 636-691

Folder 15 Invoices, 1906-1915

Comprises Items 692-699

Folder 16 Correspondence and legal papers, 1915-1918

Comprises Items 700-749

Folder 17 Correspondence, drafts, notes and legal papers, 1919-1923

Includes drafts of an article 'Australia and the Privy Council'

Comprises Items 750-821

Folder 18 Correspondence, receipts for certificate to practice, notes and other legal papers, 1917-1928

Comprises Items 822-851

Folder 19 Correspondence and legal papers, 1855-1878

Comprises Items 852-924

Folder 20 Notes, 1881-1889

Includes a copy of past and present land systems of South Australia (1881)

Comprises Items 925-943

Folder 21-22 Papers relating to the Bonney case, 1889

Comprises Items 944-1026

Folder 23 Press cuttings relating to the Bonney case, 1889

Comprises Items 1027-1031

Folder 24 Correspondence, legal papers and printed material, 1867-1896

Comprises Items 1032-1084

Folder 25 Correspondence, notes, telegrams and legal papers, 1897-1901

Comprises Items 1085-1131

Folder 26 Notes and legal papers, 1902-1908

Comprises Items 1132-1166

Folder 27 Notes, opinions and other legal papers, n.d.

Comprises Items 1167-1240

Folder 28 Notes and other legal papers, 1893

Comprises Items 1241-1275

Folder 29 Notes and other legal papers, 1883-1900s

Comprises Items 1276-1336

Folder 30 Notes and other legal papers, 1901

Comprises Items 1337-1417

Folders 31-33 Legal papers relating to the Shippan case, 1902

Comprises Items 1418-1520

Folder 34 Legal papers relating to the George White estate, 1905

Comprises Items 1521-1580

Folder 35 Legal papers relating to the George White estate, 1906-1907

Comprises Items 1581-1595

Folder 36 Legal papers relating to the George White estate, 1904-1907

Comprises Items 1596-1645

Folders 37-40 Legal papers relating to the Vardon case, 1907

Comprises Items 1646-2044

Folder 41 Legal papers relating to arbitration between the Port Adelaide Corporation and the South Australian Company, 1913-1914

Comprises Items 2045-2115

Folder 42 Legal papers relating to arbitration between the South Australian Company and the South Australian Harbors Board, 1915-1919

Comprises Items 2116-2309

Folder 43 Legal papers relating to arbitration between the South Australian Company and the South Australian Harbors Board, 1920-1921

Comprises Items 2310-2417

Folder 44 Legal papers relating to arbitration between the South Australian Company and the South Australian Harbors Board, 1905-1919

Comprises Items 2418-2515

Folder 45 Legal papers relating to arbitration between the South Australian Company and the South Australian Harbors Board, 1918

Comprises Items 2516-2617

Folder 46 Legal papers relating to arbitration between the South Australian Company and the South Australian Harbors Board, 1920-1921

Comprises Items 2618-2758

Folder 47 Legal papers relating to arbitration between the South Australian Company and the South Australian Harbors Board, 1921?

Comprises Items 2759-2849

Folder 48 Correspondence, notes and legal papers, 1886-1919

Bulk of material 1918-1919. Includes a copy of a Bill to amend the provision for the future Government of Ireland (1866)

Comprises Items 2850-2893

Folder 49 Legal papers relating to a disputed boundary case between the South Australian and Victorian Governments, 1913

Comprises Items 2894-2942

Folder 50 Legal papers relating to a disputed boundary case between the South Australian and Victorian Governments, 1913?

Mainly notes from previous cases involving boundary disputes

Comprises Items 2943-3019

Folder 51 Legal papers relating to a disputed boundary case between the South Australian and Victorian Governments, 1877-1913?

Includes 1877 South Australian parliamentary paper outlining the original terms of reference and petition

Comprises Items 3020-3067

Folder 52 Legal papers relating to the estate of R. Barr Smith and an opinion for a case involving the Chateau Tanunda Company, 1916

Comprises Items 3068-3115

Folder 53 Miscellaneous legal papers, 1919-1922

Includes the will of Charles Ernest Cowle and an income tax case for Colton, Palmer and Preston Limited

Comprises Items 3116-3186

Folder 54 Correspondence and opinions relating to a case between News Limited and Mr J. E. Davidson, 1923

Comprises Items 3187-3223

Folder 55 Correspondence and legal papers relating to the estate of J. E. Gillett, 1923-1924

Comprises Items 3224-3301

Folder 56 An opinion on a case involving T. S. Backhouse, 1924

Comprises Items 3302-3318

Folder 57 Miscellaneous correspondence, legal papers, notes and press clippings, 1924-1927

Comprises Items 3319-3359

Folder 58 Miscellaneous legal papers, notes and press clippings, 1926-1928

Includes clippings on the Bute murder trial

Comprises Items 3360-3415

Folder 59 Legal papers relating to the Thiele case, 1927-1928

Also includes papers relating to a case between F. V. Smith and defendants E. K. Thomas and R. T. Foster

Comprises Items 3416-3522

Series 6 Member of the House of Assembly, South Australia, 1875-1928

Symon was a member of the South Australian House of Assembly from 1881-1887. The series contains a small amount of correspondence with C. C. Kingston, William Morgan and John Colton. It also includes printed matter and press cuttings from this period, when Symon was member for Sturt and Attorney-General in the Morgan Ministry of 1881.

There is a folder of correspondence concerning Bagot’s election in 1884 for the Seat of Victoria. A copy of the letter of 1884 in which Symon declines a seat on the Bench of the Supreme Court is also included here.

Folder 1 Correspondence, notes and printed material, 1875-1928

Includes speeches by Symon. Material dates mainly from 1875-1894 with a 1928 newscutting included in the folder

Comprises Items 1-31

Folder 2 Correspondence and telegrams, 1884

Comprises Items 32-84

Folder 3 Correspondence and telegrams, 1884-1886

Comprises Items 85-133

Folder 4 Correspondence, notes and printed material, 1884-1887

Comprises Items 134-190

Series 7 House of Assembly election, South Australia, 1887

In 1887 Symon unsuccessfully contested the election for the district of Victoria on the platform of free trade, and opposition to the payment of members. Correspondence with Robert Homburg, John Riddoch, Richard Allen and others, printed material and press cuttings relating to his election campaign are included in the series.

Folder 1 Correspondence, notes and telegrams, 1887

Comprises Items 1-42

Folder 2 Correspondence, notes, telegrams and electoral leaflets, 1887

Comprises Items 43-97

Folder 3 Pages from the Border Watch newspaper, April 1887

Comprises Items 98-99

Series 8 Political activities, 1889-1897

During the period 1887-1987 Symon resisted many requests to re-enter State Parliament. He was chosen in 1894 as President of the Australasian Federation League of South Australia, and afterwards President of the Commonwealth League. His correspondents include C. C. Kingston, John Downer, Thomas Playford, Edmund Barton and William B. Rounsevell.

Folder 1 Correspondence, 1889-1993

Comprises Items 1-51

Folder 2 Correspondence, 1893

Also includes an address by Symon to the Young South Australian Patriotic Association, 7 September 1893

Comprises Items 52-86

Folder 3 Correspondence and notes, 1893

Comprises Items 87-131

Folder 4 Correspondence, 1894

Comprises Items 132-163

Folder 5 Newscuttings relating to the Crown Lands Amendment Bill and matters between Symon and Charles Kingston (Attorney-General), 1893

Comprises Items 164-212

Folder 6 Correspondence and notes, 1895-1896

Includes a copy of Rules of the Australasian Federation League (1885)

Comprises Items 213-285

Folder 7 Miscellaneous papers and printed material, 1890-1897

Includes petitions from electors asking Symons to stand for the Legislative Council and material relating to the Australasian Federation League

Also includes minutes of meetings relating to the organisation of a banquet in honour of Sir Henry Parkes and associated epehemera

Comprises Items 286-337

Folder 8 Roll of the National Australasian Convention which met in Sydney, 2 March 1891

Roll was presented to Symon by John Gordon, one of the South Australian delegates, in 1914

Comprises Item 338

Folder 9 Printed material, 1891-1895

Includes reports relating to the Australasian Federation League and the National Australasian Convention

Also includes copies of various parliamentary bills for the establishment of the Commonwealth

Comprises Items 339-400

Folder 10 Printed material, 1894-1896

Issues of the Commonwealth: the official organ of the Australasian Federation League, Vol 1, Nos 1-12 (1894-1895)

Also includes press clippings on the Adelaide Hospital and the Gruber-Kingston plot (1896)

Comprises Items 401-511

Series 9 Federation, 1820-1939

Correspondence with Kingston, Barton, Deakin and others during Symon’s membership of the Federal Convention of 1897-1898, when he was elected Chairman of its Judiciary Committee. In 1899 Symon visited London to confer with the Colonial Office on the new constitution, before the official delegates arrived in 1900 to see the Commonwealth Bill pass through the Imperial Parliament. Drafts of the constitution, convention debates, speeches by Symon and press cuttings complete the series.

Folder 1 Correspondence, 1897-June 1898

Comprises Items 1-101

Folder 2 Correspondence, July 1898-1899

Comprises Items 102-153

Folder 3 Correspondence, January-March 1900

Comprises Items 154-223

Folder 4 Correspondence, April 1900

Comprises Items 224-306

Folder 5 Correspondence, May 1900

Includes a leaflet entitled May an Australian be loyal and yet a supporter of clause 74 of the Commonwealth Bill? (1900)

Comprises Items 307-403

Folder 6 Correspondence, June-July 1900

Includes a pamphlet entitled Speech by the Right Honourable Sir John Forrest recommending the people of Western Australia to join the Australian Commonwealth

Comprises Items 404-469

Folder 7 Correspondence, August-December 1900

Comprises Items 470-517

Folder 8 Printed material, 1897

Roll of members of the Australasian Federal Convention: charged with the duty of framing a Federal Constitution for Australasia, Adelaide, March 22nd, 1897

Comprises Item 518

Folder 9 Printed material, 1897-1898

Includes an address by Symon at the Adelaide Town Hall, 8 February 1897

Comprises Items 519-526

Folder 10 Printed material, 1897

Mainly speeches by Symon

Comprises Items 527-533

Folder 11 Printed material, 1897-1898

Includes some issues of the Official Record of the Australasian Federal Convention Debates (1897-1898) and newspaper articles by Symon on the Australian Commonwealth Bill

Comprises Items 534-541

Folder 12 Bound copy of the Constitution Act, 1900

Comprises Item 542

Folder 13 Correspondence and printed material, 1897-1904

Comprises Items 543-594

Folder 14

Includes a typescript article by Symon 'The Privy Council appeal'

Comprises Items 595-612

Folder 15 Printed material, 1898-1907

Leaflets relating to the Federal Convention and miscellaneous parliamentary papers

Also includes an issue of United Australia, April 1900, containing an article by Symon 'The Privy Council appeal'

Comprises Items 613-640

Folder 16 Printed material, 1820-1897

Draft bills for the Constitution Act and a copy of an Act for the union of Great Britain and Ireland (1820)

Comprises Items 641-643

Folder 17 Printed material, 1897-1898

Draft bills for the Constitution Act

Comprises Items 644-647

Folder 18 Printed material,

Draft bill and a copy of the Constitution Act

Comprises Items 648-649

Folder 19 Printed material, 1897-1898

Includes drafts of a bill for the Constitution Act and other papers relating to the Federal Convention

Comprises Items 650-663

Folder 20 Printed material, 1898-1901

Draft bills for the Constitution Act and press cuttings

Comprises Items 650-689

Folder 21 Printed material and notes, 1898-1900

Includes draft bills and a copy of the Constitution Act

Comprises Items 690-703

Folder 22 Printed material, 1897-1899

Includes leaflets for the June 1898 referendum, drafts bills and notes on the Federal Convention

Comprises Items 704-724

Folder 23 Printed material, 1898-1900

Includes leaflets, reports and bills

Comprises Items 725-766

Folder 24 Printed material, 1881-1900

Various reports and bills

Comprises Items 767-780

Folder 25 Press cuttings and notes, 1896-1939

Mainly cuttings relating to Federation (1896-1898). Includes 2 cuttings from 1937 and 1939

Comprises Items 781-809

Folder 26 Press cuttings, 1898

Comprises Items 810-838

Folder 27 Press cuttings, 1898-1900

Comprises Items 839-887

Folder 28 Press cuttings, 1898-1928

Comprises Items 888-903

Folder 29 Press cuttings, 1857-1932

Comprises Items 904-916

Folder 30 Printed material, 1900-1934

Includes issues of United Australia (April 1900 and January 1902) and press cuttings

Comprises Items 917-923

Series 10 Senator for South Australia, 1901-1927

Symon entered the first Parliament as a Senator for South Australia in 1901. Material from this election and that of 1906 are included, together with correspondence from George H. Reid, John S. Clemons, John H. Keating, Henry Dobson, Edward Puleford, Simon Fraser, James T. Walker, Albert Gould, John C. Neild, Norman K. Ewing and Alexander P. Matheson.

Folder 1 Correspondence, 1901

Comprises Items 1-62

Folder 2 Correspondence, 1901

Comprises Items 63-110

Folder 3 Correspondence, 1901-1903

Mainly 1901 correspondence

Comprises Items 111-134

Folder 4 Correspondence, 1902

Comprises Items 135-189

Folder 5 Correspondence, 1902

Comprises Items 190-228

Folder 6 Correspondence, 1903

Comprises Items 229-270

Folder 7 Press cuttings, 1903

Comprises Items 271-304

Folder 8 Correspondence, 1903

Some correspondence undated

Comprises Items 305-362

Folder 9 Correspondence, 1904-1905

Comprises Items 363-429

Folder 10 Correspondence, 1906

Includes some news clippings and leaflets relating to the 1906 elections

Comprises Items 430-468

Folder 11 Correspondence, 1906-1907

Comprises Items 469-562

Folder 12 Correspondence, 1908-1912

Includes some undated correspondence

Comprises Items 563-603

Folder 13 Leaflets, memorandum and speeches, 1901-1905

Comprises Items 604-634

Folder 14 Printed material, 1901-1909

Speeches from Parliamentary Debates,

Comprises Items 635-649

Folder 15 Printed material,

Drafts of a Bill to make provision for the exercise of the judicial power of the Commonwealth of Australia

Comprises Items 650-653

Folder 16 Printed material,

Includes reports on the trans-Australian railway

Comprises Items 654-659

Folder 17 General papers index to Commonwealth parliamentary papers (1901-1909), 1910

Comprises Item 660

Folder 18 Printed material, 1902-1905

Includes various bills and an opinion by Symon as to whether a layman can hold the Office of Attorney-General (1905)

Comprises Items 661-670

Folder 19 Printed material, 1905-1907

Speeches, reports and extracts from Parliamentary Debates

Comprises Items 671-677

Folder 20 Printed material, 1909

Various parliamentary papers

Comprises Items 678-681a

Folder 21 Printed material, 1906-1911

Miscellaneous parliamentary papers. Includes recommendations by Admiral Henderson on the Commonwealth naval forces (1911)

Comprises Items 682-684

Folder 22 Printed material, 1912

Volumes 17 and 34 of Parliamentary Debates

Comprises Items 685-686

Folder 23 Printed material, 1901-1915

Includes a report on the Murray River and its tributaries (1913)

Comprsies Items 687-692

Folder 24 Press cuttings, 1901-1904

Mainly 1901 cuttings. Also includes a section of the Town and Country Journal, January 1904

Comprises Items 693-741

Folder 25 Press cuttings, October 1903-March 1906

Comprises Items 742-795

Folder 26 Press cuttings and other miscellaneous material, 1906-1907

Includes an opinion on the rights of South Australia in relation to other states to the waters of the Murray River

Also includes a Senate report on the Joseph Vardon case

Comprises Items 796-856

Folder 27 Press cuttings, 1905-1923

Comprises Items 857-882

Folder 28 Press cuttings and other miscellaneous material, 1910-1927

Includes a paper on naval and military defence presented at the Imperial Conference, London, 1911

Comprises Items 883-913

Folder 29 Printed material, 1901-1914

Includes issues of United Australia (Vol II, Nos 5,6 and 8, 1901-1902)

Also includes a Privy Council judgement on the boundary dispute between South Australia and Victoria (1913-1914)

Comprises Items 914-917

Series 11 Attorney-General, 1903-1906

Symon was Attorney-General in the Reid-McLean Ministry from 17 August 1904-5 July 1905. Much of this series consists of correspondence with George H. Reid, Samuel Griffith and Robert Garran relating to expenditure and circuits of the High Court. Parliamentary papers and press cuttings complete this series.

Folder 1 Correspondence, August 1904

Comprises Items 1-61

Folder 2 Correspondence, September 1904-July 1905

Comprises Items 62-123

Folder 3 Correspondence, May 1904-May 1905

Comprises Items 124-165

Folder 4 Correspondence, January-February 1905

Comprises Items 166-212

Folder 5 Correspondence, November 1904-March 1905

Comprises Items 213-265

Folder 6 Correspondence, March-May 1905

Comprises Items 266-317

Folder 7 Correspondence, May 1905

Comprises Items 318-416

Folder 8 Correspondence, notes and lists, August 1904-May 1905

Includes an undated memorandum on the High Court organisation and expenditure

Comprises Items 417-498

Folder 9 Correspondence, July 1904-May 1905

Comprises Items 499-538

Folder 10 Correspondence and notes, May 1905

Comprises Items 539-594

Folder 11 Correspondence and press cuttings, May-June 1905

Comprises Items 595-652

Folder 12 Correspondence, June 1905

Comprises Items 653-690

Folder 13 Correspondence and reports, 1904-July 1905

Comprises Items 691-767

Folder 14 Memorandum, notes, reports and press cuttings, 1904-July 1905

Includes a copy of the Governor-General's response to a request to dissolve Parliament (July 1905)

Comprises Items 768-820

Folder 15 Memorandum, notes, reports and press cuttings, 1903-1906

Comprises Items 821-917

Folder 16 Memorandum, notes, press cuttings and speeches, 1904-1905

Includes a notebook with limited entries

Comprises Items 918-996

Series 12 1913 general election, 1911-1913

In 1912 Symon refused to sign the Liberal movement’s manifesto and was defeated at the general election of 1913 which he contested as an independent. This series contains correspondence, details of election expenses, printed material and press cuttings.

Folder 1 Correspondence, 1911-1913

Includes a copy of the constitution, rules and political platform of the Liberal Union and election material

Comprises Items 1-50

Folder 2 Correspondence and notes, 1912-1913

Mainly correspondence April-June 1912. Includes papers nominating Symon for a Senate seat (July 1913)

Comprises Items 51-102

Folder 3 Correspondence, June 1912-April 1913

Comprises Items 103-150

Folder 4 Correspondence, May 1913

Comprises Items 151-225

Folder 5 Correspondence, May 1913

Comprises Items 226-299

Folder 6 Correspondence, May 1913

Comprises Items 300-361

Folder 7 Correspondence and election material, April-June 1913

Includes election leaflets and speeches by Symon

Comprises Items 362-412

Folder 8 Financial papers, April-July 1913

Mainly invoices and receipts

Comprises Items 413-465

Folder 9 'Letters to the editor' relating to Symon and the Senate election, May 1913

Comprises Items 466-491

Folder 10 Notes, press cuttings and miscellaneous election material, June 1912-May 1913

Includes a journal article about Symon entitled 'A distinguished federal statesman' reprinted from the Sydney Mail (April 1913)

Comprises Items 492-510

Folder 11 Press cuttings, June 1912-May 1913

Items unnumbered

Folder 11a Press cuttings, April-June 1913

Items unnumbered

Folder 12 Press cuttings, April-June 1913

Items unnumbered

Folder 13 Press cuttings, April-May 1913

Items unnumbered

Folders 14-15 Press cuttings, June 1912-May 1913

Items unnumbered

Series 13 Oaths Abolition Bill, 1882-1932

Whilst in the South Australian House of Assembly, Symon introduced and carried the Oaths Abolition Bill, which aimed to put an end to the administration of oaths in the courts of Justice and to substitute a declaration. This was lost in the Legislative Council. In 1929 interest was again aroused and Symon supported the cause. A letter of 1883 from Cardinal Manning is amongst correspondence in this series. Press cuttings are also included.

Folder 1 Correspondence, notes, reports and speeches, 1883-1929

Comprises Items 1-56

Folder 2 Correspondence, notes and miscellaneous printed material, 1882-1932

Comprises Items 57-121

Folder 3 Issue of Desiderata, November 1929

Comprises Item 122

Folder 4 News cuttings, 1882-1932

Items unnumbered

Series 14 HMS Commonwealth, 1906-1927

Symon represented the Commonwealth Government at the Coronation naval review at Spithead in England in 1911 and made a presentation from the people of Australia to HMS Commonwealth at Portsmouth. The gift consisted of a silver challenge shield and a silver plate table piece of a model of Captain Cook's ship, the Endeavour. When the Commonwealth was withdrawn from service in 1921 there was much correspondence with the Admiralty and with the Australian Naval Board concerning the future of the gift.

Folder 1 Correspondence, financial papers and notes, 1907-May 1911

Comprises Items 1-50

Folder 2 Correspondence and notes, 1907-June 1912

Comprises Items 51-79

Folder 3 Correspondence, July-September 1911

Comprises Items 80-126

Folder 4 Correspondence, September 1911-1924

Comprises Items 127-156

Folder 5 Correspondence, October 1921-1926

Comprises Items 157-222

Folder 6 Photographs and ephemera, 1911

Comprises Items 223-241

Folder 7 Press cuttings and printed material, 1906-1927

Comprises Items 242-268

Bag 8 Press cuttings, 1906-1911

Comprises Item 269

Series 15 Royal Commission on the Constitution, 1927-1928

Symon was invited to give evidence before the Royal Commission set up in 1927 to enquire into and report upon the powers of the Commonwealth under the Constitution and the working of the Constitution since Federation. The series includes correspondence with J. B. Peden, J. Sincock, Sir Henry Barwell and J. G. Hardman, terms of reference for the Commission, notes and press cuttings.

Comprises Folder 1 (Items 1-117).

Series 16 Seccession Movement, Western Australia, 1895-1933

In 1930 a movement had grown in Western Australia to secede from the Commonwealth. Symon was a staunch opponent and wrote vigorously against it. There are many press cuttings and some correspondence with Braddon Saunders, W. Ogden, F. Gates, W. H. Gee, Sir John Latham and Sir Alexander Hore-Ruthven (later Lord Gowrie).

Folder 1 Correspondence, notes, press cuttings, reports and speeches, 1895-1930

Comprises Items 1-68

Folder 2 Correspondence, notes, press cuttings, drafts of speeches or articles, 1930-1933

Comprises Items 69-126

Folder 3 Notes, drafts of speeches or articles and printed material, 1930-[193-]

Includes copies of Can we secede from the Commonwealth? (1930) and The case for union: a reply to the case for seccession of the state of Western Australia [193-]

Comprises Items 127-171

Folders 4-5 Press cuttings, 1930-1933

Items unnumbered

Series 17 Governor-General's appointment, 1925-1932

Sir Isaac Isaacs was appointed Governor-General in 1931. Symon and others disagreed violently with the way this was brought about. Correspondence with Sir Edward Mitchell, Sir John Latham, Sir William Irvine, E. P. Auld and Sir Edward Wallington is included in this series, together with copies of Symon’s letters to the press.

Folder 1 Correspondence, April-December 1930

Comprises Items 1-60

Folder 2 Correspondence, December 1930-January 1931

Comprises Items 61-119

Folder 3 Correspondence, January-March 1931

Comprises Items 120-183

Folder 4 Correspondence, March-August 1931

Includes pamphlet Governor-Generalship of Australia: appointment of Sir Isaac Isaacs. Consists of reprints of articles by Symon on the appointment appearing in the Adelaide Advertiser (1931)

Comprises Items 184-222

Folder 5 Correspondence and extracts from newspapers and journals, 1930-September 1932

Correspondence covers period October 1931-September 1932

Comprises Items 223-271

Folder 6 Drafts of articles and notes, 1930-1931

Comprises Items 272-352

Folder 7 Drafts of articles, notes and other papers, 1925-1931

Comprises Items 353-428

Folder 8 Press cuttings and notes, 1930-1931

Comprises Item 429 and unnumbered cuttings

Series 18 Gladstone centenary celebrations, 1877-1933

The town of Gladstone (South Australia) celebrated its centenary in 1933. On this occasion Symon wrote to its Mayor, F. C. Grubb, telling of his association with W. E. Gladstone after whom the town was named. He offered the town an autographed letter from Gladstone, dated 1877, which he had received while acting for Gladstone in proceedings to restrain the unauthorised publication of his pamphlet entitled 'The Bulgarian horrors and the question of the East'. A copy of this letter appears in the file. Correspondence, printed matter and press cuttings (1930-1933) relating to the centenary are also included.

Comprises Folder 1 (Items 1-36).

Series 19 Certificates, 1863-1904

Certificates and commissions received by Symon. Included are school certificates and certificates relating to his appointment as Attorney-General for South Australia (1881) and the Commonwealth (1904-1905), Queens Counsel (1881), and his knighthood in 1901.

Comprises Folder 1 (Items 1-29 ).

Series 20 Cards, invitation and programs, 1895-1954

Cards, invitations, menus, programs and other items of ephemera relating to the many ceremonies, dinners, receptions, royal visits and official functions that Symon attended in Australia and overseas during his careeer.

The series also includes tickets, railway passes and meal vouchers for Symon and Lady Symon to attend the opening of Parliament House in Canberra on 9 May 1927. These items are accompanied by a small black wallet holder specially made for the occasion.

Folder 1 Tickets, passes and other ephemera, 1907-1927

Includes tickets, railway passes and a booklet of commemorative stamps relating to the opening of Parliament House, May 1927

Also includes a souvenir booklet entitled Visit of the colonial premiers and the Houses of Parliament to Portsmouth (3 May 1907)

Comprises Items 1-2k

Folder 2 Invitations, menus and other ephemera, 1895-1931

Comprises Items 3-53

Folder 3 Cards and other ephemera, 1915-1954

Mainly Christmas cards, postcards (1915-1933) and some name cards

Includes a 1954 press clipping which has been added to the collection following Symon's death

Comprises Items 54-120

Folder 4 Invitations, souvenir booklets and other ephemera, 1903-1933

Comprises Items 121-155

Series 21 Family papers, 1878-1959

The series comprises a copy of Symon’s will and codicil, trust deeds, miscellaneous accounts, invoices and receipts, correspondence concerning the purchase of a car in England in 1909, notes made for staff concerning the daily running of his residence 'Manoah', a Commonwealth life rail pass, photographs and a folder of press cuttings.

Also includes some miscellaneous papers belonging to Lady Symon and her daughter, Kilmeny Symon.

Folder 1 Correspondence and financial papers, 1878-1896

Comprises Items 1-33

Folder 2 Correspondence and financial papers, 1900-1921

Comprises Items 34-112

Folder 3 Notes and miscellaneous papers, 1924-1935

Includes notes relating to the running of 'Manoah' and a cellar book

Comprises Items 113-169

Folder 4 Notes and legal papers, 1896-1928

Includes a copy of Symon's will and property deeds

Comprises Items 170-254

Folder 5 Correspondence, biographical notes and press cuttings, 1908-1959

Mainly papers 1908-1936. Includes correspondence to Lady Symon (1933-1935) and a letter belonging to Symon's daughter Kilmeny dated 1959

Comprises Items 255-290

Folder 6 Miscellaneous papers, 1904-1906

Comprises items 291-212

Folder 7 Commonwealth life railway pass presented to Symon, n.d.

Item was added to the collection in December 1980

Bag 8 Photographs, 1891-c.1910s

Two photographs. One of them is a group portrait of delegates attending the 1891 Australasian National Convention in Sydney. The second photograph is unidentified

Items unnumbered

Series 22 Knight Commander of St Michael and St George (KCMG), 1891-1934

Joseph Chamberlain’s letter informing Symon of his appointment as a Knight Commander of St Michael and St George (KCMG), together with Symon’s reply. Many letters and telegrams of congratulations are to be found in the letter book for this period in Series 1. In 1917 Symon became eligible by seniority for a seat in the Chapel of the Order, and correspondence concerning this, and the coat of arms affixed to the seat, also appears in this series.

Folder 1 Correspondence, 1900-1917

Includes the letter from Joseph Chamberlain and a Royal Warrant

Comprises Items 1-33

Folder 2 Correspondence and printed material, 1891-1934

Printed material relating to the KCMG

Comprises Items 34-76

Series 23 Australian War Memorial, 1915-1930

Correspondence with W. L. Stuart, J. Dillon, J. L. Treloar and R. L. Dick, and several press cuttings relating to Symon’s gift of an Aldershot service bugle to the Australian War Memorial in 1929.

Folder 1 Correspondence and press cuttings, 1915-1929

Comprises Items 1-28

Folder 2 Correspondence, 1928-1930

Includes a 1928 copy of the Australian War Memorial Museum guidebook

Comprises Items 29-50

Series 24 University of Sydney, 1902-1931

Symon’s association with the University began in 1902 on the occasion of its golden jubilee, when he was invited by C. Clive Teece to address the Union. A draft of the address is included in this series. In 1922 Symon gave £1,000 for a scholarship to be set up for first year students of English, and in 1924 donated a bell to the carillon appeal. Correspondents in this series include C. C. Teece, Sir William Cullen, E. R. Holme, Iven G. Mackay, R. W. Teece, M. W. MacCallum and W. A. Selle.

Comprises Folder 1 (Items 1-172).

Series 25 University of Adelaide, 1923-1932

From 1897 to 1901 Symon was a member of the Council of the University of Adelaide. In 1924 he gave his considerable law library to the Law School of the University, and in 1926 he donated £10,000 for the establishment of the Lady Symon Building for women students. Correspondence with Dr Helen Mayo, Sir George Murray, F. W. Eardley, R. R. Stucky and others, together with press cuttings, form this series.

Folder 1 Correspondence, notes and speech notes, 1923-1932

Material relating to the establishment of the Lady Symon Building for women students

Comprises items 1-152

Folder 2 Correspondence and notes, 1924

Material relating to the donation of Symon's law library to the University's Law School

Comprises Items 153-179

Series 26 State Library of South Australia, 1918-1930

In 1918 G. H. Pitt began the catalogue of Symon’s personal library which was later bequeathed to the State Library of South Australia. Correspondence with Pitt and W. H. Marshall of the State Library is included, together with press cuttings.

Comprises Folder 1 (Items 1-141).

Series 27 Gifts to other South Australian institutions, 1923-1932

Correspondence concerning Symon’s gift in 1927 of £1,500 to the Australian Inland Mission towards the establishment of the Eleanor Symon Nursing Home at Innamincka, the setting up of the Northcote Rest Home for Mothers and Babies in 1928, and with Scotch College, Adelaide, concerning Symon’s gift of £1,000 to establish a scholarship in English literature (1930-1931).

Folder 1 Correspondence relating to the establishment of the Eleanor Symon Nursing Home, Innamincka, 1923-1932

Comprises Items 1-21

Folder 2 Correspondence and notes relating to the Northcote Rest Home, 1927-1928

Comprises Items 22-26

Folder 3 Correspondence and notes relating to Symon's donation to Scotch College, 1930-1931

Comprises Items 27-67

Series 28 Gifts to Scottish institutions, 1915-1931

In 1927 Symon had a stained glass window erected at the Baptist Church, Stirling, in memory of his father, James, and later contributed to the church’s funds. As well, he endowed a cot in the Stirling Infirmary and set up a benevolent fund for the poor of Wick and Stirling called the Sir Josiah H. Symon Stirling Poor Fund. A scholarship from the High School at Stirling tenable at a Scottish university to be called the Sir Josiah Symon Scholarship was also established. Correspondence concerning these gifts (1926-1931), together with press cuttings and a Stirling High School prospectus (1915) form this series.

Comprises Folder 1 (Items 1-88).

Series 29 Writings and speeches, 1864-1933

This series consists of published and unpublished writings and speeches by Symon. It includes the manuscripts of an article 'Tis sixty years since', notes and drafts for an unpublished work 'Dawn of Federation', manuscript and printed copies of 'Canberra revisited', a biographical sketch of David Sutherland and speeches and articles for many occasions.

Folder 1 Writings and speeches, 1907-1933

Comprises Items 1-163

Folder 2 Speech on the Federal Council Bill, 27 February 1884

Speech delivered in the South Australian House of Assembly

Comprises Items 164-184

Folder 3 Proofs and notes for 'Poetry and its claims', 1910

An address delivered by Symon at the inaugural meeting of the Poetry Recital Society, Adelaide Branch, 4 May 1910

Comprises Items 185-206

Folder 4 Writings and speeches, 1864-1916

Comprises Items 207-227

Folder 5 Reprints of addresses and speeches by Symon and miscellaneous press cuttings, c.1916-1931

Comprises Items 228-236

Folder 6 Typescript article 'Tis Sixty years since', 21 May 1897

Address delivered by Symon in the Adelaide Town Hall under the auspices of the Australian Chamber of Manufacturers

Comprises Items 237-312

Folder 7 Writings and speeches, 1880-1931

Includes an 1880 essay by Eleanor Cowle (later Eleanor Symon)

Comprises Items 313-411

Folder 8 Writings and speeches, 1864-1918

Comprises Items 412-491

Folder 9 Notes and writings, 1889-c.1932

Inlcudes notes and writings relating to Walter Murdoch's biography of Alfred Deakin (1923)

Comprises Items 492-579

Folder 10 Typescript drafts of 'Dawn of federation' n.d.

None of the chapters are dated but notes accompanying the typescript include an extract from a 1929 newspaper

Comprises Items 580-678

Folder 11 Typescript drafts of 'Dawn of federation' n.d.

Comprises Items 679-752

Folder 12 Reprints of a newspaper article, 'Canberra revisited', 28 February 1927

Reprinted from the Adelaide Advertiser

Comprises Items 753-851

Series 30 Shakespeare studies, 1901-1933

Shakespeare the Englishman, published in 1929, contains three addresses given by Symon, namely 'Shakespeare at home', 'Shakespeare the Englishman', and 'Shakespeare quotation'. Correspondence, drafts, notes and reviews make up this series.

Folder 1 Correspondence, September 1901-March 1925

Comprises Items 1-69

Folder 2 Correspondence, June 1920-June 1929

Includes typescript of an introductory note to Shakespeare the Englishman

Comprises Items 70-174

Folder 3 Correspondence, July 1929-November 1931

Comprises Items 175-249

Folder 4 Correspondence, writings and printed material, 1912-1933

Comprises Items 250-314

Folder 5 Printed material relating to Shakespeare, 1901-1929

Includes copies of Shakespeare the Englishman and other works by Symon

Comprises Items 315-320

Folder 6 Press cuttings, 1922-1929

Comprises Items 321-393

Series 31 Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1865-1933

Miscellaneous notes on a wide variety of subjects. They include manuscript notes by Symon (mostly undated) and typed extracts from books, journals and newspapers (usually dated). Some of the notes also appear to be drafts for articles and speeches.

The date ranges assigned to most of the folders in this series have been based on the dates of the typed extracts and dates appearing in notes and in some cases may not accurately reflect the period that Symon was creating these records.

Folder 1 Notes and extracts from printed material, 1865-1933

Comprises Items 1-123

Folder 2 Notes and extracts from printed material, c.1910s-1930

Comprises Items 124-190

Folder 3 Manuscript journals, 1899-1901

Series of handwritten journals entitled 'The Walking and Rockwall Home Journal'

Comprises Items 191-200

Folder 4 Notes and extracts from printed material, 1900s-1931

Comprises Items 201-274

Folder 5 Notes and extracts from printed material, c.1910-c.1920s

Comprises Items 275-321

Folder 6 Typed extracts from unidentified memoirs of Winston Churchill, n.d.

Comprises Items 322-418

Folder 7 Notes and extracts from printed material, 1893-1927

Comprises Items 419-530

Folder 8 Notebook, c.1890s-c.1900s

Comprises Item 531

Folder 9 Notes and extracts from printed material, c.1900s-1933

Comprises Items 533-638

Folder 10 Notes and extracts from printed material, 1866-c.1930

Comprises Items 639-771

Folder 11 Notes and extracts from printed material, 1895-1929

Comprises Items 772-798

Folder 12 Notes and extracts from printed material, 1906-c.1927

Comprises Items 799-816

Folder 13 Notes and extracts from printed material, 1869-c.1917

Comprises Items 817-848

Folder 14 Notes and extracts from printed material, c.1918-1920s

Comprises Items 849-891

Folder 15 Notes and extracts from printed material, c.1910s-1929

Comprises Items 892-940

Folder 16 Notes and extracts from printed material, c.1920s-1932

Mainly poetry and some press cuttings

Comprises Items 941-1078

Folder 17 Notes and extracts from printed material, 1912-1933

Comprises Items 1079-1135

Folder 18 Notes and extracts from printed material, 1920s-1930s

Comprises Items 1136-1167

Folder 19 Notes and extracts from printed material, 1900s-1932

Comprises Items 1168-1206

Series 32 Tributes following Symon's death, March-November 1934

Letters and telegrams of condolence received by Lady Symon following her husband’s death on 29 March 1934. The series also includes a bound volume containing the tributes, paid to Sir Josiah in the Federal Parliament, tributes by others and press cuttings.

Comprises Folder 1 (Items 1-116).



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