Special collections relating to Sir George Reid in the National Library of Australia
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|Date completed:||16 October 2002|
This guide was created in association with the National Archives of Australia for the Australia's Prime Ministers website.
Scope and Content
The National Library holds the personal papers of Sir George Reid (MS 7842), and a smaller Reid collection at MS 2242. In addition, the Library holds a video and other manuscript collections which contain letters or other materials relating to Reid. In this listing, the main Reid collections are listed first, followed by the other sources in alphabetical order.
Catalogue Record: MS 7842
This collection contains a miscellany of items, some of which are related to the Australian political scene. Its contents include Reid's personal and political papers and photographs, family papers and the papers of his wife, Lady Flora Reid. The papers are divided into groups such as pre-1880 material, Australian politics, Australian High Commissioner, and retirement. The headings reflect the main aspects of Sir George Reid's life and work, the wider Reid Family and Dame Flora Reid's own awards and public engagements.
Catalogue Record: MS 2242
The papers includes newspaper cutting books; illuminated addresses; funeral notices, letters and sympathy cards; a copy of J. M. Fowler's Statesman or mountebank: an Australian war study; a typescript entitled 'Biography of the Hon. Sir George Houstoun Reid MLA' (author unknown); and two letters to Reid with references to Deakin and other political figures.
Catalogue Record: MS 51, MFM G 27550-27555.
Federation leader and first Prime Minister. The Barton Papers are digitised. The collection includes 14 letters by or to Reid.
Catalogue Record: MS 47
These papers were assembled by Edward Dowling, the secretary of the Australasian Federation League of New South Wales. The League was formed by Barton in 1893, and items in this collection include correspondence with Alfred Deakin and George Reid (1893-1909).
Catalogue Record: MS 2185
Thomas Brown was a member of the first Federal Parliament and one of the federal politicians selected to represent Australia at the coronation of George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Among the correspondence he wrote describing the coronation are references to Reid.
Catalogue Record: MS 2234
This collection includes a letter and photographs of Reid.
Catalogue Record: MS 3034
Alfred Buchanan's 'The Prime Ministers of Australia' is an unpublished manuscript comprising biographies of all Prime Ministers from Edmund Barton to Robert Gordon Menzies.
Catalogue Record: MS 3599
W. S. Buzzacott was a Sydney ship chandler. This manuscript consists of a copy of a memorandum regarding the entry of Sir George Reid into politics.
Catalogue Record: MS 8905
Campbell-Jones was the parliamentary correspondent of the Melbourne Argus. 'The Cabinet of Captains: The romance of Australia's first Federal Parliament' contains his unpublished recollections of the Barton Ministry, the establishment of Commonwealth Parliament in 1901 and the first parliamentarians, including detailed accounts of Barton, Deakin, Reid, Cook, Watson, Fisher and Hughes.
Catalogue Record: MS 6335
This collection contains material collected by Sir Timothy Coghlan, the New South Wales Statistician and later Agent-General in London. It includes correspondence, letterbooks, personal documents, invitations, programs, publications, newspaper cuttings, photographs and a typescript autobiography. The general correspondence (1878-1926) includes letters to or from Sir Henry Parkes, Alfred Deakin, Sir George Reid, Andrew Fisher and William Morris Hughes. A descriptive list is available. The letters received from Deakin, Fisher and others concerning private and official matters were microfilmed by the Australian Joint Copying Project.
Catalogue Record: MS 743
Christopher Crisp was editor of the Bacchus Marsh Express from 1866 to 1915. The correspondence in this series includes 2 letters from Sir George Reid.
Catalogue Record: MS 5243
Crisp was an academic, biographer of Ben Chifley and author of numerous publications on federation and Australian politics. The bulk of the collection consists of subject files on a wide range of topics compiled mainly from newspaper cuttings and journal articles. There are files on all Australian prime ministers from Sir Edmund Barton to Malcolm Fraser.
Catalogue Record: MS 1540, Mfm G 28063-28111
Alfred Deakin, a leading Federation figure, was Australia's first Attorney-General (1901) and Prime Minister three times during the early part of the twentieth century (1903-1904, 1905-1908 and 1909-1910). His papers, dating from 1804-1973 (bulk dates 1880-1919), include diaries, notebooks, cuttings, programs, manuscripts, photographs and correspondence, including 43 letters to and from Sir George Reid.
Catalogue Record: MS 6305
J. G. Drake was a journalist, federal politician and minister. His papers include letters received from Barton, Alfred Deakin and George Reid (1875-1913), and a copy of a memorandum, dated 3 July 1905, exchanged between the Prime Minister, George Reid, and the Governor-General, Lord Northcote.
Catalogue Record: MS 2919
Prime Minister of Australia (1908-1909, 1910-1913, 1914-1915) and High Commissioner to London (1915-1921). This collection includes eight letters to and from Reid and other papers which refer to him.
Catalogue Record: MS 2001
Robert Randolph Garran (1867-1957), was Secretary of the Attorney-General's Department and Parliamentary Draftsman, 1901-1932, and Solicitor-General, 1917-1932. The collection includes three letters to and from Sir George Reid.
Catalogue Record: MS 4653, Mfm G 2542
Among the material in this series are letters, notebooks, newspaper cuttings, photographs, essays, lectures, speeches and a series of detailed diaries (1880-1927) that relate particularly to Glynn's career in South Australian and federal politics (with references to early federal politics and figures), his involvement in the Federation movement, and his long concern with the Murray Waters question. Mfm G 2542 includes diaries for 1918-1926.
Catalogue Record: MS 52
Atlee Hunt was one of the first senior federal public servants. He was Edmund Barton's private secretary (1901) and became the Secretary of the Department of External Affairs (1901-1917) and Secretary to the Department of Home and Territories (1917-1921). The collection includes two letters by Reid and three letters from Hunt to Reid.
Catalogue Record: MS 49, Mfm G 25080
The League's letter book from 1889 to 1910 includes letters to Barton, Joseph Cook, Alfred Deakin and Sir George Reid.
Catalogue Record: MS 813
Writer, journalist and author of Studies in colonial nationalism (1905). Jebb's correspondence between 1905 and 1916 includes discussions of political and defence issues relating to Australia, with references to Reid.
Catalogue Record: MS 277
Kirwan was a Western Australian politician. His papers relate to the Federation movement, especially on the Western Australian goldfields, and early federal politics, including letters from William Morris Hughes, Andrew Fisher, Sir Joseph Cook, Alfred Deakin and Sir George Reid.
Catalogue Record: Mfm M1123
Papers of Andrew Bonar Law, British politician and Prime Minister in 1922-1923, include letters of Alfred Deakin (1907), Sir George Reid (1911-1916), Andrew Fisher (1917-1919) and W.M. Hughes (1916-1922). The papers were microfilmed by the Australian Joint Copying Project from originals held by the House of Lords Record Office.
Catalogue Record: MS 129
Lyne was Premier of New South Wales (1899-1901) and a Federal parliamentarian and Minister. Letters and telegrams relating to Lyne's attempt to form a Federal administration, December 1900. The material includes references to Barton, Deakin and Reid.
Catalogue Record: MS 696, Mfm G1228-1239
Sir Ronald Munro-Ferguson (later Lord Novar) was Governor General from 1914 to 1920. His papers include official dispatches to the King, personal letters to the King's private secretary and private correspondence with Prime Ministers Barton, Fisher, Cook, Reid and Hughes.
Catalogue Record: MS 3338
A collection of letters to George Robertson, the Sydney publisher and bookseller. Includes three letters of Sir George Reid.
Catalogue Record: MS 266
This collection includes notes of speeches and meetings in connection with the movement for Federation in New South Wales, 1880-1904. It contains references to Reid.
Catalogue Record: MS 1736
Sir Josiah Symon was a Federal Convention delegate, Senator and Federal Attorney-General (1904-1905). The papers in this collection cover every phase of Symon's life, including his involvement in Federation, federal conventions and the Senate, and include correspondence with Edmund Barton, Joseph Cook, Alfred Deakin and George Reid.
Catalogue Record: MS 479
Lord Tennyson was Governor of South Australia and Australia's second Governor-General (1903-1904). This collection contains three letters to and from Reid and three other letters containing references to Reid.
Catalogue Record: MS 451
Chris Watson was the first leader of the Federal Labor Party and Prime Minister in 1904. His papers include correspondence with Barton, Deakin and Reid.