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  • Title
    Royal Commonwealth Society. New South Wales Branch records, ca. 1865-ca. 1992
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 8805
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1865-ca. 1992
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Physical Description
    4.2 metres of textual material (25 boxes)

    The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) (originally named the Colonial Society, later the Royal Colonial Society, the Royal Colonial Institute and lastly as the Royal Empire Society) is an international educational charity and a private members' club. Its mission is to support and promote the modern Commonwealth of Nations, its culture and core values. The RCS’s London home, the Commonwealth Club, acts as a centre for the exchange of ideas and, through the Society’s broad-ranging public affairs programme, offers a forum for the debate, research and development of Commonwealth thinking on key international issues. It is now the centre of an international network of more than 10,000 members, spread across 100 countries and territories and linked by around 70 self-governing RCS branches and Commonwealth societies in 43 countries and territories. The New South Wales Branch of the RCS was established in Sydney, ca. 1922.

    Compiled from the collection and (accessed 04/12/2012)
  • Scope and Content
    Royal Commonwealth Society New South Wales Branch records, ca. 1865-ca. 1992

    BOXES 1-2
    Printed material, being mainly RCS newsletters

    BOX 3
    'Current notes on International Affairs', 1957-60, 1964-68

    BOX 4
    Printed material, including RCS London periodicals 'People & Events', and 'Notes on Contributions', 3 vols: 1971-73

    BOX 5
    'Commonwealth Outlook' and NSW Branch printing samples

    BOX 6
    Printed material including revised Charter and Rules; photoprints of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip; Speakers notes for Empire Day 1956 by Frederick Daniell, Secretary, Royal Empire Society (NSW Branch); Report by the Secretary on his visits overseas, May-August. 1957; 'Armorial Families : A Directory of Gentlemen of Coat-Armour.' 7th ed. By Arthur Charles Fox-Davies. London : Hurst & Blackett, 1930

    BOX 7
    Printed material including 'Cassell’s History of the War in Soudan.' 4 vols. (n.d.) by James Grant; 'The Imperial Dictionary of Biography.' 2 vols. London : William Mackenzie, n.d.; 'An Encyclopaedia of Parliament' by Norman Wilding and Philip Laundy. London : Cassell, 1961; 'Sir Robert Peel' by Lord Rosebery. London : Cassell, 1899; and 'France in Danger' by Paul Vergnet, trans. by Beatrice Barstow. London : John Murray, 1915

    BOXES 8-10
    Printed material mainly regarding the British Royal Family, including Coronations, Jubilees, 1954 Royal Visit to Australia, patriotic song sheet music, 1868-1968 : 'Royal Commonwealth Society Centenary Souvenir' (1968); 'The Book of the Anzac Memorial', N.S.W. (1934); and Reports of the Executive Commissioner and Commissioners, Representatives of New South Wales at the Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908

    BOXES 11-13
    Printed material, including issues of 'Commonwealth Outlook', 1960s-1970s; 'The Port of Sydney, N.S.W. : Official Handbook' (1919); 'Who Killed the British Empire' by George Woodcock. London : Jonathan Cape, 1974; and 'Guide to the Library – Society of Australian Genealogists' (1982)
    Minutes of meetings:
    Royal Colonial Institute (NSW Branch) – Council : 9 July 1921-1 Dec. 1924 (1 vol.), 2 Feb. 1925-3 Dec. 1928 (1 vol.)
    Royal Colonial Institute / Royal Empire Society (NSW Branch) – House and Social Sub-committee : 10 Mar. 1922-22 Oct. 1929; Library Committee : 8 Aug. 1922-20 Apr. 1932; Migration Committee : 17 Apr. 1936-12 sept. 1935 (1 vol.)
    Royal Empire Society (NSW Branch) – Migration Committee : 17 Apr. 1936-12 July 1939 (1 vol.)
    Royal Empire Society (NSW Branch) – Financial Committee : 10 Oct. 1930-21 Dec. 1932 (1 vol.); Finance and General Purposes Committee : 2 Feb. 1937-6 May 1946 (1 vol.); and 3 June 1946-7 Feb. 1949, with details of monthly payments referred to in minutes, Feb. 1949-Dec. 1950; Youth Movement Committee, 20 July-16 Sept. 1938 (1 vol.)
    Royal Empire Society (NSW Branch) – Library Committee : 18 Dec.1935-7 Oct. 1941; Public Relations Committee : 11 Nov. 1941-28 Aug. 1947 (1 vol.)
    Royal Empire Society (NSW Branch) – Women’s Auxiliary : 12 May 1936-28 July 1948 (1 vol.)
    Royal Commonwealth Society (NSW Branch) : 1 Nov. 1972-1 Aug. 1979 (1 vol.)
    Royal Empire Society (NSW Branch) – Companions Committee : 23 Mar. 1955-8 Dec. 1959 (1 vol.)
    Royal Commonwealth Society (NSW Branch) – Board of Councillors : 28 Nov. 1972-17 Dec. 1974 (1 env.); 25 Jan. 1975-21 Dec. 1976 (1 env.)

    BOX 14
    Royal Empire Society (NSW Branch) – Chairman of Committees : 9 Jan. 1953; Executive Committee : 24 June 1953-14 Dec. 1959 (1 vol.)

    BOX 15
    Royal Commonwealth Society (NSW Branch) – Board of Directors (1 vol.)

    BOXES 16-17
    Newscuttings (5 vols.)

    BOX 18
    Clip folder, 1933-1969, including Southern Seas Broadcasts, Empire Day 1933, with newscuttings, and floor plans of RCS headquarters, Sydney, by Stephenson & Turner, Architects
    Programs for various entertainments hosted by RCI / RED (NSW), 1923-1932
    Presentation album of photoprints mainly of publicity stills from the film The Flying Doctor, ca. 1930

    BOX 19
    Correspondence, 1935-1937
    ‘Valuable Documents’, being correspondence, 1933-1947
    ‘The Queen’s Portrait Fund’, 1953-1955, being correspondence related to the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth by Denis Fildes
    ‘Special Functions’, 1913-1933, being menus and programmes of formal dinners and lunches, 1913-1932, and other events, 1933, with Royal Colonial Institute (NSW Branch) Annual Reports, 1923-1925

    BOX 20
    Documents of The Royal Empire Society N.S.W. Branch’, 1921-1946, being newscuttings, bulletins and printed notices.
    Royal Commonwealth Society (NSW Branch) Library Lists and Index (4), 1984.
    Lawson’s Auctioneers’ valuation of the RCS (NSW) Library

    BOX 21
    Financial and legal records, inc. Memorandum and Articles of Association (1970); correspondence; Annual Reports, 1984, 1987; Liquor Administration file; Directors’ reports; and Debenture Ledger, 1982-1983

    BOXES 22-23
    Loose outsize printed material including bound volume of Illustrated London News, Jan.-July 1865; and monographs, newspaper supplements and newscuttings on the Royal Family, coronations, Boer War, Australian war artists and Australia’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations

    BOX 24
    Loose outsize printed material including Royal Colonial Institute N.S.W. Branch [and Royal Commonwealth Society] visitors book, 1923-1975, Royal Colonial Institute N.S.W. Branch Honorary Members’, being a register, 1925-1953

    BOX 25
    Loose outsize printed material including Royal Colonial Institute N.S.W. Branch Register of Fellows, 1922, RCS (NSW) Library Accession Registers (2), 1962-1963
  • System of arrangement
    Box list on file
  • Source
    Presented by the Royal Commonwealth Society (NSW) in 1994
  • Access Conditions

    This material is held offsite and is usually available after 4pm on the next business day. Please submit your request through Ask a Librarian
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright status:: In copyright -- This collection has multiple rights owners
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Description source

    Information upgraded as part of the Manuscripts Unprocessed eRecords Project 2012-2013
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