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  • Title
    Alexander Riley - papers, 1804-1838
  • Call number
    A 106 - A 108
  • Level of description
  • Date

  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
    Microfilm : Riley Family papers, v.1)
    Microfilm : Riley Family papers, v.2)
    Microfilm : Riley Family papers, v.3)
  • Physical Description
    3 volumes - 0.12 Meters
    Textual Records
    Textual Records - (printed)

    Alexander Riley, born in London in 1778?, was a merchant involved in colonial trading and a pastoralist. For biographical information, see collection record : Riley family papers, ca. 1804-1856 & Australian Dictionary of Biography. Vol.2, 1788-1850. Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1967
  • Scope and Content
    A 106
    [Riley papers] Vol.1
    Papers comprise correspondence between Alexander Riley and Philip Gidley King (including the conferral of the position of Deputy Commissary, Port Dalrymple in 1805); invitations to functions and dinners particularly with Governor King and Lieutenant Governor Paterson; letters from Lachlan Macquarie accepting Alexander Riley's resignation and concerning the public service; financial papers (accounts, insurance papers on goods, promissory notes); lease agreement of property "Raby" from Alexander Riley to George Cribb in 1817; indenture between William Howe and Alexander Riley for the purchase of ewes in 1817; memoranda of assignment of convicts to William Riley, 1804-1836

    A 107
    [Riley papers] Vol.2
    Personal and business papers including Alexander Riley's certificates of indenture (to his father George Riley, bookseller and stationer); documents confirming Alexander Riley's status as Justice of the Peace by Philip Gidley King in 1804 and by Lachlan Macquarie in 1810; general correspondence mainly to his brother Edward regarding business interests and trade with Calcutta; letters from Sophia Riley to Edward Riley; counterpart of lease of premises at Burwood from Alexander Riley to John Piper, 1817; letters relating to the administration of the property "Raby" by William Riley including lists of staff employed; accounts (391 pages), 1794, 1804, 1810-1838

    A 108
    [Documents, New South Wales] Vol.3
    Contains inwards and outwards correspondence with individuals including Captain R. Murray, Darcy Wentworth, and Alexander Riley's brother and nephew; financial documents (invoices, accounts, receipts) relating to cargo, legal expenses, and wool sales; and legal papers (such as power of attorney, 1830 draft of Alexander Riley's will, and William's application for the assignment of servants) (267 pages), 1814-1837
  • System of arrangement
    Within each bound volume the papers are arranged mainly in chronological order. The volumes overlap in period and subject matter
  • Source
    Bequeathed by D.S. Mitchell, 1907
  • General note

    A 106 and A 108 contain a typescript contents list compiled by a Library Officer at an unknown date.

    A 107 was bound but taken apart in 1983 by SLNSW Preservation Branch for conservation treatment and repairs. Pages 381-391 contain notes regarding the placement and dating of letters compiled by a Library Officer.

    D.S. Mitchell bookplate inside A 106 and A 107.
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