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430609
  • Title
    Clunie Family - Letters from Andrew Clunie, 1856-1865, with transcriptions by Judith Grant
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 7263
  • Level of description
    fonds
  • Date

    1856-1865
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    430609
  • Physical Description
    1 folder - 0.02 Meters
    Textual Records - (manuscript)
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    Andrew Clunie migrated to New South Wales from England in the 1850s. He undertook a number of activities including gold mining, shoemaking and operating a ferry, all apparently unsuccessful. He returned to England in 1865.
  • Scope and Content
    This collection comprises eighteen letters written by Andrew Clunie to his sister Mrs M. Randall and one letter to his mother back in England. They are dated between 16 June 1856 and 25 April 1865. Most of the letters were written from South Gundagai; others were written from Goulburn, Sutton Forest, Adelong and Melbourne. The letters tell of the hardships experienced by a poor, unskilled immigrant in colonial NSW during a period of high unemployment with few real opportunities for improvement. In one letter he wrote that 'the country is completely cooked ... men are offering their services for the bare rations.' In another he enclosed a photograph of himself and apologising for the bad likeness, explained that 'the country is overrun with travelling amateur Botching artists.'
  • Source
    Acquired from Judith Grant in August 2003
  • 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
  • Finding Aids
  • General note

    The letters have been transcribed by Judith Grant and copies of the transcripts are included in the collection.
    Digital order no: Album ID : 866573
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  • Place
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