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431401
  • Title
    Sub-series 3: Harold Lasseter diary with fragments, 1930-ca. 1931
  • Creator
  • Call number
    SAFE/MLMSS 3269 (Safe 2/10)
  • Level of description
    sub-series
  • Date

    1930-ca. 1931
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    431401
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    0.08 metres of textual material (1 volume in box)
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    In 1929 Harold Lasseter claimed that, years earlier, he had discovered a rich gold bearing reef in Central Australia. In 1930 an expedition was formed, with Lasseter as guide, to search for the reef. Following a number of accidents and dissension in the party, Lasseter went on alone. He was not seen again, nor was any reef discovered. A search party found his body and brought back his diary which revealed that he had lived among Aborigines for several months in the Petermann Ranges and had apparently died of starvation.
  • Collection history
    Originally purchased by Ion Idriess who included a transcription in his book 'Lasseter's last ride' published by Angus & Robertson in 1931. The diary and fragments remained with Angus & Robertson until 1977, when they were acquired by the Library as part of the publishing company's records
  • Scope and Content
    The diary is covered in plain red cloth, with a holder for a pencil on one side and a ribbon that can be tied around it. The entries are in pencil and include some crude pencil sketches of Aborigines, a kangaroo and an emu. The fragments form letters to Lasseter's wife, Rene. They are on pages torn from the diary and show marks of fire, water and dirt.
  • Collection history
    Originally purchased by Ion Idriess who included a transcription in his book 'Lasseter's last ride' published by Angus & Robertson in 1931. The diary and fragments remained with Angus & Robertson until 1977, when they were acquired by the Library as part of the publishing company's records
  • Access Conditions

    Access to this manuscript collection via appointment only. Please submit your request through Ask a Librarian
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright status:: In copyright until 2056 (70 years after first published)
    Research & study copies allowed:
    Rights and Restrictions Information:: No publication without prior written approval of copyright holder
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales and Courtesy copyright holder
  • Finding Aids
  • Published Information
    The manuscript was published in facsimile by Angus & Robertson in 1986. Lasseter's diary. [Sydney] : Angus & Robertson, 1986. It was also largely published in Ion Idriess' book, 'Lasseter's Last Ride', Syd., Angus & Robertson, 1932.
  • General note

    Microfilm copy available at CY 807, frames 1-40 (diary) and frames 41-81 (fragments from diary). Preservation microfilm copy made, April 1984.
    Other papers concerning the Lasseter expedition, 1930-1932, are located at MLMSS 5152 (CY Reel 2035, frames 1-47).
    See also microfilm reel CY 1147 (358 frames) concerning other manuscript items relating to Lewis Harold Bell Lasseter (A 3043, A 2753, A 6962 - A 6964).
    Digital order no:Album ID : 823469
  • Subject
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