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456497
  • Title
    Louis Becke papers, 1881-1912
  • Creator
  • Call number
    Safe 1/8
  • Level of description
    fonds
  • Date

    1881-1912
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    456497
  • Issue Copy
    : George Winchcombe diary).
    Microfilm : CY 4684 (Safe 1/8, Items 1-4)
  • Physical Description
    0.13 metres of textual material (1box) - manuscript, printed
    Photographs
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    Louis Becke (1855-1913) is best known for his novels and short stories, many of which were based on his adventures as a traveller and trader in the Pacific. His first collection of short stories, By Reef and Palm, was published in 1894 and throughout his life he wrote regularly for the Bulletin.
  • Scope and Content
    14 Jan. 1883 - Oct. 1912; Correspondence. Comprises letters received by Becke, copies of letters sent, and copies of personal documents. Contents include: personal letters from his mother Caroline, 1883, his brother Vernon, 1808-1809, and his daughter Nora, 1912; correspondence with publishers Thomas Werner Laurie and Henry Brett, and with representatives of Chamber's Journal, Port Macquarie News, Whitcombe and Tombs and others, concerning the publication of his work; two letters from Irish travel writer W.A. FitzGerald, 1909; copy of Becke's birth certificate and copy of certificate of his marriage to Nelea Tikena at Nukufetau in the Ellice Islands (now Tuvalu) in 1881; letter from Nora Becke to her cousin Florrie Becke, Sept. 1895 (Call No.: Safe 1/8, Item 1: Issue CY 4684)
    1905-1908; Legal documents, comprising copyright royalty agreements, 1905-1908, and power of attorney, 1908 (Call No.: Safe 1/8, Item 2: Issue CY 4684)
    1908-1912; Miscellaneous papers comprising mainly accounts, 1911-1912, newscuttings, 1910, 1912, and bankbook, 1908-1909 (Call No.: Safe 1/8, Item 3: Issue CY 4684)
    June 1896; Photographic portrait of Fanny Sabina Long taken at The Crown Studios, Sydney (2 copies) (Call No.: Safe 1/8, Item 4: Issue CY 4684)

    GEORGE P. WINCHCOMBE
    7 May 1881 - 2 Dec. 1887; Notebook. The notebook includes extracts from Winchcombe's diary, 7 May 1881 - 2 Dec. 1887, which records events on Nukufetau in the Ellice Islands including Becke's arrival on the island and his marriage. Cover title: '1884, Nukufetau, Registry of Vessels, Genl. Memos & Some Petty Accounts'. The book includes accounts of goods traded and records Winchcombe's views on the island's customs and laws. There are some remarks about the nearby atoll of Nunumea. (Call No.: Safe 1/8, Item 5: Issue CY 491B, frames 251-297)
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    Digital order no: Album ID : 823814
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