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  • Title
    Selfe family papers and pictorial material, 1853-1948
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  • Physical Description
    2.5 metres of textual material (12 boxes and 1 outsize item)
    17 drawings
    118 photographic prints
    Approximately 500 photographic postcards (7 boxes)
    8 plans
    221 negatives (3 boxes)
    53 architectural drawings
    595 photographs in 5 albums - chiefly photographic prints (5 boxes)

    Norman Selfe, 1839-1911, engineer was born in England and arrived in Sydney in 1855. Selfe’s engineering achievements were extensive and included the design of the first double-ended screw ferry, ‘Wallaby’, the design of the first ice-making machine in N.S.W., the first lifts, the first concrete quay wall in Sydney Harbour and of particular importance was his design of a cantilever harbour bridge from Dawes Point to McMahons Point, 1903. He was a founder of the Engineering Association of N.S.W., 1870 and from 1887-1889, Selfe was acting President of the Board of Technical Education. The Sydney suburb of Normanhurst was named after him.

    Norma Catherine Selfe and Rhoda Jane Selfe, daughters of Norman Selfe, were kindergarten school teachers who in 1913 spent some time in Italy being trained by Dr. Maria Montessori in her revolutionary method of education. The Misses Selfe opened a school in the Sydney suburb of Ashfield, N.S.W.
  • Scope and Content
    Collection includes papers, drawings and photographs relating to engineering projects of Norman Selfe, including Sydney Harbour Bridge, 1853-ca. 1910; papers and photographs relating to teacher training, especially Montessori teaching methods, of Norma and Rhoda Selfe, 1880-1948; and travel photographs of the Selfe family.

    SERIES 01
    Norman Selfe papers, ca. 1880-1910

    SERIES 02
    Norma Selfe and Rhoda Selfe papers, ca. 1908-1948

    SERIES 03
    Drawings and artwork, 1853-1854 / by Norman Selfe

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    Albums of photographs and postcards of the Selfe family, ca. 1865-1920

    SERIES 05
    Photographic prints collected by the Selfe family including Montessori classes in Italy and Australia and German bridges collected by Norman Selfe, ca. 1880-1914

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    Postcards and lettercards collected by the Selfe family, ca. 1900-1912

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    Plans and engineering drawings, ca. 1860-1910 / drawn or collected by Norman Selfe

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    Glass negatives of Norman Selfe and family and other scenes, ca. 1880-1910

    SERIES 09
    Competition plans for Sydney Harbour Bridge, first, second and third competitions, 1899-1903 / by Norman Selfe

    SERIES 10
    Additions to Old Gilligaloola, Hornsby, residence of Norman Selfe, 1920s / by J.A. Kethel
  • Source
    Presented by Lady Deer, 1981 Pic.Acc.4944
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