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896753
  • Title
    Philip Chauncy diaries and survey books, 1840-1875
  • Creator
  • Call number
    DLMSQ 11
  • Level of description
    fonds
  • Date

    1840-1875
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    896753
  • Issue Copy
    Partially Microfilmed : CY 4926 (See contents for details)
  • Physical Description
    0.12 metres of textual material - manuscript
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    Philip Lamothe Snell Chauncy, sketcher, amateur photographer and surveyor, was born 21 June 1816 in England at Datchet, Bucks. He arrived in South Australia in 1839, went to Swan River, and was appointed assistant Surveyor at Perth in 1841. In 1853, he went to Victoria, and was appointed District Surveyor of Heathcote. In 1861, he was transferred to Dunnolly as District Surveyor. He was a major contributor to R. Brough Smyth's "Aborigines of Victoria" (1878)
  • Scope and Content
    I. Diaries, 1 Jan. 1840-30 Dec. 1866. 16v. Unpaged. Each volume includes accounts of personal receipts and expenditure as well as description of social and professional activities.

    Item 1. 1 Jan. 1840- 25 Jun. 1840 South Australia
    Item 2. 21 Apr. 1841- 31 Dec. 1841, Western Australia (CY 4926, frames 1-66)
    Item 3. 22 Jun. 1842- 31 Dec. 1843, Western Australia (CY 4926, frames 67-164)
    Item 4. 1 Jan. 1844- 27 May 1846, Western Australia (CY 4926, frames 165-303)
    Item 5. 1846-25 Jun. 1847, Western Australia. Includes survey of York Road (CY 4926, frames 304-380)
    Item 6. 1847- 31 Dec. 1848, Western Australia and travels to Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Melbourne and Sydney (CY 4926, frames 381-518)
    Item 7. 1 Jan. 1849-31 Dec. 1849, Western Australia. Includes survey of a Section of 320a in the Valley of the Chittering on Lake Needonga.. (CY 4926, frames 519-613)
    Item 8. 1 Jan. 1850- 31 Dec. 1850, Western Australia (CY 4926, frames 614-691)
    Item 9. 1 Jan. 1851- 2 May 1853, Western Australia (CY 4926, frames 692-832)
    Item 10. 1 May 1853- 31 Dec. 1854. Guildford, Middle Swan, Western Australia; Prahran, Geelong, Mt. Ivor, Heathcote, Vic. (CY 4926, frames 833-877)
    Item 11. 1 Jan. 1854- 31 Dec. 1854, Heathcote, Vic.
    Item 12. 2 Jan. 1855- 15 Jan. 1856, Heathcote, Vic.
    Item 13. 1 Jan. 1856- 31 Jul. 1857. Diaries and accounts, Heathcote, Vic.
    Item 14. 1 Aug. 1857- 2 Feb. 1858, Heathcote, Vic.
    Item 15. 1 Jan. 1860- 31 Dec. 1860, Heathcote, Vic.
    Item 16. 1 Jan. 1866- 30 Dec. 1866, Heathcote, Vic.

    II Surveys, 1854- 1858. 2v. Unpaged.
    Item 17. Survey of Mount Ida Creek and Heathcote, Vic. 1854.
    Item 18. Field book of survey of roads between Kilmore and Avinal, Vic. 1858

    III. Notes on surveying and related practices, 1875
    Item 19. Notes on surveying and related practices, written for his son, Auscher Philip Chauncy, Nov. 1875. Handwritten copies & extracts of lectures and articles, including: To find a meridian line - from William’s Practical Geodesy, 1846; Humboldt’s Cosmos; Scripture & geology, Dr Pye Smith; a lecture on theories of colour vision and an extract from a pamphlet entitled The Aborigines of Australia, a lecture delivered in the Mechanics Hall, Melbourne before the John Knox Young Mens Association May 6 1852, by Edward Stone Parker former Assistant Protector of Aborigines

    IV. Notebook, 1838-1879
    Item 20. Notebook, 1838-1879, containing miscellaneous material. Includes draft of letter 1838 by P.L. and W.S. Chauncy to London publishers, with draft of account by unnamed female emigrant, of the merits or otherwise of settlement in New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia, list of West Australian fauna with their aboriginal names, 1842. 4 pages have been torn out. (CY 4926, frames 878-925)

    V. Accounts, 1840-1841
    Item 21. Pages of accounts, 26 June 1840-20 April 1841, probably from missing diary. 4pp. (CY 4926, frames 926-932)
  • General note

    Transferred from DLSPENCER 338
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