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  • Title
    Gregson family papers, 1855-1920
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 7463
  • Level of description
  • Date

    1855-1856; 1885-1920
  • Type of material
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  • Physical Description
    2 boxes - 0.36 Meters
    Textual Records
    Textual Records - (typescript)
    Textual Records - (printed)

    Jesse Gregson (1837-1919) was born at Kent, England, son of William and Caroline Gregson. He arrived at Sydney in 1856 travelling to Cassilis to stay with the Busby family at 'Llangollen', and then to work at 'Collaroy' station. Gregson and Alexander Busby travelled overland to an area near Springsure in Queensland to establish a new pastoral property, 'Rainsworth'. In 1874 Gregson was appointed superintendent of the Australian Agricultural Company and held the position until 1905. In 1880 Gregson built a home at Mt Wilson where he pursued his interest in botany. His botanical specimins are preserved in the National Herbarium of NSW.[ref:ADB 4]
    William Hilder Gregson (1877-1916) was the son of Jesse Gregson and his wife Catherine, nee Woore. He was educated at All Saints College, Bathurst, and the University of Sydney where he graduated Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Engineering. Gregson worked at Broken Hill from 1901 to 1905 and then travelled to America where he worked in Canada for some years. In 1912 he married Grace Busby, nee Ranken and widow of George Busby, by whom he had one daughter Catherine Grace. In 1915 Gregson enlisted in the AIF embarking for Egypt in 1915 and then to France in 1916. He was killed in northern France in 1916.
    Helen Gregson was the daughter of Jesse and Catherine Gregson.
  • Scope and Content
    1855-1856, date unknown; 'Journal of my voyage to Australia in 1855', being ms. pages recording details of Jesse Gregson's voyage to Australia; together with 'Extracts from my Father's Memoirs, supplementing his diary of his trip out in 1856', date unknown (Call No.: MLMSS7463/1)
    1885,1889,1898-1914; Papers of William Hilder Gregson, including letters sent to his mother Catherine Gregson from his school at Bathurst; copies of testimonials and references; genealogical notes; photograph of William Hilder Gregson, his wife Grace and baby daughter Catherine Grace Gregson, together with Jesse Gregson probably at Mt. Wilson, ca.1914 (Call No.: MLMSS 7463/1)
    1901-1904; 'Willie's letters from Broken Hill', being 6 vols. of ms. letters sent by William Hilder Gregson to relatives while he was working for BHP at Broken Hill (Call No.: MLMSS 7463/1)
    1905; Passport issued to William Hilder Gregson 13 Apr. 1905 (Call No.: MLMSS 7463/2)
    1905-1910; 'Willie's letters from America', being 5 vols. of ms. letters sent by William Hilder Gregson while travelling and working in America and Canada (Call No.: MLMSS 7463/2)
    1915-1920; Letters sent by William Hilder Gregson from Egypt and France, 1915-1916; newscuttings, 1917; programme of the Unveiling of Roll of Honour of University Soldiers who have Fallen, 11 October 1919; letter to Mrs G. Gregson from Major G.L. Phillips, officer in charge of Australian Graves Services enclosing a photograph [not with these papers] of the grave of Sergeant W.H. Gregson, 7th Field Company Engineers , 1920 (Call No.: MLMSS 7463/2)
    1905-1906; Diary, being detailed travel diary kept by Helen Gregson, daughter of Jesse Gregson, on a trip to Canada and England, illustrated with photographs and postcards (Call No.: MLMSS 7463/2)
  • Source
    Presented by Mrs Catherine G. MacLean in 1995
  • 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
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright status:: In copyright
    Research & study copies allowed: Author has been deceased for more than 50 years
    Copyright holder:: State Library of New South Wales
    Rights and Restrictions Information:: No publication without prior written approval of copyright holder
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
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