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  • Title
    Series 01: Street family - papers of Sir Philip Street, 1890-1938
  • Call number
    MLMSS 1686 ADD-ON 2203/Boxes 1-4
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    Philip Whistler Street, chief justice and lieutenant governor of NSW, was born in 1863, second son of John Rendell Street and Susannah Caroline, nee Lawson, granddaughter of explorer William Lawson. He was educated at Waverley Hall, Sydney Grammar School and the University of Sydney, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1883. Street studied law under Mr Cecil Stephen and was admitted to the Bar in 1886. He married Belinda Maud Poolman in 1888. He accepted an acting judicial appointment in 1906 and was appointed a judge in the Supreme Court of NSW in 1907. Street was appointed chief judge in equity in 1918, and chief justice of the Supreme Court of NSW in 1925. He was appointed K.C.M.G. in 1928. He spent much of 1929 in England with his wife. He was commissioned lieutenant governor of NSW in 1930 and in this role administered the state in the absence of the governor three times between 1934 and 1937. Street retired as chief justice in 1933. He died in 1938, survived by his wife Belinda, Lady Street and his sons Kenneth Whistler Street (1890-1972) and Ernest Whistler Street (1898-1967). is second son, Laurence Whistler Street (1893-1915) was killed in action at Gallipoli in May 1915.
  • Scope and Content
    A. Correspondence, 1929-1936
    B. Papers, 1890-1938
    C. Visitors Books, 1934-1937
    D. Printed material, 1917-1932

    BOX 1

    A. Correspondence, 1929-1936

    Folder 1
    1929; Letters received, being mainly letters sent by professional associates during Sir Philip Street's visit to England. Correspondents include judges David Ferguson, James Campbell, Langer Owen, John Harvey, William Parker and Alexander Gordon

    Folder 2
    1929; Letters received, being letters sent by family members during Sir Philip Street's visit to England. Correspondents include Kenneth Street, Jessie Street, Belinda Street, Philippa Street, Roger Street, Ernest Street and Norah Street

    Folder 3
    1926-1936; Letters received

    Folder 4
    1936; Cables received, being carbon typescripts of official cables sent by the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs on behalf of the British government during the abdication crisis of 1936

    B. Papers, 1890-1938

    Folder 5 / Items 1-3
    1914-1921; Papers concerning Laurence Whistler Street (1893-1915), including Ms. transcript of letter written by Laurence W. Street describing landing at Gallipoli, 1915; letters of condolence; Commission as lieutenant in the AIF; studio portrait of Laurence W. Street in uniform

    Item 1: Letter by Laurence W. Street describing landing at Gallipoli, and condolence letters, 1915, transcribed by Philip Street

    Item 2: Official letters of condolence concerning Laurence Whistler Street, 1919, 1921

    Item 3: Laurence Whistler Street photograph and papers, ca. 1914-1918

    BOX 2

    1890-1932; Miscellaneous papers, being invitations, menu cards, booklets and programmes including, official invitation 'To commemorate the establishment at Canberra of the Seat of Government of the Commonwealth of Australia, May 9th 1927'

    1914-1935; Papers of Philip Whistler Street, being miscellaneous papers and speeches given by Philip Street and others on his retirement in 1933

    ca.1925-1938; Speeches given by Philip Whistler Street, being Ms. corrected drafts

    1917-1932; Papers concerning the estate of the late Miss Harriett M. Poolman

    1936; Bookplate, being bookplate designed by Gayfield Shaw for presentation to King George V. and including an explanatory letter to Sir Philip Street from Shaw

    BOX 3

    1908-1917; Cash book, being cash book of Philip Whistler Street

    C. Visitors Books, 1934-1937
    1934-1936; 'List of Callers on His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor and Lady Street', being three bound volumes

    1933-1937; 'Visitors Book of His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor and Lady Street', being one bound volume

    D. Printed material, 1917-1932
    1917-1928; Published journals, being 'Hermes' (1917-1918); 'Blackacre' (1926); and 'The Pauline' (1928)

    BOX 4

    1919-1923; Catalogues, being catalogues (3) of art exhibitions

    1932; Newscuttings, being part of 'Daily Telegraph' 5 Feb. 1932 including article about Sir Philip Street
  • General note

    State Library of New South Wales collection of World War I papers (MLMSS 1686 ADD-ON 2203/Box 1/Folder 5/Items 1-3)
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