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Incomplete letter from Sir Stuart Donaldson to M. D. Hunter, April 1857

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Incomplete letter from Sir Stuart Donaldson to M. D. Hunter, April 1857

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MLMSS 10237

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Y0KxGXa1

Incomplete letter from Sir Stuart Donaldson to M. D. Hunter, April 1857

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Incomplete letter from Sir Stuart Donaldson to M. D. Hunter, April 1857

Full title

Incomplete letter from Sir Stuart Donaldson to M. D. Hunter, April 1857

Author / Creator

Date

April 1857

Call Numbers

MLMSS 10237

Record Identifier

Y0KxGXa1
Physical Description

Contents

0.01 metres of textual material (1 folder) - manuscript

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Fonds

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Out of copyright : Author died more than 70 years ago

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Contents

Last page of a manuscript letter from Sir Stuart Donaldson to Matthew D. Hunter of "Anton's Hill" in Coldstream, Berwick. Date is missing but Sydney postmark indicates April 1857. Single sheet of wove paper comprising the letter on one side and address panel on the verso along with a blue NSW sixpence stamp and other post marks, and a writer’s gree...

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Full title

Incomplete letter from Sir Stuart Donaldson to M. D. Hunter, April 1857

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Source

Purchased from Hordern House Rare Books, April 2019.

Administrative / Biographical history

Stuart Alexander Donaldson, merchant, pastoralist and Premier of NSW, was born in England in 1812 and came to Australia in 1835 to work with Richard Jones & Co. Within two years he became a partner in the business and then manager when Jones retired in 1838. In 1841 he took up the large sheep runs of Tenterfield and Clifton in the New England district. He fought a duel with Sir Thomas Mitchell in 1851 but neither man was injured. Donaldson held several public positions and was a founder of both the Australian and Union Clubs. He entered politics when he won a bye-election in 1848 for Durham in the old Legislative Council. Following responsible government he was elected to the NSW Legislative Assembly for the seat of Sydney Hamlets. In June 1856 he was sworn in as the first Premier of NSW but he resigned in August when his government lost a vote. He remained in Parliament and served as Colonial Treasurer for two years and was also a Commissioner for Railways in 1857. He returned to England in 1859 and was knighted the following year. He twice sought election to the House of Commons in 1860 and 1861 but was unsuccessful both times. He died in 1867.

Reference:
Australian Dictionary of Biography. http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/donaldson-sir-stuart-alexander-3425/text5209 (Accessed online 17 June 2019).
Mitchell Library correspondence file....

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MLMSS 10237

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Y0KxGXa1

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