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Mary Montgomerie Bennett Papers
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Mary Montgomerie Bennett Papers

  • UQFL202
  • Collection
  • 1839-1929?

The collection comprises two bound scrapbooks of records collected by Mary Montgomerie Bennett when compiling the history of her father, Sir Robert Christison; correspondence; and glass plate negatives. The bound volumes include: newspaper cuttings, extracts of newspaper cuttings, pamphlets, photographs, reprints of articles, and typescripts written by or relating to Sir Robert Christison and the Dalleburra people who lived on the same land. Most of the material covers the period 1870 to 1910. The correspondence is that received by Mrs Bennet regarding her book Christison of Lammermoor. There are notes compiled by Mrs Bennett that accompany the 21 glass plate negatives created by Mary Christison, Mary Bennett mother. The slides are of Lammermoor Homestead and a portrait of Robert Christison, most taken by Mary Christison between the years 1896 to 1910; and of individuals in the Dalleburra Tribe, Mitchell District in North Queensland, 1870 to 1900, taken by Mary Christison.

Bennett, M. M. (Mary Montgomerie), 1881-1961

Records collected by Mrs Bennett when compiling the history of Robert Christison, 1837-1915

Two bound scrapbooks of records collected by Mary M. Bennett when compiling the history of her father, Sir Robert Christison, The bound volumes include: newspaper cuttings, extracts of newspaper cuttings, pamphlets, photographs, reprints of articles, and typescripts written by or relating to Sir Robert Christison and the Dalleburra people who lived on the same land. Most of the material covers the period 1870 to 1910.

Bennett, M. M. (Mary Montgomerie), 1881-1961

Records collected by Mrs Bennett & presented to Queensland University : Vol. 1

Scrapbook with handwritten page numbering to 138 with records collected by Mary Bennet. On page.iv "Volume I :Pamplets and notes by Robert Christison, photographs, etc." Contains photographs, reprints and typescripts written by or relating to Sir Robert Christison and also relating to the Dalleburra people who lived on the same land as him.

Includes:
• a comprehensive index;
• article by S. E. Pearson (1928) 'In the tracks of the pioneers : iv. The laird of Lammermoor', The Pastoral review;
• typescript extracts from letter from C. W. Bowly to Mrs Bennett;
• 'Photograph of a korobbery [sic] of the Dalleburra tribe', taken in 1874 by C. W. Bowley;
• 'Photograph of the old Lammermoor Homestead', taken in 1874 by C. W. Bowly;
• typescript pages with title 'Dalleburra Dictionary' (8 leaves);
• typescript page with title 'Dictionary of the Dalleburras on the Upper Thomson, by R. Christison (The Australian Race, ny E. M. Curr.)' ;
• typescript page with title 'Proper names';
• typescript page with title 'Aboriginal songs';
• copy of M.M. Bennett's article 'Notes on the Dalleburra Tribe of Northern Queensland', reprinted from the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute vol. LVII, 1972;
• newspaper cuttings pasted onto pages, which include articles by M. M. Bennett, and many from the Townsville Daily Bulletin
• papers relating to Alexander Christison: biography, births days of his children, photographs of him, copy of his pamplet titled ‘Saint Paul as a tent-maker’;
• biographical information on Robert Christison;
• pamphlets by Robert Christison: ‘United Australia and Imperial Federation’ (1888); ‘Our colonies suffering a recover : a paper read by Robert Christison at Hobart on March 15th, 1894’
• pamphlets: ‘A letter from the Bishop of North Queensland to the contributors to the North Queensland Church Fund’ (1879);
• 90 b&w photographs.

The photographs are taken between 1896 and 1910 mostly by Mary Christison (nee Godsell) and include views of the Lammermoor Station, Lammermoor homestead, Lammermoor musterers, the Lammermoor herd, Robert Christison, Robert Gray, Charlotte Gray, Fanny Allingham, Dr R. L. Jack (Geologist), Mrs Jack, Mary Sympson Christison (nee Tovey), Bishop Stanton, Mary Christison (nee Godsell), and 21 portrait photographs of individual members of the Dalleburra tribe, dated 1898.

Records collected by Mrs Bennett & presented to Queensland University : Vol. II

Scrapbook with handwritten page numbering to 329 with records collected by Mary Bennet. On page.iii "Volume II : Extracts from the Queenslander, Brisbane Courier, North Queensland Herald, and other papers, also corresondence dealing with the foundation of a School of Tropical Agriculture in the University of Queensland". These extracts are mostly typescript copies of letters written to newspapers by R. Christison, articles or results for Lammermoor Station for their cattle and horses. They relate to railways, The Australian Company, droughts, water conservation, agricultural activities and exporting, the export meat trade, the strike of 1891, strike of 1894, frozen meat trade, Hughenden Show, droughts, ticks, the Townsville Show results (from 1894 to to 1908), papers and correspondence by Robert Christison urging the establishment of colleges of tropical pastoral and agriculture science in Queensland. Christison gifted £1000.00 towards establishing a Chair in Tropical Agriculture in the University of Queensland.

Correspondence and notes.

Two folders: 1. 9 letters, typescript and handwritten, received by Mrs Bennett from overseas institutions and friends re her donation and her book Christison of Lammermoor; and 2. accompanying notes compiled by Mrs Bennett for the slides in Series C.

Bennett, M. M. (Mary Montgomerie), 1881-1961

Glass plate negatives

21 glass plate negatives created by Mary Christison:

  1. ‘Mattamundukka waterhole at the Lammermoor Homestead’, published in Bennett, Mary M., ‘Records’, Vol 1, p70
  2. ‘Mattemundukka on Tower Hill Creek’
  3. ‘Lammermoor Homestead’
  4. ‘Royal Wilton Stud cows’
  5. ‘My last muster’
  6. ‘Robert Christison in 1857’
  7. Notes of race on back of photograph of R Christison
  8. ‘R Christison, 1912’
  9. ‘R Christison, 1877’ [damaged]
  10. ‘Tommy’, full portrait of a young child taken in 1898
  11. ‘Tommy’, in European dress in garden taken in 1898
  12. ‘Warmbunny’ taken in 1898
  13. ‘Charley’, portrait taken in 1898
  14. ‘Kyra’, portrait taken in 1898
  15. ‘Kyra’, portrait taken in 1898
  16. ‘Ko Bro’, portrait taken in 1896
  17. ‘Topsy’, portrait taken in 1898
  18. ‘Ko Bro’, portrait taken in 1898
  19. ‘Ko Bro’ portrait taken in 1896
  20. ‘Wyma’, portrait taken in 1898
  21. ‘Ko Bro, Wyma and friends’.

Bennett, M. M. (Mary Montgomerie), 1881-1961