Collection UQFL10 - Hume Family Papers

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Hume Family Papers


  • 1865-1934 (Creation)

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8 boxes, 14 parcels.

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Biographical history

Walter Cunningham Hume (1839–1921),a surveyor, migrated to Queensland from England in 1962. He was joined by his widowed mother and four siblings. He married Anna Kate “Katie” Fowler in Brisbane, Australia in 1866. Three of the eight children of Walter and Katie Hume survived - Ethel Stansfield Hume, Bertram Cunningham Hume and Albert Steward Hume. During their time in Australia, the Hume's lived in Drayton, Stanthorpe, Toowoomba and Brisbane. After Walter Hume retired in 1901 the family returned to England and travelled the world. Walter Hume spent almost 40 years surveying the Darling Downs region of Queensland. He was an active photographer in the pre-federation period of Australian history and continued to photograph family and events after retirement.

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Collection previously titled as: Papers, 1865-1934
Collection alternatively titled as: Hume family collection / Hume collection.

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Scope and content

Papers of Walter Cunningham Hume (1840 – 1921), surveyor and Chief Commissioner for Lands for Queensland; his wife Katie, daughter Ethel, brother Washington Hume, and members of both their families in England. They lived at Drayton, Toowoomba, and Brisbane. Includes personal correspondence, photograph albums, travel journals, diaries, and notebooks.

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  • English

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Material from this collection has been cited in:
Benjamin, Roger. (2016). Biskra : sortilèges d'une oasis. Paris : Institut du monde arabe ; Algiers, Algeria : Musée national d'art moderne et contemporain.
Davies, Hilary Joan. (2004). The Hume family of Toowoomba and Brisbane : a case study of middle-class social mobility in colonial Queensland. PhD thesis, The University of Queensland School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics.
Davies, Hilary Joan. (2011). Surveying success : the Hume family in colonial Queensland. Salisbury, Qld. : Boolarong Press.
McConnel, Katherine. 'The people's stories: Queensland and Federation'. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, Culture, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2002: 161-169. Cultural Heritage Series.
Richards, Matthew Daniel McCormack. (2010). Race around Cairns: representations, perceptions and realities of race in the Trinity Bay district 1876-1908. PhD thesis, James Cook University.
Thorley, Virginia and Sioda, Tomasz. 'Selection criteria for wet-nurses: Ancient recommendations that survived across time'. Breastfeeding Review, Vol. 24, No. 3, Nov 2016: 13-24.
Thorley, V. (2015). 'A mother, yet not ‘mother’: the occupation of wet-nursing', Journal of Family Studies, 21:3, 305-323.
Thorpe, B. (1996). Colonial Queensland : perspectives on a frontier society. University of Queensland Press.
Watson, D., McKay, J., & Queensland Museum. (1994). Queensland architects of the 19th century : a biographical dictionary. Brisbane: Queensland Museum.

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222718731 ; 1096583981

Libraries Australia ID

21561086 ; 63005021

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Revised, Linda Justo, 1-Jul-2021. Updated incomplete citation, Amanda Main 13-Jan-2020. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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