Collection UQFL418 - M.W.D. White Collection

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M.W.D. White Collection


  • 1850-2016 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

7 boxes, 6 albums, 3 parcels

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Name of creator


Biographical history

Dr Michael White OAM QC is a barrister and legal academic with a particular specialism in maritime law. After a career in the Royal Australian Navy, retiring as a Lieutenant-Commander in 1969, he studied law at the University of Queensland and became a barrister, eventually being made Queen's Counsel in 1988. Since 1999 he has been an academic at the University of Queensland. He has a particular interest in family history, and has collected extensive research material on different branches of the Duckett White family in Australia, culminating in the publication of two books: An early settler : the Duckett White family in Australia (1990) and 19th Century Pioneer: Frank Villeneuve Nicholson Family in Australia (2016).

Archival history

Collection previously titled as: Papers, 1886-1999
Collection previously titled as: Michael William Duckett White Collection.
Collection previously titled as: Michael William Duckett White Papers

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

All materials acquired from Michael White.

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Scope and content

Research material relating histories of the Duckett White, the Macdonald, the Nicholson and the Morisset families.

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System of arrangement

Materials are arranged into series and sub-series based on the family to which they are related.

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Conditions governing access

Unrestricted access.

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Copyright applies.

Language of material

  • English

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Related units of description

Further manuscript material relating to the Macdonald family is located at F1547.
Nancy Macdonald (nee Armitage) is the author of F2525.

Publication note

Material from this collection is referenced in White, Michael. An early settler : the Duckett White family in Australia. Ashgrove, Qld.: Hennessy Investments, 1990.

Publication note

Drafts for White, Michael. 19th Century Pioneer: Frank Villeneuve Nicholson Family in Australia. St Lucia QLD, Australia: Dr Michael White OAM QC, 2016 are contained in this collection.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Revised, FF, 27-Feb-2020. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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  • Box: UQFL418 Box 1
  • Box: UQFL418 Box 2
  • Box: UQFL418 Box 3
  • Box: UQFL418 Box 4
  • Box: UQFL418 Box 5
  • Box: UQFL418 Box 6
  • Box: UQFL418 Box 7
  • Album: UQFL418 Album 1
  • Album: UQFL418 Album 2
  • Album: UQFL418 Album 3
  • Album: UQFL418 Album 4
  • Album: UQFL418 Album 5
  • Album: UQFL418 Album 6
  • Parcel: UQFL418 Parcel 1
  • Parcel: UQFL418 Parcel 2
  • Parcel: UQFL418 Parcel 3