Item Item 1 - Small newspaper cutting book

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UQFL418-Series B-Subseries 1-Item 1


Small newspaper cutting book


  • 1891-1893 (Creation)

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1 hardback book

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Biographical history

Civil servant Alexander Rose Macdonald was born in Inverness in 1845 and initially migrated to Australia to grow sugar in a business venture with his brother which ultimately failed. Following this, he joined the public service working in various positions in North Queensland, including as an Immigration Agent, Police Magistrate and Gold Warden, before becoming Undersecretary of Mines and Gold Warden for Brisbane in 1899. He married Nancy Armitage in 1880. He retired in 1915 and died in 1931. He is buried at Toowong Cemetary.

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Hardback book containing newspaper cuttings relating to Supreme Court matters and gold in North Queensland. Pages up to 162 have been paginated on the upper corner in red pen. There are many annotations throughout. Some cuttings are loose.

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Unrestricted access although fragility of material means care must be taken when handling.

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Copyright expired.

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  • English

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Item is fragile due to age and extensive insect damage. Some cuttings are loose and care should be taken when handling.

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Created, FF, 17-Nov-2020




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  • Box: UQFL418 Box 2