Collection UQFL96 - James G. Drake Papers

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James G. Drake Papers


  • 1875-1929. (Creation)

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2 boxes, 1 parcel.

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Biographical history

Journalist and publisher, politician and lawyer. Arrived in Australia from England 1873. Worked as a journalist and barrister. Elected to Queensland Parliament as member for Enoggera 1888 to 1899 and to Queensland Legislative Council 1899 to 1901. Entered federal politics in 1901 as senator for Queensland. Was Postmaster-General 1901 to 1903, Minister for Defence August to September 1903 and Attorney General 1906. In 1910 he became Crown Prosecutor for Central Queensland and from 1921 was engaged in private legal practice. Drake’s publishing activities include his association with the following newspapers The Boomerang, Progress and Commonwealth: an Australian national journal. Partners in the Boomerang Newspaper Company were initially William Lane, Alfred Walker and James George Drake. Drake was also editor and proprietor of Progress (1899 to 1901) and Commonwealth (1906).

Archival history

Collection previously titled as: Papers, 1875-1929
Collection alternatively titled as: James G. Drake Collection.

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Scope and content

Manuscripts, typescripts, photocopies, photographs and painting. Correspondence, essays and articles; material associated with Drake’s publishing activities; invitations, programmes and commemorative souvenirs, etc. newspaper cuttings and cuttings books, notebook and miscellaneous material.

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Unrestricted access.

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Language of material

  • English

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Uploaded finding aid

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Publication note

Material from this collection has been cited in:
Thorpe, B. (1996). Colonial Queensland : perspectives on a frontier society. University of Queensland Press.

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OCLC Number

222660767 ; 1058666083

Libraries Australia ID

21260447 ; 63004952



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Dates of creation revision deletion

Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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