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||Sydney : Library Committee of the Commonwealth Parliament, <1914-1925; 1997->
<37 v.> ; 22 cm.
- Series I. Governors' despatches to and from England, 1788-1848. (26 v.), published 1914-1925
- Series III. Despatches and papers relating to the settlement of the states. (9 v.), published 1921-1923; 1997-
- Series IV. Legal papers. (1 v.), published 1922.
The vision for this project was broader than the eventual product. Seven separate series were envisaged, of which only three ever appeared (I, III, IV). Each volume contains transcriptions of the official documentation between the Colonial Office and the local governments in the different states. Series I provides the Governor's despatches to and from England, Series III contains documents related to the settlement of the states (especially Tasmania) while Series IV which has barely begun, features documents relating to the legal system. Between 1914 and 1925, with a two-year suspension during WWI, Watson collated, edited and supervised the publication of 33 volumes of documents covering the period 1786 to 1848. The project recommenced in 1997 and the volumes produced since then in the 'resumed series' (Series III, vol. 7-10) have appeared sporadically, published by Melbourne University Press and the University of Tasmania.
Some vols. reprinted.
||Australia - History - Sources.
||Watson, Frederick, 1878-1945 | Australia. Parliament. Library Committee
Governors' despatches to and from England, 1788-1848
Despatches and papers relating to the settlement of the states
Legal papers, 1786-1827
Resumed series III
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