Letters, 1894-1899, newspaper cutting, 1896 and other papers concerning Aboriginal words and place names of New South Wales. There are several lists of Aboriginal words and their meanings and place names and their modern names. Also includes a letter, 1881 Dec. 29 to Honorable George Thornton, MLC, Sydney by the Principal Under Secretary, Colonial Secretary's Office, informing Thornton that the governor has appointed him protector of the Aborigines. Other correspondencts include John Robson?; W. Wentworth Bucknell, General Secretary, Anthropological Society of Australasia; Archibald Campbell of the Illawarra Mercury, Wollongong; and Clement R. Markham, President of the Royal Geographic Society, London.
New South Wales politician. Served on the Legislative Council, 1877-1901. Founding councillor of the N.S.W. Aborigines Protection Association in 1880 and on 1881 Dec. 29, was officially appointed protector of the Aborigines. Founding chairman of Aborigines Protection Board, 1883. Thornton had a interest in the orthography of Aboriginal place names.