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Papers of Lyndhurst Falkiner Giblin 1885-1965 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2950469
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Giblin, L. F. (Lyndhurst Falkiner), 1872-1951
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Description 1885-1965 
60 cm. 

Letters from Professor L.F. Giblin to his wife, to his sisters Edith and Ella, and his brother Allan; to Professor A.G B. Fisher et al. Letters from Melbourne University, the ANU, the Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics, to Mrs. Giblin. Correspondence between J.M. Garland and Dr. Rupert Scheider. Canberra diary of Mrs. Eilean Giblin. 31/8/1940-13/8/1941 ; 1/1/1942-18/10/1943.

List of Correspondents -- Bennett, Samuel -- Brigden, James Bristock -- Clausen, Francis Felix -- Copland, Sir Douglas Berry -- Crawford, Sidney -- Duffy, William B. -- Dyason, Edward Clarence -- Earp, Frank Russell -- Exley, Harold James -- Firth, Gerald G. -- Fisher, Allan George Barnard -- Garland, John M. -- Gepp, Sir Herbert William -- Giblin, Aella -- Giblin, Alan -- Giblin, Desmond -- Giblin, Edith -- Giblin, Mrs Eilean L.F. -- Giblin, Emily Jean Mrs -- Giblin, Lyndhurst F. -- Gibson, Alexander Boyce -- Gifford, John Liddle King -- Hall, Mrs Edith M. 6Hytten, Torleiv -- Johnston, Walter Lindsay -- Lyons, Joseph Aloysius -- McMinn, Jas. C. -- Massy-Greene, Sir Walter -- Niemeyer, Sir Otto -- Pitt, George Henry -- Reddaway, William Brian -- Richardson, Martin -- Schieder, Dr Rupert M. -- Shann, Edward Owen -- Sheppard, John -- Simpson, George -- Theodore, Edward G. -- Wadham, Samuel McMahon -- Walker, Edward Ronald -- Wickens, Sir Charles -- Wilson, Sir Roland -- Wood, Gordon Leslie.

Full contents
  • Series descriptions: Series 1: Letters from Giblin to his wife: 419 letters written by Giblin to his wife from 1917 to 1950; they are arranged in chronological order.
  • Series 2: Letters from Giblin to his sister Aella: Letters to his sister Aella from 1890-1938; type script copies are also included.
  • Series 3: Letters from Giblin to his sister Edith (Mrs Hall): Typescript copies of letters to his sister Edith between the years 1885-1951.
  • Series 4: Letters from Giblin to his brother Alan: Small number of letters to his brother Alan, from 1916-1918.
  • Series 5: General correspondence: General correspondence to and from Giblin between the years 1896 and 1950. There are also letters from Mrs Giblin to Sidney Crawford and some letters of sympathy to her after her husbands death. Some correspondence between Mrs Hall and L. Crawford and between John Garland and R. Schieder. These letters refer to Giblin's association with Martin Grainger in British Colombia. Other correspondents include; E.G. Theodore, J.A. Lyons, A.G.B. Fisher, Sir Douglas B. Copland, Sir Otto Niemeyer, E. Dyason, W.B. Reddaway, W.B. Duffy, Sir Walter Massy-Greene and Sir Charles Wickens.
  • Series 6: Mrs Giblin's war time diaries: The diaries are in two volumes, 1940-41 and 1941-43; they were deposited by Mrs Giblin in 1952 and 1953 and relate to life in Canberra during the war years.
  • Series 7: Basic wage and standard hours: Printed and typescript material on wages, prices and economic effects of a 40 hours week in Australia. The Standards Fours Enquiry by A..J. Tyrer and the Standard Hours Case by H.P. Brown are also in this series.
  • Series 8: Land values: Typescript material on land values, land sales control, the valuation of land under an incremental tax, the stabilisation of rural land values, the land valuation policy in New Zealand and the report on land valuation by Justice Uthwatt.
  • Series 9: Other economic papers: Manuscripts and typescripts on various economic topics; a complete list is to be found in Finding aid appendix.
  • Series 10: Letters to John Smith: Letters were written in simple language by Giblin to "John Smith" and published in the Herald (Melbourne) during the Depression (1930). Their object was to persuade the people to accept a reduction in the basic wage awarded by the Arbitration Court. More letters to John Smith are also included in this series.
Partial contents
  • Series 9 contenets: – Manuscripts folders
  • 1 Australia agoniste
  • 2 Employment and unemployment in Australia, Nov. 1930
  • 3 A note on road expenditure
  • 4 Valuation of imports for duty
  • 5 Federal income tax
  • 6 Suggestions for income tax
  • 7 The just step to economic recovery
  • 8 Public finance
  • 9 A tax on tea

Prof. Giblin was born in Hobart, the son of a former Premier of Tasmania. He was educated at the Hutchins School, Hobart, the University College, London, and King's College, Cambridge. After taking his degree he left England for British Columbia, to join the Klondike gold rush, and worked there for 8 years. He returned to Tasmania in 1906 and grew apples and taught secondary maths. He accepted a commission in the Commonwealth Military Forces and was elected as a Labor member for Hobart in State Parliament. During World War I he served in the AIF and attained the rank of major. After the war he returned to his farm, but soon became Tasmanian Government Statistician. He held this position from 1920-1928, and then accepted a professorial post at Melbourne University which he held until 1940. When World War II broke out, Giblin went to Canberra at the service of the Commonwealth Government, and remained there till the war ended. For seven years, until 1946, he was Chairman of the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Financial and Economic Policy. At the age of 72 he undertook the compilation of the history of the Commonwealth Bank, and the volume, The Growth of a Central Bank, was published shortly after his death in 1951.


Manuscript reference no. : NLA MS 366.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available (10 p.) in the Special Collections Reading Room, and on the Internet at 
Subjects Giblin, Eilean Mary, -- Archives.  |  Garland, J. M. -- Correspondence.  |  Scheider, Rupert, -- Correspondence.  |  Economists -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Australia -- Economic conditions.  |  Australia -- Commerce.
Time Coverage 1885-1965 
Occupation Economists.
Other authors/contributors Garland, J. M  |  Scheider, Rupert  |  Giblin, Eilean Mary


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