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Papers of John Grant 1769-1810 (bulk 1803-1810) [manuscript]
Bib ID 2963493
Format ManuscriptManuscript, OnlineOnline
Grant, John, 1776-
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description 1769-1810 
0.26 cm. (2 security binders) + 4 folders. 

This collection consists chiefly of letters by Grant to his mother and sister in England, 1803-1810, and a journal, Jan. 1805 - March 1810, written in French and transcribed and translated by W.S. Hill-Reid, Yvonne Cramer and others. The letters and journal contain detailed accounts of Grant's experiences in the colony and descriptions of the people and places he encountered, including Simeon Lord, John Palmer, Governor Bligh, and Vaucluse House. The collection also includes Grant's "Bond of union", 1805, his instrument of protest that resulted in his deportation to Norfolk Island. Also included in the collection are petitions ; certificates, legal documents; correspondence with Robert Campbell, 1806-1807; a notebook, 1809; poetry, 1804-1805; and other papers. The collection was discovered in the vaults of Lloyd's Bank in London by Mr W.S.Hill-Reid.


John Grant was an educated convict and minor poet who arrived in New South Wales in 1804 on the Coromandel. Despite his privileged treatment he chose to express public criticism of Governor King, his officials and the convict system. As punishment he was deported to Norfolk Island. Subdued, he returned to Sydney in 1808 and became a Chaplain at Newcastle. In 1811 he was pardoned by Governor Macquarie and returned to England.


Manuscript reference no. : MS 737.

Microfilm copy available.

Also available online

Hill-Reid, W. S. John Grant's journey : a convict's story, 1803-1811. 1957.

Source of Acquisition Mr Hill-Reid used the documents as the basis for his book" John Grant's journey" (Heinemann, 1957). 
Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia ; A85.

Index/Finding Aid Note List (5 p.) available. 
Subjects Grant, John, 1776- -- Archives.  |  Campbell, Robert -- Correspondence.  |  Lord, Simeon, 1771-1840.  |  Palmer, John, 1760-1833.  |  Bligh, William, 1754-1817.  |  Vaucluse House (N.S.W.)  |  Convicts -- Norfolk Island -- Archives.  |  Poets, Australian -- Archives.  |  Norfolk Island -- History.
Time Coverage 1769-1810 
Occupation Poets.
Other authors/contributors Campbell, Robert  |  Hill-Reid, W. S  |  Cramer, Yvonne
Exhibited Selected items exhibited in: "Treasures Gallery", National Library of Australia, 12 June 2012 - 23 September 2012. 

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