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John Alexander Ferguson collection of maps and real estate plans
Bib ID 8541675
Format MapMap [cartographic image, sheet]
Author
Ferguson, John Alexander, 1881-1969
 
Access Conditions Available for reference. Not for loan. 
Scale Scales differ. 
Description 1792-1969 
approximately 8,000 maps (3,979 maps, 34 bound volumes containing approximately 4,000 maps) : some colour 
Series

John Alexander Ferguson collection of maps and real estate plans.

Biography/History

Academic, judge, book collector, bibliographer and benefactor. John Alexander Ferguson was born in Invercargill, New Zealand in 1881 and moved to Sydney with his father in 1894. He attended the University of Sydney and later gained the George Wigram Allen scholarship for the most distinguished Arts graduate entering the Law School. Ferguson was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1905. He came to specialise in industrial law and was the first lecturer in industrial law at Sydney University. In 1935 he was appointed a judge of the New South Wales Industrial Commission.

As a young man, Ferguson developed an interest in Australian history thus complementing other interests he held in bibliography and book collecting. These areas of interest were embodied in Ferguson's major work, The bibliography of Australia, 1784-1900, published in seven volumes between 1941 and 1969. His collection of early Australiana, having expanded to include manuscripts, maps, printed ephemera and graphic materials, was progressively transferred to the National Library from 1938. The Ferguson Room at the National Library is named in his honour. Ferguson died in Sydney in 1969. Further biographical information available at: http://www.nla.gov.au/selected-library-collections/ferguson-collection.

Notes

The Ferguson Collection contains over 8,000 published and unpublished maps and plans, the great majority being cadastral plans of New South Wales. In 1920–23 Ferguson purchased from W.H. Pritchard, a real estate agent, a remarkable collection of about 7,000 real estate sale plans, dating back to the 1840s. They are generally of poster size and are often in colour. They provide a detailed record of the growth of the suburbs of Sydney and, to a much lesser extent, several country towns and cities such as Katoomba, Blackheath, Gosford, Newcastle, Moss Vale, Bowral, Dalgety and Wollongong. Supplied from http://www.nla.gov.au/selected-library-collections/ferguson-collection

Note that collection has 3 parts: Rare maps (call number MAP F), Loose-leaf sales plans (MAP LFSP), and Bound sales plans (MAP Bound LFSP)

Title supplied by cataloguer.

Collection published in various places by various publishers.

Related Material Related material: Papers of Sir John Alexander Ferguson, [1900-1969]; Located at; National Library of Australia Manuscript collection, MS 3200 --  Related material: Bibliography of Australia; Located at; National Library of Australia, NL 016.994 FER --  Related material: John Ferguson interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection, ORAL TRC 1/70-71. 
Subjects Ferguson, John Alexander, 1881-1969 -- Map collections.  |  Real property -- New South Wales -- Sydney -- Maps.  |  Real property -- New South Wales -- Maps.  |  Real property -- Queensland -- Maps.  |  Real property -- Victoria -- Maps.  |  Real property -- Western Australia -- Maps.  |  Railroads -- Australia -- Maps.  |  Sydney (N.S.W.) -- Maps.  |  New South Wales -- Maps.  |  Queensland -- Maps.  |  Victoria -- maps.  |  Western Australia -- Maps.  |  Australia -- Maps.  |  Papua New Guinea -- Maps.  |  New Zealand -- Maps.  |  Vanuatu -- Maps.  |  Australian
Time Coverage 1792-1969 
Form/genre Cadastral maps.  |  Manuscript maps.

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