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Edwin James Turpin (1842-1917)
Diary and narratives and related papers
collected by Ian Diamond 1870-1981

MSS 92 T957


Edwin J. TurpinThese papers were presented to the Library in June 1997 by Ian Diamond, former Archivist of the Central Archives of Fiji and the Western Pacific Hight Commission. Drummond had transcribed the manuscript when it was held in the Fiji archives and had also proposed to edit and publish the Diary as part of the Australian National University Pacific History Series. Additional copies of articles, biographical information on George William Evans and correspondence with archives was deposited by Mrs Diamond in 2004.

Other papers of Ian Diamond are held by the National Library of Australia.

Contents Listing

Series 1
The diary and narratives of Edwin J. Turpin, 1870-ca.1894, transcribed from the original manuscript by A.I. Diamond. 1v. (typescript)

Series 2
Correspondence (principally with libraries and archives) relating to research on the Turpin Diary, with extracts from relevant papers. 1961-81. 3 manilla files.

Series 3
Copies of Turpin papers in the Dixson Library. (includes Turpin's draft 'Life of Bully Hayes' and papers re George W. Evans, father of Mary Lempriere Turpin). 5 v.

Series 4
Article on Turpin 'Edwin James Turpin' by Ian Diamond. c1970. (typescript, plus carbon and Roneo copies), and 'The search for Edwin Turpin' by A.I. Diamond (reprinted from Transactions and proceedings of the Fiji Society of Science and  Industry,  vol. 10 (1964-5), plus copy of article with ms notes.

Series 5
Miscellaneous notes, extracts and copies of archival material and photographs relating to Edwin Turpin and to George William Evans (father of Turpin's wife Mary and deputy surveyor-general of New South Wales).  1 folder.

Series 6
File cards of notes on Turpin and relevant sources. 2 bundles.

A photostat of a typescript extract from the diary, received with papers from H.E. Maude in 1998, has been added to this collection. Another copy of the diary (a print-out from a microfilm copy of the transcript) was (in 1989) catalogued separately for the Pacific Collection (Pacific 919.61 T957d).

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