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Australia (Torrington Collection)

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y308F

Scope and Contents

Collection of modern loose prints (six of them duplicates) of historical paintings, drawings and engravings, chiefly of Australia. Numbers 1-24 are prints (measuring 248 x 172 mm) of originals by Thomas Baines (1822-1875) and all except 20 relate to his involvement with the North Australian expedition of 1855-1857 led by A.G. Gregory. Numbers 1-9, 11-17 are of paintings in the Royal Geographical Society. Numbers 10, 18-20 are of paintings on glass (originals about 2 x 3 inches) for projection on a screen. Typed lists of both groups are kept with the prints. Numbers 21 and 22 are from originals in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the locations of numbers 23 and 24 are not known. The remainder (25-43) are miscellaneous; they include three by Conrad Martens (28-30) and three by S.T. Gill (32-34). The Australian relevance of the Scottish scenes (41-42) is not clear. There are full descriptions of the Baines items but most of the others lack titles.


  • Creation: 1832 - 1882

Conditions Governing Access

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Biographical / Historical

F.W. Torrington was London Liaison Officer of the Australian National Library, Canberra.


49 item(s) (49 images)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given to the library by F.W. Torrington, and are of items copied for the library's record purposes or to be considered for purchase by it.

Existence and Location of Copies

These images are part of a set of eight listed in the Rex Nan Kivell collection of the National Library of Australia.

Related Materials

For a collection of photographs of Queensland and Tasmania also presented by Mr. Torrington see Y308G.


This collection level description was entered by WS using information from the original typescript catalogue.

Date information

DateText: Modern prints. Only seven of the prints are dated (and fall between 1832 and 1882)..


Torrington, F W

Includes index.
2006-10-18 16:49:17+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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