In 1984 the University received a Bequest from Mr J.M. Main, Reader in History, who had taught at the University since its foundation. In accordance with Mr Main's will the Bequest is to be used for 'the purchase of books, microfilms, maps and other documents and materials of a like nature relating to Australian history.'
The University Council established a Main Bequest Management Committee to advise it on the Bequest.
In March 1985 the Management Committee agreed with the suggestion of the History Discipline that the Bequest's reference to 'materials ... relating to Australian history' should be interpreted within a relatively broad definition, guided by the spirit of Mr Main's own work.
Within the broader definition of the scope of the Bequest, as outlined above, academic and library staff select the following categories of material for purchase:
Main Bequest items are not separated from the general collections, as this would not facilitate access to the material or its use by the University community. A bookplate is placed in each book purchased from the Bequest.
Suggestions for purchases from the Bequest may be submitted by email to email@example.com.
The J.M. Main Archive is held in Special Collections.
James Millar Main was born in Warracknabeal in the Victorian Wimmera in 1924. He was educated there until he entered Scotch College in Melbourne as a boarder as an upper secondary school student. He studied arts and law at Melbourne University, and subsequently undertook at B.Litt. at Oxford, working with Asa Briggs.
On his return from Oxford in 1952, he taught at Melbourne University in the fields of British and Australian history and philosophy of history. He moved to Flinders University as Reader in History upon its foundation in 1966 and taught here until his death in June 1984, once again specialising in Australian history and 18th and 19th century British history.
His publications include articles in the fields of British and Australian history, contributions to the Australian Dictionary of Biography, and an edited book "Conscription; the Australian debate, 1901-1970". Among his recurring interests were the history of land settlement, legislation about the alienation of Australia's public lands, and the making of constitutions in Victoria and New South Wales. His work on the politics of reform prior to 1832 put him at the cutting edge of that scholarly concern, evident in the 1950s and 60s, to subject the large scale changes of industrialising Britain to local and regional study.
Jim Main made a major contribution to the development of the discipline of History at Flinders, and is still remembered with affection by colleagues and former students.
(Biographical information taken from an obituary by Paul Bourke in Flindersweek, 2nd July 1984.)
|Name of Collection||
J.M. Main Archive
|Type of material||Papers, manuscripts|
|Inclusive dates||1769-90, 1930-1984|
|Quantity||37 archive boxes|
|Location||Special Collections, Level 3, Central Library|
|Conditions of access||General conditions of access.|
|Notes||This archive was transferred from the University Archives to Special Collections in February 2007.
The archive contains the following material:
Folders 1-2:Manuscripts acquired by J.M. Main dated 1767-90, including correspondence between 1st Marquess Townshend, John Lees, Lord Robert Bertie, John Willaston and Samuel Pipe; correspondence between G.F. James and Philip Styles, 1934 and 1936.
Folders 3-69: Papers relating to post-graduate studies at Oxford and to the earlier period of J.M. Main's tenure of a Lectureship at the University of Melbourne. 1949-59.
Folders 70-182: Papers associated chiefly with the period 1955-1966 at the University of Melbourne, but including some later material.
Folders 183-458: Papers as Senior Lecturer (1966) and Reader (1967) in History at Flinders University. 1966-84.
Folders 459-486: Papers relating to C.H. Main (father of J.M. Main) and other members of the Main family, together with a copy of a statement of the estate of J.M. Main, copies of obituaries, etc. 1930-1984.
Pamphlet box with personal correspondence
A detailed inventory with index is available from the Special Collections Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several thousand titles have been bought with funds from this Bequest, and in each book there is a bookplate acknowledging the Bequest.
Some subject categories of material bought from the Bequest are:
Brock, Peggy, 1948- .
Outback ghettos: Aborigines, institutionalisation and survival.
Calvert, Albert F., 1872-1946.
The Aborigines of Western Australia.
Special Collection 301.2994 C167
Pyke, William T.
Thirty years among the blacks of Australia: the life and adventures of William Buckley, the runaway convict. (1904)
Special Collection 994.5 M848.P
Australasian historical archaeology.
Central Library Periodicals 994.005 A925
Newsletter (Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology)
Aviation history, e.g.
Eather, Charles, 1920- .
Syd's pirates: a story of an airline.
Priest, Joan, 1920- .
Virtue in flying: a biography of pioneer aviator Keith Virtue.
629.1309 V819.P (URRSA 09804)
Australian art, e.g.
Allcot, John, 1888-1973.
John Allcot : Marine Artist.
Special Collection ef759.994 A421j
Art Gallery of S.A.
Australian colonial art 1800-1900.
The Baldwin Spencer collection of Australian pictures and works of art.
Lindsay, Norman, 1879-1969.
Norman Lindsay water colour book: eighteen reproductions in colour from original watercolours.
Australian drama, e.g.
Adams, Arthur H., 1872-1936.
Three plays for the Australian stage.
Special Collection A823 A211th
Atkinson, E.J. Rupert, 1881-1961.
Each man a multitude: a fantastic tragedy in three acts.
Australian novels, e.g.
Atkinson, Louisa, 1834-1872.
The debatable ground, or The Calillawarra claimant.
Becke, Louis, 1855-1913.
His native wife.
A823 B394h (URRSA E01912)
Bedford, Randolph, 1868-1941.
Aladdin and the boss cockie.
Special Collection A823 B4135s
Australian poetry, e.g. Bayldon, Arthur A.D., b. 1865.
Collected poems of Arthur Albert Bayldon.
Brereton, J. Le Gay, 1871-1933.
Perdita: a sonnet record.
Australian studies journals, e.g.
Australian Aboriginal studies.
Central Library Periodicals 572.99405 A93
Australian historical studies.
Central Library Periodicals 994.005 H67
Sturt Library Periodicals 050 E89
Journal of Australian Studies.
Central Library Periodicals 994.005 J86
Gabay, Al, 1946- .
The mystic life of Alfred Deakin.
Providence: the life and times of John Grant (1792-1866)
Rutter, Owen, 1889-1944.
Turbulent journey: a life of William Bligh, Vice-Admiral of the Blue.
Special Collection 994.02 B648.RU
Sladen, Douglas, 1856-1947.
From boundary-rider to Prime Minister: Hughes of Australia.
Special Collection 994.04 H894.SL
Cartographic history, e.g.
Andrews, Alan E.J., 1926- .
Major Mitchell's map 1834: the saga of the survey of the nineteen counties.
A sketch of Port Phillip: being a review of the map of Australia Felix.
Wyld, James, 1812-1887.
Map of South Australia, New South Wales, Van Diemens Land and settled parts of Australia.
Special Collection Map Collection 912.942 S785s
Current issues, e.g.
Australia, reflections on a republic: a multimedia resource of relevant issues. (CD-ROM)
Central Library Audio-Visual Collection 321.8 A9381
Exploration and discovery, e.g.
Basedow, Herbert, 1881-1933. Notes to accompany the map of the MacKay Exploring Expedition in Central Australia, 1926.
Special Collection p919.4 M155.B
Beaver, Wilfred N., 1882-1917.
Unexplored New Guinea.
919.5 B369u.2 (URRSA K09584)
Report on the work of the Horn Scientific Expedition to Central Australia. (1894)
Special Collection 919.42 R425
De Boos, Charles.
Mark Brown's wife: a tale of the gold-fields.
The gold colonies of Australia: comprising their history, territorial divisions, produce, and capabilities.
(1852) Special Collection 919.4 E13g
The gold fields of Victoria in 1862.
Special Collection 919.45 P317g
Guides and handbooks, e.g.
Beckett, Sir William, 1806-1869.
The magistrates' manual for the colony of Victoria.
Law Library KL243 A138m
The Australian almanack for the year 1865.
Histories of Australian design and artefacts, e.g.
Arnold, Ken. A Victorian thirst.
(On 19th century beverage bottles in Victoria)
Special Collection 032 A912
Cornall, Graham, 1948- .
Memories: a survey of early Australian furniture in the collection of the Lord McAlpine of West Green.
Histories of businesses and industries, e.g.
Bain, Mary Albertus, 1911- .
Full fathom five. (The pearl industry)
Brash, Nicholas, 1946- .
The model stores 1885-1985, Grace Bros : 100 years serving Sydney.
De Mori, Caroline, 1956- .
'Time Gentlemen': a history of the hotel industry in Western Australia.
Histories of educational institutions, e.g.
Pioneering culture: mechanics institutes and schools of arts in Australia.
Sturt Library 374.2 P662
Walford: a centenary history.
Wright, D.I., 1934- .
Looking back: a history of the University of Newcastle.
Sturt Library 378.944 W948l
Histories of institutions, e.g.
Glover, C.R. J., 1870-1897.
A history of first fifty years of Freemasonry in South Australia, 1834-1884.
Special Collection 366.1 G566h
Johnstone, S.M., 1879- .
A history of the Church Missionary Society in Australia and Tasmania.
266 J73h (URRSA K09761)
Lindsay, Joan, 1896-1984.
The story of the Red Cross.
Special Collection 361.7 L748s
Histories of religious orders, e.g.
Arneil, S.F. Out where the dead men lie: the Augustinians in Australia 1838-1992.
Living stones: Convent of the Sacred Heart, Rose Bay, 1882-1982.
Sturt Library 377.8 B258l
Labour history, e.g.
The politics of work: gender and labour in Victoria, 1880-1939.
Letters and memoirs, e.g.
Christian, Fletcher, 1763-1792.
The Letters of Fletcher Christian.
Special Collection 996.1 C555l
Conder, Charles, 1868-1909.
Charles Conder: his life and work.
Special Collection f759.994 C745c
Spence, Catherine Helen, 1825-1910.
Tenacious of the past: the recollections of Helen Brodie.
Treloar, J.L., 1894-1952.
An ANZAC diary.
Local histories, e.g.
43 years of civic pride: a history of the Municipality of Lane Cove, 1895-1938.
994.4 F745 (URRSA N14216)
The jubilee history of Kew, Victoria: its origin and progress.
Special Collection 994.5 B259j
The rich valley: an account of the early life of McLaren Vale.
Special Collection 994.2 P948r
Community history (Adelaide)
Central Library Periodicals 069.05 C734
Torrens Valley historical journal.
Special Collection 994.205 T691
Maritime history, e.g.
Baty, Scott, 1947- .
The ships that passed.
Bernacchi, L.C., 1876-1942.
Saga of the "Discovery."
Special Collection 919.9 B517s
Divine, David, 1904- .
These splendid ships: the story of the Peninsular and Oriental Line.
Quarterly newsletter (Australian Association for Maritime History)
Central Library Periodicals 387.505 N55
Migration history, e.g.
Oceans of consolation: personal accounts of Irish migration to Australia. 994 F561o
Asian and Pacific migration journal.
Central Library Periodicals 304.805 A832
Central Library Periodicals 304.89405 I334
Military history, e.g.
The 36th Australian Infantry Batallion, 1939-1945.
The Anzac illusion: Anglo-Australian relations during World War 1.
Barrett, Sir James, 1862-1945.
The war work of the YMCA in Egypt.
Journal of the Australian War Memorial.
Naval historical review.
Central Library Periodicals 359.099405 N313
Natural history, e.g.
Orchids in Australia.
584.15 M926o (URRSA U10077)
Schomburgk, Richard, 1811-1891.
The flora of South Australia.
Special Collection 581.9942 S369f
Pictorial works, e.g.
Adelaide old and new, 1836-1913: a pictorial contrast.
Special Collection fp994.2 A228
Heidelberg since 1836 : a pictorial history.
f994.5 H465 (URRSA U10045 )
Sydney illustrated: panoramic view showing the whole of Sydney Harbour. (1905)
Special Collection f919.44 S986
The Queen's empire: a pictorial and descriptive record. (1897)
f942 Q3 (URRSA U11564)
Promotional works for prospective colonists, e.g.
Australia: its scenery, natural history, resources and settlements. (1854)
Special Collection 919.4 A93882
The resources of Australia: and the prospects ... of the new settlements. (1841)
Special Collection 330.994 A9382r
Reference works, e.g.
The Australian dictionary of evangelical biography.
Central Library Reference Collection 280 A938
Australian national bibliography, 1901-1950.
Central Library Reference Collection 015.9405 A95 1901-1950
Monash biographical dictionary of twentieth-century Australia.
Central Library Reference Collection 920.094 M736
Heritage and Environment. (Online Database)
Religious history, e.g.
Gray, Victor L.
Catholicism in Queensland: fifty years of progress. (1910)
Special Collection 282.943 G782c
Baptist Historical Society of Queensland newsletter.
Central Library Periodicals 286.05 B215
Digest of the Australian Churches of Christ Historical Society.
Central Special Collection 286.05 D571
Journal of religious history.
Central Library Periodicals 205 J86
Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society.
Central Library Periodicals 282.05 J86
Social history, e.g.
Adams, Francis, 1862-1893.
The Australians: a social sketch.
Special Collection 919.4 A212a
Berg, Eric G. 1913- .
Amongst spivs, crooks and criminals in Australia: a documentary.
Special Collection f920 B493a
Rawling, J.N., 1898-1966.
The story of the Australian people.
Special Collection 994 R259s
Australian Bureau of Statistics historical publications.
(Microfiche - ABS Collection)
Travel narratives, e.g.
Atkinson, Louisa, 1834-1872.
Excursions from Berrima and a trip to Manaro and Molonglo in the 1870s.
Special Collection A823 A877e
New Guinea expedition.
Special Collection 919.5 A669n
Bechervaise, John, 1910- .
Blizzard and fire: a year at Mawson, Antarctica.
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