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12. Bibliography and Sources


Please note that this internet version of The Cossticks does not contain the extensive footnotes and references that are included in the printed book. The sources of my information are listed below. Readers who wish to confirm the source of any particular piece of information are welcome to contact me.

-, Alternative Routes in Britain, Automobile Association, London, 1981
-, The Emigrants' Friend or Authentic Guide to South Australia, J.Allen, Warwick Lane, Paternoster Row, London, 1848
-, New Zealand Tours and Excursions - The Sounds and Marlborough Guide, John Mackay, Govt, Printer, Wellington, 1898
-, Victoria History of the English Counties, History of Sussex
-, London Street Atlas, Nicholson, 1994
-, The Village London Atlas, Alderman Press, 1986
-, Illustrated Guide to Britain, Drive Publications, London, 1979
-, The New Zealand Index Annual, 1899
-, Chambers’s Encyclopaedia, Edinburgh, 1877

Albion, Robert Greenhalgh, Forests and Sea Power - The Timber Problem of the Royal Navy 1652-1862, Achon Books, Connecticut, 1965
Armstrong, J.R., A History of Sussex, Darwen Finlayson, Beaconsfield England, 1967
Attenborough, David, The First Eden - The Mediterranean World and Man, Fontana/Collins, 1989
Billis, R.V.& Kenyon, A.S., Pastures New An Account of the Pastoral Occupation of Port Phillip, Stockland Press, Melbourne, 1974
Blake, L.J., Gold Escort, Hawthorn Press, Melbourne, 1971
Brown, H.O., Port Chalmers – Gateway to Otago, Otago Centeniel Historical Publications, Otago 1948
Brownhill, Walter Randolph, The History of Geelong and Corio Bay, Melbourne, 1955
Burnett, John, Useful Toil - Autobiographies of Working People from the 1820’s to the 1920’s, Penguin, 1977
Clunn, Harold, The Face of London, Simpkin Marshall Ltd., London, 1937
Crowley, Brian, A History of Australian Batting 1850-1986, Macmillan Australia, 1986
Dunstan, Keith, The Field That Grew
Flett, J., Maryborough, Victoria, Goldfields History, Melbourne, 1975
Flett, J., The History of Gold Discovery in Victoria, Hawthorn Press, Melbourne
Gillies, Thomas, Guide to the Tuapeka Gold for the Milliams, giving the best and most direct route from Dunedin to Tuapeka, Shaw, Hartnett and Co., Melbourne, 1861
Greater London Council, Dockland – An illustrated historical survey of the life and work of east London, Greater London Council, 1986
Hepburn, John, Hepburn Family Diary, Ms.8157, Microfilm 128, La Trobe Library, Melbourne
James, G.F., A Homestead History: Reminiscences and Letters of Alfred Joyce, Melbourne, 1949
Kiddle, M., Men of Yesterday A Social History of the Western District of Victoria 1834 1890, Melbourne University Press, 1963
Korzelinski, Seweryn, Memoirs of Gold-Digging in Australia, trans. Stanley Robe, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, 1979
Leconfield, Lord, Petworth Manor in the Seventeenth Century, Oxford University Press, London, 1954
Mawer, A., & Stenton, F., The Place-names of Sussex, Cambridge, 1930
May, Phillip Ross, The West Coast Rushes, Pegasus, Christchurch, 2nd edition 1967
Mayhew, W.R., Tuapeka – The Land and Its People, A Social History of the Borough of Lawrence and Its Surrounding Districts, Otago Centennial Historical Publications, 1949
Moon, J.G., Tarrangower 1864, Victorian Historical Pamphlets, Vol.VI
Morris, J.N., Religion and Urban Change – Croydon 1840-1914, The Boydell Press, London 1992
Morton, W.L., Adventures of a Pioneer, Queensberry Hill Press, Melbourne, 1978
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Page, William, Ed. The Victoria History of the Counties of England, A History of Surrey
Page. M., Fitted for the Voyage, Rigby, 1975
Palmer, Alan, The East End, John Murray, London, 1989
Parsons, Ronald, Southern Passage – A Maritime History of South Australia, Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 1986
Pollard, Jack, The Formative Years of Australian Cricket 1803-93
Reed, A.H., The Story of Otago, Reed, Wellington, 1947
Reid, G.D., Amherst and Talbot District. Their Mineral Resources and Development, Published by the Talbot Leader, 1902
Rowland, K.T., The Great Britain, David & Charles, London, 1971
Rusden, G.W., Diary, Ms., La Trobe Library
Serle, G., The Golden Age: A History of the Colony of Victoria, 1851 1861, MUP, 1963
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Sutherland, George, Tales of the Goldfields, George Robertson, Melbourne, 1880, pp.20 26 (Victorian Historical Pamphlets, Vol.v)
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White, John Talbot, The South East Down and Weald: Kent, Surrey and Sussex, Eyre Methuen, London, 1977
Wilkie, D.S., A History of Education in the Amherst and Talbot District 1836 1862, Unpublished M.Ed. Thesis, Monash University, 1986
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Wynd, Ian, The Pentonvillans, Newtown, 1996


Australasian Sketcher
Ballarat Courier
Geelong Advertiser
Illustrated Australian News
Maitland Mercury
Majorca News
Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser
Otago Daily Times
Pleasant Creek News
South Australian Register
Talbot Leader

Directories, Registers, Rolls, etc.

Cemetery Records – Lawrence and Waitahuna, New Zealand – State Library of Victoria
Electoral Rolls, New Zealand, various electoral divisions and dates – State Library of Victoria GMF31
Electoral Rolls, Victoria, various electoral divisions and dates – State Library of Victoria
International Genealogical Index (IGI)
Lloyds Register of Shipping – various dates
Parish Register, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey
Parish Register, Seaford, Sussex
Parish Registers, Croydon, Surrey
Parish Registers, St Pancras, London
Post Office Directories, Victoria, various dates – State Library of Victoria

Official Documents

Amherst and Clunes Road Board, Minute Book
Bendigo Goldfields Petition 1853, State Library of Victoria
Department of Crown Lands Survey Maps, State Library of Victoria
Geat Britain, House of Commons, Report on Prevalence of Disease at Croydon, 1853
Great Britain, House of Commons, Report on the State of the Works of Drainage and Sewerage at Croydon, 20 July 1854
PROV Creswick Hospital Admissions File
PROV Inquest Files, Inquest into the Death of Henry Henderson
PROV Inquest Files, Inquest into the Death of Thomas Alston
PROV Inquest Files, Inquest into the Death of William Jose
PROV Letters, Chief Commissioner of Goldfields Colonial Secretary, October December 1852
PROV National Schools Board Inward Letters
PROV Police Day Book
PROV Shipping from Australian Ports (incl. Southern N.Z.) to Melbourne
PROV Ships Passenger Lists, Anglesey, Melbourne 1856
PROV Ships Passenger Lists, Negotiator, Melbourne 1852
PROV Ships Passengers Lists, Appleton , Melbourne 1853
PROV, Mines Department, Quarterly Mining Reports, 1860-1899
South Australian Archives, Ships Passenger Lists, Star Queen, 1854
Talbot (Amherst) Cemetery Trust Records
Victoria, Government Gazette
Victoria, Legislative Assembly, Parliamentary Papers, 1890, Report of the Select Committee on the Claims of Henry Fencham, Minutes of Evidence
Victoria, Legislative Council, Votes and Proceedings, 1852 3, Vol.II, Report from the Select Committee on the Management of the Goldfields, Minutes of evidence
Victoria, Legislative Council, Votes and Proceedings, 1853 4, Vol.III, Report of Select Committee on the Discovery of Gold in Victoria
Victoria, Legislative Council, Votes and Proceedings, 1853 4, Vol.III, Goldfields Address, p.26 for Police Numbers
Victoria, Legislative Council, Votes and Proceedings, Select Committee on Gold Prospecting, 1861 3, report, Minutes of Evidence

Unpublished Private Letters and Documents

Adam, Alexander, Autobiography, 2 parts, Ms.Box 97/4 H15951, La Trobe Library, Pt.1
Schwenneson, Les, Memoirs of Talbot and Talbot People, typescript, kept at the offices of the Shire of Talbot and Clunes, Talbot
David Paterson, Pocket Book, originally in the possession of Mr & Mrs A.Livingston, Surrey Hills, Victoria, 1979
Letter from John Richard Cosstick, Salter Point, W.A., 6 November 1979
Letter from Rex Harcourt, Librarian, Melbourne Cricket Club, 18 January 1988
Letters received at various dates from R.T.Hamilton, D.O'Rourke, Les Henderson, Jean Cosstick, Thomas Cosstick, Fred Cosstick.
Other Letters as acknowledged in footnotes

Oral History

Alex Cosstick, Seaford, 1980
Betty Bartlett, Adelaide Lead, Victoria, 1984
Bruce Cosstick, Charlestown, NSW, 1978
Les Henderson, Maryborough, Victoria, 11 May 1981
Leslie Matthews, Tulligibeal, New South Wales, 1980
Sylverton Ivy Matthews, Springvale South, Victoria, 1979-1990
William Cosstick, Prahran, Victoria, 1980
William James Cosstick, to Dorothy Hughes, 1983


There have been many who have assisted me in my research over the many years it has taken to put this together. Sources of information have been acknowledged in the footnotes but some deserve special mention. Dorothy Hughes, of Mount Clear, and Joan Maguire, of Canberra, have been working on the story almost as long as I have and deserve significant acknowledgement; Joan’s father, Les Roach, has similarly been a source of encouragement and information; Marion Boyd, of Camperdown has been a constant correspondent and has tracked down many of the descendants of the original six brothers; Peter Sunners of Adelaide has helped considerably with additional details about Sam Cosstick and Annie Shove; and Heather Heymer provided very useful information about the Hendersons.

The page containing the life of William Thomas Walker (husband of Adeline Cosstick) was compiled by Malcolm Cooper of New Zealand.

There are inevitably errors and omissions in a work such as this. I would ask readers who discover such things to please write to me with accurate details, including accurate source information and references so that future editions might be more accurate.

Internet Resources

Most of my research was done before the internet became available - using real documents that could be held in the hand. Nevertheless the internet has made the initial location of much material much easier.

The following are a few interesting and useful sites. Please let me know if any links become broken.


Avoca & District Historical Society - Some interesting details about early Amherst and Talbot by Denis Strangman of Canberra.

General Resources

Family History South Australia - An extensive compilation of useful sources including shipping.

Coraweb - An extensive listing of useful internet resources.


Shipping in NSW waters - Searchable lists coordinated by Mary-Anne Warner.

Public Record Office of Victoria - Searchable inwards and outwards Lists from Melbourne including to and from New Zealand.


Papers Past - Searchable and readable digitised newspapers from New Zealand.

Australian Newspapers - Will make Australian newspaper research much easier.

Melbourne Argus - Searchable index.

Births, Deaths & Marriages

Family Search - The LDS online search. It is essential to visit a local Family History Centre and look at the microfilm of the original records as much additional information may be found.

New South Wales BDM - Searchable index of NSW births, deaths and marriages.

Canada - Searchable Index of Canadian births, deaths and marriages.

Stratford, Ontario Cemetery records

Ontario, Canada Cemetery Records.


Sussex Weald

Henderson Family

The Sherwood Family History site has a very good account of the Henderson family.

In addition Robert Sherwood has compiled a good history of the Family of Jane Henderson at this site.

The Grayling Family is also related to the Hendersons.


Anonymous said...

this is cool.My great grandfather was Charles Cosstick.Family history has always been a bit sketchy.He must have been a character.
Don Cosstick
Stratford Ontario Canada

Douglas Wilkie said...

Thanks Don. I have emailed you separately. Yes, Charles Cosstick does seem to have done some interesting things - but then, it still happens today.

Penny Cosstick/Cassie said...

Hi Doug, We have spoken before and you have actually sent me a copy of your book on the cosstick family but we discovered we are from different branches of the family. My father was Ronald Charles Cosstick. Any way what I am actually looking for is any contact information you may have on his siblings my aunty June and uncle Phillip?