Edmund Thomas Blacket P003

Edmund Thomas Blacket (1817-1883) arrived in Sydney from England in 1842, having worked as a surveyor for the Stockton and Darlington Railway Co. By 1842 he has established a small architectural practice and was Diocesan Architect. Based on his achievements, he successfully applied for the post of Colonial Architect in 1849. Early in 1854 he was offered the position of Architect to the University on the condition that he resigned from his Government Office. His major works were the Main Buildings and Great Hall of the University and St Pauls College. By 1856 he resumed his private architectural work, being responsible for most of the ecclesiastical architecture in New South Wales. In 1880 Blacket's son, Cyril, returned from England with an architectural degree and joined the practice.

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Series

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Description

Date Start

Date End

 

1

1

Soft cover notebook, 120x190x10 mm, containing pencilled survey figures for an unidentified site, and four pages of survey recordings for Grose Farm [site of Sydney University], including a sketch plan of the University grounds.

13 Jun 1854

9 Aug 1854

1

2

Red/brown leather covered notebook, approx. 102x155x10 mm, containing diary entries of a journey through parts of lowland Scotland. The diary appears to have been written by Thomas Mease, father of Blacket's wife Sarah.

24 Sep 1835

 

1

3

Leather covered account book, approx. 120x180x20 mm, containing credit and debit entries in the first 45 pages, pages 1 to 15 are numbered. Starting from the other end are monthly account balances. The last four pages contain a poem.

25 Aug 1838

10 Aug 1843

1

4

Small soft cover notebook, approx. 105x155x8 mm, containing diary entries of a journey through southern Scotland. The diary appears to be in the same hand as item 2, and is thus the work of Thomas Mease, father of Blacket's wife Sarah.

18 Sep 1828

25 Sep 1828

1

5

Large hardcover notebook, approx. 190x235x20 mm, being a work diary for Blacket's architectural business. Starting from the other end is a collection of press clippings concerning Arthur Blacket [Edmund's son].

18 Jan 1843

18 Sep 1846

1

6

Large leather covered notebook, approx. 225x335x30 mm, containing diary entries relating to Blacket's work during his tenure of the office of Colonial Architect.

1 Dec 1849

19 Aug 1854

1

F.1/1

Notes concerning architectural styles, and the problems of designing buildings for a university.

n.d.

 

1

F.1/2

Draft of a testimonial from Robert Tooth concerning the worth of Blacket's architectural skills [probably drafted when Blacket applied for the post of Colonial Architect in 1849].

n.d.

 

1

F.1/3

Page of a travel diary, perhaps from items 2 or 4.

n.d.

 

1

F.1/4

Letter from Hugh Kennedy [Registrar of Sydney University] to Blacket forwarding a report of the Senate Committee investigating a site for, and construction of, buildings for the University.

12 May 18??

 

1

F.1/5

Letter from Hugh Kennedy [Registrar of Sydney University] to Blacket forwarding a report of the Senate Committee investigating a site for, and construction of, buildings for the University.

n.d.

 

1

F.1/6

Testimonial re Blacket's services, signed by J William Jones and R Campbell, Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer, respectively, of the Cathedral Committee [probably prepared at the time of Blacket's application for the post of Colonial Architect].

n.d.

 

1

F.1/7

Copy of a report to the University Senate from the Committee appointed to choose a site for the University: C Nicholson, C Davis, and W B Boyce.

n.d.

 

1

F.2/1

Loose pages of a diary that appear to deal with some of the journey described in item 4, and thus probably prepared by Thomas Mease.

27 Sep 1828

 

1

F.2/2

Letter to Rachel [Mease] from her brother Thomas [Mease] describing some of his experiences on a journey around parts of lowland Scotland. [see item 4]

25 Sep 1828

 

1

F.2/3

Two letters to General Stirling from Earl Gordon, one prepared by the Earl himself, the other by a different person.

30 Jul 1830

 1 Aug 1830

1

F.2/4

Letter to Thomas Mease from Lord Dundas declining an offer to become President of the Auxiliary Bible Society.

26 Jun 1817

 

1

F.3/1

Postcard sized photograph, 83x133 mm, described on the back as being of Sarah Blacket holdingher youngest daughter Hilda, who was born in June 1854. The annotationis signed M H Jopling, 14 Oct [?19]57.

 ?1855-56

 

1

F.3/2

Small B&W photograph, 78x51 mm, taken from beside the Holme building looking towards the Badham building.

c. 1920

 

1

F.3/3

Black and white photograph of Edmund Blacket mounted on board, 100x145 mm.

 1876

 

1

F.3/4

Modern black and white photograph of a picture frame containing two photographs, one of Edmund and one of Sarah Blacket.

n.d.

 

1

F.3/5

Identical to previous item, although print has been processed slightly differently. The reverse is annotated with the words Mr and Mrs E T Blacket, c. 1855. From daguerrotype in the possession of Miss Blacket.

n.d.

 

1

F.3/6

Reproduction of lithograph entitled Returning Home, approx. 205x164 mm.

n.d.

 

1

F.3/7

Pencil drawing of a ship on a small beach before a rocky coastline, approx 278x168 mm. The drawing has the inscription F H Horne/March 24 74/27A in the upper right corner.

24 Mar 187

 

1

F.3/8

Pencil drawing of ship and rowing boat on the sea, with a fort in the right background, approx 275x165 mm.

n.d.

 

1

F.3/9

Envelope containing four small black and white negatives, 80x55 mm. The first is of the daguerrotype of Mr and Mrs Blacket, the other three are of a medallion, apparently awarded to Blacket, showing the inscriptions on the obverse, reverse, and side.

n.d.

 

1

F.4/1

Reproduction of a drawing entitled St Phillips Church AD 1800.

n.d.

 

1

F.5/1

Letter from Blacket to his son Arthur concerning some jewellery belonging to Edmund's wife and Arthur's mother, Sarah.

14 Apr 1871

 

1

F.5/2

Letter from the Mayor of Glebe ?Allen enclosing an extract from the Council Minutes concerning Blacket's resignation from Council.

7 Sep 1870

 

1

F.5/3

Extract from the minutes of the Glebe Council meeting of 5 Sep 1870 concerning Blacket's resignation from Council.

7 Sep 1870

 

1

F.5/4

Letter to Blacket from his father James, written at New Park Rd., Brixton Hill, England.

10 Nov 1858

 

1

F.5/5

Extract from the minutes of the Brighton Gas Light and Coke Company , signed by the secretary Samuel Thomas, expressing their regret at the death of James Blacket.

9 Dec 1858

 

1

F.5/6

Extract from the minutes of a meeting of the Court of Assistants to the Worshipfull [sic] Company of Glass Sellers, signed by the Clerk of the Court Frederick Dinely, expressing their regret at the death of James Blacket.

16 Dec 1858

 

1

F.5/7

Letter to Blacket from Hugh Kennedy, Registrar of the University of Sydney, asking Blacket whether he is willing to resign as Colonial Architect in order to accept the position of University Architect.

28 Apr 1854

 

1

F.5/8

Letter to Blacket from Hugh Kennedy, Registrar of the University of Sydney, conveying the wording of a resolution passed by the University Senate appointing Blacket to the position of University Architect.

23 May 1854

 

1

F.5/9

Letter to Blacket from the Colonial Secretary's office accepting Blacket's letter of resignation from the position of Colonial Architect.

10 Jun 1854

 

1

F.5/10

Copy of a report of the Building Committee of the University Senate.

Nov 1853

 

1

F.5/11

Letter to Blacket from the Governor-General's secretary noting Blacket's application soliciting the post of Colonial Architect

21 Sep 1849

 

1

F.5/12

Letter to Blacket from the Governor-General's secretary asking Blacket's to call on the Governor-General on Thursday next concerning Blacket's application for the post of Colonial Architect.

25 Sep 1849

 

1

F.5/13

Testimonial from ?William McArthur concerning Blacket's architectural skills, prepared in support of Blacket's application for the post of Colonial Architect.

12 Sep 1849

 

1

F.5/14

Testimonial from Thomas Whistler Smith concerning Blacket's architectural skills, prepared in support of Blacket's application for the post of Colonial Architect.

13 Sep 1849

 

1

F.5/15

Testimonial from Charles Nicholson concerning Blacket's architectural skills, prepared in support of Blacket's application for the post of Colonial Architect.

11 Sep 1849

 

1

F.5/16

Testimonial from John Campbell concerning Blacket's architectural skills, prepared in support of Blacket's application for the post of Colonial Architect.

11 Sep 1849

 

1

F.5/17

Letter from the Colonial Secretary advising Blacket that his appointment as Colonial Architect has been approved by the Governor-General.

11 Sep 1849

 

1

F.6/1

Edmund Blacket's birth certificate, on parchment.

25 Aug 1817

 

1

F.6/2

Samples of letter seal with ink stamp impressions of a crest.

n.d.

 

1

F.6/3

Extract of the marriage certificate of Edmund Blacket and Sarah Mease.

21 May 1842

 

1

F.6/4

Invoice signed by Blacket for the sum of 168 pounds for work done at Sydney University.

10 Sep 1878

 

1

F.6/5

Mease family tree from 1540 to 1892, prepared by Joseph Mellanby Mease, a distant relative of Blacket's wife Sarah Mease. Dated at Hatton Budby [?England].

22 May 1919