Walnut writing box presented to Rev. Thomas Ellis Jones by the Beryl St. Baptist Church, Broken Hill, NSW, December 1st 1896.
1896. Rev. Jones was a Welsh preacher from St. Asaph, North Wales. He preached at the Welsh Church, Bristol and in the Midlands before migrating to New Zealand, where he spent 5 years at Auckland & Timaru. During this time, he held the position of Grand Chaplain of New Zealand. Jones probably arrived in Broken Hill in 1893 and departed in 1896. One commendation is from the Silver Star L&C No. 2, Broken Hill. Another printed baptismal sermon was preached by E.J. Tuck at South Broken Hill 1893. Other paper items include 4 printed pamphlets; letter from Thomas Cook Ltd, Sydney 1900; mimeographed newsletter for Easter School for Ministers 1887-97; a number of newspaper clippings, a handsome receipt from Pianoforte Organ & Music Warehouse, Hunter St., Newcastle, 1899. The writing desk contains the preacher's correspondence, approximately 50 letters. The 1st correspondence from Australia dates from 1890 from Sandhurst, Victoria, and ends in 1900 with a letter from Grafton, NSW. Most of the letters are letters of commendation for the job Rev. Jones has done. In all, a fascinating collection of papers tracking the life of a travelling minister through S.E. Australia. Housed in a superb Victorian writing box w/ brass inlays, leather writing surface & a number of secret compartments [one of which was used to house these documents]. Fine Australian association piece. Item #976