Series 1 - Records generated from researching and cataloging Ernest Westlake's papers in the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.


ProvenanceTaylor, Rebe (1971- )
Description

The materials in this series were assembled as part of the research into and documentation of the records of Ernest Westlake in the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. They include Rebe Taylor's handwritten cataloging notes made in 2000; some imaged publications by Aubrey Westlake, Jean Westlake and N. J. B. Plomley, images of the display panels that formerly accompanied parts of the Westlake Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum created in about 1925; a 2007 unpublished essay 2007 by Stella Brecknell, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History librarian; Ernest Westlake's brith certificate; and photographs by Rebe Taylor and Gavan McCarthy.

Other publications by, or about, Ernest Westlake and his papers are listed seperately in the Bibliography included in this Guide. There are also other published and unpublished records located in other series in this Guide generated by scholars researching Ernest Westlake's collections, including Henry Balfour, W. J. Sollas, J. Reid Moir and Justin B. Delair.

The folder and folio numbers shown in the 'Control' field under each item were assigned by Rebe Taylor in 2000, except for the control 1998.466, which refers to the Pitt Rivers Museum Photograph Collections.


Inventory Listing

Panels of text, maps and drawings describing the Westlake Tasmanian Collection and Tasmanian Aboriginal culture and history, c. 1925
Possibly prepared by Henry Balfour
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A manila folder entitled 'Folder 1c, Box 1, Panels of TEXT, MAPS and DRAWINGS poss. in PRM [Pitt Rivers Museum]. Describe Westlake stone tool coll. And Tasmanian Ab. culture and history'. This folder was named by Rebe Taylor in 2000.

This folder contains 5 panels (paper mounted on card board) of typed text and hand-drawn illustrations and maps with historical and cultural information about the Tasmanian Aborigines and the Westlake stone implement collection, including the numbers and locations of Westlake's collection sites. The reverse sides of the panels have rough pencil sketches and notes indicating how they were to be displayed. It is possible that Henry Balfour wrote and illustrated these panels.

The text in the fourth panel [image 7] states 'The Museum contains the Westlake Collection' and also that the 'whole' collection had not yet been 'worked over', suggesting that these panels were displayed in the Pitt Rivers Museum some time after its arrival in 1923 and perhaps before 1934 when Henry Balfour had had studied, drawn and categorically organised 12,000 of the implements in 4 Accession Books [WEST00341, WEST00341, WEST00343, Series 13, Collections IX Westlake 1-3, 1934.83-85, Pitt Rivers Museum; and WEST00344, Series 13, Collections X Westlake 4, 1934.86, Pitt Rivers Museum].

By 1934 Balfour had almost completed a lengthy manuscript on the collection [WEST00334, ‘Stone Implements of the Natives of Tasmania, by Henry Balfour FRS, Curator of the Pitt Rivers Museum 1891-1939’, Series 14, Manuscript Collections Pitt Rivers Museum, Balfour Papers].

Creator Balfour, Henry
Control Folder 1C, Folios 1-5
Date range c. 1925 - c. 1939    Quantity 1 cm, 1 folder
Formats Maps, Loose Notes, Published Papers or Articles and Drawings
Inventory Identifier WEST00013 Box Number 1 Location Pitt Rivers Museum: Manuscript Collections, Westlake Papers Series 1
Westlake Papers: Tasmanian Collection, Rebe Taylor cataloguing notes for Box 1, Pitt Rivers Museum
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A manila folder entitled ‘Notes for Box 1 Westlake Collection’, containing 11 pages of lined paper with handwritten notes in pencil. These notes were written, filed and titled by Rebe Taylor in 2000.

These notes are part Rebe Taylor's catalogue of the Westlake Papers done on request of the Pitt Rivers Museum in 2000. The notes in this folder describe in detail the papers contained in Box 1 of the Westlake Papers [references to this Guide in square brackets]: Notebooks 1-6 (and looseleaf folios) [WEST00001-WEST00006, Series 3], Folder 1b: Correspondence and papers regarding the Tasmanian Aborigines [WEST00011, Series 2], Folder 2b: correspondence from Aubrey Westlake 1923-1976 [WEST00012, Series 2] and Folder 1c, Exhibition panels [WEST00013, Series 1].

Creator Taylor, Rebe (1971- )
Control Box 1
Date range 2000    Quantity 0.2 cm, 1 folder
Inventory Identifier WEST00016 Box Number 1 Location Pitt Rivers Museum: Manuscript Collections, Westlake Papers Series 1
Aubrey Westlake, Woodcraft Chivalry, 1917
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This item includes the publication:

Westlake, Aubrey, 1917: Woodcraft Chivalry, Weston-Super-Mare, Mendip Press Ltd.

See the Bibliography of this Guide for more references relating to Ernest Westlake and the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry, including other publications by Aubrey Westlake.

Creator Taylor, Rebe (1971- )
Control Folio 16
Date range 1917    Quantity 0.5 cm, 1 volume
Formats General Publications
Inventory Identifier WEST00035 Box Number 3 Location Pitt Rivers Museum: Manuscript Collections, Westlake Papers Series 1
Westlake Papers: Tasmanian Collection, Rebe Taylor cataloguing notes for Box 2, Pitt Rivers Museum
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A manila folder entitled ‘Westlake Coll. [Collection] BOX 2 Notes' containing 20 pages of lined paper with handwritten notes in pencil. These notes were written, filed and titled by Rebe Taylor in 2000.

These notes are part Rebe Taylor's catalogue of the Westlake Papers done on request of the Pitt Rivers Museum in 2000. The notes in this folder describe in detail the papers contained in Box 2 of the Westlake Papers: [references to this Guide are in square brackets]: Folders 1-4: Correspondence from Edward Burnett Tylor [WEST00017-WEST00020, Series 2]; Folders 1a- 5a: correspondence from Ernest Westlake (mostly to Aubrey and Margaret Westlake, 1908-1910) [WEST00021-WEST00025, Series 2]; and Folder 1b: 'Miscellaneous' [WEST00026, Series 2].

Creator Taylor, Rebe (1971- )
Control Box 2
Date range 2000    Quantity 0.5 cm, 1 folder
Inventory Identifier WEST00328 Box Number 2 Location Pitt Rivers Museum: Manuscript Collections, Westlake Papers Series 1
Westlake Papers: Tasmanian Collection, Rebe Taylor cataloguing notes for Box 3, Pitt Rivers Museum
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A manila folder entitled 'Westlake Collection Notes for Box 3' containing 12 pages of lined paper with handwritten notes in pencil. These notes were written, filed and titled by Rebe Taylor in 2000.

These notes are part Rebe Taylor's catalogue of the Westlake Papers done on request of the Pitt Rivers Museum in 2000. The notes in this folder describe in detail the papers contained in Box 3 of the Westlake Papers [references to this Guide in square brackets]: Photographs - 4 prints possibly from Pacific Islands (moved in 2008 to Westlake Photographic Collection 1998.466) [WEST00027, Series 7]; 4 prints of two men standing either side of a large tree [WEST00028, Series 7]; Publications - Tasmanian Stone Implements and Aborigines (six volumes) [WEST00029-WEST00034, Series 5]; Folders 1 and 2: correspondence from Joseph Paxton Moir to Ernest Westlake [WEST00038-WEST00039, Series 2]; 2 unaddressed picture postcards [WEST00036-WEST00037, Series 12]; and Folder 1a: notes regarding French 'eoliths' and geology [WEST00040, Series 12].

Creator Taylor, Rebe (1971- )
Control Box 3
Date range 2004    Quantity 0.5 cm, 1 folder
Inventory Identifier WEST00329 Box Number 3 Location Pitt Rivers Museum: Manuscript Collections, Westlake Papers Series 1
Portrait image Ernest Westlake c.1905 (possibly his passport photograph) copied from Delair, Justin B., 1981: ‘Ernest Westlake (1855-1922), Geologist and Prehistorian with a synopsis of his field notebooks’, The Geological Curator, 13(2&3) 133-152.
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Digital copy only.

Creator Taylor, Rebe (1971- )
Control Additional 1
Date range c. 1920    Quantity 1 digital image
Inventory Identifier WEST00331 Box Number DR Location Pitt Rivers Museum: Digital Repository, Westlake Papers Series 1
Westlake Papers: Tasmanian Collection, Rebe Taylor cataloguing notes for Box 4, Pitt Rivers Museum
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A manila folder entitled 'Westlake Coll. [Collection] Notes for Box 4' containing 3 pages of lined paper with handwritten notes in pencil. These notes were written, filed and titled by Rebe Taylor in 2000.

These notes are part Rebe Taylor's catalogue of the Westlake Papers done on request of the Pitt Rivers Museum in 2000. The notes in this folder include the papers contained in Box 4 [references to this Guide are in square brackets]: Publications - Tasmanian Travel and Tourism (21 volumes) [WEST00041-WEST00060, Series 6].

Creator Taylor, Rebe (1971- )
Control Box 4
Date range 2000    Quantity 0.5 cm, 1 folder
Inventory Identifier WEST00332 Box Number 4 Location Pitt Rivers Museum: Manuscript Collections, Westlake Papers Series 1
Westlake Papers: Tasmanian Collection, Rebe Taylor cataloguing notes for Box 5, (Exercise Books 1-20), Pitt Rivers Museum
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A manila folder entitled 'Westlake Coll. [Collection[ Box 6 [crossed out] 5 NOTES (Exercise Books 1-20)’ containing 3 pages of lined paper with handwritten notes in pencil. These notes were written, filed and titled by Rebe Taylor in 2000.

This folder, titled ‘Box 6 Notes’ by Rebe Taylor in 2000, was re-titled ‘Box 5 Notes’ in 2008 when the contents of the original Box 5 were removed from the Westlake Papers and added to the Pitt Rivers Museum Westlake Photographic Collection, 1998.466.

These notes are part Rebe Taylor's catalogue of the Westlake Papers done on request of the Pitt Rivers Museum in 2000. The notes in this folder describe in detail papers previously held in Box 6 of the Westlake Papers (now Box 5) [references to this Guide are in square brackets]: Exercise Books (20 volumes) [WEST000307-WEST000327, Series 4].

Creator Taylor, Rebe (1971- )
Control Box 5 (originally Box 6)
Date range 2000    Quantity 0.5 cm, 1 folder
Inventory Identifier WEST00333 Box Number 5 Location Pitt Rivers Museum: Manuscript Collections, Westlake Papers Series 1
Westlake Papers, Rebe Taylor cataloguing notes for the photographs that were added to photograph collection 1998.466, September 2008
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A manila folder entitled 'Westlake Collection Notes for Box "5" Photographs of Wilkinson's Stone tools' containing 5 pages of lined paper with handwritten notes in pencil. These notes were written, filed and titled by Rebe Taylor in 2000.

In 2008 the contents of the original Box 5 (photographs) were removed to be added to the Pitt Rivers Museum Westlake Photographic Collection, 1998.466. Box 6 was consequently re-labelled Box 5. Following this change the Westlake Papers was comprised of 5 boxes.

These notes are part Rebe Taylor's catalogue of the Westlake Papers done on request of the Pitt Rivers Museum in 2000. They contain detailed notes on the photographs, and their original classificatory system that were previously held in Box 5 of the Westlake Papers. These photographs appear in this Guide as: [WEST00072- WEST00154, Series 8, WEST00155- WEST00236, Series 9, WEST00237-WEST00305 and Series 10].

In 2008 Rebe Taylor's folio numbers 83-230 in her cataloguing notes were crossed out and new folio numbers were written, in pencil, next to them, numbering 83-218, with some numbers replaced by the word ‘envelope’. This was so that the small envelopes, used by Westlake to store these photographs, would not be assigned a folio number but identified as ‘envelope’ . The folio numbers assigned in 2000, and also in 2008, relate to the photographs that appear in this Guide as: [WEST00155-WEST00236, Series 9 and WEST00237-WEST00305, Series 10].

Creator Taylor, Rebe (1971- )
Control 1998.466. (originally Box 5)
Date range 2000 - 2008    Quantity 0.3 cm, 1 folder
Formats Loose Notes
Inventory Identifier WEST00336 Box Number Photo Location Pitt Rivers Museum: Photograph Collections, Westlake Collection, 1998.466 Series 1
Publications by Jean Westlake and The Westlake Papers by N. J. B. Plomley
Publications by Jean Westlake and N. J. B. Plomley
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This item includes the following publications:

Westlake, Jean, 2000: 70 Years A-Growing, Stroud, Gloucestershire, Hawthorn Press [partially imaged; images 1-11].

Westlake, Jean, 1977: Sandy Balls For All Seasons, Gods Hill, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, Sandy Balls Press [partially imaged; images 12-17].

Westlake, Jean, 1983 (Second edition 1988): A Handbook for Sandy Balls, Gods Hill, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, Sandy Balls Press [images 18-54]

Westlake, Jean, 1982: Gipsy Caravan: A 100-years' Story, Godshill, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, Sandy Balls Press [images 55-97]

Plomley, Norman J. B. 1991: The Westlake Papers, Records of Interviews in Tasmania, 1908-1910, Launceston, Occasional Paper No. 4, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery. [images 98-178]

Further notes and cross references:

Jean Westlake's Sandy Balls For All Seasons is also partially imaged in: [images 50-54, WEST00363, Series 15, Westlake Archive, Oxford University Museum of Natural History.]

See the Bibliography of this Guide for more references relating to Ernest Westlake, including other publications by N. J. B. Plomley.

Creator Taylor, Rebe (1971- )
Control Additional 2
Date range 1881 - 2004    Quantity 1 digital file
Inventory Identifier WEST00345 Box Number DR Location Pitt Rivers Museum: Digital Repository, Westlake Papers Series 1
Photographs taken by Rebe Taylor and Gavan McCarthy relating to Ernest Westlake and the area in which he lived
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Creator Taylor, Rebe (1971- )
Date range 2000 - 2008
Inventory Identifier WEST00346 Series 1
Certified Copy of Ernest Westlake's Birth Certificate
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Digital image of a certified copy of Ernest Westlake's birth certificate. Rebe Taylor purchased a copy of this certificate in 2010 in order to confirm Ernest Westlake's year of birth as 1855 because several published sources state he was born in 1856, including an obituary: W. J. S. [Sollas, W. J.], (1923) 'Obituary for Ernest Westlake', Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society, Vol. 79, xxii. (A typed copy of this obituary is included in: 'Justin B. Delair's research notes, drafts, publications and other related publications', image 11, WEST00358, Series 15, Westlake Archive, Oxford University Museum of Natural History).

Other published sources that give 1856 as Ernest Westlake's birth year include:

John Springhall, 1977: 158.

Willem van der Eyken and Barry Turner, 1969: 125-144.

Ruth F. Chadwick, 1998, 3: 313.

Creator Taylor, Rebe (1971- )
Date range 26 May 2010    Quantity 1 digital image
Formats digital numeric, text, sound and graphic or video inf
Inventory Identifier WEST00347 Series 1
Brecknell, Stella, 'A dubious inheritance: Ernest Westlake's 'eolith' collections', unpublished paper
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11 typed pages (computer generated) entitled 'A dubious inheritance: Ernest Westlake's 'eolith' collections' by Stella Brecknell, written in 2007 as a presentation.

As written by Brecknell: 'This is the story of what happened to Ernest Westlake's 'eolith' collections from the letters (1922-1995) mostly written after his death in 1922'.

This paper presents a narrative account drawn largely from Series 15-17, Westlake Archive, Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Stella Brecknell catalogued and studied these papers closely from 2000 when she was archivist at that museum.

Creator Westlake, Ernest (1855-1922)
Date range 2007    Quantity 0.5 cm, 1 file
Inventory Identifier WEST00349 Box Number 1 Location Pitt Rivers Museum: Manuscript Collections, Westlake Papers Series 1

Published by the The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre and the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, August 2010
Listed by Rebe Taylor, with Michael Jones and Gavan McCarthy
HTML edition
Updated 14 February 2017
http://web.esrc.unimelb.edu.au/WEST/WESS01.htm

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