|Stories in Stone: an annotated history and guide to the collections and papers of Ernest Westlake (1855-1922)|
About the records
Rebe Taylor and the eScholarship Research Centre (ESRC) commenced collaborative work on the electronic listing of the Westlake Papers in 2006, following a successful application for funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC). Listing was carried out using the Heritage Document Management System (HDMS) and continued throughout the project, with the final period of writing, refining and editing carried out by Rebe Taylor, Michael Jones and Gavan McCarthy in 2009-2011.
The first edition of Stories in Stone: an annotated history and guide to the collections and papers of Ernest Westlake (1855-1922) has been produced as a result of this work.
In late 2008, Rebe Taylor and Gavan McCarthy (Director, ESRC) travelled to the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, to work on the collection. The Westlake Papers were almost completely imaged during this time. Material in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History was digitised by Michael Jones (ESRC) in November 2010. Access to the imaged materials from both institutions is provided for the purposes of individual research and study.
Researchers wishing to publish material from this collection in any form will need to seek the appropriate copyright permissions.
Holdings at AIATSIS, the National Library of Australia and elsewhere
The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) holds photographs of drawings of Tasmanian stone artefacts in the Westlake collection, in their Manuscript Collection (MS 719). See Mura - AIATSIS Collections Catalogue for further information.
In addition, material from the Westlake collection was filmed in 1988 as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) by the National Library of Australia and the State Library of New South Wales. The AJCP ran from 1945, with the purpose of transferring microfilm copies of material from repositories in the United Kingdom to libraries and institutions in Australia.
As a result, six notebooks, letters to the Westlake children, exercise books, and some other correspondence were imaged and made available through the following institutions.
The photograph seen on the top left hand side of the Guide is ‘Ernest Westlake aged 66 years (1855-1922)’, from Jean Westlake, 70 Years A-Growing, Hawthorn Press, Stroud, Gloucestershire, 2000, p. 17.