Letters from C.J. Pound

Production date
03 Jun 1912-15 Nov 1912
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Object detail

A collection of 22 personal, handwritten letters from C.J. Pound to his family while travelling to the U.S.A on a study trip. Most of the letters are folded in half, some have pages held together with a metal pin. All letters are stored together in an envelope and are written on a range of different letterhead originating from hotels in the USA and steamship postal lines.
CH classification DOCUMENTS Letters personal
Production date
03 Jun 1912-15 Nov 1912
Media/Materials description
paper, ink, metal,
"Letters from \ U.S.A. \ C.J. Pound [illegible?] \ Yeerongpilly \ Stevens Street \ Yeronga"
History and use
This collection of 22 personal letters was written by Charles Joseph Pound (b.1866 – d.1946), one of Australia’s earliest scientists to investigate veterinary and medical diseases in Queensland during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Addressed to Pound’s wife and children, the letters were sent by Pound while travelling abroad to the United States of America on a study trip from 3rd June to 15th November 1912.

Hand written on letterhead originating from various hotels in the USA and steamship postal lines, this collection provides a rich narrative of C.J. Pound’s study trip and an account of his experiences visiting places which were of his professional interest such as plantations, cotton fields and rural ranches. The letters also provide a personal account of life on board a steamship during this period and give a Queenslander’s impression of the USA during this time.
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