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Accession Number: 90-001 (revised)


Professor David Macmillan fonds. -- 1757-1978 ; predominant 1821-1870. -- 91 cm textual records and other material.

Biography / History

David Stirling Macmillan was born October 9, 1925 in Scotland. He received his Masters degree from Glasgow, Scotland and his Ph.D. from Sydney, Australia. He was archivist at University of Sydney from 1954 to 1968 and left Australia in 1968 to come to Trent University. Before he came to Trent he had been named a Fellow of the Royal Australian History Society. He was a Trent University professor for 20 years where he taught History from 1968 to 1987, with courses such as the Expansion of Europe from 1400-1825 and Russian History as well as, his specialty, Business and Economic History. He also taught some evening courses at Durham College in Oshawa for Trent. After a lengthy illness, David Stirling Macmillan died on September 4, 1987.

Custodial History

This fonds was created by Professor David S. Macmillan and in his custody until the time of his death. At this point, his wife, Nancy Macmillan followed his instructions that the records be given to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of correspondence, research notes and original documents which were collected by Professor David Macmillan during his research. Items such as voters' lists for Victoria County, Ontario and a series of broadsides advertising land in Victoria County; documents from the Hudson's Bay Company, East Indies; minutes from the Barbados Board of Legislative Council, a Sydney Australia Company, and the Sydney Australian Committee of the New Steam Company; and a number of reproduction engravings and prints are included in the fonds. Also included in the fonds is a copy of Macmillan's 1964 Ph.D. thesis: "The Scottish Australian Connection..." and assorted pamphets relating to New South Wales. Genealogical resource.


Title based on creator of fonds.

Records relating to the Scottish Australian Trading Company relocated to the National Archives of Australia, September, 2007.

Includes photographs, prints and drawings.

Some of the records are quite brittle. Handle with care and gloves should be worn for all records.

This fonds was given to Trent University at the bequest of Professor David Macmillan.

Some of the records are in French.

Restrictions: Permission of University Archivist

Finding aids: Y

Additions to the fonds include 94-002.

Over-sized items located in Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 32.

Finding Aid

Box 1


1: Miscellaneous research documents: New South Wales and other Australia related materials.

2: [Deaccessioned September 2007]

3: Sydney, Chamber of Commerce Letterbook, 1857-1869.

4: "Travel Notes": Australia, 1896 (2 notebooks). Calendar, University of Sydney, 1852-3.

5: Russian Documents.

6: Advertisement for the Erie Railway between Chicago and New York with map and photographs of Pullman sleeping coaches and drawing room coaches; other related documents.

7: Correspondence and Research Notes: New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

8: U.K. Documents.

9: Manuscript Sermons c.1830; Journal, 1906; Journal, n.d. sea trip to Scotland; Journal 1837-1862.

10: Miscellaneous Research material and notes.

11: Miscellaneous unsorted documents.

12: Miscellaneous unsorted documents.

Loose Volume: Constitution and rules of the Australian Botanic and Horticultural Society. Book includes correspondence of the Society from 1848 to 1856.

Box 2


1: Documents: University of Glasgow re Lord John Russell.

2: Rules and Articles By the Commissioners of the Annexed Estates in Scotland For the Improvement of Highland Farms...1774.

3: Engravings: 19th century.

4: Sessional Papers re: Winding Up Companies Act; Joint Stock Companies Act; Amend Joint Stock Co. Act.

5: [Deaccessioned September 2007]

6: Hudson's Bay Co. Deed Poll Book, 1821.

7: East Indies Documents and Court Record Book.

8: Professor D. Macmillan: Writings.

9: Prof. D. Macmillan: Personal and Business Papers; Legal Papers.

10: Journal: "The Defense of Lucknow, 1857"; pamphlets re marriages act(1856) and marriage with a deceased wife's sister (1852) - copy

11: Miscellaneous documents; Florence Nightingale letter.

Loose Items: 34 reproduction engravings; 1 rolled document.

Box 3

Folder 1: Broadsides, Victoria County, Ontario.

Loose Items:
1. Minutes of the Board of the Legislative Council, Barbados, 1848.
2. Speeches in the House of Commons, Great Britain, 1640: manuscript copies.
3. Minute Book of the Iron Trades Employers Association, 1882.
4. Company minute book (Sydney, Australia) 1877-1881.
5. Minute book of the "Committee of the New Steam Company", Sydney, Australia, 1852-1855.
6. Voters Lists: Victoria County and United Counties of Northumberland and Durham, Ontario. Scattered; 19th C.
7. Framed portrait.
8. 6 reels m.f.

IN LARGE MATERIALS CABINET: Over-sized engravings and prints.

Box 4

David S. Macmillan, Ph.D. Thesis: The Scottish Australian Connection..., 1964 Assorted pamphlets, mostly relating to New South Wales