Sanders Family Bible donated to Cultural Collection in the Auchmuty Library UON, l-r Gionni Di Gravio, University Archivist; Lyn Keily, Special Collections Librarian, with Great great grand daughters of Nicholas and Isabell Sanders, Joy-Elaine Lewis and Helen Lewis
We are delighted to announce that the Sanders Family Bible, and associated memorabilia, was officially donated to the University of Newcastle’s Cultural Collections in the Auchmuty Library yesterday, 10th March 2015.
The large tome, printed in Glasgow, possibly during the years 1864-1866 and measuring approx 36cm x 26cm x 10cm; containing 950 pages, was previously owned by Nicholas and Isabell (nee Hodgson) Sanders. The initial pages record the births, marriages and deaths of various family members over the years.
The volume, and associated photographs and memorabilia, including a mysterious ‘feather’, according to family folklore, purporting to be from the original bird that graced the illustrated biscuit tins of Arnotts, is also included within the Bible’s pages.
Nicholas Sanders was born in 1842 in Cornwall, England, and married Isabell Hodgson (born in 1844 in Durham) in June 1864 in Isabell’s home town of Durham. They were the first of the Sanders family to migrate to Australia in 1886, and settled in Wallsend, where the family worked in coal mining and farming interests. Isabell died in 1915, and Nicolas in 1921, both buried in the Methodist cemetery in Wallsend.
We thank the great great grand daughter of Nicholas and Isabell, Joy-Elaine Lewis and Helen Lewis for arranging the donation of this precious family treasure to us. They have ensured that all the senior family members have been notified, are are happy with the Bible’s new home within the University’s Cultural Collections.
They have also enthusiastically embarked on extensive family research uncovering many connections across the Hunter Region to the Arnott’s Biscuit Company, Annesley House in Mayfield, and the Dudley Mine Disaster, and thank them for providing this research to us.