To John O'Shanassy   6 August 1858

Melbourne bot. Garden,

6. Aug. 1858.

Sir

I have the honor to inform you, that at a meeting of the committee appointed for the administration of the zoological gardens all the contingent expenses of the defunct zoological Society have been approved of according to the annexed schedule.1

I pray therefore, if this expenditure received your sanction, that you will be pleased to issue an authority for the payment of £380 three hundred and eighty pounds Sterling out of the vote for the zoological gardens, by which the liquidation of these accounts and small pending expenses would be effected.

The Committee having engaged an overseer and a gate-keeper for the remainder of the year the former at the rate of 12/ the latter of 6/ daily pay, as well as three other labourers for the month of August at a daily pay of 9/ and a carter with horse & cart at a daily pay of 18/—, desires me to apply for your authority of expending the sum of £220 two hundred and twenty pounds Sterling for wages.

I have the honor to be,

Sir,

your most obedient and humblest servant

Ferd Mueller

 

The honorable the Chief Secretary

&c &c &c2

 

RETURN of Accounts passed for Payment by the Director of zoolog. Gardens during the Period from _____ to 6 August 185 8.

PARTICULARS.


AMOUNT

Captain Stoney: tools.

5

19




Blundell: Stationery

3

19

6




Westby: timber

55

12

3




Ray: printing

42

1




Capt. Stoney, cartage

2

10




Hales, clerical expenses

30




Hales, blasting material & stove

5




Egan, timber

2

10




Grosse: engraving

13




Langwill & Co:, tools

42

9

3




J. Smith, tent material

4

5

2




Va ughan, building

59

15




Capt. Stoney: wheelbarrows

5

5




Capt. Stoney, rent

5




Capt. Stoney, advertisements

11

11

6




Purchase & Swyer, Commission

86

14




Total £

375

2

6

375

2

6

 
The Management Committee of the Zoological Gardens took over the operations of the Zoological Society on its demise. See Gillbank (1996).
M's request was approved.

Please cite as “FVM-58-08-06,” in Ɛpsilon: The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection accessed on 20 September 2021, https://epsilon.ac.uk/view/vonmueller/letters/58-08-06