The Cosme Colony Collection is a collection of documents, personal papers, photographs and realia relating to the New Australia Colony and Cosme Colony held in Rare Books and Special Collections, University of Sydney Library. The contents of the collection are described in the Guide to the Cosme Colony Collection.

New Australia and Cosme were socialist colonies founded in Paraguay in 1893 and 1894 by a group of Australians led by William Lane.

The Cosme Colony Collection comprises two parts. Part 1 contains research material collected by the Sydney author Gavin Souter for the book, A Peculiar People (1968). Part 2 contains material from the family of John Lane, one of the original colonists and brother of William Lane.

The Cosme Colony photographs archived in Sydney eScholarship are from the Lane Family material, Part 2 of the Cosme Colony Collection.

Recent Submissions

  • Photograph of Donald Wood in the Paraguayan Army in the Chaco War. 

    Unknown author
    Published 2012-08-29
    Donald Wood served in the Regimento Ita Ybate No. 9.
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  • Cosme Evening Notes, Vol 4 No 169, 18th December 1898 

    Unknown author
    Published 2008-09-03
    Cosme Evening Notes was a hand-written bulletin which was read aloud each evening. John Lane's handwriting. Includes the poem "Wedded" by M.J.G. (Mary Gilmore).
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  • Lillian Wood 

    Unknown author
    Published 2008-09-03
    Lillian Wood, wife of William Wood, arrived at Cosme Colony in May 1895 with her husband and child. She and William spent all their lives at Cosme Colony and she died in July 1961 at the age of 89.
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  • Alex and William (Bill) Wood 

    Unknown author
    Published 2008-09-03
    Alex (left) and Bill (right) Wood, sons of William and Lillian Wood, in Jerusalem, 1919. Both returned to Cosme Colony after World War I.
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  • David (Dave) Russell Stevenson 

    Unknown author
    Published 2008-09-03
    No date. Dave Stevenson and his wife Clara left Cosme in 1927 and went to Britain. They spent the rest of their lives in Guernsey, Channel Islands.
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