Cosme Colony Collection
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.
Other than for the purposes of and subject to the conditions prescribed under the Copyright Act, items may not in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, microcopying, photocopying, recording or otherwise) be altered, reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted without prior written permission from the University of Sydney Library and/or the appropriate author.
Published 2012-08-29Donald Wood served in the Regimento Ita Ybate No. 9.Image
Published 2008-09-03Alex (left) and Bill (right) Wood, sons of William and Lillian Wood, in Jerusalem, 1919. Both returned to Cosme Colony after World War I.Image
Published 2008-09-03No 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.Image
Published 2008-09-03Cosme 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).Other
Published 2008-09-03Lillian 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.Image