1956. Typewritten mss. 4pp, bound in paper covered boards with cloth spine, handwritten ammendation to the bottom of p.2, signed by Neste at the end and dated 1956. Pages are age toned with a little foxing, boards and cloth spine are aslo foxed, and the paper is lifting from the lower corner of the top board. Item #779
Glynde Nesta Griffiths (1889 - 1968) was an author and philanthropist and the youngest daughter of Frederich Close Griffiths. "A member (from 1923) of the Royal Australian Historical Society, Nesta combed through old books and documents in the Mitchell Library and History House, and engaged in field-work: she and Gwendolen stayed, sometimes for weeks, at the country homes of their friends and relations. Nesta's first book, Point Piper Past and Present (1947), was a limited edition published by S. Ure Smith. It was followed by Some Houses and People of New South Wales (1949), Some Southern Homes of New South Wales (1952) and Some Northern Homes of N.S.W. (1954). Although her books suffered from lack of editing, the absence of indexes, the omission of references, and occasional inaccuracies, she preserved 'the recollections of an earlier generation'. Her habit of 'strewing bright irrelevances' gave the books much of their charm. She revived interest in the architect John Verge and created awareness of an endangered heritage." Australian Dictionary of Biography online (retrieved 15 May, 2019). In these four pages she tells stories about the establishment of 'Maryland' estate at Bringelly and includes some bright irrelevancies about people connected through this estate.