Date: Sunday 20 October 2019

Location: 6 Ralph Street, Alexandria NSW 2015

The Collection of the Late Laurie Seaman to be Auctioned on Sunday October 20 at 11 am

Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers 6 Ralph Street Alexandria

Laurie Seaman (1929-2019)  came from a family who collected. His American father W.Laurie Seaman traveled the world in the early 1920’s as a photo journalist and met Laurie’s Australian mother Christiana (Chrissie) Bell on board the Ormonde in 1923 on a voyage headed to England. After spending some time in America they settled in Sydney. Where he worked as an Engineer at Ernest W Bell, his father-in-law’s firm.

  1. Laurie Seaman became part of Kosciuszko folklore when, as a member of the Millions Club party, he died in a blizzard on Mount Kosciuszko in 1928 with fellow skiier Evan Hayes. His American parents financed the construction of the Seaman Memorial Hut at the site his body was found on Kosciuko and attended the opening in 1929. He left behind his wife Chrissie, eldest child, Bruce & Laurie who was born in January 1929.

It was Laurie Seaman’s American grandmother Margaret Seaman’s [1869-1951] Aunt Mary Laurie who collected autographs. Her autograph album was amongst items handed down to the Australian Seaman family.

The album is a collection of dozens of autographs of 19th Century identities (mostly American), including a handwritten letter from Thomas Jefferson dated 1780, written in the middle of the War of Independence to American General Smallwood. Also included is (Abraham) Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th President of the United States, A(rthur)Wellesley (1769-1852), 1st Duke of Wellington, Lord (George) Byron (1788-1824), American writters Caroline M.Kirkland (1801-1864) & Fitz-Greene Halleck (1790-1867),  English writer Martin Tupper (1810-1889), politicans Sam Houston (1793-1863) 3rd President of the Rebulic of Texas, Millard Fillmore (1800-1874), the 13th President of The United States, and Hamilton Fish (1808-1893), Governor of New York etc.

Thomas Jefferson was the 3rd President of the United States, at the time of the Letter he was the Governor of Virginia, the letter was sent from Richmond & dated Sept 23 1780 to Brigadier General William Smallwood (1732-1792), later Major General Smallwood. It expresses gratitude for Smallwood’s ‘conduct and that of your brave troops’, he hopes that it will be in his ‘power to add to Col Harrisons Corps 400 men…’ & regrets ‘we have no certain prospect of providing them with clothing blankets or tents’. Smallwood in August 1780 had fought a the Battle of Camden, South Carolina, even though a defeat for the Americans his brigade held their ground earning him the promotion to Major General.

Also included in the auction is a photograph album of W Laurie Seaman’s “Air Service U.S.Army” 1918-1919, documenting his time as an Official Flight Tester in Arcadia Florida for the U.S.Army,

His US Army Air Services Epaulettes c. 1918, sterling silver identity bracelet & various US pins.

A Collection of Badges & insignia reflect the War Service of Christiana Laurie Seaman (nee Bell) in both World Wars includes badges & epaulettes & as an accredited War Correspondant in WWII her Press Pass & Identification Card & various badges & the next lot includes a photograph album commemorating Corporal RP Bell (Christiana’s brother) leaving for WWI in 1915, showing the troops leaving Sydney, life on board the troop carrier & arrival in Egypt.  His war medals: British War Medal 1914-1918 & Victory Medal 1914-1919 are also included. Roy Pinto Bell embared with the 5th Australian Field Artillery Brigade AIF in September 1915 & was killed in action on 9 December 1916 at the Somme.

On View:

Friday 18 October 10am-5pm

Saturday 19 October 10am-4pm

Sunday 20 October from 9am

Auction:   Sunday 20 October at 11 am


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