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Overview of Collection:

Repository:  McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi

Creator: David “Pears” Smith Hiddle

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the united States (Title 17, United States Code).

Collection Number: M459

Title: Hiddle (David Pears Smith) Manuscripts

Dates: ca. 1860s; 1891; 1904

Abstract: The collection includes photocopies of two manuscripts entitled “Travels in America” written by David “Pears” Smith Hiddle as well as a typed transcript of the manuscripts.

Biographical/Historical Note

David “Pears” Smith Hiddle was born in Greenock, Scotland, in 1838 and died in Melbourne, Australia, in 1913. He traveled to New York City by steamer ship, the “United States” from Glasgow, and arrived on December 28, 1860.  He traveled throughout the United States, reaching Selma, Alabama, on the day that the state seceded from the Union: January 11, 1861.  He also visited Savannah, Montgomery, Mobile, New Orleans, Ocean Springs, and Moss Point.

While in New Orleans in early 1862 (prior to its capture by the Union on April 25, 1862), Hiddle worked at the foundries to help the war effort. The exact date of his departure from the United States is unknown, but he did return before August of 1863, for he was married in Glasgow on September 11, 1863.  After his marriage, Hiddle and his wife Mary left for Australia from Liverpool on the Great Australia on October 7, 1863, and arrived in Melbourne, Victoria, on January 13, 1864.  The Hiddles spent the remainder of their lives in Melbourne.

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes photocopies of two manuscripts; the first is twenty-three pages long, and the second is five pages. The manuscript copies are accompanied by a typed transcription and a more detailed listing of the topics covered by and persons mentioned by name in the essays.

Also included are photocopies of two photographs emailed from Paul Hiddle. Identification of photographs:


M459-1     The photo was taken in Australia around 1891. David is standing at the back, also standing at the back on his side, is his daughter Laura (born 1866). Seated on the left hand side is his Daughter-in-law Margaret nee Thomson (born 1865) holding his Grand Daughter Alice (born 1891). Also seated, on the right hand side is his wife Mary nee Lampson (born 1837), on the floor is David's son Ralph (born 1876).


M459-2     This photo of David is from "Jubilee history of the Presbyterian Church, Williamstown" by Arbuckle. Published, Melbourne: Waddell & Fawkner, 1904.


Topics Covered

Lumber trade--Mississippi.

New Orleans (La.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.



Related Collections

M81: “Political Correspondences” (Lowndes Cty., Miss.) Broadside.

M316: Tatum Family Business Records.

Administrative Information

Provenance: Donated by Paul Hiddle in January 2009.

Restrictions on Use:  This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Preferred Citation Method:  Item, Title of collection, McCain Library & Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi.

Processing Information:  Processed by Lauren White.

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