Guide to the Journal of Thomas Hodgkin (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Hodgkin, Thomas, 1831-1913
Journals of Thomas Hodgkin (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
22 January 1909 - January 1910
Collection Number
9 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Journals kept by Hodgkin on voyage on the Orontes from Tilbury to Melbourne (January-March 1909), and during his trips to Tasmania, New Zealand, New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and journey back to England on the Orontes and Otranto (November 1909-January 1910).

He was accompanied by his wife Lucy Hodgkin, his daughter Violet Hodgkin and his son George Hodgkin. The principal purpose of the trip was to meet Quaker communities in the main Australasian cities and to attend the General Meeting of Australian Friends in Adelaide.

Includes impressions of places he visited, members of the Quaker communities in the main Australian cities, and the General Meeting of Australian Friends in Adelaide.

The journals contain some photographs of people, including the General Meeting at Adelaide, and cuttings, mainly of interviews with Hodgkin.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Access.

Conditions Governing Use

Many of the records digitised as part of the AJCP are still in copyright. Readers wishing to publish or reproduce documents should seek permission, in the first instance, from the owner of the original material.

Preferred Citation

Acknowledgement of use of this material should refer to the location of the original material and to the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Items from this collection should include references to the location of the original material and to the AJCP nla.obj number, which serves as the online identifier for the digital copy.

Example: M Series: Journal of Capt. James Cook, 18 February 1770, British Library Add. MS 27885 (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Filmed at the University Library, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1984 (AJCP Reel: M1918). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Special Collections, Robinson Library, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Collection Reference TH A5. For further information see Thomas Hodgkin at the Library of the University of Newcastle (

Existence and Location of Copies

The original AJCP microfilm of the records filmed from this collection is available at the National Library of Australia [] as well as other institutions holding AJCP microfilm.

Finding-aid Notes

This finding aid is a revised online version of the original finding aid prepared by the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP), published by the National Library of Australia in 2019. The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.

Dates used in this finding aid refer to the date range of the records selected for filming rather than to the date range of the Series or Files.


Adelaide, South Australia; Australia; Bankers; Hodgkin, Thomas; Melbourne, Victoria: visits to; New South Wales; Orontes (ship); Otranto (ship); Queensland; Society of Friends; South Australia; Tasmania; Victoria; Western Australia


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 224, p. 84. []

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Hodgkin (1831-1913). Banker and historian. Educated at Grove House, Tottenham, and University College, London. In 1859 he helped establish the banking firm of Hodgkin, Barnett, Pease and Spence at Newcastle upon Tyne, and he remained a partner until it was absorbed by Lloyds Bank in 1902. In his spare time he pursued historical and archaeological studies, his most outstanding work being Italy and her invaders, published in 1879-1899. He was an active member of the Quaker community.

Item Descriptions

Series. Volume 1, 22 January 1909 - July 1909

3 items

Retrospective account of voyage on Orontes from Tilbury to Melbourne, 22 January 1909 - 5 March 1909 (File)

Travels via Suez, Colombo, Perth and Adelaide. Includes lists of passengers, impressions of Perth and Adelaide, and meetings with Friends. (pp. 1-30)

Journal kept at irregular intervals during visit to Tasmania, March 1909 - April 1909 (File)

Describes Launceston, Hobart, and landscape, social events, meetings of Friends, addresses and readings, affairs of Friends' School, history of Walker Family, and gives details of several Quaker families. (pp. 31-54).

Journal kept at irregular intervals during visit to New Zealand, April 1909 - July 1909 (File)

Describes voyage across Tasman Sea, impressions of Dunedin, Lake Wakatipu, Christchurch, Wellington, Napier, Rotorua, Auckland, visits to Canterbury College and other universities, meetings with T.M. Hocken, J.W. Salmond, W.B. Matheson, Holdsworth Family, Reverend. H.W. Williams, Joseph Vaughan, meetings of Friends, details of individual Quakers, Conference of New Zealand Friends in Wellington, proposal to establish Quaker colony, lecture in Dunedin by E. Shackleton, and meetings with politicians. (pp. 55-117).

Series. Volume 2, July 1909 - January 1910

6 items

Journal of visit to New South Wales, July 1909 (File)

It gives his impressions of Sydney, and describes visits to Sydney University, meetings with Friends, and a trip to the Blue Mountains. (pp.1-19).

Journal of visit to Queensland, July 1909 - August 1909 (File)

It refers to the Queensland economy, Pacific labour trade, Chinese in Queensland, impressions of Brisbane, Friends in Brisbane, visits to and meetings with Friends in Rockhampton, Mount Morgan and Toowoomba. (pp. 20-41).

Journal of visit to Victoria, August 1909 - September 1909 (File)

It gives his impressions of Melbourne, and describes visits to Melbourne University and Federal Parliamentary Library, talks with E.A. Petherick, Sir Thomas Carmichael and G. Swinburne, the Australian Church, and meetings with Friends in Melbourne and Ballarat. (pp. 42-59).

Journal of visit to South Australia, September 1909 - October 1909 (File)

It includes impressions of Adelaide, notes on South Australian history, meetings with Sir Samuel Way, A. Darnley Naylor, and Sir Day Bosanquet, visits to Adelaide University and a wool auction, meetings with Friends at Adelaide and Blackwood, discussions about the Labor Party and migration the land question, irrigation, Germans in South Australia, and a visit to settlements on the Murray River. It also summarizes discussions at the General Meeting of Australian Friends. (pp. 60-96).

Journal of visit to Western Australia, October 1909 - November 1909 (File)

It refers briefly to meetings with Friends at Perth and Mundaring. (pp. 97-104).

Journal of journey from Perth to England, November 1909 - January 1910 (File)

It describes the voyage to Colombo on Orontes, meetings with Friends and travels in Ceylon, voyage to Europe on Otranto, and journey across France. (pp.105-116).