Guide to the Diary and Logbook of William Hodkinson



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Hodkinson, William
Log and diary of William Hodkinson (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
26 June 1860 - 10 October 1860
Collection Number
1 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Daily Log and diary 26 June-10 October 1860, describing life on board the Phoenix and including references to the Maori Wars.

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.

Citation 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

Material filmed at the private residence of Mrs. E. Roberts, Cambridge, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1991 (AJCP Reel: M2575). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

The private residence of Mrs E. Roberts. Cambridge, England.

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). The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.


Hodkinson, William; Liverpool, England; Maori; New Zealand Wars; Phoenix (ship)


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 227, p85.

Biographical / Historical

Hodkinson was a passenger on board the Phoenix on a journey from Auckland to Liverpool 1860.

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Log and Diary of William Hodkinson (147pp.), 26 June 1860 - 10 October 1860

Daily log and diary kept as a passenger in the sailing ship Phoenix of the White Star Line, from Auckland to Liverpool.

From the text it is clear that W.H. originally went out to Australia, but that he had spent some years in New Zealand. He was returning home with his wife and four children, John William, Mary Ann, Margaret, and Alice Jane.

Subjects include: farewell visit from his late partners, John Booth, F. Sheppard, and William D. Wilkie, soda manufacturers from Wynyard Pier; fire at Mr. Denny's hotel and a clothier shop of Mr Poole's; a stowaway; fights and quarrels among both crew and passengers; cargo (mostly kauri timber) ditched because of ship's leak. In his farwewell thoughts W.H. also refers to the Maori Wars, "….and we are sorry to see the rupture that as [sic] caused blood to flow from the Packaise and Maoris and driving thousands from thy lovely shores to seek a livelihood in distant lands".