Guide to the Records of Manchester Regiment (63rd & 96th Regiments) (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Manchester Regiment. (63rd & 96th Regiments)
Records of Manchester Regiment (63rd & 96th Regiments) (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1828 - 1953
Collection Number
14 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
The Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) online portal was created with the assistance of the Australian Public Service Modernisation Fund, 2017-2020. The National Library of Australia gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the other foundation AJCP partners, the State Library of New South Wales and The National Archives of the UK, and all other organisations which supported the work of the AJCP, the world's most extensive collaborative copying project, operating from 1948 to 1997.


Scope and Contents

Records of service of 63rd (May 1828-May 1834) and 96th (June 1839-June 1849) Regiments, correspondence, and lists of officers and other men awarded New Zealand medals.

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

Material selectively filmed at Tameside Local Studies Library, Stalybridge, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1987 (AJCP Reel: M2080). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Tameside Local Studies Library. Stalybridge Library, Trinity Street, Stalybridge, Cheshire SK15 2BN, England.

For further information see the Manchester Regiment (63rd and 96th regiments) at the Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre (

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.

Administrative History

The Manchester Regiment was formed in 1881 from the 63rd and 96th Regiments, together with two battalions of the 6th Royal Lancashire Militia. The 63rd Regiment was based in Australia, mainly in Van Diemen's Land, in 1829-33. The 96th Regiment was based in Australia in 1841-48 and served in the Maori War of 1845-46.

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.

Advisory Statement

Australian Aboriginal, Maori and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this Finding Aid contains material and descriptive information which may be considered culturally sensitive and may cause distress, including names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. This Finding Aid contains terms that reflect authors' views or those of the historical period, but which may not be considered appropriate today. While the information may not reflect current understanding, it is provided in an historical context.


British Regiment: 63rd; British Regiment: 93rd; Great Britain; Manchester Regiment (63rd and 96th Regiments); New Zealand; Medals: New Zealand; New Zealand Wars; Swan River: Western Australia; Tasmania; Van Diemen's Land;


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 304, p. 114.

Item Descriptions

Series 2. Historical Records, May 1828 - June 1849

2 items

Record of services of 63rd Regiment (1 vol.), May 1828 - May 1834 (File 2/1/1)

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Record of services of 63rd Regiment, May 1828 - May 1834 (Item ff. 16-27)

The entries refer to a detachment sent to Swan River in 1829, the arrival of the Regiment in Van Diemen's Land in 1829, the distibution of the Regiment (25 March 1830), deaths of officers, the line formed against the Tasmanian Indigenous Australians in 1830, a letter from Governor G. Arthur (27 November 1830), inspections by Governor Arthur in 1830 and 1833, departure of the Regiment for India in January 1834, and the arrival in India of the company from Swan River in May 1834.

Record of services of 96th Regiment (1 vol.), June 1839 - June 1849 (File 2/1/6)

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Record of services of 96th Regiment, June 1839 - June 1849 (Item ff. 11-[36])

The entries refer to the departure of the Regiment for N.S.W. in 1839-1840, a detachment sent to South Australia in 1841, the transfer of the headquarters from Sydney to Launceston in 1843, detachments sent to New Zealand in 1844-1845 and their service against the Maoris, a letter from A. Sinclair, New Zealand Colonial Secretary (3 December 1846), a letter from F. Robe, Lieutenant-Governor of South Australia (20 May 1846), the transfer of the headquarters to Hobart in 1846, a letter from J.C. Bicheno, Tasmanian Colonial Secretary (11 July 1848), testimonial of magistrates, clergy, merchants and inhabitants of Hobart, arrival of new detachment from England, detachment sent to Swan River in 1847, wreck of brig Governor Phillip and deaths of Lieut. Griffith and six privates (27 October 1848), departure of Regiment for India in 1849.

Series D/1. Additional deposit, July 1848 - 4 February 1953

3 items

Lists (File D/1/A/3)

2 items

Filmed selectively.

List of New Zealand medals awarded to 96th Regiment. (2pp.) (Item c.)
List of naval officers, ratings and marines awarded New Zealand Medal (20pp., printed), 1860-1866, 1845-1847 (Item d.)

Accounts of battle at Kororāreka forwarded to Manchester regiment by Lieutenant Colonel G.C. Shaw, 15 March 1845 - 8 September 1937 (File D/1/A/6)

3 items
Lieutenant Colonel G.C. Shaw (Dover) to Major R.F.G. Burrows (Manchester Regiment), 8 September 1937 (Item)

Forwarding documents from his family that may be of interest. These are connected to Major General Cumberland who served in, and commanded the old 96th Foot. Includes description of a skirmish in New Zealand. (Typed)

Lieutenant Edward Barclay 96th regiment, H.M.S. Hazard to Lieutentant Colonel Hulme (New Zealand), 15 March 1845 (Item)

Account of Battle at Kororāreka on the 11th of March 1845. Describes involvement of seamen and marines from the H.M.S. Hazard lead by Captain Robertson. Lists men killed and wounded in the conflict including those of the 96th Regiment.

Ensign J Campbell, 96th Regiment (Auckland) to the Officer commanding troops (Auckland), 16 March 1845 (Item)

His account and involvement in the battle at Kororāreka on the 11th March 1845.

96th Foot. Nominal roll of officers, NCOs and men who were entitled to the medal for the New Zealand war of 1845-1847 (File D/1/A/8)

John Burnett Colonial secretary (Van Diemen's Land) to Major Fairtlough, 11 June 1830 (File D/1/A/16)

The Lieutenant Governor wishes to inform him that he has been nominated to the vacancy in the land board caused by the departure of Major Douglas, and requests he acts as Chairman.

John Burnett, Colonial secretary (Van Diemen's Land) regarding the appointment of Major Fairtlough to Commandant of Launceston, 23 August 1832 - 4 January 1834 (File D/1/A/17)

4 items
John Burnett, Colonial secretary (Van Diemen's Land) to Major Fairtlough, 63rd regiment, 23 August 1832 (Item A)

Death of Major Abbott leaving a vacancy of the appointment of Commandant at Launceston. Offers him the position.

John Burnett, Colonial secretary (Van Diemen's Land) to Major Fairtlough, 63rd regiment, 12 September 1832 (Item B)

Lieutenant Governor nominates him to the office of Commandant at Launceston. Outlines further details and responsibilities of position.

John Burnett, Colonial secretary (Van Diemen's Land) to Major Fairtlough 63rd Regiment, Commandant of Launceston, 30 April 1833 (Item C)

Lieutenant Governor visited Launceston and was struck by the general improvement that has taken place under Fairtloughs order. Highly appreciates his service.

Government notice on new appointment of commandant of Launceston, 4 January 1834 (Item D)

Notification of the appointment of Major Fairweather of the 21st Fusiliers to succeed Major Fairtlough as commandant of Launceston. From the office of the Colonial secretary signed by John Burnett (authorised copy)

Address from magistrates, clergy, merchants and inhabitants of Hobart to Lt. Col. C.B. Cumberland on departure of 96th Regiment to Launceston, July 1848 (File D/1/A/25)

Photograph with typescript transcript.

Original document, on parchment, is in poor condition (6/6).

Photograph also supplied.

Capt. J.K. Collins: Correspondence, 26 November 1952 - 4 February 1953 (File D/1/E/29)

3 items
Capt. J.K. Collins (Christchurch) to Adjutant, Northland Regiment, 26 November 1952 (Item)

Seeks information on restoration of site of Ruapekapeka Pa; painting of 96th Regiment storming Pa.

H.G. Field (Whangarei) to Capt. J.K. Collins, 10 December 1952 (Item)

Broadcasts about Maoris War of 1845; restoration of Pa site; no evidence of troops of 96th Regiment at Ruapekapeka.

H.G. Field to Capt. J.K. Collis, 4 February 1953 (Item)

Supports claim that 96th Regiment stormed Okaihau Pa and not Ruapekapeka.