Guide to the Papers of Reverend Samuel Marsden (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Marsden, Samuel, Reverend
Papers (Ethel Gaunt Collection) of Reverend Samuel Marsden (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1819 - 1966
Collection Number
2 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

A collection of photographs, leaflets, cuttings and correspondence assembled by Ethel Gaunt relating to the life of the Rev. Samuel Marsden, particularly his early years in Yorkshire. There is also a copy of Marsden's journal of his journey to New Zealand in 1819.

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:

Existence and Location of Originals

Pudsey Branch Library. Leeds City Libraries, 20 Church Lane, Pudsey, West Yorkshire LS28 7TY, EnglandInformation and Research library (

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.

Archival history

Material selectively filmed at Pudsey Branch Library, Pudsey, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1989 (AJCP Reel: M1619). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

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 The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.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


Anglican Church: Australia; Australia; Clergymen; Gaunt, Ethel; Great Britain; Marsden, Samuel, Rev.; Missions and missionaries: New Zealand; New Zealand; New Zealand: visits to; Photographs; Yorkshire, England


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998, Entry 310, p115.

Biographical / Historical

Anglican clergyman and missionary, who arrived in Sydney in 1794.

Item Descriptions

Typescript copy of the journal of Rev. Samuel Marsden on his second visit to New Zealand (124 pp.), July 1819 - November 1819 (File 1)

Includes two letters referring to New Zealand, Feb. 1824.

Album of newspaper cuttings, leaflets, photographs and correspondence concerning Samuel Marsden assembled by Mrs. Ethel Gaunt, 1866 - 1966 (File 2)

The earliest papers concern the erection of a memorial to Marsden in Farsley Parish Church in 1866. The other papers date from 1923 to 1966 and relate inter alia to the donation of the Marsden Warehouse to the Farsley District Council and the work of the Marsden Memorial Fund 1931-34, the erection of six Marsden Memorial Homes in 1935, the visit of Mrs. Gaunt to Australia and New Zealand in 1937, the commemoration in Sydney of the centenary of Marsden's death in 1938, the deaths of descendants of Marsden such as Elizabeth Betts and Edith Blaxland, early buildings in Australia and New Zealand associated with Marsden, the history of the Australian wool industry, the donation of Marsden memorabilia to Pudsey Library in 1964, the service in Farsley Parish Church to commemorate the bicentenary of Marsden's birth in 1964, articles and cuttings on the life of Marsden, and photographs of buildings in Farsley and Rawdon associated with Marsden.

Biographical / Historical

Ethel Gaunt was the great-granddaughter of William Lawson, the manager of Rawdon Mills, where the first consighment of Australian wool sent by Marsden was made into cloth in 1808. She was at one time the owner of the ruined cottage at Farsley, West Yorkshire, where Marsden had lived as a boy.