Guide to the Miscellaneous collections held by the Northumberland Record Office (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Northumberland Record Office
Collections held by the Northumberland Record Office (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1766 - May 1982
Collection Number
77 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Autograph collection 1788-1891 of F.J. Brooks, including letters, engravings and photographs of Australian and New Zealand bishops.

Papers 1822-1948 of Ridley Family of Northumberland referring to Dr H. Douglas and other magistrates in New South Wales 1825-1826, and property in Canterbury district of New Zealand.

Records 1875-1885 of mining engineers William Armstrong and Sons concerning mining activities of Australian Agricultural Company.

Journal January-April 1849 of A. McCracken kept on the William Hyde on voyage to Auckland and Port Phillip.

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 the Northumberland Record Office, Newcastle upon Tyne, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1983 (AJCP Reel: M1652). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

The Northumberland Archives were previously known as the Northumberland Record Office.

Existence and Location of Originals

Northumberland Archives, Woodhorn, QE2 Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland, England.

For further information see: Northumberland Archives [].

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.


Armstrong, William and Sons; Auckland, New Zealand; Auckland, New Zealand: visits to; Australia; Australian Agricultural Company Ltd; Brooks, F.J.; Canterbury, New Zealand; Douglas, H., Dr; Great Britain; Land: New Zealand; McCracken, A.; Melbourne, Victoria; Mines and mining; New Zealand; Photographs; Ridley Family; William Hyde (Ship)


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 354, p136.

Item Descriptions

Fonds M12. Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne Manuscripts, 1766 - 1891

31 items

Biographical / Historical

The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle-upon-Tyne was founded in 1813. It began collecting books, manuscripts and artefacts at an early stage in its history.

Series. Autograph collection of F.J. Brooks of Cambridge, November 1766 - 1891

31 items

Filmed selectively.

Autographs, letter and engraving, 1788-11-29; 1795-12-04; 1801 (File D2/ff.58-59)

Autographs of J. Fryer, W. Cole, F. Christian and W. Elphinstone (29 November 1788); letter of Elizabeth Bligh to Sir Joseph Banks (4 December 1795); engraving of Captain. W. Bligh (1801).

Four engravings and two letters of Sir James Brooks (File D2/ff.125-127)
Three engravings of Caroline Chisholm, 3 April 1850 (File D3/f.91)

Also includes a letter of Caroline Chisholm to Editor; Pictorial Times, 3 April 1850.

Engravings of Captain J. Cook, November 1766 (File D3/ff.190-191)

Including statue by T. Woolner; letter from J. cook to P. Stephens (November 1766).

Engraving and cutting on Australian explorations of E.J. Eyre (File D4/f.259)
Engraving, photograph and cutting of Lord Augustus Loftus (File D7/ff.235-236)
Engraving of Captain A. Phillip, 2 October 1792 (File E1/ff.132-133)

Also includes certificate signed by A. Phillip and given to Captain P.G. King (2 October 1792)

Engravings, two letters and copies of letters of Tichborne Claimant (File E3/ff.218-220)
Engraving and autograph of Sir Julius Vogel (File E3/f.299)
Letter of Bishop A. Short to W. West (File F4/f.180)
Engraving and letter of Bishop T. Stanley (File F4/f.181)
Photograph and engraving of Bishop J.C. Patteson (File F4/f.182)
Two engravings of Bishop C. Perry, 12 January 1848 (File F4/ff.183-83)

Letter of C. Perry to Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge (12 January 1848)

Engraving of Bishop G. Stanton (File F4/f.185)
Engraving and two letters of Bishop F. Barker (File F4/f.186)
Drawing and letter (1847) of Bishop F. Nixon and engraving of Bishop A. Barry (File F4/f.187)
Engraving of Bishop C. Bromby (File F4/f.188)
Engraving of Bishop H. Montgomery (File F4/f.189)
Engraving of Bishop G.A. Selwyn (File F4/f.232)
Letter of Bishop F. Jenner, 15 June 1878 (File F4/f.233)
Engravings of Bishop E. Hobhouse, 5 November 1861 (File F4/ff.235-37)

Also includes letter of E. Hobhouse to T. Shaw (5 November 1861)

Photograph of Bishop W. Cowie, 1887 - 1891 (File F4/ff.238-39)

Also includes three letters of W. Cowie (1887-1891)

Photograph of Bishop H.Harper (File F4/f.240)
Photograph of Bishop C. Julius (File F4/f.241)
Engraving of Bishop W. Williams (File F4/f.242)
Photograph of Bishop E. Stewart (File F4/f.243)
Engraving of Bishop C. Abraham (File F4/f.244)
Engraving of Bishop O. Hadfield (File F4/f.245)
Engraving of Reverend S. Marsden, 16 April 1820 (File F6/ff.16-17)

Also includes letter of S. Marsden (Bay of Islands) to Justice B. Field, 16 April 1820.

Photograph and autograph of Reverend J.G. Pation (File F6/f.84)
Engraving of Bishop G.A. Selwyn, 9 November 1869 (File F10/f.45)

Also includes letter of G.A.Selwyn to J. Jackson, 9 November 1869.

Fonds ZMI. Middleton (Belsay) Manuscripts, 26 August 1812 - 5 June 1824

2 items

Papers of Middleton Family of Belsay Castle, Northumberland.

Series ZMI 15. Papers of Sir Charles Middleton Monck, 5 June 1824

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Charles Middleton (1779-1867), 6th Baronet, of Belsay Castle, who assumed the name Monck in 1799, represented Northumberland in the House of Commons from 1812 to 1820.

Watercolour by Monck of Queen of Sandwich Islands, Boki and another attendant, 5 June 1824 (File B15/xic/3)

On verso is note about a breakfast given in honour of the Queen. (7"x5")

Series ZMI/S.76. Letters to Thomas Wallace, 26 August 1812

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Wallace (1768-1844), 1st Baron Wallace (created 1828) of Featherstone Castle, Northumberland, was a member of the House of Commons from 1790 to 1828, Commissioner of India Board 1800-1804, 1807-1816, Vice-President of the Board of Trade 1818-1823.

Sir Joseph Banks to [Wallace], 26 August 1812 (File 76/2)

Distibution of bounty on imported merino sheep

Fonds ZRI. Ridley (Blagdon) Manuscripts, [1822-1948]

3 items

Papers of Ridley Family of Blagdon, Northumberland.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Matthew White Ridley (1778-1836), 3rd Baronet, was a Whig M.P. 1812-1836. His son, Sir Matthew White Ridley (1807-1877), 4th Baronet, of Blagdon was the Tory member for North Northumberland in the House of Commons from 1859 to 1868. His son Sir Matthew White Ridley (1842-1904), 5th Baronet, 1st Viscount Ridley (created 1900), was elected to the House of Commons in 1868. He held junior offices in the governments of Lord Beaconsfield (1878-1880) and Lord Salisbury (1885-1886) and was Home Secretary in Salisbury's third ministry in 1895-1900.

Series 22. Deeds; other counties, 1862 - 1870

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Deed of settlement between Isaac and Janetta Cookson of Lyttleton, New Zealand, and J.C.W. Russell and J. Hall of Christchurch, trustees of Mildred Ridley of Durham, 1862-06-26; 1862-1870 (File 22/7)

Concerning property in Oxford district of Canterbury. Also a plan and letters of J.Hall, W. Cookson and N.Atkinson, 1862-1870.

Series 25. Public office and public affairs: parliamentary, [c. 1822-1826]

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Papers concerning New South Wales (11 documents), [c. 1822-1826] (File 25/49)

Includes:House of Commons Papers, copy of Sydney Gazette and handwritten notes concerning punishments inflicted by Dr. H. Douglas and other magistrates in N.S.W., 1825-26.

House of Commons Papers containing instuctions of Lord Bathurst to J.T. Bigge on proceeding to N.S.W., 7 July 1823.

House of Commons Paper containing return of shipping to and from New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land, 1822-1825.

Series 52. Literacy and miscellaneous, [1948]

1 item

Filmed selectively.

A.W. Richardson (Eumundi, Queensland) to Lady Ridley, [1948] (File 52/8)

Associations of Richard family with Blagdon; recollections of childhood at Plessey in 1870s (6pp)

Fonds NRO 324. Blackett-Ord (Whitfield) Manuscripts, 29 April 1822 - 16 June 1843

2 items

Papers of Blackett-Ord Family of Whitfield, Hall Northumberland.

Series A/1-105. Papers of William Ord, 29 April 1822 - 16 June 1843

2 items

Biographical / Historical

William Ord (1781-1855) of Whitfield Hall, Northumberland, inherited his father's estates and coal and lead mining interests. He represented Morpeth in the House of Commons from 1802 to 1832.

Letters of Reverend T.H. Scott, 29 April 1822 (File A32)
2 items

Filmed selectively.

T.H. Scott (Whitfield) to W. Ord, 29 April 1822 (Item)

Sends sketch of account of N.S.W., differences of opinion with J.T. bigge, eg. on agricultural resources of N.S.W.; revenue from duty on spirits; books and maps as required. (8pp)

Notes on N.S.W. (Item)

Synopsis of 16 letters concerning colony. (8pp)

Sir Robert Peel to W. Ord, 16 June 1843 (File)

Acknowledges memorial of Newcastle Auxiliary of London Missionary Society on French occupation of Tahiti.

Fonds NRO 725. William Armstrong and Sons Records, 1 February 1875 - 19 November 1885

37 items

Records of William Armstrong and Sons, consulting mining engineers of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Biographical / Historical

William Armstrong (1813-1896) was a mining engineer and the first manager of Wingate Colliery in County Durham. He was on the council of the North of England Institute of Mining Engineers. He was succeeded at Wingate by his son William Armstrong (1846-1910).

Series B3-23. Report Books, 1 February 1875 - 19 November 1885

37 items

Reports of W. Armstrong, monstly addressed to E. Hamilton of the Australian Agricultural company. They comment on the annual reports and despatches of J. Gragson and Turnbull on the mining activities of the Company in New South Wales and refer to particular collieries, engineering equipment, the extension of mining leases, productivity, trading situation, labour relations, and the need for an association of colliery owners. The consultancy was terminated in 1885.

B10-11 contain press copies of reports, some of which are of poor legibility.

Filmed selectively.

Report Book, 1 February 1875 (File B8/ff.570-76)
Report Book, 19 March 1875 (File B8/ff.598-600)
Report Book, 24 June 1875 (File B8/ff.616-617)
Report Book, 22 July 1875 (File B8/ff.630-640)
Report Book, 13 September 1876 (File B9/ff.177-178)
Report Book, 16 August 1877 (File B10/ff.51-53)
Report Book, 4 September 1877 (File B10/f.62)
Report Book, 27 December 1877 (File B10/ff.132-315)
Report Book, 2 March 1878 (File B10/ff.226-231)
Report Book, 25 July 1878 (File B10/ff.358-365)
Report Book, 2 August 1878 (File B10/ff.369-371)
Report Book, 21 April 1879 (File B10/ff.481-487)
Report Book, 15 August 1879 (File B10/ff.513-519)
Report Book, 20 December 1879 (File B10/ff.586-587)
Report Book, 31 December 1879 (File B10/ff.597-601)
Report Book, 6 May 1880 (File B10/ff.683-685)
Report Book, 7 June 1880 (File B10/ff.736-743)
Report Book, 22 June 1880 (File B10/ff.754-762)
Report Book, 13 December 1880 (File B10/ff.834-836)
Report Book, 28 July 1881 (File B11/ff.12-13)
Report Book, 6 March 1882 (File B11/ff.109-110)
Report Book, 8 May 1882 (File B11/ff.132-135)
Report Book, 27 April 1882 (File B11/ff.245-247)
Report Book, 28 May 1883 (File B11/ff.261-262)
Report Book, 26 July 1883 (File B11/ff.305-306)
Report Book, 18 October 1883 (File B11/ff.344-347)
Report Book, 10 December 1883 (File B11/ff.383)
Report Book, 27 May 1884 (File B11/ff.450-453)
Report Book, 15 August 1884 (File B11/ff.486-488)
Report Book, 6 November 1884 (File B11/f.509)
Report Book, 13 October 1884 (File B11/ff.493-495)
Report Book, 30 January 1885 (File B11/ff.544-557)
Report Book, 26 March 1885 (File B11/ff.605-607)
Report Book, 25 May 1885 (File B11/ff.622-623)
Report Book, 29 May 1885 (File B11/ff.627-628)
Report Book, 18 June 1885 (File B11/ff.646-649)
Report Book, 20 July 1885 (File B11/ff.662-664)
Report Book, 19 November 1885 (File B11/ff.699-700)

Fonds NRO 1376. Journal of A. McCracken, 4 January 1849 - 24 April 1849

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Journal of A. McCracken kept on a journey from Girvan, Scotland, to London and on a voyage on the William Hyde from Gravesend to Adelaide and Port Phillip, 4 January 1849 - 24 April 1849 (File)

The journal contains detailed entries referring to the weather, meals, church services, birds, fishing, music, and the sighting of St. Paul and Amsterdam Islands. (xerox copy, 49pp)

Fonds NRO 2448. Newcastle Diocesan Centenary Papers, April 1982 - May 1982

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Three cuttings from Newcastle Evening Chronicle (2) and Anglican Encounter, April 1982 - July 1982 (File)

Concerning Goodwill Mission from Newcastle, Australia, to Newcastle upon Tyne.