Guide to the Collections held by the Nottingham University Library (as filmed by the AJCP)



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Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Nottingham University Library. Manuscripts Department
Collections held by the Nottingham University Library (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1840 - 1942
Collection Number
27 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

Papers of Vernon Family, comprising journal 1857-1860 of HMS Cordelia, captained by C.E.H. Vernon, on voyage to Australia and the Western Pacific and correspondence book 1856-1861 of HMS Iris.

Papers 1933-1942 of George Arundell, 8th Viscount Galway, Governor-General of New Zealand, referring to his appointment as a Privy Councillor, the abdication of King Edward VIII, New Zealand public affairs, and Galway's return to England in 1941.

Letters 1907 from Lieutenant H.D.H. Willoughby to his mother while serving on HMS Powerful on the Australian Station.

Papers 1840-1907 of J.E. Denison, 1st Viscount Ossington, including extracts from letters of Henry and Alfred Denison in New South Wales and letters of Sir William Denison referring to public affairs in Van Diemen's Land, education, churches, Irish political exiles, and cessation of transportation.

Papers 1792-1794 of William Cavendish Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, comprising a list of convicts and petitions of convicts sentenced to transportation.

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 Manuscripts Department, University of Nottingham, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1982 (AJCP Reel: M1578). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

University of Nottingham Library, King's Meadow Campus, Lenton Lane, Nottingham, England.

For further information see The University of Nottingham Library - Manuscripts and Special Collections. []

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.

The Papers of Henry Pelham Clinton, 5th Duke of Newcastle under Lyme (M1575-M1577) [], also held by the Nottingham University Library were listed and filmed seperately.

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.


Arundell, Sir George V., 8th Viscount Galway; Australia; Bentinck, William C., 3rd Duke of Portland; Church buildings: Australia; Convicts; Convicts: Tasmania; Cordelia, HMS (ship); Denison, Alfred; Denison, Henry; Denison, J.E., 1st Viscount Ossington; Denison, Sir William T.; Education; Edward VIII, King of England; Great Britain; Governors and Governors General: New Zealand; Iris, HMS (ship); Naval officers; New South Wales; New Zealand: politics and government; Politicians: Britain; Powerful, HMS (ship); Royal Navy: Australian Station; Royal Navy: voyages; Transportation of Convicts: cessation; Vernon Family; Vernon, C.E.H., Capt.; Willoughby, H.D.H., Lieut.


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 355, p. 136. []

Item Descriptions

Fonds. Eyre Manuscripts, 1856 - 1861

2 items

Papers of Eyre Family of Grove, Nottinghamshire.

Biographical / Historical

Frances Eyre married Granville Vernon and the estate passed to him.

Series Ey 518-29. Papers of Vernon Family, 1856 - 1861

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Journal of H.M.S. Cordelia, April 1857 - December 1860 (File 525-27)

Captained by C.E.H. Vernon.

The sailed from Plymouth and visited Cape of Good Hope, Bombay, Sydney, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Norfolk Island, New Caledonia, New Hebrides, Moreton Bay and New Zealand.
Correspondence book of H.M.S. Iris, 1856 - 1861 (File 529)

The letters were written from Chatham, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, Auckland and Karorarika.

Fonds. Galway Manuscripts, 1933 - 1942

1 Item

Papers of Monckton-Arundell Family of Serlby Hall, Bawtry, Nottinghamshire.

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

John Monckton was created Viscount Galway in the Irish Peerage in 1727. George Arundell (1882-1943), 8th Viscount Galway, was Governor-General of New Zealand 1935-1941.

Series G13,230 - 13,241. Papers of 8th Viscount Galway, 1933 - 1942

1 item
Correspondence, 1933 - 1942 (File)

The subject-matter of the correspondence includes the Oxford Society in New Zealand, Galway's appointment as a Privy Councillor in 1937, the death of King George VI and the abdication of King Edward VIII, the proposed Anglican Cathedral in Wellington, New Zealand public affairs, Galway's return to England in 1941 and his appointment as Colonel Commandant of the Honourable Artillery Company. The correspondents include Lord Hardinge, Sir Godfrey Thomas and D.E. Fowley.

Fonds. Middleton Manuscripts, June 1907 - October 1907

1 Item

Papers of Willoughby Family of Wollaton, Nottinghamshire, and Middleton, Warwickshire.

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Willoughby was created Baron Middleton in 1712.

Series Mi 4F/170-90. Letters from Honourable H.D.H. Willoughby (died 1916) to his parents Godfrey Willoughby (later 10th Baron Middleton) and Ida Willoughby, June 1907 - October 1907

1 item
Letters from H.D.H. Willoughby to Mrs. Ida Willoughby, June 1907 - October 1907 (File 172-82)

The letters were written from Sydney, Trawalla (Victoria) and Melbourne and refer to sport, tennis parties, dances at Government House, a train journey from Adelaide to Sydney, Women's Exhibition, a visit to Coolangatta, Lord Northcote, Sir Samuel Way, Admiral Fawkes, Admiral Bridges, the 1907/1908 summer cruise of the Powerful, and Melbourne Cup festivities.

Biographical / Historical

Willoughby was a Lieutenant in H.M.S. Powerful on the Australian Station.

Fonds. Ossington Manuscripts, 1840 - May 1907

6 items

Papers of John Evelyn Denison (1800-1873), 1st Viscount Ossington (created 1872).

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

Speaker of the House of Commons 1857-1872. Denison was the brother of Sir William Denison, Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemen's Land and Governor of New South Wales.

Series Bundle 24. Correspondence (nos. 284-308), 1846 - 29 June 1854

4 items
Sir William Denison to J.E. Denison, [1846] (File Os/C/284)

Statement of services as officer of Royal Engineers.

Letters from Sir William Denison (Hobart) to J.E. Denison, 1847 - 1850 (File Os/C/285-97)

Cessation of transportation; education and churches; colonial finances; conduct of judges; history of factionalism in Van Diemen's Land; travels; conduct of Sir John Eardley Wilmot; constitutional developments; establishment of college; Irish political exiles; Lord Grey; free emigration; whaling; timber; discovery of coal; agriculture; family news.

W.C. Wentworth to J.E. Denison, 29 June 1854 (File Os/C/298)

Opposes moves to abolish office of Governor-General; need for federal assembly and supreme executive based in Sydney.

Letters from Henry Denison to J.E. Denison, n.d. (File Os/C/299-308)

Transportation; advantages of assignment; colonization policy; shortage of labour in Australia; Australian Bill; constitutional changes; price of land; family news.

Series Bundle 102. Correspondence (nos. 1796-1816), 1840 - May 1907

2 items
Letters from Clerks and Librarians of Australian Parliaments to Louisa Denison, April 1907 - May 1907 (File Os/C/1800-16)

Acknowledging receipt of copies of J.E. Denison's book Speaker's diary.

Extracts from letters of Henry and Alfred Denison in Australia, 1840 - 1841 (File Os/C/10)

The letters refer to purchase of station and stock, cost of stores and wages, profits, transportation, assignment and free emigration, and the colony's prospects.

Fonds. Portland Manuscripts, [c. 1794]

2 items

Papers of Cavendish-Bentinck Family of Welbeck, Nottinghamshire.

Biographical / Historical

Hans Bentinck was created Earl of Portland in 1689. Henry Bentinck, 2nd Earl of Portland, was created Duke of Portland in 1716.

Series PwF. Papers of William Cavendish Bentinck, [c. 1794]

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

William Cavendish Bentinck (1738-1807), 3rd Duke of Portland (succeeded 1762), Prime Minister 1783, Home Secretary 1794-1801, Prime Minister 1807-1809.

J. Kirby, Keeper of Newgate. List of 23 convicts, convicted 1792-1794 (File PwF 9933)

Giving age, crime and remarks on character and conduct. Several were transported.

Petitions to Duke of Portland by Edward Stack, Thomas Glover, Thomas Phinner, William Langdon, Thomas Walker and Hannah Morrison, [c. 1794] (File PwF 9934-38)

All sentenced to transportation.

Fonds. Miscellaneous Items: Galway Manuscripts, 13 August 1899 - 12 June 1903

3 items

Filmed selectively.

F.A. Monckton (N.Z.) to Lord Galway, 12 June 1903 (File GA 20/166)

Congratulations on son's majority; sends cutting on C.A.W. Monckton, Resident Magistrate in New Guinea.

Cutting from New Zealand Mail on C.A.W. Monckton, 10 June 1903 (File GA 20/167)

J.J. Shillinglaw (Melbourne) to Lord Galway, 13 August 1899 (File GA 20/197)

Book on Captain Cook; interest in figurehead of Resolution exhibited in 1891 by Lord Galway.

Fonds. Miscellaneous Items: Middleton Manuscripts, 14 November 1902 - 2 March 1903

2 items

Filmed selectively.

A.J.M. Jephson (Napier) to Lady Middleton, 14 November 1902 (File M 4 F/31)

A.J.M. Jephson (Christchurch) to Lady Middleton, 2 March 1903 (File M 4 F/32)

Fonds. Miscellaneous Items: Ossington Manuscripts, 1840 - 24 February 1863

9 items

Filmed selectively.

Sir William Denison (Hobart) to J.E. Denison, 20 February 1852 (File OsC 29)

Resolution of Legislative Council on transportation; customs duties; incompetence of Colonial Secretary; family news; despatch of Victorian gold.

Sir William Denison (Hobart) to J.E. Denison, [1852]-02-23 (File OsC 30)

Irish State prisoners; Anti-Transportation League; public works; death of Colonial Secretary; N.S.W. politics.

Henry Denison to Stephen Denison, 26 April 1840 (File OsC 197)

Problems for landowners arising from end of assigned labour; stock; enjoyment of independence; Mrs. Dumaresq.

Letters from Henry Denison (N.S.W.) to J.E. Denison, 1840 - 1841 (File OsC 198-201)

High labour costs; profits from horsebreading; purchase of cattle; design of shearing shed; transportation; report on immigration.

Sir William Denison (Hobart) to J.E. Denison, 1 June 1851 (File OsC 318)

Criticisms of W. Denison's manner; unpopularity arising from support for transportation; discovery of gold in N.S.W.; Puseyism in Van Diemen's Land; hunting; repayment of loan.

Letters from Henry Denison to J.E. Denison, 1850 (File OsC 461-66)

Emigration scheme of S. Herbert; attitude of N.S.W. colonists to transportation; bushrangers.

Sir William Denison (Hobart) to J.E. Denison, 12 January 1852 (File OsC 547)

Improvement in popularity; superiority of Tasmanian politicians to those in Victoria or South Australia; loss of free labour to goldfields; future career; family news.

Sir Redmond Barry (Melbourne) to J.E. Denison, 24 February 1863 (File OsC 949)

Presents volumes from Melbourne Public Library; money voted for book purchases.

Sir William Denison (Hobart) to J.E. Denison, 22 April 1849 (File OsC 1384)

Visit of Sir Charles Fitzroy; anomalous position of Legislative Council; incompetence of Colonial Secretary; advantages of convict system; free emigration; timber.

Fonds. Miscellaneous Items: Portland Manuscripts, 15 April 1848

1 item

Series PwL. Papers of Lord George Bentinck, 15 April 1848

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Stephen Kennard to Lord George Bentinck, 15 April 1848 (File PwL 188-89)

Sends extract from letter of Victorian grazier W.T. Clarke on need for large-scale emigration to Australia; flocks could be doubled if labour were obtainable at moderate price.