Guide to the Collections held by the Sheffield City Archives (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Sheffield City Archives
Collections held by the Sheffield City Archives (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
June 1772 - 1984
Collection Number
172 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Letter 1866 of E.H. Allies to Michael J. Ellison referring to an attack by Indigenous Australians, and purchase of Brovunia sheep station in Gayndah, Queensland.

Papers 1849-1858 of Captain Charles Barker referring to the Spanish attacks on Sulu and impressions of Singapore and Honolulu.

Correspondence 1895-1920 to Edward Carpenter concerning his books Intermediate Sex and Towards Democracy, his poetry and other works. Correspondents include Winifred Moore, Robert Dashwood, Grace E. Wills and Eleanor Barton.

Correspondence 1840-1946 of Elmhirst Family referring to life in Australia, the effects of drought, and Sydney politics. Correspondents include Laura Elmhirst Hughes and Philip Potts.

Letters 1860-1863 of Charles Fowler of Sydney to his father referring to family news and economic conditions.

Letters 1857-1865 of Elizabeth Whitton referring to the work of her husband, John Whitton, as a parliamentarian and his appointment as consulting engineer for all trades in New South Wales.

Foreign day-book of steelmakers John Vessey and Sons Ltd. 1938-1958. The firms listed include George H. Martin, Iron and Steel Co. of New Zealand Ltd., and F.C. Matthew & Sons Ltd.

Records 1969-1972 of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce relating to trade missions to Australia and the Far East.

Papers 1835-1844 of Ellin Family referring to trade and investment opportunities in Australia and family news. Correspondents include Hannah and Benjamin Law of Hobart, and Thomas Ellin.

Order books 1907-1929 of the steel company Edgar Allen & Co. Ltd., including orders from Broken Hill South Silver Mining Co., John Chambers & Son Co. Ltd., and North Broken Hill Mining Co.

Letters 1817-1826 of George Bennett in Tahiti to Joseph, Elizabeth and Catherine Read concerning preaching and teaching the South Seas Islanders, native customs and costume and preparation for the coronation of Pomare III.

Records 1849-1880 of cutlery manufacturer Needham, Veal and Tyzack. The Australian firms with which it traded included W. Bennett, Edward Duchett, Farrhurst & Co., and Mene & Edwards.

Business diary 1905 of L.J. Coombe kept during a visit to Australia and New Zealand.

Correspondence 1821-1840 of James Montgomery including account of George Bennett's visit to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, and missionary work in the Pacific.

Records 1897-1939 of Sheffield Smelting Co. Ltd. referring to New Zealand Consolidated Dental Co. Ltd. Grundy Bothers, Sydney Mint, Bank of New Zealand and Bank of New South Wales. Correspondents are Talbot, Oliver and John Wilson.

Letters of Thomas A. Browne (Rolf Boldrewood) to Edward Montagu-Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie, 1st Earl of Wharncliffe, referring to friends in Australia, Australian politics, cricket, bushrangers and political issues in Victoria, including universal suffrage.

Papers 1772-1834 of Wentworth Family including a letter 1772 from Joseph Banks to Edmund Burke, notes on Norfolk Island 1791-1792, and correspondence concerning D'Arcy Wentworth in New South Wales and Norfolk Island.

Correspondents include Lord Fitzwilliam, D'Arcy Wentworth, W.C. Wentworth, P.G. King and John Hunter.

Papers 1880-1900 of composer Joseph Gillott including scores and programs.

Papers 1973-1975 of Labour politician John Mendelson referring to British campaign for the release of political prisoners in Indonesia.

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 Sheffield City Archives, Sheffield, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1990 (AJCP Reels: M2722-M2726). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Sheffield City Archives, 52 Shoreham Street, Sheffield, England.

For further information see the Sheffield City Archives catalogue [].

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.

Pieces that were not filmed by the Australian Joint Copying Project have not been included in this Finding Aid.

The identifiers used in this finding aid were accurate at the time of filming. They have been kept to preserve the historical context of the collection.

Advisory Statement

Australian Aboriginal 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.


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 413, pp.161-162.

Item Descriptions

Fonds ABC. Dr Albert Ballard, 1950 - 1955

1 item


Ballard, Dr Albert; Barton, Eleanor; New Zealand

Biographical / Historical

Dr Albert Ballard (-1969). Cooperative Party agent for Hillsborogh Parliamentary division from 1919, councillor and alderman of City of Sheffield, Lord Mayor 1957-1958.

Series ABC 4. Letters, 1950 - 1955

Includes several from Mrs Eleanor Barton from New Zealand.

Fonds ACM. Arundel Castle Manuscripts: Muniments of Duke of Norfolk, 1866

1 item

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2722.


Allies, E.H.; Brovunia station, Gayndah, Queensland; Ellison, Michael J.; Farms and farming: Australia; Gayndah, Queensland; Indigenous Australians

Series. Ellison Family Papers, August 1866

1 item

Biographical / Historical

Three generations of the Ellisons family were stewards of the Norfolk Estates.

Letters to Michael Joseph Ellison, August 1866 (File ACM X14)
1 item

Filmed selectively.

E.H. Allies (Brovunia, Gayndah, QLD), 2 August 1866 (Item)

Re experiences taking sheep up country under Halloran, attacked by Indigenous Australians, return to Brisbane, entered into partnership with Williams of Brovunia sheep station (14p. and typed transcript 4p.).

Fonds Bar D. Barker Family of East Lodge, Bakewell. Deeds and Papers, 1851 - 1858

16 items

Filmed selectively.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2722.


Amazon, HMS (ship); Asia and the Pacific: Spanish involvement; Barker, Charles, Capt.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Manila, Philippines; Missionaries: Pacific Islands; Philippines; Royal Navy; Serpent, HMS (ship); Singapore; Sulu Archipalego; Temple, Henry J., 3rd Viscount Palmerston

Series Bar D801. Letters of Charles Barker RN, January 1851 - June 1858

16 items

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

Captain Charles Barker (1811-1860) son of Thomas Barker of Ashford Hall, Bakewell.

Entered Royal Navy 1826, commissioned as Lieutenant on 28 June 1838. He saw service in American waters, West Indies, Mediterranean, off South Coast of America, East Indies and Pacific. Promoted Commander in 1845 and Captain in 1850.

Copy of a despatch from J.W. Farren (Manila) to Lord Palmerston, 17 January 1851 (File Bar D 801/45)

Reporting on the Spanish punitive expedition against pirates on the island of Tonquil and a visit by the force to Sooloo. (4p.)

Translation of a communication from the Sultan of Suluk to Sir James Brooke, 2 February 1851 (File Bar D 801/46)

Reporting an attack by the Spaniards on Suluk on 31 December. (6p.)

Governor of P.W. Island (Singapore and Malacca) to Senior Naval Officer (Straits of Malacca), 3 February 1851 (File Bar D 801/47)

Transmitting a despatch by the British Consul at Manila to Lord Palmerston Foreign Secretary, reporting the proceedings of the Spanish Government of Manila regarding the islands of Sooloo. (1p.)

Addressed to the Senior Consul of England, copy of a despatch received by the Governor of P.W. Island, Singapore and Malacca from the Governor General of the Philipines, 13 March 1851 (File Bar D 801/48)

Relating to destruction of Soolooese forts in retaliation for an outrage committed by the Soolooese. (3p.)

Governor of P.W. Island (Singapore and Malacca) to Captain Barker, Senior Naval Officer in the Straits of Malacca, 2 April 1851 (File Bar D 801/49)

Transmitting copy of a communication from General. Blanco, Captain General of Manila, relating to proceedings of the Spanish Expedition against the island of Sooloo. (1p.)

Translation of communication from the Sultan Mulana Al Sultan Mahomed Pulaluh of Suluk to Sir James Brooke, Governor of Labuan, (c.1851) (File Bar D 801/50)

Complaining of Spanish aggressions against Suluk. (7p.)

Despatch from H.E. Rear Admiral C.J. Austin, Naval Commander in Chief to Spenser St John, esq., Acting Commissioner in Borneo, 30 April 1851 (File Bar D 801/51)

Relating to ratification of the treaty with the Sultan of Sulu. (2p.)

Despatch by Sir James Brooke, C.B., Commissioner, from Singapore, to Captain Barker, R.N., HMS Amazon, 3 February 1851 (File Bar D 801/52)

Advising postponement of Mr St John's visit to Sulu to ratify the Treaty in view of the likelihood of Spanish action against Sulu following the aggression of the Sulu government on a Spanish force, but recommending the despatch of a vessel there to prevent any claim being set up to the Eastern coasts by the Spanish. (4p.)

A document written in Arabic and stamped with the stamp of the Resident Councillor, Singapore (1p.), 1851 (File Bar D 801/53)
Report of Harbour Master, Hong Kong, of Typhoon, 13th and 14th September, 24 September 1849 (File Bar D 801/56)

Includes reports from ships from Singapore. (5p.)

Copy of English Treaty with the Sultan of Sultan signed at Suloo (4p.), 29 May 1849 (File Bar D 801/59)
Charles Barker, HMS Serpent, to his mother, from Singapore, 20 March 1850 (File Bar D 801/80)

Details of the voyage, impressions of Singapore. (4p., partly crossed)

Charles Barker (HMS Amazon, Hong Kong ) to his mother (6p.), 17 November 1850 (File Bar D 801/81)

Plans to sail to Straits of Malacca and Singapore.

[Unknown] Harvey (Singapore) to Charles Barker (4p.), 24 September 1855 (File Bar D 801/82)

Problem of finding housing in Singapore, plans to build own house, news of friends in Singapore.

Charles Barker to his mother [Honolulu] [en route to China] (5p.), 25 April 1858 - 30 April 1858 (File Bar D 801/101)

Details of voyage and weather, impressions of Honolulu Harbour, loading fresh produce.

Charles Barker to his mother on passage to Hong Kong (12p.), 2 June 1858 - 20 June 1858 (File Bar D 801/102)

Details of voyage from Honolulu, delighted with Honolulu, influence of American missionaries, native canoe, arrival in Hong Kong.

Fonds Carp.. Edward Carpenter Collection, 1895 - 1951

10 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2722.


Barton, Eleanor; Carpenter, Edward; Dashwood, Robert; Indigneous Australians; Moore, Winifred; New Zealand; Oceana, RMS (ship); Wills, Grace E.; Writers

Biographical / Historical

Edward Carpenter (1844-1929). Socialist lecturer in Astronomy, History of Music and other subjects for the Cambridge University Extension Movement, poet, writer on homosexuality, market gardener, philosopher, author of The Drama of Love and Death, Allen & Co. 1912, Towards Democracy, John Haywood 1883, Civilisation; its cause and cure, Swan Sonnenschein Co., 1889.

Series Carp Mss 376. Letters to EC from Australia, NZ, Malaya, West Indies, South Africa, 15 January 1907 - 15 March 1920

7 items

Filmed selectively.

Winifred Moore (Brisbane), 26 September 1914 (File 1)

Her thoughts on reading his book Intermediate Sex.

W.H. Carpenter (Broken Hill), 15 March 1920 (File 2)

He is misinformed on Australian Aboriginals; methods of Australian Aboriginal contraception.

Extract from Eugenical News, April 1918 (File 3)

Re Scientific Motherhood a tract from Sydney. (press cutting and leaflet) (6p.)

John Furniss (Huntly), 15 January 1907 (File 4)

Moved north to seek better climate for fruit growing, floods.

Joseph Kirkpatrick (Waikato), 8 April 1907 (File 5)

News of John Furniss at Huntly - will have to work hard; plenty of work in NZ, but cost of living increasing.

Grace E. Wills, (Christchurch), 31 May 1918 (File 6)

Appreciation of his poetry.

Robert Dashwood (Teluk Anson), 5 December 1919 (File 8)

On reading Towards Democracy.

Series Carp Mss 386. General Correspondence to Edward Carpenter, 8 December 1895 - 22 February 1899

2 items

Filmed selectively.

H.H. Champion (Melbourne), 8 December 1895 (File 386/60)

Relations with father; spent all his money on the movement; running a paper; no solid socialist movement - 'people are Italianized by the sun'. (3p.)

G.C. Ives (RMS Oceana, Australia), [1899-02-22 postmark] (File 386/83)

Re voyage from Ceylon. (posted in Melbourne) (2p.)

Series Carp Mss 388. Edward Carpenter International Memorial Trust, 19 June 1951

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Eleanor Barton (Palmerston North) to Miss Bingham, 19 June 1951 (File)

Appreciation of Edward Carpenter for Carpenter Memorial Service.

Fonds. Sheffield Cooperative Party Records, 1933 - 1949

Series CPR 38-42. Notes on prominent local persons, 1933 - 1949

1 item
Alfred and Eleanor Barton, 1933 - 1949 (File CPR 38)

Cuttings re his death (1933) and Eleanor Barton leaving for New Zealand (1949).

Fonds Donc. Daniel Doncaster & Sons Ltd., 1960 - 1961

1 item

Administrative History

Daniel Doncaster began file making in 1778. In 1863 Daniel Doncaster & Sons was formed. In 1920 the firm joined United Steel Companies.


Australia: visits to; Daniel, Doncaster & Sons, Ltd; Trade: Australia; Western Australia

Papers and correspondence re visit by Richard T Doncaster to Western Australia, 1960 - 1961 (File Donc 152)

Visit made as part of British trade delegation and subsequent attempts to buy a company there.

Fonds EM. Elmhirst Papers, 1840 - 1969

5 items

Papers and family muniments of AO Elmhirst Esq of Hound Hill, Worsbrough Bridge, Yorkshire.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2722.


Economic conditions: Australia; Elmhirst Family; Elmhirst, William; Emigrant voyages; Emigration and immigration; Farms and farming: Australia; Hughes, Laura E.; Kinnear(ship); Potts, Lawrence; Potts, Philip; Trade: Australia

Biographical / Historical

Lawrence Potts (1788-1853) married Jane Elmhurst (1789-1852) of Sheffield in 1816. They migrated to New South Wales in 1841 and lived at West Maitland. Laura Elmhurst Potts (1867-1955) married William Arthur Hughes.

Series EM 930. William Elmhirst of Round Green, 17 February 1845

1 item

Biographical / Historical

William Elmhirst of Round Green (d.1864).

Miscellaneous letters, 17 February 1845 (File EM 930)
1 item

Filmed selectively.

Lawrence Potts (Maitland) to William Elmhirst, 17 February 1845 (Item EM 930/31)

Re straightened circumstances, problems with weather and 'Bugs'. (6p.) (partly crossed)

Series EM 950. Reverend William Elmhurst, 4 December 1840 - 23 June 1841

2 items

Biographical / Historical

Reverend William Elmhurst (d.1899).

Notes, exercises and letters, 4 December 1840 - 23 June 1841 (File EM 950)
2 items

Filmed selectively.

W. Elmhirst Potts (on board Kinnear) to WE, 4 December 1840 (Item)

Storms, death of cow.

Lawrence Potts (Sydney) to [William Elmhurst], 23 June 1841 (Item)

Re voyage on Kinnear, storms, trip to interior of St Jago on donkey, ceremonies of crossing the line, landing in Australia, mosquitoes, local fruit - misses English fruit, children at school at Parramatta, Sarah to be married, livestock on farm.

Series EM 2017. Letters from E. Potts, Philip E. Potts and Laura E. Hughes (nee Potts) from Australia (84p.), 1882 - 1969

Subjects include: business dealings in Australia, family news, emigration of English people, death of family members, news of war, christmas card, unemployment in Australia and visit to England and United States of America.

Also includes a NRA South Yorkshire Committee Bulletin no. 5 (October 1969) article on the Potts family.

Series EM 2028. William Elmhirst of Round Green Correspondence, 22 March 1841 - 10 October 1842

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Lawrence Potts (Kinnear, Jervis Bay) to William Elmhirst, 22 March 1841 (File EM 2028/5)

Miseries of voyage, intends to buy land at Melbourne, ship overrun with mice.

Lawrence Potts (Sydney) to William Elmhirst, 10 October 1842 (File EM 2028/5)

Arrival of James Coles, illness of family, Sydney politics, giving up retail store, intend to return to England (faint).

Fonds LD 1782-91. Fowler Family of Wadsley Hall Papers, 1857 - 1865

5 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2722.


Australia: politics and government; Economic conditions: Australia; Fowler, Charles; Jason (ship); Whitton, Elizabeth; Whitton, John

Biographical / Historical

Sir John Fowler (1817-1898), 1st Baronet (created 1890), who was born in Sheffield, was one of the foremost civil engineers of the nineteenth century. He worked with many railway companies and was the designer of the Forth railway bridge near Edinburgh which opened in 1890. John Whitton (1820-1898) was born near Wakefield and had extensive experience as a railway engineer in northern England. In 1856 he was appointed engineer-in-chief of the New South Wales Railways and he held the post until 1890. He married Elizabeth Fowler, the sister of Sir John Fowler.

Series LD 1783/4. Letters from Charles to various family members, 22 October 1860 - 21 October 1863

4 items

Filmed selectively.

Charles Fowler (Sydney) to 'Poll', 22 October 1860 (File 4)

Joined volunteers, family news.

Charles Fowler (North Shore) to Father, 21 November 1860 (File 5)

Dispute between Rhodes and Whitton, election news.

Charles Fowler (Sydney) to Father, 20 September 1861 (File 6)

Death of Fanny.

Charles Fowler (Sydney) to Father, 21 October 1863 (File 7)

Sent Charlie home on Jason, undesirable to bring up children in the colony, Whitton may be forced to leave, economic news - high price of labour.

Series LD 1783/7. Letters from Elizabeth (Chibbs) Whitton, 9 September 1857 - 20 July 1865

1 item

Letters from Australia where she emigrated with husband John Whitton to Father, Fred, Bob.

Filmed selectively.

Letters from Elizabeth (Chibbs) Whitton, 9 September 1857 - 20 July 1865 (File 2-10)

Letters dated 9 September 1857, 7 October 1857, 20 September 1860, 22 May 1861, 20 August 1861, 20 September 1862, 20 December 1862, 21 August 1864, 21 September 1864, 20 July 1865 (Brisbane House, Blue Mountains, Manly, Wheatleigh)

Subjects include: John Whitton busy with Parliamentary business, appointed consulting engineer for all trades in NSW; floods; wreck of Dunbar; Charles given up Volunteers; death of Fanny, family news. (74p.)

Fonds LD. Matthias Spencer & Sons. Records, 1938 - 1958

1 item

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2722.


F.C. Matthews & Sons Ltd; George H. Martin; Iron and Steel Co. of New Zealand Ltd; John Versey & Sons Ltd; Steel industry and trade

Biographical / Historical


Series. John Versey and Sons Ltd, Brunswick Steel Works, Denby St. Steelmakers, July 1938 - May 1958

1 item
John Versey & Sons Ltd. Foreign Day Book (606p.), July 1938 - May 1958 (File LD1935)

Firms include George H. Martin (Sydney); Iron and Steel Co. of NZ Ltd.; Coates and Co. (Melbourne); F.C. Matthews & Sons Ltd. (Auckland).

Goods included saws, drills, shears, shearing machines. Includes shipping details.

Fonds LD 2229. Sheffield Chamber of Commerce. Papers, 1969 - 1972

11 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reels M2722-M2723.


Malaysia; Sheffield Chamber of Commerce; Singapore; South Africa; Trade: Asia; Trade: Australia; Trade: Great Britain

Series LD 2229/8. Trade Mission to Australia, 7 May 1972 - 28 May 1972

1 item
Correspondence with participating firms, itineraries, circulars, report on mission and questionnaires completed by participants, 7 May 1972 - 28 May 1972 (File)

(Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth)

Includes: questions on success of mission, import restrictions, problems of standardisations, views of the Australian market, calabre of local agents. 1971-1972 (164p.)

Also includes a report from the Bradford Chamber of Commerce on a trade mission to South Aftica, 4th-25th of March 1972.

Series LD 2229/15-27. Trade Mission to Far East, 1969

10 items

9 - 28 November 1969. (Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong)

Itinerary, 1969 (File LD 2229/15)

Includes: Details of itinerary, press release on mission; leaflet on participants; detailed program in each city; correspondence with Woodcock Travel Ltd (Sheffield), 1969. (62p.)

Correspondence, 1969 (File LD 2229/16)

Correspondence with participants; personal itineraries for participants; programme for visits; correspondence with Woodcock Travel Ltd. (Sheffield); drafts of publicity leaflet. (88p.)

Correspondence, August 1969 - September 1969 (File LD 2229/17)

Comprises: Correspondence with participating firms re persons to be invited to receptions on the tour. (48p.)

Singapore, January 1969 - November 1969 (File LD 2229/19)

Comprises: Correspondence with British High Commission, Singapore; newspaper cuttings on the mission from Singapore papers; programme for visit; lists of guests invited to receptions (poor xerox copy); invitations for receptions. (78p.)

G.R. Woosey. Mission Secretary, 1969 (File LD 2229/20)

Comprises: Guests at receptions in Singapore; notes on Singapore; Industrial Britain Supplement October 1969 re Sheffield Trade Mission to Malaysia and Singapore; programme for Singapore visit. (23p.)

Background information: Malaysia, n.d. (File LD 2229/23)

Details of history, geography, commerce. (40p.)

Malaya, January 1969 - December 1969 (File LD 2229/24)

Comprises: Correspondence with Rubber Research Institute of Malaya; British High Commission, Kuala Lumpur; programme for visit; guests to be invited to receptions. (53p.)

Graham R Woosey, 30 April 1969 (File LD 2229/25)

Comprises: Provisional programme re visit to Kuala Lumpur; index of pioneer products, 30 April 1969. (12p.)

Export Trade Mission to the Far East, November 1969 (File LD 2229/26a)
1 item
Report (15p.), n.d. (Item)
Replies to questionnaire on trip (File LD 2229/27)

Includes questions on success of mission, import restrictions, market potential. (86p.)

Fonds Marsh. Marsh Brothers. Papers, 1870 - 1930

5 items

Filmed selectively.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2723.


Accounts, lands and bonds; Agreements: Australia; Manufacturers; Marsh Brothers; Steel industry and trade

Biographical / Historical

Marsh Brothers, cutlers, bought the Effingham Steel Works in 1892 and became a private limited company in 1907. In 1918 they bought SS Brittain & Co. Ltd., and in 1959 they were bought by GL Willan Ltd.

Edwin Phillips & Co (Melbourne), 1890 - 1892 (File Marsh 21)

Sales from stock. (2p.)

Letter of Attorney, 9 October 1889 (File Marsh 75)

Edwin Phillips of Malvern Victoria, commission agent appoints John Harrison of South Melbourne his attorney to receive delivery of goods and merchandise, sell land etc. (3p.)

Letters of application for employment as travellers, 5 December 1885 - 22 December 1898 (File Marsh 102)

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Envelopes '1893 Re Mr J Harrison' (11p.), 5 December 1885 - 22 December 1898 (Item)

Comprises: References for John Harrison from Mitchell & Co. (Melbourne), 19 May 1893; Garde and Chrystal (North Melbourne), 17 June 1893; Swan & Co. (North Melbourne), 19 June 1893; P.J. McGennan & Co. (Warrnambool), 12 May 1893; William Chipperfield (Melbourne), 30 June 1890; Spear and Jackson (Sheffield), 5 December 1885 (on Harrison going to their Melbourne store).

26 June 1886. Spear and Jackson (Sheffield) to Harrison (Melbourne) appointing him manager in place of Phillips who is considering entering into partnership with a rival company.

24 June 1886. Spear and Jackson (Sheffield) to Harrison (Melbourne) re appointment.

22 December 1898. Edwin Phillips to Gordon and Gotch re Harrison.

Agency Agreements, 16 October 1923 - 24 July 1930 (File Marsh 152-155)

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Agreement with Frank Wells Proprietory Ltd. (Melbourne) for Australian agency (8p.), 16 October 1923 (Item 152/7)

Includes sales leaflets for augers and bits, and for 'Rox' razors.

Agreement with W.A. Johnston of Auckland for New Zealand agency (2p.), 24 July 1930 (Item 153/1)

Letters from George J. Wyleigh of Melbourne, 4 January 1870 - 14 August 1872 (File Marsh 250)

Letters: 4 January 1870, 23 April 1870, 13 June 1870, 2 January 1871, 2 February 1872, 14 August 1872.

Subjects include: depressed trade, bills of lading, invoices, charge that Wyleigh had speculated with Marsh's money.

Also includes: circular for Australian Plate Glass Insurance Co. that no connection with Colonial Plate Glass Insurance Co. which has collapsed. n.d. Annual Report, 1st, 1869/1870 of Port Phillip Permanent Building Cash, Credit and Investment Society.

Sydney Prices Current J.R. Cattell & Co., 17 May 1873.

Biographical / Historical

George Wyleigh was manager of Port Phillip Permanent Building Cash, Credit and Investment Society and agent for Australia.

Fonds LD 2404-2010. George, Lord Darling. Papers, 1944 - 1967

Biographical / Historical

(1905-1985). MP for Sheffield Hillsborough, 1950-1974.

Papers relating to the New Zealand side of the Darling family, and George Darling's visit to New Zealand in 1967, 1944 - 1967 (File LD 2410)

(18 items)

Fonds MD 1628-1723. Ellin Family, 1835 - 1844; 1956

9 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2723.


Economic conditions: Australia; Ellin Family; Ellin, Thomas; Farms and farming: Australia; Indigenous Australians; Investment in Australia; Law, Benjamin; Law, Hannah

Biographical / Historical

Benjamin Law (1807-1882), who was born in Sheffield, married Hannah Ellen Hilliard (d. 1850) in 1834. They migrated to Van Diemen's Land in 1835 and set up an infant school in Hobart. Law was a notable sculptor and produced busts of several Tasmanian Indigenous Australians. Thomas Ellin (1771-1845) founded the Sheffield cutlery firm of Oldale and Ellin.

Series MD 1713-1714. Letters, September 1835 - July 1844; 1956

9 items

Filmed selectively.

[Hannah Law] (Hobart) to [Thomas Ellin Snr.], 26 September 1835 (File MD 1713/8)

Their health; teaching at infant school established by Mr Young of Sydney; prices of goods - opportunity to send out Sheffield goods for sale. (4p.)

Benjamin Law (Hobart) to Thomas Ellin Snr., 1 June 1837 (File MD 1713/11)

Opportunities for investment in sheep. (4p.)

Thomas Ellin Jnr. (Sheffield) to Benjamin Law (Hobart), 21 December 1837 (File MD 1713/16)

Sending money (Copy) (3p.)

Benjamin and Ellin Law (Hobart) to Thomas Ellin Jnr., 21 July 1838 (File MD 1713/25)

Opportunity for selling Shefffield goods - list of saleable articles. (4p.)

Hannah Ellin Law (Hobart) to Thomas Ellin Snr., 17 May 1839 (File MD 1713/27)

News of house and garden, entertainments, prices of commodities, had no news of the busts of Indigenous Australians modelled by Benjamin Law and sent to Cutlers' Hall. (4p.)

Hannah Ellin Law (Hobart) to Thomas Ellin, 23 October 1840 (File MD 1713/32)

Due to ill health given up teaching and have purchased a vessel to take provisions to distant settlers, bringing back potatoes and timber for sale in Hobart. (4p.)

H.E. Law (Hobart) to Thomas Ellin Jnr., 9 January 1841 (File MD 1714/1)

Her hard life as a child; family business. (4p.)

E. Hawksley (Sheffield) to Thomas Ellin, 8 July 1844 (File MD 1714/102)

Had a letter from Hannah Law that she has recommenced teaching. (1p.)

Typescript of and notes on letters from Hobart, 1835-1841 by P.C. Garlick (25p.), 1956 (File MD 1713A)

Fonds MD 1972-1978. Sir Henry Coward (Sheffield). Notes on World Tour, 1911

1 item

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2723.


Australia: visits to; Coward, Sir Henry; Music; New Zealand: visits to; Sheffield Choir

Biographical / Historical

Sir Henry Coward (1849-1944) was born in Liverpool to parents who were in the entertainment industry. In 1876 he founded the Sheffield Tonic Sol-fa Association (later the Sheffield Musical Union) and was its director until 1933. He was the chorus master of the Sheffield Music Festival and toured worldwide with the Sheffield Choir.

Series MD 1978. Notes on World Tour Book VII, 1911

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Notes on tour by Sheffield Choir to New Zealand and Australia, 1911 (File)

Tour included: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin (where a concert was given in a tram shed), Hobart, Melbourne, Ballarat, Adelaide.

Notes on travel, concerts, places visited. p. [28-57, middle to end of volume].

Fonds MD 2296-2339. Edgar Allen & Co, 1907 - 1929

4 items

Filmed selectively.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reels M2723-M2725.

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See also: The Story of a Great Steel Firm: Edgar Allen & Co Ltd, EN Simons Edgar Allen Magazine 1953.


Broken Hill South Silver Mining Co.; Consolidated Gold Fields of New Zealand; Edgar Allen & Co Ltd; John Chambers & Son Co Ltd; Manufacturers; North Broken Hill Mining Co; Order books; P.J. Taylor; Steel industry and trade

Biographical / Historical

Edgar Allen & Company was founded by William Edgar Allen (1837-1915) in 1868. It was based at the Imperial Steel Works at Tinsley. Allen had travelled extensively in Europe and spoke several European languages. He soon obtained orders from foreign arsenals, dockyards and railway companies. The business became a limited company in 1890. In 1903 it took over the business of the Yorkshire Steel and Engineering Works. The Company manufactured steels, engineering tools, magnets, cement plant, railway and tramway trackwork, and steel castings. In the 1970s the firm took over Balfour Darwins, becoming Edgar Allen Balfour. The Tinsley works closed in 1989.

Order Books Australasia, 1923 - 1929 (File MD 2315)

Orders for steel, springs, picks, sawblades, drills. (554p.)

Firms include: John Chambers & Sons Ltd. (Christchurch and Wellington); Nayer Bros (Sydney); Gregory Steel Products Ltd. (Melbourne); J.R. Gordon & Co. (Perth).

Order Book. Colonial and Foreign, 24 June 1907 - 24 July 1908 (File MD 2318)

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Selected orders, 24 June 1907 - 24 July 1908 (Item CF876 - CF1052 [p1-96])

Includes orders from Broken Hill South Silver Mining Co.; Consolidated Gold Fields of NZ; John Chambers & Son Co. Ltd.; North Broken Hill Mining Co.; P.J. Taylor (Sydney). Also includes index (42p.)

Order Book. Colonial, I (540p.), 1908 - 1911 (File MD 2319)

Includes orders from Broken Hill South Silver Mining Co.; Consolidated Gold Fields of NZ; John Chambers & Son Co. Ltd.; North Broken Hill Mining Co.; P.J. Taylor (Sydney).

Order Book. Colonial, 3 (552p.), 1915 - 1924 (File MD 2320)

Includes orders from Broken Hill South Silver Mining Co.; Consolidated Gold Fields of NZ; John Chambers & Son Co. Ltd.; North Broken Hill Mining Co.; P.J. Taylor (Sydney).

Fonds MD 2692-2696. Hall Family Documents, 1904

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Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2725.

Papers relating to Francis Hall Vicar of Greasborough, 1 February 1904 (File MD 2694)

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Biographical / Historical

Francis Hall (1792-1850) Vicar of Greasborough.

William Hall (Kakanui, NZ) to niece Alice, 1 February 1904 (Item f.64)

That he was clerk to an auctioneer and has also done agricultural work. (2p.)

Biographical / Historical

William Hall was 5th son of Francis Hall.

Fonds MD 5690-5710. Mrs M.A. Rawson Papers, 1817 - 1826

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Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2725.


Bay of bengal; Bennett, George; Missions and missionaries: Pacific Islands; Pomare III, King of Tahiti; Raiatea; Read, Catherine; Read, Elizabeth; Read, Joseph; Tahiti

Biographical / Historical

Mrs Rawson, eldest daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Read, married W.B. Rawson.

George Bennett (1774-1841) was a Congregational minister in Sheffield. In 1821 Bennet and Daniel Tyerman were appointed by the London Missionary Society to visit its stations in the Pacific. They made lengthy visits to Tahiti, the Sandwich Islands, and other Pacific islands, as well as New Zealand, New South Wales, Java, Singapore and Calcutta. Tyerman died at Madagascar on the voyage home in 1828.

Series MD 5690. Letters to Joseph Read, Mrs Read and Catherine Read from George Bennett, 24 October 1817 - 29 March 1826

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Letters (60p.), 24 October 1817 - 29 March 1826 (File [1-13])

George Bennett (Highfield, London, Raiatea, Papara, Bay of Bengal) to Read family (Sheffield).

Subjects include: presentation of missionary atlas by Catherine Read; journey to South Seas, greeted by natives with a feast; preaching and teaching natives; missionary meeting in May 1823; native customs and costume; preparations for coronation of Pomare III; visit to Penang.

Includes: list of letters; stanzas for the anniversary of American independence written at Oahu, 4 July 1822 (printed); Farewell to Tahiti: (verses), 14 April 1824.

Fonds MD 5716-5855. Documents from Local Firm of Solicitors, 1841

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Series MD 5742. Agreements etc relating to property of Thomas Holy and Thomas Beard Holy, July 1841

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George Smith (Liverpool) to Tom B Holy, 13 July 1841 (File MD 5742/6d)

That he is leaving for Australia due to martial discord; he has left his affairs in order. (4p.)

Fonds MD 6793. Bernard Gray, Letters and Papers, 1913 - 1933

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Letters from, and papers relating to Bernard Gray.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2725.


Accounts and debts; Gray, Bernard; T. Gray and Sons

Biographical / Historical

Bernard Gray was a Sheffield emigrant to Australia (c. August 1912) and a one time partner and later creditor of T. Gray and Sons, building contractors.

Statement of bankruptcy of T. Gray and Sons of Sheffield Rd Tinsley, builders and contractors (2p.), 13 March 1913 (File MD 6793/1)

R.F. Payne, solicitor (Sheffield) to B.E. Gray (Sydney), 7 April 1913 (File MD 6793/2)

Regarding his brother's bankruptcy and his claim as a creditor. (2p.)

Newspaper cutting relating to the bankruptcy (Sydney), n.d. (File MD 6793/3)

R.F. Payne to B.E. Gray, 16 June 1913 (File MD 6793/4)

Relating to the bankruptcy and admission of debt of £200 to him as a creditor. (2p.)

Bernard Gray (West Melbourne) to his wife and son (Sheffield), January 1922 (File MD 6793/5)

Relating to his recent arrival in Australia, encloses photograph of himself (see 6793/8), work is plentiful. (2p.)

Postcards of Camperdown, Victoria where Bernard Gray was working, July 1923 - August 1923 (File MD 6793/6a, b)

Bernard Gray (Adelaide) to his wife and son, 5 May 1924 (File MD 6793/7)

Relating to his move from Adelaide to work for the GPO. (1p.)

James Collins (Australia House, Strand, London) to Thomas Gray (Sharrow, Sheffield), 16 February 1933 (File MD 6793/8)

Relating to tracing the whereabouts of Bernard Gray in Australia. Information regarding Gray supplied on reverse of letter. Also includes photographs of Bernard Gray, one of which has been sent from Melbourne. (see 6793/5).

H. Ferrands (Australia House) to Thomas Gray, 11 October 1933 (File MD 6793/9)

The Commonwealth Investigation Branch (Adelaide) had been unable to trace Bernard Gray.

Fonds MD 6805. Miscellaneous Letters, 1860 - 1889

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J. Marsden (The Gap) to brother Isaac, 13 February 1860 (File MD 6805/1/1)

Working on the railways, conditions in Australia, harvest details, opportunities for sale of Sheffield merchandise; been in Melbourne Hospital (4p.). Written on Newsletter of Australasia No. 42, February 1860.

Joe Marsden (Heathcote Valley, Canterbury NZ) to mother, 4 November 1882 (File MD 6805/1/2)

That Mary should come out; fine country for farming, has own factory, farm and hotel. (4p.)

Mary (Heathcote Valley, Fery Mead) to sister, 8 January 1889 (File MD 6805/1/3)

Re death of Joe, news of other family members.

Fonds MD 6626. George Hadfield. Family Reminiscences, 1798 - 1870

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Archival History

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Biographical / Historical

George Hadfield (1787-1879) was born in Sheffield and practised as an attorney for 42 years in Manchester. He was active in the Anti-Corn Law League. He was a radical Liberal member of the House of Commons, representing Sheffield from 1852 to 1874.

Robert Hadfield (Sheffield) to Dr Thomas Hawies, 14 November 1798 (File ff.170-171)

Re cutlery provided for the Missionary Society for South Sea Islanders. (Copy) (3p.)

Note by G. Hadfield that the articles were shipped to Otaheite by Duff, which was captured by French privateer, 1870 (File f.172)

Fonds MD 7068. Creswick Family, 1984

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Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2725.

Family tree of Creswick Family of Australia, 1984 (File MD 7068)

Descendants of Henry, younger son of Richard Creswick, silver cutler of Hanover Street Sheffield and wife Mary, 1824-1974. Compiled and donated by Mr D. Thompson 1984. (1p.)

Fonds NVT. Needham, Veall and Tyzack. Papers, 1849 - 1922

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Abram Brookshank & Co; Edward Duchett; Farrhurst & Co; Manufacturers; Mene & Edwards; Needham, Veal and Tyzack; Trade: Australia; W. Bennett

Biographical / Historical

Cutlery manufacturers.

Registration certificate for 'Cannon Defiance' mark issued to B & D Turner trading as Abram Brookshank & Co by Register of Trademarks, Australia, 21 July 1908; 1922 (File NVT 20(b))

Also includes certificate of renewal. (5p.)

Consignment ledger of unknown cutlery firm, (possibly Birmingham) with large proportion of exports to Canada, USA, Australia, May 1849 - May 1880 (File NVT 26)

Australian firms include: W. Bennett (Melbourne), Edward Duchett (Melbourne), E.C. Dunn (Geelong), Farrhurst & Co. (Sydney), Mene and Edwards (Melbourne). Indexed (268p.)

Fonds QR. Quaker Records, 1840

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Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2725.

S. [Rowls? or Roulst?] (Exthorpe) to William Hargreaves (Sheffield), 20 November 1840 (File QR 71)

Seeking testimony for Daniel Wheeler, Minister. Note that in 1832 he applied for a certificate to visit the Pacific Islands, Van Diemen's Land and New South Wales. (3p.)

Fonds Phc. Photocopies, 1853

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Robert Cartwright (Melbourne) to father, 24 September 1853 (File Phc 505(a))

Re long voyage, death of son Robert and Mary Ellen; prices of goods and wages; animals sighted; natives have gone. (poor copy) (3p.)

Typed transcript of Robert Cartwright (Melbourne) to father (2p.) (File Phc 505(b))

Fonds SJC. Spear and Jackson Ltd, 1905

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Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2725.


Australia: visits to; Business affairs; Coombe, L.J.; Manufacturers; New Zealand: visits to; Trade: Australia

Biographical / Historical

Saw makers.

Business diary of L.J. Coombe during a visit to Australia and New Zealand, 5 January 1905 - 3 November 1905 (File SJC 79)

Details of business appointments in Melbourne, Ballarat, Geelong, Launceston, Hobart, Invercargill, Dunedin, Oamaru, Christchurch, Wellington, Nelson, Palmerston North, Auckland, Sydney, Orange, Newcastle, Brisbane, Rockhampton, Townsville, Mackay, Bundaberg, Adelaide, Perth etc.

Notes on firms visited and the various types of saws, agricultural tools etc, manufactured in Australia and imported.

'Sydney people most hard for us to do business with'; impossible to see customers on mail days.

Coombe writes on right hand page only and at the end of the volume, reverses the book and again writes on the right hand page. (167p.)

Fonds SLPS. Sheffield Literary and Philosophical Society, 1821 - 1840

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Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2725.


Bennett, George; Endeavour (ship); French Polynesia; Huaheine; Indigenous Australians; Missionaries: Australia; Missions: New Zealand; Missions and missionaries: Pacific Islands; Montgomery, James; Raiatea; Sandwich Islands; Tahiti; Transportation: convicts; Tuscan (ship); Writers

Biographical / Historical

James Montgomery (1771-1854) attended a Moravian school in Leeds and began writing hymns as a schoolboy. In 1795 he became the owner and editor of the Sheffield Iris. He sold the business in 1825, but remained active in Sheffield affairs. He was the founder of the Sheffield Literary and Philosophical Society and chaired the board of the infirmary for 25 years. He was a prolific writer of hymns, as well as poems, essays and reviews.

Series SLPS 36. James Montgomery. Correspondence, 13 May 1821 - 10 November 1840

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George Bennett (on board Tuscan) to James Montgomery, 20 May 1821 (File SLPS 36/386)

Re the voyage, gale (4p.) (p1 crossed).

George Bennett (on board Tuscan) to James Montgomery, 11 June 1821 (File SLPS 36/389)

Re the voyage. (4p.)

George Bennett (Huaheine) to Lieutenant Colonel Bennett (York), 14 June 1822 - 21 June 1822 (File SLPS 36/400)

Description of island and missionary settlement; visit from Captain Gambier, Dauntless (Copy) (3p.). On back: 11 January 1823. R. Hodgson (Torquay) to James Montgomery, covering note.

George Bennett (Huaheine) to Edward McCoy, 22 January 1822 (File SLPS 36/404)

Delighted with native progress, his ill health (Copy) (3p.). Includes: 4 January 1823. McCoy (London) to James Montgomery, covering note.

George Bennett (Huaheine) to James Montgomery, 22 February 1822 (File SLPS 36/407)

Plans to sail to Sandwich Islands; the two kings are church members. (5p.)

George Bennett (Raiatea) to James Montgomery, 12 November 1822 (File SLPS 36/435)

Re other missionaries on Tahiti and Sandwich Islands; problems of voyage back to Huaheine; description of housing and chapel; missionary work. (6p.)

George Bennett (Raiatea) to James Montgomery, 17 April 1823 (File SLPS 36/463)

Voyage to Raiatea from Borabora, danger from waterspouts (4p., Incomplete).

George Bennett (Isle of Wight) to James Montgomery, 1821-05-13 (sic) (File SLPS 36/466)

Re the Isle of Wight and Tuscan's voyage. (3p.)

George Bennett (Bunaavia, Tahiti and Hawaii) to James Montgomery, 10 August 1823 - 1 October 1823 (File SLPS 36/473)

Naming of Haweis Town after Dr Haweis; Dr Nott to supervise young King's education; mission work on Tahiti - met French corvette La Coquille on voyage of discovery (Captain Duperrey); opening ceremony of new chapel at Haweis attended by king; future travel plans. (12p.)

George Bennett (Haweis Town) to James Montgomery, 5 October 1823 (File SLPS 36/478)

Sending box of curiosities; first communion service held in new chapel. (8p.)

George Bennett (Erineo) to James Montgomery, 26 January 1824 - 17 May 1824 (File SLPS 36/489)

Going to New South Wales, voyage to three beautiful islands - Raivauae (High Island) Tubuai and Rurutu - the people have thrown away their idols.[26/01/1824]

[Huahine (sic)];Now on way to NSW in Endeavour Brigg; sent home many cases of curiosities. (6p.)[17/05/1824]

W. Henry and J.M. Osmand (Erineo) to George Bennett, 7 May 1824 (File SLPS 36/494)

Re his service with them and thanks to friends in Sheffield for gifts.

George Bennett (Sydney) to James Montgomery, 5 November 1824 (File SLPS 36/525)

Voyage of 75 days to Sydney - gales, visit to Atia - mission work of Mr Williams and Mr Bourne; visit to Rorotonga - success of mission work. (9p.)

George Bennett (Parramatta) to James Montgomery, 25 December 1824 (File SLPS 36/528)

Entertained in homes of private families, including Attorney General and Solicitor General; plans to go to India; Mr Threlkeld to become missionary to Indigenous Australians; violence of local society, black and white. (4p.) (incomplete)

George Bennett (Sydney) to James Montgomery, 19 May 1825 (File SLPS 36/546)

Plans for voyage to India in Hugh Crawford; kindness of local officials and clergy; problems of Methodist Mission in New Zealand. (6p.)

William Ellis (London) to James Montgomery, 10 November 1825 (File SLPS 36/564)

Soliciting subscription to his account of life as missionary in Sandwich Islands with G. Bennett. (2p.)

George Bennett (Bay of Bengal) to Committee of Juvenile Missionary Society (Sheffield), 27 March 1826 (File SLPS 36/579)

Re mission work, voyage through East Indies; visits to Singapore, Pulo, Penang; mission work at Batavia. (4p.)

Henry Nott (Bordesley Nr Birmingham) to James Montgomery, 1 September 1826 (File SLPS 36/610)

Re mission meeting at Birmingham and remembrance of his time on Tahiti with George Bennett.

Henry Nott (Hoxton) to James Montgomery, 2 November 1826 (File SLPS 36/618)

Re his gifts, that since his return from Society Islands has become a public character.

[George Bennett] (n.p.) to James Montgomery, n.d. (File SLPS 36/867)

Introducing Mr Mundy, missionary from Calcutta and sending copy of: 18 November 1860. John Williams (Raiatea) to G. Bennett that mission stations flourishing, visited Navigators Islands, commenced mission work at Figis (sic), hope for success amongst the cannibals of the Figis.

George Fife Angas (London) to James Montgomery, 13 January 1839 (File SLPS 36/1168)

Drawing his attention to remarks in a lecture on the evils of emigration and transportation delivered in Sheffield by William Ashton.

George Bennett (Boro' Road School) to James Montgomery, 10 November 1840 (File SLPS 36/1263)

Written a printed account of deaths of Reverend J Williams and Mr Harris in New Hebrides at hands of natives. (7p.)

George Bennett [no place, Australia] to James Montgomery, 6 February (no year) (File SLPS 36/1439)

Re 'aborigines of this vast country will have a mission' ( 2p.).

George Bennett [no place] to James Montgomery, n.d. (File SLPS 36/1440)

Re visits to Tahua and Borabora. (2p.)

Fonds SLPS 51. Henry Clifton Sorby Papers, 1852 - 1871

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Gideon P. Mantell (London) to [Sorby?], 3 January 1852 (File SLPS 51/25)

Re specimen of limestone from New Zealand. (3p.)

Francis Dutton (Agent General South Australia, London) to Captain Moncrieff, 25 January 1871 (File SLPS 5/506)

Re model gun carriage for defences of Adelaide Harbour. (2p.)

Fonds SSC. Sheffield Smelting Company Ltd. Records, 1882 - 1950

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Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2726.

Related Materials

See also: RE Wilson, Two Hundred Precious Metal Years, A History of the Sheffield Smelting Company Ltd 1760 -1960. London, 1960.


Accounts, invoices and ledgers; Australia: visits to; Bank of New South Wales; Bank of New Zealand; Grundy Brothers; Investment in Australia; Manufacturers; Silver; New Zealand: visits to; New Zealand Consolidated Dental Co Ltd; Sheffield Smelting Co Ltd; Sydney Mint; Trade: Australia; Wilson, John; Wilson, Oliver; Wilson, Talbot;

Biographical / Historical

The business was founded in 1760 by John Read and his uncle, Samuel Lucas, in partnership as Read and Lucas, to recover precious metals from the wastes of goldsmiths and silversmiths by refining and smelting.

On the death of John Read in 1803 his two sons Joseph and John took over the business. In 1824 the partnership of Read and Lucas was dissolved and the business became known as Read & Co. Joseph Read found himself in financial difficulties in 1830 and the family turned for help to William Wilson, a cotton spinner of Nottingham, who had married Joseph Read's daughter Elizabeth. After an initial reluctance William Wilson bought the company and set it up again, trading as Sheffield Smelting Company.

The business began to prosper and in 1860 William's younger son John Wycliffe Wilson joined the firm. In 1862 William Wilson retired and his two sons Henry Joseph and John Wycliffe carried on the business in partnership. Both HJ Wilson and JW Wilson devoted more of their time to national and local political affairs - H.J. Wilson was MP for Holmfirth in 1885 and JW Wilson became Lord Mayor of Sheffield in 1902. In 1890 the business was made a joint stock company.

Assay Ledger, 1897 - 1939 (File SSC 39)

Assays of gold and silver received from firms in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Newfoundland and Norway. (238p. and index 24p.)

Australasian firms include: Frank Grady (Wellington); J. Coventry (Dunedin); NZ Consolidated Dental Co. Ltd.; Rollason & Co. Ltd. (Sydney); Grant & Co. (Sydney); D.B. Archibald (Adelaide); J.&D. Dobson & Co. (Perth); Grundy Bros (Adelaide).

Miscellaneous letters and papers re platinum metals, 1897 (File SSC 161)

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Report and analysis of beach sand from Jerusalem Creek, Richmond River District, NSW and platinum concentrates. (3p.), 1897 (Item)

F.J. Greenway Letter, 25 March 1897 (File SSC 320)

F.J. Greenway (Broken Hill Proprietary Block 14 Co. Ltd., Port Adelaide) to Wilson with notes on the Moebius process of electrolytic refining of silver. Includes leaflet re Broken Hill Proprietary Block 14 Co. Ltd., smelting works, Port Adelaide, purchase terms and tariff terms. (8p.)

Miscellaneous invoices and letters, 16 April 1886 (File SSC 366)

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Royal Mint (Melbourne) to SSC, 16 April 1886 (Item)

Enclosing bill of lading for 71 casks of mint sweepings (gold/silver).

Tables of figures of sulphides and silver precipitates bought from America, Canada and Australia and of Scandinavian business, 1914 - 1918 (File SSC 376)

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American, Canadian and Australian list (1p.) (Item)

J.W. Wilson. Notebook, 16 January 1897 - 6 April 1897 (File SSC 407)

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Carbon copy of journal kept and letters written during trips to USA, 1891; USA, 1896; Australia and New Zealand, 1897.

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Notes on clients and business, 16 January 1897 - 6 April 1897 (Item ff. 182-204)

Done in Auckland (including dentists); Wellington; Sydney (potential business, visit to Mint and Bank of NSW); Melbourne (details of rivals); Adelaide; Auckland (Bank of NZ); itinerary and expenses of journey (very faint).

Index to J.W. Wilson Notebook (59p.) (File SSC 408)

Numbers refer to John Wilson's numbers, not printed numbers; the notebook (SSC 407) has two sequences of John Wilson's numbers, Australasian visit is in second sequence.

JW Wilson. Correspondence, 18 November 1896 - 10 February 1897 (File SSC 410)

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Talbot Wilson to John Wilson, 18 November 1896 (Item)

Re Australasian business.

Oliver Wilson to John Wilson, 18 November 1896 (Item)

Re Australasian business - Sydney Mint and Bank of NZ.

Oliver Wilson to John Wilson, 18 November 1896 (Item)

Re Australasian business and appointing agency.

Oliver Wilson to John Wilson, 21 November 1896 (Item)

Re fraudulent Sheffield G. & S. Refining Co. Sydney. (10p.)

Talbot Wilson to John Wilson, 25 November 1896 (Item)

Re Australasian business.

Talbot Wilson to John Wilson, 18 December 1896 (Item)

Re Australasian business and terms for Melbourne and Sydney.

Talbot Wilson to John Wilson, 24 December 1896 (Item)

Re Australasian business - terms for Royal Mint.

Oliver Wilson to John Wilson, 8 January 1897 (Item)

Re business with Australian Mint (faint).

J.W. Wilson (Rotarua) to relatives, 2 January 1897 (Item)

Re New Zealand trip.

J.W. Wilson (Nelson) to relatives, 10 February 1897 (Item)

Re trip to Nelson, business part of trip 'useful', dentists do little gold work.

List of Australian and New Zealand customers (2p.), 31 October 1895 (File SSC 421)

Terms offered to Melbourne and Sydney Mints (1p.), 17 December 1896 (File SSC 422)

Notes of visits to firms in Sydney by J.W. Wilson, 1897 (File SSC 423)

Personal comments on firms and dentists visited, including Jas Taylor, Flavelle and Roberts. (31p.)

Notes of correspondence with firms in Australia and New Zealand (110p.), 1897 - 1900 (File SSC 424)

Firms of refiners and smelters. Indexed.

List of commercial councillors, senior trade commisioner, and Trade Commissioners in various countries (1p.), 1928 - 1938 (File SSC 427)

Includes Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, New Zealand.

Agreement, 1 June 1882 (File SSC 633)

Agreement between H.J. Wilson, J.W. Wilson, Andrew French - metallurgist with James Powrie of Sydney, mine owner to allow J. Powrie to buy exclusive rights to the fume condensing plant in Australia for £2000. (6p.)

Information on clients in all countries, 1927 - 1950 (File SSC 859)

Details of directors, history of registration and trading, credit worthiness.

Clients include Glover & Goode Pty. Ltd., Melbourne (Metallurgists), Mitchell & Co. Pty. Ltd., Burnley (Metallurgists), G. & E. Rodd, St. Kilda (Manufacturing jewellers), Cattanach & Co. Pty. Ltd., Melbourne (sports depot), Platers Pty. Ltd., Melbourne (shoe buckle manufacturers), Charles W. Vail, Melbourne (jeweller), Sterling & Co., Sydney (metal buyers and sellers), H.H. Morris, Wellington (jeweller), Harringtons Pty. Ltd., Sydney (photographic supplies), Garrett, Davidson & Mattley Pty. Ltd., Sydney (metallurgisits), LL Argyle & Co., Auckland (precious metals dealer), T.C. Widdowson, Suva.

Fonds WhM. Wharncliff Muniments, 1851 - 1876

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Australia: Fauna; Australia: Government; Australia: Politics; Browne, Thomas A.; Bushrangers; Farms and farming: Australia; Goldfields: Australia; Maoris; Montagu-Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie, Edward, 1st Earl of Wharncliffe; New Zealand; New Zealand: constitution

Biographical / Historical

James Archibald Stuart-Wortley (1776-1845), 1st Baron Wharncliff (created 1826), served in the Army and was a Tory member of the House of Commons from 1802 to 1826. In 1841 he was appointed Lord President of the Council in the ministry led by Sir Robert Peel. He edited the letters of his ancestor, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. His son John Stuart-Wortley (1801-1855), 2nd Baron Wharncliff (succeeded 1845), attended Christ Church, Oxford, and was a member of the House of Commons (1823-1835, 1841-) He published pamphlets on a range of subjects and translated Guizot's Memoirs of George Monk (1838).

Series WhM 418. Correspondence of 3rd Baron (1st Earl) Wharncliff, 23 November 1855 - 2 May 1876

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T.A. Browne (Rolf Boldrewood) (Melbourne) to L. Worsley, 28 November 1855 (File WhM 418/i)

Re Worsley's marriage, news of friends in Australia.

Thomas A. Browne (Heidelberg, Melbourne) to Lord Wharncliff, 23 October 1861 (File WhM 418/vii)

Re obtaining birds and other Australian animals, going to live a quiet bush life.

T. Browne (Melbourne) to Lord Wharncliff, 26 January 1862 (File WhM 418/vii)

Re marriage, Australian politics, cricket.

T. Browne (Belfast), 17 October 1862 (File WhM 418/viii)

Re shipping native weapons, New land bill.

T. Browne (Narrandera) to Lord Wharncliff, 3 September 1864 (File WhM 418/x)

Losses - had to sell sheep station, bushrangers - Morgan's exploits.

T. Browne (Wagga Wagga) to Lord Wharncliff, 7 February 1868 (File WhM 418/xiii)

Political issues in Victoria including universal suffrage; danger from bushrangers, he is a magistrate; news of his children.

T. Browne (Wagga Wagga) to Lord Wharncliff, 27 March 1868 (File WhM 418/xiii)

Re attempt on life of Duke of Edinburgh.

Harman and Stevens (Christchurch) to Lord Wharncliff, 1873-03-13; 1873-05-06; 1873-07-03; 1872-[unknown]-28 (File WhM 418/xviii)

Re selling Ferry Road Property and other business.

T.A. Browne (Gulgong) to Lord Wharncliff, 2 May 1876 (File WhM 418/xxi)

Congratulations on Earldom; losses due to drought and panic in 1868, now warden of gold fields for Mudgee Mining and police magistrate at Gulgong, news of family.

Series WhM 450-458. Papers of John Stuart Wortley 2nd Baron Wharncliff, 1851 - 1853

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Subseries WhM 457 a and b. Letters from New Zealand, 1851 - 1853
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Notes on New Zealand by E. Stuart Wortley written for a relation on board HMS Hercules, Sydney to Hong Kong, 1853 (File B)


Description of Canterbury (Port Cooper), country good for sheep and cattle - fleece heavier than in Australia; Maoris, shortage of labour, plans of Colonel. Campbell for small stations, regulation of price of land, position of the church, problems of communication.

Description of Wellington, harbour, bad climate, earthquakes, Maoris, good roads, description of Hutt, land question.

Description of Auckland, Maoris, bad road to Mt Eden, pensioner settlements, school founded by Bishop of New Zealand attended by whites, Maoris and South Sea Islanders, election of superintendent for province of Auckland.

New Zealands' constitution granted to islands under Sir John Pakington's secretaryship - a dangerous innovation. Description of Bay of Islands and military history.

Fonds WWM. Wentworth Woodhouse Muniments, 1772 - 1834

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Banks, Sir Joseph; Burke, Edmund; Convicts; Fitzwilliam, William, 4th Earl; Hunter, John, Capt.; King, Philip G., Capt.; Norfolk Island; Transportation: Convicts; Wentworth Family; Wentworth, D'Arcy; Wentworth, William C.

Series WWM/Bk. Edmund Burke Papers, June 1772

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Joseph Banks (n.p.) to Burke, June 1772 (File WWM/Bk 1/380)

Thanking him for interest in [his withdrawal from Cook's second voyage] (2p.).

Series WWM/F. Papers of 4th Earl Fitzwilliam, 8 December 1789 - 1834

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Letters to Earl Fitzwilliam re patronage, 29 December 1791 - 23 August 1801 (File WWM/F66)
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Notes on rations on Norfolk Island, 29 December 1791 - 26 April 1792 (Item WWM/F66/13)
D'Arcy Wentworth (Norfolk Island) to Thomas Hill, 7 May 1792 (Item WWM/F66/14)

Hoping to get appointment confirmed will say nothing on state of Norfolk Island but encloses notes on rations. (4p.)

D'Arcy Wentworth (NSW) to Fitzwilliam, 23 August 1801 (Item WWM/F66/18)

Reduced rations, scarcity of grain, hopes to send pair of geese.

William Haigh (agent at Malton (Wicklow)). Correspondence, 22 March 1817 (File WWM/F79)
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Haigh (Malton) to Fitzwilliam, 22 March 1817 (Item WWM/F79/56)

Re attendance at Wicklow assizes, several sentences of transportation including gang of robbers. (6p.)

Correspondence re Lady Harriet Sturgeon, 8 December 1789 (File WWM/F112)
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Thomas Hill (Lincolns Inn) to Fitzwilliam, 8 December 1789 (Item WWM/F112/80)

Re fitting out D'Arcy Wentworth with shirts, jacket, hammock and that he has been arrested and sent to New Prison Clerkenwell for robbing Mr Heywood on Finchley Common, his evidence is not certain (3p.)

Letters concerning D'Arcy Wentworth of NSW and his sons D'Arcy and William Charles, 1796 - 1834 (File WWM/F114)

62 letters

Correspondents include: Philip King (Norfolk Island), D'Arcy Wentworth (Norfolk Island, Port Jackson, Parramatta), Charles Cookney (London); John Hunter; William Charles Wentworth (Sydney); Lord Castlereagh.

Subjects include: D'Arcy Wentworth's appointment as superintendent of convicts at Queensboro; King's comment on his behaviour; Wentworth's dissatisfaction; accounts of C. Cookney; appointment as Assistant Surgeon; court martial proceedings; seeking situation for his son, sending birds.

Includes: incomplete memorandum on timber of NSW and Norfolk Island. n.d.

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 14 July 1828 (File WWM/F127)
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Lady Frances Fitzwilliam to Fitzwilliam, 14 July 1828 (Item WWM/F127/202)

Re death of D'Arcy Wentworth and his fortune. (3p.)

Various papers on financial affairs, 21 February 1822 (File WWM/F132)
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C. Cookney (London) to Fitzwilliam, 21 February 1822 (Item WWM/F132/3)

Re payments to D'Arcy Wentworth (2p.)

Fonds. George Tyson, 1833

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Biographical / Historical

George Tyson was transported for life in 1827 for sheep stealing.

George Tyson (Camden, Victoria) to Father and Mother, 5 December 1833 (File MP 462L)

Re working on sheep station for same master for 7 years. (4p.)

Fonds. Joseph Gillott, 1880 - 1900

8 items

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Composer; Gillot, Joseph; Melbourne, Victoria; Music; Music scores

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Gillott (1850?-1939) was born in Sheffield. His uncle Sir Samuel Gillott (1838-1913) migrated to Melbourne in 1856 where he practised as a barrister. He was later Mayor of Melbourne and a member of the Victorian Parliament. Joseph Gillott, who had attended the Leipzig Conservatorium of Music, came to Melbourne in about 1886 and was a well-known music teacher, conductor and composer. In particular, he produced a number of patriotic songs, such as 'Sons of the Southern Cross' and 'The Bushmen's Corps'. He returned to England in 1900 and lived in Sheffield in his later years.

Joseph Gillott. Cutler's Hall Sheffield. [Programme of] farewell concert... Sheffield, Robertshaw (4p.) (faint), 15 December 1880 (File MP 199S)

Joseph Gillott. Programme of grand complimentary concert, Town Hall Melbourne, 7 March 1900 (File MP 200S)

Tendered to Joseph Gillott, Australia's national composer. (8p.)

Australia's national composer: a few notes about Joseph Gillott [extracted from] The New Penny Magazine (3p.), n.d. (File MP 688M)

An Australian national composer: a few notes about Joseph Gillott [reprinted] from Cassell's Magazine (1p.), n.d. (File MP 689M)

Joseph Gillott. Athenaeum Lower Hall, Joseph Gillot's evening with Chopin: annotated programme. Melbourne (22p.), 20 December 1889 (File O 42S)

(Local pamphlets, vol 136 no 1).

Joseph Gillott. Hints aesthetical and technical for the practice and performance of the various works for the use of piano-forte students in Mr J Gillott's three concerts, 1887 (File O 42S)

[Issued by] The Melbourne Athenaeum 1887, 4th edition. Melbourne, Stillwell & Co. (74p.) (Local pamphlets, vol 176 no 7)

Joseph Gillott. Opinions of the press: on annotated programmes (9p.), 1887 (File O 42S)

(Local pamphlets, vol. 176 no. 5).

Joseph Gillott Miscellaneous works: vocal and piano scores (76p.), n.d. (File 784.8 G418 S STF)

Contents: Lullaby; Waissail bough; The King; The Bushman's Corp; All in one; Sons of the Southern Seas; Australia's Cherished Dream; Be my own, my Marguerite; The Empress of India.

Fonds. Brenda McLean, 1970

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Brenda McLean (Migration Officer, Australia House, London), 19 August 1970 (File MP 1874M)

Re information for a 'find out about Australia' day to be held at Cutlers' Hall Sheffield on 8 Nov 1970. (1p.)

Fonds. Sir Denis Blundell, 1971

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New Zealand High Commissioner visit, itinerary (2p.), 17 March 1971 - 19 March 1971 (File MP 1947M)

Fonds SYCRO 180/F1/1. Sheffield Musical Union. Tours, 1911

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Scrapbook kept by Miss H.M. Midgley (Bradford) as a member of the Sheffield Musical Union on tours of Germany and the Empire.

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Australia: visits to; Music; New Zealand: visits to

Tour of Empire visiting Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, 1911 (File (b))

Papers re membership of the choir, rehearsals etc, menu for farewell dinner, programmes for concerts in Pretoria, Kimberly, Cape Town, tickets for receptions, press cuttings from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Auckland and Wellington papers. (46p.)

Fonds SYCRO 360/J. John Mendelson MP, 1973 - 1975

2 items

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Australia: Government; Great Britain: politicians; Indonesia; Indonesia: human rights; Mendelson, John

Biographical / Historical

John Mendelson (1917-1978) was born Jakob Mendelson of Jewish parents at Plock, Poland. Came to England in 1939 and completed his education at LSE. After war service in the Royal Army Education Corp he was appointed staff tutor at Department of Extra-mural Studies, Shefffield University in 1949. In June 1959 he won the Penistone by-election for Labour Party, a seat he held till his death in 1978. He was on the left wing of the Labour Party and an active member of the Tribune Group.

Series SYCRO 360/J/5. Parliamentary Correspondence, July 1975

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Sydney Irving MP (House of Commons) to John Mendelson, 2 July 1975 (File 5/140)

Re meeting with sub-committee of Australian Parliament appointed to review working of committee systems.

Series SYCRO 360/J/11. Subject Files, 1973 - 1975

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Indonesia papers re TAPOL (British campaign for release of political prisoners in Indonesia), 1973 - 1975 (File 11/26)

Comprises: Correspondence between J. Mendelson, Carmel Budiardjo (TAPOL) and Sarah Leigh (TAPOL); TAPOL Bulletin Vol. 1 no. 1, August 1973, TAPOL Bulletin no. 10, June 1975 concerning the human rights question in Indonesia. (30p.)

Fonds SYCRO 473/Z. Printed Ephemera, 1833; n.d.

2 items

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Sentences of prisoners now confined in York Castle Yorkshire summer assize (1p.), 15 July 1833 (File 473/Z/2/1)

Taken from York Herald. Gives details of transportees: name and crime. (damaged)

Sorrows of Seduction. Being a correct account of the remarkable sufferings of Mary Ann Fletcher, n.d. (File 473/Z/4/2)

Sentenced to 14 years transportation to Botany Bay for robbing her landlady, printed J. Pannel, Horncastle. Reprinted R. Hopkinson, Sheffield n.d. (1p.) (faint)

Poem as though by Mary Ann Fletcher telling of her disgrace, sentence of transportation, return to England, shipwreck.