Guide to the Collections held by the Staffordshire Record Office (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Collections held by the Staffordshire Record Office (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1765 - 1933
Collection Number
33 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

Collections selectively filmed by the AJCP held at the Staffordshire Record Office include: Documents of Daniel Bate; Records of the Littleton Family of Teddesley and Hatherton; Records of the Bill family of Farley Hall; Records of the Sutherland-Leveson-Gower Family, Dukes of Sutherland; Records of Willenhall Furnaces and the Barnett Family; Records of Manby and Steward, solicitors of Wolverhampton; Records of the Dyott family of Freeford; Records of the Whitehouse Family of Sedgley; Records of Harward and Evers of Stourbridge; Documents of Alderman G. Shufflebotham; Records deposited by the Business Archives Council; Records of St Mary's Anglican Church, Stafford and Records of the Legge Family, Barons and Earls of Dartmouth. These collections are represented in correspondence, invoices, account books and other financial records, legal documents, pamphlets, maps and photographs.

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-23 September 1770, British Library Add. MS 27885 (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Material selectively filmed at the Staffordshire Record Office, Stafford, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1971 (AJCP Reel: M829). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

In the years since 1971, when the records were filmed by the Australian Joint Copying Project, the Staffordshire Record Office has made major changes to the organisation of its holdings. Wherever possible, the current record group numbers have been added to the descriptions below. For instance, D260, records of the Littleton Family, are now K053. However, as the guide is a list of the microfilm, it follows the order of the records on the film, even though the order of the records at Stafford may since have been altered.

Existence and Location of Originals

Staffordshire Record Office; Eastgate Street, Stafford ST16 2LZ, England.

For further information see Staffordshire Record Office (

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 Note

This finding aid is a revised online version of the original finding aid prepared by the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP), published by the National Library of Australia in 2019. The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.

Dates used in this finding aid refer to the date range of the records selected for filming rather than to the date range of the Series or Files.

Advisory Statement

Australian Aboriginal 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 432, p. 168.

Item Descriptions

Fonds D258. Documents of Daniel Bate, millwright, 1880

1 item


Bate, Daniel; New Zealand.

Probable cost of tread wheels and machinery for two pairs of stones for New Zealand Government, with estimate of cost for each part, 1880 (File M/B/8)

Fonds K053. Records of the Littleton Family of Teddesley and Hatherton, 1865 - 1895

3 items

Existence and Location of Originals

Institutional identifier at time of filming was D260 but is now K053.


Littleton, Algernon; Littleton, Edward G., 3rd Baron Hatherton; Littleton, Edward R., 2nd Baron Hatherton; Queensland Land Co; Queensland Co Ltd; Queensland Land Co; Queensland; Gold and goldmining: Australia; British Regiments: 57th; Hassard, Lieut. Col.; New Zealand Wars.

Series KO53/2. Estate records-Hatherton Papers, 1865 - 1867

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Correspondence concerning the Queensland Land Company, 1865 - 1867 (File 6/4/7)

Letters (1865-67) received by Lord Hatherton from Edward Cropper (Penshurst, Kent) and R.A. Gutteridge (Queensland Co. Ltd, London). The deal with the purchase of shares in the Queensland Land Company, financial arrangements, reports from Australia on Inniskillen, Northampton Downs and Barcoo Plains properties and proposed meetings. There is also an account of the Queensland Company (June 1867).

Previously listed as D260/M/E/430/37 but now listed as KO53/2/6/4/7.

Series 4. Personal records-Hatherton Papers, 1867 - 1895

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Existence and Location of Originals

Originals previously listed as D260/M/F/5/27/36 but now listed as KO53/4/5/5/38.

Correspondence with Lord Hatherton, 1894 - 1895 (File 5/38)

Letters from Algernon Littleton in Tasmania to his parents Lord and Lady Hatherton. They were written in Frankford, Westbury and Launceston and relate to Littleton's work with the Tasmanian Gold Mining Company, his interest in farming, the Tasmanian economy, the possibility of moving to Victoria or New Zealand and news from home. There is also a letter from Charles Tenison (Hobart) about the Manley pedigree and the visit of Algernon Littleton. (7 letters, one incomplete)

Documents of Lord Henry Percy, 1867 (File 5/11)

Letters (1867) to Lord Henry Percy concerning the refusal of a pension for the widow of Lieut. Colonel Hassard, 57th Regiment, who was killed in New Zealand. The correspondents include R.J. Farren (Colchester), Sir Edward Lugard (War Office) and W.F. Forster.

Fonds K041. Records of the Bill Family of Farley Hall, 1880 - 1913

2 items

Existence and Location of Originals

Institutional identifier at time of filming was D554 but is now K041.


Aberfeldie property, New Zealand; Bill, Charles; Farms and farming: New Zealand; Maps, Plans and Charts: Australia; Maps, plans and charts: Fiji; Maps, plans and charts: New Zealand; New Zealand.

Papers concerning the Aberfeldie Estate, New Zealand, 1880 - 1913 (File 2/3/52)

The papers comprise an account book 'New Zealand Estates', with entries for Aberfeldie Station (1880-1913), an account of New Zealand sheep imported by Charles Bill from March 1889 to Jan. 1890 and letters from Samuel Fitzherbert (Wanganui) to C. Bill (21 April 1891) and from G. Marshall (Wanganui) to Col. Bill (2 April 1913) concerning the sale of Aberfeldie.

Originals previously listed as D554/103/1-5 but now listed as KO41/2/3/52 by the custodian organisation.

Map of Australia, New Zealand and Fiji by W. Hughes, with additions and corrections by W.J. Turner, 1880 (File 186)

Fonds K1. Records of the Sutherland-Leveson-Gower Family, Dukes of Sutherland, 1790 - 1892

6 items

Existence and Location of Originals

Institutional identifier at time of filming was D593 but is now K1.


Leveson-Gower, Alexandra, Lady; Leveson-Gower, George, 3rd Duke of Sutherland; Stafford, Emma, Baroness; Broome, Mary Ann, Lady; Phillip, Arthur, Admiral; Borneo; New South Wales; Investment in Australia; Australia: visits to; Investment in New Zealand.

Series 11. Estate agency, 1861 - 1892

1 item
Subseries 1/4/2. Miscellaneous financial records of Chief Agent
1 item
Duke of Sutherland's investment register, 1861 - 1892 (File 1/4/8)

Entries dealing with Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Australian Trans-Continental Railway Syndicate, Western Australia Land Company (Eucla district), Java railway, South Australian Land Mortgage & Agency Company Ltd, New Zealand 3½% stock, New South Wales 3½% stock.

Series 15. Personal papers, 1790 - 1891

5 items
Subseries 1/24/9. Letters to Lady Alexandra Leveson-Gower from Lady Stafford, 1864 - 1891
1 item
Letters from Lady Stafford written on board SS Shannon, Rome and Gaelic, describing her visit to Ceylon, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Penang and Canton. (4 letters), 1886 - 1887 (File)
Subseries 1/24/1/12. Letters to Lady Alexandra-Leveson Gower from various correspondents, 1877 - 1891
1 item
Letters from Lady Broome concerning Sir Frederick Broome's request for a colonial appointment, the death of the Duchess of Sutherland, and their return from Western Australia to England in 1890. (4 letters), 1887 - 1890 (File)
Subseries 1/25/4. General papers of Cromartie Leveson-Gower, 4th Duke of Sutherland, 1886
1 item
Itinerary of the Marquess of Stafford, 1886 (File 2)

Printed pamphlet issued by Thomas Cook & Son with a proposed itinerary for a tour by Lord and Lady Stafford.

Subseries 2/1. Business interests: 3rd Duke of Sutherland, 1878 - 1879
1 item
North Borneo, 1878 - 1879 (File 4)

Note (1 April 1879) from A. Mitford (Office of Works) to the Duke of Sutherland sending papers on Borneo comprising (a) a statement on North Borneo addressed to Lord Salisbury printed by Alfred Dent and Overbeck, 1878 (b) sketch of the territory of Sabah in North Borneo, 1878 (c) Borneo-Appendix, Dec. 1878, printed for private circulation (d) printed report on North Borneo by T.S. Dobree, with analysis of soils by John Hughes, Oct. 1878.

Subseries 3/8. Public office and political interests: 1st Marquess of Stafford, 20 September 1790
1 item

Filmed selectively.

Lord Privy Seal, 20 September 1790 (File 2)

Commission of Arthur Phillip as Governor of New South Wales and docquet to the Marquess of Stafford, Lord Privy Seal.

Fonds P049. Records of Willenhall Furnaces and Barnett Family of Staffordshire, 1875 - 1885

1 item

Existence and Location of Originals

Institutional identifier at time of filming was D595 but is now K049.


Barnett, Joseph K.; Wills.

Series 2. Barnett Family papers, 1875 - 1885

1 item
Case papers concerning Joseph Knight Barnett of Concord, New South Wales, with a copy of his will. (3 documents), 1875 - 1885 (File 9/3)

Fonds P046. Records of Manby and Steward, solicitors of Wolverhampton, 1867 - 1933

4 items

Existence and Location of Originals

Institutional identifier at time of filming was D660 but is now P046.


Manby and Steward, solicitors; Pauton, George; Woodward Family; Woodward, Frank; Wills; New South Wales; New Zealand; Canterbury, New Zealand.

Series 16/3/7. Personal documents and papers of the Woodward Family, 1867 - 1933

2 item

Filmed selectively.

Papers of the administration of estates of George Pauton of Sydney, New South Wales (5 documents), 1908 - 1909 (File)
Powers of attorney granted to A.M. Manby by Charles Woodward and Frank Woodward, will of Frank Woodward, and general release by Amelia Woodward (4 documents), 1894 - 1895 (File)

Series 16/3/8. Correspondence concerning Frank Woodward of Canterbury, New Zealand, 1890 - 1909

2 items
Letters from Frank Woodward (East Eyreton, New Zealand) to A.M. Manby, 1890 - 1905 (File Bundle 1)

These letters mostly comprise requests for money, with occasional references to illnesses and his work as a farm labourer. There are also letters from Ernest E. Papprill, solicitor (Kaiapoi) and E. Woodward (Croydon, England), money transfers, receipts and a cheque. (31 letters and documents)

Letters from Frank Woodward (Easy Eyreton) to A.M. Manby and his sister, Lizzie Woodward, 1907 - 1909 (File Bundle 2)

Referring to his need for money and his illnesses. There are also letters from Woodward's employer G.H. Martin (East Eyreton), E. Woodward and N. Kennaway (New Zealand High Commission, London), money transfers and a receipt. (14 letters and documents)

Fonds K087. Records of the Dyott Family of Freeford, 1829 - 1836

5 items

Existence and Location of Originals

Institutional identifier at time of filming was D661 but is now K087.


Dale, Robert, Lieut.; Exploration: land; Western Australia: exploration; Paintings and Drawings: Western Australia; Paintings, drawings and prints: Western Australia; Palmer, William; Parramatta Gaol; Parramatta, New South Wales; Prisons: Australia; Felons Gaol, New South Wales; Female Factory, Parramatta, New South Wales; Tasmanian and Austral-Asiatic Review, journal; Carew, Lieut.; British Regiments: 63rd; Convicts: women; Havell, Robert; King George's Sound.

Series 18. Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1830 - 1836

3 items

Filmed selectively.

Ensign Robert Dale. Report to the Surveyor-General of Western Australia of a journey in the Swan River Valley, with observations on topography, vegetation, soils, Indigenous Australians, 31 August 1830 (File 10)
William Palmer. Remarks suggested by a visit to the Female Factory, Parramatta, 1836 (File 11)
William Palmer. Remarks occasioned by a visit to the principal felons' gaol, Sydney, on 15 March 1837, with recommendations for a new system (File 12)

Series 19. Miscellaneous printed material, 1829 - 1834

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Supplement to the Tasmanian and Austral-Asiatic Review, 30 October 1829 (File 7/6)

Contains a report of the court martial of Lieut. Carew, 63rd Regiment, for allowing a ship to be seized by convicts.

Panoramic view of King George's Sound, Swan River Colony, engraved by Robert Havell from a drawing of Lieut. Robert Dale (aquatint), 1834 (File 10/21)

Fonds K062. Papers of the Whitehouse Family of Sedgley, 1882 - 1900

3 items

Existence and Location of Originals

Institutional identifier at time of filming was D683 but is now K062.


Whitehouse Family; Whitehouse, Charles; Gold and goldmining: Australia; Photographs: Adelaide, South Australia; Photographs: South Australia.

Series 4. Correspondence, 1882 - 1900

3 items

Filmed selectively.

Letters to Benjamin Whitehouse, 1900 (File 3/8)

Letters to Benjamin W. Whitehouse (Sedgley) concerning an accident in a mine shaft at Broken Hill in which Charles Blake was killed and a note from the New South Wales Police Department on the death of Charles H. Whitehouse, the son of Benjamin Whitehouse. (4 letters)

Letters to Charles Whitehouse, 1882 - 1898 (File 6/1)

Letters to Charles Whitehouse in Australia from his mother Susannah M. Whitehouse (Sedgley). (3 letters)

Topographical views (File 7)
Photograph of the Post Office, Adelaide, n.d. (Item 2/6)

Fonds P029. Records of Harward and Evers, solicitors, of Stourbridge, 1901

1 item

Existence and Location of Originals

Institutional identifier at time of filming was D695 but is now P029.


Harward and Evers, solicitors.

Main clients: Fletcher, 1901 (File 1/11)

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Papers concerning Queensland Government inscribed stock, 1901 (Item 25)

Fonds D710. Records deposited by Alderman G. Shufflebotham, 27 March 1867

1 item

Filmed selectively.


Gaunt, W.H.; Challinor, Joseph.

Power of attorney from W.H. Gaunt (Beechworth, Victoria) to Joseph Challinor (Leek), 27 March 1867 (File 26)

Fonds D726. Records deposited by the Business Archives Council, 15 December 1898

1 item

Filmed selectively.


Boyd, Harold; Patents.

Letters patent granted to Harold Boyd (Wiggington), mining engineer, for an improvement in explosives, registered in the Tasmanian Patent Office, 15 December 1898 (File)

Fonds CD 368. Records of St Mary's Anglican Church, Stafford, 1931

2 items

Existence and Location of Originals

Institutional identifier at time of filming was D834 but is now CD 368.


Cowie, W.G., Bishop; Mission ships; Borneo; New Zealand.

Series 2/5/1. Missionary boats, 1931

3 items
Letters from Rev. W.F. France (Society for the Propagation of the Gospel) to the Bishop of Auckland and Rev. L. Lambert (Stafford) on supplying a boat to New Zealand (2 letters), 1931 (File 1)
Pamphlets by Rev. Lionel Lambert on the Stafford felt of missionary boats (2 items), n.d. (File 2)
Photographs of Borneo and Sarawak and the missionary boat St Mary Stafford, c. 1920-1940 (File 3)

There is also a photograph of a Melanesian boat.

Series 15. Pictures and drawings

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Photographs of William G. Cowie, Bishop of Auckland and Primate of New Zealand. (3 items) (File)

Fonds D868. Records of the Sutherland-Leveson-Gower Family, Dukes of Sutherland, 3 September 1790 - 11 May 1806

1 item

Existence and Location of Originals

Institutional identifier at time of filming was D593 but is now K1.


Fish and fisheries; Whales and whaling; Leverian Museum; Thurlow, Edward, 1st Baron; France.

Letterbook, 3 September 1790 - 11 May 1806 (File 15/1/32/11)

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Lord Thurlow to Lord Stafford, 3 September 1790 (Item 3)

Disputes with Spain over rights in the Yucatan and fishing rights in the South Seas; war with France. (incomplete)

Grey to Lord Stafford, 11 May 1806 (Item 36)

Advocates purchase for the nation of South Sea curiosities in sale of the Leverian Museum.

Fonds D(W) 1778. Records of the Legge Family, Barons and Earls of Dartmouth, 1765 - 1852

10 items

Existence and Location of Originals

Institutional identifier at time of filming was D(W)1778 but is now K004.


Legge, William, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth; Trelawney, Sir Harry; Omai of Tahiti; Trade: Dutch East Indies; North West Passage; Tahiti; Dawson, R..

Series D(W)1778/III. [Records of the Legge Family, Barons and Earls of Dartmouth], 23 January 1776

1 item

Filmed selectively.

John Moore (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge) to Lord Dartmouth, 23 January 1776 (File 342)

Sends letter from Sir Harry Trelawney to Rev. T. Broughton on failure to baptise the Tahitian Omai.

Series V. William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth, First Lord of Trade, 1765-66, Secretary for the Colonies, 1772-75, 1765 - 1775

9 items

Filmed selectively.

'Thoughts on our trade with the Spaniards and Dutch in the East Indies', n.d. (File 249)
G.L. Scott to Lord Dartmouth, 28 February 1772 (File 12)

The North-West Passage; encloses letter from Cramond; publication of Samuel Engel.

Beat Taval (London) to Lord Dartmouth, 27 August 1774 (File 13)

The inevitability of war with Spain; necessity of a new passage to the East Indies and China (in French).

John Hanson. Observations on the failure to find a North West Passage and advisability of searching for a North East Passage, 18 January 1774 (File 14)
R. Valltravers (London) to Lord Dartmouth, 30 November 1773 (File 15)

North West Passage; need to reach the South Sea by the Mer Glaciale (in French and English).

Henry Botham (Benturin Plantation) to Court of Directors, East India Company, 17 June 1777 (File (369B))

Conditions for agriculture in state of Padang; Dutch sugar plantations in Java.

Henry Botham (Fort Marlborough) to Lord Dartmouth discussing the capture of Padang, 12 October 1781 (File (381))
Resident at Malacca. Abstract of the receipts and disbursements at Malacca as per cash accounts of the Receiver of Revenues, 1 May 1799-30 April 1800, 11 Aug. 1800 (File (469))
R. Dawson (Sydney) to Lord Dartmouth, 25 September 1852 (File 25/55)

A debt incurred by his nephew in England; coal mining in West Bromwich; life in the colony for children; standard of morals in Australia; the curse of gold discoveries; advantages of Chinese labour; land acquired near Newcastle; sand encroaching on Sydney and Newcastle.