Guide to the Collections held by the Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds Branch (as filmed by the AJCP)



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Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Suffolk Record Office. Bury St Edmunds Branch
Collections held by the Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds Branch (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
24 February 1771 - 3 February 1936
Collection Number
67 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Records 1828-1851 of Barningham and Mildenhall Parishes referring to emigration to Australia.

Commonplace book of Sir Thomas Cullum referring to cannibalism in the South Seas in 1821.

Papers 1875-1887 concerning legacies to members of Abraham Family.

Account of Lieutenant R. Shannon of visit to Pitcairn Island in 1815.

Property deeds 1931-1936 of Maxwell Maxwell-Gumbleton, former Bishop of Ballarat.

Papers 1839-1882 of George Johnson of Wellington, New Zealand.

Letters 1771-1813 received by Sir Thomas Cullum from naturalists and zoologists and others including Sir Joseph Banks, Charles Miller, James Burney, Daines Barrington and Thomas Pennant, mainly relating to natural history of East Indies.

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 Suffolk Record Office - Bury St Edmunds Branch, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1976 (AJCP Reels: M982). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Suffolk Record Office - Bury St Edmunds Branch, Raingate Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England.

For more information see Suffolk 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 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.

Advisory Statement

Pacific Islander people are advised that this Finding Aid contains material and descriptive information which may be considered culturally sensitive and may cause distress. 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.


Abraham Family; Banks, Sir Joseph; Barningham parish, England; Barrington, Daines; Botany: Dutch East Indies; Burney, James, Lieut.; Cannibalism; Cook, Captain James; Cullum, Sir Thomas; Dutch East Indies; Emigration and immigration; Johnson, George; Great Britain; Maxwell-Gumbleton, Maxwell, Bishop; Mildenhall parish, England; Miller, Charles; New Zealand; Pennant, Thomas; Pitcairn Island; Shannon, R., Lieut.; Wellington, New Zealand


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 446, p174. []

Item Descriptions

Fonds FL 523 [EL12]. Records of Barningham Parish, 28 March 1851 - 3 April 1851

2 items

Series FL 523/7. Overseers of the Poor, 28 March 1851

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Notice of a meeting of owners of property in the parish to consent to the raising or borrowing of money for emigration purposes, 28 March 1851 (File 24)

Series FL 523/8. Highway Surveyor, 3 April 1851

1 item

Filmed selectively.

List of six persons in the parish desirous of emigrating to Port Phillip, 3 April 1851 (File)

Also the resolution of a meeting to raise £65 to defray their expenses.

Fonds FL 606 [EL 110]. Records of Mildenhall Parish, 17 December 1828

1 items

Series FL606/7. Overseers of the Poor, 17 December 1828

1 item

Filmed selectively.

John Payne (Cambridge Gaol) to Churchwardens and Overseers of Mildenhall, 17 December 1828 (File 73)

Seeks help to provide necessaries for Sarah Pitchers and her child who are to be transported to New South Wales for seven years.

Fonds 317/1. Commonplace book of Sir Thomas Cullum of Hardwick House, 3 September 1836 - 23 September 1921

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Captain Robert Gambier. Account of the rescue by HMS Blonde in 1826 of six persons from a wrecked whaler in the South Seas (3p.), 3 September 1836 (File)

Biographical / Historical

Captain Gambier was a Lieutenant on HMS Blonde.

Manor of Rattlesden. Admission of Oliver Mayes to cottage and tenement in Lower Street, Rattlesden, 23 September 1921 (File)

Biographical / Historical

Oliver Mayes was an electrical engineer of Christchurch, New Zealand.

Fonds 526. Henry Bonner with C.D. Leech and Sons, 5 July 1888

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Bank of Australasia (Sydney). Order to credit of Emma A. Hotson of £29.15.0, 5 July 1888 (File 13 (b))

Fonds Acc 613. Papers of Barnardiston Family of The Ryes

1 item

Series. Collett Family

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Pangaran Munco Rager, King of Single Demeon, Sumatra, to J. C. [Collett], Governor of Fort St George (File 841)

In a Sumatran script, with a seal.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Collett was Governor of Bencoolen from 1712 to 1717 and President of Madras from 1717 to 1720.

Fonds 828. Records of Maude and Tunnicliffe, solicitors, of London, 11 March 1875 - 19 September 1887

11 items

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

Ellen Abraham (1826-1880) was the daughter of Richard Bethel, 1st Baron Westbury (1800-1873). Her husband, Thomas Abraham (1812-1886), was the brother of Charles John Abraham (1814-1904), the first Bishop of Wellington, New Zealand.

Bequest by Ellen Abraham, wife of Reverend Thomas Edward Abraham, to her sons Thomas Palmer Abraham, Charles Arthur Abraham and Richard Slingsby Abraham, 11 March 1875 (File 2)

Receipts from Charles Abraham (Bury St Edmunds), R.S. Abraham (Palmerston North, New Zealand) and Louisa Abraham (Bury St Edmunds), 1883 - 1884 (File 3)

For advances made by trustees of legacy bequeathed by Lord Westbury.

Reverend Thomas P. Abraham (Bury St Edmunds) to Philip Abraham, 9 December 1886 (File 4)

Union Bank of Australia (London). Receipt for cheque of £3000 payable to Lionel Abraham, 7 February 1887 (File 5a)

Philip Abraham (London) to J. Maude, 4 January 1887 (File 5b)

Lionel Abraham, returning to New Zealand, requests cheque for £100 sent care of Bishop C.J. Abraham of Lichfield.

Receipts for payments by Bishop C.J. Abraham and Philip Abraham, June 1887 - July 1887 (File 6)

Charles A. Abraham to J. and W. Maude: receipt of cheque, 3 July 1887 (File 7)

Union Bank of Australia (London) to J. and W. Maude, 25 July 1887 (File 8)

Receipt of cheques for Richard and Lionel Robinson.

Release in respect of legacy of £31,000 bequeathed by Lord Westbury from Reverend Thomas P. Abraham and others to Bishop Charles J. Abraham and Philip Abraham, 6 July 1887 (File 9)

Release in respect of legacy of £31,000 bequeathed by Lord Westbury from Reverend Thomas P. Abraham and others to Bishop Charles J. Abraham and Philip Abraham, 19 September 1887 (File 10)

Memorandum by Bishop C.J. Abraham and Philip Abraham on £15,000 held in trust (File 11)

Fonds 941. Papers of Hervey Family, Marquesses of Bristol

1 item

Series 941/5. Personal papers of Hervey Family

1 item
Subseries 941/5/11/8. Miscellaneous papers of Frederick Hervey, 1st Marquess of Bristol
1 item

Filmed selectively.

Lieutenant Rodney Shannon. Account of visit to Pitcairn Island in 1814 (File 3)

Including meetings with the son of Fletcher Christian and with John Adams, the sole survivor of the mutineers on HMS Bounty; impressions of the island community; the story of the murder of Fletcher Christian. (3pp)

Fonds HB500. Records of Greene and Greene, solicitors, of Bury St Edmunds, 1 March 1869

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Surrender by Mary Ann Foster (Dunolly, Victoria), widow of William Foster, to Thomas Foster, builder, of Bury St Edmunds of land in Fordham St Martin, Suffolk, 1 March 1869 (File 9)

Fonds Acc 1803. Papers of Cayzer Family of Roffey Park, 27 November 1931 - 3 February 1936

3 items

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Nicholas Cayzer (1910-1999), 2nd Baronet (succeeded 1943), was a leading British shipowner. He was the last owner of Walsham Hall in Mendham, Suffolk. Between 1931 and 1936 it was the home of Maxwell Maxwell-Gumbleton, who was Bishop of Ballarat from 1917 to 1927.

Conveyance from Robert Brown Vick (Walsham Hall) to Bishop Maxwell Maxwell-Gumbleton of Walsham Hall and park, 27 November 1931 (File 49)

For a consideration of £2915.

Conveyance from George Clifford Sharpe (Little Clacton, Essex) to Bishop Maxwell Maxwell-Gumbleton of land in Walsham-le-Willows, 25 May 1932 (File 52)

For a consideration of £200.

Conveyance from Bishop Maxwell Maxwell-Gumbleton (Walsham Hall) to Sir Edward Humphreys, Dame Dorothy Humphreys, Walter Ogilvy and Netta Humphreys of Walsham Hall and park, 3 February 1936 (File 58)

Fonds Acc 1878. Papers of Frederic Pocklington, 30 October 1897 - 22 May 1900

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

Chelsworth Manor House was acquired by Robert Pocklington in 1755. Colonel Frederic Pocklington (1835-1914) and his brother Colonel George Pocklington (1833-1908) inherited Chelsworth Manor House from their mother Amelia Pocklington (d. 1843).

Conveyance from Laura Hardwick and Jane Tanner, executors of Edmund Hardwick of Chelsworth, to Colonel Frederic Pocklington of Hume Meadow in Chelsworth, 30 October 1897 (File 1/16)

For a consideration of £80.

Biographical / Historical

Edmund Hardwick died in Auckland, New Zealand, on 15 March 1897.

A.W.M. Chalmers (Melbourne) to Colonel Frederic Pocklington, 22 May 1900 (File 3/18)

Encloses parcel of items, mainly silver, paintings and a family Bible, left to Pocklington in the will of Constantia Smyth.

Fonds HB502/2753. Papers of Partridge and Wilson, solicitors of Bury St Edmunds, 1810 - 1882

2 items

Series 44. Johnson Family estates, 1810 - 1882

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Plans and deeds of property of Reverend Richard Johnson of Lavenham and the Johnson Family, 1810; 1839-1882 (File 21)
Deeds, plans, correspondence, bills and other papers concerning properties of George Randall Johnson (Wellington, New Zealand), 1841; 1868-1882 (File 22)

Properties in Tunstead, Stalham and Sco' Ruston (South Ruston) in Norfolk and Ringshall in Suffolk.

Fonds E2. Papers of Sir Thomas Cullum of Hardwick House, 24 February 1771 - 28 January 1813

33 items

Biographical / Historical

Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1741-1831), 7th Baronet (succeeded 1785), was educated at Charterhouse and Trinity College, Cambridge, and later practised as a surgeon in Bury St Edmunds. He had a strong interest in science, particularly botany, and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1787. Reverend George Ashby (1724-1808) and Thomas Pennant (1726-1798), antiquarians and naturalists, were close friends of Cullum.

Series 21/5. Letters received by Sir Thomas Cullum, 24 February 1771 - 28 January 1813

16 items

Filmed selectively.

Charles Miller (Fort Marlborough) to Cullum, 12 January 1773 (File)

Has received no letters from the botanists whom he has helped; has seen no account of voyage of Joseph Banks; zoological terms; local plants; the island of Engamo; the interior of Sumatra.

Charles Miller (Ippoe, Sumatra) to Cullum, 23 January 1776 (File)

Has been appointed Resident at Sumatra; too busy to pursue natural history studies but hopes to resume.

[Charles Miller] (Ippoe) to Cullum, 13 June 1776 (File)

Cannot obtain material for preserving specimens and there is little variety in plants and animals; native diet; agriculture; beasts and superstitions.

Charles Miller (Ippoe) to Cullum, 26 May 1777 (File)

Vexed that some of his letters failed to reach Cullum; mutual acquaintances; great longing to see results of work of Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander; lives a very austere life with no chance to botanise; local plants; insects have eaten his zoological specimens.

Charles Miller (Ippoe) to Cullum, 7 July 1778 (File)

Poor health; a hot sulphurous river in Sumatra; native superstitions.

Charles Miller (Moco Moco, Sumatra) to Cullum, 24 March 1779 (File)

Life of a European is that of a state prisoner; post of Resident is a promotion but the local tyrannical Sultan makes life difficult; hope to return to Europe soon; Moco Moco.

Charles Miller (Moco Moco, Sumatra) to Cullum, 3 August 1780 (File)

Account of voyage of Pierre Sonnerat; hot springs; King of France's order regarding Captain. James Cook; French in the East; his health; the post of Resident is one of honour but not much profit.

Charles Miller (Moco Moco, Sumatra) to Cullum, 8 September 1781 (File)

News of British rupture with Holland makes them tremble; expects retaliation for attacks on Dutch settlements; wishes to return but cannot bring his fortune with him; no chance of botanising; sends a pair of gold filigree sleeve buttons.

Charles Miller (Fort Marlborough) to Cullum, 18 March 1783 (File)

Accidents to ships have resulted in no letters for three years; situation with regard to Dutch and French in the region; General Munro and Lieutenant McLeod have put in and will sail on the Britannia.

Charles Miller (Fort Marlborough) to Cullum, 8 March 1785 (File)

Desperate situation of the East India Company; difficulty of returning to Europe as he cannot transfer his fortune; he is chief of Padang and will stay until the Dutch take possession.

Charles Miller (Fort Marlborough) to Cullum, 10 October 1785 (File)

Hopes to leave in March in the Raymond; transport by balloon; wishes he could fly in one to Europe; East India Company has made Bencoolen subordinate to Bengal and has reduced salaries, which will lead to departure of experienced men.

J Henniker to Cullum, 20 April 1787 (File)

Attended his election at the Royal society. Sends congratulations on his being elected without one black ball.

Sir Joseph Banks (London) to Cullum, 15 November 1789 (File)

Thanks for seeds and specimens; has made vast additions to his exotic gardens principally from Botany Bay plants.

Townsend to Cullum, 15 July 1791 (File)

Discusses the will of Thomas Gery, dated 8th Nov 1689, along with further information he has been able to collect about him. [Likely refers to Thomas Gery of the Gery Family of Bushmead, fifth son of Richard Gery. Baptised at Little Staughton 4 September 1625 and knighted in 1666.]

Sir Joseph Banks (London) to Cullum, 28 January 1813 (File)

Monument of Charles Miller to his father in Chelsea Church.

Series 22/1-2. Letters received by Rev. George Ashby of Cambridge and Barrow, 30 November 1771 - December 1805

17 items
Subseries 22/2. Letters, 30 November 1771 - December 1805
15 items

Filmed selectively.

John Latham (Romsey) to Ashby, 14 February 1799 - 24 December 1805 (File)

Research and publications on birds, referring inter alia to specimens received from New Holland, including the cassowary and ibis, John White's Journal of a voyage to New South Wales (1790), Alexander Humboldt, Thomas Pennant, and the Comte de Buffon.

Michael Lort (London) to Ashby, 15 February 1773 (File)

Proposed new voyage of discovery; refers to Joseph Banks and Sydney Parkinson.

Michael Lort (London) to Ashby, 20 February 1773 (File)

Expedition to the North Pole to be commanded by Captain. Constantine Phipps.

Michael Lort (London) to Ashby, 13 March 1778 (File)

Refers to the Morai of Tahiti or Timor.

Michael Lort (London) to Ashby, 20 May 1780 (File)

Royal Society medal to commemorate James Cook.

Michael Lort (London) to Ashby, 4 May 1784 (File)

Refers to the publication of Cook's Voyages.

Michael Lort (London) to Ashby, 19 June 1784 (File)

Publication of Cook's Voyages.

Thomas Martyn to Ashby, 10 May 1799 (File)

Works received on voyages and travels.

Charles Miller (Fort Marlborough, Sumatra) to Ashby, 28 May 1773 (File)

Natives of Sumatra; island of Enggano.

Charles Miller (Ippoe, Sumatra) to Ashby, 13 June 1776 (File)

Cannot make a collection as there is no material for cases and no variety of species on the coast; native culture.

Thomas Pennant (Downing, Whitford) to Ashby, 30 November 1771 (File)

Refers to 'the Circumnavigator'.

Thomas Pennant to Ashby, 4 December 1772 (File)

Papers of the Endeavour.

Thomas Pennant to Ashby, 23 November 1779 (File)

Refers to Captain. Cook in the North Pacific.

Thomas Pennant to Ashby, 29 May 1781 (File)

Naturalist Pierre Sonnerat.

J. Pennington (St Johns) to Ashby, 27 April 1777 (File)

Refers to Georg Forster's A voyage round the world.