Guide to the Guide to Collections held by the West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale (as filmed by the AJCP)


M2772 - M2774

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Collections of the West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale
Collections held by the West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
24 September 1838 - 2 July 1971
Collection Number
M2772 - M2774
19 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Papers 1838-82 of Frederick Walker, Son & Dickie, solicitors, relating to lease and conveyance of lands in Australia and New Zealand.

Legal documents 1838-52 relating to properties of John Rawson in Adelaide.

Typescript copies of letters 1852-96 of Grace and Thomas Hirst to family in England referring to Maori War and economic conditions of New Zealand.

Press cuttings relating to tour of England by the Australian cricket team 1899.

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.

Citation 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

Filmed at West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale Central Library, Halifax, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1992. (AJCP reel M2772-2774). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale Central Library. Northgate House, Northgate, Halifax HX1 1UN, West Yorkshire, England

For further information see West Yorkshire Archive Service(

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

Maori 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.


Adelaide, South Australia; Australia; Land: Australia; New Zealand: economic conditions; Great Britain; Hirst, Grace; Hirst, Thomas; Land: New Zealand; New Zealand Wars; Rawson, John; Rowland Mitchell and Co Ltd; Solicitors; Land: South Australia; Walker, Frederick, Son & Dickie, solicitors


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 492, p192.

Item Descriptions

Fonds FW. Frederick Walker, Son & Dickie, Solicitors Papers, 24 September 1838 - 13 November 1882

10 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2772.

Series FW 80. Estate of Robert Wainhouse of Sapling Grove, Skircoat, 15 August 1861 - 13 November 1882

7 items

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Wainhouse (1773-1856) was a merchant and the owner of the Washer Lane Dye Works in Halifax. When Wainhouse died, the business passed to his nephew John Edward Wainhouse (1816-1883), who was a large property owner. He built the 253 foot Wainhouse Tower in Halifax.

Receipt for £1,000 paid by Mr Harry Hughlings in compensation re sale of land at Wellington on 12 Feb. 1856. (1p), 15 August 1861 (File 187)
John Edward Wainhouse. Power of attorney to sell, exchange and lease lands in Wellington and New Plymouth. (5p), 24 October 1872 (File 190)
Trustees of the will of late William Wainhouse to John Edward Wainhouse, conveyance of real estates of late Robert Wainhouse to J.E. Wainhouse. (2p), 25 April 1863 (File 406)

Includes: Land in Wellington, Adelaide and Western Australia.

William E. Priestley (Auckland) to John E. Wainhouse re Priestley's mother's estate, 18 June 1881 (File 453)

He likes New Zealand; growth of Auckland. (4p)

Priestley (Auckland) to Messrs Emmet & Walker re his mother's estate. (2p), 18 July 1881 (File 455)
Wainhouse (Halifax) to Emmer & Walker re Mrs Priestley. (1p), 20 September 1881 (File 457)
J. E. Wainhouse (Halifax) to Messrs Emmet & Walker re "plot 47B about 140 acres within a few miles of Adelaide" and land in Wellington. (1p.), 13 November 1882 (File 552)

Series FW 95. Leases and Agreements, 16 August 1882

1 items
Surrender of lease Henry Williams of Blackburn and James M. Bowman of Halifax to Henry Parker Tidswell of Balmain, Sydney, merchant (5p.), 16 August 1882 (File 51)

Series FW 100. Rawson Family, 24 August 1838 - 17 May 1852

2 items

Biographical / Historical

John Rawson (1783-1853) of Ashgrove, Southowram, near Halifax, was a banker and Deputy Lieutenant of the West Riding.

12 Documents re release and conveyance of land in Adelaide (40p.), 24 August 1838 - 23 March 1842 (File Bundle 3)

Includes:David LcLaren, Manager, South Australian Company and James Coltman, Storekeeper, Adelaide release of plot 40 to Benjamin Pratt Winter. (24/08/1838)

Land grant Town Section 431 to Abraham Barradaile. (10/09/1839)

Thomas Freeman conveyance of plot 144 to John Rawson (1/07/1840).

Messrs Gilles and Knott release of portion of Port Lincoln special survey to John Rawson. (16/01/1842).

4 Documents re land in South Australia (24p), 1848 - 17 May 1852 (File Bundle 5)

Includes:Schedule of deeds in writing in the possession of John Rawson's trustees relating to land in South Australia (1848).

Trustees of John Rawson, Power of attorney to sell land in South Australia (15/01/1849).

Assignment of monies covenant to convey land in South Australia, release of debts and assignment of dividends (17/05/1852).

Fonds HAS. Halifax Antiquarian Society, 21 June 1920

1 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2772.

Series HAS/B/13. Families and Estates, 21 September 1920

1 items

Filmed selectively.

Edmund Jowett (Melbourne) to T.W. Hanson (Halifax), 21 September 1920 (File HAS/B/13/19/1/2-5)

Re Drake Family genealogy; he is the representative of the Grampians Electorate in the Federal House or Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia. (5p)

Fonds LG. Loyal Georgian Society, 6 September 1911

1 items

Filmed selectively.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2772.

Biographical / Historical

The Loyal Georgian Society was formed in Halifax in 1779. Its members were mainly small business men who lent money to members to assist them to build houses. In 1853 several members formed the Halifax Permanent Benefit Building Society, which by 1918 was the largest building society in England.

John H. Helliwell (Halifax) to Matthew Riley (Halifax), 6 September 1911 (File 153)

That his son Harry is touring the world with the Sheffield choir and met Mr Tinker and George Scarborough at Melbourne. (1p)

Fonds MISC. Miscellaneous Documents, 1820 - 1925

5 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reels M2772-M2774.

Series MISC.157. Display lables

1 items
Labels for display of Australian wool, [n.d.] (File MISC. 157/64-68)

(5 labels)

Includes: Wool of stud ram bred by A.L Faithfull (Goulburn), belly wool, J.B. Bettington (Mudgee), wool of ewe, C. Fetherstonhaugh (Mundooran).

Series MISC.345. Hirst Family of Halifax, 1820-1896, and undated.

1 items

Biographical / Historical

Grace Bracken (1805-1901), the daughter of a paper manufacturer, was born at Midgley, near Halifax. In 1825 she married Thomas Hirst (1805-1883), the son of a Halifax solicitor, and they had eleven children. Thomas Hirst had little success as a woollen merchant and carpet manufacturer and in 1851 he decided they would have to emigrate. After a long voyage on the Gwalior, the family reached New Zealand in June 1852 and settled at New Plymouth. Thomas was a wool classer and buyer, while Grace and her daughters were traders, using goods sent by her family in England. They visited England in 1861-63, but from then onwards remained at New Plymouth, apart from visits to Wellington and Nelson.

Subseries. 12 files of typescript copies of letters, 1820-1896, and undated.

Filmed selectively.

Letters from Grace and Thomas Hirst (at sea, New Plymouth, Taranaki, Wellington) to members of their family in England., 1820-1896 and n.d. (File Folios 1/86 - 12/189)

Letters from Grace and Thomas Hirst (at sea, New Plymouth, Taranaki, Wellington) to members of their family in England.

File 1/86-207, 1852-1853; File 2/1-226, 1854-1858; File 3/1-242, 1859-1862; File 4/1-230, 1863-1865; File 5/1-227, 1866-1868; File 6/1-255, 1869-1871; File 7/1-262, 1872-1874; File 8/1-286, 1875-1878; File 9/1-157, 1879-1882; File 10/1-180, 1883-1889; File 11/1-179, 1890-1896; File 12/1-189, undated.

Subjects include: Men have gone to Auckland diggings from the land; native disturbances; their house; the voyage; goods and clothes to be sent out for sale (File 1); native disturbances "there is a great fuss made about having troops here, but in my opinion the troops are as much to be feared as the natives"; selling produce; growing potatoes for the Australian market (File 2); voyage to England and return on William Brown - abandoning ship due to fire; Thomas' voyage to New Zealand, Maori wars, Grace's voyage on Silver Eagle to New Zealand (File 3); description of Wellington in 1863; disbanding the militia (File 4); native disturbances at Patea (File 5); massacre at Poverty Bay, "we are in a deplorable state in New Plymouth all under arms, the women and children sent into town", murder of Reverend John Whitely, visit to Napier, "land sharks have been and are the bane of the colony" (File 6); government buying land from natives and encouraging immigration by appointing agent (File 7); disturbances at Parihaka native settlement led by Chief Te White (1879, File 9); death of Thomas (1883), earthquake (1888), prosperous state of New Zealand economy, change of Governor (File 10); Jubilee celebrations (1891), death of Sir Harry Atkinson "best friend NP ever had" (File 11); Journal written by Thomas on voyage to New Zealand (File 12).

Series MISC.431. W. & J. Glossop. Hipperholme Cum Brighouse, Road Contractors, Papers, 2 May 1921

1 items

Filmed selectively.

Australian Patent no.6707. Patent re improved method of dehydrating tar. (9p), 2 May 1921 (File 37)

Series MISC. 489. Hannah Hurd of Heptonstall, 1925

1 items

Biographical / Historical

Hannah Hurd (b. 1906) was born in Heptonstall, Yorkshire. Both her parents died in 1917 and she was adopted by the Todmorden Board of Guardians, established under the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act. She was first placed out in 1920 and in 1923 was working as a servant in Altringham, Cheshire. In 1925 she applied for assistance to migrate to Australia. Her brothers, however, opposed the application and she remained in England.

Documents concerning her proposed migration to Australia (21p.), 1925 (File 30-48)

Includes: medical report on Hannah Hurd; Government of Australia form regarding parent's consent to son or daughter under 21 years of age proceeding to Australia; John E. Ridgeway Ltd. (Manchester) to "Madam" that there is a big demand in Australia for "competent female domestic servants", details of fare and government loans, wages, procedure re application.

Filmed selectively.

Series MISC 514. Halifax Orchestral Society Records, 1899

1 items

Biographical / Historical

The Halifax Orchestral Society was first formed in 1833 and was re-formed in 1882. The Australian cricket team that toured England in 1899 was captained by Joe Darling and other players included Victor Trumper, Clem Hill, M.A. Noble, Hugh Trumble and Ernest Jones. It played 38 matches, winning 19 and losing three.

Scrapbook (File 1/1)
1 item

Filmed selectively.

Press cuttings re tour or England by Australian cricket team, 1899 (Item)

Includes details of matches. (17p.)

Fonds STA. Stansfeld of Field House, Triangle, 1850

1 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2774.

Series A. Estate/Family Papers, 1850

1 items

Filmed selectively.

Subseries 2. Title Deeds, Non Local, 1850
1 item
Draft conveyance of plot in Nelson, New Zealand by Robert Stansfeld to John Goldsworthy, miner. (2p), 1850 (File 60)

Fonds TU. Trade Union Papers, 17 February 1971 - 2 July 1971

1 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2774.

Series TU 52. National Union of Journalists (Halifax Branch), 17 February 1971 - 2 July 1971

1 items
Correspondence re emigration of Mrs Muriel J. Bateman to Mairangi Bay, Auckland and her pension (7p.), 17 February 1971 - 2 July 1971 (File 20/1-5)