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


M2796 - M2797

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2019

Collection Summary

West Yorkshire Archive Service. Kirklees Branch
Collections held by the West Yorkshire Archive Service, Kirklees (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1833 - 1962
Collection Number
M2796 - M2797
22 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Business records 1918-31 of woollen and worsted manufacturing firm Rowland Mitchell and Co Ltd referring to Australian and New Zealand orders, accounts and shipping.

Papers 1942-62 of Father Vivian Redlich relating to his work with the Bush Brotherhood at Rockhampton and its mission in New Guinea.

Papers 1839-91 of Matthew H.M. Dyson describing conditions in South Australia 1838-46 and relating to his estate in Auckland 1889-91.

Letters 1888-91 of George Lodge to Edgar Battye referring to: employment at Queensland Manufacturing Co in North Ipswich; Indigenous Australians; South Sea Islanders; Chinese and Germans in Queensland; and his move to Parramatta.

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 of 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 West Yorkshire Archive Service Kirklees Central Library, Huddersfield, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1992 (AJCP Reels: M2796-2797). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

West Yorkshire Archive Service Kirklees Central Library, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England For further information see West Yorkshire Archive Service 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.


Auckland, New Zealand; Australia; Battye, Edgar; Bush Brotherhood; Chinese in Australia; Dyson, Matthew H.M.; Germans in Australia; Great Britain; Ipswich, Queensland; Kanakas; Lodge, George; Manufacturers; Papua New Guinea; Parramatta, New South Wales; Queensland: Australian Aboriginals; Queensland: Indigenous Australians; Queensland Manufacturing Co; Redlich, Vivian, Father; Rockhampton, Queensland; Shipping; South Australia; Textile industries; Wool and woolgrowing: Australia; Wool and woolgrowing: New Zealand


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 493, p192.

Item Descriptions

Fonds B/RM. Business Records: Rowland Mitchell and Co. Ltd, 1918 - 1931

3 items

Records of a woollen and worsted manufacturing firm, Lepton.

Filmed selectively.

Sales Day Book, Australia (654p.), August 1918 - December 1924 (File 36)

Details of: Cloth ordered by Australian and New Zealand firms, includes shipping details.

Firms include: Hooper and Harrison Ltd., Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne; Von Drehnen and Holterhoff, Sydney; Nathan Jacobs and Co. Ltd., Sydney; Phelps Wilson & Co., Wellington; F.H. King & Co. Ltd., Dunedin; Smith and Wade, Sydney; S.W. Pearson, Sydney; Fraser and Thomas, Melbourne; Wenzel Pty. Ltd., Melbourne; R. Jamieson, Wellington.

Sales Day Book, Australia (318p.), December 1924 - October 1931 (File 37)

Details of: Cloth ordered by Australian and New Zealand firms, includes shipping details.

Firms include: S.G. Blonton Ltd., Brisbane and Sydney; P.L. Bentley & Co. Ltd., Sydney; Hopper and Harrison Ltd., Sydney; Rice T. Hopkins, Melbourne; Hagon Blackburn & Co., Sydney; Harry Rye Ltd., Adelaide; James Payne Ltd., Auckland; Robert Reid & Co., Sydney; R. Jamieson & Co. Ltd., Dunedin; Van Drehnen & Holterhoff, Sydney; D. & W. Murray Ltd., Sydney; Wenzel Pty., Melbourne; Goode Durrant & Co. Ltd., Adelaide; David Jones Ltd., Sydney; Cramp Nicholls Ltd., Auckland.

Ledger, Australian Sales, (233p.) Indexed, October 1914 - c. October 1931 (File 39)

Accounts with Australian and New Zealand firms.

Firms include: Cathie and Sons Ltd., Wellington; Hooper and Harrison, Sydney; Denniston & Co. Propt. Ltd., Melbourne; David Jones Ltd.; South Australia Woollen Co. Ltd., Adelaide; James Murphy Ltd., Christchurch; Charles McPhee & Co., Wellington; Smith & Wade Ltd., Sydney.

Fonds DD/VR. Family and Personal Papers: Father Vivian Redlich, 1942 - 1962

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Papers re life and death of Father Vivian Redlich, 1942 - 1962 (File)

Father Vivian Redlich joined the Bush Brotherhood at Rockhampton, Queensland in 1935 and went to the mission in New Guinea; he was beheaded by the Japanese in 1942 (104p.)

Items of interest include:

Father Kenneth (Bradford) to Librarian Dewsbury Public Library re deposits. [n.d.].

Photograph of cutting from Daily Mirror re death of Father Vivian. [21 May 1943].

Father Vivian Redlich (somewhere in Papuan bush) to his Father [Canon Basil Redlich] the war has arrived. (Poor photograph). [22? July 1942].


Mr Dear Dad,

The war has turned up here. I got back from Doguna [?] and ran right into it - now somewhere in my parish trying to carry on though my people are horribly scared. No news of Mary and Jim's cut off from contacting her. My staff are O.K. so far but in another spot.

I'm trying to stick whatever happens. If I don't come out of it just rest content that I have tried to do my job faithfully.

Rush chance of getting word out, so forgive brevity.

God bless you all.


Letters to Father Kenneth re life of Vivian Redlich and his decision to go to Australia from people in Dewsbury. [8 May - 4 October 1962; n.d.].

Photograph of Vivian Redlich in Scout Master's uniform.

Rough notes on Vivian Redlich.

The Bush Brother, vol. 57, no. 4, Easter.

List of Papua New Guinea martyrs and collect for New Guinea Martyrs' Day. [2 September].

Fonds DD/WB. Family and Personal Papers: Whitley Beaumont Family, 1879

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Series W. Wills, April 1879

1 item
Power of attorney, Sir Luke Samuel Leake of Perth, Western Australia and Lady Louisa to A.D. Hooper, 19 April 1879 (File 92)

Re his entitlement under the will of R.H. Beaumont of Whitley Hall. (7p.)

Fonds KC.6. Non Official Records: Kidd Meller & Co., Holmfirth Solicitors, 1839 - 1942

4 items

Filmed selectively.

Series 8. Family Papers, April 1839 - December 1942

4 items
Subseries 10. Joseph Dyson Box, April 1839 - June 1891
2 items
Folder of Correspondence, 16 April 1839 - 16 June 1846 and undated. (File [A])

Matthew Henry Moorhouse Dyson (London and Adelaide) to his father Joseph Dyson (Huddersfield). (90p.) (Some crossed and faint letters)

Subjects include: Preparations to go to South Australia; news of the formation of a company to establish a colony in New Zealand by Earl of Durham and others; initial impressions - 'the appearance of the country is pleasing … the town is a large place for a young colony like this'; crops that do well; vegetation; mission school for native children at Creation; native dances; new Governor proclaimed (29 May 1841); economic problems caused by Colonel Gawler's extravagances; politics; poor harvest caused by bad weather (6 January 1843); too many lawyers in the Colony; 'we have no poverty stalking in the streets as with you, and labor is in demand'; Governor refuses to sell land known to contain minerals; going to manage Mr Moorhouse's vineyard at Encounter Bay; sending home birds and native instruments; prices of commodities

Envelope: Administration of M.H.M. Dyson, deceased, 1889 - 1891 (File [B])

Papers re estate of Matthew Henry Moorhouse Dyson at Hobson Hotel, Hobson Street, Auckland, (14p.)

Items of interest include:

Alfred Tapper (Hobson Hotel, Auckland) to Thomas Dyson (Holmfirth) re death of M.H.M. Dyson. [20 August 1889].

Bill for payment to Dr Henry Walker, Auckland. [5 September 1889].

Bill for suit bought from J. Blackburn, Auckland. [22 August 1889].

Release by John D. Wimpenny and others of interest in estate of M.H.M. Dyson of Auckland. [8 June 1891].

Subseries 14. Hampshire Family, November 1941 - December 1942
1 item
Envelope Thomas Henry Hampshire, 5 November 1941 - December 1942 (File)

Papers re income tax repayment claim of Thomas Henry Hampshire of Cambridge, New Zealand (23p.)


Correspondence between H.M. Inspector of Taxes (Portmadoc) and Kidd Meller and Ketcher (Holmfirth).

Draft claim to repayment of United Kingdom income tax.

Subseries 49. John Tyson, 7 February 1902
1 item
Probate of will of Sarah Anne Coulter, of Gosford, New South Wales in Supreme Court of New South Wales. (4p.), 7 February 1902 (Item [4])

Fonds KC. 39. Non Official Records: Edgar Battye Collection, 1888 - 1891

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

Edgar Battye lived at Choppards and worked at Washpit Mill as a pattern loom weaver. His friend George Lodge emigrated to Australia in 1888.

George Lodge (Ipswich, Queensland; Parramatta; Otago) to Edgar Battye. (126p.), 12 November 1888 - 10 February 1891 (File 18-25)

Subjects include: Employment at Queensland Woollen Manufacturing Company at North Ipswich; voyage to Australia on Austral September - October 1888; trips on shore in Mediterranean; taking on board Italian opera company visiting Melbourne; Suez Canal; abstract log; effects of heat - sleeping on deck; Colombo; death of Lord Hastings' valet; tug of war, 2nd class v 3rd class, Irish v England; Albany; Williamstown; took train to Melbourne 'The streets are very wide … they have a splendid cable tramway'; Sydney; voyage to Brisbane on Fitzroy, three passengers refuse to pay, have to go 2nd class - better food than on Austral ; annual factory treat to Southport - saw kangaroos, making tea 'billy tea is considered to be the best made tea'; working at the mill 'the girls at the factory come to their work in hats and dresses with improvers or sunshades and gloves'; aboriginals 'there is not many of them left now, no one can teach them to do anything'; weaving blankets for the Government to give to aboriginals; South Sea islanders; Chinese supply neighbourhood with vegetables; Germans will work for lower wages; differences in working conditions 'there is not always someone looking at the looms here like there is at Washpit'; his working conditions weaving blankets, flannel and worsted cloth; benefits of working in Australia; different mode of living 'the bread is all made at the bakers … we have meat to every meal nearly'; food is kept in a safe 'they have to set the safe feet in small tins of water to prevent ants and cockroaches getting in'; reasons for leaving the factory and moving to New South Wales; working at weaving mill built by convicts in 1825 in Parramatta owned by Murray Bros.; description of Parramatta - fruit growing, learning to ride; reasons for going to New Zealand; death of Searle in Victoria; climate of New Zealand; Christmas celebrations in the sun; description of Wellington; woollen factories in New Zealand; leaves New Zealand due to cold climate and returns to Parramatta.

Fonds KC. 45. Non Official Records: Independent Order of Oddfellows, Manchester Unity Friendly Society, Huddersfield District, 1920

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Series 11/2. Financial and Miscellaneous Papers, July 1920

1 item

Filmed selectively.

George Newson (Auckland) to [George Bottom (Huddersfield)] that joined Loyal Parnell Lodge no. 4750, 11 July 1920 (File)

Impressions of New Zealand; shortage of moulders; housing shortage. (2p.) (Very faint)

Fonds KC. 289. Non Official Records: Fletcher Family of Dewsbury Papers, 1833 - 1860

3 items

Filmed selectively.

Release between James Bagshaw and others including James Firth of Wellington relating to will of Benjamin Firth to Paul Fletcher. (2p.), 11 September 1857 (File 1)

Will of Benjamin Firth. (1 p.), 8 May 1833 (File 2)

Power of attorney, James Firth of Wellington to Abraham Rhodes and receipt signed by Abraham Rhodes. (4p.), 2 April 1860 (File 3)

Fonds KC. 312. Non Official Records: Tolson Memorial Museum. Family and Estate Papers, 1838

1 item

Samuel Lumb (Break O'Day Plains, Van Diemen's Land) to brother, Robert Lumb (Huddersfield), 3 March 1838 (File 11/10)

Has been carpentering for twelve months; his master (James Grant) ships wool from Launceston; the journey to Launceston by bullock team takes eight days; prices in Hobart 'wine is about 4 shillings per gallon'; building materials. (4p.) (Dirty and damaged)

Fonds KC. 314. Non Official Records: Tolson Memorial Museum. Apprenticeship and other Papers, 1806

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Series 5. Miscellaneous, March 1806

2 items
Botany Bay or the way to make better times., n.d. (File 2)

Broadsheet poem suggesting that all rogues be shipped to Botany Bay. Printed for E. Anderson by J. Dawson, Stockport. (1p.)

Calendar of prisoners in York Castle and Ousebridge Gaol tried at Lent Assizes (1p.), 8 March 1806 (File 5)

Includes details of transportees.

Fonds KC. 315. Crosland and Fenton, Solicitors, Huddersfield, 1851 - 1865

5 items

Filmed selectively.

Series. Battye Family Box, June 1851 - November 1851

4 items
Release made by William Ledgard and Daniel Ledgard and Robert Holdsworth Ledgard of Adelaide concening estate of John Archibell, 13 June 1851 (File)
Witnessed by Henry Edward Downer, 14 June 1851 (File)
Covering letter from London office of Bank of Australasia, 4 November 1851 (File)
Bank of Australasia, London Office. Printed flyer giving details of Directors, share capital, branches, etc. (9p.), n.d. (File)

Series [F46/F60]. Miscellaneous Box, November 1864 - November 1865

Two Envelopes bundle J.B. Fenton and Others, December 1864 - November 1865 (File)
4 items
Release by John Battye Fenton, London, Francis Dart Fenton of Waikato, Harold Hyde Fenton of Invercargill and others to Richard Hyde, 6 December 1864 (Item)
Release by John Battye Fenton of London, Francis Dart Fenton of Waikato, Harold Hyde Fenton of Invercargill, New Zealand and others to George Ashby and George Falkner, 6 December 1864 (Item)
Power of attorney signed by Francis Dart Fenton, of Auckland, Chief Judge of the Native Land Court, 17 October 1865 (Item)
Power of attorney signed by Harold Hyde Fenton of Waikato, land surveyor, 1 November 1865 (Item)