Guide to the collections held by the York Minster Library (as filmed by the AJCP)



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Created: 2019

Collection Summary

York Minister Library
Collections held by the York Minster Library (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1885 - 1952
Collection Number
11 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

Diaries 1951-52 of Archbishop Cyril Garbett kept on his visits to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Letters 1885-95 of Archbishop William Thomson and his wife Zoe concerning their son Basil, his career prospects, and work in Tonga and Fiji.

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 York Minister Library, York, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1989 (AJCP Reel: 2766). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

York Minster Library. Deans Park, York YO1 2JD, England

For further information see York Minister Library (

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.


Anglican Church; Australia: visits to; Australia; Clergymen; Clergymen; Fiji; Garbett, Cyril, Archbishop; Archbishop; New Zealand: visits to; New Zealand; Thomson, Basil; Thomson, William, Archbishop; Thomson, Zoe; Tonga


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 511, p197.

Item Descriptions

Fonds. Archbishop Cyril Garbett: Papers, 1951 - 1952

3 items

Biographical / Historical

Archbishop Cyril Garbett (1875-1955)

Series COLL 1973/1/L. Travel Diaries, 21 September 1951 - 30 January 1952

2 items

Filmed selectively

Visit to Australia (54p), 21 September 1951 - 10 December 1951 (File)
Visit to Pacific (60p), 11 December 1951 - 30 January 1952 (File)

Series COLL 1973/1/0. Personal Engagement Diaries, 1951 - 1952

1 item

Filmed selectively

Diaries, 1951 - 1952 (File)

Series COLL 1982/5/13. Diaries, 1951

1 item

Filmed selectively

Visit to Australia and New Zealand, 1951 (File)

Fonds. Archbishop William Thomson Papers, 1885 - 1895

8 items

Biographical / Historical

Archbishop William Thomson (1819-1890)

Series 2. Letters from William Thomson to his family, January 1885 - August 1890

1 item

Filmed selectively

Letters from Archbishop Thomson (Bishopthorpe, York; London; Keswick) to his son Basil (Suva) (57p), 25 January 1885 - August 1890 (File COLL 1985/10/2/46-68)

Subjects include: meeting Thurston in London; Basil's position in the colonial service in Fiji; Basil must learn to like tinned meat; Ethel (Thomson) to marry Frederick Goodwyn, Bishop of Bathurst, Australia; Basil's bad voyage back to Fiji in 1890; Basil's health; possible transfer to Africa; problems transmitting money via Bank of NZ.

Includes items of note;

W. Thomson (Garlants) to wife re Basil Thomson (30/04/1889)

W. Thomson (London) to wife re Basil Thomson (04/06/1889)

W. Thomson (London) to wife re lecture by Basil Thomson (12/07/1889)

W. Thomson (Moresby Park) to Grace Thomson (wife of Basil Thompson) (29/10/1889)

W. Thomson (London) to Grace Thomson (16/01/1890)

Series 4. Letters from members of the Thomson Family, 25 May 1890 - 29 November 1895

6 items

Filmed selectively

Zoe Thomson (sister of Basil), (London) to Basil, 25 May 1890 (File COLL 1985/10/4/7)

That his article, Last of The Cannibal Chiefs has been accepted by Blackwood; lack of prospects in Fiji.

Mrs Zoe Thomson (Basil's mother) (York) to Basil re his arrival in Tonga, 19 October 1890 (File COLL 1985/10/4/11)
Mrs Zoe Thomson (mother) (York) to Basil re his career prospects, 7 November 1890 (File COLL 1985/10/4/14)
John Bramston (n.p.) to Mrs Zoe Thomson re Basil career in Tonga and possible transfer to Zululand (copy), 4 December 1890 (File COLL 1985/10/4/16)

Mrs Thomson's advice to her son.

Archival History

Filmed selectively

Mrs Zoe Thomson (York) to Basil, 26 October 1892 (File COLL 1985/10/4/20)

Enclosing copy of letter to her from John Bramston re Basil's appointment as Land Commissioner; Mrs T's comments on his prospects and marital problems; he must keep on friendly terms with Thurston.

Mrs Zoe Thomson to Edmund, 29 November 1895 (File COLL 1985/10/4/21)

Re: Basils code of laws and his legal experience in Tonga and Fiji.