Guide to the Collections held by the William Salt Library (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2019

Collection Summary

William Salt Library
Collections held by the William Salt Library (as filmed by the AJCP)
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Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Kirby manuscripts: letter 1880 from J. Barrett, Waimate, New Zealand, describing life in New Zealand; printed catalogue c.1905 (16 p.) of a historical exhibition aboard a ship reputed to be the Success. The catalogue contains lengthy notes about individual convicts and settlers associated with the Success, especially during its days as a prison hulk.

Hand, Morgan and Owen, solicitors: New Zealand Company Terms of Purchase for a Quantity of Land in the Wellington District, by John Ward, Secretary, New Zealand House (London, 1843); printed circular 1843 on the subject of purchase of land by Thomas C. Harington, an official of the Association for Promoting the Settlement of Otago. A map of New Zealand is included in the article.

Six engravings of people and views of Manila c.1798.

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 William Salt Library, Stafford, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1971 (AJCP Reel: M831). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

William Salt Library. 19 Eastgate Street, Stafford, Staffordshire ST16 2LZ, EnglandFor more information see William Salt 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.


Association for Promoting the Settlement of Otago; Barrett, J.; Convict ships; Convicts; Harrington, Thomas C.; Land companies; Land: New Zealand; Manila, Philippines; Maps, plans and charts: New Zealand; New Zealand; New Zealand Company; Otago, New Zealand; Paintings, drawings and prints: Philippines; Philippines; Solicitors; Success, convict ship; Waimate, New Zealand; Ward, John; Wellington, New Zealand


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 502, p194.

Biographical / Historical

The William Salt Library opened in Stafford in 1872 and has occupied its current building since 1918. William Salt (1808-1863), whose grandfather was the founder of the Stafford banking company Stevenson Salt & Company, was a London banker and antiquary. He assembled a large collection of books, pamphlets, manuscripts, watercolours, drawings and transcripts. After his death, the collection was donated to the county of Staffordshire. The Library is administered by an independent trust, with the support of the Staffordshire County Council. Assisted by the Friends of the William Salt Library, it continues to collect printed material relating to Staffordshire.

Item Descriptions

Series 92/64. Records of Kirkby Family of Trentham (Select)

J. Barrett (Waimate) to his sister Alice Mart, 20 May 1880 (File 8)

Life in New Zealand; bountiful harvest; availability of machinery and other hardware; family news; advises Willie to remain in England; sends Canterbury newspaper.

Series 253/68. Records of J.N. Mart (Select)

Catalogue of exhibits displayed on the barque Success (File)

Used as a convict hulk at Melbourne in 1852-1854, and the last surviving convict ship, n.d. (printed, cover page missing, 16pp). The ship was first exhibited as a relic in Australia in 1890 and sailed to England in 1894, where it was exhibited for many years.

Series D1798. Records of Hand, Morgan and Owen, solicitors of Stafford (Select)

New Zealand Company: terms of purchase for a quantity of land in the Wellington district, 18 July 1843 (File 321)

(Printed, 2pp.)

Thomas C. Hartington (Association for Promoting the Settlement of Otago). Article on the purchase of land in Otago, 1 August 1849 (File)

(Printed, pp 18-24)

Series M769/40. Pictures Collection: Foreign pictures

Filmed selectively.

'Sarambeau, a fishing raft of Manila', published 20 June 1798 (File 1)

By I. Stockdale. Size: 7″ × 4½″

'Parao, a passage boat of Manila', published 20 June 1798 (File 2)

By I. Stockdale. Size: 7″ × 4½″

'A lady of Manila', n.d. (File 3)

Size: 2½′ × 5½″.

'Inhabitants of Manila', n.d. (File)

Size: 3¼″ × 2¼″.

'Things remarkable in the Mary-Anne Islands' (File)

Featuring the Rima tree, the Duodu tree, the Indian fish hock, a fish called by English seamen a yellow tail, an Indian prow. A page extracted from a publication, marked volume 1, page 351.

'View of Cavite in the Bay of Manila', 1 November 1798 (File)

Published by G.G. and I. Robinson, London, . Size: 12½″ × 8¼″.