Guide to the manuscripts of Professor C.R. Boxer (as filmed by the AJCP)


M1174 - M1175

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Manuscripts of Professor C.R. Boxer (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1569 - 1811
Collection Number
M1174 - M1175
10 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

1. Letterbook 1615-20 of Capt. William Keeling describing the third voyage undertaken by the East India Co and referring to trade with the East Indies and Anglo-Dutch rivalry.

2. Manuscript copy 1569 of description by Gabriel Rebello of the Spice Islands and disputes of the Portuguese and Spanish for their possession.

3. Journal 1731-32 of voyage of the Flora from Batavia to the Netherlands.

4. Manuscript 1733-41 on the trade and commerce of Java.

5. Spanish journal 1590 describing the Far East and South East Asia.

6. Logs 1634-36, 1668, of galleons on voyages from Manila to Acapulco.

7. Letter of appointment 1632 of Anthony Van Diemen as Commander of the Dutch East India Co fleet.

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

Filmed at the private residence of Professor C.R. Boxer, England, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1980 (AJCP Reel: M1174-M1175). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

The original were filmed at the private residence of Professor C.R. Boxer, England, in 1980. The papers of Professor Boxer are held at the Lilly Library at Indiana University: Bloomington. The collection numbers are Boxer mss, Boxer mss.II and Boxer mss. III. (

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 2018. 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.


Acapulco, Mexico; Boxer, C.R., Prof.; Dutch East India Company; East India Company; Flora (ship); Jakarta, Indonesia; Java: trade; Java: visits to; Keeling, William. Capt.; Manila, Philippines; Netherlands; Rebello, Gabriel; Southeast Asia; Spaniards in Asia and the Pacific; Trade: Dutch East Indies; Van Diemen, Anthony


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 48, p17.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Ralph Boxer (1904-2000) was born in Sandown, Isle of Wight, and educated at Wellington College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He served in the British Army from 1924 to 1947 and was a prisoner of war in Hong Kong from 1941 to 1945. In 1947 he was offered the Camoens chair of Portuguese at Kings College, London, and held the post until his retirement in 1967. Although he did not have a degree, he had already written a large number of scholarly works on the history of East Asia. He had a lifelong interest in Japan and his early writings were on the first Europeans to come to Japan: the Portuguese, the Dutch and the Jesuits. His later books included The Christian century in Japan, 1549-1650 (1951), The Dutch in Brazil, 1624-1654 (1957), The tragic history of the sea, 1589-1622 (1959), The golden age of Brazil, 1695-1750 (1962), The great ship of Amacon: annals of Macao and the old Japan trade, 1555-1640 (1963), The Dutch seaborne empire, 1600-1800 (1965) and The Portuguese seaborne empire, 1415-1825 (1969) The bulk of Boxer's great library, together with all his papers, are now held at the Lilly Library at the University of Indiana at Bloomington.

Item Descriptions

Letterbook of Captain William Keeling, 1615 - 1620 (File 1)

William Keeling (1578-1620) was general and commader of all the English in the East Indies in the East India Company's third voyage, 1615-1617. The letters concern the establishment of an English factory in the domain of the Samorin of Calicut, pepper-trade at Achin, Priaman and Tiku (Sumatra), Anglo-Dutch rivalry at Bantam and Jacatra (Java), an expected attack by the Spanish Armada from Manila, and the fleet's homeward voyage via the Cape of Good Hope and St. Helena. The correspondents include T. Kerridge (the English Factor at Surat), John Jourdain, Messrs. Nelson and Coppindale (of the English Factory at Hirado, Japan), the Earl of Southhampton, Sir Thomas Smith (Governor of the East India Company) and Keeling's second wife, Anne Bromfield. Many of the letters were written on board the Dragon, the principal flagship of the East India Company's Fleet.

Includes typed article on Captain William Keeling (1578-1620) from Blackwood's Magazine, April 1923.

Note on English translation of the work of Gabriel Rebello by R.S. Whiteaway (File)

Includes handwritten notes by C.R. Boxer.

Book review, by C.R. Boxer, of S.J. Jacobs' work A Treatise on the Moluccas (c.1544) (pp.828-830) (File)

From Gregorianum, Vol. 52 (1971) Fasc. 4: Recensiones.

Contemporary manuscript copy of Gabriel Rebello. Informacao das cousas de Maluco, 1569 (File 2)

The Work consists of three parts: a description of the Spice Islands and their natural history, a history of the Portuguese discovery of the Spice Islands and of the disputes of the Portuguese and the Spaniards for their possession, and an account of the captaincy of Bernaldim de Sousa. Rebello was in the Moluccas in 1543, 1551 and 1566; he was later Secretary of the Mesa da Consciencia in Lisbon.

Allen Catchpole. Cash book kept at Chusan, China, 26 November 1700 - 10 February 1703 (File 3)

Catchpole was an officer of the East India Company. The book includes entries for goods purchased at Batavia.

Vegt. Vander Kaaeij. Journal of the Flora, 13 October 1731 - 20 June 1732 (File 4)

Journal of a Dutch East Indiaman on a voyage from Batavia to Holland.

Beknopt vertag van 't wek 't welk dagelijks gedaan moet verden ten Comptoire van den Heere Directeur Genraal van Nederlants Inden, 1733 - 1741 (File 5)

Manuscript on the organization of trade and commerce in Java. The final page was written by Johan Paul Schagen, Director-General at Batavia, 1737-1741.

Sino-Spanish manuscript, 1590 (File 6)

Anonymous journal in Spanish giving descriptions of the Far East and South East Asia. It contains many illustrations of the peoples of the region and of mythical and naturalistic animals and birds.

This item is also refered to as the Boxer Codex.

Existence and Location of Copies

A copy of this manuscript is in the Indiana University Library. A digital copy in colour is avaliable (

Log of a Manila galleon on a return voyage from Manila to Acapulco, c.1634-1636 (File 7)

Log of a Manila galleon on a voyage from Manila to Acapulco, 1668 (File 8)

Letter of appointment of Anthony Van Diemen as Commander of the Fleet in the East Indies, 1632 (File 9)

The document is signed by all but one of the directors of the Dutch East India Company.

16 Van de Heeran 17, Middleburg (File)

Two page handwritten list.

Charts of Java and Borneo, 1742 - 26 August 1811 (File 10)

6 items

Finding-aid Note

Although listed, this material was not filmed by the AJCP.

Plan of assault of the camp at Corneelis, by the English forces, 26 August 1811 (Item (i))

Map of Pontianak (Borneo), n.d. (Item (ii))

Dutch map of part of Borneo, n.d. (Item (iii))

Map of the city of Batavia, 1742 (Item (iv))

Dutch chart of most of the north coast of Java, c.1785 (Item (v))

Dutch maps of Ambelau and part of Buru and Keffing, Goram and part of Ceram, n.d. (Item (vi))