Guide to the Diary of J.P. Ricou (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Ricou, John P.
Diary of J. P. Ricou (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
6 April 1872 - 3 July 1872
Collection Number
1 item
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Journal of a voyage from London to Brisbane by J.P. Ricou on the emmigrant ship Indus, 10 April to 3 July 1872, noting weather details and daily events on board ship.

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.

Permission from the owner is required to reproduce any part of the diary.

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-23 September 1770, British Library Add. MS 27885 (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Filmed as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1958 (AJCP Reel:M437). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Filmed at the private residence Mr F.P. Ricou, London, England.

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 Note

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 The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.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 dates of the records selected for filming rather than to the date range of the Series or Files.


Emigrant voyages; Brisbane, Queensland: immigration to; Indus, emigrant ship; Ricou, J.P.; Diary; weather


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 385, p. 147

Biographical / Historical

John Ricou (c.1853-1908) was a steerage passenger on the Indus.The Indus, commanded by Captain E.P. Ellis) was a 1319 ton barque which on this voyage carried 508 passengers.

Item Descriptions

Diary of John P. Ricou on the voyage of the barque Indus from London to Brisbane, 6 April 1872 - 3 July 1872 (File)

Diary kept by John P. Ricou on the voyage of the barque Indus from London to Brisbane, 6 April – 3 July 1872.The diary, which mostly contains short entries, refers to the departure from Gravesend (10 April), the weather, meals, the sighting of La Palma (Canary Islands), church services, the sighting of ships, concerts, dances, deaths of passengers, crossing the Equator (7 May), fights between passengers, sighting of albatrosses and porpoises, mountainous seas in the Indian Ocean, Christy Minstrel performances, the sighting of Cape Otway (24 June), the east coast of Australia, the sighting of Moreton Island, and the arrival at Brisbane.