Guide to the Papers of Edward Ashworth (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Ashworth, Edward
Papers of Edward Ashworth (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1841 - 1845
Collection Number
5 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

1. Journal and sketches 1842 of a voyage in the Tuscan from London to Auckland. It contains detailed descriptions of his short stay in Melbourne and of his long period of residence in New Zealand. There are many drawings of buildings.

2. Notebook in narrative form describing in detail his New Zealand and Australian visit, including many references to contacts with missionaries and Maori people, to political events and social and economic conditions.

3. Notebook 1844-45 of reminiscences of his journey to Batavia and Hong Kong and his residence in the colony.

4. Sketchbook and loose drawings of the landscape, buildings, people, flora and fauna of New Zealand, Australia, Batavia, China and Gibraltar; maps of Gibraltar and Macao.

5. Photograph of Ashworth's tombstone.

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 as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1966 (AJCP Reel: M302). Records were subsequently transferred to the National Library of New Zealand. Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Alexander Turnbull Library. Wellington, New Zealand

For further information see Edward Ashworth at the Alexander Turnbull Library (

Collection references: MS-0103-0105 and E-042.

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. 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.


Architects; Ashworth, Edward; Auckland, New Zealand: immigration to; Australia: visits to; Botany: Australia; Botany: Dutch East Indies; China; Emigrant voyages; Gibraltar; Hong Kong; Macao; Maori; Maps, plans and charts: Gibraltar; Maps, plans and charts: Macao; Melbourne, Vic: visits to; Missions and missionaries: New Zealand; Navigator (ship); New Zealand; Paintings, drawings and prints: Australia; Paintings, drawings and prints: China; Paintings, drawings and prints: Dutch East indies; Paintings, drawings and prints: Gibraltar; Paintings, drawings and prints: Hong Kong; Paintings, drawings and prints: New Zealand; Paintings, drawings and prints: Victoria; Tuscan (barque)


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 12, p 4.

Biographical / Historical

Edward Ashworth (1814-1896) was employed as an architect and surveyor in Exeter, Devon. In 1841, after years of disappointment in his profession, he was won over by accounts of the future prospects of the colonies in Australia and New Zealand. He emigrated to Port Phillip in 1842 and after a few months he moved on to Auckland. He returned to Australia in 1844 and, after a short stay in Sydney, he sailed for England via Batavia and Canton.

Item Descriptions

Diary of Edward Ashworth kept on the Tuscan on a voyage from London to Port Phillip, while staying in Melbourne, and on the voyage from Melbourne to Auckland, 18 May 1842 - 26 September 1842 (File 1)

The diary describes the departure from St Katherine's Dock, London, impressions of Porto Praya, St Jago (Cape Verde Islands), the daily routine on the ship, winds and storms, crossing the Equator, relations between the crew and passengers, sightings of other ships, the activities of the passengers, arguments among the crew, St Paul's Island, and the arrival at Port Phillip (26 September 1842). There follows a brief history of the colony, a description of Port Phillip Bay and Melbourne, walks around the town and into the bush, details of prices of provisions, Ashworth's return to the ship and the voyage from Melbourne to Auckland.

Notebook containing Ashworth's impressions of Auckland, details of economic and social conditions in New Zealand, relations with the Maoris, the activities of French and English missionaries, and other observations. (File 2)

The diary entries resume on 28 January 1844 when Ashworth sailed from Auckland. His arrival in Sydney on 15 February 1844 is followed by descriptions of Sydney, its churches, the botanic gardens, and Indigenous Australians, with details of food prices in the colony.

Notebook containing diary entries from 8 May 1844, when Ashworth left Sydney on the American ship Navigator, and descriptions of the Torres Strait, Timor, Java, Macao, Canton and Hong Kong. The final entry is for 10 July 1844. (File 3)

Loose sketches and a sketchbook containing about 150 drawings of the landscape, buildings, people, flora and fauna of New Zealand, Australia, Java and China, with maps of Gibraltar and Macao. (File 4)

Photograph of Ashworth's tombstone. (File 5)