Guide to the Papers of Evelyn Pitfield Shirley Sturt (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Sturt, Evelyn Pitfield Shirley
Papers of Evelyn Pitfield Shirley Sturt (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1852 - 1960
Collection Number
6 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

Items filmed by the Australia Joint Copying Project include: Address presented to Sturt, signed by Justices of the Peace in Melbourne (n.d.); address presented to Sturt, signed by fellow Melbourne magistrates 1858; commission 14 October 1863 appointing Sturt to Major in the Victorian Volunteer Force; letters patent 4 September 1855 appointing Sturt as Resident Magistrate at Melbourne; extract of marriage entry 14 February 1852 of Sturt and Mary Frances Grylls; typescript chart showing the relationship between Evelyn and Charles Sturt.

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 the Hon. Mrs Mary Anna Marten, England, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1961 (AJCP Reel: M404). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Note: The images appear from right to left on the film.

Existence and Location of Originals

The Hon. Mrs Mary Anna Marten. Dorset, 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 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.


Army and defence: Victoria; Genealogy and genealogies; Grylls, Mary F.; Marriage certificates; Melbourne, Victoria; Sturt, Charles, Capt.; Sturt, Evelyn P.S.; Victorian Volunteer Force


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 445, p174.

Biographical / Historical

Evelyn Pitfield Shirley Sturt (1816-1885), the brother of the explorer Charles Sturt, was born in Dorset, England. He was educated at Sandhurst Military College, but did not join the Army. In 1836 he emigrated to New South Wales on the Hoogly. In 1837 he was appointed commissioner of Crown lands at Yass. He resigned in 1839 and overlanded sheep and cattle from Bathurst to Adelaide. He first occupied land near Willunga, then took up a station in the Mount Gambier district. In 1849 he was appointed a police magistrate in Melbourne and in 1850 he became superintendent of the Melbourne Police. In 1853 he was re-appointed magistrate for Melbourne, a potion that he held for twenty five years. He took part in the inquiry into the Bentley Hotel affair in Ballarat (1854) and was a member of the royal commission into the Burke and Wills expedition (1861).

Sturt was dismissed as part of the Black Wednesday retrenchments in 1878. He and his wife visited England in 1878-81 and then settled in Brighton, Victoria. He died while returning from another trip to England.

Item Descriptions

Address presented to Sturt on his retirement as a magistrate by the Mayor of Melbourne (John Pigdon) and the Justices for the Peace for the central bailiwick of the colony of Victoria, n.d. [1878] (File 1)

Commission signed by Governor Sir John Manners-Sutton appointing Sturt as a major in the Victorian Voluntary Force, Melbourne, 14 October 1863 (File 2)

Address presented to Sturt by his brother magistrates, the gentlemen of the legal profession, and his friends, Melbourne, 8 February 1858 (File 3)

Commission signed by Governor Sir Charles Hotham appointing Sturt as resident magistrate at Melbourne, 4 September 1855 (File 4)

Certificate of marriage between Evelyn Sturt and Mary Frances Grylls, signed by Rev. H. H. Macartney, St James's Church, Melbourne, 14 February 1852 (File 5)

Basic family tree showing the relationship of Charles and Evelyn Sturt. (typescript) (File 6)