Guide to the Diary of Anne Hale (as filmed by AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Hale, Anne
Diary of Anne Hale (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1865 - 1870
Collection Number
1 item
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

The diary contains brief entries and refers to daily activities on the station at Unumgar (Richmond River NSW), including visits the family made, visitors to the farm, mustering, weather reports and slaughtering of cattle.

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 at the private residence of Mrs R. Birch, Perthshire, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1979 (AJCP Reel: M851). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Private residence: Mrs. R. Birch; Dunblane, Perthshire.

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 The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.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

Advisory Statement

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this Finding Aid contains material and descriptive information which may be considered culturally sensitive and may cause distress, including names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. This Finding Aid contains terms that reflect authors' views or those of the historical period, but which may not be considered appropriate today. While the information may not reflect current understanding, it is provided in an historical context.


Farms and farming: New South Wales; Richmond River district, New South Wales; Sherwood, Anne; Diary; weather; Indigenous Australians


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 204, pp. 76-77.

Biographical / Historical

Anne Hale (1833-1912) was the daughter of Robert Blagden Hale MP of Alderley House, Gloucestershire. Matthew Blagden Hale, the first Bishop of Western Australia (1857-1875), was her uncle. She married Lieut. Thomas Sherwood in 1859.

Sherwood retired from the army in 1863 and they migrated to Australia in 1864 or 1865. They purchased a station at Unumgar in the Richmond River district of New South Wales and lived there for about ten years. In 1912, following the deaths of her two brothers, she inherited Alderley House, but she died a month later.

Item Descriptions

Diary of Anne Hale, 15 December 1865 - 31 December 1870 (File 1)

The diary contains one line entries for each day, succinctly recording the weather, events on Unumgar Station on the Richmond River in northern New South Wales. It refers to visits by neighbours, the departure of drays and station hands travelling to Ipswich, Brisbane, Toowoomba and other places and their return, the arrival of mails and stores, the mustering and slaughter of cattle, fencing, the movement of local Aboriginals, floods, horse-riding, race meetings, picnics, a Christmas dinner for Aboriginals (1868), and the birthdays and illnesses of Hale's children.

At the beginning of the diary is a record of the heights of the children, 1868-1876.

At the end of the 1866 and 1867 entries are lists of Aboriginal men and women who have been given blankets.