Guide to the Papers of Charles Holmes (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Holmes, Charles
Papers of Charles Holmes (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1871 - 1884
Collection Number
3 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Diary kept by Holmes on the journey to Australia on board the Earl Granville 13 December 1880-14 April 1881, and eight letters to his parents in Cambridge. The letters refer to life in Australia and family news. Also includes education certificate and memoriam for James Hall.

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

Material selectively filmed at the private residence of Mrs E. Bumstead, Cornwall, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1983 (AJCP Reel: M1860). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Mrs E. Bumstead. Cornwall, 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 The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.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.

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.


Australia: immigration to; Earl Granville (ship); Emigrant voyages; Holmes, Charles


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 230, p86.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Holmes arrived in Australia in 1881. He lived in Rockhampton, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Item Descriptions

Diary kept by Holmes on a voyage from Plymouth to Rockhampton on the Earl Granville (119pp.), 13 December 1880 - 14 April 1881 (File 1)

A very detailed account of the voyage, written for his family in England, and referring inter alia to conditions on the ship, food, clothing, the segregation of the single women, music and dancing, ill-treatment of seamen, a quarrel between the captain and surgeon, editing of a ship's newspaper, drill by rifle volunteers, surgeon's account of life in Queensland, sail-changing, weather and storms, whales, porpoises, albatrosses, advice to emigrants, sighting of Tasmania and N.S.W. coasts, arrival and early days at Rockhampton, prices, employment at hospital, and prospects.

Eight letters written by Holmes to his parents in Cambridge from Rockhampton, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, 1881 - 1884 (File 2)

The letters deal with Holmes' arrival in Australia, prices, travels in bush, work as ship's steward and with Brisbane Newspapers Company, temperance movement, climate, Indigenous Australians, music, illness (consumption) and hospitalization in Melbourne, breakup of marriage, unemployment, work as street minstrel, Test cricket, and family news.

Education certificate and memoriam, 1877-03-20, 1871-06-16 (File)

Certificate of Education awarded to Pte Holmes on 20th March 1877.

Memoriam of Brother James Hall 'who met his death by accident, at the Cotton Mill on Friday, June 16th, 1871.