Guide to the Correspondence of Archdeacon Fitzherbert Marriott (as filmed by AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Marriott, Fitzherbert Adams, Archdeacon
Correspondence of Archdeacon Fitzherbert Marriott (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1841 - 1853
Collection Number
8 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Correspondence of F.A. Marriott, including letters he and his wife Anne wrote to Marriott's mother, Selina. Subjects include: travels in Australia; resolution of the Protestant Association; defections to the Roman Catholic Church in England; dispute between Lady Franklin and the Gell Family; Sir William Denison; Marriott's preaching and work in Diocese; and matters relating to chaplains and bishops in Australia.

Other correspondents include Charles Marriott and Bishop F.R. Nixon.

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 Mr R.A. Marriott, England, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1984 (AJCP Reel: M1908). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Private Residence of Mr R.A. Marriott. Cotesbach, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, 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.


Anglican Church: Australia; Clergymen; Denison, Sir William T.; Franklin, Jane, Lady; Gell Family; Marriott, Anne; Marriott, Charles; Marriott, Fitzherbert, Archdeacon; Marriott, Selina; Nixon, F.R., Bishop; Protestant Association; Roman Catholic Church: England; Tasmania


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 309, p.115.

Biographical / Historical

Fitzherbert Adams Marriott (1811-1890) was born in London, educated at Charterhouse and Oriel College, Oxford. Ordained priest 1835 and appointed Rector of Cotesbach, Leicestershire. Selected by Bishop F.R. Nixon as his chaplain, he emigrated to Van Diemen's Land in 1843, and was immediately appointed archdeacon. Marriott visited England in 1845 to raise money for colonial church and accepted office of superintendent of convict chaplains. Appointed chaplain to New Norfolk 1847 he returned to England 1853. Appointed curate of St. Pauls, Knightsbridge, 1854, and Vicar of Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire, 1859. In 1848 he married Anne, daughter of Major Charles Schaw, Police Magistrate at Richmond.

Item Descriptions

Fonds. Marriott Papers

Series I. Letters of Fitzherbert A. Marriott, 1849 - 1853

1 item
Letters of Archdeacon F.A. Marriott to his mother Selina Marriott, 1849 - 1853 (File)

Mainly written in New Norfolk and Richmond, Van Diemen's Land.

They discuss his children and other family news, his health, horses, travels in the colony, a holiday at George Town, Bishop F.R. Nixon, divisions among the Tasmanian clergy, Rev. H.P. Fry, allegations of Romanism against some clergy, resolutions of the Protestant Association, defections to the Roman Catholic Church in England, inquiry into conduct of Rev. R. Wilson, reports of conditions on Victorian goldfields, relations with Wilmot Family, T. Reibey, decision to return to England in 1853, travel arrangements, dispute between Lady Franklin and Gell Family. It also includes a letter from Marriott to the bishop. (15 letters)

Series II. Letters of Anne Marriott, 1849 - 1850

1 item
Letters of Anne Marriott, wife of F.A. Marriott, to Selina Marriott, 1849 - 1850 (File)

Written in New Norfolk and Richmond. They discuss her family at Richmond, her first child, other family news, horses, and Marriott's parish duties.(3 letters)

Series III. Miscellaneous Papers, 1841 - 1852

6 items
Letters from Charles Marriott to his cousin F.A. Marriott, October 1841 - December 1841 (File i)

Referring to the departure from England of Bishop G.A. Selwyn, Rev. W. Cotton, and other members of the New Zealand party. (5 letters).

Extracts from correspondence between Marriott and J.P. Gell, May 1843 (File ii)

Concerning Marriott's preaching and work in Diocese. (4pp).

F.A. Marriott to Selina Marriott, 25 November 1845 - 17 December 1845 (File iii)

Life on board ship returning to Van Diemen's Land.

J. Dobson, F. Thesiger and F. Kelly to Lord Stanley, 27 December 1845 (File iv)

Opinion on legal position of colonial chaplains in Van Diemen's Land and authority of Bishop.

Letters from Bishop F.R. Nixon (Hobart) to F.A. Marriott, September 1849 - October 1849 (File v)

Concerning ecclesiastical inquiry into conduct of Rev. R. Wilson, Chaplain at Bothwell, powers of Bishop vis a vis the Lieutenant-Governor, and rumours that witnesses had been summoned by a police magistrate. (4 letters).

F.A. Marriott to R. Gunn, 11 October 1852 (File vi)

Requests name be withdrawn from petition calling for extension of term of Sir William Denison as Lieutenant-Governor; Denison's strong support for continuance of convict transportation.