Guide to the Diary of Charles Westmoreland (as filmed by AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Westmoreland, Charles
Diary of Charles Westmoreland (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1882 - 1904
Collection Number
2 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

Includes: Diary October 1882-March 1883 of Charles Westmoreland on a voyage from Plymouth to Rockhampton on the Melpomene, including accounts of life on board the ship, arrival at Rockhampton, and other emigrants; two letters 1894 and 1904 written by A. Westmoreland and Charles Westmoreland to family in England.

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 Ms Jane Herron, Wales, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1989 (AJCP Reel: M2348). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

The private residence of Ms Jane Herron. Gwent, Wales.

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.


Emigrant voyages; Melpomene (ship); Plymouth, England; Rockhampton, Queensland; Westmoreland, A.; Westmoreland, Charles


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 498, p193.

Item Descriptions

Diary kept by Charles Westmoreland on voyage Plymouth to Rockhampton on Melpomene (31p.), 12 October 1882 - 3 March 1883 (File 1)

Reception at Plymouth in Emigrants home; boarding Melpomene; rough weather; death of baby; housekeeping routines; reduced rations; entertainments; Christmas Day and New Year celebrations; landing at Rockhampton (31 Jan 1883); reception quarters very poor; arrival of more emigrants; employment prospects of girls and families; move from depot into lodgings; Westmoreland starts working for the Corporation.

Transliterated, typed copy.

Two letters with transliteration, 16 June 1894 - 1904 (File)

A. Westmoreland (Yeppoon) to Harry re Charles Westmoreland being bitten by a snake, Sunday 1904 (Item 2)

Transliterated letter

(Charles Westmoreland?) Father to daughter on her birthday, 16 June 1894 (Item 3)

Transliterated letter