Guide to the Journal of Henry Harding (as filmed by AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Harding, Henry
Journal of Henry Harding (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
24 March 1853 - 9 July 1853
Collection Number
1 item
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Journal March-June 1853 of a voyage from London to Melbourne on the immigrant ship Ida describing day-to-day events on the ship and weather conditions.

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.

For 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 Mr Sidney G. Harding, London, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1967 (AJCP Reel: M674). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

The private residence of Mr. Sidney G. Harding; London.

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 The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.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 the date range of the Series or Files.


Bodalla, New South Wales; Emigrant voyages; Harding, Henry; Ida, emigrant ship; London, England; Melbourne, Victoria: immigration to; Mort, Thomas S.; Surgeons: emigrant ships; Weather


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 209, p. 78.

Biographical / Historical

Pioneer of the Australian cheese industry. In 1853 Harding accepted a contract with Thomas Mort to establish a cheese factory at Bodalla on the south coast of New South Wales. He was a Wesleyan lay preacher and acted as assistant surgeon on the emigrant vessel Ida. He travelled to England in 1856 but returned to Australia and acquired a large property in Victoria.

Henry Harding (1829-1899) was the son of Joseph Harding (1805-1876), a Somerset cheesemaker known as 'the father of Cheddar cheese'. Henry Harding emigrated to New South Wales in 1853 but returned to England in 1856. In 1860 Thomas Sutcliffe Mort acquired the Bodalla estate on the south coast of New South Wales and by the 1870s butter and cheese were the main products of the estate. Mort engaged Harding as his cheesemaker and together they introduced many of the latest processes to Australia. Harding left Bodalla in 1890.

Item Descriptions

Journal of Henry Harding, 1853 (Item 1)

Journal kept by Henry Harding on the Ida on a voyage from Birkenhead to Melbourne, 24 March – 9 July 1853.

The journal contains short entries referring to sea-sickness, the weather, a funeral at sea, the deaths of children, church services, meals, the shooting of an albatross, the sighting of Cape Otway and the arrival at Port Phillip. There are no references to cheese.

Owing to ink seeping through from the reverse page, the diary is difficult to read.