Guide to the Albums and scrapbooks of Lady Ethel Stonehaven (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Stonehaven, Ethel, Lady
Albums and scrapbooks of Lady Ethel Stonehaven (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1889-1898, 1923-1941
Collection Number
8 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

The material filmed by the Australian Joint Copying Project includes scrapbooks 1923-46 of Lady Stonehaven and photograph albums 1889-89 and 1927-30 of Lady Hilda Keith-Falconer. They include content relating to Canberra, Central Australia, New Guinea, South Australia, Hobart, Singapore, New Zealand and Malaysia.

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 residences of Mrs E. Goschen, Somerset, and Mr N.J. Chance, Oxfordshire, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1990. (AJCP reel M2539). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

The private residences of Mrs E. Goschen. Somerset, and Mr N.J. Chance, Oxfordshire, England.

Mr NJ Chance is the grandson of Lord and Lady Stonehaven (Governor General of Australia, 1925-30) and the great grandson of Lord and Lady Kintore (Governor of South Australia). He has generously made available photograph albums and scrapbooks compiled by his grandmother, Lady Stonehaven, and her sister, Lady Hilda Keith-Falconer, which details their trips to Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and Malaya, from 1889 to 1930.

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.


Adelaide Hills, South Australia; Australia: visits to; Baird, Ethel, Viscountess Stonehaven; Canberra, ACT; Central Australia; Government House, Adelaide; Government House, Hobart; Government House, Singapore; Keith-Falconer, Lady Ethel; Keith-Falconer, Lady Hilda; Malaya: visits to; New Zealand; Paintings, drawings, and prints; Papua New Guinea; photographs: Malaya; Photographs: New Zealand; Photographs: South Australia; Queensland; Thursday Island, Queensland


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 440, p172.

Biographical / Historical

Sir John Lawrence Baird (1874-1941), 2nd Baronet (succeeded 1920), 1st Baron Stonehaven (created 1925), 1st Viscount Stonehaven (created 1938), was the son of Sir Alexander Baird. He was born in London and was educated at Eton College and, briefly, Christ Church, Oxford. In 1894 he came to Australia as aide-de-camp to Sir Robert Duff, the governor of New South Wales. He joined the Diplomatic Service in 1896 and served in Vienna, Cairo, Abyssinia and Paris. He was a Conservative member of the House of Commons from 1910 to 1924. He held junior offices in the Coalition Government led by David Lloyd George from 1916 to 1922 and was minister of transport in the first ministry of Stanley Baldwin (1922-24). In 1925 he was appointed Governor-General of Australia and held the post until 1930. In 1927 he became the first occupant of Government House in Canberra. On his return to England, he was chairman of the Conservative Party from 1931 to 1936.Usually known by her middle name Sydney, Lady Ethel Sydney Keith-Falconer (1874-1974), Baroness Stonehaven, was born in Scotland. She was the eldest daughter of Algernon Keith-Falconer (1852-1930), 9th Earl of Kintore, and his wife Sydney Charlotte. She lived in Adelaide from 1889 to 1893 during the term of her father as governor of South Australia. During those years she travelled with her parents to other Australian colonies and also New Zealand. She married John Baird in 1905 and they had two sons and three daughters. She accompanied her husband to Australia in 1925-30. On their return they to Britain they lived at Ury House and Rickarton House, Kincardineshire, Scotland. Lady Stonehaven visited Australia again in 1938 and 1949, accompanied by her daughter, Ava Baird, in 1938 and by her sister, Hilda Keith-Falconer, in 1949. She succeeded her brother as 12th Countess of Kintore in 1966.

Item Descriptions

Series A. Lady Hilda Keith-Falconer. Albums, 1889-[1930]

4 items

Adelaide, 1889 - 1893 (File 1)

Includes photographs of Government Houe, Adelaide, Marble Hill, Indigenous Australians, sheep, Government House, Hobart, King Billy and Queen Trucannini, Glenalta, Marble Hill.

Includes press cuttings of Lord Kintore on trans-continental journey. (73p.)

Tracks of Rolling Stones, 1893 - 1898 (File 2)

Select photographs of New Zealand - Maoris, Auckland Harbour; Sydney Harbour; Townsville; Thursday Island (April 1893); Goode Island; Port Darwin. (10p.)

Malaya, Siam, 1927 (File 3)

Photographs and press cuttings re Singapore and Malaya.

Includes: menus for dinner at Government House, Singapore, March 1927; photographs of Raffles statue; Battery Road; Government House; tapping a rubber tree; Penang; Malay fishing village. (38p.)

Archival History

Filmed selectively.

Australia and Wellington, 1928-[1930] (File 4)

3 items

Scrapbook re tour of Australia undertaken by Lady Hilda Keith Falconer and Lady Kintore in 1928.

Includes: Itinerary; photographs of Mt Macedon; Mt Buffalo; Government House, Canberra; Admiralty House, Dalkeith; Wellington; Madang - natives; Rabaul Police; native houses; press cuttings; ANZAC memorial ceremony, 1928; part of a journal (by Lady Kintore?) of the trip, including Wellington; itinerary of Lord Stonehaven's trip to Papua New Guinea, 1929; correspondence. (c.150p.)

Correspondence includes: Muriel McMaster (Dalkeith) to Lady Kintore 8 September 1929, re drought and defeat of Bruce; Ava Baird (Canberra) to her Aunt [Hilda Keith Falconer] 20 November 1929, enclosing her drawing of Lord Stonehaven riding in full uniform;[Lady Stonehaven] (Wooleen Station, Mullewa, WA) to HKF, 25 July 1930 re kangaroo menace and discomfort of trip (their last west).

Series B. Lady Stonehaven. Scrapbooks, [1923]-[1940s]

2 items

Pages re Australia, [1923-26] (File 1)

Selectively filmed material includes: press cuttings re arrival in Melbourne; at the races; trips to Tasmania and Adelaide.


Pages re Australia, [1940s] (File 2)

Selectively filmed material includes: press cuttings re Qantas; timber in New Guinea; Duke of Gloucester; photographs - Canberra in 1946; New Guinea, 1929 - natives, scenes; Lord Stonehaven fishing in Australia; Alice Springs; Indigenous Australians (taken by Dr Strong); Dr Strong on camel on way to Central Australia; native at Sepik River; Lord Stonehaven as Grand Master, Australia.


Series. Lord and Lady Stonehaven Scrapbooks, c.1925-1941

2 items

Vol. I, c.1925-1929 (File)

Includes: menus; photographs; press cuttings; declarations of loyalty.

Subjects include: appointment; arrival in Melbourne; receptions; visit to Sydney; boy scouts; flying; tour of Tasmania; visit of Duke and Duchess of York; Canberra; official duties; free masonry.


Vol. II, c.1929-41 (File)

4 items

Includes: watercolours of Australian flowers by Emily Belloe, 1930; farewell message broadcast by Lord Stonehaven, Oct 1930; painting of Government House, Adelaide by Sir Thomas Bridges; sketch of Government House, Sydney by JS Pront, 1842.

Subjects include: official duties; tours; visit to New Guinea; polo; Lord Somers' Camp farewell visits.

Photographs include: Trip to Queensland, 1928; aborigines, Napier Broome, 1926; Queensland birds; Papua New Guinea tour, 1929 - natives; scenery; intiation ceremonies

Correspondence includes: Sir Kelso King (Sydney) to Lady Stonehaven re interest of Lord Stonehaven in Boy Scout movement; [Lord Stonehaven] to Lord Forster re result of general election 'disappointing to me';LL Lack (Broome Chinese Society) to Lord Stonehaven re trade relations between China and Australia; A Vickery (Sydney) to Lady Stonehaven enclosing picture of python which had just swallowed a kangaroo, shot near Kynuna, Qld

(c.221 p.)