Guide to the Guide to Journals of Louis Hope (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Hope, Louis, Hon.,
Journals of Louis Hope (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1843 - 1857
Collection Number
4 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

The material filmed by the Australian Joint Copying Project includes: journal of the voyage from England to Sydney March to August 1843; diary May 1844-May 1845 containing an account of a voyage on HMS Thalia, sailing first to Tahiti, then to Hawaii; Book lists on various topics such as natural history and geography, followed by a note that Hope settled at Molong, New South Wales, in 1846, although there is no record of his time there; journal January-May 1851 kept during a voyage from Sydney to England on the General Hewett, when he took as part of his baggage lizards and small Australian birds to give to the Zoological Gardens, plus three emus to grace the lawns at Hopetoun House; list of over 300 botanical names with location of habitat, noting which plants are peculiar to certain Pacific Islands, or are widely found; and journal February-October 1857 of daily activities on a property near Brisbane, including mustering cattle, shearing sheep, and building.

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 Mrs P. Hiley, Hampshire, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1978 (AJCP Reel: 980). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

The private residence of Mrs P. Hiley. Hampshire, 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.


Australia; Botany: Hawaii; Botany: Pacific Islands; Botany: Tahiti; Cattle; Coffee industry and trade; Cook, James, Capt.; Emigrant voyages; French in the Pacific; General Hewett (ship); Hawaii; Hope, Louis; Hopetoun House, Scotland; Huahine, Society Islands; Meteorology; Molong, New South Wales; Pacific Islands: flora and fauna; Politicians: Australia; Queensland; Queensland: pastoral industry; Reptiles; Society Islands; Sugar industry and trade: Australia; Sugar industry and trade: Hawaii; Sydney, New South Wales: immigration to; Tahiti; Thalia, HMS (ship); Wool and woolgrowing: Australia; Zoology: New South Wales


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 233, p.87.

Biographical / Historical

Hon. Louis Hope (1817-1894) was the son of John Hope, 4th Earl of Hopetoun, and the great-uncle of John Hope, 7th Earl of Hopetoun, the first Governor-General of Australia. He became a captain of the Coldstream Guards before migrating to New South Wales in 1843. In 1848 he moved to Moreton Bay and in 1853 took up land at Ormiston. With his partner Robert Ramsay, he acquired Kilcoy Station, becoming sole owner in 1863. He built a substantial homestead at Ormiston, as well as a chapel and schoolhouse, and he and his family lived in a very grand manner. He played a leading role in establishing Queensland's sugar industry, erecting a mill and producing three tons of sugar in 1864. In 1867 Hope was given the right to take up an additional 2560 acres, extending Kilcoy Station and establishing another station at the mouth of the Coomera River. He sold the mill in 1875 after a dispute with his son-in-law.In 1859 Hope married Susan Dumaresq, the daughter of William Dumaresq, one of the largest landowners in New England. Hope was a member of the Queensland Legislative Council from 1862 to 1882. In 1882 he returned to England and lived for the rest of his life at Hazlewood, Derbyshire.

Item Descriptions

Journal kept by Hope on the voyage from Portsmouth to Sydney on the Euphrates, 25 March 1843 - 5 August 1843 (File 1)

The journal contains mostly brief entries referring to the weather, winds and seas, other passengers, the sightings of other ships, the loss of livestock, conflict between passengers and sailors, Crossing the Line festivities, pigeon shooting, sighting of albatrosses, the death of a man who fell overboard, the voyage through Bass Strait and along the New South Wales coast, and the arrival in Sydney. The last entry states 'Pity such a place should be a den of thieves indeed'.

Journal kept by Hope on his travels among the Pacific Islands, 2 May 1844 - 14 May 1845 (File 2)

The journal contains intermittent entries, mostly brief but lengthier near the end of the journey. He sailed from Sydney on HMS Thalia to New Zealand, Tahiti, Eimeo and the Sandwich Islands. There are references to meetings with missionaries and the offer to Hope of a partnership in a plantation. There are no entries from November 1844 to March 1845, when Hope was back in Tahiti. He refers to fighting on the island and the arbitrary behaviour of French officials towards British residents. The last part of the journal records the return voyage to Sydney on the schooner Will Watch.

Journal kept by Hope on the voyage from Sydney to Plymouth on the General Hewitt, 17 February 1851 (File 3)

The General Hewitt left Sydney on 26 January 1851, but Hope commenced his journal on 17 February when the ship was sailing eastwards across the Pacific towards Cape Horn. Apart from the first few entries, which summarise the first weeks of the voyage, the entries are very brief, mainly recording the position of the ship, weather conditions, winds and the sighting of other ships. There are a few references to animals and birds being transported to England, including the task of exercising emus.The journal appears to have been written on the blank pages in a book that had been used to record details of flowers and other botanical specimens. Each page of the journal is followed by a page of botanical notes, with occasional variations.

Journal kept by Hope on Kilcoy Station, Queensland, 13 February 1857 - 23 October 1857 (File 4)

The journal contains mostly brief and rough entries recording the weather and the daily work of Hope and his employees on Kilcoy Station in the Somerset region, about 60 miles north-west of Brisbane. There are references to horses, land clearing, fencing, building works, cattle branding, shearing, movement of stock, planting corn, fishing, and the receipt of stores. The journal also records visitors to the station, including wood splitters, sawyers and bullock teams, meetings with Australian Aborigines, and difficulties with flooded creeks. Hope also mentions his frequent journeys to neighbouring stations, particularly Cressbrook Station, Colinton Station, and Mount Brisbane Station.

The journal appears to have been written on the blank pages in the same volume as the previous journal, with the entries working inwards from the end of the volume. As with the previous journal, each page of the journal is followed by a page of botanical notes.