Guide to the Papers of the Pickering Family (as filmed by AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Pickering (Family)
Papers of the Pickering Family (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1780 - 1864
Collection Number
12 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

A small group of letters of John Pickering and other members of his family concerning their emigration to Australia and farming near Adelaide.

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.

The microfilm is to be used only for the purpose of historical research. Any researchers wishing to publish any of the letters, or to use them for legal or other purposes, must obtain the permission of Mrs Pickerill, 441 Rawnsley Road, Hednesford, nr. Cannock, Staffordshire.

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 J. Pickerill, England, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1982 (AJCP Reel: M1579). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

The private residence of Mrs J. Pickerill. Stafford, England.

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopies of the papers are held in the Staffordshire Record Office, County Buildings, Eastgate Street, Stafford ST16 2LZ.

For further information, see Staffordshire Record Office (

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.


Adelaide, South Australia; Pickering Family; Pickering, John; Farms and Farming: South Australia


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 374, p.142.

Item Descriptions

Receipts for legacy monies under the will of John Ingoldsby, 1780 (File 1-3)

Letter from J.S. Pickering in Australia (Source of the River Light, Somerhill) to his family in England, 1850 (File 4)

Description of life in Australia, starting a farm about 75 miles from Adelaide and 25 miles from the Burra mines, the expected market for the farm produce.

Letter from John Pickering to his parents, 1851 (File 5)

His wife and child have still to join him in Australia.

Letter from John Pickering, Salisbury, South Australia, to his parents, 23 July 1853 (File 6)

Still waiting to be joined by his wife and child as the Family Colonisation Society have kept back part of the money.

Letter from John Pickering, now described as brickmaker of Salisbury, to his parents, 7 August 1854 (File 7)

A chapel has been built at Salisbury and is expecting a missionary.

Letter from John Pickering to his parents, 25 December 1855 (File 8)

Has now moved to Somer Hill Farm, Head of the Light, near Sadleworth, South Australia: much discussion of farming matters.

Letter from John Pickering to his parents, 15 September 1856 (File 9)

Still at Somer Hill Farm: chiefly farming matters.

Letter from unknown correspondent to 'dear friends', 11 August 1858 (File 10)

Further letter to 'dear friends': is worried about 'John and Sarah', 7 September 1858 (File 11)

Letter from John Pickering to his parents, 30 April 1860 (File 12)

Describes his children: has built a house and is keeping a grain store and butchery, but intends it to be a public house 'as soon as the diggers come back with the gold'.

Letter from John and Sarah Pickering to John's brother and sister, 14 September 1862 (File 13)

Have received news of the death of their father: mentions new copper mines at Wallaroo - the only place that is at all like home, reminiscent of Portobello, Bloomfield or Tipton.

Letter from Joseph John Pickering, son of John, to his grandfather, John Pickering, at Cannock, 24 May 1864 (File 14)

Reporting the death of John Pickering; his mother has remarried.