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



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Hill Family
Papers of the Hill Family (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1894 - 1935
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

This collection includes a Diary kept by Rev. Fred Chatterton during his trip from New Zealand to England, including references to Australia, the islands between Australia and Java, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan.

The second part of the collection is a memoir written by Cora von Bultzingslowen for her grandchildren. Her experiences in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Java are covered.

Conditions Governing Access

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.

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

Material selectively filmed at the private residence of Mrs Mary Paget, England, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1985 (AJCP Reels: M1953). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Filmed at the private residence of Mrs Mary Paget, Cheltenham, 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.


Auckland, New Zealand: visits to; Australia: visits to; Brisbane, Queensland: visits to; Bultzingslowen, Cora von; Byrnes, T.J.; Carpentier (ship); Chatterton, Fred, Rev.; Emigrant voyages; Flores, Indonesia; Germany; Hauroto (ship); Hill Family; Hong Kong; Jakarta, Indonesia; Japan; Java; Java: visits to; Lord Ashley (ship); Mauritius (ship); Missions and missionaries: Straits Settlements; Nelson, H.M.; Nelson, New Zealand; New Zealand: visits to; Queensland: politics and government; Rockhampton, Queensland; Semarang, Indonesia; Singapore: visits to; Surabaya, Indonesia; Sydney, New South Wales: visits to; Tauranga, New Zealand; Thursday Island, Queensland; Timor, Indonesia; Torres Strait; Von Bultzingslowen, Cora; Von Bultzingslowen, Wulf; Warrego (ship); Wellington, New Zealand: visits to


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 220, pp. 82-83.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Hill (1823-1894) was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and spent the greater part of his life as a merchant in Java. In 1847 he married Cornelia de Neufville. In 1863 he became bankrupt and he and his family emigrated to New Zealand, where his aunt owned land near Dunedin. Hill soon returned to the East Indies, but his wife remained in Nelson until 1871. She then returned to Batavia with her eldest daughter Cornelia (Cora) (1852-1940). Cora married Wulf von Bultzingslowen in 1873 and spent most of her life in Germany, although she travelled extensively. Her sister Annie (1856-1946) was left in New Zealand with an aunt in 1871 and in 1890 she married Rev. Fred Chatterton of Nelson.

Item Descriptions

Rev. Fred Chatterton. Diary of a journey from Nelson, New Zealand, to England, 1894 (2 vols), 27 March 1894 - 4 July 1894 (File 1)

Chatterton was accompanied by his wife Annie and three friends. The diary is detailed and describes conversations as well as his travels, activities and general impressions. It refers to the voyage from Wellington to Sydney on Hauroto, brief stay at Sydney, an organ recital, voyage from Sydney to Brisbane on Warrego, visit to Mount Clutha and Brisbane Botanical Gardens, discussions about Kanaka question and religious instruction in State schools, voyage from Brisbane to Batavia on S.S. India, religious services on ship, brief visits to Rockhampton and Thursday Island, meetings with Queensland Premier H.M. Nelson and Attorney-General T.J. Byrnes, separation movement in northern Queensland, voyage through Torres Strait and past Timor, Flores and other islands, arrival at Java (30 April), impressions of Batavia, voyage to Samarang and journey by train, carriage and pony to Sourabaya and Ayer Dingen, landscape, activities during five weeks at Ayer Dingen, return journey to Batavia, Church service at Soerabaia, visit to ruins at Borobodoer, voyage from Batavia to Singapore on S.S. Carpentier, impressions of Singapore, Botanical Gardens, missionary activities at Singapore, departure for Hong Kong and Japan.

Filmed selectively. Pages 1-115 filmed.

Cora von Bultzingslowen. Memoirs, written for her grandchildren (typescript copy), 1934 - 1935 (File 2)

The memoirs describe her earliest recollections, visit to England in 1858-1861, family history and recollections of parents Charles and Cornelia Hill, life and friends in Batavia, bankruptcy of father in 1863, voyage to Sydney on Mauritius and to Nelson on Lord Ashley in 1864, housing and conditions at Nelson, friends including Greenwood, Atkinson and Richmond families, visits to Tauranga and Auckland, meeting with Dr James Hector, return to Java in 1871, social life at Sourabaya, marriage to Wulf von Bultzingslowen in 1873, visit to Australia and New Zealand in 1877, New Zealand relatives, emigration to Germany in 1877, sugar estates in Java, visit to Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii in 1900-1901, travels in Fiordland with Mary Richmond, visit to Java in 1902-1903.

Filmed selectively. Pages 1-170 filmed from original manuscript.

Biographical / Historical

Cora von Bultzingslowe (nee Hill) (1852-1940).