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



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Pedley (Family)
Papers of the Pedley Family (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1856 - 1911
Collection Number
9 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 papers comprise genealogical papers 1872, and letters of William, Thomas and Edward Pedley, and other members of the family in Victoria and South Australia.

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 Margaret Fair, England, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1983 (AJCP Reel:M1857). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

The private residence of Mrs Margaret Fair. Chester, 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.


Genealogy and genealogies; Pedley Family; Pedley, Edward; Pedley, Thomas; Pedley, William; South Australia; Victoria


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 365, p139.

Biographical / Historical

William Pedley (1836-1902) was the son of Edward Pedley (1804-1876), a farmer of Sandbach, Cheshire. He migrated to Adelaide in 1857 and worked as a shearer, farm labourer and road worker.Two of William Pedley's cousins also migrated to Australia. Thomas Pedley (b. 1827) and Edward Pedley (b. 1823) were the sons of Richard Pedley, the brother of Edward Pedley. Thomas Pedley lived in Melbourne, while Edward Pedley lived in Williamstown, Victoria. Edward worked in the Victorian Railways for many years. He had a son, George, and two daughters, Nellie and Kate. Kate was a schoolteacher.

Item Descriptions

Series. Volume 1, 1856 - 1864

5 items

Genealogical Papers (File 1)

Family trees of Pedley Family 1690-1900 compiled by Edward Pedley (1872), and Ada Hitchen and a record of family of Hannah Platt.

Letters of William Pedley, 1856 - 1857 (File 2)

Letters of William Pedley to members of his family concerning preparations for his departure from Liverpool, conditions on the emigrant ship and his life in Adelaide working on a farm and quarrying stones for a main road (9 letters).

Letters of Edward Pedley, 1857 - 1863 (File 3)

Letters of Edward Pedley (Sandbach, Cheshire) to his son William Pedley concerning family news, local events, economic conditions in England, farming, prices, Indian Mutiny, American Civil War, conditions on emigrant ship, William's experiences in Australia, emigration of tradesmen to Australia, cultivation of cotton in Queensland, and William's doubts about remaining in Australia. (27 letters).

Letter of William Pedley, 1863 (File 4)

Letter of William Pedley to Margaret Pedley, 25 August 1863, concerning his plans for returning to England, his dislike of colonial politicians, and his return to Adelaide.

Legal and accounting papers relating to the last will and testament of Sarah Pedley, 1861 - 1864 (File)

Copy of the will of the late Sarah Pedley of Crewe; records of interest received; Sarah Pedley's account book, including an entry by Thomas or Edward Pedley as the executor of her will.

Series. Volume 11, 1875 - 1906

4 items

Letter of Thomas Pedley, 1875 (File 5)

Letter of Thomas Pedley (Melbourne) to his uncle Thomas Pedley, 6 September 1875 concerning cost of living, wages and employment in Australia.

Letters of Edward and Katie Pedley, 1875 - 1887 (File 6)

Letters of Edward Pedley (Williamstown, Victoria) and his daughter Katie to their unclde Thomas Pedley concerning family news, purchase of land, crops, changes at Williamstown, free trade and protection, receipt of seeds, visits to Sydney and Portland, Chinese labourers, work on railways, rabbit problem, concern about penal settlement in New Caledonia, and plans for irrigation in Victoria. (20 letters).

Letters of Nellie Pedley, 1903 - 1906 (File 7)

Letters of Nellie Pedley (Hawksburn, Victoria) to her cousins Sarah Ann and Ada concerning family news and plans of visiting England. (3 letters).

Miscellaneous papers (File 8)

Papers concerning visits of Ada Pedley to the Netherlands to advise on Cheshire cheese-making 1890-1911; in memoriam card for William Pedley died 1902; and poem by Edward Pedley 1859.