Guide to the Journal of Richard Lord (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Lord, Richard
Journal of Richard Lord (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1882 - 1884
Collection Number
1 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

Journal describing the voyage to Australia, life on board the SS Austral, and Lord's life in Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle.

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

Material selectively filmed at the private residence of Mrs Ena Lines, Gloucester, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1983 (AJCP Reel: M1859). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

The private residence of Mrs Ena Lines. Gloucester, 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.


Austral, SS (ship); Emigrant voyages; Australia: immigration to; Lord, Richard; Melbourne, Victoria; Newcastle, New South Wales; Sydney, New South Wales


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 293, p110.

Biographical / Historical

Lord, who was born in 1861, came to Australia on board the SS Austral in 1882.

Richard Lord was born in 1861 and lived at Droylsden, Lancashire.

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Journal of voyage from London to Sydney on S.S. Austral, September-November 1882 and account of life in Australia, 1882 - 1884

The journal gives a detailed description of his journey to London and the voyage to Australia, referring to conditions on the ship, passengers (including Maori chiefs), food, seasickness, concerts and deck sports, storms, porpoises and sharks, landing at Cape Verde Islands, coaling at Simons Bay, and impressions of Melbourne. The account of his life in Australia is briefer, summarizing his various occupations in Sydney, Newcastle and Melbourne, describing the towns, and ending with his marriage in Melbourne in August 1884.

(112 pp.)