Guide to the Diaries of Sir David Wedderburn, 3rd Baronet (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Wedderburn, David, Sir
Diaries of Sir David Wedderburn, 3rd Baronet (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1874-1875, 1985
Collection Number
3 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

The material filmed by the Australian Joint Copying Project includes: typescript 'Sir David Wedderburn, Baronet, MP 1835-1882: Life Sketch' (1985) by D.A. Percival; Diaries 1874-75 (Vols 4 and 5) describing: the voyage from Italy to Australia, travels and encounters within Australia, Anglo-Maori relations; Hokitika and western goldfields; observations of Transit of Venus; and voyage to Honolulu.

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 Mr D.A. Percival, Essex, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1986. (AJCP reel M1968). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

The private residence of Mr D.A. Percival. Essex, 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 The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.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.

Advisory Statement

Australian Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori people are advised that this Finding Aid contains material and descriptive information which may be considered culturally sensitive and may cause distress, including names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. This Finding Aid contains terms that reflect authors' views or those of the historical period, but which may not be considered appropriate today. While the information may not reflect current understanding, it is provided in an historical context.


Australia; Australia: visits to; Bendigo, Victoria; Copper mining; Farms and farming: Australia; Gold and goldfields: Victoria; Golds and goldfields: New Zealand; Grey, Sir George, Governor; Hector, Sir James; Hokitika, New Zealand; Honolulu, Hawaii; Hope, Louis; Indigenous Australians; Maori; McArthur, Sir William; Melbourne Observatory; Melbourne, Victoria: visits to; Music; New Zealand: visits to; Parkes, Sir Henry; Politicians: Britain; Queensland; Robinson, Sir Hercules G.B., 1st Baron Rosmead; Russell, Henry C.; Sydney Mint; Sydney, New South Wales: visits to; Tasmania; Transit of Venus; University of Sydney; Wedderburn, Sir David, 3rd Baronet


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 483, p188.

Biographical / Historical

Sir David Wedderburn (1835 - 1882), 3rd Baronet (succeeded 1862). Born in Bombay, educated at Loretto School, Musselburgh, Edinburgh University and Trinity College, Cambridge. Called to Scottish Bar 1861. Inherited estate at Tibberton, near Gloucester, and led life of country gentleman. Officer in Royal South Gloucestershire Militia. Liberal M.P. for South Ayrshire 1868-74 and Haddington Boroughs 1879-82. Wedderburn was a great traveller visiting Scandinavia (1863), India (1864-65), North America (1866), Germany, Austro-Hungary, Turkey and Lebanon (1869), Ceylon, Australia, New Zealand and United States (1874-75), India, Ceylon, Singapore, Java, China, Japan and United States (1876-77), Iceland (1878), Russia (1880), and South Africa (1881-82). Wedderburn was a cousin of Hon. Louis Hope, with whom he stayed in Queensland. (Some papers of Hope have been filmed by the AJCP. on reel M980.)

Item Descriptions

D.A. Percival. Sir David Wedderburn Bart. M.P. 1835-1882; life sketch. (typescript, 46 pp.), 1985 (File 1)

Diary of Sir David Wedderburn, Vol.4, 1 April 1874 - 10 August 1874 (File 2)

Extremely detailed diary describing the voyage from Italy to Australia and travels in Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales. It refers to his stay in Ceylon (26 April - 11 May); the voyage on the Nubia; brief visits to Albany (26 May) and Adelaide (30 May); arrival in Melbourne (2 June); impressions of city and visits to Parliament House, museums, art gallery, opera, coursing match; meetings with Sir George Bowen, S. Wilson, R. Simpson; visit to Bendigo goldfields; arrival in Hobart (12 June); ascent of Mt. Wellington; reflections on convict heritage of Tasmania; visit to Tasmanian Museum; meeting with Sir Robert Officer; travels in Tasmania and stay with Archer family near Longford; return to Melbourne (27 June); travels in Western District of Victoria visiting Geelong, Colac, Hamilton, Ararat, Ballarat; life on stations; kangaroo hunting; descriptions of landscape; visit to Melbourne Observatory; arrival in Sydney (26 July); impressions of city and harbour; visits to Sydney University, Sydney Mint, Observatory, Model School, opera; picnics and social events; meeting with Sir Hercules Robinson, H. Parkes, H. Russell, Louis Hope; excursions to Manly and Botany Bay; journey over Blue Mountains to Bathurst.

Diary of Sir David Wedderburn, Vol.5, 11 August 1874 - 9 January 1875 (File 3)

Very detailed diary describing travels in New South Wales, Queensland and New Zealand and the voyage from New Zealand to Hawaii. It refers to his visit to Bathurst; inspection of freezing works of T. Mort at Bowenfels; Darlinghurst Gaol; arrival in Brisbane (17 Aug.); description of city; stay with Hope Family at Ormiston; meeting with E. Dalrymple; travels in Queensland visiting Kilcoy, Maryborough, Rockhampton and staying at sugar farm and sheep and cattle stations; encounters with Indigenous Australians; Archer Family; hunting and shooting; inspection of copper mine at Copperfield; reflections on Queensland life; return to Sydney (13 Oct.); visit to Australian Museum and meeting with E.P. Ramsay; journey to Goulburn and stay at Camden Park; Sir William Macarthur; voyage to New Zealand on Hero; arrival in Auckland (25 Oct.); impressions of city; visit to Sir George Grey at Kawan; extensive travels in North Island visiting Hamilton, Waikato Valley, Rotorua, Lake Taupo, Tarawera, Napier; stay with Leslie Family; reflections on Anglo-Maori relations; visits to Maori whares; descriptions of landscape; New Zealand Armed Constabulary; arrival in Wellington (20 Nov.); description of city; visit to Wellington Museum; arrival in Nelson (27 Nov.); reflections on character and future of Maori race; travels in South Island visiting Greymouth, Hokitika and western goldfields; arrival in Christchurch (2 Dec.); impressions of city; prosperity of Canterbury Plains; observation of transit of Venus; meeting with J. von Haast and W. Rolleston; travels in Canterbury and visits to farms; bird shooting; flora; return to Wellington (22 Dec.); meeting with J.H. Hector; voyage around west coast to Auckland; New Plymouth and Mt. Egmont; departure from Auckland (30 Dec.); voyage on Cyphrene; arrival at Honolulu (19 Jan.).