Guide to the Papers of Thomas Robinson (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Robinson, Thomas
Papers of Thomas Robinson (as filmed by AJCP)
Date Range
1844 - 1889
Collection Number
10 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 material filmed by the Australian Joint Copying Project includes: Letters 25 October-13 December 1889 from Thomas Robinson to his wife describing his voyage to Western Australia on the SS Cuzco and his first few days in Australia; Family documents including a family tree of 'The Townsends of Buckminster Leicestershire'; a copy of the marriage certificate of John Townsend and Jane Machin 24 March 1844; a copy of the birth certificate of Ann.

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 T.W. Townsend, Lincolnshire, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1972 (AJCP Reel: 844). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

The private residence of Mr. T. W. Townsend, Lincolnshire.

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.


Albany, WA; Buckby, Mr; Bunbury, Western Australia; Cuyco (ship); Dardanup Park, Western Australia; Emigrant voyages; Genealogy and genealogies; Machin, Jane; Marriage certificates; Robinson, Thomas; Townsend Family; Townsend, John; Townsend, T.W.; Vasse district, Western Australia; Western Australia; Western Australia: economic conditions; Western Australia: immigration to


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 389, p. 148

Biographical / Historical

Little is known of Thomas Robinson, apart from the fact he was a wheelwright. He was born in 1850 and married Ann Townsend at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel at Grantham, Lincolnshire, in 1873. Emigrant to Western Australia in 1889.

Item Descriptions

Series. Family documents, 1844 - 1873

3 items

Family Tree of the Townsends of Buckminister, Leicestershire. (File)

Marriage certificate of John Townsend, joiner, of Pickworth, Lincolnshire, and Jane Machin, of Pickworth, married at Pickworth, 24 March 1844 (File)

Certified copy dated 28 February 1972.

Birth certificate of Ann Townsend, daughter of John and Jane Townsend, born at Pickworth, Lincolnshire, 29 July 1847 (File)

Certified copy dated 28 February 1872.

Marriage certificate of Thomas Robinson, wheelwright, of Spittlegate, and Ann Townsend, of Little Gonerby, married at Grantham, Lincolnshire, 21 June 1873 (File)

Certified copy dated 22 February 1972.

Series. Original letters, 1889

3 items

Thomas Robinson to Anne Robinson, n.d.: diary for 25 October – 1 November (File)

Voyage on SS Cuzco in English Channel and Bay of Biscay; rough seas; beds lousy with fleas and cockroaches; voyage along Portuguese and Spanish coasts; fellow-passengers; work as a cook's assistant. (12pp)

Thomas Robinson (Albany) to Ann Robinson, 11 Dec. 1889: diary for 20 November - 5 December (File)

Visit to Colombo; voyage across Indian Ocean; arrival at Albany (1 Dec.); impressions of the town; 'the people are nearly all white'; plans of travelling to Bunbury by boat rather than train; high wages and short hours in Bunbury; flies; possibility of a rough passage round Cape Leeuwin. (13pp)

Thomas Robinson (Dardanup Park, WA) to Ann Robinson, 13 December 1889 (File)

Voyage from Albany to Vasse and Bunbury; accident of one of the crew; Robinson's heavy tool box left at jetty; impressions of Bunbury, 'like a large English village'; absence of singing birds; railway to Dardanup; long walk to Buckby's farm; conditions on the farm; potato crops; cost of board and storage at Bunbury. (7pp)

Series. Typescript copies of letters and diaries, 1889

4 items

Diary (3pp), 25 October 1889 - 1 November 1889 (File)

Diary, 2 November 1889 - 3 November 1889 (File)

Visit to Naples. (2pp).

Thomas Robinson (Albany) to Ann Robinson (4pp), 11 December 1889 (File)

Thomas Robinson (Dardanup Park) to Ann Robinson (3pp), 13 December 1889 (File)