Guide to the Letters of the Jeffcott and Kermode Families (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Jeffcott Family
Kermode Family
Letters of the Jeffcott and Kermode Families (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1831 - 1912
Collection Number
23 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Letters of the Jeffcott and Kermode families written chiefly to John M. Jeffcott, Advocate, High Bailiff of Castletown, Isle of Man, by his cousins Sir John Jeffcott, Sir William Jeffcott, William Kermode and Robert Q. Kermode.

Includes: three letters 1834-37 from Sir John Jeffcott, describing Kermode's property 'Mona Vale' and describing South Australia as full of dissension; four letters 1831-53 from Sir William Jeffcott, referring to his own career and that of Sir John Jeffcott; seven letters 1838-51 from William Kermode, referring to Sir John Jeffcott's papers, and news of friends and acquaintances, such as Sir William Denison; two letters 1834, 1837 from Anne Kermode regarding the impending trip to England by her son Robert; two letters 1835, 1853 from Robert Q. Kermode concerning his family, and his efforts in the State Parliament to end transportation with two obituary notices of his death in 1870; two letters 1911-12 from Robert C. Kermode referring to the potato blight in Northern Tasmania and a visit to Adelaide and typescript notes (12 p.) on the Kermode Family.

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 while in the care of Mrs. L.M.M. Wintour, Bristol, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1969 (AJCP Reel: M723). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Filmed while in private hands of Miss L.M.M. Wintour, c/- National Westminster Bank, Dudham Downs, Bristol.

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.


Archer, Thomas; Transportation of convicts: cessation; Denison, Sir William T.; Tasmania: economic conditions; Genealogy and genealogies; Jeffcott Family; Jeffcott, John M.; Jeffcott, Sir John W.; Jeffcott, Sir William; Kermode Family; Kermode, Anne Q.; Kermode, Robert C.; Kermode, Robert Q.; Kermode, William; Mona Vale, property, Tas.; South Australia; Tasmania; Adelaide, South Australia: visits to


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 254, pp94-95.

Biographical / Historical

Sir John W. Jeffcott (1796-1837) was appointed judge for South Australia in May 1836. On his way to the new colony he stayed with his kinsman William Kermode (1780-1852) at Mona Vale in Van Diemen's Land and became engaged to Kermode's daughter Anne. Jeffcott spent only a few months in South Australia. His brother Sir William Jeffcott (1800-55) was a judge of the Supreme Court at Port Phillip 1843-45. William Kermode arrived in Van Diemen's Land in 1827 with his son Robert Q. Kermode (1812-70). In 1839 Robert married Martha, daughter of Thomas Archer, a Tasmanian landholder. One of their children was Robert C. Kermode (1847-1927).

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Kermode Family

Biographical notes on William Kermode (1780-1852), including his journeys, and his son Robert Kermode (1812-1870), with details of their children. (typescript, 12pp)

Series 2. Sir John Jeffcott (b.1796-d.1837), 6 August 1834 - 5 November 1837

Sir John Jeffcott (Dublin) to John M. Jeffcott (Isle of Man), 6 August 1834 (File)

Although described individually, this document was originally microfilmed with a page from another document. The last page of the document described can be found at the beginning of nla.obj-743299240.

His friendship for Jeffcott and his family despite their long separation; intends to visit Isle of Man. (4pp)

Sir John Jeffcott (Mona Vale, Van Diemen's Land) to John M. Jeffcott, 4 March 1837 (File)

Although described individually, this document was originally microfilmed with a page from another document. The last page of the document described can be found at the beginning of nla.obj-743299265.

Departure from England; appointment as judge of South Australia; visit to Van Diemen's Land; description of property of William Kermode; kindness of his family; beauty of landscape. (8pp)

Sir John Jeffcott (Adelaide) to William Kermode (Mona Vale), 5 November 1837 (File)

Return to South Australia; wreck of Sir Charles McCarthy in Holdfast Bay; colony in dreadful state politically; has requested a transfer to Van Diemen's Land; dispute between Sir John Hindmarsh and H. Fisher; imprudence of Hindmarsh; population split in two by dissension; predicts South Australia will be the scene of anarchy and confusion. (20pp)

Series 3. Sir William Jeffcott (b.1800-d1855), 9 January 1831 - 2 February 1853

William Jeffcott (Dublin) to Catherine Jeffcott (Isle of Man), 9 January 1831 (File)

Illness during last two years; awaits permission to go to Calcutta; brother John is now Chief Justice of Sierra Leone. (4pp)

William Jeffcott (Dublin) to John M. Jeffcott (Isle of Man), 7 December 1831 (File)

Jeffcott's successful career as a barrister; his interest in assisting his cousin; his brother John is now Chief Justice of South Australia; refers to his duel with Peter Hennis. (4pp)

William Jeffcott to John M. Jeffcott, 6 January 1838 (File)

Hopes Jeffcott will visit him in Dublin; his professional success; no news of Sir John Jeffcott. (4pp)

Sir William Jeffcott (Penang) to John M. Jeffcott (Isle of Man), 2 February 1853 (File)

Congratulations on his marriage. (4pp)

Series 4. William Kermode (b.1780-d.1852), 1 February 1838 - 13 March 1851

William Kermode (Mona Vale, Van Diemen's Land) to John M. Jeffcott (Isle of Man), 1 February 1838 (File)

Death of Sir John Jeffcott; administration of his effects; his papers will be despatched by Robert Kermode; Jeffcott was to have married Kermode's daughter Anne; farming; Kermode intends to return to Isle of man in 1839; visit by Sir John and Lady Franklin. (4pp)

William Kermode to John M. Jeffcott, 1 February 1838 (File)

Extracts from letter in a different hand. (2pp)

William Kermode to John M. Jeffcott, 20 March 1838 (File)

Despatch of papers of Sir John Jeffcott; Sir John Hindmarsh's high opinion of Jeffcott; land sales.

William Kermode to Sir John Hindmarsh, 26 April 1838 (File)

Seeks return of Sir John Jeffcott's papers; improper use by Governor's private secretary; Jeffcott's connections with Kermode Family. (copy, 2pp)

William Kermode (Hobart) to John M. Jeffcott, 1 June 1843 (File)

Success of William Jeffcott as a barrister in Sydney; news and lack of news of mutual friends; land sales. (4pp)

William Kermode (Mona Vale) to John M. Jeffcott, 19 December 1846 (File)

Visit by C. La Trobe from Port Phillip; banking and financial matters; Kermode has begun to despair of returning to England; preoccupied with land and stock; recommends book by Count Strzelecki. (crossed, 4 pp)

William Kermode to John M. Jeffcott, 13 March 1851 (File)

Family news; mutual friends; Robert Kermode urged to stand for new legislature; Sir William Denison so detested his term as governor will be short; wool sales; anti-transportation movement. (4pp)

Series 5. Anne Quayle Kermode, 31 January 1834 - 10 April 1837

Anne Kermode (Mona Vale, Van Diemen's Land) to Catherine Crellin (Isle of Man), 31 January 1834 (File)

Robert shortly to visit Isle of Man; family news; failure of crops. (4pp)

Anne Kermode to Catherine Crellin, 10 April 1837 (File)

Robert packing boxes of birds and insects. (4pp)

Series 6. Robert Quayle Kermode (b.1812-d.1870), 23 April 1835 - 17 May 1870

Robert Kermode (Liverpool) to John M. Jephcott (Isle of Man), 23 April 1835 (File)

Travels in England; about to leave for Dublin. (4pp)

Robert Kermode (Hobart) to John M. Jephcott, 21 July 1835 (File)

Death of his father, mother and wife; father's will and legacies; news of his children; responsible government; his election to Legislative Council; efforts to end transportation; congratulations on marriage. (10pp)

Manuscript copy of obituary of Robert Quayle Kermode, Sydney Morning Herald, 17 May 1870 (File)

Includes undated newspaper obituary.

Series 7. Robert Crellin Kermode (b.1847-d.1927)

Robert Kermode (Mona Vale, Van Diemen's Land) to Lucy Crellin (Isle of Man), 26 May 1911 (File)

Refers to his visit to Isle of Man; legal and church activities; potato blight in northern Tasmania. (4pp)

Robert Kermode to Lucy Crellin, 5 January 1912 (File)

Thanks for information on his father; visit to Adelaide and meeting with Sir Samuel Way; Kermode and Jephcott streets in Adelaide. (2pp)