Guide to the Guide to paper of the Vessey Family (as filmed by AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Vessey (Family)
Papers of the Vessey Family (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1861 - 1879
Collection Number
5 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 1861-68 of Rev. George Vessey of Melbourne to his family referring to opening of Baptist Chapel in Collins Street, church services, the distribution of tracts, and the 1865 constitutional crisis; Diary 1869 of Leonard Vessey 1847-80 kept on voyage to Australia on the Canaan; Letters 1869-79 of Leonard Vessey to his parents describing his voyage to Australia, impressions of Sydney, Hill End and Bathurst, roads in Blue Mountains, New South Wales politics, and his work as a surveyor in Southern Tablelands and South Coast of New South Wales; Photographs of Leonard Vessey and surveyors at Hill End 1872.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Access.

Conditions Governing Use

The letters on this microfilm are to be used only for reference or research. Readers wishing to publish or reproduce any of them must obtain the permission of Mrs Julie Cundy, Derby.

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 Julie Cundy, England, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1983 (AJCP Reel: M1856). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

The private residence of Mrs Julie Cundy. Derby, 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.


Australia: immigration to; Baptist Church; Bathurst, New South Wales; Blue Mountains, New South Wales; Canaan (ship); Emigrant voyages; Hill End, New South Wales; Melbourne, Victoria; New South Wales; New South Wales: politics and government; Photographs: New South Wales; Southern Tablelands, New South Wales; Surveyors; Sydney, New South Wales ; Vessey Family; Vessey, George, Rev.; Vessey, Leonard; Victoria: politics and government


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 473, p185.

Item Descriptions

Letters of Rev. George Vessey (Melbourne) to his brother, sister and nephew (10 letters), 1861 - 1868 (File 1)

The letters refer to Church services, the distribution of tracts, the opening of the Baptist Chapel in Collins Street, the progress of Melbourne, drought, and the 1865 constitutional crisis.

Leonard A. Vessey. Diary of a voyage to Australia on the Canaan, 1869 (File 2)

(In pencil, some pages very faint).

Letters of Leonard Vessey to his father Thomas Vessey and mother Sarah Vessey, September 1869 - August 1879 (File 3)

Written from Sydney, Bathurst, Kurrajong, Moruya, Cobargo, Bega, Braidwood, Bungendore, Hill End and Goulburn.

The letters describe the voyage to Australia, Vessey's health, financial matters, rents, 1870 Australia Day regatta, mutual friends, N.S.W. politics, impressions of Bathurst, arrival of Bishop S. Marsden in Bathurst in 1870, roads in Blue Mountains, capture of Captain Thunderbolt, attempted assassination of Duke of Edinburgh, lodgings in Macquarie Street, Sydney Harbour, sailing, search for a job, work in the Surveyor-General's Department, surveying trip to Moruya and South Coast in 1871, floods, impressions of Bega, books, medical reports, impressions of Hill End in 1872, work on survey in Lake George area in 1873-74, appointment as assistant draughtsman in 1874, and purchase of house at Hunter's Hill, Sydney. Most of the letters were written in 1870-73. There is also a letter and a reference for Vessey written by A. Park, the surveyor at Hill End in 1872-73.

(56 letters)

Photograph of surveyors at Hill End, September 1872 (File 4 (i))

Photograph of L.A. Vessey, c. 1875 (File 4 (ii))