Guide to the Papers of Sir John Henry Lefroy (as filmed by the AJCP)


M938, M974

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Lefroy, John Henry, Sir
Papers of Sir John Henry Lefroy (as filmed by AJCP)
Date Range
1877 - 1954
Collection Number
M938, M974
13 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Includes: Documents, speeches and cuttings relating to Lefroy's term in Tasmania and his knighthood (KCMG) in 1877; typescript entitled 'The Lefroy Family in England in 1877; a memoir by C.E.C. Lefroy compiled in the year 1936'; printed item To Commemorate the Marriage of Henry Maxwell Lefroy and Annette Bate in December 1853 and their Arrival in Western Australia in April 1854, by A.A. du H. Milne-Robertson (1954); Four letters 1880 from a volume of autographs and letters relating to his appointment as Administrator of Tasmania which are from the Duke of Cambridge, Lord Kimberley and John W. Burgon; and extract from Autobiography of General Sir John Henry Lefroy edited by Lady Lefroy, printed for private circulation c.1895, covering his Tasmanian appointment and including copies of his letters 1880-82.

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 Colonel J.L. Knyvett, England, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1974-1975 (AJCP Reel: M938; M974). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

The private residence of Colonel. J.L. Knyvett. Berkshire, 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 Note

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.


Bermuda; Burgon, John W.; Genealogy and genealogies; George, Prince, 2nd Duke of Cambridge; Lefroy, Annette; Lefroy, C.E.C.; Lefroy, Henry M.; Lefroy, Sir John H.; Milne-Robertson, A.A. du H.; Tasmania; Wodehouse, John, 1st Earl of Kimberley


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 273, p.102.

Biographical / Historical

Sir John Henry Lefroy (1817-1890) was born at Ashe, Hampshire. He was trained at the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich and entered the Royal Artillery as a lieutenant in 1834. He was promoted to captain in 1842. He was the director of the magnetical observatory at St Helena in 1840-42 and at Toronto, Canada, in 1842-53. Lefroy was the scientific adviser on artillery and inventions at the War Office during the Crimean War. He was inspector-general of army schools in 1857-60 and director-general of ordnance in 1868-70. He became a colonel in 1865, a major general in 1868 and a lieutenant general in 1877.

From 1871 to 1877 Lefroy was governor of Bermuda. He was knighted in 1877. In 1880 he was appointed administrator of Tasmania, owing to the new governor, Sir George Strahan, being diverted temporarily to the Cape Colony. Lefroy arrived in Hobart in October 1880 and remained administrator until November 1881. He had a strong interest in scientific and technological matters and regularly attended meetings of the Royal Society of Tasmania.

Item Descriptions

Grant to John Lefroy of the dignitary of a Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, signed by Queen Victoria, 31 May 1877 (File)

Warrant for the dispensation with the investiture of Major General Lefroy as a Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, signed by Queen Victoria, 31 May 1877 (File)

Robert Herbert to Lefroy: sends warrants and insignia of a Knight Commander of Saint Michael and Saint George, 1 June 1877 (File)

The Statutes of the most distinguished order of Saint Michael and Saint George (34pp.), 1877 (File)

Program of the proceedings to welcome Sir John Lefroy on his entry into the city of Hobart and in honour of his assumption of the administration of the government of Tasmania, 19 October 1880 (File)

(Printed in gold)

Speech of his Excellency the Governor of Tasmania upon opening Parliament (3pp.), 19 July 1881 (File)

Order of proceedings at the prorogation of Parliament (1p.), 8 November 1881 (File)

Speech of His Excellency the Governor upon proroguing Parliament (2pp.), 8 November 1881 (File)

Miscellaneous newspaper cuttings, mostly vice-regal notices (2pp.), 1880 - 1882 (File)

Copy of an inscription on bamboo in a Pacific language (File)

Charles E.C. Lefroy. The Lefroy Family in England in 1877: a memoir. Guildford (typescript, 11pp.), 1936 (File)

Alexander Milne-Robertson (compiler). 1853-1953: to commemorate the marriage of Henry Maxwell Lefroy and Annette Bate in December 1853 and their arrival in Western Australia in April 1854 (privately printed, 10pp.), 1954 (File)

Biographical / Historical

Henry Lefroy was the brother of John Lefroy. The work consists of genealogical tables relating to the descendants of Henry and Annette Lefroy. Milne-Robertson was one of their grandsons.

Volume of letters, autographs and miscellanea of the Lefroy Family, 10 August 1880 - 2 September 1880 (File)

4 items

Filmed selectively

Duke of Cambridge to Lefroy: congratulations on his appointment as Governor of Tasmania; colony's climate; financial difficulties in relation to Patriotic Fund, 21 August 1880 (Item f.106)

Lord Kimberley to Lefroy: is glad that Lefroy will go to Tasmania, 11 August 1880 (Item f.117)

Rev. John Burgon (Chichester) to Lefroy: congratulations, 2 September 1880 (Item f.125)

Lord Kimberley to Lefroy: offer of the temporary governorship of Tasmania; Sir George Strahan going temporarily to Cape Colony and not likely to arrive in Tasmania until March 1881, 10 August 1880 (Item f.160)