Guide to the papers of General William H.A. Feilding (as filmed by the AJCP)


M1199 - M1200

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Feilding, William Henry Adelbert, General
Papers of General William H.A. Feilding (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1871 - 1924
Collection Number
M1199 - M1200
15 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, diaries, cuttings and drawings of General Feilding. They deal with his visit to Australia and New Zealand in 1871-72 to select land for the Colonists' Land and Loan Corporation; his visit to Queensland in 1881-82 to advise on a railway from Roma to Point Parker; and the work of the Transcontinental Railway Syndicate. There is also a diary of Charlotte Feilding on a trip to Canada, New Zealand and Singapore in 1894-95.

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 Right Honorable Earl of Denbigh, England, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1980 (AJCP Reel: M1199-M1200). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

The private residence of the Right Honorable Earl of Denbigh. Warwickshire, 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: visits to; Canada; Colonists' Land and Loan Corporation; Feilding, Charlotte; Feilding, William H.A., Gen.; Land: Australia; Land: New Zealand; New Zealand: visits to; Paintings, drawings, and prints; Point Parker, Queensland; Queensland; Railways: Queensland; Roma, Queensland; Singapore: visits; Transcontinental Railway Syndicate


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 166, pp60-61.

Biographical / Historical

General William Henry Adelbert Feilding (1836-1895), a younger son of the 7th Earl of Denbigh, served in the Coldstream Guards and was Inspector-General of Recruiting Headquarters, 1891-94.

In 1871, as agent of the Emigrants' and Colonists' Aid Corporation, he visited Australia and New Zealand and selected 100,000 acres of land near Palmerston North, New Zealand. The town established at the settlement in 1874 was named Feilding.

General Feilding again visited Australia in 1881 and New Zealand in 1894.

Item Descriptions

Series W 2. Volume of correspondence and newspaper cuttings, 1871 - 1897

Includes letters from Feilding in Australia and New Zealand to his sister Lady Mary Feilding, 1871-81; an address presented to Feilding by the settlers of Feilding, New Zealand, 1894; newspaper cuttings concerning visits by Feilding to Feilding, New Zealand, in 1894 and Muar, Johore, in 1895 and a conference at Feilding, New Zealand, in 1897.

Correspondence and newspaper cuttings, 1871 - 1897 (File)

Series W 14. Parcel containing sepia wash drawings

Of the site selected for the town of Feilding and of Manawatu Gorge and Rangitawa; prints of Feilding, Ashhurst and the railway bridge over the Oroau River; views of the Duke of Manchester's land, Halcombe and Halcombe railway station, Manawatu block from Westoe and a surveyors' camp.

Parcel of drawings (File)

Series W 16. Small sketchbook containing sketches of scenery, architecture and sculpture in Europe and Java, 1874 - 1875

Small sketchbook, 1874 - 1875 (File)

Series W 17. Diary kept by Feilding, 1881

Covers his stay in Australia during which he advised the Queensland Government on the possibility of constructing a railway from Roma to Point Parker.

Diary, 1881 (File)

Series W 18. Parcel containing papers on the expedition to Point Parker, 1879 - 1894

Reports (manuscript and printed), including Feilding's report on the Queensland Trans-Continental Railway Exploration, April 1882 (File 1-10)

Plan of proposed Australian Trans-Continental Railway showing the course of the line as agreed to in January 1882 by T. McIlwraith and John Robinson. (File 11)

Diaries, articles etc. (File 12-17)

Includes diary of Feilding's journey from Mitchell to Point Parker, article in Victorian Review (1882) by J. Douglas, and text of provisional agreement between the Queensland Government and the Australian Transcontinental Railway Syndicate Ltd. in 1882.

Correspondence, 1881 - 1882 (File 18-50)

Letters from Feilding and J. Robinson to the Transcontinental Railway Syndicate in London; two letterbooks of letters from Feilding; letters from T. McIlwraith, Sydney Montifiore of the Queensland Investment and Land Mortgate Company, and John Montifiore; two printed reports by Feilding on Point Parker and Batavia River.

Correspondence, 1883 - 1894 (File 51-67)

Other papers, including a pamphlet containing correspondence between the Syndicate and the Colonial Secretary, 1883-86, T. McIlwraith's letter to Feilding, 1888, typescript copy of correspondence between Henry Kimber and McIlwraith on compensation to the Syndicate, 1894, and papers on the winding up of the Syndicate.

Notebook containing part of Feilding's diary, October-November 1881 (File 68-70)

Kept while surveying for the railway, and estimates of cost of providing and working sheep and cattle runs in the Warrego district.

Notebook containing memoranda on telegraphic communications between Europe and Australia and New Zealand, 1879.

Series W 23. Envelope containing correspondence between Feilding and R. Barbour of Sydney, concerning settlements, 1894 - 1895

Correspondence, 1894 - 1895 (File)


Series W 24. Diploma awarded to Feilding by the Sultan of Johore For Feilding's services as principal agent and adviser to the Sultan in London, and associated papers, 1891

Diploma, 1891 (File)

Series W 25. Scrapbook of Charlotte Feilding containing an account of the funeral of the Sultan of Johore, the coronation of Sultan Ibrahim, November 1895

Scrapbook, 1895 (File)

Series W 26. Diary of Charlotte Feilding on a trip with her husband, General Feilding, to Canada, New Zealand and Singapore, 1894 - 1895

General Feilding died of cholera in Singapore, 25 March 1895

Diary, 1894 - 1895 (File)

Series W 30. Commonplace book of Charlotte Feilding, 1897 - 1924

Includes a letter, 1897, concerning a portrait of her husband to be hung in the library at Feilding, New Zealand, and photographs of and cuttings about the town of Feilding, 1910-24.

Commonplace book, 1897 - 1924 (File)