Guide to the Collections of the Bristol Record Office (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Bristol Record Office
Collections of the Bristol Record Office (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1833 - 1907
Collection Number
25 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

Material filmed by the Australian Joint Copying Project includes: British Corporation of the Poor- contracts 1833 for the passages of paupers to Australia; Correspondence 1858-1861 between G. Chick of Bristol and James B. Gibbs of Avoca, Victoria, and Adelaide; Letters 1840-1849 of Daniel R. Lang and Susannah M. Lang of Melbourne; Journal 1852 kept by a steerage passenger on a voyage of SS Great Britain to Melbourne and Letters 1848-1879 of John Clement of Glen Innes and Armidale, New South Wales.

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 as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1984 (AJCP Reels: M1919). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Bristol Archives. Formerly 'Bristol Record Office', 'B' Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road, Bristol BS1 6XN, England.

For further information, see Bristol Archives (

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.

Pieces that were not filmed by the Australian Joint Copying Project have not been included in this Finding Aid.

Advisory Statement

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this Finding Aid contains material and descriptive information which may be considered culturally sensitive and may cause distress, including names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. This Finding Aid contains terms that reflect authors' views or those of the historical period, but which may not be considered appropriate today. While the information may not reflect current understanding, it is provided in an historical context.


Adelaide, South Australia; Armidale, New South Wales; Avoca, Victoria; Bristol, England; British Corporation of the Poor; Chick, G.; Clement, John; Emigrant voyages; Emigration and Immigration: paupers; Gibbs, James B.; Glen Innes, New South Wales; Great Britain, SS (ship); Lang, Daniel R.; Lang, Susannah M.; Melbourne, Victoria; Melbourne: immigration to; Victoria


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 52, p.18.

Item Descriptions

Fonds 09862. Bristol Corporation of the Poor: Deeds of St. Peter's Hospital, 1833

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Contracts for the passage of paupers to Van Diemen's Land and N.S.W. (5 documents), 1833 (File 6)

Fonds 07889. Papers of George Chick, 1858 - 1861

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Correspondence between G. Chick (Bristol) and James B. Gibbs (Avoca, Victoria and Adelaide), 1858 - 1861 (File 7-11)

Gibbs' gratitude to Chick for paying passage; success at goldfields; mutual friends; inquiries by Chick about Gibbs' family; death of Gibbs' mother and money left to him in her will. (5 Letters).

Fonds 12161. Papers of Player Family, 1869 - 1879

3 items

Filmed selectively.

Will (14 January 1869) and probate (11 March 1869) of Henry J. Player storekeeper of Mansfield, Victoria (File 19)

Copy of death certificate of Henry J. Player, 27 December 1878 (File 20)

Power of attorney from H.H. Kitchen and G. Powell, executors of will of H.J. Player, to E. Player of Bristol (draft), 1879 (File 21)

Fonds 14152. Papers deposited by Lloyd, Burch, Inskip & Co., solicitors of Bristol, 1847

1 item

Filmed selectively.

E.G. Masey (Paterson River, N.S.W.) to E. Masey (Bristol), 25 December 1847 (File 30)

Thanks for presents; trouble mustering cattle; purchase of horses; journeys to Lake Macquarie; clothes required; collection of skins.

Fonds 14581. Papers of Haynes Family, 1897

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Series HA/MI. Miscellaneous, November 1897

1 item
Certificate of competence as engine driver granted by Board of Examiners for Eastern Goldfields, Western Australia, to Richard Murray, 25 November 1897 (File 8)

Fonds 17563. Roslyn (Red Lodge) MSS, 1835

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Colonisation Commissioners for South Australia. Regulations for disposal of land, preliminary sales of land and emigration of labourers. (4pp., printed), 14 July 1835 (File 10)

Fonds 19839. Documents of Churchus, Gregory and Pitt Families, 1840 - 1849

3 items

Filmed selectively.

Daniel R. Long (Plymouth) to I. Pitt (Cirencester), 14 June 1840 (File 26)

Voyage from London to Plymouth on Himalaya; amusements on ship; provisions; impending departure for Pt. Phillip.

Daniel R. Long (Melbourne) to Elizabeth Long (Witney), 25 December 1841 (File 27)

Difficulties of trade; market glutted with English goods; bursting of land boom; climate; growth of Melbourne; avaricious character of people; retreat of Indigenous Australians; Doctor Howitt and Captain Cole; family news.

Susannah M. Long (Melbourne) to aunt Caroline, 6 May 1849 (File 28)

Faint memories of English relatives; climate; house; people leaving for Californian gold fields; believes prospectors will soon be coming to Port Phillip as father is certain there is great quantity of gold in interior.

Fonds 20535. Papers of Prideaux Family, 1861

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Bill of exchange issued by Union Bank of Australia at Napier, New Zealand, in favour of Francis G. Prideaux, 15 June 1861 (File 365)

Fonds 29747. Records of Frank Keevil and Sons, cabinet makers of Bath

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Description of standard lights made by Frank Keevil and Sons for Christ Church Cathedral, Ballarat. (typescript, 1p.), n.d. (File 4.i)

Fonds 30100. Journal of S.S. Great Britain, 1852

1 item

Journal kept by a steerage passenger on a voyage of S.S. Great Britain to Melbourne, 1852 (File)

Fonds 31224. Papers of Clement, Phitheon and Chandler Families, 1848 - 1879

9 items

Biographical / Historical

John Clement (d. 1877) worked as a storekeeper in Glen Innes, Bundarra and Armidale in New South Wales.

Series 13. Correspondence, August 1848 - June 1879

9 items

Filmed selectively.

Eliza Chandler (Bristol) to John Chandler (Sydney), 8 August 1848 (File 50)

Departure of John from England; friends in Australia; opening of preparatory school in Islington.

John Clement (Glen Innes, N.S.W.) to Lydia Chandler, 14 September 1866 (File 58)

Photographs; Austro-Prussian War; horse-racing in Australia; family news.

John Clement to Eliza Chandler, 29 April 1867 (File 59)

Indigenous Australians; Church in Australia; Fenians; Governor E.J. Eyre; departure of gold diggers.

John Clement to Eliza Chandler, 9 August 1867 (File 60)

Gold digging prospects; Franco-Prussian hostility; T. Peabody; expects store will soon be closed.

John Clement (Armidale) to Lydia Chandler, 3 May 1868 (File 61)

Recollections of London; photographs; Fenianism spreading to Australia; attempted assasination of Duke of Edinburgh.

John Clement to Eliza and George Clement, 5 July 1868 (File 62)

Visit of Duke of Edinburgh to Australia; Abyssinian expedition; earthquake in Australia and Sandwich Islands.

H. Currie (Inverell) to George Clement, 13 October 1876 (File 63)

Injury of J. Clement in riding accident.

H. Currie to George Clement, 25 February 1878 (File 64)

Sudden death of J. Clement.

H. Currie to George Clement, 16 June 1879 (File 65)

Estate of J. Clement.

Fonds 36792. Papers of Acraman Family, 1907

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

John Acraman (1829-1907), who spent his early years in Bath and Bristol, migrated to Adelaide in 1848 and soon went into business with James Cooke. In 1855 he formed a new business with George Main and John Lindsay which was involved in shipping, property management, insurance and agency work. He was chairman of the South Australian Gas Company for over 30 years.

Probate copy of will (4 May 1905) of John Acraman of Adelaide (photocopy), 5 July 1907 (File 9)

Extract on John Acraman from The pastoral pioneers of South Australia. (photocopy) (File 11)