Guide to the Papers of James J. Macintyre (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Macintyre, James J.
Papers of James J. Macintyre (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1825 - 1867
Collection Number
5 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Autobiographical account of life in Mexico, Scotland, England and New South Wales, and manuscripts of The Physical and Historical Geography of Australia and Walks on Deck and Rambles on Shore during a Voyage of Circumnavigation of the Globe.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Access.

Conditions Governing Use

Readers wishing to publish or reproduce documents should seek permission, in the first instance, from the British Library. For more information visit: How I use the images I order?-The British Library [].

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 as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1985 (AJCP Reel: M1951). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

British Library, 96 Euston Road, London. Collection reference: Add MSS 41742-41746. For further information see James MacIntyre at the British Library (

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 The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.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.

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.


Agriculture; Businessmen; Macintyre, James J.; Mexico; New South Wales; New Zealand; Scotland; South Australia; Sydney, Australia; Van Diemen's Land


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 300, p112.

Biographical / Historical

Businessman. In 1835 Macintyre entered into a partnership with Arthur Willis to form a commission and agency business in Sydney. He migrated to Australia in 1835-36. Willis, Macintyre & Co. was dissolved in 1837 and Macintyre subsequently spent a good deal of time travelling in Australia and researching its history and geography. He returned to England in 1840 and published Thoughts on Population and Starvation (1841). Macintyre made a brief visit to Australia in 1853.

Item Descriptions

Volume I (220ff.), 1825 - 1867 (File Add MS 41742)

Autobiographical account of life in Mexico (1825-31), Scotland and England (1831-35), and New South Wales (1836-40), with brief notes on his later life (1840-67). The Australian section (ff.177-216) describes the formation of Willis, Macintyre & Co. in 1835, his voyage to Sydney on the Auriga (Capt. Chalmers) in 1835-36, impressions of Sydney, Sydney merchant houses, relations with A. Willis, dissolution of company in 1837, travels in Australia, Sydney Subscription Library, researches on Australia, fatal boating accident in Sydney Harbour in 1838, visit to Van Diemen's Land, bushfires, and voyage to England on Kinnear in 1840.

Volume II (203ff.), 1840 (File Add MS 41743)

Manuscript by J.J. Macintyre entitled The physical and historical geography of Australia. Includes sections on Australian aboriginals, physical geography, foundation of N.S.W., land and labour, convicts, revenue, value of land in Sydney, land sales, land grants to Australian Agricultural Company. There is also a letter from Macintyre to Joseph Hume dedicating to him the two volumes. (printed)

Volume III (130ff.), 1840 (File Add MS 41744)

Volume 2 of The physical and historical geography of Australia. Includes sections on resources of Australia, pastoral divisions, value of land in N.S.W., South Australia; colonization of New Zealand, systematic colonization.

Volume IV (279pp.), 1853 (File Add MS 41745)

Manuscript by J.J. Macintyre entitled Walks on deck and rambles on shore during a voyage of circumnavigation of the globe. Account of voyage from England to Australia via Suez, Point de Galle, Singapore and Batavia on S.S. Indus, Bombay and Shanghai, March-May 1853, and of visits to Albany and Melbourne, May-June 1853. Refers to growth of Melbourne, effect of gold rushes, heterogeneity of migrants, Roman Catholic Church in Melbourne, Argus, botanical gardens, travels in Victoria, Bishop J. Goold, State support for religion. Includes prospectus of Catholic Tribune, Melbourne, 18 June 1853.

Volume V (152pp.), 1853 (File Add MS 41746)

Continuation of Walks on deck and rambles on shore during a voyage of circumnavigation of the globe. Account of visit to Sydney July-August 1853, voyage from Sydney to Valparaiso on S.S. Sophie and travels in Chile, August-November 1853. Refers to changes in Sydney since 1840, meeting with Sir Charles Fitzroy, general observations on Australian colonies, effect of topography and climate on growth of population, land regulations, history of settlements, birds of South Pacific, stars of southern hemisphere.