Guide to the New Zealand records of the 68th Durham Light Infantry (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

68th Durham Light Infantry
Records of the Durham Light Infantry (68th Regiment) (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1863 - 1866
Collection Number
6 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

Sketchbook and letters 1863-64 of Capt. Hugo S. Light referring to the Maori War.

Diaries 1864-65 of Major Charles U. Shuttleworth referring to voyage to New Zealand on the Light Brigade, relations with Maoris, and social activities.

An ink sketch 1864 of Gate Pa by H.G. Robley.

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, 1992 (AJCP Reels: M2799). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Originally filmed at the Durham Light Infantry Museum, Aykley Heads, Durham DH1 5TU, England, the regimental archive is kept at the Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL, United Kingdom

For further information see Durham Light Infantry 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.

Advisory Note

Maoris are advised that 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.


Army and defence: New Zealand; Durham Light Infantry (68th Regiment); Gate Pa, New Zealand; Light Brigade (ship); Light, Hugo S., Capt.; Maori; New Zealand Wars; Robley, H.G.; Shuttleworth, Charles U., Major


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 150, p54.

Biographical / Historical

The 68th Regiment was based in New Zealand, mainly in Tauranga and Auckland, in 1864-66.

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Digest of Service (9p.)

Filmed selectively.

Record of the activities of the Regiment, from embarkation in Rangoon for Auckland, where they arrived 8 January 1864, to embarkation for England, 23 October 1863 - 9 March 1866 (File)

Series 2. Captain Hugo Shelley Light

Letters (16p.), 1864 (File 1)

Miscellaneous pages from several letters 23 February, 28 May, 26 June, 28 July, 27 August 1864 from Hairimi, Tauranga and Auckland.

Subjects include: Baking bread in camp; other rations; progress of war 'Tauranga is still in our hands', rumours; Robley's sketches sent to Illustrated London News; 'Toma hawks - very ugly weapons'; visit to Auckland; Kawau Island; letter from Maori chief re the coming of Englishmen.

Sketchbook (6p.) (File 2)

Note on sending the draft to New Zealand under Colonel Greer; sketches of native boat, fishing; relaxing by lake.

Series 3. Major Charles Ughtred Shuttleworth

Diary (212p.), 1864 (File 1)

Daily entries; voyage on Light Brigade; Tauranga harbour, 21 January; weather; building redoubt; market people bringing supplies; friendly natives bringing potatoes; military duties; hostilities; cricket matches; accounts.

Diary (300p.), 1865 (File 2)

Daily entries; weather; calling on Governor; regatta; cricket; riding; military duties; accounts.

Series 4. H.G. Robley

The museum holds several water colour paintings by H.G.Robley depicting scenes at Gate Pa, Tauranga, native chiefs etc.

Filmed selectively.

Ink sketch of Gate Pa, 29 April 1864 (File)