Guide to the Collections held by the Ayr Record Office (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Ayr Record Office
Collections held by the Ayr Record Office (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1862 - 1895
Collection Number
3 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Letters 1892-95 of Lord Glasgow, Governor of New Zealand, to his solicitor and Charles Shaw concerning social events, personal finances, constitutional problems, New Zealand politics, economic conditions and a visit to Melbourne.

Letter of Jane Gordon to John Cunninham.

Certificate 1862 appointing Alexander Morris as Harbour Master of Southland Province, New Zealand.

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 at the Ayr Record Office, Scotland, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1992 (AJCP Reel: M2683). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Ayr Record Office, Ayr, Scotland. For further information see Ayrshire Record Office (

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 The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.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


Boyle, Sir David, 7th Earl Glasgow; Governors and Governors General: New Zealand; Melbourne, Victoria: visits to; Morris, Alexander; New Zealand: economic conditions; New Zealand: politics and government; Shaw, Charles; Southland, New Zealand


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 16, p6.

Item Descriptions

Fonds ATD 8. David W. Shaw and Co. Solicitors, Ayr, 1892 - 1895

1 item

Series 4/1-52. Earl of Glasgow. Correspondence, October 1892 - August 1895

1 item
Letters from Earl of Glasgow (Governor of New Zealand, 1892-1897) in Wellington, Auckland, Dunedin and Melbourne to Charles G. Shaw, County Clerk of Ayrshire, the Earl's personal friend, solicitor and factor, 10 October 1892 - 17 August 1895 (File)

Subjects Include: The constitutional crisis re appointing Legislative Council Members; he needs £1,500 beside his pay in New Zealand to live as a Governor 'I give very little champagne and a good deal of Australian wine'; 'I think we are hitting it off with the people out here very well'; Government House, Auckland; personal finances and expenditure as Governor; economic conditions in New Zealand; visits by Lord and Lady Hopetoun and Duchess of Buckingham; New Zealanders' enthusiasm for horse-racing; Premier dying - possibility Sir Robert Stout will succeed; execution in Auckland of man convicted of poisoning the husband of his paramour -problem in not interfering in face of appeals from friends and relatives; celebrations for Queen's birthday; fancy dress ball held on 31 Aug. 1893 'some of the girls were really very pretty'; his cousin, Alec Boyle's business as auctioneer at Christchurch; visit to Hopetouns at Melbourne - hot weather, daughter Augusta's coming out; seven bishops staying at Government House for consecration of new Bishop of Wellington; Augusta's riding accident; fear of another native uprising; 'I am now in the thick of two separate differences of opinion with my ministers, both of which I hope to carry to a triumphal issue - I really rather like these squabbles - it is something to do' (no. 46); severe Winter of 1895; poor financial state of New Zealand.

(c. 297p.)

Items of interest include:

Letter from Alec Boyle (Riccarton, New Zealand) to Lord Glasgow, n.d, regarding his business and need for more capital.

John Struthers (Timaru) to Lord Glasgow, 5 Sep 1893, requesting help to buy land in New Zealand.

Lady Glasgow (Wellington) to Shaw, 10 Jul 1895, introducing Mr Daniels.

Fonds ATD 25. Cunningham of Auchenharvie, 1867

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Series 14. Miscellaneous Correspondence, June 1867

1 item
Jane Gordon (Glasgow) to John Cunningham, 24 June 1867 (File 68)

Received news from their brother in Australia (1p).

Fonds ATD 56. Miscellaneous Deeds, 1862

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Series 17. Miscellaneous, May 1862

1 item
Certificate signed by Sir George Grey appointing Alexander F. Morris, Harbour Master of Southland Province, New Zealand (1p), 28 May 1862 (File 14)