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



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Buckinghamshire Record Office
Collections held by the Buckinghamshire Record Office (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1789 - 1923
Collection Number
39 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: calendars of prisoners 1789-1855 in Aylesbury Gaol, including many sentenced to transportation; Papers 1794-1803 of Robert Hobart, Lord Hobart, Secretary of State for War and Colonies 1801-1804, referring to: trade with East Indies and Philippines; British annexations in Moluccas; proposed settlement at Port Phillip Bay; appointments in New South Wales; and an account of the colony written by David Collins; Papers 1883-1923 of 5th Earl of Rosebery concerning his property interests in Sydney and Darwin which include letters from his Australian agents, legal papers, plans, maps and cuttings; Portion of autobiography c.1889 by Rev. John A. Greaves describing his voyage to Australia and his work as an Anglican Minister in the Hunter Valley and Sydney 1857-1866; Letter 1836 of Anne Russell in Launceston referring to difficulties of employment for emigrant women in Van Diemen's Land and Letters 1854-1855 of John Dukes in South Australia and William Dukes in Sydney.

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, 1981 (AJCP Reels: M1667-M1671). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies. Formerly the 'Buckinghamshire Record Office', County Hall, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP20 1UA, England.

For further information, see Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies (

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.


Anglican Church: Australia; Australia: immigration to; Aylesbury Gaol, Buckinghamshire, England; Clergyman; Collins, David; Convicts; Darwin, Northern Territory; Dukes, John; Dukes, William; Emigrant voyages; Farquhar, R.T.; Great Britain. Colonial Office; Greaves, John A., Rev.; Hobart, Sir Robert, Lord Hobart, 4th Earl of Buckinghamshire; Hunter River, New South Wales; Land: New South Wales; Land: Northern Territory; Launceston, Tasmania; Maluku Islands, Indonesia; Maps, plans and charts; New South Wales; Philippines; Politicians: Britain; Port Phillip, Victoria; Primrose, Sir Archibald P., 5th Earl of Rosebery; Prisons: England; Russell, Anne; South Australia; Sydney, New South Wales ; Tasmania: economic conditions; Trade: Dutch East Indies; Trade: Philippines; Women: employment


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 80, p.28.

Item Descriptions

Fonds. Quarter Sessions Records, 1789 - 1855

18 items

Filmed selectively.

Series. Q/Unclassified: Chairman's Calendars of Prisoners (2 vols.), 1789 - 1804

2 items

Archival history

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M1667

Volume 1 (File)
Volume 2 (File)

Series Q/SM. Quarter Sessions Minute Books, 1803 - 1824

14 items

Archival history

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M1667

Subseries Q/SM/13. Minute Book, 1803 - 1806
3 items

Filmed selectively.

Calendars of Prisoners, Easter (3pp), 1805 (File)
Calendars of Prisoners, Michaelmas (3pp), 1805 (File)
Calendars of Prisoners, Easter (3pp), 1806 (File)
Subseries Q/SM/14. Minute Books, 1806 - 1809
2 items

Filmed selectively.

Calendars of Prisoners, Epiphany (5pp), 1807 (File)
Calendars of Prisoners, Midsummer (3pp), 1809 (File)
Subseries Q/SM/15. Minute Book, 1809 - 1812
2 items

Filmed selectively.

Calendars of Prisoners, Michaelmas (4pp), 1811 (File)
Calendars of Prisoners, Epiphany (4pp), 1812 (File)
Subseries Q/SM/16. Minute Book, 1812 - 1815
1 item

Filmed selectively.

Calendars of Prisoners, Epiphany (5 pp), 1815 (File)
Subseries Q/SM/17. Minute Book, 1815 - 1817
3 items

Filmed selectively.

Calendar of Prisoners, Michaelmas (5 pp), 1815 (File)
Calendar of Prisoners, Michaelmas (4 pp), 1816 (File)
Calendar of Prisoners, Michaelmas (3 pp), 1817 (File)
Subseries Q/SM/18. Minute Book, 1818 - 1819
1 item

Filmed selectively.

Calendar of Prisoners, Michaelmas (7 pp), 1818 (File)
Subseries Q/SM/21. Minute Book, 1823 - 1824
2 items

Filmed selectively.

Calendar of Prisoners, Michaelmas (4 pp), 1823 (File)
Calendar of Prisoners, Epiphany (7 pp), 1824 (File)

Series. Bucks. Quarter Sessions (2 vols.) Printed, 1827 - 1855

2 items

Archival history

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M1667-M1668

Calendar of Prisoners in Aylesbury Gaol, Volume 1 (File)
Calendar of Prisoners in Aylesbury Gaol, Volume 2 (File)

Fonds D/MH. Papers of the Earls of Buckinghamshire, 1796 - 1803

9 items

Series D/MH/H. Papers of Robert Hobart, 1796 - 1803

9 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M1668

Biographical / Historical

Robert Hobart (1760-1816), 4th Earl of Buckinghamshire (succeeded 1804) served in the British Army before being elected to the House of Commons in 1788. He also sat in the Irish Parliament (1784-97) and was Chief Secretary for Ireland (1789-94). He was governor of Madras in 1794-98. In 1798 he was summoned to the House of Lords with the title Lord Hobart. He was Secretary of State for War and the Colonies in the Addington Ministry (1801-4). The town of Hobart in Van Diemen's Land was named after Lord Hobart in 1804.

India D, 27 February 1796 - 11 August 1797 (File D/MH/1)
2 items

Filmed selectively.

Hobart to Sir George Elphinstone, 27 February 1796 (Item D/MH/2)

Naval expendition against Dutch settlements in East Indies, including Moluccas.

Hobart to General Braithwaite, 11 August 1797 (Item D/MH/3)

Command of expedition to Manila.

East India Company, 25 January 1797 - 23 June 1801 (File India H)
2 items

Filmed selectively.

J. Carnegy to D. Scott, 23 June 1801 (Item)

Malay trade in Eastern Seas; suggests East India Company abandon Malacca and destroy fort; value of Prince of Wales Island.

Hobart (Madras) to Sir Francis Baring, 25 January 1797 (Item)

Moluccas should be means of Britain retaining Ceylon.

Philippines, 17 April 1794 (File India N)
3 items

Filmed selectively.

R. Woodford to Hobart, 17 April 1794 (Item)

Sends copy of Philippine Project sent to Spanish Government.

List of exports from Philippines (Item)
Project of a convention between East India Company and Royal Philippine Company on commerce and shipping between India and Philippines (Item)
King George III, 2 January 1803 - 22 January 1803 (File War A)
3 items

Filmed selectively.

Hobart to King George III, 2 January 1803 (Item)

Sends memorandum on proposed settlement at Bass Strait; recommends Lt. Col. D. Collins as Lieutenant Governor.

King George III to Hobart, 4 January 1803 (Item)

Agrees to proposal, although impossible to assess chance of success.

Hobart to Lord St. Vincent, 22 January 1803 (Item)

Detachment of marines for new settlement at Bass Strait.

Military and Naval Commanders, 17 January 1803 - 3 March 1803 (File War C)
2 items

Filmed selectively.

Lord St. Vincent to Hobart, 17 January 1803 (Item)

Protests against sending of 100 marines to new colony at Bass Strait; suggests they be separate charge from Navy estimates.

Hobart to Capt. W. Drury, 3 March 1803 (Item)

Declines to discuss appointment of Governor of N.S.W.

Moluccas, 19 January 1801 - 24 November 1801 (File War N)
4 items
W.C. Lennon to Hobart, 24 November 1801 (Item)

Urges Government to capture Malacca; its commercial advantages and natural resources.

R.T. Farquhar (Amboyna) to Col. D. Burr, 19 January 1801 (Item)

Account of government, revenues, defences of Moluccas.

R.T. Farquhar to Col. D. Burr, 20 January 1801 (Item)

Depopulation of Batchian due to warfare.

R.T. Farquhar to Court of Directors, 3 August 1801 (Item)

Capture of Ternate; urges establishment of British settlement at Ouby Major; acceptance ny native chiefs of British rule at Amboyna.Includes terms of capitulation by Ternate.

New South Wales, 30 December 1801 - 19 July 1803 (File War O)
5 items
S. Thornton to Hobart, 30 December 1801 (Item)

Recommends R. Atkins be confirmed as Judge Advocate of N.S.W.

Capt. J. Hunter to Hobart, 17 November 1802 (Item)

Suggests Commissioner be sent to N.S.W. to investigate progress of colony; offers assistance.

Lord St. Vincent to Hobart, 28 December 1802 (Item)

Suitability of D. Collins for N.S.W. post; commissioning of ship to take settlers to new colony; objections to sending detachment of Marines to relieve N.S.W. Corps.

Capt. W. Drury to Hobart, 1 March 1803 (Item)

Seeks Governorship of N.S.W. previously promised by Duke of Portland.

C. Wilson and G.F. Holt to Hobart, 19 July 1803 (Item)

Seek approval to go to N.S.W. as free settlers.

Requests for assistance, 27 October 1801 - 19 November 1802 (File War Y/Box 1)
6 items

Filmed selectively.

Hobart to D. Collins, 2 November 1801 (Item)

Accepts dedication of History of N.S.W.

Hobart to S. Thornton, 30 January 1802 (Item)

R. Atkins confirmed as Advocate-General of N.S.W.

Duke of Portland to Miss Hunter, 27 July 1802 (Item)

Memorial of Capt. J. Hunter to the King.

J. Sullivan to D. Collins, 19 November 1802 (Item)

No place for Collins on N.S.W. establishment.

D. Collins to Hobart, 27 October 1801 (Item)

Dedication of History of N.S.W.

D. Collins to Hobart, 22 February 1802 (Item)

Seeks employment; lacks private means.

Correspondence, 13 June 1802 - 23 August 1803 (File War Y/Box 2)
6 items

Filmed selectively.

R. Farquhar (Amboyna) to Hobart, 13 June 1802 (Item J183)

Five birds of paradise given to Capt. J. Macarthur; shells collected at Moluccas.

D. Collins to Hobart, 30 June 1802 (Item J190)

Presentation of History of N.S.W. to the King.

D. Collins to Hobart, 20 July 1802 (Item J204)

Presents second volume of History of N.S.W.

D. Collins to Hobart, 16 November 1802 (Item J251)

Seeks recompense for 10 years' service in N.S.W.

A. Martin to J. Sullivan, 24 January 1803 (Item J305)

Thanks for assistance to Rev. Marsden.

General T. Trigge to Hobart, 23 August 1803 (Item J444)

Testimony for Lt. Col. R. Darling.

Fonds D/RO. Papers of Archibald Primrose, 1873 - 1923

8 items

Biographical / Historical

Archibald Primrose (1847-1929), 5th Earl of Rosebery (succeeded 1868), was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, and became actively involved in politics in 1879. He was Foreign Secretary (1886, 1892-94), Lord President of the Council (1894-95) and Prime Minister (1895-96).

Series 5. Correspondence, plans and other papers relating to Rosebery's properties in Australia, 1873 - 1923

8 items

Archival history

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M1668-M1671

Correspondence, 1883 - 1923 (File 5/1-14)

Correspondence between Rosebery and his agents in Britain and Australia. The Sydney agents were C.A.M. Billyard 1883-1891, W.P. Manning 1890-1892, J. Mills 1892-1893 and T. Horder 1894-1923. The correspondence concerns the purchase by Rosebery of property in Pitt Street, Hunter Street, Middle Harbour and elsewhere in Sydney and at Palmerston and Talc Head, Darwin, other investments in Australia, the building and leasing of the Athenaeum Club, Sydney, the winding up of the North Sydney Investment Company, the sale of properties, taxation and litigation. The letters of Billyard and Horder refer to visits to Queensland, Northern Territory and New Guinea, the economic situation in Australia, Federation, N.S.W. and Commonwealth politics.

Government Gazettes have not been copied.

Opinions of counsel in case of Re North Sydney Investment and Tramway Company in N.S.W. Supreme Court and related correspondence, 1894 - 1895 (File 5/15)
Sale catalogue of property at corner of Hunter and Bligh Streets, Sydney, 1884 (File 5/16)
Photographs and plans of Athenaeum Club, Sydney (File 5/17-18)
Map of north-west coast of Australia: Pt. Darwin and adjacent inlets, 1873 (File 5/19)

Although listed, the records in this file were not filmed by the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Plans of Palmerston and Tale Head Estate, Pt. Darwin, n.d. (File 5/20-21)
Plan of Sydney showing land purchased in Pitt Street, n.d. (File 5/23)
Miscellaneous, c. 1912-1917 (File 5/24)
4 items
N.S.W. income tax receipt, 20 May 1913 (Item)
Kindar Ltd. Estimated crops, 1913 - 1917 (Item)
Draft of letter to T. Horder concerning Vella Lavella shares and sale of Athenaeum Club (Item)
Newspaper cuttings concerning proposal for direct railway link between Charleville and Bourke with Pt. Darwin, c.1912 (Item)

Fonds D/X 576. Papers of Rev. John A. Greaves, c. 1889

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M1671

Biographical / Historical

John Albert Greaves (1829-1893) graduated from Lincoln College, Oxford, and was ordained a priest in 1853. He was the curate of Bampton, Oxfordshire, before migrating to New South Wales in 1857. He was priest in the parishes of Muswellbrook (1857-59), East Maitland (1859-63) and Wollombi (1863-66) and examining chaplain to the bishop of Newcastle. He returned to England in 1866 and later spent several years in Virginia in the United States.

Autobiography, c.1889 (File)

The autobiography describes Greaves' voyage to Australia in 1857, his work as an Anglican minister at Muswellbrook, East Maitland and Wollombi, his travels in the Hunter Valley and his duties as Examining Chaplain in Sydney. He refers to the appointment of Australian bishops after his return to England in 1866.

Pages 149-222 and photograph.

Fonds D/X 685. Papers of Russell Family of Aylesbury, 1836

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M1671

Anne Russell (Launceston) to Mrs. P. Bartlett, 10 March 1836 (File 9)

Employment difficulties in Van Diemen's Land; unfortunate fate of most women on emigrant ships; openings for school teachers; mutual friends. (Poor legibility).

Fonds D/X 709. Papers of Dukes Family of Aylesbury, 1854 - 1855

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M1671

Letters from John Dukes in South Australia to his father referring to family news, the goldfields, blacksmithing, and the different status of workingmen in England and Australia, 1854 - 1855 (File 5/1-4)

Letters from William Dukes in Sydney to his brother referring to family matters and wages, n.d. (File 6/1-2)