Guide to the Diary of Daniel Higson (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Higson, Daniel
Diary of Daniel Higson (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1809 - 1871
Collection Number
1 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

Diary describing Higson's journey from Liverpool to Melbourne on Great Britain, life on board the ship, descriptions of Melbourne, gold diggings, and his journey back to England on board the Lochuwe.

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, 1988 (AJCP Reels: M2501). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Lancashire County Archives, Bow Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2RE. For more information see Lancashire County Archives (

The material was originally held at District Central Library. Market Square, Preston PR1 2PP, England.

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.


Emigrant voyages; Gold and goldfields: Victoria; Great Britain, SS (ship); Higson, Daniel; Liverpool, England; Lochuwe (ship)


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 218, p82.

Biographical / Historical

Higson sailed to Australia on SS Great Britain in 1869 and returned to England in 1870.

Item Descriptions

Diary Vol. 1, 1 January 1868 - 11 April 1870 (File 1)

Includes:Entries relating to: Talk of going to Australia; Buying ticket to sail on Great Britain from Liverpool to Melbourne on 12 August; saying goodbye to family and friends; details of voyage, food, other ships, books read, religious services, dancing, death and burial of child, description of other passengers. Landing at Sandridge 14 October 1869; details of new diet and prices of food; description of Melbourne streets; shooting birds; trip to Geelong to shoot birds; visit to free Library and Museum; trip by coach to Tyler's Flat; buying of tent; description of gold diggings and men washing for gold; digging at Uncle Tom's Gulley; return to Melbourne; decision to go home; visit to Varieties; walking around Melbourne in evenings; deciding to work passage home on Lochawe via Cape Horn; boarding on 1 December 1869; sailed 4 December; description of sailing duties and other crew members; food served-lime juice after 10 days; catching porpoises and flying fish; docking at Gravesend 10 April 1870 and towing into Victoria Dock. [168-277]

News cuttings including notice of Marriage with Esther 10 April 1871. [p.278]

Poem 'From Home' written 14 November 1809 in Melbourne. [P.279]

Extract from log of Great Britain bound to Melbourne. Gives dates, mileage and latitude and longitude positions, number and nationality of passengers.

Filmed selectively.