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



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Cornwall County Record Office
Collections held by the Cornwall County Record Office (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1844 - 1925
Collection Number
37 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

The material filmed by the Australia Joint Copying Project includes: journals of voyages from Melbourne to America, Plymouth to Melbourne and Adelaide to Gravesend; correspondence and legal documents of families including the Victor Family, the Adams Family, the Carlyon Family; emigration lists; mining records; memoirs of Hannah Glasson and papers relating to the Bonython Family.

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, 1982 (AJCP Reels: M1897). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Cornwall County Record Office; Old County Hall, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 3AY England.

For more information see Cornwall Record Office online catalogue (

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 Note

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.

The identifiers used in this finding aid were accurate at the time of filming.


Adelaide, South Australia; Australia; Ballarat, Victoria; Bonython, Sir J. Langdon; Bundrett & Co; Cann, F.C.; Glasson, Hannah; Gold and Goldfields: Australia; Gold and Goldfields: New Zealand; Gold and Goldfields: Victoria; Hancock, Richard; Matthews, Peter; Medlyn, Thomas; New Zealand; South Australia; Victor Family; Victor, Richard


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 113, p. 41.

Item Descriptions

Fonds B/T 529-530. Truro Borough Records, 1858 - 1890

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Recipe for Australian meat (1p.), c. 1890 (File B/T 529)

Notebook containing rough diary of voyage from Melbourne to America, 8 July 1858 - September 1858 (File B/T 530)


Fonds AD 56. Papers presented by R. R. Blewett of St. Day, 1850 - 1869

2 items

Filmed selectively.

W. Blewett (Gwinear) to — Blewett (Pt. Phillip), 22 April 1850 (File 1)

Family news; work; acquaintances emigrating to Pt. Phillip.

Transcript of journal kept by Fannie Harris of Portreath on voyage from Plymouth to Melbourne on Essex, 5 November 1868 - 14 January 1869 (File 5)


Fonds AD 482. Papers of Victor Family, 1872 - 1925

11 items

Filmed selectively.

Conveyance of land and property in Cornwall from John Victor of Victoria to Thomas Victor of Paul, 25 May 1872 (File 44)

8 letters from Richard Victor (Adelaide) to Jenkin, October 1902 - October 1903 (File 52/1-8)

Power of attorney; purchase of property at Mousehole; Chancery business.

Newman and Harris (Adelaide) to E.S.P. Haynes (London), 9 June 1925 (File 64)

£100 paid to Mrs Whestler; headstone erected on grave of Richard Victor.

Letters of administration of Principal Probate Registry concerning estate of Richard Victor of South Australia granted to Eleanor Cary, 2 September 1925 (File 67)

Newman and Harris (Adelaide) to Eleanor Cary, 22 October 1923 (File 68/1)

Request by Mrs Whestler for compensation for services to R. Victor.

Newman and Harris to Eleanor Cary, 23 October 1923 (File 68/2-3)

Cost of tombstone on grave of R. Victor.

Newman and Harris to E. S. P. Haynes, n.d. (File 68/4)

Estate of R. Victor. (Copy)

Public Trustee (Adelaide) to Eleanor Cary, 28 June 1923 (File 68/5)

Estate of R. Victor.

Public Trustee (Adelaide) to Eleanor Cary, 26 September 1923 (File 68/6)

Estate of R. Victor.

Newman and Harris to Eleanor Cary, 16 December 1924 (File 68/7)

Estate of R. Victor.

Account of Public Trustee of South Australia concerning estate of R. Victor, 29 September 1924 (File 69)

Concerning estate of R. Victor.

Fonds AD 514. Papers purchased at sale of W. H. Lane and Son, Penzance, 1852 - 1862

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Diary of Capt. John T. Short of St. Ives, February 1854 (File AD 514/29)

List of people emigrating from Parish of St. Ives to Australia, 1854. (3pp.)

Fonds DD AM. Papers of Adams Family of Laneast and Egloskerry, [1844]

1 item

Filmed selectively.

J. C. Grylls (London) to John [Adams], 4 July [1844] (File 569)

Prefers England but will return to N.S.W.; clergy poorly paid but climate good; few Australian families have means to give children good education. (incomplete)

Fonds DD CN. Papers of Carlyon Family of Tregrehan, St. Blazey, 1850 - 1853

2 items

Filmed selectively.

John Glasson (Bookanan, N.S.W.) to —, 30 August 1850 (File 3426)

J. Smith will employ son of Col. Carlyon; cost of sheep station; mail service to Bathurst; terms under which Carlyon will be engaged.

Pomeroy Carlyon (Ballarat) to parents, 20 February 1853 (File 3427/1)

Work at diggings; high prices; nostalgia for home; lack of law and order at diggings; financial difficulties.

Fonds DD BRA 1678. Papers presented by Bundrett and Co. of Lincolns Inn, 1862 - 1906

11 items

Filmed selectively.

Notification by Principal Probate Registry of death at Richard Hancock of Adelaide (died 22 Sept. 1864) and letters of administration granted to T. F. M. Cartwright, 16 November 1905 (File 7)

R. Hancock (Melbourne) to mother, 25 April 1862 (File 8)

Account of voyage from Plymouth.

R. Hancock to mother, 20 June 1862 (File 9)

Cornishmen in Victoria.

R. Hancock (Adelaide) to mother, 24 July 1864 (File 10)


J. Pascoe (Glen Osmond) to W. Hancock, 26 September 1864 (File 11)

Account of death of R. Hancock in accident at stone quarries; sends newspaper report.

Power of attorney granted by William Hancock (Melbourne) to William Cornelious (St. Austell), 19 June 1869 (File 12)

Receipt by E. Brokenshar of St. Austell for 15 guineas passage money to Melbourne from W. Hancock, 23 February 1881 (File 13)

W. Hancock (Melbourne) to Annie, 23 November 1899 (File 14)

Deaths of mother and Elizabeth; unemployed.

W. Hancock to Annie, 9 December 1900 (File 15)

Family matters.

Form of legacy duty for estate of R. Hancock of Adelaide, 15 June 1906 (File 16)

Power of attorney granted by T. P. Webb (Melbourne) to A. Wallis and T. F. M. Cartwright (London) to receive W. Hancock's share of estate of R. Hancock, 4 August 1905 (File 17)

Fonds DDX/26. Mining records deposited by W. E. Sevier, 1917 - 1920

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Folder of papers of F. C. Cann, 1917 - 1920 (File DDX/26/5)

The selectively filmed papers include letters to Cann from A. F. Maclaren and F. W. Horne (Sydney) concerning returns, payment of miners, and goldfield on West coast of New Zealand; a printed report by C. H. Wray on Koorboora Mines, 1 Oct 1919; and a typescript report by Cann to Burma Queensland Co. Ltd., 27 March 1920.

Fonds DDX/116. Papers deposited by Mrs M. Davey of St. Agnes, 1887

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Progress report by Prof. Black of Shotover and Skippers District Goldfield, New Zealand, 2 March 1887 (File 61)

3pp. Typescript.

Fonds DDX/392. Records of May Wrangham of Launceston, 1905

1 item

Filmed selectively.

A. P. Woodcock (Whitecliffs, N.Z.) to mother, 19 June 1905 (File 130)

Weather; Australian-England cricket matches; Russo-Japanese War; family news.

Fonds DDX/393. Records of Farnfield and Nicholls, solicitors, of Gillingham, Dorset, 1859 - 1862

1 item

Filmed selectively.

4 letters of Thomas Medlyn (Adelaide), 1859 - 1862 (File DDX/393/74)

Family news; weather; wages; insurance policy; discovery of gold at Snowy River; emigrant ships; bush fires.

Fonds FS 3/4. Letters of Peter Matthews, 1855 - 1862

1 item

Filmed selectively.

5 letters from Peter Matthews (Ballarat) to family, 1855 - 1862 (File 1-3)

Arrival at Pt. Phillip; diggings; mining equipment; churches at goldfields; financial matters.

Fonds FS 3/1043. Memoirs of Mrs Hannah Glasson, 1922

1 item

Typescript memoirs of Hannah Glasson of Glen Innes, N.S.W., 1922. They describe her early life in America, farming, emigration to Australia via England in 1860, life at Cornish settlements at Pendarves, River Waipa and later in New Zealand and effects of World War I.

Fonds FS 3/1139. Diary of Richard Perry of Crowan, 1873 - 1876

2 items


Journal kept on steamship Northumberland on voyage from Plymouth to Melbourne and Adelaide (1873).

Journal kept on Lady Jocelyn on voyage from Adelaide to Gravesend (1876).

Fonds [AJCP 15]. Papers held in Cornwall County Library, Old County Hall, Truro, 1894 - 1913

3 items

Series [1]. A copy of H. F. Burke. History of the family of Bonython of Bonython. (London, 1901), 1894 - 1913

Includes: 5 letters from J. Langdon Bonython (Adelaide) to Evelyn Rashleigh, 1894, 1903, 1911-13: History of Bonython Family; purchase of Bonython house and property in Cornwall; South Australian farming; Federal politics.

Newspaper cuttings relating to visit of Lord and Lady Denman to Adelaide, July 1912.

Photographs of Bonython houses Carlew and Carminow and of a group including Sir Ronald Munro-Ferguson in front of Carminow.