Guide to the Collections of the Cambridgeshire Record Office, Cambridge (as filmed by the AJCP)



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Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Cambridgeshire Record Office. Cambridge
Collections held by the Cambridgeshire Record Office, Cambridge (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1821 - 1919
Collection Number
20 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: Parish records 1827-54; Records of Cherry Hinton, Melbourne and Orwell relating to emigration to Australia; Papers 1855-56 of Baumgartner Family concerning postal services, Victorian goldfields and platypus hunting; Papers of Holsworthy Family of Bromley and Elsworthy, including diary of Joseph M. Holsworthy on a voyage to Melbourne on the Lusitania 1877-78; Records 1902 of Cambridge Women's Suffrage Association and Papers 1917-19 of Collins Family, referring to property of Lewis P. Collins of Launceston, Tasmania.

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

Filmed as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1983. (AJCP reel M1896). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Cambridgeshire Archives. Formerly the 'Cambridgeshire Record Office', Shire Hall, Castle Hill, Cambridge, England.

The originals can be accessed via the Cambridgeshire Archives Service (

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 Statement

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this Finding Aid contains material and descriptive information which may be considered culturally sensitive and may cause distress, including names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. 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.


Baumgartner Family; Cambridge Women's Suffrage Association; Collins Family; Collins, Lewis P.; Emigration and immigration; Gold and Goldfields: Victoria; Holsworthy Family; Holsworthy, Joseph M.; Land: Tasmania; Launceston, Tasmania; Lusitania (ship); Melbourne, England; Melbourne, Victoria: immigration to; Orwell, England; Platypus; Postal services; Tasmania


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 86, p30.

Item Descriptions

Fonds P39. Cherry Hinton Parish Church Records, 1849

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Vestry minutebook, January 1849 (File 8/2)

1 item
Financial assistance to labourers intending to emigrate to Australia, 25 January 1849 (Item ff. 123-24)

Fonds 8/5. Melbourn Parish Church Records, 1848

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Vestry minutebook, February 1848 (File)

1 item
Assistance to paupers to emigrate to Australia, 24 February 1848 (Item ff.181-82)

Fonds P127. Orwell Parish Church Records, 1854

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Account book belonging to Joseph Merry, carpenter, 1854 (File 28/1)

1 item
List of inhabitants of Orwell who emigrated to Australia, 1854 (Item)

1p. Near end of book.

Fonds R57/24. De Freville Family of Hinxton Collection, 1837

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Letter of Ann Gore (Lake Bathurst, N.S.W. to her cousins Mary Ann, Henrietta and Ellen Collison (London), 29 September 1837 (File 18 (b) 12)

Family news; visit to Parramatta; farm; monotonous scenery; isolation; no means of civilising Indigenous Australians. (very faded) Also includes transcript by P. Mander-Jones.

Fonds R59/27. Haslingfield Charities Records, 1847 - 1848

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Vestry minutebook, December 1847 - November 1848 (File 5/1)

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Establishment of fund to assist emigration of Paupers (1p.), 30 December 1847 (Item)
Payment to men emigrating to Australia (1p.), 15 November 1848 (Item)

Fonds R77/90. Document received from Messrs. Park, Nelson, Dennes, Redfern & Co., London, 13 July 1871

Letters of administration of Norris W. Dike (died 29 April 1871), formerly of Cambridge, issued by master in Equity, Melbourne.

Fonds R79/70. E.D. and J Wedge Correspondence, 1826

1 item

Filmed selectively.

E.D. Wedge (Oyster Bay, Tasmania) to his father, 1 February 1826 (File)

Wishing he had undertaken farming, ruinous effects of saw mill; competition of Government sawyers; hopes his wife will emigrate; high cost of living in Hobart; allergations against surveyor G. Evans; bravery of J. Larke in helping capture armed convict. (photocopy)

Fonds R80/88. Letter-diary of William Elbourne to his father describing voyage on Ecliptic from England to Port Napier, New Zealand, 20 April 1860 - 19 August 1860

Refers to weather, fishing for porpoises and turtles, religious services, meals, sighting of Tasmania, arrival in New Zealand.

Fonds 17. Papers of the Baumgartner Family, 1855 - 1856

1 item

Series C. Correspondence, 27 January 1855 - 26 February 1856

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Charles Baumgartner (McIvor, Victoria) to Percy Baumgartner, 26 February 1856 (File C/95)

Weather; platypus hunting; friends at diggings; McIvor flouring though unspectacular; postal services; fall of Sebastapol. (10pp)

Walter King (Liverpool) to Percy Baumgartner, 27 January 1855 (File C/99)

Imminent departure for Australia as chaplain on Annie Wilson; description of ship.

Fonds 279. Papers of Holsworther Family of Bromley and Elsworthy, 1877 - 1919

2 items

Series F. Family Papers, 16 December 1877 - 22 January 1878

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Diary of Joseph M. Holsworthy (b. 1822) on voyage from St. Vincent to Melbourne on Lustitania (11p), 16 December 1877 - 22 January 1878 (File)

The diary refers to the weather, social events, church services, books, seasickness, drunkness, fellow- passsengers (including Houdini), loneliness, visit to Adelaide, impressions of Melbourne, insanitary streets.

Series T. Title deeds, 1919

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Correspondence of F.W. Holsworthy (Bromley) concerning shares in Hampton Properties Ltd., 1919 (File T/46)

The company owned 27,000 acres of land near Kalgoorlie. The papers include a letter of C.M. Holsworthy about the allocation of shares (12 Aug. 1899) and a Financial Times report of the general meeting of Hampton Properties Ltd. (23 Oct. 1919)

Related Materials

Other papers of the Holsworthy Family, including letterbooks of J.M. Holsworthy, are held in the Kent Archives Office. (U929)

Fonds 455. Records of Cambridge Women's Suffrage Association, 1902

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Newspaper cuttings, 1902 (File Q21-22)

Newspaper cutting on deputation from National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies to Sir Edmund Barton concerning adoption of women's suffrage in Australia, c. Sept. 1902.

Newspaper cutting on deputation from Central Society of Women's Suffrage to R. Seddon on working of women's suffrage in New Zealand, c. 1902.

Fonds 757. Papers of Cross-Morphew, Dobede and Collins Families, 1917 - 1919

5 items

Series F. Family Papers, 21 June 1917 - 6 August 1919

5 items

Filmed selectively.

Copy of will of Vivian P. Collins, late 12th Battalion, A.I.F., 21 June 1917 (File F/49)
Board of Inland Revenue. Schedule of property of Lewis P. Collins, chargeable with estate duty, 24 June 1919 (File F/68)
Board of Inland Revenue. Account of property of Lewis P. Collins, chargeable with estate duty, 24 June 1919 (File F/69)
Death certificate of Lewis P. Collins (died 24 Feb. 1918) of Launceston, 6 August 1919 (File F/81)
Probate of will of Lewis P. Collins of Launceston, 6 February 1919 (File F/83)

Fonds. Papers of A.G. Hayes and S.C. Holt, 1821 - 1892

2 items

A.G. Hayes. Extracts on emigration from the Cambridge Chronicle (1821-97), 4 May 1821 - 17 March 1860 (File)

The volume contains numerous references to Australia and New Zealand, including farewell presentations, departure of emigrants, wrecks of emigrant ships, accounts of visits to Australia, conditions in the colonies, prices, the goldfields, death in the colonies, the return of R.G. Herbert from Queensland in 1866, and newspaper advertisements for emigrant ships. Roneoed (1 volume).

S.C. Holt. Emigrant to Victoria from Cambridgeshire, 1891 - 1892 (File)

Alphabetical listing of emigrants, giving villiage, ship date of arrival in Victoria, age, occupation, religion, literacy and disposal (ie. Town or district in Victoria). Vol. 2 is arranged by parish and also contains indexes. (2 volumes, Volume 2 by S.C. Holt and A.G. Hayes.)