Guide to the Papers of the Hassall Family (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Hassal (Family)
Papers of the Hassall Family (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1898 - 1938
Collection Number
5 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, 1901-1929, of James Hassall, Harriet Hassall, Nellie Reed and Martha Hamilton of Adelaide, with relatives in Manchester. Also legal papers 1923-1938 concerning the estate of Thomas Hassall of Ballarat.

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-23 September 1770, British Library Add. MS 27885 (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Filmed at the Greater Manchester Record Office as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1987. (AJCP reel: M2079). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD, UK. Collection reference: "GB124.E6". For further information see the Greater Manchester County 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 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 The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.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.


Adelaide, South Australia; Ballarat, Victoria.; Hamilton, Martha; Hassall Family; Hassall, Harriet; Hassall, James; Hassall, Martha; Hassall, Thomas; Hassall, William; Manchester, England; Reed, Nellie


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 211, p. 79.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Hassall (1816-1898) was born in Acton, near London. He migrated to Victoria in 1853 and was a blacksmith, storekeeper and owner of the British Hotel in Creswick. He was an extremely wealthy man, despite losses incurred during the financial depression of the 1890s. He was unmarried, but his beneficiaries included a large number of relatives in England, Australia and New Zealand. He also left money to Wesleyan churches and charitable institutions in Ballarat and for the construction of six cottages for the use of 'sober, respectable people', to be called the 'Thomas Hassall Homes'.William Hassall (1824-1889), the brother of Thomas Hassall, was born in Acton and died in Manchester. James Hassall (1850-1918), one of the sons of William and Martha Hassall, migrated to South Australia and owned a house in Parkside in Adelaide. He and his wife Harriet (d. 1917) had six children.

Item Descriptions

Series GB 124.E6/1. Will of Thomas Hassall of Ballarat, 28 June 1898

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Copy of will of Thomas Hassall of Ballarat (7pp.), 28 June 1898 (File 1)

Series GB 124.E6/2/2. Miscellaneous Papers, 1894 - 1936

1 item

Filmed selectively.

J.N. Wilson (Ballarat) to H. Mercer (Manchester), 10 October 1898 (File 3)

Acknowledges list of children of William Hassall, brother of Thomas Hassall; sends copy of will.

Series GB 124.E6/3. Correspondence, 1901 - 1929

1 item

Correspondence with Hassall Family in Australia (18 items), 1901 - 1929 (File 3)

The correspondents are James Hassall, Harriet Hasssall, Nellie Reed and Martha Hamilton, all of Adelaide, and J. Hassall of Ardwick, writing to Elizabeth Mercer and other relatives in Manchester. They refer to the estate of their uncle Thomas Hassall of Ballarat, family news, food prices, the construction of Outer Harbour (1903), the deaths of James and Harriet Hassall (1917-1918), unemployment in Adelaide (1921), and the winding up of the estate of Thomas Hassall. There are also a lineage of William Hassall (1824-1889) and Martha Hassall (parents of James Hassall) and three photographs.

3 photographs supplied.

Series GB 124/4. Legal papers concerning estate of Thomas Hassall, 1923 - 1938

2 items

Filmed selectively.

File of papers (43 items), 1923 - 1938 (File 1)

Correspondence of Harry Mercer with Chapman, Roberts and Beck (Manchester), including copies of letters to Nellie Reed (Adelaide) and Tom Hassall (Adelaide), papers concerning case of Ballarat Trustees Executors and Agency Co. Ltd. v. Annie Sophie McLean, financial statement of estate of T. Hassall, and family tree.

Supreme court of Victoria, 1927 (File 2)

Ballarat Trustees Executors and Agency Co. Ltd. v. Annie Sophie McLean (1927). List of claims admitted and other possible claims in matter of trusts of will and codicil of T. Hassall. (4pp.)