Guide to the Collections of the University of Edinburgh (as filmed by the AJCP)



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Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Edinburgh University Library
Collections held by the University of Edinburgh (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1798 - 1941
Collection Number
34 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Letters 1867-76 of T. Halliwell to J. Halliwell-Phillips describing life as a goldminer, shepherd and schoolteacher in New Zealand.

Papers 1837-74 of geologist Sir Charles Lyell, including letters of H. Brown, J. von Haast and Sir James Hector in New Zealand.

Papers 1846-70 of Sir Roderick Murchison, mainly relating to the first discovery of Australian gold, and including letters of W.B. Clarke, E.H. Hargraves, P.E. Strzelecki, W.T. Smith and P.P. King.

Papers 1879-1900 of Sir Archibald Geikie, comprising letters from Australian and New Zealand geologists, including E.J. Dunn, F.W. Hutton, J. von Haast and E.T. Hardman.

Letter 1879 of E. Schulyer to Lord Augustus Loftus on his appointment as Governor of New South Wales.

Diary 1914 of Professor J.H. Ashworth describing his voyage to and from Australia, visits to museums and universities, and meetings with Australian scientists.

Papers 1937-41 relating to writings of Marnie Bassett.

Papers 1830-41 of Professor Robert Jameson referring to fossils from New South Wales, emigration to Australia and appointment of naturalist for HMS Fly.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Access.

Conditions Governing Use

Readers wishing to publish or reproduce documents should seek permission, in the first instance, from the Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh.

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Preferred Citation

Acknowledgement of use of this material should refer to the University of Edinburgh and to the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Items from this collection should include references to the Centre for Research Collections. University of Edinburgh and to the AJCP nla.obj number, which serves as the online identifier for the digital copy.

Example: Colonial Office Correspondence, 1901-1914, Papers of Professor Arthur Berriedale Keith (as filmed by the AJCP), Centre for Research. The University of Edinburgh. (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Material selectively filmed as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1982 (AJCP Reels: M1676). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland.

For more information see Centre for Research Collections (

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.

The journals of James Mitchell ( and the papers of Arthur Berriedale Keith ( have been listed and filmed separately.

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

Maori, 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 and digitised material 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.


Ashworth, J.H., Prof.; Australia: immigration to; Australia: visits to; Bassett, Mamie, Lady; Brown, H.; Clarke, William B., Rev.; Dunn, Edward J.; Fly, HMS (ship); Fossils; Geikie, Sir Archibald; Geologists; Geology: Australia; Geology: Australia; Gold and Goldfields: Australia; Gold and Goldfields: New Zealand; Governors and Governors General: New South Wales; Halliwell, T.; Halliwell-Phillips, J.; Hardman, E.T.; Hargraves, Edward H.; Hector, Sir James; Hutton, Frederick W.; Jameson, Robert, Prof.; King, Phillip P., Capt.; Loftus, Lord Augustus W., 2nd Marquess of Ely; Lyell, Sir Charles; Murchison, Sir Roderick, 1st Baronet; Museums; Naturalists; New Zealand; Registers of baptism, marriages and burials; Schoolteachers; Schulyer, E.; Smith, W.T.; Strzelecki, Sir Paul E. de. Count; Von Haast, Sir Julius


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 156, pp56-57.

Item Descriptions

Fonds. Halliwell-Phillipps Manuscripts, 1867 - 1876

5 items

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Halliwell was the nephew of James Halliwell-Phillipps.

Thomas F. Halliwell (Canterbury) to James Halliwell-Phillipps, 29 March 1867 (File L.O.A. 126/33)

Maori War; work as goldminer and shepherd; lonely life; New Zealand a paradise for working men. (2 ff.)

Thomas Halliwell (Wellington, N.S.W.) to James Halliwell-Phillipps, 29 September 1868 (File L.O.A. 144/3)

Sheep-droving; monotony of life; drought; gloomy future of Australia. (2 ff.)

Thomas Halliwell (Auckland) to James Halliwell-Phillipps, 12 January 1874 (File L.O.A. 214/10)

Thanks for money; ill-health; monotony of life. (2 ff.)

Thomas Halliwell (Auckland) to James Halliwell-Phillipps, 28 October 1875 (File L.O.A. 222/3)

Uneventfulness of life; irksome work at school; change of Government; sends ferns. (2 ff.)

Thomas Halliwell (Pokeno) to James Halliwell-Phillipps, 29 July 1876 (File L.O.A. 240/11-12)

Illness; difficulty of improving position as schoolteacher; meeting of Parliament.

Fonds. Laing Manuscripts, 1798

1 item

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Biographical / Historical

David Laing (1793-1878) was the Keeper of Library of Writers to the Signet, Edinburgh.

W.S. Laurie to Lord Advocate, 16 June 1798 (File LA II, 500)

Roman Catholic priest at Munshies, James Robison, willing to go to N.S.W. if Government decides to send out priests.

Fonds DK. 2.41. Papers of Benjamin Wyatt of Foolow, Derbyshire, 1843

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Anna Maria Barker (Langshaw, Dumfriesshire) to Wyatt, 21 February 1843 (File f. 97)

Refers to son William tending flocks on Darling Downs.

Fonds Gen. 108-20. Papers of Sir Charles Lyell, 1837 - 1874

7 items

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Charles Lyell (1797-1875), 1st Baronet (created 1864), geologist, President of Geological Society of London 1835-36, 1849-50, author of Principles of geology(1830-33)

H. Brown (Taranaki) to Lyell, 8 June 1864 (File Lyell 1/ff. 403-5)

Changes of vegetation in forests.

H. Brown (New Plymouth) to Lyell, 3 February 1865 (File Lyell 1/ff. 406-8)

Few signs of Maoris in Taranaki forests, mostly virgin forest; J.D. Hooker.

Capt. R. FitzRoy to Lyell, 8 April 1837 (File Lyell 1/ff. 1461-62)

Thanks for letter about Medal.

J. Haast (Christchurch) to Lyell, 3 July 1862 (File Lyell 1/ff. 1786-89)

Evidence of prehistoric race in New Zealand; submarine volcano in Cook Strait; rise in Eastern plains.

J. Haast to Lyell, 29 June 1867 (File Lyell 1/ff. 1790-92)

Exploration of glaciers; gold discovered in Lyell River; election to Royal Society.

J. Haast to Lyell, 1 July 1869 (File Lyell 1/ff. 1793-95)

Sends paper on prehistoric remains in New Zealand; New Zealand earthquakes.

J. Hector (Wellington) to Lyell, 17 January 1874 (File Lyell 1/ff. 2326-27)

Thanks for copy of Principles; study of New Zealand earthquakes.

Fonds Gen. 121-31. Papers of Robert Jameson, 1830

1 item

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Biographical / Historical

Robert Jameson (1774-1854) Mineralogist, Professor of Natural History, Edinburgh University 1804-54.

Lt. Col. P. Lindesay to Jameson, 14 October 1830 (File 129/145)

Refers to specimens of fossils from N.S.W.

Fonds Gen. 523. Papers of Sir Roderick Murchison, 1833 - 1870

2 items

Biographical / Historical

Sir Roderick Murchison (1792-1871) 1st Baronet (created 1866), President of Geological Society of London 1831-33, 1841-43, President of Royal Geographical Society 1843-45, 1851-53, 1856-59, 1862-71, Director General of Geological Survey 1855-71.

Series Gen. 523/4. Correspondence, 3 April 1846 - 6 November 1870

Filmed selectively.

W.B. Clarke (Sydney) to Murchison, 23 January 1855 (Item 6)

Thanks for Silurnia; writings on N.S.W. goldfields.

W.B. Clarke to Murchison, 30 May 1855 (Item 7)

Thanks for nomination to Royal Geographical Society; claims of E.H. Hargraves to be first discoverer of Australian gold.

W.B. Clarke to Murchison, 18 November 1855 (Item 8)

E.H. Hargraves; Sydney Exhibition.

E.H. Hargraves (London) to Murchison, 16 January 1855 (Item 21)

Hargraves' book on Australia; seeks meeting.

E.H. Hargraves to Murchison, 17 January 1855 (Item 22)

Geological Society; New Zealand specimens.

E.H. Hargraves to Murchison, 3 February 1855 (Item 23)

Sends Australian papers on gold discoveries; claims of W.B. Clarke.

E.H. Hargraves to Murchison, 6 February 1855 (Item 24)

Murchison's claim to be first discoverer of Australian gold; pretensions of W.B. Clarke.

E.H. Hargraves to Murchison, 22 March 1855 (Item 25)

Geological age of Australian gold.

Sir John Herschel to Murchison, 2 February 1852 (Item 43)

Assayers emigrating to Australia; Grant; establishment of Australian Mint.

Sir Ferdinand von Mueller (Melbourne) to Murchison, 6 November 1870 (Item 62)

Proposes journey from. Murchison River to Carpentaria; source of river; urges award for Capt. Roe for work in Western Australia.

P.E. Strzelecki to Murchison, 3 April 1846 (Item 80)

Strzelecki's titles and naturalisation.

Series Gen. 523/6. Papers, 1833 - 1858

52 letters, and also notes, cuttings and maps, concerning Australian and Californian gold discoveries, and in particular the contending claims of Murchison and W.B. Clarke to have first discovered indications of gold in Australia. In addition to drafts of Murchison's letters, there are letters of W.T. Smith (Sydney), P.E. Strzelecki, C. Terry (Melbourne), P.P. King (Sydney), H. Merivale, Sir Henry Holland, W. Jackson, J.B. Jukes, J. Erskine, Sir John Pakington, T. Hankey, Sir John Herschel and W.B. Clarke (Sydney)

Fonds Gen. 526. Papers of Sir Archibald Geikie, 1884 - 1900

1 item

Biographical / Historical

Sir Archibald Geikie (1835-1924), Professor of Geology and Mineralogy, University of Edinburgh 1871-81, Director-General of Geological Survey 1882–1901.

Series Gen. 526/2. Correspondence, 1884 - 1900

12 letters from Australian and New Zealand geologists, including E.J. Dunn (Melbourne), R. Johnston (Hobart), F.W. Hutton (Christchurch) and J. von Haast (Christchurch). The subjects include glacial deposits in Victoria and Tasmania, the Tarawera volcanic eruption of 1886, and scientific conferences and exhibitions.

Fonds Gen. 715/7. Papers of Lord Augustus Loftus, 1879

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

Lord Augustus Loftus (1817-1904) Diplomat, Governor of New South Wales 1879-85.

E. Schulyer (Birmingham) to Loftus, 7 February 1879 (File)

Congratulations on N.S.W. Governorship; Russo-Turkish War; growing American trade with N.S.W.; Consul-General at Melbourne.

Fonds Gen. 768/1. Papers of Rev. William Marwick, 1888 - 1895

2 items

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John [unknown] (Sydney) to Marwick, 28 November 1888 (File 35)

Death of wife; church affairs; reading; problem of growth of cities.

John [unknown] (Sydney) to Marwick, 23 July 1895 (File 92)

Church affairs; Calabar mission; English cricket team; increased exports from Australia.

Fonds Gen. 835. Papers of Thomas Townsend, 1834

1 item

Filmed selectively.

B. Townsend to T. Townsend, 9 May 1834 (File 5/11)

Plans for emigrating to Australia.

Fonds Gen. 855-59. Papers of J.H. Ashworth, 1914

1 item

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Biographical / Historical

J.H. Ashworth, Professor of Natural History, University of Edinburgh

Diary of a visit to Australia, June 1914 - October 1914 (File Gen. 855)

Written in pencil, the diary describes the voyage to and from Australia, visits to Perth, Busselton, Adelaide, Melbourne, Ballarat, Sydney, Brisbane and the Darling Downs, visits to museums, zoos and universities, lectures and social activities. There are references to W. Dakin (Perth), Hans Heysen (Adelaide), Kerr Grant (Adelaide), T.G.B. Osborn (Adelaide), H.A. Woodruff (Melbourne), W. Baldwin Spencer (Melbourne), Sir Harry Allen (Melbourne), D. Masson (Melbourne), Douglas Mawson (Sydney) and Sir Thomas Stuart (Sydney).

Fonds Gen. 1425. Papers of Sir Archibald Geikie, 1879 - 1891

4 items

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Archibald Geikie (1835-1924), Professor of Geology and Mineralogy, University of Edinburgh 1871-81.

E.T. Hardman to Geikie, 30 December 1882 (File 115)

Decision to accept Western Australian appointment.

E.T. Hardman (Fitzroy River) to Geikie, 3 May 1883 (File 116)

Exploration of Kimberleys with J. Forrest; difficulties of terrain; rocks; Australian Aboriginals; inadequate supplies.

W.A. Haswell (Sydney) to Geikie, 2 January 1879 (File 121)

Seeks appointment as Curator of Brisbane Museum.

W.A. Haswell (Sydney) to Geikie, 7 June 1891 (File 122)

Journey to Australia; appointment of T.E. David to Chair of Geology at Sydney University; division of School of Natural History.

Fonds Gen. 1927/7. Papers relating to Marnie Bassett, 1937 - 1941

Typescript copy of Captain Peters' Library List, 14 February 1941 (File)

Describing Marnie Bassett's book The Governor's Lady. (5pp.)

Brief review of The Governor's Lady (1p.) (File)

Photograph of Marnie Bassett and Jenny, 1937 (File)

Fonds Gen. 1996-99. Papers of Robert Jameson, 1841 - 1924

4 items

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Jameson (1774-1854), Professor of Natural History, University of Edinburgh, 1804-54.

Series. Correspondence, November 1841 - March 1924

4 items

Filmed selectively.

T.J. Torrie (London) to Catherine Jameson, 16 November 1841 (Item 5)

Request by Capt. H. Blackwood for naturalist for voyage to Australia and New Guinea.

Jameson to T. Jameson, emigration to Australia. (draft), n.d. (Item Gen. 1999/1/101)
Notice of meeting at Edinburgh for purpose of forming a society for 'encouragement of deserving settlers in Australasia and improvement of the present inhabitants', 28 March 1924 (Item 1)
Copy of report by Rev. C. Milton of Newcastle on formation of sandstone on bed of Hunter River at Glendon (3pp.), n.d. (Item 10)