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



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Gloucestershire Record Office
Collections held by the Gloucestershire Record Office (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1771 - 1950
Collection Number
43 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Records 1837-40 and 1914 of Parishes of Bisley, Dursley and Dymock. Subjects include emigration to Australia and Canada, Poor Law Commission and World War I.

Account 1854 by H. Edwards of a voyage to Australia on the Ganges.

Journal 1836-38 of George E. Stranger, surgeon on the Sara and Elizabeth.

Papers 1886-97 of Fijian official Sir John Thurston.

Letters 1864-67 of Anne Sherwood written from Richmond River and Casino, New South Wales, to her sister Theodosia Hale, referring to family news, farming, Australian fauna, and Indigenous Australians.

Papers 1852-67 of Austin Family, including an account of a voyage to Australia on the Castle Eden.

Correspondence 1844-79 of Eagles Family. Subjects include estate of Rev. J. Eagles and relations between W.G. Eagles of Melbourne and his family in England.

Papers 1846-60 of Col. C. Bridge concerning services in Maori War.

Papers 1878-87 of Sir Michael Hicks Beach, Secretary of State for the Colonies 1878-80, referring to defence of Australian colonies; governorships of Victoria and New Zealand; Victorian constitutional crisis; Australian Federation; and reform of the Victorian Constitution. Correspondents include Lord Normanby and Sir George Bowen.

Papers 1895-1950 of Newman Family woolbrokers.

Papers 1839-40 relating to Joseph Mercer, including extracts from a diary kept by Mercer on a voyage in 1839 from Liverpool to Adelaide on the Lady Lilford.

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 at the Gloucestershire Record Office as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1984 (AJCP Reel: M2290). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Gloucestershire Record Office, Gloucester, England. For further information see Gloucestershire Archives (

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.

Pieces that were not filmed by the Australian Joint Copying Project have not been included in this Finding Aid.

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.


Adelaide, South Australia: immigration to; Austin Family; Australia: defence; Australia: Federation; Australia: flora and fauna; Australia: immigration to; Bisley parish, England; Bowen, Sir George F.; Bridge, C., Col.; Canada; Casino, New South Wales; Castle Eden, convict ship; Dursley parish, England; Dymock parish, England; Eagles Family; Eagles, J., Rev.; Eagles, W.G.; Edwards, H.; Emigrant voyages; Emigration and immigration: paupers; Farms and Farming: New South Wales; Fiji; Ganges (ship); Governorships; Great Britain: Colonial Office; Great Britain: Poor Law Commission; Hale, Theodosia; Hicks Beach, Sir Michael, 1st Earl of St Aldwyn; Lady Lilford (ship); Liverpool, England; Melbourne, Victoria; Mercer, Joseph; New South Wales: Australian Aboriginals; New South Wales: Indigenous Australians; New Zealand Wars; Newman Family; Phipps, George A.C., 2nd Marquess of Normanby; Politicians: Britain; Richmond River district, New South Wales; Sara and Elizabeth (ship); Sherwood, Anne; Stranger, George E.; Surgeons; Thurston, Sir John B.; Victoria: politics and government; Wool merchants; World War I


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 190, pp70-71.

Item Descriptions

Fonds P47a. Bisley Parish, 1837 - 1839

1 item

Correspondence, financial papers and agreements concerning emigration to Australia and Canada, 1837 - 1839 (File OV 8/1)

They include letters from the Poor Law Commission and the Colonial Office referring to a loan for emigration purposes, the purchase of outfits, and conditional free passages to N.S.W.

(15 papers).

Fonds P124. Dursley Parish, 1840

1 items

Records, 1840 (File CW 4/4)

3 items
List of persons desirous of emigrating to Canada or Australia from Dursley, 1840 (Item)
Emigration circular issued by Poor Law Commission. (Item)
O. Chadwick (Poor Law Commission) to A. Jackson (Dursley), 5 August 1840 (Item)

Resolution of vestry meeting to raise £25 to enable poor persons to emigrate; sends forms.

Fonds P125. Dymock Parish

1 item

Records (File IN 4/15)

1 item

Includes correspondence J. Nicholas (Toronto N.S.W. to Rev. S. Marston (Dymock) seeking information about graves in Dymock churchyard; recollections of Dymock; family; religious views; Toronto and Lake Macquarie; World War I. (3 letters)

15 photographs of Nicholas Family and Toronto, N.S.W.

Fonds D 326. Papers of Guise Family of Elmore, 1854

1 item

H. Edwards (Merri Merri Creek, Victoria) to J. Jones (Gloucester), June 1854 (File F62)

Voyage to Australia on Ganges in 1853; impressions of Melbourne; 'selfishness and avarice ruling passions of higher orders and drunkenness and riot of lower classes'; farming; family news; Indigenous Australians; detailed descriptions of flora and fauna of Melbourne district. (78pp.)

Copied by Sir William Guise.

Fonds D 540. Records of Hatherop Estate deposited by Sir Thomas Bazley, 1866

1 item

Archival History

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Records, December 1866 (File T/63)

2 items
Indenture between (i) T. Atkinson and T.S. Bazley (ii) Elizabeth Bazley (iii) Donald Cameron of Evandale, Tasmania, concerning mortgage on lands in Devon and Westmoreland, 10 December 1866 (Item)
Memorial of indenture of release and mortgage between (i) T. Atkinson and T.S. Bazley (ii) Elizabeth Bazley (iii) Donald Cameron, 10 December 1866 (Item)

Fonds D 543. Records received from Yearsley and Wadeson, solicitors, of Mitcheldean, 1836 - 1838

1 item

Archival History

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Journal of George E. Stranger, 24 September 1836 - 17 October 1838 (File)

The detailed journal describes his medical activities, religious services, the character of settlers, whaling, voyages around the South Australian coast, life on Kangaroo Island, the wreck of the Solway in Encounter Bay, voyage to Hobart, and the return voyage to England via New Zealand and Cape Horn on the Seppings

Copy ff. 1-173.

Biographical / Historical

The barque Sarah and Elizabeth, owned by the South Australian Company, was the 14th ship to bring settlers to the new colony in South Australia. Carrying 40 passengers, it sailed from Hull, Yorkshire, on 26 September 1836 and arrived at Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, on 14 April 1837.

Fonds D 654/II. Records deposited by Goldingham and Jotcham, solicitors, of Wotton under Edge, 1883

1 item

Archival History

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Client: Pope, May 1883 (File 21)

1 item
Will of Joseph Wheeler of Castlemaine, Victoria, extracted, 31 May 1883 (Item F9)

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Wheeler (d.12 Jan. 1875)

Fonds D 866. Papers of Thurston Family of Thornbury, 1886 - 1897

1 item

Biographical / Historical

Sir John Bates Thurston (1836-1897) spent some years working on trading vessels in the Pacific before becoming the British consul in Fiji in 1869. He played a central role in the negotiations that led to Fiji becoming a British colony in 1874. He was Colonial Secretary from 1877 to 1888 and Governor of Fiji and High Commissioner for the Western Pacific from 1888 until his death.

Papers relating to Sir John Thurston, Governor of Fiji, January 1886 - 1897 (File X4)

3 items
J.B. Thurston (Fiji) to Arabella Thurston, 24 January 1886 (Item)

Despatch of photographs; family news; history of Thurston Family; possibility of succeeding Sir Peter Scratchley in New Guinea. (copy).

Sir John Thurston (Fiji) to O. Thurston, 24 January 1895 (Item)

Attacks of W.F. Parr; general satisfaction with Thurston's work in Pacific; plans for returning to England.

12 cuttings concerning allegations of slavery in Fiji, visit of Sir John Thurston to Sydney, and death of Thurston, 1897 (Item)

Fonds D 1022. Family papers of Mansfeldt de Cardonnel Lawson, surgeon and antiquary of Edinburgh, 1771

1 item

Archival History

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Capt. J. Cook (London) to Capt. J. Walker (Whitby), 17 August 1771 (File 21)

Success of voyage; no great discoveries but has explored more of South Seas than ever before; summarizes voyage; observation of transit of Venus; failure to find southern continent. (3pp.)

Fonds D 1086. Papers of Hale Family of Alderley, 1864 - 1867

1 item

Biographical / Historical

Anne Hale (1833-1912) was the daughter of Robert Blagden Hale (1807-1883) of Alderley House, Gloucestershire, and the niece of Matthew Blagden Hale, the first Bishop of Western Australia. In 1859 she married Thomas Henry Sherwood and they had five children. Sherwood retired from the Army in 1863 and the family migrated to New South Wales. They lived at Unumgar Station on the Richmond River for about ten years. Anne Sherwood inherited Alderley House in 1912, but died a month later.

Letters of Anne Sherwood, 1864 - 1867 (File F 193)

Letters of Anne Sherwood, written from Richmond River and Casino, N.S.W., to her sister, Theodosia Hale, 1864-67. They refer to family news, English news, farming, landscape, difficulties of travel, progress of Queensland, Australian fauna, Indigenous Australians.

(43 letters)

Related Materials

A diary of Anne Hale, 1865-70, was filmed by the AJCP on reel M851 (

Fonds D 1436. Letters of W. George, 1879 - 1881

3 items

Archival History

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W. George (Grantville, Victoria) to J. George (Stroud), 1 September 1879 (File)

Unemployment and poverty; seeks assistance. (copy)

W. George to Mullings & Co. (Cirencester), January 1880 - September 1881 (File)

Thanks for presents; lists jobs; wages; family news; economic conditions in Victoria. (3 letters)

W. George to Jane Sylvester, 9 May 1881 (File)

Economic conditions in Victoria; financial difficulties.

Fonds D 1770. Papers of Austin Family, 1852 - 1867

1 item

Archival History

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Bundle of genealogical papers, 1852 - November 1867 (File)

4 items
Account of voyage to Australia on Castle Eden, (13pp.), 1852 (Item)
J.L.S.A. (Mt. Alexander) to [unknown], 22 December 1852 (Item)

Seeks post in Governor's office.

Deeds of land in Elphinstone, Victoria, 19 July 1854 (Item)

Granted to D. Collins, 19 July 1854, B. Rigbye, 12 May 1859, W. Bell, 22 November 1861.

Conditional bill of sale of land in Elphinstone from G. Gibson to J. Potter, 19 November 1867 (Item)

Fonds D 1799. Dyrham Park Archives, 1934

1 item

Archival History

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Papers of Blathwayt Family, April 1934 (File)

1 item
Inez M. Blathwayt (Temuka, New Zealand) to R. Blathwayt (Chippenham), 21 April 1934 (Item C. 158)

Thanks for postcards of Dyrham; family history; father abandoned sheep farming on account of Depression.

Fonds D 1889. Papers of Graham Clarke Family of Frocester, 1844 - 1879

1 item

Archival History

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Papers of Eagles Family in Australia (3 bundles), 1844 - 1879 (File)

The correspondence, which is in no discernible order, is predominantly concerned with the estate of Rev. J. Eagles, the relations between W.G. Eagles in Melbourne and his family in England, the schooling in England of Charles E.B. Eagles in 1862-64, and his affairs after his return to Australia. Correspondents include W.G. Eagles (Bathurst, Melbourne), Anne Eagles (Orange), Charles H.B. Eagles (West Maitland, Brisbane), J.A. Graham Clarke (Stonehouse), Rev. Charles Eagles, George Luckie, Harriet Bridges (East Maitland), A. Graham, W. Coupland (West Maitland), A. Spey (Sydney), Cecilia Beddoes. There are also powers of attorney, money orders, school bills, and copies of baptismal and marriage certificates.

Biographical / Historical

John Eagles (1783-1855), who was a curate and later priest in Bristol, was a noted painter and art critic. His son William George Eagles migrated to New South Wales and for a time was a teacher at Bathurst. He married Ann Elizabeth Barnes (1825-1866) at Mudgee in 1844. Their son Charles Henry Beddoes Eagles (1847-1916), who was born at Bathurst, lived in Maitland before moving to Queensland. He spent his later years in Mackay.

Fonds D 2025. Documents deposited by Ticehurst and Wyatt, solicitors, of Cheltenham, 1845 - 1860

1 items

Archival History

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Biographical / Historical

Cyprian Bridge (1807-1885) enlisted in the 58th Regiment as an ensign in 1825 and was promoted to the rank of major in 1842 and lieutenant-colonel in 1854. He accompanied the Regiment to New South Wales in 1843. The Regiment was deployed to New Zealand when the Maori leader Hone Heke challenged British authority at Kororareka. Bridge commanded the 58th Regiment throughout the campaign from April 1845 to January 1847. In his retirement he lived in Cheltenham.

Series Box 113. Papers of Col. C. Bridge, 1845 - 1860

5 items
Papers concerning Maori War, 1845 - 1846 (File)

Includes copy of Maori statement about flag.

Issues of New Zealand Government Gazette (1845) and New Zealander(1846, 1848), 1845 - 1848 (File)
Correspondence with Lt. Col. Wynyard concerning medal for New Zealand service. (1 bundle). (File)
Copies of correspondence with Colonial Secretary concerning Bridge's resignation as Resident Magistrate at Bay of Islands, 1849 (File)
Memorial and testimonials concerning service in New Zealand (1 bundle), 24 July 1850 (File)
Copies of letters from Bridge to Military Secretary offering services for New Zealand, 17 July 1860 (File)

Fonds D 2424. Records deposited by Shortwood Baptist Church, Nailsworth, 1848

1 item

Archival History

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Abstract of Shortwood Church Book, December 1848 (File 4)

1 item
List of members of Church who since 1823 had emigrated, mainly to N.S.W. (1p.), December 1848 (Item)

Fonds D 2455. Papers of Sir Michael Hicks Beach, 1878

4 items

Archival History

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Biographical / Historical

Sir Michael Edward Hicks Beach (1837-1916), 9th Baronet (succeeded 1854), 1st Earl of St Aldwyn (created 1906) was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. He was a country squire in Gloucestershire until he was elected to the House of Commons in 1864. He held office under Disraeli as Chief Secretary for Ireland (1874-78) and Secretary of State for the Colonies (1878-80) and was Chancellor of the Exchequer in the ministries led by Lord Salisbury (1885-86, 1896-1902).

Letters to Queen Victoria, May 1878 - December 1878 (File PCC/11)

3 items
Hicks Beach to Queen Victoria, 4 May 1878 (Item)

Recommends award of G.C.M.G. to Sir William Jervois; value of his work on defences of Australian colonies.

Hicks Beach to Queen Victoria, 9 November 1878 (Item)

Lord Dufferin declines Governorship of Victoria. (extract).

Hicks Beach to Queen Victoria, 7 December 1878 (Item)

Recommends appointment of Lord Normanby as Governor of Victoria and Sir Hercules Robinson as Governor of New Zealand.

Letters to Lord Beaconsfield, September 1878 - January 1879 (File PCC/13)

2 items
Hicks Beach to Lord Beaconsfield, 4 September 1878 (Item 29)

Australian Governorships; hopes to send Lord Dufferin to Victoria to deal with political crisis.

Hicks Beach to Lord Beaconsfield, 4 January 1879 (Item 37)

Australian Governorships; reluctant to send Lord Hardwicke to N.S.W.

Letters to Lord Beaconsfield, January 1879 (File PCC/13)

1 item
Hicks Beach to Lord Beaconsfield, 13 January 1879 (Item 38)

Invitation by N.S.W. Government to Prince of Wales to visit Sydney for International Exhibition; Bourke declines Governorship of N.S.W.

Papers relating to Australia and New Zealand, February 1878 - August 1887 (File PCC/62)

11 items
Lord Elrington (Melbourne) to Hicks Beach, 4 February 1878 (Item)

Victorian constitutional crisis; G. Berry; payment of M.P.s; criticisms of Sir George Bowen.

Lord Belmore to Hicks Beach, 22 March 1878 (Item)

Background to despatch from Lord Granville to Belmore in 1870 on warrants signed by Governor for issue of money in emergencies.

Sir George Bowen (Melbourne) to Hicks Beach, 11 June 1878 (Item)

Bowen's role in constitutional crisis; great need for Federation; hopes of being appointed Governor of N.S.W.

Lord Normanby (Wellington) to Hicks Beach, 20 June 1878 (Item)

Believes Sir George Grey is seeking to undermine loyalty in New Zealand; his call for elected Governors; disorganized Opposition; criticisms of Grey by his own colleagues.

Hicks Beach to R. Herbert, 25 September 1878 (Item)

Premature action of Berry Government in seeking reform of Constitution by Imperial Parliament; proposed reponse.

R. Herbert to Hicks Beach, 27 September 1878 (Item)

Draft despatch to Victoria; power of Legislative Council concerning money bills.

Lord Normanby (Melbourne) to Hicks Beach, 4 August 1879 (Item)

Criticizes proposed reform by G. Berry of Constitution and Budget; increase in duties; unnatural proportion of population in larger towns; Bill introduced by Reid for reform of Constitution.

Lord Normanby to Hicks Beach, 30 March 1880 (Item)

Fall of Berry Ministry; moderation of new Government; Catholic party and education question; Sir John O'Shannassy; waste of money on colonial navy.

Sir George Bowen (Mauritius) to Hicks Beach, 22 April 1880 (Item)

Criticisms by Hicks Beach of Bowen's actions in Victoria in 1878; quotes letter from R. Herbert; differences in attitudes of Hicks Beach and Lord Carnarvon; allegation that Bowen was responsible for removal of officials.

Sir George Bowen to Hicks Beach, 20 October 1880 (Item)

Further comments on his actions in Victorian crisis; pain of leaving Australia in disgrace after 20 years.

Notes of conversation between J. Fortescue and Capt. Bosanquet on French ownership of land in New Hebrides; islands of no value, August 1887 (Item)

Fonds D 2794. Records of Newman Family of Nailsworth, wool brokers, 1895 - 1950

3 items

The wool buying books record sale, date, lot, number of bales, producer (including station), price, and mill or clothier which purchased. Includes some cuttings on colonial wool sales. Most of wool was produced in Australia. Includes explanatory notes by R.M. Newman (1972).

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Biographical / Historical

T.M. Newman (d. 1906) of Nailsworth, a wool broker, formed a partnership with R. Lacey of Stroud in 1854. Wool was mostly bought in Australia and sold to clothiers in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. After Newman's death, his sons and grandsons continued the business until 1963.

Memorandum and articles of association of T.M. Newman & Sons Pty. Ltd., wool merchants. Sydney (roneoed, 25pp.), 25 September 1950 (File 2)

T.M. Newman and Son. Wool buying book, January 1895 - July 1897 (File 9)

T.M. Newman and Son. Wool buying book, August 1920 - February 1924 (File 10)

Fonds D 4190. Documents donated by Miss V. Smith of Stone, 1911 - 1918

2 items

Archival History

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Trewen Smith (Bristol, Perth, Barton) to his family, 1911 - 1916 (File 20)

Decision to emigrate to Australia in 1911; voyage; illness; farming at Barton in Western Australia; family news; enlistment in A.I.F. (6 letters)

W. Croome (Perth) to Mrs Smith, 14 April 1918 (File)

Death of Trewen Smith; his effects; few repercussions of War in Australia.

Fonds D 4290. Records of St. Gregory's Catholic Parish, Cheltenham

1 item

Archival History

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Diary, June-July [unknown] (File PP 4/6)

Kept by Catholic priest of a journey from Sydney to New Guinea, via Brisbane, Townsville and Port Moresby, visiting missions at Yule Island and Mekeo.


Fonds D 4314. Documents deposited by Bailey, Shaw and Gillett, of London, 1883

2 items

Archival History

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Deed of conveyance from James A. Bevan (Bristol) and Mary S. Bevan (Grosmont) to Thomas D. Sibly (Bristol) of property in parish of Jika Jika, County of Bourke, Victoria, 12 April 1883 (File 2)

Deed of conveyance from Mary S. Bevan to William L. Hodgson (Tutshill) and James A. Bevan (Bristol) of property in parish of Jika Jika, Victoria, 13 April 1883 (File)

Fonds D 4432. Documents deposited by C.M. Rutter of Gillingham, Kent, 1876

1 item

Archival History

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Transcript of marriage certificate of John C. Rutter and Elizabeth A. Hughes at Bowen, Queensland, 21 June 1873, and birth certificate of Agnes L.K. Rutter at Bowen, 16 December 1876 (File 7/5)

Fonds D 4453. Documents deposited by Taynton and Son, solicitors, of Gloucester, 1878

1 item

Archival History

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Bundle 2, August 1878 (File Box 6)

1 item
H. Herbert (Liverpool Plains) to J. Raven, 25 August 1878 (Item)

Execution of deed; thanks for money; purchase of sheep.

Fonds D 4647. Documents deposited by Bridges, Sawtell and Adams, solicitors of London, 1863 - 1890

1 item

Archival History

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Vigor v. Salmon, 1863 - 1890 (File 5/3)

1 item
Estimated expenses of voyage to New Zealand by Capt. J. Parry. (Item)

Fonds D 4644. Records of William Playne & Co., woollen manufacturers of Minchinhampton, 1908 - 1911

1 item

Archival History

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Correspondence concerning orders between W. Playne & Co. and J.M. Cavanagh & Co., tailors, of Sydney, 1908 - 1911 (File 4/4)

Fonds PA 193. Papers relating to Joseph Mercer, 1839 - 1840

3 items

Archival History

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Biographical / Historical

Joseph Mercer (1812-1897), who was a farmer, teacher and baker, sailed from Liverpool to South Australia on the Lady Lilford in 1839. He married Maria Ellis in 1840. He was the head teacher at Magill Public School for about twenty years.

John Mercer (Kingswood) to Joseph Mercer (Adelaide), 8 May 1840 (File 2)

Joseph's arrival in Adelaide; woollen manufacturing business; new postal system. (photocopy).

John Mercer to Joseph Mercer, 30 July 1840 (File)

business affairs; schools. (photocopy).

Extracts from diary of Joseph Mercer on voyage from Liverpool to Adelaide on Lady Lilford (photocopy), June 1839 - September 1839 (File)