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



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Hull City Record Office
Collections held by the Hull City Record Office (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1786 - 1977
Collection Number
11 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Quarter Session records 1786-87 regarding the transportation of William Dring, Joseph Robinson and Robert Nettleton to Botany Bay, and the removal of convicts from Hull Gaol to the hulk Dunkirk.

Records 1977 of Thomas Hamling & Co Ltd concerning New Zealand fishing industry.

Petitions and testimony of Sidney Stephen (1840 and 1845) and Edward Abbott of Hobart (c.1838)

Correspondence 1853 of Joseph R. Pease relating to the proposed emigration of his son, James, to Australia or Canada.

Album of photographs of W.H. Slack of Reckitts of his trip around the world 1924-25, and visit to Australia, Naples, Ceylon, Port Said, Aden and Cairo 1932-33.

Letters of attorney 1880-85 by George Urquhart of South Yarra, Melbourne and letter from Urquhart to Jesse Malcolm concerning property in Teignmouth, Devon.

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 at the Hull City Record Office as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1989 (AJCP reel M2392). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Hull History Centre (Hull City Archives). Formerly City Record Office, 79 Lowgate, Kingston upon Hull, Humberside HU1 2AA, England

For further information see The Hull History Centre 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 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.


Abbott, Edward (Hobart); Aden; Australia: immigration to; Botany Bay, NSW; Cairo, Egypt; Canada; Convict ships; Convicts: New South Wales; Dring, William; Dunkirk (Convict Hulk); Fish and fisheries; Hamling, Thomas & Co; Hobart, Tasmania; Hull Gaol, England; Hull Quarter Sessions; Malcolm, Jesse; Melbourne, Victoria; Naples; Nettleton, Robert; Pease Family; Pease, James; Pease, Joseph R; Photographs; Port Said; Prisons: England; Quarter Sessions; Robinson, Joseph; Slack, W.H.; Sri Lanka; Stephen, Sidney; Teignmouth, England; Urquhart, George


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 238, p89.

Item Descriptions

Fonds CBQ. Quarter Session, 1786 - 1787

2 items

Bundle 1786/1787, 1786 (File 62)

1 item

Filmed selectively.

James Crasfield (Lincoln Inn) to Carleton Monckton (Hull). Draft Reply, 25 December 1786 - 30 December 1786 (Item 33)

Re transportation of Wm Dring, Joseph Robinson and Robert Nettleton to Botany Bay.

Bundle 1787/1788, 1787 (File CBQ 63)

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Lord Sydney (Whitehall) to Mayor of Hull, 31 December 1787 (Item 49)

Re removal of convicts under sentence of transportation from Hull gaol to Dunkirk at Plymouth.

Fonds DBTH. Thomas Hamling & Co Ltd, 1977

1 item

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Hambling (d. 1903) was a prominent smack owner in Hull and purchased his first steam trawler in 1886. He was also the major shareholder in the Neptune Steam Fishing Company, formed in about 1900. Thomas Hambling & Company was registered in 1907. The White Fish Authority, a public body founded in 1951, was superseded by the Sea Fish Industry Authority in 1981.

White Fish/Sea Fish Industry Authority: Field Reports, 1977 (File 69/9)

1 item
Fisheries mission to New Zealand (duplicated typescript), 1977 (Item 493)

Purpose of mission was to assess New Zealand's fishing industry and advise NZ Government in what way British technology could help. It included visits to Wellington, Invercargill, Dunedin, Timaru, Nelson, Auckland.


Fonds DDX. Miscellaneous Deposited Deeds, c.1838-1845

1 item

Deeds relating to Wilberfoss 1660-87: 1717; Cuniston 1791; Mornington 1771; Sierra Leone, 1836 and Tasmania 1843, c.1838-1845 (File 23)

3 items

Filmed selectively.

Testimony that Sidney Stephen enrolled as Barrister at Supreme Court of New South Wales on 1 Feb 1828, 15 January 1845 (Item)

(1p, damaged)

Petition of Sidney Stephen, Van Diemen's Land against decision of Supreme Court of VDL, 30 January 1840 (Item)

(1p, damaged, faint)

Petition of Edward Abbott of Hobart, n.d. (c.1838?) (Item)

Re Land claim in Van Diemen's Land. (2p, damaged, faint)

Fonds DFP. Pease Family Papers, 1853 - 1864

2 items

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Robinson Pease (1787-1866) of Hull and Hesslewood came from a wealthy family involved in shipping, trading, whaling, milling, manufacturing, underwriting and banking. In 1810 Joseph Pease, who was educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, became a partner in the family bank, which had been established in Hull in 1754. He also had interests in railway and canal companies and was Deputy Lieutenant of the East Riding.

Series DFP 904-2563. Joseph Robinson Pease, 1853 - 1864

2 items
Correspondence: Bishop of Tasmania (n.p.), 1864 (File 1612(75))

Filmed selectively.

Thanking (JRP) for his sympathy with "my fortune and arduous work in my distant dioceses"

Papers relating to establishment of James Pease in Ireland, Australia and Canada and his marriage to Louisa Barkworth, 1853 (File 2329-2362)
4 items

Filmed selectively.

JRP (Hesselwood) to J Bramley Moore, 22 February 1853 (Item DFP 2343)

Re his son James who might be set up in Australia, Canada or Liverpool.

Moore (Liverpool) to Pease, 23 February 1853 (Item DFP 2344)

Re prospects for James in Australia.

JRP to G C Glyn, 23 March [1853] (Item DFP 2346)

Re proposal to set up James in a mining company in Australia.

Glyn (London) to Pease, 24 March 1853 (Item DFP 2347)

Advice re James. Note by Pease (30 March 1853) that James going to Canada.

Fonds DFX. Family Papers: Miscellaneous, 1829 - 1933

2 items

W H Slack of Reckitts: Album of Photographs, September 1924 - April 1933 (File 10)

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

Isaac Reckitt (d. 1862) established a starch works in Hull in 1840. After his death, his three sons became equal partners and the company became Reckitt & Sons in 1879. It was a household name in Britain and also made substantial sales in the British colonies. It introduced the Brasso metal polish in 1905. W.H. Slack, who visited Australia and New Zealand in 1924-25, was the senior traveller in the company. It merged with the mustard manufacturers J. and J. Colman in 1938.

Trip round world (Australia, Ceylon, Port Said, New Zealand), September 1924 - March 1925 (Item 10/4)

All identified. Includes: Fremantle; scenes from Trans Australian Railway; 1924 English Cricket team on Ormonde, Perth; Sydney, Wellington, Auckland, Rotorua, Tahiti.


Visit to Australia, Naples, Ceylon, Port Said, Aden, Cairo, November 1932 - April 1933 (Item 10/7)

All identified. Includes: Adelaide; Frematle; Sydney; Balmoral Beach Sydney; Sydney Hardbour Bridge; Sydney Cricket Ground; Jenolan Caves; Koalas; Melbourne; Hobart; Blue Mountains.


Emigration Cards, September 1829 (File 18)

1 item
Voyage of The Tranby (Cpt Story) Hull - Swan River, giving names of emigrants (1p), 9 September 1829 (Item)

Fonds DM. Miscellaneous Deposits, 1855 - 1932

3 items

Series DMS. Messrs Stamp, Jackson and Proctor, Solicitors, April 1855 - July 1880

1 item

Records accumulated by firms of solicitors successively known as Codd and Levett, Levett and Champney and Champney of Fonvard

Property in Teignmouth, Devon, April 1855 - July 1880 (File 1/47)
4 items

Filmed selectively.

Letter of attorney by George Urquhart of South Yarra, Melbourne, settler and G A Urquhart gent of Brisbane, 15 May 1876 (Item 3)
4 items

Appointing S F Langham and S F Langham, the younger, of Bartletts buildings to take necessary steps for sale of Teignmouth property.

Declarations of Witnesses and registers certificate and copy of George Urquhart's birth certificate, South Yarra (9p), 22 April 1855 (Item 3)
Letter of attorney by George Urquhart of South Yarra, settler and E L Urquhart of South Yarra gent to Augustus Mason of Furnival Inn solicitor, 22 July 1880 (Item 4)

[Sent] to act for them in all matters concerning their property in Britain.


George Urquhart (South Yarra) to Jesse Malcolm, n.d. (Item 17)

Re sale of Teignmouth property, needs the money due to losses; depression on the colony; bad government; news of sons.


Series DMX 24. W H Bee and W G Bingham Papers, July 1926 - December 1932

2 items
W G Bingham Papers, July 1926 - December 1932 (File 4)
2 items

Biographical / Historical

William G Bingham (1888-1933).

Letter from Effie (Diamondvale, Stanhope) to uncle Will (Bingham?), 7 July 1926 (Item 68)

Investing money in the farm. Stanhope is catering for Brisbanites wanting a cool summer holiday.


Letter from Effie (Mackay, Queensland) to uncle Will (Bingham?), 29 December 1932 (Item 69)

Description of Mackay.


Autograph souvenir booklet re luncheon in honour of Amy Johnson, CBE, 30 August 1930 (File DMX 83)

A tribute from representatives of British Youth and achievement in all activities of life to her courage and endurance during her historic flight from England to Australia. 5-24 May 1930. (12p.)

Given by proprietors of Daily Mail, Savoy Hotel.

Menu, Wine list, Robert Nichols "Sonnet in honour of AJ"; account and photographs of the flight and guest list.