Guide to the Collections held by the Hull Local Studies Library (as filmed by the AJCP)



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Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Hull Local Studies Library
Collections held by the Hull Local Studies Library (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1844 - 1898
Collection Number
6 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Notes 1895 of William Richardson on early history of Missions to South Sea Islands.

Life of Tom Blossom (1777-1855), a missionary to South Sea Islands.

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 Hull Local Studies Library, Humberside, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1989. (AJCP reel M2393). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Hull History Centre, Worship St., Hull, HU2 8BG. Formerly Hull Local Studies Library. Central Library, Albion Street, Kingston upon Hull, Humberside HU1 3TF, England

For more information see 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 The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.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.


Blossom, Thomas; Missions and missionaries: Pacific Islands; Richardson, William; Tahiti


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 239, p90.

Item Descriptions

Fonds L 266.58(5). William Richardson, 1895

1 item

Notes on the early history of Missions to South Sea Islands.(113p. and ms, some printed extracts, illus. filmed selectively), 1895 (File)


Introduction of Christianity to the Islands; pictures of T. Blossom and James Calvert.

References to Charles Barff: Acceptance by LMS; sailed in Survey 14 July 1816 to Sydney arrived South Seas November 1817; settled at Huahine; preaching to natives; clearing ground to plant coffee, sugar, cotton; trips to other islands - reception on Raiateu; Barff prepared code of laws for Huahine (1822) including provision for trial by jury; 1870 voyage to Samoa and Raratonga; return to England 1846 for a short visit; wrecked on Danger Island enroute to Sydney; died 23 June 1866.

Notes on the French in Tahiti.

Article on Rev Charles Barff from Hull and District Congregational Magazine July, August 1898. (including portrait)

Fonds L 9.592. CA William Richardson, 1844-c.1895

Local notes on South Cave and neighbourhood.

(2 vols, filmed selectively)

Volume 1: Note re Thomas Blossom, n.d. (File f. 270)

Missionary to South Sea Islands and birth of his son in South Seas

Volume 2 - Miscellaneous Papers, 1844; c.1895; n.d. (File)

4 items
Life of Mr Thomas Blossom (1777-1855), c.1895 (Item ff. 82-229)

Written about 1847, copied in 1895 from the original Ms book lent me by his son J D Blossom of 5 Park Terrace, Waterloo, Liverpool.

Includes: history of family; schooling, training as joiner; working in London; partnership with W M Mason in coach-smith business; November 1820 applied to LMS to go to South Seas Islands with missionaries Tyreman and Bennett; marriage with Sarah Radley; voyage on Tuscan; anchorage at Tahiti on 25 September 1821; welcome from natives; meeting with King Pomare; T B made his coffin when he died on 9 December 1821; removal to Eimeo in 1823; building houses; growing cotton - T B made spinning wheels etc; April 1826 removal to mission school at Afaredfu, teaching woodwork; June 1828 birth of son Joseph; removal to Raiaka to repair Olive Branch; voyage around islands; removal to Afareastu, employing native men in woodwork; cotton business given up due to imports of American cotton by whalers; March 1836 removal to Papetoai building new mission house and other items for missionaries; murders of Williams and Harris by natives; 12 May 1842 death of wife; decides to return to England; French aggression in Tahiti; sailing on William and Eliza, American whaler, 10 January 1844; arrival in New York, description; voyage to Liverpool; visits to old missionary friends in London and consul George Pritchard who had been imprisoned on Tahiti.

Copy of inscriptions on [TB's] tombstone in North Cave churchyard, n.d. (Item f.231)
Copy of 2 newspaper reports re return of TB from South Seas, 1844 (Item ff. 233)
Portrait, n.d. (Item f.235)