Guide to the Collections held by the Isle of Wight County Record Office (as filmed by AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Isle of Wight County Record Office
Collections of the Isle of Wight County Record Office (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1836 - 1923
Collection Number
8 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

This collection includes: correspondence from the Blake Family; legal papers from Jerome & Co. Solicitors of Steephill Chambers, Shanklin; conveyance records; records of ML W.B. Mew Langton & Co Ltd. and papers from the White-Popham Family regarding emigration to South Australia.

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

Material selectively filmed at the Isle of Wright County Record Office as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1989 (AJCP Reels: M2394). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Isle of Wight County Record Office; England.

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 The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.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


Blake, Leonard; emigration: South Australia; Farms and farming: New Zealand; Geary Family; Melbourne, Victoria; Mew Langton & Company Ltd; New Zealand


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 251, p. 93

Item Descriptions

Series BRS. Blake Family papers, 1879 - 1880

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

Ruffin Blake farmed Stone Farm, Arreton, Isle of Wight.Leonard Blake was his first cousin.

Letters from Leonard Blake, 1879 - 1880 (File BRS 411)

2 items
Leonard Blake, on board Forfarshire to Ruffin Blake, 8 July 1879 - 6 October 1879 (Item BRS 411/1)

Describes the voyage to New Zealand - bad weather, the other passengers and crew, death of children in steerage class, food, rescue of man overboard, ceremonies of crossing the line, catching albatrosses, in quarantine at Port Chalmer's Harbour due to death of child from diptheria. (16p, last page crossed).

Leonard Blake, Christchurch, to Ruffin Blake, 20 March 1880 (Item BRS 411/2)

Details good yield of crops, prices of cereals and his job prospects. (4p.)

Series JER. Jerome & Co. Solicitors of Steephill Chambers, Shanklin, 4 June 1863 - 13 September 1864

3 items

Power of attorney re household estates in England and the Isle of Wight, 4 June 1863 (File JER 942)

1) Ignatius Geary, formerly of Chelsea, London, late of Melbourne, Victoria and now of Arrow River District, Otago, New Zealand, gold miner.

2) Mary Ann Geary of Chelsea, widow, his mother.

Drawn up by E. H. Ward, Solicitor of Dunedin. (4p.)

Inland Revenues (Succession Duty on Real Property) 1/18th share in property in Arreton Sharers on death of Frances Geary, 13 September 1864 (File JER 1025)

1) M D'Alton (nee Geary) wife of D'Alton of War Office (and draft).

2) Joseph Geary of Melbourne, Australia.

3) Xaverius Geary of 20 Whiteheads Grove, Chelsea.

4) Ignatius Severius Geary of New Zealand.


F. A. Jolliffe, Padmore, to Mr. Estcourt that Ignatius Geary does not intend to return home, and his money should be sent to him, he is known as Henry Geary, Post Office, Sydney (2p.), 14 Jan (1860s) (File JER 1179)

Series CRO/M. County Record Office. Miscellaneous Collections, 1865

1 item

Conveyance Vectis Lodge, Bembridge by Edward Wise, Judge, Sydney, New South Wales to Edward Dickinson Featon of Bembridge (2p.), 15 July 1865 (File CRO/M/67/1)

Series ML. W. B. Mew Langton & Co. Ltd. Papers, 1901 - 1923

1 item

Biographical / Historical

W. B. Mew Langton & Co. Ltd. was a brewing and malting concern in Crocker Street, Newport. In 1965 they were taken over by Strong & Co. of Romsey, who themselves were taken over in 1968 by Whitbread.

File of documents re reversionary interest of late John Stark in New Zealand Stock, 1901 - 1923 (File ML/58/4)

Documents include: schedule of documents; copy of will of John Stark, 16 May 1890; assignment of reversionary interest under the will of John Stark, by Joseph Richard Stark to W. B. Mew Langton & Co. Ltd., 18 Dec 1901; correspondence between Roach Pitts & Co., solicitors, Newport and W. J. Lake & Son, solicitors, London re Stark, 1902-1923.


Series WhP. White - Popham Family Papers, 1836

2 items

R. G. Wakefield, South Australian Commission, London, to Sir Richard Simeon, 15 July 1836 (File Whp 116)

States that they propose to offer 600 free emigrant passages to the colony and suggesting there might be suitable candidates on the Isle of Wight, gives details of type of emigrant required (4p.)

Sir Richard Simeon to Rev. White enclosing the letter and enquiring if he knows of any likely candidates (3p.), 22 July 1836 (File [WhP 116])