Guide to the Collections held by the London Guildhall Library (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

London Guildhall Library
Collections held by the London Guildhall Library (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1834 - 1902
Collection Number
6 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
The Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) online portal was created with the assistance of the Australian Public Service Modernisation Fund, 2017-2020. The National Library of Australia gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the other foundation AJCP partners, the State Library of New South Wales and The National Archives of the UK, and all other organisations which supported the work of the AJCP, the world's most extensive collaborative copying project, operating from 1948 to 1997.


Scope and Contents

Diary 1841-42 of William Fanning, agent of Dent & Co, kept at Macao and on voyage to Manila and Hobart on Lord Amherst and to Sydney on John Byng.

Risk books 1834, 1854 of Marine Department of London Assurance Co referring to voyages to Australia, New Zealand, East Indies and Singapore.

Australian share certificates 1893-1902 of William C. Phillips of London.

Letter of instructions 18 January 1878 to G.W. Binney, agent of Sun Fire Office in Province of Auckland.

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 London Metropolitan Archives. For more information contact London Metropolitan Archives Enquiry service [].

Preferred Citation

Acknowledgement of use of this material should refer to the London Metropolitan Archives and to the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Items from this collection should include references to the London Metropolitan Archives and to the AJCP nla.obj number, which serves as the online identifier for the digital copy.

Example: Western Australasian Trade Section Minute Book. 22 April 1895- 12 October 1904, London Metropolitan Archives. MS 16512 (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Filmed at the Guildhall Library as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1981 (AJCP Reels: M1336). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

As the Guildhall Library did not allow selective filming, only those manuscripts relating entirely or substantially to Australia have been filmed.

Existence and Location of Originals

Guildhall Library, London, England.

Currently held at the London Metropolitan Archives, London. For more information see: London Metropolitan 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.


Auckland, New Zealand; Australia; Binney, G.W.; Business records; Dent and Company; Fanning, William; John Byng (ship); London Assurance Company; London, England; Lord Amherst (ship); Macao; Manila, Philippines; New Zealand; Phillips, William C.; Singapore; Sun Fire Office; Hobart, Tasmania: visits to; Dutch East Indies: visits to


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 289, p108.

Item Descriptions

Series MS 11687. Globe Insurance Company, December 1839

1 item

Deed of settlement of Australasian Colonial and General Life Assurance and Annuity Company, 19 December 1839 (File)

Series MS 11891. William Fanning, April 1841 - April 1842

1 item

Business and social diary of William Fanning, April 1841 - April 1842 (File)

Agent of Dent & Co., tea-dealers, kept at Macao, April-November 1841, thence on a voyage to Manila and Hobart on the Lord Amherst , Dec. 1841-March 1842, and thence on a voyage to Sydney on the John Byng .

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Dent (1796-1872) began trading as a merchant in Canton in about 1815, originally in partnership with W.S. Davidson. Thomas Dent & Company was established in 1824. The company moved to Hong Kong in 1841 and was one of the largest merchant houses in the city until it folded in 1867.

Series MS 14758. London Assurance Company, 1834 - 1854

2 items

Biographical / Historical

The London Assurance Company, one of the largest marine insurance companies in Britain, was founded in 1720.

Marine Department Risk Book, 1834 (File)

Referring inter alia to voyages to Sydney, Hobart, Launceston, Perth, the South Seas, Batavia and Singapore.

Marine Department Risk Book, 1854 (File)

Referring on pages 203-351 to voyages to Sydney, Hobart, Launceston, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Auckland, Wellington, Batavia and Singapore.

Series MS 15828. William C. Phillips, 1893 - 1902

1 item

Australian share certificates and other documents, 1893 - 1902 (File)

The companies include Menzies United Mines Ltd., Lone Hand Gold Mines Ltd., Premier Consolidated Gold Mines Ltd., Tararu Creek Gold Mining Co. Ltd., Standard Exploration Co. Ltd. and Mt. Perry Copper and Reid Creek Gold Mines and Smelting Co. Ltd.

Series MS 18351. Sun Fire Office, January 1878

1 item

Biographical / Historical

The Sun Fire Office was founded in London in 1710 and is the oldest insurance company in the world. It became the Sun Insurance Office in 1891.

Photocopy of letter from the Secretary of the Sun Fire Office, London, to G.W. Binney, Auckland, 18 January 1878 (File)

Gives him his instructions as agent of the Office in the Province of Auckland.

(36 pp.)