Guide to the Journals of James Mitchell (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Mitchell, James
Journals of James Mitchell (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1820 - 1823
Collection Number
1 item
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

Two journals covering the voyages to Australia, and Mitchell's travels in New South Wales and Java in 1820 and 1822.

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 Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

For more information, contact the Centre for Research Collections [].

Preferred Citation

Acknowledgement of use of this material should refer to the University of Edinburgh and to the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Items from this collection should include references to the Centre for Research Collections. University of Edinburgh and to the AJCP nla.obj number, which serves as the online identifier for the digital copy.

Example: Colonial Office Correspondence, 1901-1914, Papers of Professor Arthur Berriedale Keith (as filmed by the AJCP), Centre for Research. The University of Edinburgh. AJCP ref:

Archival History

Material selectively filmed at the University of Edinburgh Library as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1982 (AJCP Reel: M1677). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LJ, Scotland

For more information see Centre for Research Collections. University of Edinburgh (

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.


Convict ships; Convict ships: health and medical services; Guildford, convict ship; Java: visits to; Mitchell, James; Neptune, convict ship; New South Wales; Surgeons: convict ships


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 325, p122.

Biographical / Historical

James Mitchell (c. 1793-1858). Entered the Royal Navy as assistant surgeon in 1811 before becoming Acting Surgeon in 1813. Mitchell served in North America, 1813-1817, including at the Battle of Plattsburg in February 1814. He was confirmed as surgeon 8th March 1817. Served as Surgeon on the convict ships Neptune and Guildford on three voyages to New South Wales. On the second voyage of the Guildford, 1923-1924, Mitchell suffered a mental and physical collapse and on return to England was admitted to the lunatic asylum at Haslar.

Item Descriptions

Journals, 1820 - 1823 (File 1)

There are two journals, one covering James Mitchell's first visit to Australia in the Neptune in 1820, the other his second visit in the Guildford in 1822. They do not contain daily entries, but discursive reflections and detailed accounts of travels in New South Wales and Java. There are references to Sir Thomas Brisbane, J.T. Bigge, John Oxley and John Macarthur.

The 1820-21 journal is held in the Divinity Library, New College, Edinburgh University and the 1822-23 journal is in the Special Collections Department, Edinburgh University Library.