Guide to the Collections held by the Liverpool City Libraries (as filmed by AJCP)


M869 - M870

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Liverpool City Libraries
Collections held by the Liverpool City Libraries (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1773 - 1923
Collection Number
M869 - M870
25 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Justices Sessions. Gaol and House of Correction: index to minutes of meetings and selected sections of minutes concerning transport of convicts to hulks and treatment of female convicts 1837.

C.T. Bowring & Co Ltd: papers 1879 concerning purchase of New Zealand bonds.

Minutes (selected) 1889-1923 of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, referring to trade with the colonies, mail to East Indies and Australia, and a visit to Australia and New Zealand by Col. Hawkins.

Cash books, ledgers, accounts, balance sheets and letter-books 1837-1860 of Henry E. Symonds and his executors, concerning trade with Australian firms such as Younghusband and Co of Adelaide, and Creeth Hicks and Creeth of Melbourne.

Letters 1773-1782 to Mathew Gregson, mainly from David Samwell, surgeon on HMS Resolution during Capt. James Cook's third voyage to the Pacific. They describe preparations for sailing; disappointment at the small number of zoological specimens brought home; the visit to Otaheite, Sandwich Islands; and the non-existence of the Northwest Passage.

Accounts and ledger 1850-1869 of Henry T. Wilson; contract 1855 to John Pilkington and Wilson to convey mails to Australia; poster advertising White Star vessels for Melbourne. Wilson was part-owner of ships engaged on the Liverpool to Port Phillip run, including the Red Jacket.

Sir William B. Forwood journals: journal 1857-1858 of a voyage from Liverpool to Melbourne on the Red Jacket; journal 1858 of a voyage from Sydney to Valparaiso in the barque Queen of the Avon; copy of the first part of the journal of the Red Jacket voyage with meteorological observations and navigation details for the two voyages.

Letters 1814-1825 to William Roscoe from Thomas Rushton of Sydney and Sir James Smith of Norwich, the latter referring to the departure of Alexander Macleay to take up the position of Colonial Secretary of New South Wales.

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

Selectively filmed Central Library, Liverpool City Libraries, Liverpool, at as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1975 (AJCP Reel: M869-M870). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Liverpool City Council; Liverpool Archives and Family History, 3rd floor Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EW.

For further information see Liverpool City Council Libraries and Archives 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 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.

The identifiers used in this finding aid were accurate at the time of filming. They have been kept to preserve the historical context of the collection.


Adelaide, South Australia; Australia: visits to; Bowring, C.T. & Company Ltd; Business records; Convict ships; Convicts; Convicts: women; Cook, James, Capt.; Creeth Hicks & Creeth; Dutch East Indies; Exploration: maritime; Forwood, Sir William B.; Gregson, Dame Scholastica; Hawaii; Hawkins, Colonel; Liverpool Chamber of Commerce; Liverpool, England; Macleay, Alexander; Melbourne, Victoria; New Zealand: visits to; North West Passage; Pilkington, John; Postal services; Prisons: England; Queen of the Avon (barque); Red Jacket, emigrant ship; Resolution, HMS (ship); Roscoe, William; Royal Navy: exploration and surveys; Royal Navy: voyages; Rushton, Thomas; Samwell, David; Smith, Sir James E.; Surgeons; Surgeons: Royal Navy ships; Sydney, New South Wales ; Symonds, Henry E.; Tahiti; Trade: imperial; Valparaiso, Chile; White Star (ship)ping line; Wilson, Henry T.; Younghusband & Co; Zoology


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 283, p. 106.

Item Descriptions

Fonds 347 QUA. Borough of Liverpool. Court of Quarter Sessions, 1837 - 1839

1 item

Sessions book, 1837 - 1839 (File)

3 items

Filmed selectively.

Transported convicts, 2 November 1837 (Item f. 1-9)
Reply by Lord John Russell to resolutions on Liverpool as a place of embarkation for transported convicts and other matters, 19 February 1838 (Item ff. 44-47)
Transported convicts, 27 April 1839 (Item ff. 10-101, 111-112)

Fonds 380 BOW. C. T. Bowring & Co. Ltd., 1879

1 item

Biographical / Historical

The firm of C.T. Bowring & Co. was founded in Liverpool in 1830. It was originally the owner of a large fleet of sailing ships and later of steamships and oil tankers.

Account book, 1879 (File 2/5)

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Purchase of £700 New Zealand Consolidated 5 per cent bonds, May 1879 (Item f. 133)

Fonds 380 COM. Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, 1889 - 1923

2 items

Series 1/2. Minutes of Council, 6 February 1889 - 15 November 1889

2 items

Filmed selectively.

'Colonies and trade', an address by Baron de Worms, 6 February 1889 (Item)
Minute on Australian mail arrangements as affecting East Indian mail arrangements, 15 November 1889 (Item)

Series 2/11/3. Minutes of the Australian and New Zealand Committee, 1923

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Col. Hawkins on his visit to Australia and New Zealand; ignorance of colonists of the port facilities at Liverpool, 16 July 1923 (Item)

Fonds 380 MD. Henry Eld Symonds papers, 1854 - 1860

11 items

Biographical / Historical

Henry Eld Symonds (d. 1858) was a Kirkdale merchant who traded principally with Australia and South America.

H.E. Symonds to Trustees under will of John Eld: assignment of share in moneys for securing £2000 and interest, 1 July 1854 (File 1)

Journal of accounts, 1856 - 1860 (File)

2 items

Selected pages filmed.

Journal of accounts, 1 November 1856 - 31 December 1860 (Item ff. 1-54)

Cash book, 1856 - 1859 (File)

Ledger, 1856 - 1859 (File)

9 items

Selected pages filmed.

Ledger (Item f. 1)
Ledger (Item ff. 3-5)
Ledger (Item f. 10)
Ledger (Item ff. 14-21)
Ledger (Item ff. 23-26)
Ledger (Item ff. 34-37)
Ledger (Item ff. 48-49)
Ledger (Item ff. 56-57)
Ledger (Item f. 60)

Invoices, 1857 - 1858 (File)

3 items

Selected pages filmed.

Invoices (Item ff. 1-9)
Invoices (Item f. 11)
Invoices (Item ff. 43-46)

Letterbook, 1857 - 1859 (File)

14 items

Letters from H.E. Symonds to Creeth, Hicks & Creeth (Melbourne), Gibbs, Ronald & Co. (Geelong), T. Asinwall & Co. (London), R.D. Atkinson, W.J. Creeth (Melbourne) and Richard Gibbs (London).

Selected pages filmed.

Letterbook (Item ff. 1-7)
Letterbook (Item ff. 9-10)
Letterbook (Item ff. 34-35)
Letterbook (Item f. 38)
Letterbook (Item ff. 40-41)
Letterbook (Item f. 47)
Letterbook (Item ff. 49-50)
Letterbook (Item f. 55)
Letterbook (Item ff. 67-68)
Letterbook (Item ff. 70, 79)
Letterbook (Item ff. 88-89)
Letterbook (Item f. 102)
Letterbook (Item ff. 109-11)
Letterbook (Item f. 120)

Invoices from Every & Co. (Liverpool), for goods shipped to Geelong, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, 1856 - 1857 (File)

Documents on trade, 1857 (File)

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Kirk Montgomery & Co. (Liverpool) to H. Symonds: shipment of vinegar, 14 April 1857 (Item)

Includes: Kirk Montgomery & Co. to A. E. Symonds. Order to buyers and Learmonth of Sydney for purchase of 50 bales of wool. (15 September 1857).

21 letters from Gilfillan & Co. (Auckland), Creeth, Hicks & Creeth, (Melbourne) and Gibbs, Ronald & Co, (Geelong), 1857 - 1858 (File)

Miscellaneous letters of trade, 1857 (File)

Items of interest include:

T. Aspinwall & Co. (London) to Symonds, 9 July 1857: phorinium tenax.

T. Aspinwall & Co. to H.E. Symonds, 2 Aug. 1857: timber shipment.

T. Aspinwall & Co. to Symonds, 12-14 Aug. 1857: timber. (3 letters)

Richardson Bros. (Belfast) to H.E. Symonds, 25 Aug. 1857: remittance from Melbourne.

Richardson Bros. to H.E. Symonds, 26 Aug. 1857: remittance from Creeth, Hicks and Creeth.

Francis Mason (Liverpool) to K. Montgomme and H.E. Symonds, 29 Sept. 1857: cargo of timber for Sydney.

Richardson Bros. to H.E. Symonds, 19 Oct. 1857: A. Creeth & Co. account.

Richardson Bros. to H.E. Symonds, 2 Dec. 1857: A. Creeth & Co. account.

Richardson Bros. to H.E. Symonds, 8 Dec. 1857: A. Creeth & Co. account.

Miscellaneous items, 1856 - 1860 (File)

Items of interest include:

Statements of shipment costs, 1857.

Statement of profit on speculation in raisins, 20 Aug. 1857.

Further statements of shipment costs, 1857.

Accounts of sales of sundries, Sept.-Oct. 1857.

Certificate of receipt of jam, Geelong, 22 Sept. 1857.

Invoice of cases of jam, New Orleans, n.d.

Accounts of sales of Oilmans Stores, 1857.

Accounts of sales of cases of jam, 1857.

H.C. Symonds. Balance sheet, 14 Dec. 1857.

Balance sheet of the books of R.G. Bushby, 31 Dec. 1857.

H.E. Symonds to Kirk Montgomery & Co., 13 Jan. 1858.

Shipments unclosed, statement of affairs, 17 May 1858.

H.C. Symonds. Balance sheet, 31 Dec. 1858.

Gross receipts and collections in the estate of H.E. Symonds by Every & Co., 26 Jan. 1860.

Account of sales of indigo, Madras, 17 May 1858.

Legacy and succession duties due by the death of Henry Eld Symonds, 1858.

Balance sheet of H.E. Symonds ledger, 17 May 1858.

Balance sheet of H.E. Symonds ledger, 30 June 1858.

Shipments made by R.G. Bushby & Co. through Kirk Montgomery & Co., 25 April-8 Sept. 1856.

Estate of Kirk Montgomery & Co.: Proceeds of consignments made by Macinder Rogers & Co., 6 April 1858.

Balance sheet of Kirk Montgomery & Co. in account with the late firm of R.G. Bushby & Co., 1856-1857.

Fonds 920 GRE. Gregson Collection, 1773 - 1780

1 item

Biographical / Historical

Matthew Gregson (1749-1824) was a Liverpool upholsterer and antiquary. He was a member of the Royal Society of Arts and a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Series. Correspondence, 1773 - 1780

10 items

Filmed selectively.

David Samwell to M. Gregson, 24 June 1773 (Item 17/3)

Refers to recently published account of three voyages round the world by the Dolphin, Swallow and Endeavour.

D. Samwell (London) to M. Gregson, 9 December 1775 (Item 17/10)

Considers sailing round the world as surgeon's mate on HMS Resolution.

D. Samwell (London) to M. Gregson, 23 February 1776 (Item 17/11)

Gregson's appointment as surgeon's mate on HMS Resolution.

D. Samwell (London) to M. Gregson, 25 March 1776 (Item 17/12)

Waiting for Resolution to sail; expects to be made a surgeon on his return.

D. Samwell (Deptford) to M. Gregson: waiting to sail, 16 May 1776 (Item 17/13)
D. Samwell (Plymouth) to M. Gregson, 29 June 1776 (Item 17/14)

Lord Sandwich and others had dined on board with J. Banks and D. Solander before leaving the Thames.

D. Samwell (Plymouth) to M. Gregson: thanks for good wishes, 12 July 1776 (Item 17/15)
D. Samwell (Cape of Good Hope) to M. Gregson, 22 October 1776 (Item 17/16)

Plans of Capt. Cook to proceed to Tahiti and then search for North West Passage. [Also a newspaper cutting of Jan. 1777 quoting this letter]

J. Crosier (London) to M. Gregson, 2 February 1780 (Item 17/17)

No news of D. Samwell but thinks he is well; surgeon had died on voyage.


D. Samwell (Stromness) to M. Gregson. Arrival of HMS Discovery in Orkneys; expects to be in London in a fortnight. (23 August 1780).

John White (London) to Madam [?], 18 October 1780 (Item 17/19)

Visited the ship on her return to find what specimens of animals and birds had been brought home. Mr. Samwells has not produced any for him yet despite his promises.

David Samwell (London) to M. Gregson, 23 October 1780 (Item 17/20)

Has been very rushed. Does not have as many specimens as had hoped. Was made Surgeon by Cook in August 1778.

David Samwell (London) to M. Gregson, 1 November 1780 (Item 17/21)

The small number of specimens brought back.

David Samwell (London) to M. Gregson, 16 December 1780 (Item 17/22)

Reference to two New Zealand boys, carried on the ship; Non existence of the North West passage; death of the Captain; lack of scurvy.

David Samwell (London) to M. Gregson, 17 December 1780 (Item 17/23)

Reference to the visit to the Otaheite.

David Samwell (London) to M. Gregson, 7 April 1781 (Item 17/26)

Reference to Sandwich Islands.

David Samwell (Sheerness) to M. Gregson, 16 May 1782 (Item 17/30)

Ellis's account of the Cook voyage.

Fonds 920 MD 283-6. Henry Threlfall Wilson papers, 1850 - 1869

4 items

Biographical / Historical

Henry Threlfall Wilson (1825-1869) and John Pilkington founded the Aberdeen White Star Line in 1845. From 1852 onward the company operated a fleet of clippers which sailed from Liverpool to Melbourne carrying emigrants and returning with gold, wool, whale oil and seal skins.

Personal accounts of H. T. Wilson, 1850 - 1869 (File 283)

5 items

Most of the entries relate to financial transactions, but there are a few diary entries recording personal and family activities. The diaries have been filmed in total, including the almanacs. (5 vols.)

Mansfield's commercial diary and almanac for 1850 (Item 1)
Letts's diary, or bills due book, and almanac for 1866 (Item 2)
Letts's diary, or bills due book, and almanac for 1867 (Item 3)
Letts's diary, or bills due book, and almanac for 1868 (Item 4)
Letts's diary, or bills due book, and almanac for 1869 (Item 5)

Ledger of H. T. Wilson (51pp.), 1853 - 1855 (File 284)

Contract between the Postmaster General and J. Pilkington and H. T. Wilson relating to the conveyance of mail from Liverpool to Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne, 9 May 1855 (File 285)

Poster advertising Liverpool White Star vessels for Melbourne, n.d. (File 286)

Poor condition.

Fonds 920 MD 403-4. Journals of Sir William B. Forwood, 1857 - 1858

4 items

Biographical / Historical

Sir William Bower Forwood (1840-1928) was a Liverpool merchant, shipowner and company director. He was president of the Liverpool Cotton Association and the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and for over 40 years served on the Liverpool Town Council.

Journal of William Forwood kept on a voyage from Liverpool to Melbourne on the Red Jacket. (pp. 92-254), 20 November 1857 - 28 January 1858 (File 403)

The journal refers inter alia to the embarkation at Liverpool, sighting of Ireland and Wales, stowaways, origin of the name 'Red jacket', the weather and seas, sighting of ships, saloon passengers, games, church services, sighting of the Canary Islands, musical performances, conversations with Capt. O'Halloran and the crew, sighting of flying fish, porpoises and nautiluses, astronomical observations, Christmas celebrations, sail changes, arguments between passengers, gales in the Indian Ocean, climbing the mizzen mast, albatrosses, sighting of Cape Otway and Queenscliff, and the arrival in Melbourne.

Journal of William Forwood kept on a voyage from Sydney to Valparaiso on the barque Queen of the Avon. (pp. 258-299), 30 March 1858 - 15 May 1858 (File)

Abstract of the two logs (pp. 326-335) (File)

Duplicate journal of the first part of the voyage from Liverpool on the Red Jacket (pp. 1-13), 20 November 1857 - 30 November 1857 (File 404)

The volume also contains astronomical observations and calculations, notes on clouds and winds, copies of letters (1858), poems and a diary kept on a voyage from Lisbon to Liverpool on SS Liverpool, 10-15 Nov. [1858?].

Fonds 920 ROS. Roscoe letters and papers, 1814 - 1825

1 item

Biographical / Historical

William Roscoe (1753-1831), Liverpool attorney, farmer and historian, was the founder of the Liverpool Royal Institution and a member of the Royal Society of Arts. In addition to his historical and literary activities, he had a strong interest in botany.

Series 1-5390. Correspondence and papers, 1814 - 1825

3 items

Filmed selectively.

Thomas Rushton (Sydney) to W. Roscoe, 8 October 1814 (Item 4261)

Sends money to his three daughters in Liverpool.

Thomas Rushton to W. Roscoe, 31 October 1815 (Item 4269)

His daughters had already embarked for New South Wales before the money arrived.

Sir James E. Smith (Norwich) to W. Roscoe, 28 January 1825 (Item 4499)

News of A. Macleay, leaving to take up post of Colonial Secretary in NSW 'to colonize the country with eleven unmarried daughters and many sons'.