Guide to the Journal of John Lovell (as filmed by AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Lovell, John (The Elizabeth)
Journal of John Lovell (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
23 January 1853 - 3 May 1853
Collection Number
1 item
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Journal of John Lovell kept on the emigrant ship Elizabeth on a voyage from Bristol to Melbourne, 23 January – 3 May 1853. The journal details the weather, conditions aboard the ship, passengers complaints and relations with other staff.

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.

For example: M Series: Journal of Capt. James Cook, 18 February-23 September 1770, British Library Add. MS 27885 (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Filmed as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, (AJCP Reel: M401). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

National Maritime Museum, Romney Road, London.

Collection Reference:JOD/79. For further information see Royal Museums Greenwich (

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 The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.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


Bristol, England; Elizabeth; Emigrant voyages; Melbourne, Victoria: immigration to; Lovell, John


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 294, p. 110.

Biographical / Historical

John Lovell was a member of the crew of the barque Elizabeth (master: A. Hancock) on a voyage from Bristol to Melbourne in 1853. The ship carried 187 emigrants, comprising seven cabin passengers and 180 passengers in intermediate and steerage.

Item Descriptions

Journal of John Lovell, 23 January 1853 - 3 May 1853 (File)

The journal refers to the departure of the vessel from Bristol, the ship's position, the weather, winds, seas and the changing of sails, complaints by passengers of depleted food allowances, the production of a newspaper, the Tropical Times, illnesses and deaths, complaints about the ship's doctor, sightings of ships and whales, the distribution of grog, lime juice and tobacco, the sighting of islands in the south Atlantic, the organisation of auctions and raffles, relations between Lovell and the ship's mate, a fight between the mate and the cook, a theatrical performance, the arrival at Port Phillip and the landing of the passengers.