Guide to the Collections held by Leicestershire Record Office (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Leicestershire Record Office
Collections held by Leicestershire Record Office (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1836 - 1963
Collection Number
16 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Papers 1844-1845 on the conviction and transportation of Samuel Chambers.

Papers 1870-1896 of the Higginson Family of Tawonga, Victoria.

Letter 1852 of Samuel Coltman and his wife of Duffield, referring to emigration to New Zealand.

Records, 1922-1963 of Standard Engingeering Co. Ltd., boot and shoe manufacturer, concerning the company's branch in Melbourne.

Journal of Arthur Packe on surveying voyages of HMS Rattlesnake and Bramble, 26 November 1846-2 December 1849. It refers to: surveying operations in Bass Strait: the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait; attacks by Aborigines; Edward Kennedy; and relations with Captain Owen Stanley, Lieutenant Charles Yule and John MacGillivray

Records 1903-1950 of R. and W.H. Symington and Co., corset manufacturer, concerning its Australian and New Zealand operations.

Letters and letter-diary 1873-1874 of David Webster of Brisbane. Subjects include his voyage to Queensland; Palmer River goldrush; and misrepresentation of Australia by Anthony Trollope.

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.

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 Leicestershire Record Office, Leicester, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project,(AJCP Reels:M 2124). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Leicestershire Record Office, Long Street, Leicester, England.

For more information see Leicestershire Record Office 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 2019. 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.

Advisory Statement

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this Finding Aid contains material and descriptive information which may be considered culturally sensitive and may cause distress, including names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. This Finding Aid contains terms that reflect authors' views or those of the historical period, but which may not be considered appropriate today. While the information may not reflect current understanding, it is provided in an historical context.


Australia; Australian Aboriginals: Queensland; Bass Strait; Bramble, HMS (Ship); Brisbane, Queensland; Chambers, Samuel; Coltman, Samuel; Convicts; Emigrant voyages; Gold and Goldfields: Queensland; Great Barrier Reef; Great Britain; Higginson Family; Indigenous Australians: Queensland; Kennedy, Edward; MacGillivray, John; Melbourne, Victoria; Navy: exploration and surveys; New Zealand; New Zealand: immigration to; Packe, Arthur; Palmer River, Queensland; Queensland; Queensland: immigration to; Rattlesnake, HMS (Ship); Royal Navy: voyages; Standard Engineering Co Ltd; Stanley, Owen, Captain; Symington, R. and W.H. and Co.; Tawonga, Victoria; Torres Strait; Trollope, Anthony; Webster, David; Yule, Charles, Lieutenant


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 274, p. 102

Item Descriptions

Fonds QS.13. Quarter Session Records: Transportation Records, 1844 - 1845

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Papers on conviction and transportation of Samuel Chambers, 1844 - 1845 (File 3)

Chambers was convicted of causing a mine to be flooded. The papers include a petition to Sir James Graham, a letter of C.W. Packe concerning an inquiry into the case, and papers entitled 'The Breedon Hill Mine Case' and 'The Case of Samuel Chambers'. (70pp.)

Fonds 8D.43. Documents on Leicester gaols, 1836

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Order of T. Burbidge, Clerk of Peace, concerning sentence of transportation of John Smith, convicted of felony at Leicestershire Quarter Sessions, 7 January 1836 (File 4)

Fonds 9D.43. Records of Harris, Watts and Bouskell, solicitors, 1870 - 1896

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Papers of Higginson Family of Tawonga, Victoria (9ff.), 1870 - 1896 (File 213)

The papers comprise copies of his death certificate, the death certificates of his parents and the birth certificates of his six children.

Biographical / Historical

Walter Higginson (1845-1887), born in Leicester, was a grazier in the Bright district of Victoria.

Fonds 15D.57. Letters of Coltman Family, 1852

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Samuel Coltman and wife (Duffield) to his sister, 14 July 1852 (File 337)

Emigration of C. Lowndes and friends to New Zealand; their plans to establish saw and corn mill; New Zealand the favourite colony at present; Parkes Family.

Fonds DE 1620. Records of Standard Engineering Company Ltd, 1922 - 1963

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

The Company started as a family engineering business in the 1890s, manufacturing a wide range of shoe making equipment. A subsidiary was established in Melbourne in 1924. It amalgamated with Whitfield Wylie Ltd in 1999.

Correspondence concerning Australia, 1922 - 1957 (File 62)

Mainly dating from the 1920s, the papers deal with the establishment of the Melbourne branch by H. C. Hancock, reports om the Australian staff, correspondence with H. C. Hancock, manufacture of puffs in Australia, financial matters, changes in organization of Melbourne depot (1934), correspondence with Australian High Commission concerning duty on machinery imported into Australia, purchase of property in Melbourne.

(1 file, c. 200 pp.)

Melbourne Branch. Annual and six-monthly balance sheets and statements of account (c.200 pp.), 1934 - 1963 (File 63)

Includes reports for periods:1934-1936, 1938-1950, 1955, 1957-1958, 1960-1963

Fonds DE 1672. Papers of Packe Family of Twyford, Norfolk, 1846 - 1891

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

Arthur Packe (d. 1857) was the son of Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Packe (1786-1859) of Twyford Hall, Twyford, Norfolk. In 1846-50 he served as a midshipman on the surveying expedition of HMS Rattlesnake, under Captain Owen Stanley.

Private journal of Arthur Packe (d.1857), on surveying voyages of H.M.S. Rattlesnake and Bramble, 26 November 1846 - 2 December 1849 (File 15)

The journal is very detailed and describes the voyage from England to Australia, surveying operations in Bass Strait, the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait, the exploring expedition of E. Kennedy, attacks by natives, visits to Port Essington, relations with Capt. O. Stanley, Lieut. C. Yule, J. MacGillivray. There are also recipes for food and medicine, tables on temperatures and winds, deep sea soundings, copies of papers on the funderal of O. Stanley in 1850, and copies of papers on farming near Monte Video in 1853-1957. (214 pp.)

J. Goddard (Fox Bay, N.Z.) to G. Packe, 14 June 1891 (File 45)

Sheep farming; difficulty of obtaining freehold grants; costs of fencing; problems with new Governor, Lord Onslow.

Fonds DE 2051. Papers deposited by R.E. Parker of Great Dalby, 1842

1 item

Filmed selectively.

J.P. Robinson (Sydney) to J.T. Barry (London), 15 November 1842 (File 1-5)

Attempted piracy by convicts at Norfolk Island; trial and execution of four convicts; encloses copies of petition to Sir George Gipps and correspondence with R. Thomson (Sydney), R. Owen (Sydney), J.B. Naylor and Capt. N.B. Simpson appealing against death penalty, Nov. 18.


Fonds DE 2262. Records of R. and W.H. Symington and Co. Ltd., 1903 - 1950

3 items

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

In 1830 James Symington set up as a tailor, hatter and woollen draper in Market Harborough and the family company gradually expanded to the manufacture of hosiery and stays. In 1855 his son Robert visited America and returned with a Singer sewing machine. Robert and his brother William mechanised every aspect of corset-making and transformed a small business into the largest employer in Market Harborough. The company had factories overseas and distributed its products to all parts of the empire. It was sold to the Courtauld Group in 1967.

W.H. Symington (Market Harborough) to George Wilson, April 1903 - April 1904 (File 25/6-27)

The letters refer to Wilson's voyage to Australia on the Omrah, business affairs, visit to Perth, orders received from Australia, extension of Wilson's stay in Australia and New Zealand, Symington's opposition to establishment of a manufacturing business in Melbourne, colonial tariffs future organization of the Company, appointment of representative in Australia, Wilson's plans to visit pacific Islands and Japan, German trade, J. Chamberlain and tariff reform.


Photograph album containing nine photographs of R. and W.H. Symington (Australia) Pty. Ltd. corset factory at West Melbourne, 1930 (File 297)

Includes photograph of interiors, stitching rooms, display windows, office staff.

Photograph of exterior of R. and W.H. Symington and Co. factory, New Zealand, c. 1950 (File 298)

Fonds Misc. 914/2. Letters of Thomas and Maria Wade, 18 July 1840

1 item

Thomas and Maria Wade (Melbourne) to brother. Voyage to Australia; description of Melbourne; food prices; fertility of country; wages as carpenter's assistant; conditions on ship; advice to emigrants.

Fonds Misc. 1189. Photographs of Dunedin, c.1879-1920

1 item

Four photographs of Dunedin tramways, including one of Southland bush tramway. 5 1/2"x 3 1/2". (copies)

Fonds P. 41. Papers of Webster Family of Leicester, 1873 - 1874

2 items

Letters of Webster Family (photocopies), 1873-09-22-187[?]-06 (File 1)

5 items

Filmed selectively.

H. McLoughlin (Gympie) to D. Webster (Brisbane), 22 September 1873 (Item 59)

Departure from Brisbane; work in store. (ff.183-86)

H. McLoughlin to D. Webster, 8 Dec. (Item 69)

Requests letter; photograph. (ff. 227-28)

H. McLoughlin to D. Webster, 19 January 1874 (Item 77)

Palmer River goldrush; meetings with shipmates. (ff. 258-59)

H. McLoughlin to D. Webster, 15 October 1873 (Item 81)

Acknowledges visiting card. (ff.270-72)

David Webster (Brisbane) to his family, Nov. 1873-June 187[?] (Item 100-21)

Spiritual matters; chapel; family news; climate; resource of Queensland; similarity of Queensland and Devonshire countryside; health; Australian Aboriginals; Queensland friends; picnic; Palmer River goldrush; work as bootmaker; lodgings; wages; misrepresentation of Australia by A. Trollope; death of sister; illness; visitors. (ff. 335-443)

Biographical / Historical

Webster died in July 1874.

Letter-diary of David Webster (Photocopy), June 1873 - September 1873 (File 2)

The diary, sent to his family in England in instalments, describes the voyage from Gravesend to Brisbane on the Great Queensland, weather, meals, games, Church services, reading, magic lanterns, birds, assessment of officers and crew, constables, matron, relations among passengers, arrival at Brisbane (3 September), treatment of passengers by Emigration Commissioners, impressions of Brisbane, search for work, lodgings, employment as shoemaker, racial diversity of Queenslanders.(70 ff.)

Includes transcriptions of the diary.