Guide to the Collections held by the Manchester Central Library (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Manchester Central Library
Collections held by the Manchester Central Library
Date Range
1850 - 1959
Collection Number
50 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

Manchester Guardians of Poor: register 1914-47 of children who emigrated to Australia and Canada.

Manchester Chamber of Commerce: Home and Dominion Committee minute-book 1910-26 referring to Australian and New Zealand tariffs and taxation and Australian legislation.

Correspondence 1951-59 between Lord Simon and Sir Richard Boyer, referring to the Beveridge Committee on the BBC, the Paton Royal Commission on Television 1953, party politics and the debate about television, and the wool industry.

Papers 1884-1910 of Dame Millicent Fawcett relating to women's suffrage in New Zealand and Australia.

Legal documents 1850-55 of William A. Gardner concerning his property in Van Diemen's Land.

Papers 1882-1908 of the Chorlton Family. Subjects include appointment of Congregational missionaries and cuttings and photographs of Samoa and New Guinea.

Letters 1853-62 of James Hilton and his brothers Michael and John in Australia to family in England, concerning voyage to Australia, Maryborough goldfields, and bushfires.

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 1770, British Library Add. MS 27885 (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Material selectively filmed at Manchester Central Library as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1987 (AJCP Reels: M2081-M2082). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Archives Department, Manchester Central Library, St. Peter's Square Manchester.

For further information see Manchester Central Library []

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

Other papers of Dame Millicent Fawcett are held in the Fawcett Library, City of London Polytechnic, and have been filmed by the AJCP (M2291-2314) [].

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 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.


Australia; Australia: immigration to; Australia: politics and government; Beveridge, Sir William, 1st Baron; Board of Guardians; Boyer, Sir Richard; British Broadcasting Corporation; Bushfires; Canada; Chorlton Family; Congregational Church; Emigrant voyages; Emigration and Immigration: children; Emigration and Immigration: paupers; Fawcett, Dame Millicent; Feminists; Gardner, William A.; Gold and Goldfields: Victoria; Great Britain; Hilton, James; Hilton, John; Hilton, Michael; Land: Tasmania; Manchester Chamber of Commerce; Maryborough, Victoria; Missions and missionaries: Pacific Islands; Missions and missionaries: Papua New Guinea; New Zealand; New Zealands: politics and government; Papua New Guinea; Paton, Sir George; Photographs: Papua New Guinea; Photographs: Samoa; Samoa; Simon, Sir Ernest D., 1st Baron; Tariffs; Tasmania; Taxation; Television; Trade: Australia; Trade: New Zealand; Women: suffrage; Women's movements; Wool and woolgrowing: Australia


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 303, p113.

Item Descriptions

Fonds L.4. Lancashire: Papers of Bury Family of Pendle Hill, 9 September 1857

2 items

Series 1977 Box 4. Additional: Family correspondence, 9 September 1857

2 items

Filmed selectively.

H. Doyle (Sydney) to Burys Co. (Salford), 9 September 1857 (File)

Seeks information about Wilson Bury, who emigrated to N.S.W. in 1831 or 1832 and died leaving large fortune.

Business card of H. Doyle, tailor, Pitt St., Sydney. (File)

Fonds M.4. Manchester: Records of Guardians of Poor: Manchester, Chorlton and Prestwich Unions, 1914 - 1947

1 item

Register of children emigrated to Canada and other countries, 1914 - 1947 (File 60/2)

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Select Register Pages, 1914 - 1947 (Item ff.78-124)

The register gives name, date of birth, parentage, township to which chargeable, school or institution prior to emigration, date of discha: from school or institution, name of society sposoring emigration, date of sailing, destination, name and address of employer, general remarks (conduct). There is a name index. Prior to 1914 all the children emigrated to Canada, but after that date several went to Australia.

Fonds M.8. Records of Manchester Chamber of Commerce, 1910 - 1926

1 item

Series 4. Sections and Committees, 1910 - 1926

1 item
Home and Dominions Committee minutebook, 1910 - 1926 (File 4/18)

The minutes refer inter alia to the Australian and New Zealand tariff and taxation, the Royal Commission on the Australian Tariff (1914), double income tax, Australian invoice values, Australian War Precauti Act Repeal Act (1921), and taxation of agents in Dominions (1926).

After 1926 the minutes of the various Committees and Sections were bound together annually.


Fonds M.11. Papers of Lord Simon of Wythenshawe, 1951 - 1959

1 item

Biographical / Historical

Sir Ernest Darwin Simon (1879-1960), 1st Baron Simon (created 1947), engineer, Lord Mayor of Manchester 1921-22, Liberal M.P. 1923-24, 1929-31, Chairman of Council of Manchester University 1941-57, Chairman of British Broadcasting Corporation 1947-52.

Series 6. British Broadcasting Corporation, 1951 - 1959

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Correspondence between Simon and Sir Richard Boyer (Sydney) (67pp.), 1951 - 1959 (File 7a-b)

The letters refer to the Beveridge Committee on the B.B.C., the roles of Chairman, Governors and Director-General, the introduction of commercial television in Britain and its repercussions in Australia, the Paton Royal Commission on Television (1953), Simon's book on the B.B.C., the operation of commercial television through a national corporation, opposition to the financing of the B.B.C. by sponsorship party politics and the debate about television, Boyer's knighthood, price stability in the wool industry.

Fonds M.38. Records of St. Paul's Literary and Educational Society, Manchester, 1863 - 1880

2 items

Biographical / Historical

The Society was founded in 1843 as the Bennett Street Sunday School Mutual Improvement Class. The Sunday School remained in existence until 1966. From 1855 to 1962 it issued a manuscript magazine, Odds and Ends, with articles and illustrations by notable people in Manchester.

Series 4. Essays and Articles, 1863 - 1880

2 items
Subseries 4/2. Odds and Ends, the magazine (manuscript) of the Society, 1863 - 1880
2 items

Filmed selectively.

Odds and Ends. Vol. 9., Easter 1863 (File 4/2/9)
1 item
B.A. Redfern. The eventful Christmas at 'Mount Atherton', an Australian sketch. (illustrated) (Item ff.73-92)
Odds and Ends. Vol. 26., Easter 1880 (File 4/2/26)
1 item
F.W. Mottershead. From Greenock to Brisbane, the journal of a voyage (Item ff.171-200)

Fonds M.50. Women's Suffrage Collection, 31 January 1884 - 1912

27 items

Series 2. Papers of Dame Millicent Fawcett, 31 January 1884 - 1912

27 items

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

Dame Millicent Fawcett (1847-1929), who was the daughter of Newson Garrett, was born in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. In 1867 she married the economist and politician Henry Fawcett. Following his death in 1884, she devoted most of her time to campaigning for women's suffrage. From 1897 to 1919 she was president of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, which was committed to constitutional methods.

Subseries 2/1. Correspondence, 31 January 1884 - 8 March 1909
15 items
J.S. Anderson to Fawcett, 31 January 1884 (File 29)

Vote on women's suffrage at Leeds Conference; hopes Orient Guide will be reviewed in Times; great increase in emigration to Australia as result of services of Orient Line and other passenger lines.

K.W. Sheppard (Christchurch) to Fawcett, 22 April 1891 (File 118)

Thanks for literature; publication of Suffrage by Women's Christian Temperance Union; apathy of many women.

M.S. Aldis (Auckland) to Fawcett, 29 November 1892 (File 180)

Defeat of New Zealand Women's Suffrage Bill; disadvantages of links with extreme temperance movement.

Amy Dalay (Auckland) to Fawcett, 28 December 1892 (File 186)

Supporters of women's suffrage in New Zealand Parliament; fewer ancient barriers to break down than in England.

Cutting from Dunedin Evening Star, 14 July 1892 (File 187)
H.L.N. (Dunedin) to Fawcett, 12 December 1892 (File 188)

Petition of Fish against women's suffrage and counter-petition.

Marion Hatton (Dunedin) to Fawcett, 3 January 1893 (File 189)

Requests copy of Fawcett's Suggested amendments of criminal law; attempts to raise legal age of consent; opposition of Fish and liquor interests to women's suffrage.

K.W. Sheppard to Fawcett, 3 April 1893 (File 199)

Sends copies of franchise report; hopes of enfranchisement next session.

Marion Hatton to Fawcett, 25 April 1893 (File 200)

Hopes of enfranchisement; need to educate women in political work; introduces A.C. Begg.

A. Lister (Melbourne) to Fawcett, 16 May 1893 (File 201)

Seeks advice on forming women's suffrage society in Melbourne.

A. Lister to Fawcett, 30 September 1893 (File 202)

Opposition to Criminal Law Amendment Bill; thanks for literature; need for good women speakers.

K.W. Sheppard to Fawcett, 4 October 1893 (File 204)

Success in achieving women's suffrage in New Zealand; women registering in large numbers; thanks for help.

G. Innes (Sydney) to Fawcett, 2 April 1894 (File 212)

Visit to England of Ellen Ballance, widow of New Zealand Premier; Innes' visit to New Zealand to inquire into effects of women's suffrage.

G. Innes to Fawcett, 5 April 1894 (File 213)

Ellen Ballance; recollections of London School Board elections of 1870-71.

H. Dobson (Hobart) to Fawcett, 8 March 1909 (File 271)

Unable to address International Woman Suffrage Alliance; suggests 'fighting political platform' be adopted; old age pension legislation.

Subseries 2/4. Notes by Mrs Fawcett for her speeches
3 items

Filmed selectively.

Notes on New Zealand political situation. (2pp.) (File 25)
Notes from Mr Napier's paper on suffrage in New Zealand. (2pp.) (File 26)
Notes on New Zealand and its contribution to the War. (1p.) (File 27)
Subseries 2/10. National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies Information Sheets, 1893 - 1912
4 items
Women and temperance reform - New Zealand. (1p.), 1893 - 1911 (File 4)
Women and temperance reform - Australia. (2pp.), 1894 - 1910 (File 5)
Legislation dealing with position of wife and mother - Australia. (2pp.), 1894 - 1912 (File 17)
Legislation dealing with position of wife and mother - New Zealand. (2pp.), 1893 - 1912 (File 18)
Subseries 2/26. Newspaper cuttings etc. on women's suffrage, 21 October 1892 - 1911
5 items

Filmed selectively.

R. Oliver (Dunedin) to Fawcett, 21 October 1892 (File 32)

Defeat of New Zealand Electoral Bill; leading women in movement associated with prohibition and socialism; details of deadlock between two Houses.

C.O. Montrose (New Zealand Press Agency) to Fawcett, 3 March 1894 (File 37)

Religious education and prohibition issues in New Zealand politics; restraining influence of women at 1893 election.

Women's suffrage in New Zealand, (printed), 1894 (File 38)
Newspaper cuttings on women's suffrage in Australia, (6 cuttings), 1898 - 1911 (File 43)
Newspaper cuttings on women's suffrage in New Zealand and death of R.J. Seddon (1 folder), 1895 - 1910 (File 44)

Fonds M.72. Records of Gardner Trust, 7 November 1850 - 20 June 1855

6 items

Series 24-27. Family Settlements, 7 November 1850 - 20 June 1855

6 items
Subseries 25. William A. Gardner of Launceston, Tasmania, 7 November 1850 - 20 June 1855
6 items

Filmed selectively.

Agreement between Robert Gardner (Manchester) and William A. Gardner concerning settlement of property in Van Diemen's Land, (2pp.), 7 November 1850 (File 3)
Agreement between Robert Gardner (Manchester) and William A. Gardner (Launceston), (3pp.), 6 September 1851 (File 6)
Agreement between (1) Georgiana Oakden (Launceston) and others (2) Robert Gardner (Manchester) (3) William A. Gardner (Launceston) concerning purchase of land, shares, stock, (7pp.), 28 February 1852 (File 7)
Agreement between (1) Georgiana Oakden (Launceston) and others (2) Robert Gardner (Manchester) concerning land and shares in Van Diemen's Land, (20pp.), 23 July 1852 (File 10)
Deed of settlement or declaration of trust of sum of £20,000 by Robert Gardner (Manchester) in favour of William A. Gardner (Launceston) and his children , (3pp.), 30 November 1852 (File 12)
Copy of will of William A. Gardner (Hobart), 20 June 1855 (File 13)

Fonds M.83. Papers of John Chorlton and Sons, estate agents of Manchester, 27 August 1878 - 1901

5 items

Series 2. Chorlton Family, 27 August 1878 - 1895

3 items

Filmed selectively.

Subseries 2/9. Personal, 1893 - 1895
1 item
Photograph album, 1893 - 1895 (File 3)

Pages 1-3 comprise photographs of Samoa and Ellice Islands, including houses in Apia, German farm, coconut plantations, house of Rev. John Marriott at Malua, Samoan chiefs, church, clergy, Rev. J. Marriott and Samoan teachers who sailed to New Guinea in 1893.

Subseries 2/16. Rusholme Road Congregational Church, Chorlton upon Medlock, 23 September 1878
1 item
Circular announcing ordination of Thomas Beswick, appointed to New Guinea Mission of London Missionary Society, 23 September 1878 (File 5)
Subseries 2/17. Missionary Societies, 27 August 1878
1 item
Circular announcing ordination at Congregational Chapel, St. Helens, of John Marriott, appointed to Samoan Mission of London Missionary Society, 27 August 1878 (File 1)

Series 3. Miscellaneous, 1889 - 1901

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Subseries 3/2. Maps
1 item
Map of Opolu, Samoa, n.d. (File 3)

Stenciled, 27×15 cm

Subseries 3/3. Scrapbooks of newspaper cuttings, 1889 - 1901
1 item
Cutting book, 1889 - 1901 (File 2)

Cuttings on Samoa and New Guinea, 1889-1901, including letters of Rev. J. Marriott and J.B. Morley, and referring to 1889 hurricane in Samoa, fighting in Samoa, and murders of Rev. J. Chalmers, O.F. Tomkins and other missionaries in New Guinea in 1901. (4pp. and loose cutting)

Fonds M.97. Records of J. & N. Philips & Co. Ltd., textile manufacturers, of Tean and Manchester, 1944 - 1951

1 item

Biographical / Historical

The textile company J. & N. Philips &Co. was founded in 1747 by John and Nathaniel Philips at Tean, Staffordshire. They were originally manufacturers of pure linen tape, but as the business expanded they produced other textiles, such as hats and smallgoods. By the nineteenth century the company was centred in Manchester and for a long time it was one of the largest commercial houses in the city. It ceased trading in 1970.

Series 4. Patents, 1944 - 1951

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Correspondence and documents concerning application by J. and N. Philips and Co. Ltd. for Australian patent for 'improvements in or relating to narrow fabric multiple web looms', 1944 - 1951 (File 4/2)

Includes patent specification no. 20,924/45, assignment from William Holt (Manchester) to J. and N. Philips and Co. (20 October 1948), and correspondence of J. and N. Philips (Tean, Staffs.), E.K. Dutton and Co. (Manchester) and Guthridge Pty. Ltd. (Sydney).

(56 papers)

Fonds M.118. Papers of J. and E. Whitworth, solicitors of Manchester, 24 July 1906

1 item

Series Misc. Box 2.. Miscellaneous, 24 July 1906

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Agreement between Alexander Owen (Manchester) and John H. Iles (London), 24 July 1906 (File)

Concerning the tour of the Besses o' th' Barn Band in New Zealand and Australia, (8pp.)

Biographical / Historical

The Besses o' th' Barn Band was established at Whitefield, south of Bury, at the beginning of the nineteenth century. In its early years it contained a variety of instruments, but by 1853 it was an all-brass band. It made two world tours in the early twentieth century.

Fonds Misc. 620. Papers of H. Davies of Manchester, 9 March 1880

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

John Bright (1811-1889), radical politician and campaigner for free trade, represented Birmingham in the House of Commons from 1858 to 1889.

J. Bright to H. Davies, 9 March 1880 (File 2)

Advantages and disadvantages of emigrating to America, New Zealand and Australia. (photocopy)

Fonds. Owen Manuscripts, 1853 - 1862

2 items

Biographical / Historical

John Owen (b. 1815) was born in Bolton and came to live in Manchester at the age of two. He spent 50 years compiling 89 substantial 'notebooks', covering monumental inscriptions, parish registers, genealogical memoranda, architecture and archaeology. The bulk of the manuscripts refer to south-east Lancashire and east Cheshire.

Volume 12, 1853 - 1862 (File)

2 items

Filmed selectively.

James Hilton (Maryborough, Emerald Hill) to his brother Michael Hilton (Salford), 1859 - 1862 (Item ff.822-45)

Emigration to Victoria; family news; suicide of father at Ballarat; conflict with wife; life on goldfields; work in store; trade depression, wages and prices; Chinese immigrants; insects; weather; misrepresentation of Australia in England. (6 letters, copies)

Michael Hilton, James Hilton, John Hilton (Melbourne, Maryborough, Tarrangower) to their mother and to James Hilton and Elizabeth Grafton (Manchester), 1853 - 1858 (Item ff.855-901)

Voyage to Australia; building work in Melbourne; wages and rents; shortage of water; bushfires; Sir Charles Hotham; work at Maryborough goldfields; lack of schools and churches on goldfields; Chinese at diggings; family news; voyage of John Hilton to Victoria in 1857; food prices. (12 letters, copies)