Guide to the collections held by the Lowestoft Branch, Suffolk Record Office



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Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Suffolk Record Office. Lowestoft Branch
Collections held by the Suffolk Record Office, Lowestoft Branch (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1853 - 1958
Collection Number
33 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Correspondence 1956-1958 of Gordon Auchterlonie describing an umukai (feast) and life in Aitutaki, New Zealand.

Correspondence 1855-1877 of Suggate Family referring to visits to Grafton and Sydney and family news.

Photographs 1949-1953 of hopper barges, cabin cruiser and other boats ordered by the Maritime Services Board of New South Wales from the boat builder Brooke Marine Ltd.

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 the Lowestoft Branch, Suffolk Record Office, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1990 (AJCP Reel: M2502). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Lowestoft Branch, Suffolk Record Office, Lowestoft Library, Clapham Road South, Lowestoft

For further information see Suffolk Redcord Office (

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.

ACC 124 Halesworth and ACC 144 Sotherton Parish Records were filmed by the AJCP while they formed part of the collections at the Ipswich and East Suffolk Record Office, collection reference: M941-943 (

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.


Aitutaki, New Zealand; Australia; Auchterionie, Gordon; Brooke Manne Ltd; Grafton, New South Wales; Great Britain; Maritime Services Board of New South Wales; New South Wales; New Zealand; Suggate Family; Sydney, New South Wales: visits to


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 448, p175.

Item Descriptions

Fonds ACC 35. Fowler Family of Gunton Hall and Fosbery Family of Lowestoft, 1906 - 1914

8 items

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

Alfred John Begbie (1849-1923), who was the curate of St John the Evangelist Church, Lowestoft, in 1872-79, married Mary Fosbery (b. 1854) in 1878. She was the daughter of Rev. Thomas Vincent Fosbery (1807-1875), a noted hymnologist, and the sister of William Thomas Exham Fosbury (b. 1835).

Series 35/6/66. W.T.E. Fosbery: documents re various Australian government stocks, July 1906 - January 1914

8 items

Biographical / Historical

W.T.E. Fosbery was the Trustee of marriage settlements of Rev and Mrs A.J. Begbie.

Draft: memorandum as to sale of £121.16.0 New South Wales 3% stock to raise £115 cost of wedding trousseau for Evangeline A. Begbie on wedding to Oswald Pease (2p.), 5 July 1906 (File 35/6/66/1)
Draft: memorandum as to sale of £106.16.2. New South Wales 3 1/2% stock 1918 to advance £100 to Grace Begbie to enable her to emigrate to British Columbia (2p.), 10 March 1908 (File 35/6/66/2)
Note of power of attorney to sell part of £2526.18.4 New South Wales 3 1/2% stock 1918 (3p.), February 1909 (File 35/6/66/3)
Draft: memorandum as to advances to Irene Begbie and Grace Pease (nee Begbie) of money from sale of £214.17.2 New South Wales 3 1/2% stock 1918, 15 February 1909 (File 35/6/66/4)
Draft: memorandum as to sale of stocks and reinvestment of the proceeds (6p.), 14 January 1911 - 31 March 1911 (File 35/6/66/5)

Enclosed: 6 March 1911. Edward Fosbery, Lowestoft, to Messrs. Rawle Johnstone and Co., London

14 January 1911. Alfred Begbie and Mary Begbie, Chipping Sodbury, to Trustees of their marriage settlement authorising sale of £2716.2.0 Victorian government 4% inscribed stock 1883.

February 1911. Statement of sale and purchase.

Draft: memorandum as to advance to Irene Begbie of £300 from sale of £312.2.6 New South Wales 3 1/2% stock 1918 (2p), 31 May 1911 (File 35/6/66/6)
Draft: memorandum as to advance to Isabell Ruth Begbie for medical expenses proceeds of sale of £209.11.10 New South Wales 3 1/2% stock 1918 (2p.), 30 January 1913 (File 35/6/66/7)
Draft: memorandum as to advance to Mr and Mrs Begbie re delapidations of Horton Rectory proceeds of sale of £818.10.5 New South Wales 3 1/2% inscribed stock 1918 (2p.), 12 January 1914 (File 35/6/66/8)

Fonds ACC 36. Wangford Union, 1856

1 item

27 Parishes of Hundred of Wangford were incorporated for poor relief purposes in 1764 and a House of Industry was erected at Shipmeadow in 1765. Following the Poor Law Amendment Act, the Incorporation was reformed into a Poor Law Union and the workhouse altered to provide for the classification and separation of the paupers.

Biographical / Historical

The Wangford Hundred Incorporation, comprising 27 parishes, was established by a local Act of Parliament in 1764 and a workhouse was erected on 44 acres of farmland at Shipmeadow in 1766-67. It was built to house 350 inmates. The Wangford Poor Law Union, managed by a Board of Guardians, was created in 1835 and took over the Incorporation workhouse.

Series ACC 36/A. Clerk to the Guardians, March 1856

1 item
Subseries ACC 36/AQ. Local Government Board and Miscellaneous, March 1856
1 item

Filmed selectively.

Resolution of Board of Guardians that a sum not exceeding 20 shillings be paid to William Earl to assist him to emigrate to Australia (2p.), 12 March 1856 (File ACC 36/AQ3/1/1)

Fonds ACC 188. Gordon Auchterlonie. Correspondence, c.1956-1958

4 items

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

Gordon Auchterlonie was a yachtsman. In 1955-56, with a friend from his schooldays, he sailed the yacht Skeffie from Lowestoft to Madeira, Barbados and Panama, a voyage that lasted six months. He subsequently visited New Zealand and in 1958 settled in Whangarei.

G. Auchterlonie (on board Mahina II), to parents, Lowestoft, re voyage to Rarotonga and Aitutaki delivering a yacht to Fiji (1p.), [Boxing Day] c.1956/57 (File)

G. Auchterlonie (Aitutaki), to parents re stay at Aitutaki, description of an umukai (feast) and dancing the hula (3p.), c.1956-57 (File)

G. Auchterlonie (on board Mahina II), to parents, leaving Aitutaki for Rarotonga; visit to Sunday Island in Kermadec Group - a New Zealand meteorology station (3p.) Thursday, 20 February 1958 (File)

G. Auchterlonie (Wellington), to parents, ride up to Wanganui at Christmas; giving up job to sail down the sounds at Easter where there is good shooting and fishing (3p.), [Wednesday in March] (File)

Fonds ACC 311. Suggate Family Papers, 1853 - 1877

17 items

Related Materials

For a brief history of the Suggate family see Bishop and Son, Organ Builders by Laurence Elvin. 1984.

Biographical / Historical

William Jackson Suggate (d. 1882) of Beccles, Suffolk, the son of Henry Ezra Suggate (d. 1858), migrated to Sydney with his wife Jane on the Clara in 1843. He was a boatman on the Sydney Harbour. His sister Jane Smith and her husband sailed on the same ship and settled in East Maitland. His younger sister Sarah Balls (d.1859) and her husband Robert migrated to New South Wales in 1853. Their brother Edward Pellew Suggate (d. 1869) worked at the Military Stores Department at Hastings.

Series D. Edward Pellew Suggate, October 1855 - December 1866

4 items

Filmed selectively.

Jane Smith (West Maitland) to her brother-in-law E.P. Suggate, 15 October 1855 (File 311/D2/3)

Family news, her marriage, waiting to buy farm - 'land is very high at present' (6p.)

E.P. Suggate (London) to Jane Smith re her daughter Alice as beneficiary under will of Matilda Suggate (3p.), February 1866 (File 311/D2/4)
Robert Balls (Sydney) to E.P. Suggate, family news. (Partly crossed) (6p.), 14 April 1860 - 9 July 1860 (File 311/D2/5)
William Jackson Cotton Suggate (Sydney) to E.P. Suggate re family deaths; financial matters (7p.), 21 April 1861 - 21 December 1866 (File 311/D2/7)

Series E. Eliza Suggate, July 1853 - September 1877

13 items

Filmed selectively.

Promissory note of Robert Balls for £10 to E.P. Suggate for passage money to Sydney (2p.), 8 July 1853 (File 311/E1/6)
William Jackson Cotton Suggate (Glebe Point) to Eliza, family news (5p.), 2 January 1871 - 23 February 1871 (File 311/E2/2)
Jane Smith (West Maitland) to Eliza, family news, share of estate (3p.), 13 July 1871 (File 311/E2/3)
Alice Suggate (West Maitland) to Aunt Eliza, family news (2p.), 4 July 1871 (File 311/E2/3)
Copy of reply from Eliza Suggate (2p.), n.d. (File 311/E2/3)
Jane Smith (West Maitland) to Eliza re family health (crossed) (3p.), 6 September 1877 (File 311/E2/3)
Eliza Suggate to Messrs. Robinson (Solicitors) re Alice's interest in Matilda Suggate's estate, 5 November 1872 (File 311/E2/3)
Eliza (Uckfield) to Jane re settling the estate (Copy) 5.p, 24 February 1874 (File 311/E2/3)
Jane (West Maitland) to Eliza re Alice's portion of the estate, family news (Partly crossed) (5p.), 20 January 1874 (File 311/E2/3)
Jane (West Maitland) to Eliza re address of H.E. Balls; Alice's claim (3p.), 23 August 1874 (File 311/E2/3)
Jane (West Maitland) to Eliza re visits to Grafton and Sydney (5p.), 7 May 1874 (File 311/E2/3)
Eliza to Jane re Alice (faint; copy) 5.p, 2 December 1874 (File 311/E2/3)
Robert and Sarah Balls (Sydney) to parents Henry Ezra Suggate and Matilda re voyage on Margaret; ' rents are dreadful dear'. (3p.), 16 November 1853 (File 311/E2/4)

Fonds ACC 335. Brooke Marine Ltd, c.1949-1953

3 items

Biographical / Historical

J.W. Brooke & Co., was a shipbuilding firm established as a foundry at Lowestoft by John Walter Brooke in 1874. It opened a shipyard in 1911, but continued to produce engines until 1938. The company was acquired by Harry Dowsett in 1940 and renamed Brooke Marine. Brooke Marine was nationalised in 1977 and became part of the British Shipbuilders Corporation.

Series. Boat Builders of Oulton Broad, c.1949-1953

3 items

Filmed selectively.

Australian Prefab Barges, 1953 (File)

250 ton hopper barges ordered by the Maritime Services Board were built in units at Oulton Broad by Brooke Marine Ltd. and despatched to Sydeny for assembly. Photographs sho work at Brooke Yard, and assembly and launch in Sydney of Nyawi and Nirimba. 32 Photographs.

Maritime Services Board: Photographs taken in Australia showing various irregularities, c.1953 (File)

58 Photographs of Noogee, Nirimba, and Nyawi, some with views of Sydney Harbour, and launch of Nyawi.

25ft. Day Cabin Cruiser for Australia BYC 734, 1949 (File)

11 photographs of cabin cruiser (no name), including interior shots.