Guide to the Collections held by the Merseyside Maritime Museum (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Merseyside Maritime Museum
Collections held by the Merseyside Maritime Museum (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1808 - 1900
Collection Number
25 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Papers 1864-1866 of James Baines and Co, concerning the company's ships Elizabeth Ann Bright and Netherby.

Journal 23 March-19 July 1867 of J.T. Deighton kept on a voyage on the Fred Warren from Liverpool to Melbourne.

Journal 8 July-21 August 1856 possibly kept by a Catholic priest on the Morning Light on a journey from Liverpool to Melbourne.

Diary and notebook 1878-79 kept by F.G. Pearson on a voyage to Melbourne on the Loch Sloy.

Diary 1876-1877 of Sara Stephens kept on a voyage from London to Lyttelton on the Cardigan Castle referring to quarantine of women at Ripa Island.

Papers 1899-1900 of William Midgley, including description of a voyage from Liverpool on the Grasmere and bill from Chinese store at Brewarrina.

Papers 1856-1891 of William C. Barker, including accounts of voyage to Sydney on the Alnwick Castle and to New Zealand on the Mataura.

Diary 1884-1885 kept by J. Weston Smethurst on a voyage from Liverpool to Melbourne on the General Roberts and then on the Rotomahana to Auckland.

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 Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1993 (AJCP Reels: M2910-M2911). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Merseyside Maritime Museum. Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AA, England. For further information see Merseyside Maritime Museum (

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.

Related collections filmed at the Merseyside Record Office can be found on reels M1955-1958, M2838-2839 (

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.


Alnwick Castle (ship); Aukland, New Zealand: immigration to; Australia; Baines, James and Co; Barker, William C.; Brewarrina, New South Wales; Cardigan Castle (ship); Chinese in Australia; Deighton, J.T.; Elizabeth Ann Bright (ship); Emigrant voyages; England; Fred Warren (ship); General Roberts (ship); Grasmere (ship); Great Britain; Liverpool, England; Loch Sloy (ship); London, England; Lyttelton, New Zealand; Mataura (ship); Melbourne, Victoria: immigration to; Midgley, William; Morning Light (ship); Netherby (ship); New Zealand; New Zealand: visits to; Pearson, F.G.; Quarantine; Ripa Island, New Zealand; Rotomahana (ship); Smethurst, J. Weston; Stephens, Sara; Sydney, New South Wales: immigration to


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 319, pp. 118-119.

Item Descriptions

Fonds. B/Baines Deposit. Papers of James Baines and Co., Liverpool, ship owners, 11 August 1864 - 27 August 1866

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Elizabeth Ann Bright and Spirit of the North, 11 August 1864 - 13 August 1864 (File Bundle 1)

2 items
Insurance bond for Elizabeth Ann Bright to cover voyage from Liverpool to Brisbane (4p.), 11 August 1864 (Item Doc 77)
Insurance bond for Elizabeth Ann Bright to cover voyage, Liverpool to Brisbane (4p.), 13 August 1864 (Item Doc 78)

Netherby, 28 July 1866 - 27 August 1866 (File Bundle 6)

6 items
Payment due to crew in Sydney, n.d. (Item Doc 5)
Captain Owen, Melbourne to James Baines and Co., Liverpool re loss of the ship (5p., blurred), 28 July 1866 (Item Doc 7)
Newspaper cutting describing the wreck of the Netherby on Kings Island, n.d. (Item Doc 8)
Captain Owen, Sydney to James Baines and Co. re sale of the wreck, 14 August 1866 (Item Doc 9)
John Shillinglaw, Registrar of Seamen, Melbourne to Captain W.Webb, Sailors Home, London, 27 August 1866 (Item Doc 11)

Re the destitution of the rescued crew of Netherby.

John Alberry, Superintendent of Sailors Home, Melbourne to Captain W.Webb, 27 August 1866 (Item Doc 11a)

Re payment of bills drawn in favour of the crew.

Fonds DX/603. James Ireland Letters, 5 June 1855 - 30 October 1868

3 items

Filmed selectively.

Letters from George and Susan Patterson, Auckland and New Plymouth, New Zealand, 5 June 1855 - 14 January 1861 (File Nos 73-76a)

Describing voyage, first sighting of Maoris, prices in Auckland, details of their farm, requesting packets of seeds from home, Maori Wars and declaration of martial law. 4 letters (some incomplete.)

Extract from New Zealand Weekly News, giving details of death of George Patterson at hands of Maoris (Copy, 2p.), 5 March 1864 (File No 77)

Susie Rose, London to her aunt with copy of: 3 September 1868?, New Plymouth to Miss Annie (Rose) that Maoris in their area are 'peaceable', discovery of gold (incomplete), 30 October 1868 (File No 78)

Fonds DX/651. J.T. Deighton. Journal of voyage to Melbourne, 1867

1 item

Journal of J.T. Deighton on voyage on board Fred Warren from Liverpool to Melbourne, 23 March 1867 - 19 July 1867 (File)

Description of rations issued and supplementary food bought, sighting of other ships, very rough journey, catching fish, killing albatross, grumble of mainly Dutch crew. (67p.)

Fonds DX/908. Anon. Journal of voyage on Morning Light

1 item

Journal of voyage on Morning Light to Melbourne from Liverpool [kept by Roman Catholic Priest?] (51p., incomplete), 8 July-21 August 1856? (File)

Details of: accommodation; the ship; livestock on board; girls bring oranges out to the ship; food; prevented from saying office by movement of ship; mass taken in steerage by Father Krauwater, Jesuit priest going to Adelaide; protestant service on quarter deck; extreme heat; 'the butter is perfect liquid'; storm; ceremonies of crossing the line; small pox; loss of 'Billy' Steward overboard; gales.

Fonds DX/1010. F.G. Pearson Diaries, 1878 - 30 March 1879

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Notebook and Diary of voyage to Australia, 1878 (File)

2 items
Diary of voyage to Melbourne on Loch Sloy (Pencil, faint in places), 27 December 1878 - 30 March 1879 (Item)


Details of: sailing from Liverpool; crew; flying fish; Sunday service in saloon; weather; fishing; albatross caught and skinned; 'the skins of the feet if taken off without breaking make splendid purses or tobacco pouches'; fishing for Barracouta off Melbourne; contrary winds prevent landing; train from Williamstown to Melbourne; voyage in City of Adelaide for Sydney; Sydney Harbour 'felt quite charmed'; lodgings at Mrs Newton's.

Religious material at the from of the volume was not filmed by the AJCP.

Copy of Diary of voyage to Australia (Item)

Copy in ink of above notebook. (96p.)

Fonds DX/1071/R. Sarah Stephens Diary, 26 September 1876 - 23 January 1877

1 item

Diary of voyage on Cardigan Castle, London to Lyttelton, 26 September 1876 - 23 January 1877 (File)

Details of boarding; weather; other passengers in mess; sighting other ships; illness on board prevents pilot boarding; quarantine at Ripa Island for women and Quail Island for men; scenery; leaving island; Christchurch. (17p., typescript)

Fonds DX/1097. William Midgley Collection, 5 July 1899 - 15 October 1900

5 items

William Midgley (Grasmere) to family (10p.), 27 August 1899 - 17 October 1899 (File 1)

Re voyage from Liverpool; seasickness; the prentices' room; black fish; flying fish; Doldrums; birds.

William Midgley (Melbourne) to parents (5p.), December 1899 (File 2)

Sighted Cape Otway; fresh food; Victorian Custom's Officials; docking at Melbourne; visit to Geelong; 'the horses here wear straw hats'; prices of fruit.

Gracie Beazley and Co. (Liverpool) to Midgley re passage for Australia, 5 July 1899 (File 3)

Bill from Chinese store Brewarrina, 15 October 1900 (File 4)

Photographs of Midgley and Grasmere (File 5)

Fonds DX/1158. Captain Henry Hatchwell Papers, 1867 - 1893

1 item

Service papers re career of Captain Hatchwell of Black Star Line (14 documents), 1867 - 1893 (File)

Includes: certificates of discharge, references and photograph of Barque Thorne; detailed list.

Fonds DX/1177. Barker Family Papers, 1855 - 14 February 1891

3 items

W.C. Barker Correspondence, 27 October 1855 [6]-4 February 1857 (File 1)

William Cecil Barker (Alnwick Castle) to mother re voyage to Sydney; Christmas Day; prices in Sydney; 'Sydney is such a dull place'; wages. (4p., incomplete).

William Cecil Barker Account of Voyages, c.1856-1876 (File 2)

p. 1-163 from front of volume.

Accounts of Australian and New Zealand voyages.

Includes: voyage to Australia on Alnwick Castle; Melbourne; Chin chas Islands; Harring to India; Mataura carrying mails to New Zealand; Wellington Harbour; Sydney; visited New Zealand cousins from Christchurch; Pitcairn Island; carrying passengers between Panama and Wellington; Cambrian to Cape Town.

Remainder of volume describes voyages to South Africa.

Filmed selectively.

Copies of letters from Alfred Charles Barker (Christchurch) to Matt and William Barker undated, incomplete, (103p.), 9 February 1870 - 14 February 1891 (File)

From back of volume. Subjects include: visit of flying squadron; family news; sending specimens of flax; the farm; money difficulties; photography; relations with Maoris; his patent for 'Adipocure'; 'Waikato massacre'; Panama negro attacked another servant in Christchurch; marriage of Dean Jacobs 'greatly to indignation of several of his female friends'; writing on Darwinism; need for more clergy; visit from Governor Sir George Bowen; exhibition of New Zealand manufacturers; his death on 20 March.

Fonds MDHB. Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, June 1899

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Poster for White Star line advertising passage Liverpool to Australia, June 1899 (File MDHB WUP/U/I/6/2)

Fonds MRC 38/93. Photocopies, 1 June 1882 - 11 August 1882

2 items

S.C.Williams (Cotopaxi) to mother re voyage (2p.), 11 August 1882 (File)

Flyer for Orient and Pacific Steam Navigation Companies. Orient line to Australia (includes Cotopaxi) (2p.,damaged), 1 June 1882 (File)

Fonds SAS 3/1/12. Migration Letters, 1853 - 1854

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Richard N. Preston (Sydney) to family (12p.), n.d., 29 May 1853-28 June 1854 (File C-J)

Subjects include: arrival at Melbourne on Falcon; settling in in Sydney; delights of Sydney; family news; prices of goods; arrival of SS Great Britain; dinner for Captain Matthew.

Fonds SAS 3/2/5. Migration Diaries, 1885 - 1886

3 items

J.Weston Smethurst. Diary of voyage on General Roberts, Liverpool to Melbourne 1 January 1885 and on Rotomahana to Auckland, 7-19 January 1885 (122p.) (File (a))

Details of: boarding at Liverpool; other passengers; livestock on board; food; weather; storage passenger plays violin for hymn singing; cricket; deck games; flying fish; discovery of pilfering with cargo; stowaways; Cape Pigeons; passengers swept overboard; Christmas Day; Cape Otway; Melbourne; 'dusty'; Steamer to Auckland; Bluff; Otago Harbour; Lyttelton Harbour 'a bonny little place'; Wellington; visit to Museum; Auckland 'looks splendid'.

Another copy of J.Weston Smethurst. Diary of voyage on General Roberts (86p.) (File (b))

Henry S. King and Co. Handbook for homeward bound travellers from India, Australia and the East, 1886 (93p., printed with MS additions.) (File (c))