Guide to the journal of Francis C. Taylor (as filmed by AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Taylor, Francis C.
Papers of Francis C. Taylor (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
16 February 1850 - 13 June 1850
Collection Number
1 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Journal kept by Francis Taylor on a journey on the Stag from London to Adelaide, including descriptions of other emigrants, reading of Australian books and impressions of Adelaide.

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

Filmed at the National Maritime Museum, London, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1988 (AJCP Reel: M2514). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

National Maritime Museum Section 6: Manuscript volumes acquired singly by the Museum.

Existence and Location of Originals

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.

Collection reference: JOD/75. For further information see Francis C. Taylor at the National 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.

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 The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.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


Adelaide, South Australia: immigration to; Australia; Books and book collecting; Emigrant voyages; Great Britain; London, England; Stag (ship); Sydney, New South Wales ; Taylor, Francis C.


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 456, p178.

Item Descriptions

Series JOD/75. Journal of Francis C. Taylor on voyage to Port Adelaide on Stag, 16 February 1850 - 13 June 1850

The journal begins on 16 February 1850 with the journey to London and meeting the other migrants also going to Australia; provisions needed as a migrant; boarding Stag, (Captain Baker) at Deptford on 21 February 1850. Details of the voyage include: food, weather, sighting of birds, porpoises, other ships (outward and homeward), entertainment on board - reading books on Australia, dancing; deaths and burials of seven children, fever on board, robberies. Stag made such good time that there was no need to put into the Cape. On 9 June Kangaroo Island was sighted and on 12 June Taylor landed at Adelaide. The journal ends with a description of Adelaide and a list of prices of some principal articles sold in Adelaide as taken from The Times paper on 13 June 1850.

[18p.] 177p.