Guide to the Papers of Charles William Andrews (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Andrews, Charles William
Papers of Charles William Andrews (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1887 - 1908
Collection Number
12 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

The collection is comprised of: Correspondence with Charles Sherborn from Christmas Island and Egypt; photographs and notes of Christmas Island and the Cocos-Keeling Islands; and correspondence regarding visits to Singapore and Christmas Island.

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-23 September 1770, British Library Add. MS 27885 (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Material selectively filmed at Archives and Mineralogy and Palaeontology Libraries; British Museum, London, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1990 (AJCP Reel: M2492). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Archives and Mineralogy and Palaeontology Libraries; British Museum (Natural History), London.

For further information see Charles William Andrews at the Natural History 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 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.


Andrews, Charles W; Christmas Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Dutch East Indies; Geologists; Murray, Sir John; Photographs; Photographs: Christmas Island; Photographs: Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Photographs: Dutch East Indies; Java: visits to.


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 7, p. 3.[]

Biographical / Historical

Charles William Andrews (1866-1924) recieved a BSc (in Zoology) from London University in 1890; he joined the Geology Department of the British Museum (Natural History) in 1892 and later became Assistant Keeper. He visited Christmas Island on a collecting expedition in 1897-1898, and made a second trip there in 1908. He was part author of A Monograph on Christmas Island BM (NH) 1900.

Item Descriptions

Fonds DF 5000. BM (NH) Unofficial Archives: Charles W. Andrews Papers, 1887 - 1908

4 items

Series DF 5002. C. W. Andrews Collection on Christmas Island, 1887 - 1908

4 items
Letters from Charles Andrews to Charles Sherborn from Christmas Island and Egypt, 9 June 1897 - 23 September 1908 (File 1-2)
3 items

23 letters and Report to Sir John Murray.

Filmed selectively.

Letters 1-5 from Batavia and Christmas Island, 9 June 1897 - 27 June 1898 (Item A)

Subjects include: stay in Java - not able to do any collecting; conditions on Christmas Island - lots of insects; enjoying camp out; help received from Clunies Ross.

Report to Sir John Murray on his work on the geological structure of Christmas Island. 2p. (Copy), 3 February 1899 (Item B)
Letters 16-18 from Christmas Island, 2 August 1908 - 23 September 1908 (Item C)

Subjects include: changes since last visit; relations with Chinese coolies; trips round islands.

Four notebooks describing visit to Christmas Island, 1897 - 1898 (File 3)

Includes sketch maps; descriptions of rocks, notes on phosphate deposits, notes on vegetation and animals, lists of photographs. Not all this material was incorporated into Monograph on Christmas Island BH (NH) 1900. (c. 49p.; c. 138p. and lose sheets; c. 167p.; c. 140p. Blue paper, faint in places).

Photograph Albums of Christmas Island, 1887 - 1908 (File 4)
2 item
Photographs taken during visit of HMS Egeria, 1887 (Item A)

Some photographs identified.

Subjects include: Egeria in Flying Fish Cove, coral limestone and trees; Smith Point; Northwest Point. (44p)

Photographs taken in 1897-1898 and 1908 by C. W. Andrews (Item B)

Includes note by C.A., 30 Jan 1923 re his visits to Christmas Island and Cocos-Keeling Islands.

Subjects include: Ross family and homes; road making gang; natives; scenery - coastal and inland; basalt colums; limestone strata; camp; servants and Mrs Ross on Cocos Island; birds; crabs; fruit bats. In the 1908 section: quarry, Phosphate Hill; coolie village; syces; policeman; C.W.A. on pony; hospital.

Album of Photographs taken by C.W. Andrews of Cocos-Keeling Island, 1898 (File 5)

Includes note by C.W.A. on his visit, 17 Jan. 1923.

Subjects include: Settlement Island; cocoanut plantation; Horsborough; West Island; houses; wayang figures; coolie village; G. C. Ross house; school house; South Island; Pulu Tikus; Cocos Islands; Pulu Pandan.

(28p. and 2p. of additional photographs for previous volumes. Damaged and unidentified).

Fonds. Mineralogy Library Archives: C. W. Andrews Papers, c. 1899

2 items

Black note book 'Practical Chemistry', n.d. (File 1)

Copied from the note books of Andrews [geological description of Christmas Island] (66p. Sketch maps).

Filmed selectively.

Envelope: Christmas Island: Dr. Andrews original list comprises notes, sketch maps, lists of rocks from Christmas Island, c. 1899 (File 2)

Includes: 1 Aug 1899 John Murray (Edinburgh) to Andrews re annexation of Christmas Island. c. 75p.

[M. Mss Cup 1. Oceanic Islands Box. Christmas Island Envelope]

Fonds. Palaeontology Library. Departmental Correspondence, 20 July 1908 - 1 October 1908

6 items

Series. Bound volumes: A-K, 20 July 1908 - 1 October 1908

6 items

Charles Andrews (Singapore and Christmas Islands) re visit to Botanic Gardens; voyage to Christmas Island; field work; visit by Sir John Murray; collected new species.

Filmed selectively.

Bound volume A-K, 20 July 1908 (File)
Bound volume A-K, 2 August 1908 (File)
Bound volume A-K, 22 August 1908 (File)
Bound volume A-K, 7 September 1908 (File)
Bound volume A-K, 24 September 1908 (File)
Bound volume A-K, 1 October 1908 (File)