Guide to the Diary of Stephen Brennand (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Brennand, Stephen
Diary of Stephen Brennand (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1842 - 1969
Collection Number
2 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Diary kept by Stephen Brennand on board the Harbinger from London to Adelaide, 1883.

Letters from Rossendale emigrants in Australia and the United States of America.

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

Filmed at Rawtenstall Library, Rossendale Lancashire, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1978. (AJCP reel M977). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

The original diary was owned by Miss Phoebe Brennand of Rawtenstall, who had lent it to the Rawtenstall Libraries for copying.

Existence and Location of Originals

Rawtenstall Public Library; Rossendale Lancashire.

For further information see Rawtenstall 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.

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 The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.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


Adelaide, South Australia: immigration to; Australia; Brennand, Stephen; Emigrant voyages; Great Britain; Harbinger (ship); Heathcote, Victoria; Hopkinson Family; Lancashire; Livesey Family; Preston Family; Rossendale; United States of America; Victoria


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry number 50, page 17.

Biographical / Historical

Stephen Brennand (1851-1944) came from Rossendale, near Manchester. He possessed considerable literary skills and his descriptions of wild seas, storms and skies are very powerful.

Item Descriptions

Diary kept on a voyage from London to Adelaide on the clipper Harbinger, 16 August 1883 - 12 November 1883 (File 1)

The diary records the preparations for the voyage, the departure from London (18 August), shipboard routine, meals, conversations with seamen and fellow-passengers, ships sighted, sightings of porpoises, turtles, sharks, albatrosses and other birds, church services, fighting among passengers, storms, the heat of the tropics, deaths of passengers, concerts, sighting of Kangaroo Island, and the ship's arrival at Port Adelaide (12 November 1883). At the end of the diary are notes on the characteristics of Brennand's messmates, the texts of some rope songs, and a list of the second and third class passengers on the Harbinger.

Rossendale emigrants 1842-1883, edited by Jon Elliott, Rawtenstall Libraries, 1969 (File)

The volume contains transcripts of the diary of Stephen Brennand and the letters of Rossendale emigrants in Australia and the United States.

The letters from Rossendale emigrants include:

An unsigned letter written from Heathcote, Victoria, 15 February 1860: life in Australia, poor results at the gold diggings, swags and rations, travels in northern Victoria.

A.J. and E.A. Preston (Heathcote) to uncles and aunts, 1861: Australian climate, living in a tent, fruit crops, prices.

Hopkinson-Livesey letters: 15 letters from America, 1842-1857.