Guide to the Collections held by the British Museum (Natural History Library), Mollusca Section (as filmed by the AJCP)



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Created: 2019

Collection Summary

British Museum (Natural History)
British Museum (Natural History Library): Collections held by the Mollusca Section (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1869 - 1977
Collection Number
13 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Papers of various individuals 1869-1977, including correspondence, notebooks, drafts, notes and memoranda, concerning Mollusca specimens and collecting expeditions in Australia and New Zealand.

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 British Museum (Natural History), London, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1988 (AJCP Reel: M2500). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Natural History Museum, London, England.

Collection Reference: DF ZOO/254. For further information see the Natural History Museum catalogue. (

Formerly known as the British Museum (Natural History).

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 The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.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


Australia; Australia: flora and fauna; Great Britain; Mollusca; Natural History Museum, London; New Zealand; New Zealand: flora and fauna; Terra Nova (ship)


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 66, p23.

Item Descriptions

Series. D.D. Baldwin, Sandwich Islands, to E.A. Smith sending local shells with a list of those sent, 17 July 1888 - 29 October 1888

Series. BANZAR Expedition, 1938 - 1951

4 items

Correspondence, 1938-1939, 1951 (File a))

31 letters concerning the British Australian New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition. Correspondents include Prof. T. Harvey Johnston, Adelaide University, A.W.B. Powell, Auckland Institute and Museum.

Station lists for gastropods, lamellibranchs, cephaeopods (c. 81p.) (File b))

The Mollusca of Macquarie Island by J.R. Le B. Tomlis (21p.), 1948 (File c))

Rough notes (8p, file 7) (File d))

Series. R.M. Dixon, 1977

1 item

A provisional catalogue of worldwide recent species of the family Naticidae (Mollusca Gastropoda) (32p.), 1977 (File)

Xerox of author's own typescript. Includes species from Australia and New Zealand and gives genus name, date first noted, habitat and the person who noted them.

(35 D q D)

Series. Ernest Carrick Freeman

1 item

Manuscript catalogue of a collection of British and foreign shells, marine, freshwater and land 1869-1929 (2 vols. 300p. & 212p.) (File)

Includes shells from the Pacific, New Zealand and Australia.

Series. Mrs J. Longstaff. Field note books, 1909 - 1910

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Notebook for collecting trip in Australia and New Zealand (20p.), December 1909 - 14 April 1910 (File)

Gives species name, date, locality and general remarks. Mrs Longstaff visited Mt. Wellington, Napier, Gisborne, Wanganini, Hobart and Adelaide.

Series. Alfred J. Peile, 1921 - 1929

2 items

Biographical / Historical

Alfred J. Peile (1868-1948).

Letters from Hugh B. Preston (Florence) to Peile, 19 November 1921 - 9 February 1924 (File a))

Concerning Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island Mollusca. Includes list of Norfolk Island shells sent to Preston. Six letters.

Biographical / Historical

Hugh B. Preston (1871-1945).

Letters from Bryant Walker to Peile, 2 January 1922 - 7 April 1929 (File b))

From Detroit concerning shells from Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island. Ten letters.

Biographical / Historical

Bryant Walker (1856-1936).

Series. A. Powell. Discovery material (c. 16p.), 1937

Comprises list of Mollusca for stations 929-934. 5p; correspondence with A. Powell, Auckland Institute and Museum, 10 May 1937; and manuscript notes.

(File 11)

Series. William James Rees. Drafts of papers and notes, 1949

1 item

Achatina (c. 165p.), 1949 (File)

3 items


a) Notes and diagrams and drafts for a report to the Colonial Office: The Giant African Snail: its habits and control together with some general recommendations for its control.

b) Papers on the control of Achatina in U.S., Australia and New Zealand.

c) Correspondence:

From J. A. Tubb, Fisheries Department, North Borneo re Achatina in North Borneo. [7 June 1949]

From G.S. Dunn, Sydney, re the spread of Achatina in Papua New Guinea by the Japanese during the war. [17 August 1949, 17 October 1949]

Series. Terra Nova file (c. 100p.), 1914 - 1929

Comprises rough notes, memoranda, correspondence from Museum staff on the Mollusca specimens from the Terra Nova expedition. Includes lists of Mollusca sent to New Zealand for examination.