Guide to the Collections held by Glasgow Mitchell Library (as filmed by the AJCP)


M2847- M2849, M2912 - M2923

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Mitchell Library (Glasgow)
Collections held by Glasgow Mitchell Library
Date Range
1827 - 1972
Collection Number
M2847- M2849, M2912 - M2923
62 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

List of cases for trial at Glasgow circuit between 1827 and 1845. It gives name, crime, date of trial, indictment, list of witnesses, verdict and sentence, including transportation.

Journal of a voyage to Australia on the ship Artimisia.

R.W. McKellar's Journal of this journey on John Bell from Greenock to Sydney.

Journal of Professor Steggall's trip to Australia to attend BAAS meeting.

Ephemera issued by the Continuance Campaign

Brisbane Family papers.

Correspondence to R.H. Small re Sir Henry Bannerman

Correspondence of: Joseph Coates; James Moir; Sir John McNeil; David Irving; Guy Aldred.

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

Selectively filmed at the Mitchell Library, Glasgow, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1992; 1993. (AJCP reels M2847-2849; M2912-2923). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Entry 327 is divided into two parts, each with their own title.

Existence and Location of Originals

Mitchell Library, Glasgow, Scotland. For further information see Mitchell 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 [URL= Parent catalogue record] 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.

Advisory Statement

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this Finding Aid contains material and descriptive information which may be considered culturally sensitive and may cause distress, including names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. This Finding Aid contains terms that reflect authors' views or those of the historical period, but which may not be considered appropriate today. While the information may not reflect current understanding, it is provided in an historical context.


Apiarists; Artimisia (ship); Australia; Australia: immigration to; Australian Aboriginals: South Australia; Beekeepers; Campbell-Bannerman, Sir Henry; Duguid, Charles, Dr; Emigrant voyages; Emigration and immigration; Gibraltar; Glasgow, Scotland; Greenock, Scotland; Hansen, Ray; Highland and Island Emigration Society; Indigenous Australians; Indigenous Australians: South Australia; John Bell (ship); McKellar, R.W.; McNeill, Sir John; Scotland; Scots in Australia; Small, R.H.; Stegall, John E.; Surgeons; Sydney, New South Wales: immigration to; Taupin, New Zealand; World War I


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry number 327, page 122.

Item Descriptions

Fonds MS 77. Glasgow Miscellaneous Documents, 1948

3 items

Filmed selectively.

Series 20. Letters from various persons to R.H. Small, April 1948 - May 1948

3 items

Re Sir Henry Campbell Bannerman (1836-1908) for a special number of Glasgow High School Magazine (June 1948)

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2847.

Dr Charles Duguid (Adelaide) to Small, 4 May 1948 (File 22)

Re his school memories of Campbell Bannerman, his work with Indigenous Australians and his surgical practice in Adelaide. (2p.)

Charles Duguid (Adelaide) to Small with copy of letter to him from W. Mitchell, 9 May 1948 (File 25)

Re his memories of Campbell Bannerman and copy of piece in Sunday Sun re Duguid's flight to combat measles epidemic at Ernabella Mission. (2p.)

Charles Duguid (Magill) to Small, 3 April 1949 (File 29)

Re opposition to rocket range in Australia; his admiration of the Indigenous Australians. (2p.)

Fonds MS 123. Joseph Coates, 1897 - 1898

2 items

[Papers are part of 313188 Bain Collection.]

Filmed selectively.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2847.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Coats (1846-1899) was born in Paisley and attended Glasgow University. He worked as an assistant to William Tennant Gairdner and Joseph Lister at the Royal Glasgow Infirmary. He was a pathologist at the Royal Glasgow Infirmary (1869-75) and the Western Infirmary (1875-99). He became a lecturer in pathology at Glasgow University in 1890 and was the first professor of pathology from 1894 until his death.

J. Coates (Glasgow) to Andrew Bain that leaving for New Zealand for the sake of his health. (2p.), 5 October 1897 (File 4)

J. Coates (Turakina, New Zealand) to Andrew Bain, 4 January 1898 (File 5)

Impressions of New Zealand 'a general air of being fairly well off here'; plans to visit Australia on homeward journey. (4p.)

Fonds MS 204. James Moir Papers, 1844 - 1849

3 items

Filmed selectively.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2847.

Biographical / Historical

James Moir (1806-1880) was born in Stenhousemuir, Stirlingshire. He went to work for a Glasgow tea merchant and in the 1820s he opened his own tea business. He was active in the Glasgow Political Union in 1831-32 and was one of the founders of the movement for the People's Charter at Glasgow in 1837. He was the Glasgow delegate to the Chartist convention in 1839. He was elected to the Town Council in 1848 and remained a member, apart from two short breaks, until his death. His brother, Benjamin Moir, took part in a radical uprising at Bonnymuir in 1820 and was transported to New South Wales for life.

Benjamin Moir (Maitland) to James, 20 November 1844 (File 54)

Re hardships suffered; economic problems in Colony - low wages; 'if you know of any person desirous of emigrating advise them not to come'.

Benjamin Moir (Dunmore) to James, 2 January 1848 (File 75)

Re lack of letters from home; hopes to return home to die. (2p., damaged)

Benjamin Moir (Dunmore) to James, 26 May 1849 (File 83)

Thanking James for sending newspapers but hopes to receive letters; his circumstances - rents three acres. (2p., written by a neighbour, incomplete)

Fonds SR 185. Sir John McNeill Letterbook, 1852

1 item

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2847.

Biographical / Historical

Sir John McNeil (1795-1883) studied medicine at Edinburgh University and served as a surgeon with the East India Company in Bombay and Persia (1816-36). He led diplomatic missions to Persia in 1836-38 and 1841-42. From 1845 to 1868 he chaired the board of supervision which administered the Scottish Poor Law Act. During the potato famine he conducted a special investigation into the conditions of the western Highlands and islands.

Copies of letters from Sir John McNeill to Sir Charles Trevelyn, Chairman of Highland and Islands Emigration Society, 24 April 1852 - 30 December 1852 (File)

Re selection and shipment of emigrants to Australia from Scotland. (259p. pagination erratic, i.e. 359p.)

Fonds 308872-308873. David Irving Papers, 1841 - 1859

4 items

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

David Irving (1778-1860) grew up in Langholm, Dumfriesshire, and graduated from Edinburgh University. He soon established a literary reputation as the author of Lives of Scottish authors (1800) and Memoirs of the life and writings of George Buchanan (1807). He wrote several important articles on legal subjects for the Encyclopaedia Britannica. From 1820 to 1848 he was the librarian of the Advocates' Library in Edinburgh, while continuing to produce a series of learned publications.

Series DI FII. Correspondence, August 1842

1 item

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2847.

James Wilson (Edinburgh) to Irving, 5 August 1842 (File 126)

Requesting that the Advocates Library subscribe to Gould's Birds of Australia. (2p.)

Series DI FIII. Correspondence, July 1841 - March 1859

3 items


Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2847.

John Moffat (Midknock) to Irving, 27 July 1841 (File 67)

Did not have enough capital to send John Irving out to Sydney to be a sheep farmer. That William Maxwell and his son have gone out. (3p.)

Charles Pasley [London] to Irving, 20 December 1854 (File 80)

His eldest son Charles is Engineer to Colony of Victoria; suffering of his daughter and son-in-law on voyages from Australia on Melbourne and to Australia in Australian. (4p.)

Charles Pasley [London] to Irving, 29 March 1859 (File 80A)

Re his son who is Commissioner of Public Works at Melbourne. (4p.)

Fonds 596848 and 596848A. Journal of a Voyage to Australia in the Ship Artimisia, 1848

1 item

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2847.

Daily journal by un-named traveller in Artimisia from Deptford to Moreton Bay (63p. and 137p.), 22 July 1848 - 13 December 1848 (File)

Details of: Journey from Glasgow to London; preparations at Bank of England in anticipation of Chartist riots; at Deptford Lord Ashley comes on board to see the children going out from the ragged schools; details of the voyage - weather, death of child, brawl in kitchen 'the warm weather seems to shorten tempers', ceremonies of crossing the line, meeting other ships, sighting whales and cape pigeons, albatross shot by doctor, water becomes scarce, births, five young women locked up for 'irregularity of conduct'; navigation of Bass Strait by Chief Mate due to indisposition of Captain; entered Sydney Harbour; voyage to Moreton Bay.

[596848A is a fuller draft version of 596848.]

Fonds 706419. R.W. McKellar. Journal of a Voyage from Greenock to Sydney, New South Wales, 1854

1 item


Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2847.

Daily journal of R.W. McKellar on John Bell from Greenock to Sydney (133p.), 26 July 1854 - 14 November 1854 (File)

Details of: Voyage - other passengers, sea sickness, entertainments, complaints about the food, drunkenness among passengers, holding of prayer meeting, speaking with other ships, catching a shark, heat melting the pitch between the deck planks, 19 ships becalmed, deputation to Captain to complain about food and water, ceremonies of crossing the line which ends in brawls, death and burial of child, called in at Cape Town to take on provisions, visit to Wynberg, saw Kaffir Chief prisoner in Wynberg Prison, took on extra passengers for Australia, gales, compasses go out of order, catching birds, description of first sight of land off Cape Otway, docking at Port Philip, 'don't like Melbourne at all … a barrel of herrings was sold the other day for one shilling!'; sailed for Sydney on Governor General, arrived 14 November.

Fonds 891077. John Edward Steggall Journal of Holidays, 1914

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2848.

Biographical / Historical

John Edward Aloysius Steggall (1855-1935) was born in London and educated at the City of London School and Trinity College, Cambridge. He taught at Clifton College (1868-79) and Owens College, Manchester (1880-83) before being appointed professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at University College, Dundee. He was professor of pure and applied mathematics at University College, Dundee, from 1895 to 1933.

Journal of Professor Steggall's trip to Australia to attend B.A.A.S. Meeting (225p., pagination erratic), 3 July 1914 - 16 October 1914 (File)

Voyage to Adelaide, other passengers 'the party are getting duller and duller'; Port Said; journey through Suez Canal; Colombo; learned War had been declared on docking at Fremantle; visit to Perth; on to Adelaide; Premier's reception 'the streets are wide and well made'; trip to Angastown; trip to Mount Lofty; in Melbourne, reception at Government House by Munro Fergusson 'all his Raeburns are stored in Edinburgh on account of the suffragettes except a few which are here'; attended B.A.A.S. lectures and receptions; visit to South Yarra; by train to Sydney, changing onto narrow gauge; arrangements of sleeping berths; comparison with Melbourne; attendance at Governor's garden party 'grounds are very pretty'; Hawkesbury Bridge guarded by soldiers 'it seems that there are more German spies all through the country and that naturalised Germans are in constant communication with the enemy'; by train to Brisbane,'the city is very clean and many of the buildings are beautiful'; visit to Gympie; Glasshouse Mountains; visit to gold fields; return to Sydney; visit to station of Mr Balfour at Culcairn - rabbit menace, visit to wool stores, visit to other homesteads; return to Melbourne; embarked for Adelaide, Fremantle and home; hearing War news en route 'German outrages in Belgium'; defence activities in Gibraltar.

Fonds 891088. Hart Family Papers, 1835 - 1972

1 item

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2848.

Xeroxes of papers in possession of P.C. Alexander of Perth (13p.), 11 October 1972 (File)


Laurence A. Babcock (Matraville) to P.C. Alexander re grave of Alexander Hart (11/10/1972).

Librarian, Sydney Morning Herald, to P.C. Alexander: re death notice of Alexander Hart, 1826 [ie 1876] (25/08/1972).

Cutting from Scots Independent re rising of 1820 for which Alexander Hart was transported (May 1972).

Pardon for Alexander Hart and Benjamin Moir and other 1820 rebel transportees (1/07/1835).

[Alexander Hart] (Sydney) to Aunt and cousins re economic conditions in the Colony, prices of meat and other commodities [Incomplete] (1/03/1847).

Fonds 891121. Scottish Licensed Trade Veto Defence Fund Papers, 1920 - 1938

7 items

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

The 1913 Temperance (Scotland) Act gave voters in small local areas in Scotland the right to hold a poll on whether alcoholic drinks should be permitted or prohibited in the areas. Between 1913 and 1965 1131 polls were held under the Act, the great majority before 1930. Opposition to the local veto was led by the Scottish Licensed Trade Association founded in 1880.

Series. Box 3, 1920 - 1938

7 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2848.

New Zealand Campaign, 1928 (File File 7)

Newspaper Advertisements. Posters and handbills [placed in New Zealand newspapers?] to stop passage of Licensing Reform Bill

Issued by Continuance Campaign. (32p.)

'Stop this foul blow … vote Continuance'.

New Zealand Campaign Newspaper Advertisements, 1925 (File File 12)

Posters, handbills and stickers by Continuance Campaign. (51p.)

New Zealand Campaign Newspaper Advertisements, 1925 (File File 13)

Posters, handbills and stickers issued by Continuance Campaign. (47p.)

New Zealand Correspondence, 27 October 1920 - 16 December 1938 (File File 14)

Correspondents include: Percy Coyle (National Council of the Licensed Trade of New Zealand, Wellington); Harry Earnshaw (Anti-Prohibition Campaign Council, Edinburgh); Rupert A. Armstrong (New Zealand Licensing Reform Association, Wellington); W. Reid (Dunedin)

Subjects include: Campaign against prohibition; Continuance Campaign run by National Council of the Licensed Trade of New Zealand; licensing poll held at General Election, 1938; exchange of publications; introduction of Licensing Bill, 1926.


New Zealand Campaign Newspaper Advertisements, 1935 (File File 15)

Handbills, cuttings of newspaper advertisements and photographs of posters issued by Continuance Campaign. (55p.)

New Zealand Campaign Newspaper Advertisements, 1938 (File File 16)

Handbills and photographs of poster issued by Continuance Campaign. (12p.)

New Zealand Campaign. Newspaper Advertisements, 1928 (File File 17)

Handbills issued by Continuance Campaign. (32p.)

Fonds. Guy Aldred Papers, 1946 - 1962

4 items

Filmed selectively.

Related Materials

See also: Come Dungeons Dark: Life and Times of Guy Aldred by John Taylor Caldwell, Barr, Luath Press, 1988.

Biographical / Historical

Guy Alfred Aldred (1886-1963) was born in London and educated at the Hugh Myddleton School. He became a journalist but from 1907 until his death in 1963 he engaged full-time in socialist propaganda. Glasgow was his base from 1919 onwards. In his early years he was an anarchist and from 1921 to 1934 he was an active member of the Anti-Parliamentary Communist Federation. In 1934 he formed the United Socialist Movement. He agitated against conscription in both world wars and campaigned against restrictions on free speech.

Series. Aldred Collection, 1962

1 item

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2849.

Subseries Bundle 22. Correspondence and Papers, August 1962
1 item
Rev. C.P. Bradley (Newcastle, New South Wales) to Aldred re work in Australia, 28 August 1962 (File)

'Can't get the help I had in Canada'. (1p.)

Series. Aldred Collection, Non-British, 1954 - 1961

2 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2849.

Subseries Bundle 33. Correspondence and Papers re Beeville Community New Zealand, October 1954 - April 1960
1 item
Letters, photographs and papers from Ray Hansen Beeville Community, Taupiri, New Zealand. (19p.), 6 October 1954 - 5 April 1960 (File)

Subjects include: Photograph of Community taken by Photo-Flight Ltd. of Cambridge; poems by Hansen 'Peril of Marriage', 'Domestic Tragedy', 'The Flame and the Perfume'; acknowledgment of receipt of Word; philosophy of Beeville Community.

Subseries Bundle 40. Ray Hansen, April 1959 - January 1961
1 item
Ray Hansen (Beeville Community, Taupiri and Madras) to Aldred. (51p.), 4 April 1959 - 8 January 1961 (File)

Subjects include: His work keeping 450 hives of bees; bad honey season due to excessive rainfall, sale of produce at roadside shop; properties of Manuka honey; philosophy of the Community; Reserve Bank refuses to let them send £100.00 to Aldred - money misappropriated by J.C.H. de Mey who had undertaken to get it to Aldred; urges Aldred to settle Strickland Press at Beeville; trip to India to attend 10th Triennial Conference of War Registers International and Annual International Convention of Theosophical Society.

Series. Green Box, 1946 - 1951

1 item


Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2849.

Subseries Bundle 249. Ray Hansen, May 1946 - May 1951
1 item
Letters and papers from Ray Hansen (Beeville Community, Taupiri) to Aldred. (52p.), 26 May 1946 - 15 May 1951 (File)

Subjects include: Return of Harold and Owen Hansen, imprisoned conscientious objectors; development of the Community; his interest in India; misrepresentation of the Community in article written by Alan Sayers in Pix; his arrest and imprisonment; problems over taxation; attendance at First National Peace Congress in Auckland; discussions with Tom Spiller of Waterside Workers' Union.

Includes: Copies of correspondence with Taxation Enquiry Committee (Wellington, faint); Beeville Community Manifesto; copies of correspondence with Land and Income Tax Department (Hamilton).

Fonds. Baillies Library Ms., 1865

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2849.

Alexander Hamilton Hume (Hullerkrish?) to ? re work on Epidemic disease. (1p.), 19 September 1865 (File)

Fonds. Brisbane Family Papers, 1838

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

The Brisbane Family originated in Renfrewshire, Scotland. The lands of Bishopton in the parish of Erskine were held by the family as early as 1322. In about 1671 the family moved to Kelsoland in Largs, Ayrshire, which they renamed Brisbane House. Sir Thomas Brisbane (1773-1860), the sixth governor of New South Wales (1821-25), was born in Brisbane House and is buried in the Brisbane Aisle Vault at Largs.

Series. Bundle III, 1838

1 item

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2849.

Information on Emigration to New South Wales (3p., printed), 1838 (File)

Includes: Plan of steerage-cabins on board the Royal George, G. Richards master, for a party of agricultural labourers going to Sydney 31 October 1838.

Gives dimensions of allocated areas, names and ages of labourer and his children, bedding and utensils in each cabin, and provisions.

Fonds. Thomas Chambers Collections, 1972

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Chambers (1901-1983)

Series 32. Letters, January 1972

1 item

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2849.

Nelson Smillie (Brisbane) to T. Chambers given up bicycling when went to Australia; memories of meeting Chambers. (4p.), 14 January 1972 (File T)

Fonds G 34941079. List of cases for trial at Glasgow circuit, 1827 - 1845

31 items

Details of: name, crime, date of trial, indictment, list of witnesses. Verdict and sentence, including transportation, have been written in. Assizes for Lanarkshire, Dumbartonshire, and Renfrewshire. All volumes are indexed at the front.

For Spring 1825 see TD 96 in Strathclyde Regional Archives list.


Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reels M2912-M2923.

Spring circuit (794p.), May 1827 (File)

Spring circuit (208p.), April 1829 (File)

Autumn circuit (215p.), September 1830 (File)

Winter circuit (293p.) Sentence not noted, January 1831 (File)

Spring circuit (247p.), April 1831 (File)

Autumn circuit (263p.) Sentence not noted, September 1831 (File)

Winter circuit (154p.), December 1831 (File)

Spring circuit (164p.), May 1832 (File)

Autumn circuit (191p.) Sentence not noted, September 1832 (File)

Winter circuit (253p.) Sentence not noted, December 1832 (File)

Spring circuit (398p.) Sentence not noted, April 1833 (File)

Autumn circuit (362p.), September 1833 (File)

Winter circuit (278p.), December 1833 (File)

Spring circuit (305p.), April 1834 (File)

Autumn circuit (187p.), September 1834 (File)

Winter circuit (236p.) Sentence not noted, January 1835 (File)

Autumn circuit (338p.), September 1835 (File)

Winter circuit (281p.) Sentence not noted, January 1836 (File)

Autumn circuit (288p.), September 1836 (File)

Winter circuit (240p.), January 1837 (File)

Spring circuit (284p.), April 1837 (File)

Autumn circuit (280p.), September 1837 (File)

Winter circuit (232p.) Sentence not noted, January 1838 (File)

Spring circuit (269p.), April 1838 (File)

Autumn circuit (426p.), September 1838 (File)

Spring circuit (316p.), May 1839 (File)

Autumn circuit (436p.), September 1839 (File)

Winter circuit (184p.) Sentence not noted, December 1839 (File)

Spring circuit (347p.) Sentence not noted, May 1840 (File)

Spring circuit (236p.), April 1844 (File)

Autumn circuit (211p.), September 1845 (File)