Chief Gunner Logbook

Chief Gunner Logbook

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The Chief Gunner’s journal provides, on one side of the diary, a rough journal by Edward Argent detailing the voyage to China of the PROTECTOR to serve with the Admiralty during the Boxer Rebellion. He writes of the events that occur during the voyage which involve travelling from Adelaide...

Diary of Harry Andrewartha

Diary of Harry Andrewartha

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Harry Andrewartha, writes of his personal experiences as an apprentice on board the windjammer Moshulu. He talks about his voyage from Port Victoria to England via Cape Horn and presents a daily description of his time on the Moshulu performing his duties as an apprentice, the weather (an...

George Jeffrey, Protector Diary

George Jeffrey, Protector Diary

This diary, written by George Frederik Jeffery, talks about an expedition on board the H.M.S Protector from Port Adelaide to the Boxer Rebellion in China. Commencing on 6 August 1900, Jeffery writes of his experiences on board the PROTECTOR. He explains the entire journey as they stop at...

JH Gill

JH Gill

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These papers contain the memoirs of J.H Gill, a Lieutenant-Commander of the Royal Australian Navy. He writes of his time in the Navy, from when he joined the South Australian Naval Reserve in July 1898 until 1943 when he finally retired and became a ferry-boat master, still enjoying life on the...

Jack Sheridan log books

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Jack Sheridan wrote several log books during his time sailing the vessel 'Portonian' in South Australian waters. Each is recorded in a three day to a page diary with entries made in pencil at regular intervals throughout the year. The first log has a note in the back page which refers to the...

Oriana Diary

Oriana Diary

Elizabeth Greer, traveled on board the SS ORIANA in 1965, recording her experiences her diary. Travelling alone from Southampton to Australia, Elizabeth wrote daily and concise entries of her life as a passenger on board. She included details about her roommates and the friends she had made on...

Parma Diary

Parma Diary

This diary contains personal experiences of the author’s life on board the windjammer PARMA from March 1936 until July 1936. The author, Eric Stevens, writes his diary as a letter to his mother and includes several entries of his activities and jobs while travelling on the PARMA. He recounts the...

Passat Diary

This diary provides a detailed description of Betty Northmore’s life as a stewardess onboard the Passat. She details her duties as a stewardess as well as the weather, activities on the ship and descriptions of other crew members. Her voyage on the Passat started from Port Talbot to Port Victoria...

Postboy Logbook

Postboy Logbook

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This diary logs the many travels that the schooner ‘Postboy’ completed during the late 19th century. It contains travels mostly from Port Adelaide to other gulf ports in South Australia such as Port McDonnell and Port Pirie. Mostly used as a trading ship, this diary also contains a travel log of...

Prewett Diary

Prewett Diary

This diary consists of almost daily descriptions of passenger life on board the SS ORCADES. Travelling from February until March 1961, both Peter and Lorna Prewett write of their experiences as the boat journeys through different countries. They start off at Tilbury, where they boarded, and...

Robert Lees Diary 1875

Robert Lees Diary 1875

A diary written by E. Holland about his voyage to Australia with his wife. Beginning on September 11 1875, he writes of his travelling experiences which started at Oxford before travelling to Plymouth to go through the Emigrants Depot, and then heading on-board the the 'Robert Lees' to finally...

Vernon Smith Diary

Vernon Smith Diary

Vernon Smith’s diary presents incomplete entries of daily events on a sea voyage to the north of Australia in the lugger VENTURE. Entitled ‘Port Darwin May/July 1905’, it presents the daily experiences Smith had on board the ship as well as the different places he visited during his voyage. He...

Waples Diary

Waples Diary

The diary, written in a reporter style notebook, contains entries written by 'Tubby' Waples while serving on board HMAS KALGOORLIE during the Pacific campaign of World War Two. Waples writes of the general activities that occurred during the trip talking about the weather, the duties he performed...

William Hodge Diary

This diary was written in an almost ‘story-like’ way as the author, William Hodge, describes his life from childhood until his later years. Beginning in the year 1864, Hodge mentions his experiences working at a timber firm called John Saunders and Son as well as his interesting travels arounds...

William Strapps Diaries

William Strapps Diaries

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William Strapps’ 1879 diary contains almost daily entries detailing his voyage to Australia from Camberwell England. Sailing on the ship GARONNE, Strapps writes of his time on board living with different people and different nationalities. He also talks of his experiences on the ship from the...