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Diary for 1860, commenced on a passage from Sydney, New South Wales, to Bombay, East Indies [i.e. India, and thence to England], by Mrs. John H. Wilson

 Collection
Call Number: MS C55

Overview

Diary kept aboard a ship (not named in the diary) on a commercial voyage from London (departed April 5, 1859) to Sydney, Australia and via Bombay, India back to England (arriving Hull, July 27, 1860) by Mrs. John H. Wilson, wife of the ship's captain. The diary records the second part of the voyage, beginning sometime after leaving Sydney with the approach to Malabar Coast on January 1, 1860, and going on to describe the stay at Bombay (January 15-March 1, 1860), the voyage from there to St. Helena (arrived May 14, 1860), and from there to Hull, England (arrived July 7, 1860). At Hull Mrs. Wilson leaves the ship, and the diary ends July 27, 1860, Captain Wilson having departed with the ship for Newcastle and Mrs. Wilson being about to travel by land to Penrith, Cumbria. While at sea the diary records the ship's position (latitude), nearby landmarks (if any), the weather, progress, other ships sighted and selected activities aboard ship. During stops in port the diary describes commercial and social activities in some detail, especially about places visited and people encountered ashore.

Dates

  • January 1-July 27, 1860

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Extent

1 volume (1 volume + 1 folder) : Volume binding: 19th Century quarter leather (blank book). Foliation: 65 leaves (last 15 blank), unnumbered. ; Volume measures 23 cm tall.

Physical Location

MS C55

Physical Location

MS P652

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from bookseller, Francis Edwards, 1961.

Title
Guide to the Mrs. John H. Wilson's Travel Diary Collection
Subtitle
Diary for 1860, commenced on a passage from Sydney, New South Wales, to Bombay, East Indies [i.e. India, and thence to England], by Mrs. John H. Wilson
Author
Finding aid prepared by am, 1961. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2007. Finding aid revised by ksc, 2006, 2007; mwh, 2020.
Date
2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
http://hdl.handle.net/10407/2423208212
Preferred citation
Mrs. John H. Wilson's Travel Diary, Department of Special Collections, MS C55, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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