Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP)

The Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) is a collection of historical material relating to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific dating from 1560 to 1984.


Frontier Life: Borderlands, Settlement & Colonial Encounters 1650-1920 captures the lives, experiences and colonial encounters of people living at the edges of the Anglophone world, including Governors Despatches of the Australian colonies and New Zealand.

For best results use Documents Search selecting “View All” and refining your search by Region (eg. Australia) and Archive (UK National Archives).

This collection includes original data from:

  • CO 201: NSW Original Correspondence
  • CO 309: Victoria
  • CO 280: Tasmania
  • CO 13: South Australia
  • CO 18: Western Australia
  • CO 208-209: NZ Original Correspondence
  • CO 700: Maps and Plans.

Frontier Life draws on collections of 17 institutions including the UK National Archives. For AJCP material you need to narrow your search to TNA material relating to Australia. This collection includes class CO 700 Maps and Plans providing access to early digitised maps of Australia.

Migration to New Worlds focuses on European emigration to the United States, Canada, and Australasia during the 19th and 20th centuries (1800-1924). This resource includes:

  • personal diaries
  • letters
  • travel journals
  • scrapbooks
  • original maps
  • watercolours, engravings and objects
  • emigration pamphlets
  • shipping papers
  • rare printed material.

To find information on emigration schemes and particular voyages, use Advanced Search to select the Class of Record (CO 384) and refine by Country From (eg. Ireland), Country To (eg. Australia), Ship and Archive (UK National Archives).

This collection includes original AJCP data from:

  • CO 384: Emigration – Original Correspondence 1830-96
  • CO 385: Emigration – entry books 1834-96
  • CO 386: Emigration – Land & Emigration Commission, 1838-69

Migration to New Worlds draws on the collections of 26 institutions including the British Library and the National Library of Ireland. For AJCP material you need to narrow your search to the UK National Archives. 

Looking for maps?

Maps of the Southern Hemisphere, focusing on Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, were selected by the AJCP from the collections of The National Archives (Series CO 700 Maps and Plans).

The maps range in date from 1714-1886 (PRO Reels 1546, 6937-6938).

Southern Hemisphere - 01 January 1714