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The Pacific Manuscripts Bureau collection includes a large collection of records known as the New England Microfilming Project. This collection comprises records created by American whalers, traders, sealers, sandalwooders and naval vessels. Coverage is mostly mid to late 19th century but does include a few records from the 18th Century.
This collection is available on microfilm when you visit a Member Library such as the State Library of NSW.
You can search broadly for whaling log books via the Pambu online catalogue but not all destinations are listed so use the guides listed below.
Ask us at the Special Collections Area in the Mitchell Library for access to the following guides:
American whalers and traders in the Pacific: a guide to records on microfilm by Robert Langdon (Location: Special Collections Area: Micro Ref Books 3:1/10)
This is the comprehensive key to all documents microfilmed as part of the New England Microfilming Projects. It includes
Where the whalers went: an index to the Pacific ports and islands visited by American whalers (and some other ships) by Robert Langdon (Location: Australian Reference Special Collections Area: Q387.5404/1)
Copying Whaling Log Books
No copying may be undertaken without the written permission of the institution that holds the original records.