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Papers of the Woodriff family, 1762-1951 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2249400
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Woodriff family
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1762-1951] 
0.30 m. (2 boxes) 

Daniel James Woodriff the younger (d. 1865): documents, correspondence with James Norton and others re Penrith estate, 1852-1881; family letters, 1852-1857; testimonials concerning his work as surveyor in Europe and England. Frederick Daniel Woodriff (d. 1904): family letters, obituary notice. Capt. Daniel James Woodriff, R.N. (d. 1860): journal kept as midshipman on HMS Bellerophon, 1805; letters concerning Penrith estate, other business affairs, 1816-1950. Capt. Daniel Woodriff, R.N. (d. 1842): documents and letters concerning his naval career, including papers re his command of HMS Calcutta and capture by the French fleet, 1805; correspondence with James Norton, John Oxley and others re the grant from Govenor King and leasing of Rodley Farm, Penrith and other business matters, 1804-1937; memoranda concerning timbers of New Zealand and New South Wales, 1804.

Includes collection of books published in London 1778-1812, relating to the Royal Navy, travel stories and one volume of The New Complete Dictionary of Arts and Sciences and also includes published musical tutors and scores from the late 1700's or early 1800's.


Capt. Daniel Woodriff, R.N., went to sea in 1762, and in 1804 visited Port Jackson, receiving from Govenor King a grant of land called Rodley Farm, at Penrith, New South Wales (see "Capt. Daniel Woodriff, C.B., R.N." by D.C. Tilghman in The Victorian historical magazine, vol. XXXII, no. 3, Feb. 1962, p. 143-59). Capt. Woodriff's son, Daniel James, took part in the battle of Trafalgar and his son, Daniel James the younger, came to New South Wales to settle on the Penrith family property, passed to his sons, including Frederick Daniel, in 1881.


Manuscript reference no.: MS 967.

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Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia ; A403.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid (2 p.) available in the Special Collections Reading Room. 
Subjects Woodriff family -- Archives.  |  Woodriff, Daniel James, -1865 -- Archives.  |  Woodriff, Frederick Daniel, -1904 -- Archives.  |  Woodriff, Daniel, 1756-1842 -- Archives.  |  Woodriff, Daniel James, 1788-1860 -- Archives.  |  Great Britain. Royal Navy. -- Officers -- Archives.  |  Calcutta (Ship)  |  Bellerophon (Ship)  |  Landowners -- New South Wales -- Penrith -- Archives.
Time Coverage 1762-1951 
Occupation Landowners.  |  Naval officers.
Other authors/contributors Woodriff, Daniel James, -1865  |  Woodriff, Frederick Daniel, -1904  |  Woodriff, Daniel, 1756-1842  |  Woodriff, Daniel James, 1788-1860


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