AJCP at the Flinders University Library
The Flinders University
Library at Bedford Park is the only repository in South
Australia with the full collection of the Australian Joint
Copying Project (AJCP) and the NSW State Archives Resource
Pack (about 10000 microforms) which is a significant aid
for family historians and is particularly useful for pre
The AJCP material consists of material relating to Australia
copied from mainly English repositories with the majority
of material being from The National Archives at Kew formerly
known as the Public Record Office.
The project was the result of collaboration between the
Mitchell Library and the National Library started in 1945
to microfilm all the records in the then Public Record Office
(PRO) in London which related to Australia. In 1960, the
project was broadened to include private papers and material
relating to businesses, missionary societies, county records
and other miscellaneous material, all relating to Australia
and our region. The project was completed in 1993, and the
complete collection contains approximately 10,000 microfilm
reels of material dating from 1560 to 1975.
For purposes of arrangement and description, the AJCP material
is sorted into two series: the PRO series and the Miscellaneous
Public Records Office (PRO) Series
This series contains the records of the Colonial Office
and later, the records of the Dominion Office. Almost 40%
of all AJCP film is taken up by the despatches, correspondence,
letter books and registers, dating from 1788 to 1951, of
these two departments.
Series (M Series)
Collections of private records range from those of the British
Library and the National Libraries of Wales, Scotland and
Ireland to university libraries, county record offices,
museums, missionary societies, business archives and papers
held by private families and individuals.
If you intend to use this material extensively you should
consider purchasing the handbooks which will enable you
to plan your research in advance. The handbook is available
from the National
Library of Australia.