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Inward Despatch and Letter Books

From the 1830's until around the time of the First World War, Government records were kept in large copybooks.  Any loose materials, such as incoming letters and despatches were bound up into volumes.  A number of these volumes were destroyed or badly damaged by fire and/or water in the Town Hall fire of 1944 and the Secretariat fire of 1959. Those identified as too fragile and at risk of further damage were closed to researchers in 2010.  Closed Volumes in this series are H34, H38, H46 and H47.   

It should be noted that the letters in these volumes are scanned in the order they have been bound, are not necessarily in date order and a number of the books are incomplete.  To reduce handling and unnecessary stress on the volumes blank pages have not been scanned and not all pages are legible either due to fading, damage or due to the way that they have been bound.

NB: Work on scanning these volumes is ongoing

pdfH34 - 1877-1878 - part 1.pdf22.71 MB

pdfH34 - 1877-1878 - part 2.pdf21.72 MB

pdfH34 - 1877-1878 - part 3.pdf21.53 MB

pdfH34 - 1877-1878 - part 4.pdf14.16 MB

pdfH38 - 1881-1885 - part 1.pdf20.47 MB

pdfH38 - 1881-1885 - part 2.pdf21.35 MB

pdfH38 - 1881-1885 - part 3.pdf19.35 MB

pdfH38 - 1881-1885 - part 4.pdf19.97 MB

pdfH38 - 1881-1885 - part 5.pdf7.88 MB

pdfH46 - 1891 - part 1.pdf21.06 MB

pdfH46 - 1891 - part 2.pdf24.22 MB

pdfH46 - 1891 - part 3.pdf22.78 MB

pdfH46 - 1891 - part 4.pdf21.35 MB

pdfH46 - 1891 - part 5.pdf22.8 MB

pdfH46 - 1891 - part 6.pdf22.65 MB

pdfH46 - 1891 - part 7.pdf21.48 MB

pdfH46 - 1891 - part 8.pdf23.95 MB

pdfH46 - 1891 - part 9.pdf26.65 MB

pdfH47 - 1892-1893 - part 1.pdf19.35 MB

pdfH47 - 1892-1893 - part 2.pdf19.85 MB

pdfH47 - 1892-1893 - part 3.pdf23.16 MB

pdfH47 - 1892-1893 - part 4.pdf20.72 MB

pdfH47 - 1892-1893 - part 5.pdf20.16 MB

pdfH47 - 1898 - part 6.pdf13.39 MB

pdfH47 - 1899 - part 7.pdf24.41 MB


While every effort has been taken to ensure accuracy the Jane Cameron National Archives does not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions in these records.

Copyright guide

Copies of government records may be used freely for private research and educational purposes.  If material is to be used for commercial publication, exhibition or broadcast the written permission of the Jane Cameron National Archives must first be obtained. Whenever material from the Jane Cameron National Archives is reproduced in any form or in any medium, the user must acknowledge the Jane Cameron National Archives as the source and give all document references.  For non-government records it is your responsibility as the user to ensure that copyright is not infringed and any infringement that does occur is your responsibility.