Australian Joint Copying Project
The Australian Joint Copying Project or AJCP is a collection of historical material relating to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific dating from 1560 to 1984. The material has been drawn from records held in the United Kingdom and microfilmed.
The microfilms in the collection are divided into two series:
- Public Records Office (PRO) – copied from records held in the UK Public Record Office (now The National Archives)
- Miscellaneous (M) – archives and manuscripts copied from a variety of English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh institutions and organisations.
To find descriptions of material and the related microfilm reel/s, use this guide and the printed AJCP handbooks held in the Newspapers and Microforms Reading Room. You may then select the films from the self service drawers in the Reading Room.
For detailed descriptions of PRO records, use the Research Guides on the website of The National Archives.
The Australian Joint Copying Project was established in 1945 by an agreement between the National Library of Australia and the State Library of New South Wales to jointly microfilm material in the Public Record Office, London and elsewhere relating to Australia and the Pacific. In 1988 the SLNSW withdrew from the project, which continued until June 1993 under the direction of the NLA and with the participation of the State Library of Victoria, the National Library of New Zealand, the National Archives of New Zealand and other Australian state and academic libraries.
The Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) was established in 1945 by the signing of an agreement between the Commonwealth National Library and the Public Library of New South Wales to jointly microfilm material in the Public Record Office, London, relating to Australia. The scope of the filming later expanded to include New Zealand, the Pacific, South East Asia and Antarctica. From 1960 filming included private records of Australasian interest throughout the British Isles. The Project ceased in 1993.
The collection comprises 10,095 reels of 35mm microfilm.
The National Library of Australia holds the microfilm master. Copies of the microfilm and guides are available for sale.
What type of records does the AJCP contain?
This guide represents the official output of statute law for over 150 countries, including those which have been under colonial rule or mandates administered on behalf of the League of Nations. All acts and subsidiary legislation for a country are listed, as well as special issues and legal supplements of gazettes for countries where holdings of statutes are slight. Specific laws such as emergency legislation and declarations have also been included to fill gaps in statutes held. Material listed is in hard copy or microform and is published as books or serials.
Material in Arabic, Hebrew and Urdu has not been included in the guide. Asian countries have been added to the original printed work. Contact the the Asian Collections Reading Room for any further information.
How are the AJCP microfilms arranged?
For purposes of arrangement and description the AJCP film is divided into two series: the Public Record Office Series and the Miscellaneous Series.
Within the Public Record Office Series, the records of the Colonial Office and Dominion Office are predominant. Almost half of the AJCP film is taken up by the despatches, correspondence, letterbooks and registers, dating from 1788 to 1951, of these two departments.
How do I obtain a copy of an AJCP microfilm from the National Library?
Most of the printed material can't be lent on interlibrary loan. However, photocopies of laws can be requested from the printed material (other than some rare and fragile material). A photocopy of a law can be requested via your local library or through the National Library's Copies Direct service.
What other libraries hold copies of AJCP microfilms?
At the time of publication of the third edition of the Introductory Handbook in 2000, the following institutions held all or part of the AJCP microfilms:
Australian Capital Territory
- Australian Bureau of Statistics
- Australian Customs Service
- Australian National University - Noel Butlin Archives
- Australian War Memorial
- National Library of Australia (COMPLETE)
New South Wales
- Archives Authority of New South Wales
- Australian National Maritime Museum
- Bathurst City Library
- Central Coast Family History Society
- Charles Sturt University - Regional Archives, Wagga Wagga
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
- Genealogy Research Service Centre
- Macquarie Family History Foundation
- Macquarie University Library
- Nepean Family History Society
- Newcastle Public Library
- Richmond Tweed Regional Library
- Ryde Municipal Council Library
- Society of Australian Genealogists
- State Library of New South Wales - Mitchel Library (COMPLETE)
- Taralaga Historical Society
- Tumut Family History Group
- University of New England Library
- University of New South Wales Library
- University of Newcastle - Auchmuty Library
- Wollongong City Reference Library
- Northern Territory Archives Service
- Northern Territory University Library
- Port Keats Community Archive
- Genealogical Society of Queensland
- James Cook University Library
- Queensland State Archives
- State Library of Queensland - John Oxley Library
- University of Central Queensland Library
- University of Queensland Library
How do I find AJCP material on the Library's catalogue?
All microfilmed material of the AJCP project is available on open access in the Newspapers and Microform Reading Room.
Besides the one overall catalogue record to the entire AJCP collection at http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn302431 records are also provided for each class of records. Links to all these records are provided on the pages of this guide. However, you may also conduct your own search of the catalogue using relevant keywords, eg: