About the records

Title Records of Westlake, Ernest (1855-1922)
Date Range 1850 - 2010
Creator Westlake, Ernest (1855-1922) (1855 - 1922)
Extent 2 metres (420 items)
Repository Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Abstract This is a guide to the records of Ernest Westlake held in the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. The guide includes materials from the Henry Balfour Papers, Pitt Rivers Museum, and some of the Museum’s related accession documentation.

Cultural Advice Statement

Users of the guide are advised that the Westlake Papers and the associated guide includes images and names of deceased persons. These may cause sadness or distress in some Indigenous communities.

Administrative Information

Rebe Taylor and the eScholarship Research Centre (ESRC) commenced collaborative work on the electronic listing of the Westlake Papers in 2006, following a successful application for funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC). Listing was carried out using the Heritage Document Management System (HDMS) and continued throughout the project, with the final period of writing, refining and editing carried out by Rebe Taylor, Michael Jones and Gavan McCarthy in 2009-2011.

The first edition of Stories in Stone: an annotated history and guide to the collections and papers of Ernest Westlake (1855-1922) has been produced as a result of this work.


In late 2008, Rebe Taylor and Gavan McCarthy (Director, ESRC) travelled to the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, to work on the collection. The Westlake Papers were almost completely imaged during this time. Material in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History was digitised by Michael Jones (ESRC) in November 2010. Access to the imaged materials from both institutions is provided for the purposes of individual research and study.

Researchers wishing to publish material from this collection in any form will need to seek the appropriate copyright permissions.

Holdings at AIATSIS, the National Library of Australia and elsewhere

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) holds photographs of drawings of Tasmanian stone artefacts in the Westlake collection, in their Manuscript Collection (MS 719). See Mura - AIATSIS Collections Catalogue for further information.

In addition, material from the Westlake collection was filmed in 1988 as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) by the National Library of Australia and the State Library of New South Wales. The AJCP ran from 1945, with the purpose of transferring microfilm copies of material from repositories in the United Kingdom to libraries and institutions in Australia.

As a result, six notebooks, letters to the Westlake children, exercise books, and some other correspondence were imaged and made available through the following institutions.

  • The National Library of Australia: Papers [microform]:[M2413-2414], 1891-1976 - microfilm master.
  • Flinders University: Papers [microform]: [M2413-2414], 1891-1976.
  • State Library of New South Wales: Ernest Westlake - Papers [M2413-2414], 1891-1976.
  • State Library of Victoria: Papers [M2413-2414], [19--]. [microform]

Guide Image

The photograph seen on the top left hand side of the Guide is ‘Ernest Westlake aged 66 years (1855-1922)’, from Jean Westlake, 70 Years A-Growing, Hawthorn Press, Stroud, Gloucestershire, 2000, p. 17.

Published by the The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre and the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, August 2010
Listed by Rebe Taylor, with Michael Jones and Gavan McCarthy
HTML edition
Updated 14 February 2017

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