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Diaries of Joseph Jenkins

Identifier(s): MS 13267


Scope and Content

Describes Jenkins' experiences as an itinerant agricultural labourer in Victoria, mainly in the Ballarat, Castlemaine and Maldon areas. Includes comments on farming practices and public affairs, his opinion of them and their effect on rural communities. Contains many of his poems, some of which are in Welsh.


  • 1869-1894


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Biographical Information

Joseph Jenkins was born at Blaenplwyf, Cardiganshire, West Wales, and lived on his parents' farm until he married at the age of 28. He then had his own farm, named Trecefel, at Tregaron. He wrote poetry, specialising in the englynion, a Welsh verse form, and kept diaries from the age of 21 until he died. He left his wife and family and emigrated to Victoria in 1869, returning to his home in Wales in 1894.


66 cm. (25 volumes)




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Related materials note

Described in: Jock Murphy. Diaries of a Welsh swagman. State Library of Victoria news, v. 1, no. 2, Oct.-Dec. 1997, pp. 4-5.

Published as: Diary of a Welsh swagman, 1869-1894, abridged and annotated by William Evans. South Melbourne, Vic.: Macmillan, 1975.
  • Agricultural laborers -- Diaries. -- Victoria
  • Ballarat Region (Vic.) -- Economic conditions.
  • Ballarat Region (Vic.) -- Social life and customs.
  • Castlemaine Region (Vic.) -- Economic conditions.
  • Castlemaine Region (Vic.) -- Social life and customs.
  • Maldon Region (Vic.) -- Economic conditions.
  • Maldon Region (Vic.) -- Social life and customs.
  • Poets -- Diaries. -- Victoria
  • Swagmen -- Diaries. -- Victoria
  • Welsh -- Victoria.
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Repository details

Part of the Australian Manuscripts Collection, State Library Victoria Repository

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