Petrel Papers

The Petrel Papers was a weekly shipboard newspaper produced on board the Parramatta during a voyage from London to Sydney (1882 -1883).

Written and edited by John Maffey, the Petrel Papers was 'published' by being 'read aloud at the Saloon table during dessert' each Saturday. The manuscript newspaper was then circulated amongst the ship's passengers and crew. Though Maffey was supposed to have a committee of three to assist him with compiling the newspaper, he claimed he received neither assistance nor contributions. As his personal correspondence suffered as a result of the newspaper taking up most of his spare time, this copy of the newspaper was sent home for circulation to his family and friends.


> Read the Petrel Papers, 1882-1883, via the Library's online catalogue

> Read John Maffey's Diary from London to Sydney, 1882-1883, via the Library's online catalogue