The diary covers the period May-November 1856. The anonymous writer, a farmer's son, and his brother appear to have had gold claims at Whitehorse, near Ballarat for about three years. The writer then describes life aboard ship on a voyage (without his brother) from Melbourne on the 'James Baines' bound for Liverpool, as far as Cape Clear.
Detailed diary of a trip made by Mary Pinkerton to America; typed transcript of diary (transcribed by Anne Cameron, June 2010). Enclosed in the manuscript diary are several loose additional diary pages; a poem entitled 'Books of the Bible'; a newspaper clipping intimating the death of Mary Pinkerton on 20 December ; and a newspaper clipping intimating the death of Mary Cochran, relict of James Pinkerton [undated].
Pinkerton, Mary Thomson, 1855-1912, niece of Allan Pinkerton, private detective