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Gwynedd Archives: Meirionnydd Record Office
Lister family, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0220 Z/DAY

Held at: Gwynedd Archives: Meirionnydd Record Office

Title: Lister Family Papers

Short Title: Lister family, papers

Creation date(s): 1884-1929

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: To be supplied

Name of creator(s): Lister family


Administrative/Biographical history: Dr Joseph Herbert Lister (1858-1929) came to Barmouth, Merionethshire, in about 1883. From 1890 he became a shipowner there, owning the schooners Cariad and Billow Crest and the three-masted schooners Jenny Jones, Consul Kaestner and Royal Lister. These mainly carried slate from Porthmadog, Caernarfonshire, to the rest of Britain and beyond. The Billow Crest was lost in the Outer Hebrides in 1899, and the Consul Kaestner sank off southern Portugal in 1902. The rest of the fleet was sold off by Lister in 1903-4. One of his ships was named after Jenny Jones (1882-1969), daughter of Captain Evan Lewis Jones (1851-1920), Lister's associate. She married Lister in 1907, and they moved to Llwyngwril, Merionethshire.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of the Lister family, 1884-1929, including records of the Lister fleet, 1890-1911; records relating to the ships Jenny Jones, 1900-1904, Consul Kaestner, 1902, Cariad, 1901-1904, and Royal Lister, 1902-1904; photographs and glass negatives of the fleet, crews, Lister family, Barmouth and elsewhere, 1885-1886 and [n. d.]; and annual reports of Caersalem CM Church, Barmouth, 1902-1929, and Park Road CM, Barmouth, 1919-1926.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: miscellaneous items; documents relating to the Lister fleet; files; glass negatives; and albums.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Meirionnydd Archives and the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Meirionnydd Archives, The Lister Family Papers, catalogue; Lloyd, Lewis, Wherever Freights May Offer - The Maritime Community of Abermaw/Barmouth 1565-1920 (Caernarfon, 1993).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: October 2004

Barmouth (Wales) | Photographs
Lister, Joseph Herbert, | 1858-1929 | Archives
Religious institutions | Wales | Gwynedd
Ships | Wales | Barmouth
Ships | Wales | Barmouth | Photographs

Personal names
Lister , Joseph Herbert , 1858-1929

Corporate names
Caersalem (Church : Barmouth, Wales)
Cariad (Ship)
Jenny Jones (Ship)
Park Road Calvinistic Methodist Chapel (Barmouth, Wales)
Royal Lister (Ship)

Barmouth (Wales)

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