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NIAS, Sir Joseph (1793-1879)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 BAY/101-104

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: NIAS, Sir Joseph (1793-1879)

Date(s): 1815-1867

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 1 box

Name of creator(s): Nias | Sir | Joseph | 1793-1879 | Knight | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Nias entered the Navy in 1807 and served during the remaining years of the Napoleonic wars. During the next few years he took part in three Arctic expeditions, being promoted to lieutenant in 1820. In 1826 he was appointed to the Asia, flagship of Sir Edward Codrington. Following the battle of Navarino in 1827 he was promoted to commander and appointed to the HMS ALACRITY, remaining in the Aegean until 1830. Nias was promoted to captain in 1835 and in 1840 commissioned the HMS HERALD for service in the East Indies. After a period in New Zealand, he took part in the First Chinese War 1839 to 1842, and was involved in operations leading to the capture of Canton. After his return home in 1843, he was on half-pay until 1850 when he was appointed to the HMS AGINCOURT and then to the HMS ST GEORGE, guardship of the reserve at Devonport. From 1854 to 1856 he was Superintendent of the Victualling Yard and Hospital at Plymouth. He saw no further service. He was promoted to rear-admiral in 1857, to vice-admiral in 1863 and admiral in 1867, being knighted in the same year. He was placed on the retired list in 1866.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Joseph Nias, comprising letters and orders received, 1815 to 1867, and service papers, and eighteen letters from Sir William Parker to Nias while he was Senior Officer at Hong Kong, 1841 to 1842.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

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Conditions governing reproduction:

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Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the National Maritime Museum website.


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers are part of the Baynes collection, presented in 1936 by Mrs H.C.A. Baynes and Miss Nias.



Archivist's note: Entry transcribed from the National Maritime Museum online catalogue by Sarah Drewery, May 2011.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2011

Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences

Personal names
Nias | Sir | Joseph | 1793-1879 | Knight | Admiral
Parker | Sir | William | 1781-1866 | 1st Baronet | Admiral of the Fleet

Corporate names
Royal Navy

Hong Kong | East Asia