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Bax Family Papers


Reference code(s): GB 0064 BAX

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Bax Family Papers

Date(s): [1844-1894]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 6 vols

Name of creator(s): Bax | Robert Nesham | 1875-1969 | Admiral
Bax | Henry Bonham | 1798-1869 | Commander (H.E.I.C.)
Bax | Bonham Ward | 1837-1877 | Captain RN


Administrative/Biographical history:

Henry Bonham Bax was in the Navy from 1813 to 1817, after which he entered the service of the East India Company. In 1844 he became an Elder Brother of Trinity House. See Arthur Nesham Bax, A Bax family of east Kent (published privately, 1951).

Captain Bonham Ward Bax was the son of Henry Bonham Bax (q.v.). He entered the Navy in 1851 and specialized in surveying. From 1871 to 1875 Bax commanded the survey ship DWARF on the China Station and published an account of the voyage. From December 1876 until his death in July 1877, he commanded the SYLVIA, also on the China Station. He published The Eastern Seas (London, 1875).

Robert Nesham Bax was the son of Bonham Ward Bax (q.v.). He joined the Britannia in 1889, rose to captain in 1913 and saw active service in World War One. He was promoted to admiral on the retired list in 1932.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Admiral Robert Bax, Henry Bonham Bax and Captain Bonham Ward Bax.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

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Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Jun 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: 2010-08-26

Buoys | Navigational aids | Transport
Naval history | History
Ships | Vehicles | Transport
Ships logs | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources

Personal names
Bax | Bonham Ward | 1837-1877 | Captain RN
Bax | Henry Bonham | 1798-1869 | Commander (H.E.I.C.)
Bax | Robert Nesham | 1875-1969 | Admiral

Corporate names
Royal Navy

China | East Asia