Miss Beeton

This necklace of king maireener shells on two-stranded linen thread was probably given to James Peppiatt, the proprietor of the Old Brisbane Hotel in Launceston, by its maker Lucy Beeton. She was the daughter of Thomas (John) Beeton and Emmerenna (Tralwoolway Clan) Necklace & caption from The First Tasmanians: Our story gallery at the Queen…

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Whereas My Husband… Or, What’s Good For Gander

Sydney Gazette, 28 July 1821 This is sequel to 100 Years of Disappointed, Disgruntled, Discredited Husbands. I have transcribed the longer advertisements/letters where the text might be too small to read and included the image, except where it’s an ongoing debate wherein I have just included the text. TO THE PUBLIC.— WHEREAS Mr. Thomas Arkell…

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Mrs Butterworth

It would be easy to fill these page with hotel keepers, for I come across many of them in my Launceston Hotel project. It was a common occupation for women, and the licensing board, at least in Launceston, preferred married couples, although the case was sometimes argued for a young, single male on the basis…

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Midwives, 1899

Warwick Examiner, 19 April 1899 These are mostly for comparison with the earlier advertisements from 1820-1840. Evening News, 2 January 1899 The West Australian, 18 January 1899 Zeehan & Dundas Herald, 11 February 1899 Launceston Examiner, 19 July 1899

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Eliza

In the main street of Campbell Town, Tasmania is this statue, dedicated to Eliza Forlong who, on deciding in her 40s to emigrate to New South Wales to breed sheep, first walked across Saxony to find the best breeding stock, and therefore became one of the founders of the Australian wool industry. Australian Dictionary of…

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Jessie Rooke

(Image from the cover of the White Ribbon Signal, see below) Prominent Tasmanian suffragist. Tasmanian & Australian president of the W.C.T.U (Women’s Christian Temperance Union), one of major lobby groups for women’s suffrage, particularly in Tasmania, as well as social reform in general. Australian Dictionary of Biography Wikipedia Department of Premier & Cabinet, Tasmania Australian…

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Ann & Catherine

Hobart Town Gazette, 6 November 1819 Ann and Catherine were both Norfolk Islanders who took up land around Hobart when the island settlement was closed. By 1819, both were widowed and responsible for the running of their respective farms. Ann Lucas (nee Howard) & her husband settled at Browns River, now Kingston. Ann Howard on State…

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Dolly

Sherwood Hall at Latrobe, home to “Thomas Johnson, a pioneer and settler who began life in Van Dieman’s Land as a convict and his wife Dolly Dalrymple Briggs, the first part aboriginal”. Australian Dictionary of Biography Bridging the cultural divide with Dolly Dalrymple

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Mary

So let’s go back to a time when bushranger meant bolter, bandit, runaway convict; and those that made the news were described with words like murderous, atrocious, vicious — no outlaw heroes here — and Mick Howe was the king of them all. Or should that be the governor of them all? Back to 1817,…

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Harriett

Probably I shouldn’t include Mrs Davis, because she doesn’t play an important part in the story, but you can’t expect me to pass on Brady & Co, and she is interesting — for something it’s claimed she didn’t do. This little notice appeared in the Hobart Town Gazette on the 8th July 1825: Brady and…

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