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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Eliza, part III

Part I: Meeting Part II: On The Run Part III: Conclusion “I informed my mates [Jones & Kavanagh] that I should have the pleasure of introducing them to an old acquaintance of mine who lived on the Dromedary, named Mrs B—-n, and that in all probability they might shortly, while there, see Mrs Cash. Jones…

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Eliza, part II

Part I: Meeting Part II: On The Run [A few months of wandering about, working in various places] [Being arrested over a stolen watch, but as it was apparently planted “I and my companion were therefore acquitted”.] [Punching out the traps and getting compensated for it.] [Then things turn a bit more serious…] “One evening…

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Eliza, bushranger’s companion. Part I

Let’s a take a dip into Australian folk history for the tale of Eliza, also known at Betsy Clifford, also known as Mrs Cash. In 1870, a little book appeared The adventures of Martin Cash : comprising a faithful account of his exploits, while a bushranger under arms in Tasmania, in company with Kavanagh and…

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Miss Lodder

From the Examiner, 6 March 1911: There passed away yesterday, at her residence, 193 George-street, Miss Mary Lodder, a lady deeply respected and well known in church and philanthropic circles in this city. She had been connected with the Ministering Children’s’ League, Children’s Protection Society, and Girls’ Friendly Society, but on account of failing health…

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Ladies of the Bush

This is a series of posts Women’s History Month in 2011, about bushrangers. That is the ladies in the stories of bushrangers. Sometimes they played the major supporting role, sometimes they were pivotal to the story, sometimes they are a side note and the subject of much speculation. All of them have interesting stories of…

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Fanny

(Public domain image from Wikipedia Commons) Some sound… Australian Screen: Fanny Cochrane Smith’s Tasmanian Aboriginal Songs “These are the first and last recordings of traditional Tasmanian Aboriginal songs and language.” Australian Dictionary of Biography 200 Australian Women Wikipedia Trove: Biographies FUNERAL OF FANNY SMITH. LOVETT, February 26. The closing scene in respect to the Tasmanian…

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Mrs Buist

I came across a small pile of Midlands Agricultural Society* exhibition certificates that been awarded to Mrs Buist in the 1880s, for produce and working bullocks. Last month, I found some more, so I thought I’d see if I could find some more about her with a quick poke around. Seems she’d been winning at…

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Mrs Smith

Years ago, when the sports gallery at the museum was being created, Louise (collections manager) wanted to know a bit more about Mary Smith, so I found this article by Irene Schaffer. Mary is another widow who continued on managing her property after her husband died, but of more interest, she trained and raced horses…

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