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Ackworth School

  • Corporate body
  • 1779 to present

Ackworth School is an independent school located in the village of High Ackworth, near Pontefract, West Yorkshire, England. It is one of eight Quaker Schools in England. The school was founded by John Fothergill and others in 1779 as a boarding school for Quaker boys and girls. Prior to the school's foundation, the buildings housed a foundling hospital created by Thomas Coram. For more informations see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ackworth_School

Adam Amos

  • Person
  • 1774 - 1845

Adam and his brother John were the eldest sons of James Amos and Helen (Nellie) Hoy who married at Melrose, Roxburghshire, Scotland in 1771. The brothers arrived with George Meredith aboard the 'Emerald' arriving in Van Diemen’s Land at Hobart town on March 17th 1821. The brothers settled on the east coast of Tasmania at Cranbrook. Adam was appointed in May 1822 to be the first District Constable of Swanport, acting also as coroner and pound keeper and by 1823 Adam and John between them owned around 1,700 acres. Within 10 years these lands had increased through further grants to 6400 acres (over 2500ha) comprising the present-day Cranbrook, Glen Heriot, Gala (at one time known as The Mill, then Gala Mill) and Glen Gala. Melrose was the name given to a square mile of the 2000-acre grant made to Adam in 1828. Adam Amos of "Glen Gala"

Adam Beveridge

  • Person

Adam Beveridge (1799-c1846), born Fifeshire, Scotland, arrived in VDL in 1824, with Robert Ralston, married his daughter Margaret Ralston (1805-1886) at Hobart Town in 1825. They lived in NSW and Launceston, VDL until at least 1843 when he became insolvent, went to Hong Kong and died c1846. His wife Margaret died at Launceston, Tasmania in 1886. Bought the "Supply Mill" in partnership with Robert Ralston in September 1828 principally tor the purpose of manufacturing Flour for exporation. he kept a store in Launceston, at which people could buy flour, meal and bran and also ship's biscuit. In 1829 he bought the small boat, the Maid of the Mill, to carry the flour to various spots on the Tamar.
From: https://www.qvmag.tas.gov.au/files/assets/qvmag/library/publications/research/flour-milling-industry.pdf

Adam Turnbull Taylor

  • Person
  • ?1855-1922

Adam Taylor was living in Mowbray Heights at the time of his death on 4/11/1922. He had two sisters and seven brothers – one of them William to whom this letter is written. He never married and had no children. His family had been in Tasmania since his grandfather George Taylor (1758-1828) emigrated to VDL in 1822 and received a land grant on the Macquarie River, which he named Valleyfield.

A.G. Webster & Sons

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC W4
  • Corporate body
  • 1856-

In 1856 Alexander George Webster (1830-1914), who had arrived in Tasmania with his parents in 1839, took over the general merchant business of C.T. Smith and ran it for a few years in partnership with Mr Tabart until he aquired the sole interest. Later he took his sons Charles Ernest and Edwin Herbert into partnership as A.G. Webster & Sons. The business grew and in addition to general merchandise and trade in wool, grain and other produce the firm imported agricultural machinery and implements, windmills, pumps, boilers etc. and acted as agents for the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company and the Sun Insurance Office of London. There were branches in Launceston and Devonport and agents in most towns.

For more information see http://www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian_history/W/Webster.htm

Albert George Ogilvie

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC O4
  • Person
  • 1890–1939

Albert George Ogilvie (1890-1939), premier, was born on 10 March 1890 at the Victoria Tavern, Hobart, son of James Ogilvie, publican (son of a convict smith), and his wife Kate, née McGee. Ogilvie attended Buckland's School in Hobart and St Patrick's College, Ballarat, Victoria. He afterwards retained some tie with the Catholic Church. In 1913 he completed a law degree at the University of Tasmania, showing ability as both scholar and athlete. After serving articles with N. K. Ewing, he was admitted to the Bar in 1914 and established a reputation for persuasion of juries in criminal cases.
Ogilvie advised trade unions, and entered Labor politics, winning the seat of Franklin in the House of Assembly in May 1919.
For more information see : http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/ogilvie-albert-george-7889

Alec Bolton

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC M9
  • Person
  • 1926-1996

Alec Bolton worked as an editor with Angus and Robertson in Sydney and in London, with Ure Smith and as publisher to the National Library of Australia also as an editor on the Australian Encyclopaedia during the 1950s. For the last twenty years of his life he designed and handprinted books for his own small but renowned literary press, Brindabella. For more information see : https://abda.com.au/2017/08/24/hall-fame-alec-bolton/

Alex Lachlan Williams

  • Person

Alex Lachlan Williams was admitted a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Tasmania on 20 April 1893. He set up practice in the Stone Buildings, Hobart, but about 1896 he moved to Queenstown. His family apparently had a store in Zeehan, which was leased and mortgaged when they moved to Hobart. Two of his brothers, Tasman Henry and Ernie, did some prospecting and mine share dealing, although letters suggest there was a depression in the Tasmanian West Coast mining business at that time. Alex Williams acted as agent for the Mount Lyell Reserve Mine shares and other mine share business. He also acted as solicitor for the Queenstown Council and for Burgess Brothers of Hobart. Much of the work of his Queenstown practice was in small debt recovery. In 1899 he sold out to Murdoch and Jones and, after working for a month or two in the Zeehan office settling outstanding business, he apparently moved to Melbourne and set up an office there. His mother's father, Owen Davis, lived at Whangaroa, New Zealand and wrote a letter in 1896 about prospects for lawyers there being good owing to the mine boom.

Alexander Cheyne

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC C3
  • Person
  • 1785-1858

Alexander Cheyne (1785-1858), son of John Cheyne of Leith, Scotland, was a captain in the Royal Engineers. In 1834, after retiring from the army he emigrated to Australia and settled first in Western Australia put arrived in Hobart in December 1835 and became Director General of Roads and Bridges and in 1838 Director of Public Works. He was dismissed in 1848 partly owing to the personal animosity of the colonial secretary John Montague. He contracted to supply water to Launceston but suffered from' long delays in payment of bills by the Government. He then became supervisor of Launceston's. swamp draining but was injured and permanently lamed in a coach accident. In 1847 he was appointed director of Hobart Water Works but was dismissed in 1848. In 1852 he became assistant superintendent of road works.' . He was a Presbyterian, superintendent of the Sunday School and a friend of Rev. John Lillie and Dr. Adam Turnbull. for more information see : http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/cheyne-alexander-1892

Alexander Dawson

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC RS146
  • Person
  • 1856–1862

In 1843, Alexander Dawson was employed as a Foreman of Works by the Civil Branch of the Royal Engineers in Dover, England. In February 1844 he was posted to Van Diemen's Land, arriving in Hobart Tasmania, in October 1844. He served as a Senior Clerk of Works in the Office of the Ordnance and was involved in supervising various Military and Civil works in the colony. In 1848, Dawson was asked to design and supervise the construction of a 3 storey school house in the Gothic style. The High School was officially opened in January 1850 and eventually became the first building of the University of Tasmania. for more information see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales_Government_Architect#Alexander_Dawson

Alexander George Gurney

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC G11
  • Person
  • 15 Mar 1902 - 4 Dec 1955

Alexander George Gurney (15 Mar 1902 - 4 Dec 1955), was an Australian cartoonist born in Morice Town, Devon, UK. After his father died in 1903, his mother (who was Australian) returned with him to Hobart, Tasmania, where she remarried. After leaving Macquarie Street State School at age 13, he served a seven year electrical apprenticeship with the Hydro-Electric Commission, studying art part-time in night classes at Hobart Technical School In 1939 he created the characters for which he became famous: Bluey and Curley, which first appeared in the "Picture-News" magazine then The Sun News-Pictorial in 1940 and syndicated throughout Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The strip, about a pair of soldiers. Was appreciated for the good-humoured way it depicted the Australian "digger" "mateship" and for its realistic us use of the Australian idiom. Alex visited army camps throughout
Australia and New Guinea to ensure authenticity. While in New - Guinea he contracted malaria and was incapacitated for some II time. The strip lost some of its appeal and readership when the pair returned to 'civvy' street. For more information see http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/gurney-alexander-george-alex-10380

Alexander George Webster

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC RS113
  • Person
  • 1830-1914

Alexander George Webster (1830-1914), merchant, was born on 3 December 1830 in London. He spent two years at Cape of Good Hope with his mother and sister before they sailed to Sydney in the Roxburgh Castle; they arrived in Van Diemen's Land in 1840. Educated at the Melville Street school in Hobart Town and at a private boarding-school at Kempton, he was also a pupil of the artist Thomas Evans Chapman. Later, as an amateur he exhibited both water-colours and pencil drawings of the Tasmanian landscape.
At 14 Webster began work with Thomas Lowes, the Hobart auctioneer. He moved to Degraves Bros, who then combined sawmilling with the proprietorship of the Cascade Brewery, and in 1850 he joined the wool and grain store of C. T. Smith, his uncle. After Smith retired in 1856 Webster ran the business in partnership with his relation John Tabart, trading as Tabart and Webster. In 1879 after the retirement of Tabart Webster took his son Charles, into the business, which in 1888 became A.G. Webster & Son. The firm handled most of the Tasmanian wool business and Imported agricultural implements. The company was incorporated In 1910 and two other sons, Edwin and Arthur became dlrectors.
Webster was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Tasmania in 1865 and a member of its council in 1871; in 1905, as chairman, he read an address of welcome to the new governor Sir Gerald Strickland. He was also a justice of the peace, chairman of directors of the Tasmanian Steam Navigation Co. and the South British Fire and Marine Insurance Co. of New Zealand, and chairman of the Perpetual Trustees Co. State trustee of the Tasmanian Museum and Botanical Gardens, Webster was also a master warden of the Marine Board, Hobart, and American consul in 1877-1907. He was a commissioner of fisheries; as chairman in 1903 he visited the Baird Hatchery in California, from where he successfully supervised the dispatch to Tasmania of some 500,000 Quinnat salmon ova.
He married Louisa Harriett Turnley at St David's Anglican Cathedral, Hobart, on 30 November 1859 they had eight children.

For more information see http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/webster-alexander-george-4825

Alexander Leicester McAulay

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC UT52
  • Person
  • 1895 - 1969

Professor A. L. McAulay (1895 - 1969), Professor of Physics 1927 - 1959 and formerly lecturer 1922 - 1926 and student assistant 1914 - 1916, was the son of Professor Alexander McAulay. He was educated at the Hutchins School, University of Tasmania (Sse 1916), Cambridge University, (SA 1921, MA 1926), University of Manchester (PhD 1921) and the Cavendish Institute under Lord Rutherford. Under him the physics department grew into one of the most active in Australia. He undertook and directed research into a variety of topics, including particle physics, cosmic radiation and metal surface electrochemistry. His experiments were simple and aimed at the basic problems and his students learned to think carefully about the aims and underlying principles of their work. He was interested in biophysics. During the war he established an optics laboratory to supply prism and lenses for military equipment. for more information see : http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/mcaulay-alexander-leicester-7782

Alexander Maconochie

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC W10
  • Person
  • 1787-1860

Alexander Maconochie (11 February 1787 – 25 October 1860) was a Scottish naval officer, geographer, and penal reformer.
In 1840, Maconochie became the Governor of Norfolk Island, a prison island where convicts were treated with severe brutality and were seen as lost causes. Upon reaching the island, Maconochie immediately instituted policies that restored dignity to prisoners, achieving remarkable success in prisoner rehabilitation. These policies were well in advance of their time and Maconochie was politically undermined. His ideas would be largely ignored and forgotten, only to be readopted as the basis of modern penal systems over a century later in the mid to late 20th century. In 1836 he sailed to the convict settlement at Hobart in Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) as private secretary to the Lieutenant-Governor Sir John Franklin. Here he wrote a report strongly critical of the state of prison discipline. The convict system, being fixated on punishment alone, released back into society crushed, resentful and bitter expirees, in whom the spark of enterprise and hope was dead. Maconochie's report “can be said to mark the peak and incipient decline of transportation to Australia” when it was given to Lord Russell, the Home Secretary and ardent critic of transportation, claims Robert Hughes. Although this report was used by the Molesworth Committee on transportation in 1837-38, the criticism of this work forced Franklin to dismiss him. For more information see http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/maconochie-alexander-2417

Alexander McGregor

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC M1
  • Person
  • 1821-1896

Alexander McGregor (1821-1896), shipowner and merchant, and John Gibson McGregor (1830-1902) arrived in Tasmania from Scotland with their parents, James and Janet McGregor. The brothers served apprenticeships under a shipwright, John Watson, and then started building boats. Alexander acquired the Domain Shipyard in 1855 with his brother John as foreman, but sold out to his brother in 1869.
Alexander McGregor started the firm of McGregor, Piesse & Co., general merchants of Elizabeth Street, Hobart, with Charles A. Piesse. They bought ships for exporting whale oil, blue gum, timber and wool, known as the "Red Iron" fleet, and they had a warehouse in Salamanca Place. The partnership was dissolved in 1886, possibly because the firm was getting into debt through McGregor's speculating in land and mine ventures. In his last years Alexander McGregor speculated unwisely in various property and mine share deals and was involved in a number of legal actions. Alexander McGregor was a member of the Legislative Council 1880 - 1896.
In 1847 McGregor married Harriet Bayley (1829-1878), who gave her name to two of his ships, the "Hally Bayley" and the "Harriet McGregor", Harriet McGregor died in 1878 and Alexander married Margaret Pigdon about 1884. He had a house, Lenna, in Battery Point and other property. After his death his second wife Margaret (nee Pigdon) married agent Thomas Bennison.
For more information see http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/mcgregor-alexander-4095

Alexander Russell Clark

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC C4
  • Person
  • 1809-1894

Alexander Russell Clark was an engineer, who settled in Tasmania in 1833 and undertook contracts such as the Port Arthur water and tread corn mill, works at the coal mines and Launceston water works.His son, A.I. Clark served as an engineering apprentice with him, but turned to Law later. See: http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/clark-alexander-russell-1896

Alfons Feuerle

  • Person
  • 1885-1962

Alfons Feuerle (1885-1962) was a medalist, jewelery artist and ivory plastic artist. After an apprenticeship as a steel engraver, he studied at the Munich School of Applied Arts under Fritz von Müller, Maximilian Dasio and Heinrich Waderé and at the Stuttgart Academy of Arts

Alfred Archer

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC A16
  • Person

Alfred Archer was the son of William Archer (1789-1879) and his wife Caroline, of Brickendon, Tasmania.

Alfred Barrett Biggs

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC M11
  • Person
  • 1825–1900

Alfred Barrett Biggs (1825-1900), teacher, bank officer, astronomer and inventor, was born on 10 April 1825 in London. He arrived in V.D.L. in 1833 with his family. In 1877 Biggs learned of the invention of the telephone. He then constructed a pair of telephones and had them connected between Launceston and Campbell Town, successfully transmitting sounds between the two locations. It has been claimed that this was the first telephone connection in Australia. He had an interest in astronomy and in 1879 he moved to Launceston and set up an observatory in Royal Park . Biggs was a diligent and pedantic observer and contributed reports to the local newspaper and from 1884 papers to the Royal Society of Tasmania, of which he was that year elected a fellow. He made observations and measurements of comets, double stars, eclipses and transits of Mercury and Venus (another transit of Venus occurred in 1882).
For more information see : http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/biggs-alfred-barrett-12798

Alfred Harrap & Son

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC H4
  • Corporate body
  • 1857-1968

Alfred Harrap & Son of Cameron Street, Launceston, began as grain merchants but diversified into woolbroking and shipping . Tamar River Boats was founded by Alfred Harrap (1820-1893) in 1857 transporting mining equipment and agricultural produce. In 1887 Harrap purchased the wool firm of W.T. Bell Ltd. In 1896 G.W. Valentine joined the firm under Alfred's son George Edward Harrap (1856-1937). Alfred Harrap & Son was bought by Roberts, Stewart & Co Ltd (later Roberts & Co Ltd) in 1967 For more information see: http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/harrap-alfred-3722

Alfred James Gatehouse

  • Person
  • 1827-1862

Farmer of Nonsuch, Wattle Hill, Sorell. Son of Silus Gatehouse (1790-1855) and Harriet Hansford (1793-1838)

Alfred Joseph Taylor

  • Person
  • 1849-1921

Alfred Joseph Taylor (1849-1921), librarian and publicist, was born on 24 March 1849 in Hobart Town, son of Thomas Joseph Taylor and his wife Emma. His father, son of Rev. Thomas Taylor, Witney, Oxfordshire, England, was transported from Sydney in 1842 under a life sentence for forgery; in 1849 he was a schoolteacher but from 1853 served as under-keeper at the New Norfolk Hospital for the Insane, and died in 1881 aged 69. In New Norfolk as a child Alfred suffered an accident which crippled him for life. He received little formal education but enthusiasm for books won him a post as librarian at New Norfolk in his teens. In January 1874 he became librarian of the Tasmanian Public Library which had been constituted in 1870. The appointment caused some stir, but he held it until his death. For more information see: http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/taylor-alfred-joseph-4691

Alfred Stephens

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC RS92
  • Person
  • 1802–1894

Sir Alfred Stephen (1802-1894), chief justice and legislator, was born on 20 August 1802 at Basseterre, St Christopher (St Kitts), West Indies, fourth son of John Stephen and his wife Mary Anne, née Pasmore. Stephen arrived at Hobart on 24 January 1825 and on 9 May was made Solicitor-General, and 10 days later, crown solicitor. In 1829 Stephen discovered a fatal error in land titles throughout the Australian colonies. The matter was rectified by royal warrant and the issuing of fresh titles in 1830. In January 1833 Stephen was gazetted attorney-general and showed great industry and ability in the position. He resign in 1837 due to ill health.
For more information see: http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/stephen-sir-alfred-1291

Alice Daisy Baker

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC B1
  • Person
  • 1888-1952

Tasmanian poet and writer on Tasmanian historical subjects. She wrote a number of plays which were broadcast over national stations, many poems and a history of the Catholic Women's Association in Tasmania. Baker was actively associated with child welfare work and was a member of the Hobart branch of the Country Women's Association.
For more information see obituary: The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Mon 20 Oct 1952 Page 7 Hobart Authoress, Mrs. Alice Baker, Dies http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article27116662

Amelia Lucy Wayn

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC M3
  • Person
  • c1862 - 1951

Nurse, historical researcher, indexer, honorary archivist. In the 1920s Amelia was employed as an Indexer by John Moore-Robinson, Librarian-Publicity Officer in the Chief Secretary's Department and continued as Honorary Archivist until a permanent Archivist was appointed in the late 1940s. She gave valuable service in compiling an index to the contents of early Tasmanian newspapers up to about 1856, and also the inward and outward Government Despatches which were held in the Chief Secretary's Office.? She quickly became recognised as the authority on the historical records of the State and over the next 20 years, or so, she undertook work and provided replies for a wide range of researchers.? For more information see https://libraries.tas.gov.au/ww1/Pages/Wayn.aspx

Amos Family

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC A10
  • Family
  • 1774 - 1864

The Amos family arrived in Tasmania in March 1821 aboard the Emerald, and were advised to look for land on the unsettled east coast. Adam's capital entitled him to a grant of 1000 acres (405 ha) which he located on the Swan River at Cranbrook, and called Gala. By 1824 his mill was supplying the district with flour, and five years later he had many other substantial improvements. For more information : http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/amos-adam-1703

Andrew Crawford

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC RS62
  • Person
  • 1815–1899

Andrew Crawford (1815-1899), army officer and immigration promoter, was born on 23 January 1815 at Devonport, Plymouth, England, the third son of Andrew Crawford, naval officer, and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of John Linzee Penfold. At 18 he joined the East India Co. as an ensign and for thirty-eight years in India served in various regiments through many campaigns. In October 1867 the Tasmanian parliament passed An Act to amend the Immigration Act of 1855, and An Act to enable the Governor to Reserve Land for Settlement by Persons coming from India. The latter, to remain in force for three years but later extended, set aside 50,000 acres (20,234 ha) for Indian settlers. A committee known as Castra & Co. was set up in the Bombay Presidency and by 1876 Crawford had chosen for himself and other Anglo-Indians 9700 acres (3925 ha) at Castra. for more information see: http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/crawford-andrew-3285

Andrew Downie

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC D2
  • Person

Andrew Downie emigrated to Van Diemen's Land in 1822, arriving by the Skelton on 24 December 1822. He came of a Lowland farming family, but had been trained as a 'writer', or lawyer, by James Lucas of Stirling. Immediately on arrival in Van Diemen's Land he engaged himself as head shepherd to Thomas Wells, the owner of Allenvale in the Macquarie District. Thomas Wells was a cousin of Samuel Marsden, and had arrived in 1817 with Lieut.¬ Governor Sorell, to whom he was Private Secretary. Towards the end of 1823 Wells was in the Debtor's Gaol, but later became Accountant at the VDL Bank. Allenvale was sold to Major Thomas Fenton in 1820, and Wells died in 1833. By 1824 Downie had acquired some land of his own, by grant. This farm he called Thornhill, and during 1825 he cleared part of it and sowed crops, as well as running a flock of sheep. Early in 1826, in partner¬ship with Philip Russell, then of Dennistoun, he leased Col. Sorell's grant, Norton Mandeville, meanwhile leasing Thornhill to John Furener. The partnership with Philip Russell lasted until late 1836, and during this time Thornhill had been added to until it became the substantial property Glenelg at Gretna. The barns on Glenelg where built in 1833. In 1837 Andrew Downie returned to Scotland, where he married, and in August 1838 arrived back in Van Diemen's Land with his wife, and youngest brother, William. Another brother, Thomas had emigrated earlier, but he went to Port Phillip. Andrew Downie lived in Hobart Town, while William managed Glenelg. Later Andrew returned to Scotland, and when he died William inherited Glenelg.
The 1000 acres farming property, Glenelg at Gretna, was granted to Downie in 1824 by Governor Sorell and established the first merino flock. The property still in the Downie family today and still farming ultra fine merino fleece.

Andrew Gatenby

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC G7
  • Person
  • 1771-1848

Andrew Gatenby (1771-1848), farmer, was born at Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. He married Hannah, née Maw, of Whitby, and leased Barton farm, near Whenby in the North Riding of Yorkshire, for some time before 1812 when he moved to Wales and occupied a farm, Talymaes Park, in Grwyne Fechan, Breconshire. Depressed farming conditions and a high rental caused him to emigrate to Van Diemen's Land, and he sailed with his family in the Berwick, arriving in Hobart Town in June 1823. Andrew was granted 1500 acres (607 ha) which he selected on the Pennyroyal Creek (Isis River) and named Barton. By 1825 the Gatenby family had erected a substantial flour-mill, using millstones they had brought with them to the colony, and cut a canal and banked a reservoir to supply the mill with water from the Isis River. This mill served the surrounding district for fifty years. They built the Barton homestead by 1828. For more information see: http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/gatenby-andrew-2083

Andrew Inglis Clark

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC C4
  • Person
  • 1848-1907

A. I. Clark (1848 -1907), barrister, politician and judge was the youngest son of Alexander Russell Clark. After qualifying as an engineer he studied law and was called to the Bar in 1877.He practiced law and was for a time in partnership with Matthew Wilkes Simmons. However he was also a member of the House of Assembly 1878-1882 and 1887 - 1897 and was appointed Attorney General in 188~. Humanitarian and progressive, he introduced many reform bills. In 1898 he was appointed Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court and Senior Judge in 1901,and he was also Acting Governor in J. Stokell Dodds absence from the State in 1901, He was a,delegate to the Federal Councils of 1888. 1889. 1890. 1891 and 1894 and drafted a constitution based mainly on the Constitution of the U.S.A. Clark visited America in 1890 and 1897 and corresponded regularly with Oliver Wendell Holmes and other lawyers and Unitarians. Clark was an active member of debating and literary societies and was also interested in the Unitarian Church and he wrote many essays and speeches on political, philosophical and reliious topics. Few were published but many copies handwritten in exercise books were circulated among his friends.
A.I. Clark married in 1878 Grace Paterson Ross, daughter of John Ross, a Hobart shipbuilder. They had five sons: Alexander, a marine engineer; Andrew Inglis. another lawyer and judge: Conway, an architect; Wendell, a medical practitioner, and Carrell, Clerk to the House of Assembly. Another son, Melvin, died in infancy and there were two daughters, Ethel and Esma.

Ann Mather

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC M10
  • Person
  • 1786-1831

Ann Mather (1786-1831) was the daughter of Rev. Joseph Benson (1749-1821), a prominent Methodist minister and friend of John Wesley. She married Robert Mather (c1782-1855)

Anna Maria Cotton

  • Person
  • 1800-1882

Anna Maria (nee Tilney) Cotton daughter of John Shelton Tilney of Chelmsford, shopkeeper, and his wife Susannah. Wife of Francis Cotton.

Anna Maria Mather

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC M19
  • Person

Wife of Joseph Benson Mather

Archdiocese of Hobart

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC RS160
  • Corporate body
  • 1842 - present

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hobart is a Latin Church archdiocese of the Catholic Church in Australia located in Hobart and covering Tasmania, Australia. Immediately subject to the Holy See, the area covered was initially administered by the Vicariate Apostolic of New Holland and Van Diemen's Land. In 1842, the Vicariate Apostolic of Hobart was erected; elevated as a Diocese a few weeks later; and as an Archdiocese in 1888. St Mary's Cathedral is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Hobart. for more information see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Catholic_Archdiocese_of_Hobart

Archibald Lawrence Meston

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC M11
  • Person
  • 1890-1951

Archibald Lawrence Meston (1890-1951), educationist, historian and anthropologist, was born on 5 June 1890 at Launceston, Tasmania. His most important anthropological work was the discovery and description of the rock carvings at Mount Cameron West in 1933. Another major addition to the study of Tasmanian prehistory was his initiation of large-scale excavation in the shell midden at the South Cave, Rocky Cape. Meston's collection of implements and other Aboriginal relics is now housed in the Museum of Victoria; his library is the property of the City of Launceston. For more information see entry in Australian Dictionary of Biography http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/meston-archibald-lawrence-7563

Archibald Macarthur

  • Person
  • -1847

In December 1821, when the secessionist United Associate Presbytery of Edinburgh received a request from Scottish Presbyterians in Van Diemen's Land for a minister, Macarthur volunteered, and was ordained on 22 January 1822 as a missionary minister in Dr John Jamieson's Secession Chapel, Nicholson Street, Edinburgh. Macarthur arrived in the "Skelton" at Hobart Town in December 1822, the first Presbyterian minister in Australia. Macarthur was active in the Hobart community; he also established the Van Diemen's Land Missionary Society and was associated with the Temperance, the Infant School and the Auxiliary Bible Societies. For more information see: http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/macarthur-archibald-2386

Archibald Thomson

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC X13
  • Person
  • 1794-1865

Archibald Thomson was born in Edinburgh Scotland in 1794, the son of John Thomson and Marion Brown. Leaving Scotland in 1822 on the ship “Castle Forbes” he took up a land grant in Van Diemen’s Land. For more information see: http://westtamarhs.com/cormiston_house.doc

Arndell Neil Lewis

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC L2
  • Person
  • 1897-1943

Arndell Neil Lewis (1897-1943) MC.,LLD., lawyer and geologist, was born at Symmons Plains, son of Sir Elliott Lewis. He was educated at Leslie House School (later called Clemes College) and the University of Tasmania. His studies were interrupted by the war of 1914-18 when he served with the A.LP and received the Military Cross for his part in the capture of the Hindenburg Line on 27 September 1918 and after the war he continued his military sevice with the Militia while studying. He graduated LLB. in 1922, LLM. in 1924 and was awarded the doctorate of laws (the first conferred in the University of Tasmania) in 1930. He entered his father's firm, Lewis, Hudspeth, Perkins and Dear, in 1924 and was Acting Professor of Law at the University in 1925. In 1927 he married Amy Hungerford; His chief interest was in geology, however, and he contributed many papers on geology to the Royal Society of Tasmania's Papers & Proceedings and was elected a vice-president of the Society and a trustee of the Tasmanian Museum and the Botanical Gardens. He was Lecturer in Geology of the University 1926-1931. For more information see http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/lewis-arndell-neil-7182

Arthur Edmund Risby

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC R2
  • Person
  • 1857-1915

Arthur Edmund Risby was born at Battery Point, Hobart on the 6 March 1857 to Isabella Wilson and Joseph Edward Risby. He was one of three brothers who were partners in Risby Brothers Timber Merchants

Arthur Gordon Lyne

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC UT532
  • Person
  • 1919-1991

Arthur Gordon Lyne (1919-1991), graduated BSc at the University of Tasmania in 1950, PhD 1958 and DSc in 1974. His speciality was the study of skin and hair growth. After a short period of study at Cambridge University, he was research zoologist at the University of Tasmania 1952 - 1953 and then joined the CSIRO in NSW.

Arthur James Drysdale

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC D10
  • Person
  • 1887-1971

A. J. Drysdale (1887-1971) was a business man - first as a traveling butcher, then he built up a motor car business with a Ford car agency which he sold in 1932. He bought Wrest Point in 1935 and built a luxury hotel, where he had planned a casino, and sold it in 1947. In 1954 he began the Tasmanian Lotteries, noted for their large prizes, which once included Hadley's Hotel, Hobart. Drysdale had polio when young and also suffered from failing sight. His daughter, Norah Bates, and son-in-law assisted with the business and (1971) held the business records.
More information see: http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/drysdale-arthur-james-10055

Arthur Knight

  • AU TAS UTAS ITCCD 2017/2
  • Person
  • 1928-1993

Arthur Charles Eagle Knight (1928-1993), was an engineer, amateur inventor, sailor, steam buff, photographer, motorist and bushwalker, who was active in many community and cultural organisations in Tasmania, living most of his adult life at Lindisfarne on the eastern shore of the Derwent River. He was born in Launceston to parents, Charles Eagle Leonard (Len) Knight, a surveyor, originally of Windermere Park, Claremont, and Dorothy Muriel (nee Hutchinson), originally of Logan, Bothwell, whose father, Rev. Arthur Hutchinson, was an Anglican Church minister. Arthur’s parents lived in several locations as his father surveyed many parts of Tasmania. Arthur attended school at Clemes College, Hobart, then enrolled at Launceston Church Grammar School, where he matriculated in 1947, before completing an engineering degree at the University of Tasmania in Hobart. He worked as a civil engineer and hydraulics engineer from the early 1950s, firstly with the Hobart City Council, then the Hydro-Electric Commission from 1962. Arthur met his future wife Margaret through the Hobart Walking Club, which he joined in 1948, and they married in 1957, raising three children. At Arthur's suggestion, the Hobart Walking Club advised the Tasmanian Government’s Scenic Preservation Board in 1954 that a reserve should be declared around Lake Pedder in the state's south-west, and the area was turned into a National Park in 1955. Arthur initiated a walker’s safety booklet, Safety in the Bush, first published by the Hobart Bushwalking Club, in 1962. Arthur owned a Kodak 35mm camera to take Kodak colour slide photographs during his many bushwalks and later purchased a Pentax SLR camera with wide angle and zoom lenses. Arthur was also involved in the Tasmanian Transport Museum, the Maritime Museum of Tasmania and the Veteran Car Club of Australia (Tasmania). He built his own boiler and steam engine, adapted from Victa motor mower parts, to power a former cray fishing boat, and in 1962 bought a Rolls-Royce for 500 pounds, which he restored and ran with the Veteran Car Club. In his retirement he contributed to academic journals on fluid dynamics and hydraulic engineering. Arthur was unrelated to the engineer Allan Walton Knight (1910-1998) the long-serving Commissioner of the Hydro-Electric Commission.

Ash Bester

  • 1932-2003

Ash Bester & Co was a Hobart pharmacy, photographic processor, souvenir and camera store that produced postcards from about 1940 to 1960. They produced the long A.B. series of black and white photographic print cards which numbered up to at least 669. A small series of similar photographic print cards was published using images from The Mercury newspaper, and a small series of coloured cards was produced in conjunction with Wally Green of Katoomba, NSW. The company also employed street photographers who operated under the name Tassie Photos, and produced photos which were printed on postcard paper.

Glynne Roy Bester (1907-1992), known as Bob, took over Ash’s pharmacy at 102 Elizabeth Street, Hobart in 1932, renaming it Ash, Bester & Co. He was qualified as a pharmacist and initially operated the business entirely as a pharmacy, but having an interest in photography he soon branched out into photographic processing and the sale of camera and photographic equipment. His son Jeffrey K. Bester (born 1934) also trained as a pharmacist and joined his father in the business in 1951. The business continued as a Hobart institution until it closed down in 2003. From : http://beecheyspostcardhistory.org.au/homes/publisher/6

Athur James Drysdale

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC D10
  • Person
  • 1887-1971

A. J. Drysdale (1887-1971) was a business man - first as a traveling butcher, then he built up a motor car business with a Ford car agency (sold in 1932). He bought Wrest Point in 1935 and built a luxury hotel, where he had planned a casino, and sold it in 1947. In 1954 he began the Tasmanian Lotteries, noted for their large prizes, which once included Hadley's Hotel, Hobart. Drysdale had polio when young and also suffered from failing sight. His daughter, Norah Bates, and son-in-law assisted with the business and (1971) held the business records.
For more information see http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/drysdale-arthur-james-10055

Australian Cambridge Graduates

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC W16
  • Corporate body
  • 1811-1948

List of Australians who graduated at Cambridge 1811-1948.

Australian Labor Party

  • Corporate body
  • 1891 -

The Australian Labor Party has its origins in the Labour parties founded in the 1890s in the Australian colonies prior to federation. Labor tradition ascribes the founding of Queensland Labour to a meeting of striking pastoral workers under a ghost gum tree (the "Tree of Knowledge") in Barcaldine, Queensland in 1891. The Balmain, New South Wales branch of the party claims to be the oldest in Australia. Labour as a parliamentary party dates from 1891 in New South Wales and South Australia, 1893 in Queensland, and later in the other colonies.
For more information see : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Labor_Party#History

Australian Mutual Provident Society

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC G10
  • Corporate body
  • 1849-

The Australian Mutual Provident Society was formed in 1849 as a non-profit life insurance company and mutual society. In 1998, it was demutualised into an Australian public company, AMP Limited, and listed on the Australian and New Zealand stock exchanges.

Baptist Chapel, Harrington Street, Hobart

  • Corporate body
  • 1841-1887

This chapel was opened on 21 March 1841 at the corner of Harrington and Goulburn Streets, by Rev. Henry Dowling, who arrived in Hobart in 1835 from Colchester, England. He established a Baptist congregation with chapels in Launceston (1840) and Hobart and was pastor at Launceston until his death in 1869. Ministers in Hobart were: Samuel Hewlett (until 1849), William R. Wade (c 1849-52), Kerr Johnston (c 1853 -1857), Dixon Davis (c 1858-60), Evan Jones (c 1874-1879), A. W. Grant (1879), Isaac H. Palfreyman (1883), Edwin Tucker (1884). The later ministers stayed only short periods and many were elderly. Dixon Davis died in 1861 attended by Dr. Crowther, and the accounts record the erection of a headstone on Evan Jones' grave (d. 1879). There were many periods without a minister, especially after 1860, when services were taken by members of the congregation, with occasional visits by Rev. Henry Dowling from Launceston, or later W. Clark from Perth. It is noticeable that the collection increased when Mr Dowling visited. About 1883 I. H. Palfreyman acted as minister for a short time but he later built an independent chapel in King Street, described as "non-denominational". Edwin Tucker served in 1885 but there was little money to support him. In 1884 Rev. R. McCullough, from Longford, had come to Hobart and established a new congregation, fIrst in the Exhibition Building, then in a temporary chapel in Elizabeth Street until the big new Tabernacle in Elizabeth Street was completed in 1887.

Barrie de Jersey

  • D11
  • Person
  • 1936-2007

Barrie de Jersey (1936-2007) was an Australian pianist, composer and teacher who studied music at the Conservatorium High School in Hobart, the University of Tasmania and the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. On his return to Hobart, he was one of the founding staff members of the Music Department at the University of Tasmania, and continued his interest in music in retirement by teaching at the University of the Third Age. He was also a painter and potter, making and selling work as early as 1974. His ceramic works are signed with an incised 'B de J'. http://www.australianpotteryatbemboka.com.au/shop/index.php?manufacturers_id=332

Beattie's Studios

  • C2018/1
  • Corporate body
  • 1891-

Beattie’s Studio is a photographic business founded by Scotsman John Watt Beattie, known professionally as J.W.Beattie (1859-1930), who began exhibiting photographs soon after his arrival in Tasmania in 1878.

Ben Ross

  • Person

Ben Ross is the director of the Oral History Company. (www.oralhistorycompany.com) He has documented stories for 25 years in family, community and corporate settings. He works as an independent radio producer, and has produced documentaries for ABC Radio, JJJ FM and community radio. He has a MA (Honours) from the University of Western Sydney for research into community story telling, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the University of Tasmania. Ben also works for the Tasmanian Government, managing media campaigns, community engagement projects and producing health education resources. For more information see https://tasmaniangeographic.com/author/ben-ross/

Benjamin Bower Le Tall

  • Person
  • 1858-1906

Born Woodhouse, York 1858 died Hobart, Tasmania 1906. He was from of a well known South Yorkshire Quaker family and was son of a surgeon of the same name (d 1883). He was a field botanist, master at Bootham School, York, and also at the Friends’ School in Hobart, Tasmania.
He married Janet Drummond Wilson, of Fern Grove, Neerim, Victoria on December 6 1901, and they lived at Bootham Cottage , 55 Mount Stuart Road, Hobart.
After leaving Friends’ School, Le Tall offered tuition for university examinations

Benjamin Lane

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC L4
  • Person
  • -1827

Captain Benjamin Lane of Great Yarmouth, U.K., was captain of the brig 'Harriot'. In 1806 the 'Harriot' was captured by the French near Calais and Captain Lane taken prisoner. Later he returned to Yarmouth but died at sea in 1827 or 1828.

Bernard Smith

  • Person
  • 1916-2011

Australian art historian, art critic and academic, considered one of the most eminent art historians of the 20th century. His book Place, Taste and Tradition: a study of Australian art since 1788 is a key text in Australian art history. Smith sold much of his art collection to fund one of the first art prizes for artists of Aboriginal background.

Bill Bush

  • AU ATADD BB
  • Person
  • 1945-

Bill FitzHenry

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC S15
  • Person
  • 1903–1957

William Ernest Fitz Henry (or FitzHenry) (1903–1957), generally known as Bill Fitz Henry, was an Australian journalist with The Bulletin. He was an active supporter of the Book Collectors Society of Australia, founded in 1944. For more information see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Fitz_Henry

Birchall's Bookshop, Launceston

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC B14
  • Corporate body
  • 1844 -2017

Birchalls Pty Ltd is the oldest bookshop in Tasmania. Samuel Tegg established a bookshop in Hobart Town in 1833, then opened his Brisbane Street outlet in Launceston in 1844. Blake, Huxtable and Duthie were the next owners. In 1863 the Hobart firm of J Walch and Sons bought Duthie out and opened a northern branch.

Andrew W Birchall (1831–93) was appointed manager and became a partner in 1867. The firm traded as Walch Bros and Birchall until he acquired the shop in 1893. As was customary in family businesses, he was succeeded by his son who registered Birchalls as a proprietary company in 1921. Stanley V Tilley (1898–1985) joined Birchalls in 1928. The Tilley family bought the business and property in 1969. SV Tilley passed on his knowledge of the trade to his descendants, who now run the 160-year-old store and other retail outlets throughout Tasmania. FROM http://www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian_history/B/Birchalls%20Pty%20Ltd.htm

Bishopric of Calcutta

  • 1814 to present

The Diocese of Calcutta, Church of North India was established in 1813 as part of the Church of England. It was led by the Bishop of Calcutta, the first being Thomas Fanshawe Middleton (28 January 1769 – 8 July 1822). He became the first Bishop of Calcutta in 1814 and was was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society on the basis of being "a Gentleman well known to the literary world as the author of several classical works, and conversant with various departments of science" in the same year

Bolton Stafford Bird

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC B2
  • Person
  • 1840-1924

Bolton Stafford Bird (1840-1924) was elected a member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly for Franklin in 1887, and served as Treasurer under P.O. Fysh until 1892, also acting as Postmaster General and Minister for Education. He represented Tasmania at the Federal Council of 1889 and the Federal Conventions of 1890 and 1891. From 1892 to 1894 he was Leader of the Opposition and Speaker from 1894-1897. He was again Treasurer 1899-1903. From 1909 until he retired in 1923 he was a member of the Legislative Council.

Stafford Bird was born at Hazlerigg, Northumberland, England, son of a schoolmaster Thomas Bird and his wife Ann (Stafford). His parents emigrated to Clunes, Victoria, in 1852. In 1865 Bird was admitted to the Wesleyan ministry, but changed to the Congregational Church in 1867 and was minister at Ballarat and Avoca, Victoria, until 1874 when he went to the Hobart Congregational Church, Davey Street. After three years he resigned through ill health and bought a farm, “Waterloo” and planted an apple orchard and was active in local affairs. He lost the farm when a lottery was held of properties mortgaged to the Bank of Van Diemen's Land which went bankrupt in 1891. It was won by Hedley Calvert, a retired sea captain from Sydney. Bird moved to a small farm at Lunawanna, Bruny Island, with his family. He had married in 1867 Helen, daughter of Robert Chisholm of Auckland (formerly of the Glasgow and Edinburgh Bank), and had a son, a mining surveyor; and two daughters, Ann Stafford (Mrs Smair, later Mrs. A.H. Garnsey) and Mrs. Weatherley. For more information see http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/bird-bolton-stafford-1664.

Brian Robert Broughton

Brian Robert Broughton M.R.S.H. began his working life in the last livery stable to operate in Hobart, Tasmania. He then served as an able seaman (A. B.) in the last cargo-carrying squarerigged ship to visit the port, spending three of his ten years at sea in that vessel and rounding Cape Horn three times.
He spent his life as a horseman, seaman, shepherd, rigger, cabman, cl erk, hotel keeper and safety inspector and finally as a State health inspector and five years in charge of Tasmania's workplace inspectorate.

Brian Robinson Elliott

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC M9
  • Person
  • 1910-1991

Brian Elliott was a graduate of the University of Adelaide (B.A. 1931) and, for 35 years, a member of the English Department of the University. His academic career was notable for his contribution to teaching and research in Australian literature. for more information see : https://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/special/mss/elliott/

Bruce Scott

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC UT52
  • Person
  • 1945 -

Dr Bruce Scott, BSc 1945; PhD 1956 (Tasmania); DSc Hon Silpakorn Uni (Thailand) 1986, besides teaching and research in physics and biophysics at UTAS from 1945 to 1988, also served terms as Dean of the Faculty of Science and Chairman of the Schools Board of Tasmania. He was also involved with setting up linkages between universities in South East Asia and those in Australia and continued with this into retirement.
For more information see: https://eprints.utas.edu.au/16983/

Buckingham Volunteer Rifle Corps

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC RS100
  • Corporate body

Buckingham Rifles, a Tasmanian volunteer rifle corps commanded by Captain Thomas Yardley Lowes who was original member and captain,1860-1862.

C. J. Weedon & Co.

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC X13
  • Corporate body
  • 1842 -2015

Early in 1842, Mr. C. J. Weedon commenced business on his own account as an auctioneer and general merchant, and eventually had the largest auctioneer's business in Launceston. Mr. Weedon became the agent for the Derwent & Tamar Assurance Company in 1845. He was also one of the first directors of the Launceston and Western Railway; a director of the Bank of Tasmania; a member of the Legislative Council; a warden of the Marine Board and a prominent Freemason. For more information see: Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954) Tue 12 Mar 1946 Page 26 ANOTHER CENTURY-OLD LAUNCESTON FIRM https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/92697402?browse=ndp%3Abrowse%2Ftitle%2FE%2Ftitle%2F68%2F1946%2F03%2F12%2Fpage%2F8564673%2Farticle%2F92697402

See also: https://www.harrisonhumphreys.com.au/application/files/5814/4652/8842/Harrison_Humphreys_-_Evolution.pdf

C. Piesse & Company

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC M1
  • Corporate body

C. Piesse & Co, Merchants and Shipping Agents, corner of Elizabeth and Davey Streets, Hobart. The company was started in the late nineteenth century by Charles Augustus James Piesse (1850-1909), who had formerly worked with A.G. Webster and Alex McGregor & Co. He carried on the business of a shipping, forwarding and general agent including wool, skins, hops, fruit etc. His son, Leslie Fraser Piesse (1882-) succeeded him as Managing Director. The firm exported to British and Continental markets, specializing in ‘colonial’ produce, silver, lead ore, hops, grain, fur, wool, sheep &? rabbit skins (Cyclopedia of Tasmania p. 333). Charles Augustus James Piesse was born in Hobart in 1850, son of Frederick Henry Piesse and Jean Price Johnson. At his death in 1909 his son Leslie Fraser Piesse, (1882-1964) succeeded to the business.

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