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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:

A.G. Webster & Sons

  • 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.

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Alfred Harrap & Son

  • 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:

Anson Brothers

  • Corporate body
  • 1878 -1891

Anson Brothers (Henry, Richard & Joshua) had photographic studios in Liverpool, Collins, and Elizabeth Streets between 1878 and 1891. Joshua Anson was an apprentice of H.H. Bailey

Archdiocese of Hobart

  • 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:

Australian Cambridge Graduates

  • 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.
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Australian Mutual Provident Society

  • 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.

Australian Quaker Narrative Embroidery Project

  • Corporate body

Inspired by the British Quaker Tapestry at Kendal, the Australian Quaker Narrative Embroidery Project seeks to provide a history of Australian Quakers. The first Steering Committee comprised 5 people: Verley Keliher, Frances Love, Cathy Davies, Garry Duncan and Barbara Huntington. Workshops were held in 2007, and the first panel began the following year. Designed and embroidered by Cathy Davies, it showed the arrival of the first Quaker to Australia, Sydney Parkinson, on the Endeavour with Banks and Cook. Although the project uses a similar format and font to the Quaker Tapestry in England, it has a distinctly Australian feel with the woollen fabric backing woven especially for the project from fine Australian woollen thread. Training in the methods and stitching is provided via regular workshops and summer schools, and Friends gather in Stitching Groups around the country to create the panels for the Friends in Stitches. At the time of the donation there were 24 completed panels. This project is ongoing.

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.

Beattie's Studios

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  • 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.

Birchall's Bookshop, Launceston

  • 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

Buckingham Volunteer Rifle Corps

  • 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.

  • 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

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C. Piesse & Company

  • 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.

Cadman & Sons

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  • Corporate body
  • 1748-1965

The Cadman family manufactured razors in Sheffield for over 200 years. Luke Cadman registered the mark BENGALL in 1748, which was to become an international brand name. The firm occupied a number of addresses in Sheffield including premises on Surrey Street and Fargate.
The firm continued into the 1900s, though the safety and electric razor market put them under increasing financial strain. Throughout the post war period they continued a strong international trade. They exported 80-90% of their products to Australia, Japan, India and Poland. During WWII they supplied the Royal Navy with 250,000 razors.
The firm diversified into the manufacture of scissors and dissection blades after the war in an attempt to increase business. Despite these efforts, their staff reduced in number from 100 to 30. The business eventually closed in 1965 and their last workshop was on Matilda Lane. By their closure only two workmen remained, Alfred Skeels and Jack Platts, both grinders in their 60s. From:

Christ College

  • Corporate body
  • 1846 -

Christ College is the oldest tertiary institution in Australia and is a residential college of the University of Tasmania. The college is currently located on the University's grounds in Sandy Bay, Tasmania.
The College was opened on 1 October 1846 with the hope that it would develop along the lines of an Oxbridge college and provide the basis for university education in Tasmania. It was also intended to prepare men for the priesthood. The Hutchins School and Launceston Church Grammar School were founded at the same time to act as feeder schools to the College.
The College's first ten years (1846–1856) were at Bishopsbourne, and there is still a sign there pointing to "The College". However, it never really developed as its founders hoped, and a depression in the colony, the remote site, and financial problems led to its closure in 1856. The cedar mantelpiece in the Computer Room is the only reminder of the now demolished Bishopsbourne building.
1879 The College re-opened in Hobart in 1879 in Macquarie Street, moving to the Hobart High School premises on the Domain on a seven-year lease in 1885. There was an effort during the Macquarie Street/High School period to provide some form of higher education, but for most of the time the College was just another Hobart school, competing for students against schools like Hutchins and the Friends' School. It did, however, offer some evening classes, which may have been for more advanced students.
1892 The lease was not renewed in 1892 because of the foundation of the University of Tasmania. The University moved into the High School buildings and the College closed. There had been a move to restructure Christ College as the new university, but this was defeated by the combined Presbyterian and Roman Catholic interests who were sensitive to what they perceived as an undue Anglican influence on education.
1911 The College reopened in 1911 as the matriculation section of the Hutchins School in Macquarie Street. The accumulated College assets were used to build a special Christ College wing for the matriculation section, and to acquire the Holy Trinity Rectory in Park Street as a hostel for theological and other students.
The College also had a very close association with St Wilfrid's College, the theological training college founded at "Richmond Hill", Cressy, in 1904. The property was bequeathed to the Diocese by James Denton Toosey, one of the Trustees appointed after the College's closure at Bishopsbourne in 1856, with the request that it be used if possible for the revival of Christ College.
By the nineteen twenties, St Wilfrid's College had run into difficulties, and at the same time Launceston Grammar protested that Hutchins, because of its close connection with the College, was receiving an unfair amount of the Christ College assets. Representations were made to Parliament, and the Christ College Act was passed in 1926, holding that the matriculation sections of Hutchins and Launceston Grammar were carrying out the secular academic intentions of the College's founders, and granting them each one third of the College's assets. The remaining third, with the proceeds from the sale of the "Richmond Hill" estate, was to be devoted to upgrading the Holy Trinity rectory site to "....provide for the training of young men in theological learning and Christian doctrine for admission to holy orders in connection with the Church of England in Tasmania and, as far as its means will allow, to provide for a college or hostel for students attending the University of Tasmania."
1929 The Warden of St Wilfrid's College, William Barrett, was appointed first Warden of the new college, and he and his five theological students and twelve university students move into enlarged premises on the Park Street site in 1929. In 1933 the College was formally affiliated with the University as its first residential college.
Christ College 1971-Current, Sandy Bay
1971 When the University moved to the Sandy Bay campus in the sixties, the College followed. It was finally completed in 1971, when it also became the first Tasmanian college to take both men and women.
1991 Christ College began a new chapter in its long and significant story. The Bishop, the Board of Management and the Christ College Trust entered an agreement whereby ownership and management of the College passed to the University of Tasmania. The agreement provides for the continuation of the College in the full integrity of its Anglican traditions and heritage.
1996 The College celebrated its sesquicentenary.
2003 The administration of Christ College was taken over by Accommodation Services, which also administers St John Fisher College and the new University Apartments.
2008 The College completes its first major refurbishment initiative since moving to the Sandy Bay site.
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Cradle Mountain Reserve Board

  • Corporate body
  • 1930-1947

In 1947 the Lake St Clair Scenic Reserve was added to the Cradle Mountain Reserve to create a new National Park and a new Board was constituted to administer it.

Cressy Company

  • Corporate body
  • 1825-1855

The Cressy Company, or New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land Establishment, was a private partnership of seven members, formed in London in 1825. It was initiated by Bartholomew Thomas, whose brother was the Colonial Treasurer of Van Diemen's Land. Encouraged to think they would receive large land grants in Van Diemen's Land and New South Wales and exclusive rights to supply both governments with horses, the Company hastily organised an impressive expedition which contained Cleveland and Flemish horses, Shorthorn and Hereford cattle, Merino, Leicester and Southdown sheep and 'necessary implements'. They engaged 'scientific farmers', grooms and shepherds, chartered a ship, and arrived in Hobart in 1826. More than half their animals had died on the voyage.
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Cygnet Cooperative Canning Society

  • Corporate body
  • 1937-

In 1937 a group of apple farmers around Cygnet were frustrated at how hard it was to make a living off the land. The prices they were being offered by private processing companies were below the cost of production. They decided it was time for action and called a public meeting at Cygnet Town Hall. The government of the day told the meeting that if 100 farmers each put in 10 pounds, they would help them to finance their own processing facility. Within 3 days 100 farmers had agreed and the Cygnet Co-operative Canning Society was born. For more information see:

Davies Brothers Pty Ltd

  • Corporate body
  • 1854 -

The Mercury began in 1853 when John Davies, a former convict, bought a Hobart newspaper, the Guardian, and the following year renamed it the Hobarton Mercury. It first appeared as a tri-weekly, and the Mercury has provided news for Hobartians ever since, with numerous changes: it took over five other newspapers; became a daily (1858); published subsidiaries, notably the Illustrated Tasmanian Mail (1877 - 1935), the Saturday Evening Mercury (1954 - 84) and the Sunday Tasmanian from 1984

Davies Brothers was taken over by News Limited in 1985, bringing to an end the newspaper business run by the Davies family since 1854. The Mercury will relocate from its original site in Macquarie Street, in August 2012. Its present art deco building dating from 1940 will be sold.

Derwent Bank

  • Corporate body
  • 1827-1849

The Derwent Bank was established in 1827 and opened for business on 1 January 1828 in Davey Street, Hobart, with a staff of two, the cashier Stephen Adey and the accountant John Leake of Rosedale, Campbell Town. William Henry Hamilton was appointed managing director in 1830 but retred in 1832 and was replaced by Charles Swanston (1789-1850), a former Captain in the Indian Army. Swanston also carried on business as an import and export agent in wool, tea, sugar, rum, etc. The bank failed in 1849 and John Walker, merchant and mill owner of Hobart, acted as liquidator.

Domain House

  • Corporate body
  • 1849 -present

Originally built in 1849 as the High School of Hobart Town by a group of gentleman connected with the Presbyterian and free churches. The object of the institution, as originally described, was 'the instruction of youth in the higher brances of learning, as taught in superior classical and mathematical schools in England', the ultimate object being 'to confer on Australian youth the inestimable advantages of an European University'. The school opened in 1850 and 56 boys were enrolled in the first quarter. For more information see

Duncan Loane Pty.

  • Corporate body
  • 1910-1981

Duncan Loane Pty., general merchants, was founded in Devonport in 1910 by Duncan Loane, formerly Devonport manager for A.G. Webster & sons. On his retirement in 1922 the firm was made into a proprietary company. Directors included W.H. Edwards, managing director, G.C. Walch, R.l.D. Loane etc. The firm dealt especially in farm machinery, holding a number of agencies for overseas firms, such as Ransome & Sims of England, as well as Australian firms, including water pumps by wind mill and electric or diesel rams. They also dealt in fertilisers, fencing wires, corn sacks, gates, etc. and act as agents for insurance.

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Economic Society of Australia and New Zealand. Tasmanian Branch

  • Corporate body
  • 1924-

The Tasmanian Branch of the Economic Society of Australia was formed in November 1924 at a meeting convened by L.F. Giblin (Tasmanian Government Statistician) and J.B. Brigden (Chair of Economics at the University of Tasmania) and D.B Copland (the pioneer of Economics at the University of Tasmania and its previous chair). A week later the branch's constitution was adopted and the then Governor of Tasmania, Sir James O'Grady was elected as its president. For more information see

Electrolytic Zinc Company of Australasia Limited

  • Corporate body
  • 1916-1984

Electrolytic Zinc or the Electrolytic Zinc Company of Australasia (frequently abbreviated to EZ ) was the company that operated a Zinc refinery on the banks of the Derwent River in Risdon in Hobart in Tasmania between 1916 and 1984. For more information see or for further reading: A Alexander, The Zinc Works, Hobart, 1992.

Friends' School

  • Corporate body
  • 1887 - to present

The Friends' School, Hobart is an independent co-educational Quaker day and boarding school located in North Hobart, a suburb of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
Founded in 1887 by Quakers, the school currently caters for approximately 1330 students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12, including 47 boarders from Years 7 to 12. It is the largest Quaker school in the world. For more information see,_Hobart

Girls Industrial School Hobart

  • Corporate body
  • 1862-1945

The School was founded in June 1862, originally as the 'Hobart Town Female Refuge' to provide a home for neglected girls and train them in washing, sewing and domestic work. It was managed by a committee of ladies elected by subscribers, usually under the patronage of the Governor's wife, but five gentlemen were elected as governors and formed an advisory committee. The School occupied various temporary houses until 1873 when the committee leased buildings in the Barracks, which premises were extended in 1879 when the School took the protestant girls from the Queen's Orphan School, New Town, which was being closed. In 1892 it moved to 'Kensington House', Davey Street (now the Trades Hall) and finally in 1924 it moved to 'Maylands', Pirie Street, New Town. The School took 30 to 40 girls, usually between 6 and 14, but occasionally younger, and the committee liked to keep them beyond their committal period until they were 16 and trained for service, unless there were suitable relatives. They were usually referred by a magistrate and supported by the Government, by relatives or by donations and the little earned by laundry and sewing work. The children were looked after by a matron and sub-matron and ladies of the committee visited in turn. As well as instruction in domestic work the children were given some basic education, by a Schoolmistress appointed after the transfer of the Orphan School girls in 1879, and after 1925 attended state school, and also received religious instruction from local ministers or Sunday school teachers.
In February 1945 the School was transferred to the Salvation Army.
From the Cyclopedia of Tasmania 1900 :
Thirty two years ago, under the auspices and with the active assistance of kind-hearted Lady Gore Browne, wife of the Governor of the day, the ladies of Hobart founded the Hobart Industrial School for Girls, an institution that has had an uninterrupted career of usefulness and success ever since. Its objects at first were mainly to reclaim the fallen, but after some experience it was wisely decided to take the young and train them in those paths which only lead to pleasantness and peace. There was no written constitution at the outset, but the principles under which it continued to be managed were, in 1890, embodied in a document which set forth :—" 1. That the school shall be for the education, maintenance, and training of such classes of children as described in the Industrial Schools Act, 1867. 2. That there shall be five governors elected to remain in office until their successors are appointed. That all subscribers be empowered to vote in the election of such Governors. 3. That the management and control of the school be vested in a committee of not less than ten, nor more than twenty, ladies, to be elected by the donors and subscribers. 4. That the committee of management have power to remove officers and fix salaries, and that they shall submit an annual report in January of each year." The class of girls admitted into the school consists of poor and unprotected children, who are sent by the administrator of charitable grants (Mr. F. R. Seager.) They range from very young children upwards, and no girl is allowed to leave the institution till she is sixteen years of age. The Government contribute 5s. per week for each child for the specified time she is committed to the care of the institution, in some cases two years and some five years. They are then supported until they leave by the funds of the institution. When an inmate is sufficiently trained for private service, arrangements are made by the committee in connection with the matron, for her discharge, to such employment as may seem fit, subject in each case to the approval of the managers. Instruction is given in reading, writing, and arithmetic, needlework, laundry work, cooking, and general housework. The school is Protestant unsectarian. About forty children pass through it each year. Of late years the subscriptions have been falling off, but the school is still sound financially, though more funds are required for special cases. The building now occupied as a school (formerly Kensington House), has cost over £4000, which has been practically paid for. It is well situated in Davey Street, and in every way suitable for the purpose. Among the pioneer workers who rendered special service to the school for years was Mrs. Crowther, widow of the late Hon. Dr. Crowther, who is still alive in England. The venerable honorary secretary, Mrs. Harriet M. Salier, has filled that position since the inception of the school. For thirty-two years she has devoted herself to forwarding its best interests, not only as secretary, but in every direction possible, and it has been and is with her truly " a labour of love." Her son, Mr. Fred. J. Salier, has been honorary treasurer for twenty years, and has also rendered most valuable service to the institution. The present president, Mrs. Hardy, daughter of Sir Henry Edward Fox Young, one of our late governors, is most indefatigable in attending to the interests of the school. Officers for 1899-1900 :— Patroness, Lady Gormanston ; president, Mrs. Hardy ; governors, Messrs. G. Patten Adams, Justice Clark, C. J. Maxwell, Fred. J. Salier, Hon. W. Crosby ; hon. treasurer, Fred. J. Salier ; committee, Mesdames G. Adams, James, Barnard, Barrett, D. Barclay, E. Burgess, H. Chapman, W. Crosby, E. L. Crowther, Cook, Kite, Davies, Montgomery, J. G. Parker, Perkins, C. J. Maxwell, Hudspeth, Bernard Shaw, Miss Nutt; hon. secretary, Mrs. Harriet M. Salier; hon. auditor, Mr. R. M. Johnston ; trustees, Messrs. Chas. Butler, C. E. Walch, F. J. Salier.

G.P. Fitzgerald & Co.

  • Corporate body
  • 1892-2013

G.P. Fitzgerald and Company was an emporium retail business begun by George Parker Fitzgerald in 1892. It was bought out by Charles Davis Ltd in 1986 and continued business as 'Fitzgeralds' to 1995 when Harris Scarfe assumed control. G.P. Fitzgerald was a founding Director of the famous Cascades Brewery in Hobart and was one of three office bearers.

High School of Hobart Town

  • Corporate body
  • 1848-1885

The High School of Hobart Town was founded in 1848 by a group of gentleman connected with the Presbyterian and free churches including Rev. Dr. John Lillie, Minister of St. Andrews Church, Chairman of the Council, T.D. Chapman, who succeeded Lillie as Chairman of the Council of Shareholders, R.W. Nutt, Henry Hopkins, G.W. Walker, R. Officer and W. Robertson, who acted as treasurer. The shareholders were granted five acres on the Government Domain and A. Dawson drew up a plan for the building in 1848. Messrs. Cleghorn and Anderson tendered to build it for £3600 by November lJ349 and this was accepted. Money was raised by the original shares of £25 each, further shares and subscriptions raised in Tasmania and London, encouraged by the distribution of a prospectus and lithographic copies of Dawson's drawing of the proposed building (see Pro Hbt/112). Any shareholder subscribing £100 was entitled to educate one boy free of the annual tuition fee of £12 (for an example of a share certificate see R. 7/2). The object of the institution, as originally described, was 'the instruction of youth in the higher brances of learning, as taught in superior classical and mathematical schools in England', the ultimate object being 'to confer on Australian youth the inestimable advantages of an European University'. The school opened in 1850 and 56 boys were enrolled in the first quarter. The number had increased to 81 at the beginning of 1851. By 1859 boarders were being taken and a junior department had been started. The High School Council had in 1849 requested the Council of University College, London, to recommend a Head classical Master as Rector, at 400 a year, and a Mathematics master. A Mr. Eccleston was appointed but he died suddenly and Rev. Dr. John Lillie was appointed hon. Rector. George Brien M.A. was then appointed Classical Master and - Dobson as Mathematical Master, both receiving £400 a year, and Rev. Lillie remained Rector. In 1857 Rev. R.D. Paulett Harris was appointed Rector and remained until 1885, leasing the school from the shareholders from 1862. In 1885 the rights to the school were handed over to the Christ College Trust and the school became Christ College, surprisingly as J.P. Gell the first Warden of Christ's College originally opposed the foundation of the High School. The Christ College School in fact merged with the Hutchins School and in 1892 the High School building was sold to the new University of Tasmania. (See reports 1849, 1851, 1859 (H.8) and Wood's Almanack 1849 p. 108.

Hobart Chamber of Commerce

  • Corporate body
  • 1851-1984

The Hobart Chamber of Commerce was established in 1851, following a meeting of merchants and other business men held on 3 February 1851. Henry Hopkins, a well known Hobart merchant, presided over the meeting, which proposed that merchants, shipowners, ship masters, traders and manufacturers of Hobart Town should form themselves into an association to be styled the Hobart Town Chamber of Commerce to protect and promote their common commercial interests. There were to be 12 directors with a chairman, deputy chairman and secretary who were to meet every month and two general meetings were to be held every year. In 1856 the Chamber was granted the privilege of nominating three of the Wardens of the Marine Board.

Hobart Town Maternal & Dorcas Society

  • Corporate body
  • 1835-1949

The Hobart Maternal & Dorcas Society was formed in 1835 by a number of charitable ladies, firstly "to assist married women during the time of their confinement" and secondly "to extend relief to the poor, as funds admit, especially to children who may be in want of suitable clothing to attend the enfant, Sabbath or other schools". Boxes or bags were prepared containing clothing and blankets for the baby and mother, and soap and a bible. The bags were lent for a month, but food and other comforts were distributed as funds allowed. After the maternity Bonus Act of 1912 the Society more or less went into abeyance, except for special cases, and in 1949 it was finally wound up.
A brief history of the Society by W H Hudspeth was published in 1942 and is with the records. For more information see the digitised version at

Hobart Town Turkish Bath Company

  • Corporate body
  • 1866-1892

The establishment of a Turkish Bath Company for Hobart Town was promoted at a public meeting held on 25 October 1866. 200 shares of £5 each were sold. The chairman of the Directors was Alfred Kennerley, later succeeded by Henry Llewellyn Roberts. The first secretary was W.G. Elliston. Land at the corner of Harrington and Collins Street (south side) was purchased from Mr Adcock for £400 pounds in 1867 and adjacent land with two houses purchased from Moses Cohen in 1874. The building was designed by Henry Hunter and with fittings etc., cost about £1500 pounds. The baths were opened to the public in September 1868 (two days a week for ladies and 4 days for men). The company was wound up in 1892 and the premises sold. The buildings were finally pulled down in 1933

Hytten Hall

  • Corporate body
  • 1959–1980

Hytten Hall was a non-denominational residential college for 120 students located on the Sandy Bay Campus of the University of Tasmania. It closed in 1980. Named after Torleiv Hytten (1890-1980), professor of economics and first, full-time vice-chancellor of the University of Tasmania 1949-1957. The first warden of the college was George Wilson (1961-1974)

Illustrated London News

  • Corporate body
  • 1842-2003

The Illustrated London News appeared first on Saturday 14 May 1842, as the world's first illustrated weekly news magazine. Founded by Herbert Ingram, it appeared weekly until 1971, then less frequently thereafter, and ceased publication in 2003. For more information see :

J. Paterson & Sons

  • Corporate body
  • 1904-1905

J. Paterson & Sons were blacksmiths, engineers, boilermakers and machinists of Orient Iron Works, Collins Street, Hobart.

Kemp & Co

  • Corporate body
  • 1823-1829

Established by Anthony Fenn Kemp (1773?-1868), soldier and merchant. Kemp was a foundation director and later president of the Van Diemen's Land Bank. Soon after his arrival in Hobart Town in 1816 he had established the firm of Kemp & Gatehouse, which was changed to Kemp & Co. about 1823 when Richard Barker was taken into partnership.

Kings Meadows [Baptist Fellowship and Church]

  • Corporate body
  • 1953-1975

A Kings Meadows Baptist Fellowship was formed on 18 February 1963 and the church was constituted in October 1961, but was closed in December 1975

Launceston City Council

  • Corporate body
  • 1853 -

Launceston was proclaimed a municipality by an Act of Parliament on October 30, 1852. The proclamation came 47 years after the area then known as Patersonia, had been settled by a British garrison lead by Lieutenant Colonel Williams Patterson. Seven Aldermen were elected to the Launceston Town Council in January 1853, at the first Local Government elections held in Van Diemen's Land. Aldermen elected the first Mayor, Alderman William Stammers Button, later that day at the first meeting of the Town Council. For more information see:

Liverpool John Moores University

  • Corporate body

Liverpool John Moores University (abbreviated LJMU) is a public research university in the city of Liverpool, England. The university can trace its origins to the Liverpool Mechanics' School of Arts, established in 1823.[3] This later merged to become Liverpool Polytechnic. In 1992, following an Act of Parliament, the Liverpool Polytechnic became what is now Liverpool John Moores University.[4] It is named after Sir John Moores, a local businessman and philanthropist, who donated to the university's precursor institutions. For more informatio : and

Mount Bischoff Tin Mine

  • Corporate body

Mount Bischoff's tin-bearing cassiterite was discovered by James 'Philosopher' Smith at Tinstone Creek in 1871, and he found the massive Mount Bischoff orebody in 1872. Smith was granted a lease, and mining commenced with a pick and shovel. The first loads of ore were taken by bullock carts over muddy bush tracks to Emu Bay. For more information see:

Murray Views

  • Corporate body

Fred Murray opened Murray Studios in Gympie in 1906. The postcard and souvenir production side of the business initially covered Gympie and surrounding regions, but Murray expanded the business to include North Queensland, NSW and even Adelaide. It was opened under a separate name, Murray Views, in 1929. In 1945 the business was taken over by Murray’s nephews who began postcard folder production.. - More information

Religious Society of Friends

  • Corporate body
  • 1833 -

The Hobart meeting began in 1833 when the visiting Quakers, James Backhouse and George Washington Walker, held meetings for worship in the Quaker manner, and others wished to join them. Accordingly on 20 September 1833 a small group of Friends met in a private house in Bathurst street and formed a "Meeting for Discipline". In 1836 a house in Murray Street was purchased as a Meeting House. In 1880 a stone Meeting House was built behind the old weatherboard house and in 1960 the present site in Argyle Street next to the Friends School was purchased. For more information see :

Risby Brothers

  • Corporate body
  • c1845-c1900

The Risby Timber Company until its demise in the mid-1990s was one of Australia's oldest family-run firms. Boat builders Thomas and Joseph Risby established a sawmill in Hobart in the mid-1840s. Thomas left, but Joseph had the business on a sound footing when his three sons took control in 1885, trading as Risby Brothers. By 1900 Risbys had ten vessels and their enterprises extended from the south-east to the west, with a depot and mill at Strahan (1897), followed by numerous bush mills in the Derwent Valley. They sold timber and timber-related products, and moved to different sites in Hobart as business expanded, particularly during the do-it-yourself boom of the 1970s. After the main Westerway mill burnt down in 1957, Risbys developed a state-of-the-art sawmill at Austins Ferry. Among numerous timber-based ventures, the company became embroiled in the conservation-forestry confrontation at Farmhouse Creek in 1986. The company closed in 1994. From:

Rose Stereograph Company

  • Corporate body

George Rose was born in Clunes, Victoria in 1861 and later worked in his father’s boot-making business in Prahran while studying photography. In 1880 he founded the Rose Stereograph Company and became famous for producing stereographs, or stereoviews, which gave the illusion of being in 3D when seen through a hand-held viewer. In 1913, after the world wide decline in popularity of stereographs he turned his attention to the production of postcards which had become very popular in Australia and overseas. He published postcards in Melbourne which included Tasmania views by S. Spurling. Suprlings negatives were acquired by Rose in 1937.
The Rose Stereograph Company first started producing the ‘P Series’ postcards in 1913 and continued until 1967 at which time they switched to machine manufactured colour postcards printed by an outside firm.

Rossbank Observatory

  • Corporate body
  • 1840-1854

Rossbank functioned from 1840 to 1854 as one of a chain of British Colonial Observatories which combined with European and Asian observatories in the study of terrestrial magnetism. It was established in Hobart, Tasmania, by the Governor of Van Diemen's Land, Sir John Franklin, and Captain James Clark Ross, R.N., commanding H.M. ships Erebus and Terror. For more information see: ANNAls OF SCIENCE, 39 (1982), 527-564

Rostrum Australia

  • Corporate body
  • 1030 -

Rostrum Australia is an association of public speaking clubs, founded on 21 July 1930. The original Rostrum club ("The Rostrum") was founded in Manchester, England, on 21 July 1923 and its first meeting was held under a yew tree at Greendale Farm near Manchester. The first meeting in Australia was held under an Angophora tree in 1930. This makes Rostrum the longest-running public speaking organisation in the world. for mor information see :

Royal Hobart Regatta Association

  • Corporate body
  • 1838-

The Royal Hobart Regatta began in 1838, is a series of aquatic competitions and displays held annually in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia and is Tasmania's oldest sporting event. The regatta runs for three days, ending on the second Monday in February, and dominates the whole river for the duration of the event. The regatta of 6 February 1934 was the first to be called the Royal Hobart Regatta, the title being conferred by King George V. On 1 December 1838, the first Hobart Town Anniversary Regatta was held in Hobart, Tasmania to celebrate the Tasmanian Anniversary of the 17th-century European discovery of the island by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, who made the first reported European sighting of the island on 24 November 1642. It was decided that the annual anniversary regatta should be celebrated by the wearing of a sprig of silver wattle blossom tied with British Navy blue ribbon.[4] It was begun by the then Governor of Tasmania, Sir John Franklin. Franklin provided free food and beer for all of the spectators, and the tradition of free entry continues to this day.
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Silk and Textile Printers Pty. Ltd

  • Corporate body
  • 1947-2002

Silk and Textiles Pty. Ltd. was formed in Sydney in 1939 by the Alcorso family. In 1945 they were looking for new premises, and Premier Robert Cosgrove persuaded them with cheap electricity to come to Hobart in 1947. The factory spun, wove and printed raw silk, and used cotton for furnishings and sheets – Silk and Textiles was the first in Australia to make coloured sheets. At its peak the factory employed 1400 people. It provided housing for immigrant workers, and involved the labour force in running the factory, with worker representation in the boardroom, a profit-sharing system and the first 40-hour week in Tasmania. Relations with workers were excellent.
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Smithton [Baptist Church]

  • Corporate body
  • c1942-1985

Last Church meeting (22 Feb 1985) concerned the amalgamation of two churches and resolved to form a management committee

South Hobart [Baptist organisations]

  • Corporate body
  • 1937-1988

South Hobart Mission 1937-1942
South Hobart Baptist Church 1944-
Women's Auxiliary, 1952-1977
Sunday School
Women's Fellowship

St. Mary's Hospital

  • Corporate body
  • 1841-1862

St Mary's Hospital was started by Dr Edward Samuel Pickard Bedford (1809-1876), younger son of Rev.William Bedford. It opened on 1 January 1841 as a subscription hospital, especially for the 'labouring classes', under a committee of management, and 5 trustees, with Dr Bedford as medical officer. It was situated at first in Campbell Street but a new building was erected in Davey Street (corner of Davey & Salamanca Place, later used as public offices) and opened about 1849. Bedford hoped in 1856 to make the hospital a training school but recognition was not granted by the Royal College of Surgeons and the hospital declined and was closed in 1862 owing to lack of financial support. Dr Bedford then moved to Sydney and
became medical adviser to the N.S.W. government. Dr Bedford was a founder member and keen supporter of the Royal Society of Tasmania.

St Paul’s Anglican Church, Stanley

  • Corporate body
  • 1844-

The original St Paul’s Anglican Church of 1842 was designed by colonial architect John Lee Archer and consecrated by Bishop Nixon, the first Bishop of Tasmania. Later, the stone church had to be demolished due to cracks appearing in the walls – salt water was likely used in the mortar. In 1887 it was replaced by the present timber structure.
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Tasmania University Union

  • Corporate body
  • 1899 -

The Tasmania University Union (TUU) was created in 1899, only 9 years after the establishment of the University of Tasmania, making it one of the oldest student bodies in Australia. There has been a Student Representative Council since 1929, and the union has resided in its present location since 1959. for more information see :

Tasmanian Biological Club

  • Corporate body
  • 1937-

In the 1920's and 1930's scientists studying animals began to realise that little attention was being paid to how animals lived and how they reacted to their environment and each other. Thus a worldwide interest in their general ecology began. The first general meeting of the Club (as distinct from the inaugural meeting held on 6 June 1935 to discuss the formation of the Club) took place on Monday, 15 July 1935.
The Biological Club celebrated its seventy-fifth anniversary with a dinner on 13 July 2010 attended by many past and present members and their partners. Membership in the Club
is by invitation, with the maximum number of members at any time fixed at 20. This limit is largely dictated by the fact that most meetings, as originally intended, are still held in
the homes of members, thereby placing a practical constraint on numbers. One is entitled to ask the purpose of this litdeknown Club. In the days of its founding, the 1930s, it was an avenue by which active scientists in the Hobart area could exchange information and discuss topics of mutual interest, as there were fewer alternative options for communication than today. The age structure of the members has changed considerably in the 75 years of the Club's history. Previously the entire membership was made up of active workers in the prime of their productive lives. It is now dominated by retirees. Nevertheless, with increasing calls by governments for physically able pensioners to remain productive and contribute to society and to the economy, the Biological Club provides an avenue by which retirees can learn about new developments from younger colleagues. It turn, it gives the younger members the opportunity to benefit from the experience and accumulated wisdom of their senior colleagues.
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Tasmanian Caledonian Society

  • Corporate body
  • 1888-

A Caledonian Society was formed in Hobart in December 1888 to foster and create a taste for the literature, music and sports of Scotland - President His Excellency the Governor, Secretary James Longmore, Treasurer W. Ferguson jun., Musical Conductor Henan Buch. Subscriptions 10 s. 6 d. Life members £5. 5s" (Walch's Almanac1889). The Governor in 1888 was Sir Robert George Crookshank Hamilton K.C.B., born in the Shetland Islands in 1836. The subscription remained the same until the 1911 entry in the Almanac when it was reduced to 5 s. and £3 . 3s. for life members. There was no further mention of the Caledonian Society in the Almanacs until 1916, when the entry appeared again, with the Governor, Sir R. Crawford Munro Ferguson, as patron, but this time the society had a "Chieftain", Dr G. Scott, instead of a president, as does the modern Tasmanian Caledonian Society.

The TASMANIAN CALEDONIAN COUNCIL was formed in 1957 as a combined council consisting of officers of all Tasmanian Caledonian societies to promote friendliness
amongst its own members and societies of a similar nature and to conduct highland games etc.

Tasmanian Council of Education

  • Corporate body
  • 1859-1890

The Tasmanian Council of Education was established in 1859 to hold university entrance examinations ‘in imitation of the Oxford and Cambridge annual local examinations’. The TCE awarded scholarships for higher school education, an Associate of Arts award (equivalent to matriculation) and two annual scholarships for study at a British university. Its elaborate seal, bearing an open book, a star and a rose, was designed by Bishop of Tasmania F.R. Nixon. When the University of Tasmania was established in 1890 it took over the functions of the TCE

Tasmanian Farmers, stockowners and Orchardists Association

  • Corporate body
  • 1908-1980

This agency began in 1908 initially as the Tasmanian Farmers and Stockowners Association with an emphasis on stock issues but by c.1919 it had broadened to consider wider rural matters. It continued to 1980 when it amalgamated with the Tasmanian Farmers Federation to form a new single organisation called the Tasmanian Farmers' and Graziers' Association. Material held TAHO

See also: The Tasmanian Farmers, Stockowners & Orchardists Association, 1908-1958 / by Janet McRae. Hobart : [s.n.], 1961 57 p., [7] p. of plates : ports. ; 25 cm.

Tasmanian Society

  • Corporate body
  • 1838-1849

The Tasmanian Society was founded by Governor Sir John Franklin in 1838. It had no definite name, however, until 1842 when it was referred to in its journal, The Tasmanian Journal of Natural Science, Agriculture, Statistics etc: The first secretary was Ronald Campbell Gunn, Private Secretary to Sir John Franklin, succeeded in 1841 by the new Private Secretary, Francis Hartwell. The Rev. Philip Gell (who came to act as headmaster to the proposed new college) became secretary in 1842. On 3rd October 1843 the new Governor Sir Eardley Wilmot was elected president but on 14 October 1843 he convened a meeting with the object, of amalgamating with the Horticultural Society and the Mechanics Institute. All except five members withdrew, accepted the resignation of Sir Eardley Wilmot and re-elected Sir John Franklin as President. The Society then centred itself on Launceston where Ronald Gunn continued publishing the Tasmanian Journal, the last volume being number 3 (1846-1849). The Journal contains minutes of meetings, the last being 10 May 1848.
In 1847 an unsuccessful attempt was made to unite with the new Royal Society of Tasmania and in 1849 the rules of the latter Society were altered to allow easy election of members of the Tasmanian Society.

Tasmanian Society of Honorary Justices

  • Corporate body
  • 1922 - present

Now called the Tasmanian Society of Justices of the Peace Inc., formerly the Tasmanian Society of Honorary Justices and the Honorary Justices Association of Southern Tasmanian. Patron is the governor of Tasmania.

Tasmanian South African Returned Soldiers Association

  • Corporate body
  • 1922-1970

With the object of forming a body to be called the South African Returned Soldiers' Association a meeting of representatives of all Tasmanian contingents which served in the South African war was held in the R.S.L. rooms, Murray street, 3 September 1922. The Hon. Major Morrisby was in the chair. Mr. A. A. Hunt was appointed secretary pro tem. It was decided that all those present be formed into a provisional committee and that all ex-commanding officers be written to asking for their assistance. It was resolved that the next meeting of the association be held on the first
Monday in October. From TROVE:

The Royal Society of Tasmania

  • Corporate body
  • 1843 to present

The Royal Society of Tasmania is the oldest scientific society in Australia and New Zealand and the third oldest Royal Society in the Commonwealth.
The Society was founded in 1843 by Sir John Eardley-Wilmot, Lieutenant Governor, as the Botanical and Horticultural Society of Van Diemen’s Land. Its aim was to ‘develop the physical character of the Island and illustrate its natural history and productions’. Queen Victoria became Patron in 1844 and the name was changed to The Royal Society of Tasmania of Van Diemen’s Land for Horticulture, Botany and the Advancement of Science. Under the current relevant Act of Parliament, passed in 1911, the name was shortened to The Royal Society of Tasmania. A branch of the Society was formed in Launceston in 1853. It lapsed but was reconstituted in 1921 and has continued since then.
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The Examiner Newspaper

  • Corporate body
  • 1842 -

The Examiner was first published on 12 March 1842, founded by James Aikenhead. The Reverend John West was instrumental in establishing the newspaper and was the first editorial writer. At first it was a weekly publication (Saturdays). The Examiner expanded to Wednesdays six months later. In 1853, the paper was changed to tri-weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays), and first began daily publication on 10 April 1866. This frequency lasted until 16 February the next year. Tri-weekly publication then resumed and continued until 21 December 1877 when the daily paper returned. The Weekly Courier was published by the company from 1901 to 1935. Another weekly paper (evening) The Saturday Evening Express was published between 1924 and 1984 when it transformed into The Sunday Examiner a title which continues to this day.
Once owned by ENT Limited, The Examiner was owned by the Rural Press group and is now part of Fairfax Media.

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