Item 1 - Captain Benjamin Lane's notebook of lessons

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Captain Benjamin Lane's notebook of lessons


  • 1807-1813 (Creation)

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1 octavo volume, leather bound

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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 February 1828 while on a voyage to Valparaiso in Chile.

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Gift from Mr B D Lane 1974

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The volume was prepared while Lane was a prisoner of war of the French and apparently occupied himself in studying and teaching other prisoners. It contains French grammar (noted as completed 7 March 1812), exercises on Mr. Porney's grammar (noted as completed 29 February 1812), mathematical examples and problems, stocks and shares, chronology, navigational problems (with diagram and tables), book keeping with examples of business 'waste book', 'balancing journal' and ledger entries for 1807 and 1812-13 based on supposed voyages and trade dealings.
At the back of the volume is a rough pencil sketch of the 'privateer that chased Captain Lane'. Also entered on blank pages at the end of the volume is a copy of notes concerning Captain Benjamin Lane sent by James Arthur Lane to his daughter Mrs D.A. Lane, 20 June 1945 and notes by Lt. Col. D.A. Lane (descendent of James Christmas Lane, younger brother of Benjamin), 18 November 1945.

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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Attached file is extract of the first 78 pages. All text is in French

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HE May 2018




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