Series - Diaries of Sarah E.E. Mitchell

Diary 1866-1868 & 1869-1870 Diary 1870-1872 Diary 1872-1873 Diary 1874 Diary 1875 Diary 1876 Diary 1877 Diary 1878 Diary 1879 Diary 1880 Diary 1881 Diary 1889 Diary 1891

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Diaries of Sarah E.E. Mitchell


  • 1866-1945 (Creation)

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74 vols. (mainly 13 cm. x 20 cm. x 1 cm, excluding 1866-73 & 1889-90 which are quarto; 1898 is folio (old 1896 vol.)

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Born 2 June 1853 second daughter of John & Catherine Augusta (Keast) Mitchell. Sarah started keeping a diary at the age of thirteen and continued until she was ninety-two, although for the last few years she had to dictate them to her niece, Grace.

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Bequeathed by Miss Sarah E. E. Mitchell and presented by her niece Miss Grace Mitchell, 24 September 1946
(except items RS76 - RS 79 presented by Mis Sarah E.E. Mitchell in 1937)

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From the age of 13 Sarah Mitchell daily noted in her journal the state of the weather, her routine activities about the house and property, visits of friends, an occasional trip to Hobart, as in August 1872, and her visit to Europe in 1900-1. The first three diaries are written in home made notebooks, the remainder in printed 'Letts' diaries. Some entries are 'cross written'. There is no diary for 1936.
Some of the journals include monthly cash accounts, mostly of small payments for such items as petticoats and gloves; also, for example in 1830, 'butter account' (including receipts, payments for carriage, etc.) and 'Kennedia' account (rent received, sheep bought
from father, taxes, rates etc.).

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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

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Davies, Lynn. About books: Life's journal [online]. Tasmania 40 Degrees South, No. 82, Spring 2016: 56-59.;dn=328441828593888;res=IELLCC

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HE May2020




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