Collection RS67 - Garrison Book & Norfolk Island Journal

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Garrison Book & Norfolk Island Journal


  • 1847-1856 (Creation)

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2 volumes

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Thomas Samuel Stewart was the Commissariat Storekeeper at Norfolk Island when it was finally abandoned as a convict settlement. He remained on the island with five of the best behaved convicts to act as caretakers until the new settlers from Pitcairn's Island arrived on 8 June 1856.
They were responsible for sorting the stores to be shipped to Van Diemen's Land (called Tasmania since the granting of responsible government in 1856), and those to be left behind for the new arrivals. Stewart and his wife were there to greet the Pitcairn families when they arrived on the Morayshire.

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On loan to the Royal Society of Tasmania from the Tasmanian Museum, (purchased from Mrs. E. de Jersey, 1943)

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Garrison order book for the 96th Regiment dated 6 April 1847 - 9 March 1848. Also daily record book kept by Thomas Samuel Stewart who was the Commissariat Storekeeper at Norfolk Island when it was finally abandoned as a convict settlement.

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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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Thomas Samuel Stewart's journal : Norfolk Island 1855, waiting for the Pitcairn Islanders / edited by Leanne Chambers and Merval Hoare.

Publication note

RST P&P article - Downing, Charles Toogood 1859 , '0n Norfolk Island, its character and productions.' ,
Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, vol. 3, no. 2 , pp. 195-212 .

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HE May2020




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