Collection O3 - Harry O'May scrapbook

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Harry O'May scrapbook


  • c1930 (Creation)

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1 scrapbook

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Henry (Harry) O'May (1872-1962), ferrymaster, was born on 27 February 1872 at Kangaroo Point (Bellerive), Tasmania, son of Robert O'May (d.1900), a boatman from Scotland, and his wife Ann, nee Roberts. Robert and his brothers Thomas and James establised (c.1865) O'May Bros ferry service which plied between Hobart Town and Kangaroo Bay.

Harry attended Bellerive State School and Scotch College, Hobart, but left at the age of 11 to work as a wharf-boy. He gained his river-master's and engineer's certificates, and in 1889 became skipper of the Silver Crown, the firm's fifth vessel. Following the deaths of Thomas and Robert O'May, James took over the management of the company; he was joined in partnership by Harry and George who inherited their father's share of the business. At Bellerive on 17 March 1902 Harry married with Presbyterian forms Frances Isobel Cottrell (d.1921), a 25 year old dressmaker; they were to have three children.

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Deposited by F.C. Green 1969

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Scrap book of press cuttings relating to the O'May and other Derwent ferry services, Tasmanian shipping and history, also pay sheet of Rosny Estate & Ferry Co. Ltd (18-28 June 1925), stuck into an old ledger volume.

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Available for research

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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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Held at TAHO :
Correspondence, Photographs, Notes, Newspaper Cuttings collected by the O'may Family : TAHO NS543

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CE September 2018




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