Item - Henry Hellyer Diary : illustrations

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Henry Hellyer Diary : illustrations


  • 1827 (Creation)

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Illustrations from octavo notebook, bound leather

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(1790 -1832)

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Henry Hellyer (1790 - 1832), surveyor for the Van Diemen's Land Company. Son of John Hellyer and Betsy (Maine) of Portchester, Hampshire, England. Hellyer arrived in Tasmania in 1826 and explored the north-west for the V.D.L.Co., especially the district between Port Sorell, Valentine's Peak and Black Buff. He named the country north and south of Valentine's Peak the Hampshire Hills and Surrey Hills and recommended it to the V.D.L.Co. In 1827 he was sent to layout a road from Emu Bay to the Hampshire Hills. He later surveyed most of the district from Black Buff to Mount Bischoff, the Cripps Range, Cradle Mountain and the Murchison River. In 1832, the mapping and surveying needed by the V.D.L.Co. being completed, he was appointed to the Government Survey Department, but committed suicide at Circular Head on 9 September 1832, believing that slanderous reports had been circulated. For more information

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Deposited on temporary loan with the University of Tasmania Archives by Miss M. Roberts, February 1978

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Selected illustrations from Hellyers diary, dated 3 July 1827 to 29 August 1827

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May be consulted under supervision. Permission of the owner required for photocopying or publication.

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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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Henry Hellyer's observations : journals of life in the Tasmanian bush 1826-1827 / edited by Bertram Thomas
North Down Press, 2011 Available at Morris Miller-Rare-Book (DU 198 .N6 H46 2011)

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Utmost extrication : why Henry Hellyer shot himself / by Gwyneth Daniel, Willows Books Publishing , 2010 2nd ed.
Available at Morris Miller-Rare-Book (DU 194.3 .H45 D36 2010)

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HE Feb 2018




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