Item 2 - History of the Amos and Lyne families

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History of the Amos and Lyne families


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(1774 - 1864)

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The Amos family arrived in Tasmania in March 1821 aboard the Emerald, and were advised to look for land on the unsettled east coast. Adam's capital entitled him to a grant of 1000 acres (405 ha) which he located on the Swan River at Cranbrook, and called Gala. By 1824 his mill was supplying the district with flour, and five years later he had many other substantial improvements. For more information :

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The Lyne family, William, Sarah and five children, arrived in Hobart in 1826, and received a 1500-acre land grant on the east coast, named Apsley (later Apslawn). Gradually their stock of sheep and cattle increased, despite problems with lack of water and fear of Aborigines. Their son John continued at Apslawn, and his eldest son Sir William Lyne became Premier of New South Wales and a member of the first federal cabinet. Apslawn passed out of the family, with some family members acquiring farming land along the east coast, and another of John's sons, Carmichael, acquired the property Riccarton at Campbell Town. His son Crosby turned Riccarton into a top wheat-producing property, was warden of Campbell Town, and a keen horse enthusiast. Descendants still own Riccarton.

Over almost two centuries, the Lyne family have not only been prominent pastoralists, but have provided federal, state and local politicians, and leaders in agricultural activities ranging from the Tasmanian Farmers, Stockowners and Orchardists Association to Landcare.

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Manuscript notes "History of the Amos and Lyne families", by C(larendon) Amos, also duplicated notes for members of the family (later published privately as 'Family history of Adam Amos of 'Glen Gala' and William Lyne of Apsley'.

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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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Original documents held by the family.
Mr M Amos, 'Gala', Cranbrook, Tasmania, 7275 (now Mrs G Amos, 'Glen Gala' Cranbrook Tasmania 7275).

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Family history of Adam Amos of "Glen Gala" and William Lyne of "Apsley" by Clarendon Amos
Morris Miller-Rare-Book CS 2009 .A56 1963

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