Papers relating to the voyage out and settlement of Robert Mather and his wife, Ann (Benson). Many of the papers (Ml0/16-20) consist of extracts from letters from Ann Mather to her brother, Rev. Samuel Benson, and sisters Isabella Whytall and Sarah Benson (m. Hammond 1832), in UK and were probably given to their niece, Sarah Benson Mather who married George Washington Walker in 1840, after Ann Mather's death in 1831.
Proposed voyage to Van Diemen's Land in ship 'Hope' June 1821 - January 1822. Papers relating to the proposal of some members of the Wesleyan Methodist Society to proceed to V.D.L . and the decision at meetings of 29 June, 2 July, finalised on 4 July, to travel in the ship 'Hope' owned by Messrs Degraves and Macintosh, Captain Francis Allison. However the ship was held up by HM Customs at Ramsgate, being both unseaworthy and overloaded, and the owners failed to provide the provisions and accommodation promised. The Government eventually chartered another ship, 'Heroine', to continue the voyage.
Ann Mather's letters home Jan 1824 -1829. Extracts and copies of letters from Mrs Ann Mather (nee Benson) to her brother, Rev. Samuel Benson, and sisters, Isabella Whytall and Sarah Benson in London, apparently made after her death, consisting mainly of religious sentiments. Also copy of her Memoir written by her brother Rev. Samuel Benson(18b)
Letter from Ann Mather to her sons who were attending James Thompson's school, Hobart on the present site of Pressland House. Reproduced in Appendix A of 'All that we Inherit' by Peter Benson Walker. From Walker Family Scrapbook compiled by Peter Benson Walker. Private collection.. Page 17
Letter from Sarah Benson to her sister Ann, Mrs. Robert Mather, who was at Ramsgate into which the disabled 'Hope' had sailed after narrowly escaping shipwreck in October 1821. The Mathers subsequently sailed for Van Diemen's Land on the barque 'Heroine' on the 28th April, 1822. From Walker Family Scrapbook compiled by Peter Benson Walker. Private collection. Page 15
Letter from Sarah Benson to her sister Ann Mather, London, July 1817 describing in detail the confinement of her sister Isabella Phytall. From Walker Family Scrapbook compiled by Peter Benson Walker. Private collection. Page 7
Three letters dated April 9th 1828, June 19th 1828 & July 15th 1828 from Ann Mather to her husband Robert Mather revealing the care and concern for her children. She lived at Lauderdale supervising the farm workmen, and the children lived in Hobart Town with their father. From Walker Family Scrapbook compiled by Peter Benson Walker. Private collection. Page 20