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Diary: 1880

Personal and family diary for the year 1880, with a few references to the business of Risby Brothers

Thomas Risby


Personal diary for the year 1895, refers to Hobart Cup, departure of boats, occasional references to the business

Thomas Risby

William Gore Elliston Diary

Diary of William Gore Elliston 1829 - 1864 as transcribed by J.N.D. Harrison - consists of a typed carbon copy on flimsy paper

William Gore Elliston

Book I

1 handwritten diary (black exercise book), marked Private, 1910 - 1914, documenting her last week in London and voyage to Australia [sailed from Tilbury on September 15th and arrived in Adelaide on 21st October 1911]. At the Freemantle stopover, her father received a letter from Francis Mather and Mr Gower asking him to take over at the Friends' School for 7 months while Mr Gower was in England

Margaret Sturge Watts

Diary of Arthur E. Risby : Franklin Whalf

This is a personal diary writen by Arthur E. Risby (1856-1915) son of Joseph Edward Risby and includes notes of the weather, Huon Regatta, sailing, arrival and departure of boats; also some notes from 1878 - the mill burnt down, 'Helen' and 'Esk' started for London.

Thomas Risby

William Levitt Wells Collection

  • Collection
  • 1884-1910

Collection consists of journals and letters relating to William Levitt Wells and his family.

William Levitt Wells

Book 2

1 handwritten diary (black exercise book), marked Private, 1910 - 1914 (amended to 1914 - 1916, which is incorrect) documenting her time in Hobart and voyage back to England [arrived at Tilbury in April 1914]

Margaret Sturge Watts

Diary of Peter Harrisson

  • Collection
  • 1822

Collection consists of a typescript copy of an original diary of Peter Harrisson's voyage to Van Diemen's Land in 1822.

Peter Harrisson


The journals have been published as "Immense Enjoyment, the illustrated journals and letters of William L Wells 1884ยท1888, the life of an early Quaker family in Tasmania" edited by Faye Gardam and published by the Devon Wells Historical Soicety (1987) a copy is held at UTAS Library Cent.Quaker DU 194.3, .W45, A3 1987
Diaries, illustrated with sketches, written in duplicate copy books, using a lead point on thin copying paper with a blue "carbon" pad which printed both on the back of the copying paper to darken the faint impression made by the lead point as well as on to the slightly thicker copy paper pages which were perforated to tear out (the copy being darker and clearer writing than the "top"). In the last volume, however, the top flimsy pages were removed to send overseas (possibly now written with a pen) and the copy made with a blacker "carbon" was retained

William Levitt Wells

Memorandum of a voyage to Van Diemen's Land

Typescript copy of a diary entitled Memorandum of a voyage to Van Diemen's Land 1822. It is the diary of Peter Harrisson's voyage to Van Diemen's Land during the period 1 February to 8 September 1822, with such observations as may prove useful to future migrants. Original diary is a 96 pp notebook held in Royal Society of Tasmania archives (RS47). This is a typescript copy of the original with index.

Peter Harrisson

Diary: 1888

Personal diary for the year 1888. References to trips on 'Koonya ', telephone went wrong (17.2.88), Eaglehawk neck , etc.

Thomas Risby

Boer War diary

Diary of Dr. J.H. Patterson dated April 1901 to March 1902, written while on active service during the Boer War in South Africa, often in the form of a letter as it was sent to his mother whenever it was possible to post letters.

James Harold Patterson