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1863-1876 : Ledger Morningside Estate

Ledger for "Morningside Estate" at Campbell Town Norther Tasmania, detailing piece work and rations, some accounts signed as received by the worker, dated 1863-1876

James Mercer

1889 - Diary

Diary belonging to Steward James Anderson of Black River, Stanley, dated January to September 1889. Some entries in another hand and some pages damaged by damp and defective.

Stewart James Anderson

1918 - Diary

Diary belonging to Steward James Anderson of Black River, Stanley, dated October to December 1918.

Stewart James Anderson

Andrew Downie Papers

  • Collection
  • 1814-1879

Collection consists of mainly financial papers. Includes indenture, correspondence, sheep & wool business papers, bills & accounts

Andrew Downie

Asters growing at Wynyard

Colour photograph of flowers (asters) growing in paddock of deep red soil. Windbreak of pine trees in background.

Hal Wyatt


Correspondence dated 1919 to 1920 regarding; Introductions for Bushy Park Manager to California State Insectary, Messrs Clemens, Horst & Co. concerning hop picking machines, and American Blower Co. (1920); Cadbury Bros: local milk supplies (1920); Upper Derwent Farm & Garden Society - advertisement.

William Ebenezer Shoobridge


Correspondence dated 1919-1920, relating to the fruit industry, including the Saaz Drying Process, and lemon curing.

William Ebenezer Shoobridge


Correspondence for the years 1825-1830. Including letters from Thomas Scott about purchase of rum from Capt. Dixon of the "Skelton" (13 April 1825); H. Ross (arbitration 1827); M. Robertson (sheep 1828); W. Burn (sheep and supply of doors, chairs, etc. 1828-1830); reference for E.F. Bromley RN.

Andrew Downie

Farm accounts

Farm accounts dated 1872 to December1383. Accounts including: wages for reaping, building, fencing, ploughing etc., sales of wheat, purchases of flour, tobacco, sugar, tea etc. Also stock account and record of foaling (Diamond, Gypsy, Blossom) 1878-83. The accounts are mainly those of George Marshall but the later ones were kept by D. Marshall, including accounts of the estate of the late G. Marshall. Added at front: 'Indian sauce from Horace R. Spearman, 13 Feb. 1896' (recipe).

George Marshall

Forestry and Timber

Articles and notes on Tasmanian forest and timber resources, including: conservation, paper making, firewood, the relation of forests to water supply, wood distillation, forest fires, report of address by W.E.S. to the Australian Natives Association (November 1910 see also Australian Natives' Association: arousing public interest in timber industry August 1911, S.3/56), paper by L. Rodway "Afforestation: the moral for Tasmania" written for the Forest League (1913).

William Ebenezer Shoobridge

Fruit industry: Press articles

Articles and reports, including: "marketing of fruit" read to Agricultural Conference, Launceston 16 June 1911, lemon curing (1911-1912), co-operation (1913), packing sheds (1913), fruit export (1913), fruit pickers' wages (1916), apples in England (1929), organisation of fruitgrowers, storage of apples (1931-1932), carriage of apples (1932-1933), fruit drying methods, lemon production (1932).

William Ebenezer Shoobridge

Fruitgrowers: miscellaneous papers

Miscellaneous (mainly printed) papers, including: resolutions of Fruitgrowers' Conference 1917 and manuscript notes (1917), wages in the fruit industry, list of Central Fruit Committee, Sir Henry Jones in London - meeting with fruit importers, reports of Australasian fruit market, annual report of State Fruit Advisory Board 1932.

William Ebenezer Shoobridge

Hop harvest

Black-and-white photograph shows men, women and children stripping hop cones into hessian-covered troughs, carrying baskets and sacks of harvested hops on the extensive hop grounds. The plant was cultivated widely at Glenorchy, Margate, Kingston and the Upper Derwent Valley area.

Marshall and Terry Family Papers

  • Collection
  • 1810-1922

This collection consists of the papers of George Marshalland his grandson George Douglas Marshall who married Beatrice Terry granddaughter of Ralph Terry, of Lachlan Mills, New Norfolk, Tasmania so some papers of the Terry family papers are also included.
Also included are notes on family history and genealogy.

George Marshall

Mercer Farm Accounts

  • Collection
  • 1861-1876

Collection consists of five ledgers containing details of wages and accounts, rations and shearing for two properties, Morningside and Riccarton. Located at Campbell Town in northern Tasmania and owned and managed by James Mercer.

James Mercer

National Guilds

Articles on wages systems and the English suggestion for the establishment of National Guilds as explained by S.G. Hobson.

William Ebenezer Shoobridge

Political articles - miscellaneous

Articles or letters to the press on political subjects, including local self government (1872), elections and the franchise, state politics, farmers' outlook (1912), labour, women in politics (1915), Labour Party, power of the state (1918), prime minister or president (1921), government (1935).

William Ebenezer Shoobridge

Sheep stealing cases

Subpoena and notes of expense in case of sheep stolen from Thomas Wells when Downie was acting for John Raisley of Kimbolton Park, Hamilton. Also note relating rumours of sheep stealing 1826.

Andrew Downie

Social and industrial

Articles and notes on social and industrial topics, such as ideals, the meaning of socialism, Saturday half holiday, power of churches, gambling, housing.

William Ebenezer Shoobridge

State of the flock

State of the flock for the years 1825-1828. Shepherd's notes of sheep numbers, branding, sales etc.

Andrew Downie

Stewart James Anderson Diaries

  • Collection
  • 1889-1926

The copies of the diaries are dated between 1889 and 1926 and contain brief entries for each day. They relate to both personal and farm activities and appear to relate to a comparatively small general farm.
For example: "stayed at house and made a set of steps for the dairy"; "reaped 1 1/2 acres oats for seed"; "stocked up oats and made a rake"; commenced putting in culvert down by cottage"; ''2 loads of hay - too green"; "grubbing large boulder stones out of 18 acres"; "went to morning service ¬ Archdeacon Richards preached"; "made organ stool for Black River Church"; "party of young people from Smithton for evening"; "picked the quinces and some apples, killed a sheep"; "8 loads of cut up wood for home during winter"; "putting up wire fence by potato shed to let calves get shelter under the pines"; "pottering around all day, Leon called"; "1/2 day in vegetable garden"; "marked lambs. Worked 4 hours at P.O."; "Carl finished ploughing 6 acres for peas"; "helped to cut chaff for Mr L. Medwin"; "carting hay, Frank Medwin with team". The entries appear to relate to a comparatively small general farm and by 1918 Anderson's children (daughter at Stanley, and Leon) were grown up and were living independently. One diary is dated 1889 and was much damaged with parts of pages tom or worn away. The 1889 entries are similar (eg: "made bullock yoke"; "Joe took load of potatoes to township"; "boiled pig potatoes").

Stewart James Anderson

Sugar Beet

Statement copied from Mercury of yields of sugar beet tried in 1896, papers and letters to press, 1919-1920 & 1931-1932 relating to the sugar industry in Tasmania.

William Ebenezer Shoobridge

The Referendum

Articles on referenda, particularly the effect on wages, prices and industry (typescript, 14 p., draft and corrected typescript).

William Ebenezer Shoobridge


Tobacco growing in Tasmania: letter to Premier of Tasmania, John C. McPhee suggesting the growing of tobacco and notes.

William Ebenezer Shoobridge

Trade mission to Canada

Correspondence and miscellaneous papers relating to W.E.S. as Commissioner on a Trade mission to Canada with regard to fruit, tanning bark, and skins from Tasmania and agricultural machinery, motor engines etc. from Canada.

William Ebenezer Shoobridge

Waldie Papers

  • Collection
  • 1857-1884

Collection consists of photocopies of three letters and two pamphlets bound into four volumes. The family papers remain in the possession of the family and include diaries and work notebooks of John Waldie, jun. c.1854-1896; agreements over timber and land, accounts and receipts 1856-1892, letter from W.C.Blyth 1869, letter to his mother 184S, letters from John Waldie senior 1822, 1832, 1833 and letters to Delia Waldie from Mary Quinn 1883.

John Waldie

William & John Clark Family Papers

  • Collection
  • 1812-1887

The William and John Clark Papers are a record of a settler family in Tasmania. They include papers concerning the management of the Cluny property, a few papers relating to Bothwell and John Clark's correspondence concerning his work as a magistrate. There are also letters to John Clark from William Barnes (1791 ?-1848). brewer of Launceston, 1829-1839; Matthew Curling Friend of Newnham, Port Officer
at George Town, 1833-1841, and from Charles Arthur (1808-1884), nephew of and Aide-de-Camp to Lt.
Governor George Arthur, 1827-1829. There are also letters from British army officers' wives and daughters addressed to Jane Clark. Also included are papers relating to the Weston Family, Ann (neeClark) and William Pritchard Weston

William Clark


Papers, 1826-1832 relating to wool and the transport of bales, one bale shipped to London 1832.

Andrew Downie