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Lumber trade -- Tasmania -- History
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Promissory note

Thomas Risby's promise to pay £100 to John and Henry Morrisby and Grace Smith, at the age of 21, being the consideration for premises purchased from their father, James Morrisby. Dated 1823

Thomas Risby

Advertisement for Risby Bros.

Advertisement for Risby Bros. Franklin Saw & Moulding Mills, timber merchants. Designed and drawn by Thomas Midwood and published in the Illustrated Directory of Hobart.

Risby Brothers

Photograph of the Franklin Saw Mills

Photograph of the Risby's Franklin Wharf Saw Mills, showing groups of workmen posed on weighbridge in front. Photographed by Frederick Spurling & Co. Taken pre 1878 before building destroyed by fire

Risby Brothers

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

Timber account ledger

An account ledger of timber merchant (unknown but could be Risby). Ledger accounts headed by name of client. Entries, dated, record: number, description, sum (with debit and credit in columns on the same page). Items mentioned are mainly timber but also include shingles, palings, freight, cartage, painting, insurance. Payments are noted as cheque or cash, or sometimes 'goods', or bacon, tea, sugar, soap, tobacco, castor oil. The volume includes an alphabetical index of clients names. These include many well-known names and, where addresses are given, are usually, but not only, residents of Hobart. Several clients are described as builders. Sleepers were supplied for the Government railways and timber for the Hobart Exhibition. Among clients' names are, for example, W. Batt, builder, Sandy Bay; Bidencope; Burn & Son; Cascade Brewery; Clark, undertaker Brisbane Street; Currie, Murray St.; Cygnet Coal Co.; Gas Co.; Government Railways; Hobart Corporation; Marine Board, Mcgregor & Co. Mill; Oates Dock; H. Priest, Melville St.; Public Works, ;Telegraph Dept.; Risby,; R. Shoobridge, New Norfolk; E. Tolman; Walsh,; A.G. Webster.

Risby Brothers

Diary: 1880

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

Thomas Risby

Diary: 1888

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

Thomas Risby


Summons dated 1891 to A.E. Risby, S.W. Risby and C.W. Risby to appear at the suit of Charles James Barclay.

Thomas Risby


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

Thomas Risby

Poster bills

Six poster bills of varying sizes, announcing pleasure trips by SS 'Koonya ' and regular service to Saltwater River and East Bay.

Thomas Risby

Risby Brothers Collection

  • Collection
  • 1823-1910

Collection consists of personal diaries and photographs relating to Risby Brothers, sawmillers and timber merchants

Thomas Risby