Collection RS46 - John Wilkinson: Accounts

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John Wilkinson: Accounts


  • 1848-1856 (Creation)

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1 large volume - loose papers, some damaged, stuck into album
Condition very fragile, damaged and dirty (oversized shelves)

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Born 1806 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, son of William Wilkinson and Ann (Norton) Wilkinson. Wilkinson arrived in Hobart Town on October 13, 1824 and married Sarah Ann Ware on the 14 March 1832, at Hobart Town. He established Wilkinson's Dispensing, Manufacturing and Pharmaceutical Chemists in 1831 at 90 Elizabeth Street, Hobart. This is thought to be the earliest officially recognised pharmacy in Hobart. Wilkinson’s arrival in Hobart Town predated the formation of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 1841 and so he was not registered in England. The business was very successful and when John Wilkinson died in 1885 he left two pharmacies and several other properties. His son and grandson were both chemists and the business remained in the Wilkinson family until 1940, when it was sold.
Wilkinson was granted land at O'Briens Bridge, (now Glenorchy) and called his farm Elwick - now the site of the Elwick Racecourse

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Presented to The Royal Society in 1945 by Leslie Wilkinson of Wilkinson Pharmacies, Brisbane.

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Accounts and Bills of John Wilkinson, Chemist of Elizabeth Street Hobart dated 1848 - to 1856.
Accounts and bills, mainly for household and family expenses and a few pharmaceutical supplies; including food, meat, ale wine, crockery, clothing, house repairs, saddlery, repairs to gig, garden plants and seeds, newspapers, rent of premises in Liverpool Street from William Beechcroft at £75 pa., Hobart Town High School fees and fees for tuition of 'Master John' in English, Latin and violin by S.P. Daly. Tradesmen’s bills include: W. Carter of Buckingham House, Murray St., Richard Cleburn, chandler and grocer; William Elliot for wine and sherry; Daniel Graham, grocer, Liverpool Street; W. Ladd, butcher; T. Stevens for barley; Peter Macbeth for shoes; R.S. Waterhouse, Elizabeth and Melville Streets, Manchester House drapers; Alex. Fraser, ironmonger, Collins Street; James W. H. Walch, stationer, corner of Elizabeth and Liverpool Streets; J. Webb, pastrycook, Murray Street, opposite St. David’s Church; s. Galbraith, tin plate manufacturer, Elizabeth Street; Thomas Rosman, tailor, Elizabeth Street; John Hood, druggist, Melbourne; William Champion, wine & spirits merchant

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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

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Available TAHO : Miscellaneous Papers and Photographs of the Wilkinson Family -

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