Item 4 - Journal : 1859 - 1860

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Journal : 1859 - 1860


  • 1859-1860 (Creation)

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1 quarto note-book

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William Archer (1820-1874) the second son of Thomas Archer (1790-1850) of Woolmers, Longford, studied architecture in England and after returning to Van Diemen's Land, designed among other buildings, the Hutchins School in Hobart, Mona Vale, at Ross, and Saundridge, Cressy, as well as the East window of Christ Church, Longford. For some years he was secretary of the Royal Society of Tasmania, a Fellow of the Royal and Linnean Societies of England, and a keen botanist, named many Tasmanian plants and assisted
Dr. Hooker who dedicated to him and Ronald C. Gunn, his work on the flora of Tasmania. From 1856 until 1858, he lived in England and worked at the Herbarium, Kew Gardens, presenting the library with a book of his drawings of Tasmanian orchids and mosses. He was a leading member of the anti-transportation movement, and a member for Parliament at various times between his election for Westbury in 1851 and retirement in 1866. For may years he lived at Cheshunt, Deloraine. He died at Fairfield, Longford, in 1874.

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Deposited by Mrs R. B. Edwards. 1962. (In addition to microfilm copies of other diaries lent to the University by Mrs. L. Boyd of New Zealand and microfilmed in 1959.)

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Journal of William Archer for the period May 1859 - October 1860. Entries for most days, sometimes including much detail, referring to his daily work (both farm work on his property and later his architectural work), also his travels, visits to and from neighbours, elections and political activities etc.

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May be consulted by bona fide researchers.

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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

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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7 June 2017 HAE




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