Item 6 to 12 - Letter Books

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AU TAS UTAS SPARC W6-6 to 12

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Letter Books

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  • 1917-1941 (Creation)

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1 folder

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(1842-1912)

Biographical history

John Wilson (1842-1912), ship-wright, served an apprenticeship with Colin Walker, boat builder of Gardners Bay, who built the Huon Belle in 1866. Wilson established his own boat building yard at Martins Point where his first ship "Good Intent" was built in 1877. John Wilson and his sons, Walter and Sydney built many well known sailing ketches and schooners and some steam and oil engine powered vessels, including the ketch One and All for Andrewartha in 1878, Leilateah (McDougall's 1891), Birngana (1893), Lenna (1903 Risby's), Lottah, Stanley and the Alice (1904), Doris and Rooganah (100 ton 3 masted schooner) for Jones & Co. The last ship built by John Wilson was the ketch Lialeeta for T.H. Spaulding launched in 1913.
John Wilson and his wife, Dinah, had 4 sons and 3 daughters and lived at "Brightside", Cygnet. He was known as a wit and composed humorous verse, as did some younger members of the family.
For mor information see: http://www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian_history/W/Wilson%20shipbuilders.htm

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(1875-1967)

Biographical history

Walter Wilson was a designer and artist. Walter and his brother Sydney worked with their father, John Wilson at Wilson and Sons, boat builders. They built many well known sailing ketches and schooners and some steam and oil engine powered vessels. After John's death in 1912 Walter and Sydney carried on the business. Walter and his wife had several children, including Clifton, who assisted the boat building.

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(1870-)

Administrative history

Wilson and Sons, shipbuilders, was founded by John Wilson (1842–1912), who began building wooden boats in 1863, at his home in Cygnet. The first boat was the Huon Belle, launched in 1864.

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Deposited by Miss E. Cato 1967

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Copies or drafts of letters sent relating to ship building, orders, supplies, including some details of labour, timber etc. for specified vessels and miscellaneous notes.
6. General inquiries etc. 1917-1936
7. "Melba" letters and some time and labour details 1919-1921
8. "Eva Leeta" for T.H. Spaulding - letters 1921-1923
9. "Utieka" for I.E. Giles - letters 1923-1924
10. "Huon Chief" and "Anita" letters 1937-1939
11. "Jean Nichols" for W. Nichols, Stanley letters etc. 1940
12. "Sir John Franklin" letters and notes 1940-1941

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Open for research

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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 Special.Collections@utas.edu.au

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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Original inventory and descriptive notes can be found at https://eprints.utas.edu.au/10948/2/Wilson.pdf

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CE September 2018

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