Item 2 - Letter from Charles Butler to Bishop Montgomery

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Letter from Charles Butler to Bishop Montgomery


  • 1902 (Creation)

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Archibald Lawrence Meston (1890-1951), educationist, historian and anthropologist, was born on 5 June 1890 at Launceston, Tasmania. His most important anthropological work was the discovery and description of the rock carvings at Mount Cameron West in 1933. Another major addition to the study of Tasmanian prehistory was his initiation of large-scale excavation in the shell midden at the South Cave, Rocky Cape. Meston's collection of implements and other Aboriginal relics is now housed in the Museum of Victoria; his library is the property of the City of Launceston. For more information see entry in Australian Dictionary of Biography

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Charles Butler (1820-1909) came to Tasmania in 1835 at the age of fifteen and completed his education in Tasmania at Longford Hall School under William Gore Elliston for one year and then under W.H. Wilmot (d.1842) for another year. In 1838 he was articled to the solicitor Robert Pitcairn in Hobart and was admitted a lawyer of the Tasmanian Supreme Court in 1843 and after his brother Edward's death in 1849 became a partner with his father in Butler, Nutt and Butler. He was president of the Southern Law Society from its foundation in1888 until 1907. In 1847 he married Georgina Wilmot (1819?-1880), daughter of his old schoolmaster W.H. Wilmot and his wife Eliza (Best), and they had ten children: Kate Geogiana (1849-1929), Edward Henry (1851-1928), Lucy Madeleine (1852- ), Charles William (1854-1937), Francis Leicester (called Leicester 1856-1385), Ida Mary ( 1358-I 949), Leila Chalmers (1859- ), May Maria (1861- ), Herbert Maxwell (1863- · ), Montague Howard (1868-1895).

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Donated by his daughter, Mrs. M. Marshall, 1973

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Letter from Charles Butler to Bishop Montgomery, 27 November 1902. (Another copy in same hand, also signed, in B9/B15).

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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 provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections, Meston Papers - M11”

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August 24, 2017 (BR)




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