Item 1 - Letter from William C. Blyth

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Letter from William C. Blyth


  • 1869 (Creation)

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1 photocopied letter

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John Waldie, senior, (1791-1872) came to Tasmania from Scotland about 1833 and settled first at Perth, Tasmania then at Oyster Cove. His son, John (1822-1902 ) farmed and worked timber at Oyster Cove. He married Delia Lucy Fergusson, eldest daughter of Joshua Fergusson of Tinderbox in 1846

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Born on 5 Mar 1837 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. He was baptised on 30 Mar 1837 in St Davids, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. He died on 6 June 1925 in Devonport, Tasmania. He was buried in Campbell Town, Tasmania, Australia. He was a School Master.

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Photocopies donated by J.B Waldie in 1959

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Letter from William C. Blyth, of Plenty, to J. Waldie dated 5 September 1869.
Hops likely to be a remunerative speculation as they had failed in England, but there was no blight in the Huon which was likely to be the future hop garden of Tasmania and he urged J . Waldie and Frank Tappes to try. His father had sent a load of hop sets to Victoria. Blyth had received the apple trees from Frank Tappes. His school was giving him a comfortable living - he had all the children of the neighbourhood except some of the very lowest and dirtiest he had got rid of and the Read children who had a governess.

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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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HE Apr2019




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