Item 11 - Letter Sir John Franklin in Hobart to Lady Franklin in South Australia

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Letter Sir John Franklin in Hobart to Lady Franklin in South Australia


  • 1841 (Creation)

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1 xerox copy of letter

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Sir John Franklin (1786-1847), rear admiral, Arctic explorer and lieutenant-governor, was born on 16 April 1786 at Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England, ninth of the twelve children of Willingham Franklin and his wife Hannah, née Weekes. Franklin served as Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land from 1837 to 1843. He disappeared while on his last expedition, attempting to chart and navigate the Northwest Passage in the North American Arctic.
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Lady Jane Franklin was born on 4 December 1791, the daughter of John Griffin, silk weaver, of London, and Mary, née Guillemard. In 1828 she married (as his second wife) John Franklin, who was appointed lieutenant-governor of Van Diemen's Land in 1836. For more information see :

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Received from various sources including:
• Dr C.Craig (RS.18/8)
• R.C.Robertson (RS.18/4 (1)
• R.F.Turner (RS.18/4 (2),
• Royal Geographic Society (RS.18/6, on loan from Tasmanian Museum).

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Xerox copy of letter from Sir John Franklin in Hobart to Lady Franklin in South Australia with Governor Gawler :- New year wishes. The colony quiet and prosperous except for the squabbles of lawyers - refers to cases of Gilbert Robertson v. Thomas Mcdonald and Abbot, when Mr. Anstey was roughly handled by the
Attorney General - verdicts farthing in one case and for the defendants in the other. Mr. Jones directed to supervise criminal proceedings at quarter sessions but declined so the Executive Council had been summoned. Mr. Anstey also 'carrying on a correspondence with the Gov. respecting his office' and so Mr. Sorell appointed his successor. Sir John also refers to his proposed visit to Port Arthur, Mr. Henslowe to come in mid-January, Parker's lameness, Government House plans not yet drawn, gardener arrived, Archdeacon Jefferies.

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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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Original letter held in the National Library, Canberra, (ref. ANL MS 114/12)

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