Item 1 - Papers relating to Cape Barren Island

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Papers relating to Cape Barren Island


  • 1902-1928 (Creation)

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1 file + microfiche copy

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(1861 -1938)

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Captain James Milnes Bladon died at his residence, "The Lorly," Bangor, on November 4 at the age of 76 years. Captain Bladon was born at Burton-on- Trent, Staffordshire, England, on November 14, 1861. After service in India, he came to Tasmania on the Tenby-Castle in 1887, settling at Piper's River. He was married to Miss Mary McCrory on June 4, 1888. After living at Back Creek for a time, he joined the Education Department in 1890, and was stationed at Lefroy. He was transferred to Bangor on July 24, 1891, Pipers River 1901, Bangor again in 1909. In January, 1911, he was sent as school master to Cape Barren Island, where he and Mrs. Bladon did wonder for work for 17 years. As school master he was also in charge of other governmental duties for the police, public health, and the lands and works department. In his later years he was an honorary magistrate and coroner for Tasmania, a licensed lay reader of the Church of England. For more information see Obituary Launceston Examiner 10 November 1938 -

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Papers relating to Cape Barren Island 1902 - 1928. Including: correspondence or Captain Bladen concerning the aboriginal reserve 1902-1927, genealogical tables of mixed race people, list of all mixed race people living on the Reserve 1928 and a 'chronological' list of residents in order of age, giving dates of birth, notes, etc.

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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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The struggle for recognition: Part-Aborigines in Bass Strait in the Nineteenth Century
Lyndall Ryan, Aboriginal History Vol. 1 1977

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HE May2020




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