Item 3 (2) - Research notes for The Life and Times of Sir Richard Dry

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Research notes for The Life and Times of Sir Richard Dry


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Tasmanian poet and writer on Tasmanian historical subjects. She wrote a number of plays which were broadcast over national stations, many poems and a history of the Catholic Women's Association in Tasmania. Baker was actively associated with child welfare work and was a member of the Hobart branch of the Country Women's Association.
For more information see obituary: The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Mon 20 Oct 1952 Page 7 Hobart Authoress, Mrs. Alice Baker, Dies

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Sir Richard Dry (1815-1869), landowner and politician, was born on 20 September 1815 at Elphin Farm near Launceston, Van Diemen's Land, the elder son of Richard Dry and his wife Anne, née Maughan. He was educated at Kirklands, the boys' school conducted by Rev. John Mackersey at Campbell Town. At 21 he made a voyage to Mauritius and British Indian ports, and on his return devoted himself to farming the fine Quamby property left him by his father in 1843. He had been placed on the Commission of the Peace in 1837 by Sir John Franklin, who was impressed with Dry's personality and steady character. On 8 February 1844, Lieutenant-Governor Sir John Eardley-Wilmot nominated him a non-official member of the Legislative Council. For more information see

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Deposited by Mrs W.S. Salisbury, January 1972

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Alice Daisy Baker's research notes for "The Life and Times of Sir Richard Dry", mainly arranged by subject but including copied extracts from general works.

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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, Baker Collection - B1”

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November 2017 PP




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