Item 160-161 - Rose Grant to Fanny Meredith

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Rose Grant to Fanny Meredith


  • 1854 (Creation)

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Daughter of James and Caroline Grant of Tullochgorum and foster sister to Maria Hammond who later married John Meredith.
Rose married her cousin Thomas Montague (called Montague) Hammond (1826-1860). Montague was consumptive and travelled to Tasmania for his health with his cousin James Grant jun., who had been in England to attend a London college. He settled at Emley Park, Balian, Victoria and married his cousin Rose Grant in 1853. They had 4 children: Lina, Rose Katherine (Katie), Jessie and a boy who died. After Montague's death, Rose returned to Tullochgorum and after a few years there moved to Launceston and later to Melbourne.

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Married Major Francis Seymour Gaynor on 15 September 1863 in St. John’s Cathedral, Hong Kong (China). Second marriage to Major Notts. Two children - Francis Henry (1864-1899) married Sophie Stern and Clara Rosina Meredith (1867-1874)

Francis Seymour Gaynor was a Major in the 99th Regiment, the son of Bryan Gaynor of Killiney House, County Dublin and his wife Anna Maria Sherwood.

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Deposited by Mrs W V G Johnson Queensland 1962 & 1964 .
Also donated separately in May 2006 by Ian and Caroline Mackersey of Auckland New Zealand, photocopy of 'Memoir
of the late George Meredith' by his son, Edwin Meredith

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Two letters from Rose Grant to Fanny Meredith dated 14 January 1854, and 1 February 1854. Written from Tullochgorum: John's scarlet fever, pleased with contents of trunk, Maria liked her things - bonnet very ladylike and becoming - dresses fit well, day fixed for 9 February [? marriage] - bishop to perform ceremony, Miss Meadows bridesmaid, afraid to have Fanny and John in case James and Charlotte's children take it (?scarlet fever), Maria's little boy, Montague's visit. Cross-written.

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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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Other Meredith papers which remained at Cambria until it was sold were deposited in the Archives Office of Tasmania (State Archves) by Miss Violet Mace in 1965 (including some which had previously been lent to the University). The Meredith (Mace) papers include further family correspondence similar to the Meredith (Johnson) papers and also include papers relating to the property, house plans, accounts, etc.
They also include Hammond/Grant papers relating to J.M. Hammond's property and Maria Hammond. NG123 MEREDITH FAMILY

A few odd papers were given to the Royal Society of Tasmania by various members of the family.
These include three letters of Louisa Ann (Twamley) Meredith (RS.33), a memoranda book of George
Meredith 1821 (RS.34) and two letters of George Meredith (RS.34,35).

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HE Jan 2018




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