Item 1 - Thomas Judd's diary

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Thomas Judd's diary


  • 1842-1843 (Creation)

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1 Xerox copy of typescript (19 pages)

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Thomas Judd (1794-1887) and his family came to Tasmania (V.D.L.) in 1842. One of his daughters, Ann (1825-1879), married William Barnett and their son, Alfred Henry Barnett, married Elizabeth Georgina Propsting, whose daughter, Grace Hannah Barnett, married Sydney Beecham Brownell, grandson of Thomas Coke Brownell.

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Thomas Coke Brownell (1800-1871) came to Tasmania in 1829 as surgeon on the "Tranby" and became medical officer at Port Arthur and other convict settlements. He had a wife Elizabeth and eleven children. For more information see Courtney, Katherine Coffield 1995 , 'Thomas Coke Brownell : a humanitarian colonial', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Deposited by Mrs N. Hewitt 1970,1971,1980 additonal items deposited by Pat Hewitt 1993

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Diary of Thomas Judd (1822-1915) son of Thomas Judd (1794-1887) and Elizabeth (Cane) on a voyage from England to Tasmania on the "Sir Charles Napier" with his family: "Father and Mother, Elizabeth, myself, John, Ann, Rebecca, Susan, Martha and Henry (we have left William behind - being deaf and dumb - to receive his education in the asylum)". The diary consists mainly of the voyage: weather, activities on board, prayer meetings in their cabin. On arrival they took a house in Macquarie Street and looked for jobs. Ann and Elizabeth were offered posts as governesses but Elizabeth died on 30 December, at the age of 22, and was buried in the Scotch burial ground.
Typed typescript made by D. Little 2 July 1953 - spelling and punctuation altered.

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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 May 2018




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