Item 7 - Transcripts from Annual Reports of the V.D.L.Co.

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Transcripts from Annual Reports of the V.D.L.Co.


  • 1831-1854 (Creation)

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Archibald Lawrence Meston (1890-1951), educationist, historian and anthropologist, was born on 5 June 1890 at Launceston, Tasmania. His most important anthropological work was the discovery and description of the rock carvings at Mount Cameron West in 1933. Another major addition to the study of Tasmanian prehistory was his initiation of large-scale excavation in the shell midden at the South Cave, Rocky Cape. Meston's collection of implements and other Aboriginal relics is now housed in the Museum of Victoria; his library is the property of the City of Launceston. For more information see entry in Australian Dictionary of Biography

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David Burn (1799?-1875), settler and author, author of the first Australian drama to be performed on stage, The Bushrangers, was born in Scotland, the son of David Burn and his wife, Jacobina, née Hunter (1763-1851). After her husband's death, she sailed from Portsmouth in the Westmoreland and arrived in Hobart Town in May 1821. With help from Governor Lachlan Macquarie she became the first woman to be granted land in Van Diemen's Land, taking it near Hamilton and calling it Ellangowan. In February 1824 she was granted 500 adjoining acres (202 ha) and next year applied for more. By 1829 she had 2000 acres (809 ha) by grant, 1200 (486 ha) by purchase, 2000 sheep, 150 cattle and many other assets, but a further application was refused, because her existing grants had not been improved.
Burn died in prosperous circumstances at Auckland on 14 June 1875, he had two children and was married twice. He was a prodigious writer and many of his manuscripts are preserved at the Mitchell library, Sydney, including his reminiscences and diaries. He was also author of Van Diemen's Land, Moral, Physical and Political, and Strictures on the Navy.
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Donated by his daughter, Mrs. M. Marshall, 1973

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Van Diemen's Land Company. Transcripts from Annual Reports,1831-1854.

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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 provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections, Meston Papers - M11”

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August 24, 2017 (BR)




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