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Hi listers, could some one please tell me where I might find reference to a Launceston newspaper in 1862, I am trying to find if there was a death or buriel notice for Jeremiah Johnson who died 5 Oct 1862 Elizabeth Steert, Launceston. Thanking you sincerly
Gay Ritter warlord(a)serv.net.au
I found this very old book at our local dump printed in around 1900. It is called British Colonies and has the Physical, Commercial, Descriptive, Political, Social and Historical records of Australia and all the states.
Thought I would just mention a couple of the references it has re Tasmania.
Government: Tasmania is a constitutional colony, the Government consisting of a Governor, appointed by the crown; an Executive Council, comprising Ministers of the crown past and present; a Cabinet of four or five members; and a Parliament of two houses-the legislative Council, consisting of 18 members, and the House of Assembly, consisting of 36 members.
Historic Outline: Tasmania was discovered be a Dutch navigator in 1642 named Tasman, who called it Van Diemen's Land after the name of the Governor of the Dutch East Indies. It remained almost unknown for 150 years; in fact it was thought to be a part of the Australian Continent.
1798: Surgeon Bass sailed through the Strait called by his name, thus proving Tasmania to be a separate island.
1803; The Governor of New South Wales sent a small party under Lieutenant Bowen to take possession of it in the name of the Crown. They settled at Ridon, a few miles above Hobart Port.
1804: a Few convicts from Sydney settled at York Town on the Tamar, and afterwards moved to the present site of Launceston.
1816: Van Diemen's land was thrown open to free colonists.
1825: Van Diemen's Land, which had until now been a Dependency of New South Wales, was raised to the dignity of an Independent Colony.
1853: Transportation of criminals to Van Diemen's land abolished.
1856: Name changed from Van Diemen's Land to Tasmania, and full responsible Government was given to the colony.
Imports: The leading imports of Tasmania are Drapery, Sugar, Ironmongery, Tea and Live Stock.
Exports: The chief surplus products of the colony sent to foreign countries are Wool, Tin and Fruit; then Potatoes, Bark, Skins and Furs, Gold and Silver. Annual value nearly 21/2 million sterling.
Distribution of trade: Of the total annual value of foreign commerce of Tasmania, which is over 41/2 million sterling, about one million sterling, is done direct with the United Kingdom, and much more indirect.
External communication: Hobart has a fortnightly service with England by means of the steamers of the New Zealand Shipping Company and the Shaw, Savill and Albion Company, which call there on their way from London to New Zealand. As they make their return journey by way of Cape Horn, homeward passengers usually cross to Melbourne, where they join the Peninsular and Oriental and other steamers on their way to England, etc.
The Union Steamship Company's steamers run twice a week from Launceston to Melbourne (276 miles)
There is quite a bit more re railway, climate, river, mountains etc. If anyone is interested I am quite happy to photocopy all the pages on Tasmania or any of the other states for them. The latest date I can find mentioned is 1900.
Accession and Research Officer
Tweed River Historical Society
Looking for anyone researching any of the following people:
Jane WILSON, convict, married James SWAIN 1844 Launceston. James died between 1850 and 1858.
They had 2 daughters Mary Ann b 1847 and Jane 1850 (Jane married John QUINN 1871 Longford, she died 1877)
Jane (snr) remarried in 1858 to Richard BECKETT at Longford
Abit of a long shot I think but I've got answers Ididn't expect to get before so I'll try. Ihave a Montagu and Doris May O'Brien born at Beaconsfield Tasmania 1901 and 1905 to a Mary Jane O'Brien ----- then she has 2 more children James Walter b. 1907 and John William b. 20/9/1909 to a James Wilson who she eventually married in 1915. Haven't been able to find births under the surname of Wilson so thought they may be under O'Brien but don't know where to check for those years. Hoping someone can help.
But be aware of the warning on the site. "Not double checked for errors,
My link gives one son marrying his mother, another brother marrying his
brother's wife, so one proceeds with caution. My experience may be unique,
though, or I am naturally unlucky!
At 21:09 29-07-02 +0100, dhrg wrote:
>I expect people are aware of the Colonial Tasmanian Family Links database,
>but I have just found it, so thought I'd post a message in case anyone
>hasn't seen it yet. The search I made came up with some useful results.
>The database can be found on the Archives Office of Tasmania website:
>or go to
>then choose links
>genealogical resources; Colonial Tasmanian Family Links database
>The site says "the linkages have been developed by family historians
>associated with the National Heritage Foundation. The database, at present,
>contains approximately five hundred thousand entries."
>==== AUS-Tasmania Mailing List ====
>Tasmanian Sites of Interest
>Archives Office of Tasmania
Ada Ackerly, Melbourne, Australia
formerly Ackerly DocuSearch
Many many thanks to everyone who responded to this enquiry.
Charlie is now found and accounted forand my friend is delighted. I
have been singing the praises of the list for a while and he's now
completely convinced.He was astonished that the information he's
been looking for unsuccessfully, was provided in such a short time.
Many thanks once again.
I belong also to a Lincolnshire Mailing list where the theme for July
was Scoundrels ,Convicts etc. Following the posting of a message, I
received an email from a lister asking for help re a convict transported
to VDL. I have taken the liberty of forwarding parts of the message to
this list in the hope someone might have some information. If anyone
wishes to reply please do so either to me for forwarding or direct to
the original enquirer. I have also suggested he try Archives of Tas.
Regards to all,
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Plumtree" <john(a)johnplumtree.swiftserve.net>
To: "Ken Smith" <tagellrd(a)optusnet.com.au>
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2002 12:35 AM
Subject: Re: [LIN] Theme for July,Scoundrels etc
> Dear Ken,
> is one who is my namesake - John PLUMTREE.
> He was convicted of stealing a kettle, a bucket , a brush, 2 jugs &
> articles from one Ann WEBSTER of Louth. My namesake was aged 34/36 at
> time and came ffrom Goulceby. The crime was committed whilst Ann W
> son, James, were in the workhouse. John P was 'able to read
> was sentenced on only one of the offences that he was accused of. (The
> being stealing a gun from the kitchen of one Joseph GILBERT, a farner
> Sotby.) The sentence was 7 yrs transportation to Van Dieman's Land &
> transportation ship was the Augusta Jessie, 2nd trip.
> The hulk report said that he was:'Good, single.
> Surgeon's report: Well conducted; the surgeon was William LEESON
> Augusta Jessie sailed from London on16 Aug 1838 arriving in Hobart
> Dec 1838 with 210 male convicts one having died on the way.
> Master of the Augusta Jessie was: J C EDENBOROUGH
> Ticket of Leave was granted 2 Dec1842
> Certificate of freedom No 1004 dated 1845
> And there I am stuck! I have asked the Tasmanian Records Office if
> have any info and await their response although they seem reluctant to
> accept coin of the realmand would prefer a credit card number for
> If you know any way of finding out what happened to him after his
> then I would be most grateful.
> From one scoundrel to another!
> John PLUMTREE
> of Winchester, Hampshire
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To Rachael in Wiltshire and any others who have just found the Colonial
Tasmanian Family Links database. It is a great source of information, and
I have used it a lot. BUT - be warned - it is NOT a primary source, and it
does contain quite a few inaccuracies. Always check the info at a primary
Robert Tanner In Aus, phone (03) 6231 0794
PO Box 539 From OS, phone +61 3 6231 0794
Tasmania 7002 rtanner(a)trump.net.au
Hi to Rachael and listers
The "Family Link" web site is perhaps not a bad initial tool in the
absence of anything else, but be aware that the database is known to
contain more than its fair share of errors - in particular wrong "links"
(wrong spouses, children, siblings etc). In addition, read the
footnotes and qualifiers carefully - dates are sometimes estimates only
(ie date of birth of first child calculated to be he year after
marriage; info submitted by third parties un-verified). Discussion on
this list previously has recounted 'horror' stories about much time and
effort by listers being wasted after faith was put in to genealogies
transcribed off the "Family Link" database and also efforts people have
made to try to get errors corrected.
The old adage of checking everything against primary records goes double
----- Original Message -----
From: "dhrg" <dhrg(a)lineone.net>
Sent: Tuesday, 30 July 2002 6:09
Subject: [AUS-Tas] The Colonial Tasmanian Family Links database
> I expect people are aware of the Colonial Tasmanian Family Links
> but I have just found it, so thought I'd post a message in case anyone
> hasn't seen it yet. The search I made came up with some useful
> The database can be found on the Archives Office of Tasmania website:
> or go to
> then choose links
> genealogical resources; Colonial Tasmanian Family Links database
> The site says "the linkages have been developed by family historians
> associated with the National Heritage Foundation. The database, at
> contains approximately five hundred thousand entries."
> Wiltshire, England
> ==== AUS-Tasmania Mailing List ====
> Tasmanian Sites of Interest
> Archives Office of Tasmania
I am hoping SKS on the list may have this surname somewhere in their Family Tree.
Robert Johnson SUGDEN believed residing in Tasmania 1835 - 1840. I have had no luck finding him anywhere on the Tas. Pioneer Index.
William Johnson SUGDEN married Louisa FROST in 1854. Some of this couples children were born in Tasmania, others in Victoria. Louisa was born Tasmania, her parents being Robert FROST and Elizabeth GOODING.
I anyone can help, I would love to hear from you.
I expect people are aware of the Colonial Tasmanian Family Links database,
but I have just found it, so thought I'd post a message in case anyone
hasn't seen it yet. The search I made came up with some useful results.
The database can be found on the Archives Office of Tasmania website:
or go to
then choose links
genealogical resources; Colonial Tasmanian Family Links database
The site says "the linkages have been developed by family historians
associated with the National Heritage Foundation. The database, at present,
contains approximately five hundred thousand entries."
Forward of message, please reply to Sue, not to me:
From: "Pat & Sue Dawes" <sewad(a)bigpond.com>
What information do these books contain re shipping arrivals ? Where can a
copy be obtained?
I am looking for information on the ships - Amelia Thompson 1836 and Sir
Charles Napier 1942.
Thanks, Sue Dawes
Forward of message, please reply to Anne, not to me:
From: "Iain & Ann Grant" <iagrant(a)datafast.net.au>
I have been trying to write my own history - and have a couple of queries
that the memory can't cope with.
1.Does anyone remember the name of the march played for state school to
demonstrate for the queen 1954 in Hobart
at the North Hobart Oval. Didn't we look "cute" in those red shirts & white
2, Without trying to start a sectarian war - there were two schoolyard
rhymes I remember being chanted at the "opposition" when going to school.
One was "convent dogs, sitting on logs, eating maggots out of frogs" The
retaliation was "state school brats with their hair in plaits ........... (I
Personally I had a stint on both sides.
Can you help - with thanks Anne (Anthea)
Hi all, thought I would repost this gentleman as I have still never found anything and wondered if someone may be able to help me again.
I have been for sometime trying to gift my step-mum with the knowledge of
where her father now lays. He disappeared in 1956 - last sited in Seddon/NZ
but no one has any idea of what happened to him. I have been doing my own
family research now for 2 years and know the difficulties you can come
across but I feel saddened that she has no idea of where or what even
happened to him to pay her respects. Im hoping someone may be able to help or
even point me in some direction to look further. These are all the details
Hobart Vivian DAVIS b.19 Aug 1886, Fengal/Tasmania, Australia
Hobart Vivian DAVIS m.Charlotte Christina Tolchard d.1959
Cyril George b. 26 July 1912, Christchurch
George b.1914, Christchurch
Hobart Vivian DAVIS m. Alice Bradford in 1946 folio# 17511
WW1 Reserve List (c.1916-1917)
Hobart Vivian Davis
82 Durham Street
Catergory A (no children)
1925 Avon Electrol Roll - Hobart Vivian Davis
170 Antigua Street
Kind Regards, Sheryl
on a page of 3 marriages of 5th February 1827 - all of convict women
(including my ancestress) s/he is the witness in every case. I suspect a
supervisor at the women's Prison, because this was just after the powers
that be decided to encourage marriage ........ anyone any idea?
With the assistance of several List members I have been able to obtain copies of convict James BENT's application for his family to join him in 1848.
The application lists his wife, Mary, 5 adult children and one son-in-law, Joseph BURROWS.
One of the referees in England was Mr Cobb, carpenter and builder of Maidstone who was written to. Under "Nature of Reply" is written "stating that some of the family are married - to know if they will be allowed to go. To stand over." Then "Mary Bent with certificate complete".
I have several questions and am hoping that more experienced Listers will be able to help me.
Mary BENT arrived in VDL aboard the William Jardine in 1849. We do know that Sarah (daughter) and husband Joseph BURROWS did come to VDL also, presumably with Mary. But what of the other children? Would there be further records referring to the application. If the application is marked "to stand over" would there be an automatic re-assessment of it?
I have not been able to find out anything about their movements once Mary arrived. There does not appear to have been a marriage or death for any of them which leads me to thinks that, maybe, they didn't actually come out. I have also tried BDM's in other States unsuccessfully. Mary was aged 55 and James approx 60 and I cannot find their deaths, either.
Am hoping that someone can lead me in the right direction to follow up on this family.
Regards, Margery (country NSW)
Looking for a convict who was sentenced for highway robbery at
Gloucester in March 1840 under the name of Charles Filer (age 18,
parents Charles and Elizabeth Filer of Wick & Abson near Bristol).
A friend is looking for information on Charles Filer who was transported
to Tasmania It is possible that there has been a change of name or
spelling of the name as he has been unable to find any trace of him
actually arriving or residing in Tasmania. Any help much appreciated>
""He was held on the hulk Warrior on the Thames (Woolwich)
(present in the 3-monthly logs for April-June 1840, July-Sept 1840
and Oct-Dec 1840, but not Jan-March 1841), and "was then
transported to VDL for life on the Duncan".
Seeking confirmation of his transportation to VDL on the Duncan,
possible arrival dates etc., and details of his subsequent activities.""