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*Tasmanian Index of Children and Families
Contained in files of SWD1 (Neglected Children’s Department) 1888 – 1936 *
JOYCE PURTSCHER has recently published yet another index, the result of
many months of painstaking transcriptions. This time she has indexed the
Tasmanian Archives SWD1 files of the Neglected Children’s Department and
provided a link to the actual online content of each file. For many
this will provide a unique opportunity to extend our knowledge, not only
of our family trees, but also our knowledge of Tasmania’s social history
during the years 1888–1936.
Most communication in this era was by letter writing and the noting of
odd telephone conversations. The files contain pitiful letters written
by parents, children and carers pleading for help. There are descriptive
police reports on their findings of living standards in the bush and
towns, and treatments of children fostered out and adopted. There are
graphic reports by those in charge of institutions telling us of
punishments and character descriptions, in a frankness not tolerated by
today’s public servants. For some, the content may prove confronting but
nevertheless an invaluable new research aid.
The 92-page /Tasmanian Index of Children and Families contained in
files of SWD1 (Neglected Children’s Department) 1888–1936/ is available
in the Hobart Branch Library now, listed under 'sales' and Health and
Children in Care Records...
This publication gives a reference number for SWD1 which is now
available online through Libraries Tasmania.
The actual site of the City of London is a bit uncertain as there is no
direct reference to its location that I could find..
Thomas Lucas had the grant on the SE corner of Collins and Campbell
(Bridge Street before 1825).
A confusing factor was that George Guest had the Seven Stars Inn in much
the same location at the same time. His grant was one of the earliest in
that area. Seems strange that two inns could survive side by side - maybe
they had a different clientel.
My interest was indirect - I was trying to establish the location of the
house my ancestors Robert and Elizabeth Jillett occupied. A foreclosure
notice was issued against them in 1823, describing the house as being
opposite the CofL.
Using other references, we now know that the Jillett house was where the
NE corner of the City Hall is now, which confirms the location of the CofL
as being at the SE corner of the Collins/Campbell Street intersection.
None of the original buildings remain..
Contact me direct if you want more information.
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Hobart was originally called Hobart or Hobart Town, in 1881 the name was
shortened to Hobart. I think Hobart Town became Hobarton due to various
accents, and the human frailty of abbreviating names for ease of use.
Just my thoughts.
It seems that the name of Hobarton was used by South Australia in the 1840's
HOBARTON. (1845, October 24). South Australian (Adelaide, SA : 1844 - 1851),
p. 3. Retrieved September 25, 2019, from
Also in 1848 a newspaper was called Hobarton Guardian
HOBARTON SHIPPING. (1848, December 27). Hobarton Guardian, or, True Friend
of Tasmania (Hobart, Tas. : 1847 - 1854), p. 2. Retrieved September 25,
2019, from http://nla.
Also there was a
Arrived, September 27 1851-Schooner Flash and
brig Dart, from Geelong
HOBARTON. (1853, October 4). Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer (Vic. :
1851 - 1856), p. 2 (DAILY.). Retrieved September 25, 2019, from
226 Swansea Road
Lilydale Vic 3140
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I saw it written like this in its earliest days!
>> On Tue, 24 Sep 2019 at 12:41, Peter Oakley <pete.j.oakley(a)gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Julie,
>> If we're talking about the first use of 'Hobart' it was when Lt Bowen under
>> Governor King's instructions used it at Risdon Cove. According to this site
>> - http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks13/1300961h.html#ch-10 Bowen used it in
>> his Returns, "Hobart, Van Diemen's Land, 27th September, 1803"...
>>> Hi Listers
>>> Can anyone check (HRA etc?) for the specific date of the first use of the
>>> name HOBART / HOBART TOWN ?
>>> Many thanks
> Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2019 13:52:31 +1000
> From: "Lyn Carruthers" <chedoona(a)beagle.com.au>
> Subject: [AUS-Tas] Re: Exact date of first use
> Julie I know the date for Hobart Town to Hobart 1881 is mentioned in Trove.
> And Van Diemans Land to Tasmania 1856 also mentioned in Trove.
> Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2019 14:38:05 +1000
> From: Peter Oakley <pete.j.oakley(a)gmail.com>
> Subject: [AUS-Tas] Re: Exact date of first use of name HOBART / HOBART
> TOWN ?
> To: "AUS-Tasmania(a)rootsweb.com" <aus-tasmania(a)rootsweb.com>
> Message-ID: has
> Hi Julie,
> Story about "Robert Hobart May" in the paper Sept. 1804 here -
> I don't think I want to get into the historical drapings of that time
> period but it looks as though Risdon Cove and Sullivan's Cove were in
> general usage in 1803 - 1804. Hobart may have been what was 'officially'
> expected in Governors dispatches etc and perhaps Knopwood was in his
> 'officious' mode at that time?
Hello again Listers, Many thanks to Marg, Maree, Marlene and Lorraine for
additional help in my quest for the meaning of the word 'skilling' in the
context of a house or dwelling of some sort. I think we have the answer now.
The word 'skilling' seems to have been commonly used in Hobart in the
nineteenth century to refer to an add-on structure at the back of a house
where the cooking was done to reduce the risk of fire to the main dwelling.
'Skilling' seems to be a corruption of the word 'skillion' (pronounced
'skill-yen'), a term still in common use today to describe a single flat
roof that is angled in one direction and is sometimes attached to a higher
wall. Don Bradmore, Central Victoria.
Hi again Listers, Many thanks to Meryl, Sue, Julie, Chris, Ione and Sweston2
for such a quick and helpful response to my question re the definition of a
'skilling'. Very much appreciated. The consensus seems to be that a
skilling is/was some kind of add-on to the back of a house where the cooking
was done in order to reduce the risk of setting fire to the main part of the
dwelling. This confirms my own thoughts and fits the context in which I saw
the word. Don Bradmore, Central Victoria.
Hi Listers, Quick question: I've come across the word 'skilling' in my
reading about Hobart in the 1850s recently. It is obviously some kind of
house/residence/dwelling, etc - but I haven't been able to find that
definition in a dictionary. Can some kind soul tell me exactly what a
'skilling' was, please? Don Bradmore, Central Victoria.
This came through a Tasmanian facebook page after talk of political
prisoners to VDL.
Both Maureen Martin Ferris and I had the honour of being able to
attend... Memorial for Canadian Convicts sent to Tasmania rededicated
Even though it was 4 1/2 years ago, I doubt it made it to this mailing
list, and I hope it is of interest.
Australia's convicts were highly politicised, new research is suggesting.
As well as those sent as political prisoners, the ordinary convicts were
soon organising and agitating against unfair work requirements.
By the 1850s, this most unfree and unequal of jurisdictions became one
of the first to give all working men the vote, and was soon seen as the
social laboratory of the world.
These stories will be captured in a blockbuster multimedia project being
launched next year, with support from three countries. It's called
There are links on the page to listen or download. It goes for just
under 40 minutes....
On the opening page there is William Cuffay, 61, who was convicted in
September 1848 to 21 years and sent to VDL. He received his ticket of
leave on arrival, revoked in October 1854 and restored a week later. He
was recommended for a Conditional Pardon in 1855 and was given a Free
Pardon in 1857. (details from his convict record)
He died in 1870 aged 82. Although he was a pauper and buried in the
'convict cemetery' - "His remains were interred in the Trinity burying
ground, and by special desire his grave has been marked, in case
friendly sympathisters should hereafter desire to place a memorial stone
on the spot." Although there is a memorial to those buried in the Trinty
Burial ground within the boundary of the Campbell Street State School,
Cuffay never received a memorial stone.
I'm not a descendant - although that was a possibility, until dna
proved otherwise! So I did a lot of research, over about 10 years,
trying to untangle the McGowans of Richmond.
Is the John you're asking about meant to be a son of Martin McG and
Brigid McNamara? There's a John mentioned on Martin's death cert.
I'm not familiar with the Ancestry tree - when I was researching the
McGs, Ancestry's trees had a worse rep than they do now, so I didn't
bother. Are these children also meant to be children of Martin and
Brigid? Katherine Anastasia is - I have her as Catherine bapt at
Richmond 21 October 1842, born 9? August 1842; she's "Kate" on
Martin's death cert. I also have Edward bapt 15 August 1846 and born 7
August that year. The birth info is on the Richmond baptism register,
which I viewed at Tas Archives (as it was back then).
I'm happy to try to help, but would need know which parents :)
I am researching the descendants of James McGowan 1775 county Mayo,
convicted of murder but sentence later commuted to transportation for life.
He arrived in 1818 VDL per Minerva (1) and died in 1862 Richmond Tas. His
wife, Mary McAndrew whom he married in Mayo 1802 came to VDL with 4 children
in about 1823. I believe that the ship was the "Woodman" but have yet to
Some of his descendants I have been able to locate and others not.
One son, Martin b 1803 county Mayo, married Bridget McNamara in Hobart 1827
and they had 7 children before moving to Victoria c 1856 and settling there.
Details of children were taken from Martin's DC 1886 Vic. I have located
only 2 children in VDL via baptisms Maria c1830 and Honora c 1835.
The child I am most interested to locate is John McGowan ostensibly born
Pittwater 1832. This birthplace was on his marriage certificate for 1860
There is an Ancestry family tree with lots of DNA matches to McGowan and the
tree owner has not yet responded to my messages as to how she located exact
birth dates for these McGowan children- (Ann Theresa c1829, Maria c1830,
John c 1832, James c1833, Honora c 1835, Katherine Anastasia c1842, Edward c
I've tried many search variants for surname but have not been successful.
I would appreciate some assistance please
Forgot to send PURTON marriage: https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD37-1-15p409j2k
If Mary is the same person who applied to marry William ANDERSON, she fibbed
on this wedding that she was a spinster.
THIS Mary Thompson Anderson said she was 21 in 1856 = birth 1835 approx.
I am not absolutely sure if the number 14 after Mary Ann Louisa Thompson's
date of conviction in 1841 is actually her age. Therefore, it doesn't quite
We could be looking at two people with almost the same name. Happens far
You will have to explore further,
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TAHO have published a new blog article on their website : Tales of the
Some unexpected connections are to be found in Libraries Tasmania’s
archival and heritage collections. In this post, they explore four ‘rare
books’ that were not written here, not published here, not about
Tasmania in any way, but which unfold extraordinary Tasmanian stories
through the history of their ownership and use. From a 17^th century
Bible once held in royal hands, to a 19^th century tanner’s technical
manual, here are some tales of the unexpected uncovered in the State
Library of Tasmania.
Here is link :