While searching online, I just came across the "Dictionary of
Australasian Biography" (a completely different animal to the ADB) which
has an article on two John Alexander Jacksons. According to these articles:
One JAJ, the later Colonial Secretary and Colonial Agent, is blithely
mentioned in the article as having been "barrack storekeeper" (i.e.
Commissariat Clerk) at Ross before doing all the Colonial Secretary
stuff. (No sources cited.)
The other JAJ was a Hon. and B.A. He was the youngest son of John
Alexander Jackson, an architect in Tasmania, and he died in 1889. (So
his probate presumably transferred ownership of the land in Ross to
Harriett in that same year. But where his his will on LINC???)
This proves nothing, and actually serves to confuse the issue. Without
knowledge of the original sources, I can't tell if the author of the
articles was being factual or making unsubstantiated connections in his
On 27/04/2014 2:59 PM, Douglas Burbury wrote:
I'm confused about references to a J. A. JACKSON in VDL during the early
1830s, and I'm wondering if anyone has done work on this gentleman and
can help sort out the confusion.
I'm a bit far away from microfilm copies of the HTG at the moment (and I
echo Judy Hollingsworth's wish for them to be digitised and available on
TROVE asap), so am unable to check the gazetting of positions, but there
is a mention in the "Launceston Advertiser" of a J. A. Jackson as
postmaster at Ross on or around 17 May 1832.
Then, the "Colonial Times" on 26 June 1832 mentions that W. Rogers has
replaced Mr. Jackson as postmaster at Ross.
Other references to an "Alex Jackson" appear in Ross at about the same
time. This other Jackson was Commissariat Clerk (as early as August
1829) and Superintendent of the Ross Bridge works from December 1831
until some time before April 1833. In letters to his boss Affleck
Moodie, this Alex Jackson signed his name as "J. Alex Jackson" (e.g. CSO
A block of land in Ross (Section A Lot 1) was located to a "John
Jackson" in August 1830, and it was transferred by the will of John
Alexander Jackson, Barrister-at-law of Hobart Town, to Harriet Jackson
in around February 1889 (source: GL deed, Vol. 8, No. 5263).
There is no will for a J. A. Jackson in the LINC index, though there is
one for a Harriett Jackson in 1904 (but I'm getting an error when I try
to view it).
I assume the Commissariat Clerk/Superintendent and the Postmaster were
one and the same person (though it needs confirming).
The question is: this can't be the same person as the John Alexander
Jackson (1809--1885) who owned land in Northern Tasmania during the
early 1830s and later became Colonial Secretary in South Australia and
Colonial Agent in London (and whose bio is in the ADB) ... can it? Or if
they aren't the same, what was the connection -- if any -- between the
two? It seems such a distinctive name for there to be no relationship at
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