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Large Estates in Tasmania (1911)

In the House of Assembly last evening the Premier (Sir Elliott Lewis) tabled to the order of the House, at the instance of Mr. Earle, a list of Estates in Tasmania over £5,000 and under £8,000, unimproved value, and areas, together with names of owners, location, and capital value; also of Estates over £8,000 and under £12,000, unimproved capital value, and Estates over that value. The list is as follows: (“u.v.” stands for unimproved value, and “c.v.” for capital value) 1

The Murder at the Canoblas

THE following report of the trial of this remarkable and horrible case, at the Bathurst Circuit Court, is from the Bathurst Times of Wednesday last. The trial took place on the 31st instant, before his Honor, Mr. Justice Milford. James Neill was charged with having on the 21st of February, 1860, at Canoblas, feloniously, wilfully, and of his malice aforethought, killed and murdered one Mary Moore. Plea - Not Guilty.
His Honor assigned Mr. Stephen, barrister, with Mr. G. Colquhoun, solicitor, to defend the prisoner.
Sir William Manning opened the case by reciting the principal incidents, and shewing how they pointed to the prisoner as the perpetrator of the crime. 1

  • 1. The Empire : 24 March 1860 page 3 - Article

Scene on Board the Tasmania Convict Ship 1845

(From a Dublin Paper, September 1.)

As it was expected that the above vessel would sail on Saturday from Kingstown Harbour, a number of persons proceeded to the pier to witness the impressive and melancholy sight. The day was beautiful, the sky was serene, the sea unruffled and smooth as a mirror — all nature was hushed in a hallowed repose, and everything indicated peacefulness and happiness; but when the eye turned to the gloomy form of the convict ship as it lay upon those calm blue waters, a floating dungeon, the prison-home of the felon exile, a sadness came o'er the mind from the reflection that however bright and lovely, and joyous all things around it seemed to be....." 1

Campbell Free Church Foundation Laying 1859

COUNTRY DISTRICTS. OATLANDS, July 19th (From our own Correspondent )


It may be as well to premise that about this time last year, the Free Church edifice here was reduced to a pile of ruins upon the occasion of the Island being visited by an almost universal inundation which produced many disastrous effects in various parts. Since then all that has been done has been the razing of the remains of the former structure, and the
making and maturing of the necessary arrangements for erecting a more substantial and comely one. The noon of Wednesday last was the time appointed for laying the Foundation Stone. The weather was charming and genial in the extreme.... 1

Campbell Free Church Opening 1860

[From an occasional Correspondent.]

The 6th instant having been fixed for the opening of the above sacred edifice, called "Campbell's Free Church," much interest prevailed in various parts of the district of Oatlands among a variety of classes, owing to the peculiar circumstances which gave rise to the erection of that structure. The foundation stone was laid about ten months since upon the same spot which presented a heap of ruins on the 6th of August, 1858, by reason of the fall of the former building, only then two years in existence. It may be interesting to many to read a short description of this new Church which was completed on the 5th inst.... 1

John Wilson

This page of information on John Wilson is a work in progress.

Until now, very little biographical information was known about John's life. An interesting email inquiry prompted some further investigation.

John Wilson is the ninth child of James Wilson and Catherine Boak. John Wilson was born on 6 July 1801:

John, lawful son to James Wilson and his wife Catharine Boag in Curriehill was born July the 6th and baptised the nineteenth instant before the congregation. 1

  • 1. GROS OPR Births 682/0020 0214 - Currie

Lydia Webb and Isaac Pear

Isaac Pear / Pare convicted on 9 July 1841 at Ipswich in Suffolk of house breaking, and sentenced to 15 years transportation. He was 25 years old, Protestant, and could read and write. He stood 5 feet 7 inches tall, with black hair, grey eyes, and his native place was Ipswich. He had been charged with burglary before, and his connexions were bad. He was good on the hulk, and orderly on board the ship. 1

Lydia Harnett and Henry Webb

Friday, 27 July.
Sarah Ann Smith, complained of Constable Rogers having assaulted her, under the following circumstances : - It appeared that a daring burglary had been lately committed, at the house of Doctor Fowler, in Macquarie street, out of which a quantity of jewellery was stolen and a warrant obtained to search the house of Mr. Henry Webb, who lives in the neighbourhood, but at which place, no stolen property was found. Rogers, who executed the warrant, observing the complainant leaving Mr. Webb's house, followed her, and requested to know what she had with her, and examined a parcel she had in her hand, and, also a pair of bracelets she had on her arm, and then allowed her to depart. A summons was granted for Rogers' appearance, to answer the charge. 1

Henry Webb and Janet Anderson

Henry Webb, convict #125 per ship Surrey (3) in 1819.

Indent - List of One Hundred and Fifty Seven Male Convicts forwarded on the Transport Ship Surry (3) (on which they arrived in Sydney Cove on Thursday The 4th March 1819 from England) for the Public Service in Van Diemen's Land, with their Sentences of Transportation duly Extracted from Indents and Descriptions as taken on Muster at arrival in New South Wales.
Secretary's Office Sydney 10th March 1819. 1