BY J. J. HAYES.
The following notes are compiled from memoranda and records kept by the writer's father, who was the first white male child born in Tasmania.
Colonel Collins arrived in the Derwent in February, 1804, with most of his party, and they landed at Risdon which Collins named "Rest-down." I know that this fact is disputed by some. I have got my information from my father who was born here in 1805, and who had repeatedly heard his father, one of the free selectors, state that it was called Rest-down; and besides, Governor Collins allowed a female passenger to land first, a Miss Mary Hayes, and upon her setting foot on shore he called it Rest-down. This lady married and had numerous descendants, and being my father's aunt sometimes visited him and as a boy I have heard this lady say most emphatically that Collins had called the place Rest-down. She was then about 70 years of age, so that I feel that I am right, whatever Mr. Walker or others may have thought to the contrary, notwithstanding. 1