Sir Francis Smith’s Stolen Silver

Sir Francis Smith's Stolen Silver

Sir Francis Smith(1809-1909) was Tasmania’s Chief Justice  and also its fifth Premier. He lived in a grand home in prestigious  Holebrook Place,  which formed part of  Hobart’s Davey Street.   On May 24, 1870  Sir Francis and his wife Sarah hosted a party to celebrate Queen Victoria’s

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MISS VICKERY AND HER RARE TASMANIAN STAMPS

MISS VICKERY AND HER RARE TASMANIAN STAMPS

Amy Alfreda Vickery inherited two warehouses in Sydney’s Goulburn Street when her wealthy father Ebenezer Vickery  died in 1906. Two years later the warehouses would fund  a mansion Amy built on The Boulevarde in Strathfield, called Lauriston. Miss Vickery’s other indulgence was philately and she built up

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‘MAD’ TOM DAVEY’S OTHER GRANDDAUGHTER, MARY SCOTT

'MAD' TOM DAVEY'S OTHER GRANDDAUGHTER, MARY SCOTT

This interesting  piece has been contributed by a long term associate of mine, Robin Walsh. Robin is acknowledged  as Australia’s  foremost expert on the Macquarie era. For many years he was Librarian at Macquarie University. He edited and compiled the book, In Her Own Words; the Writings

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SIRIUS COVE SOVEREIGNS PART II – HERMAN THIEL

SIRIUS COVE SOVEREIGNS PART II - HERMAN THIEL

FOR THE FIRST PART OF THE SIRIUS COVE STORY, CLICK HERE. In 1913, above Sirius Cove on Sydney Harbour, a new zoo was under construction….Taronga Park Zoo. One of the many labourers was Herman Thiel.  Thiel was German born, but had been in Australia since 1877, when

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OVALTINE – NIGHTCAP OF A NATION

OVALTINE - NIGHTCAP OF A NATION

In 1941 The Advocate published an artist’s impression of a new Ovaltine factory at Quoiba (near Devonport) in Tasmania. Ovaltine was essentially made from barley, eggs and milk, which Tasmania could produce in the necessary quantities despite wartime restrictions. Most people used it as a comforting hot

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PLATYPUS OR POSSUM? A RUG FOR A DUCHESS.

PLATYPUS OR POSSUM? A RUG FOR A DUCHESS.

It’s hard to believe that when the Duchess of Cornwall and York visited Tasmania in 1901, debate raged  over whether she should be presented with a rug of platypus fur or, alternatively, that of the black brush tail possum. 😨 The level  of excitement in Australia over

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Haywood’s Biscuits

Haywood's Biscuits

Don’t you wish someone still made biscuits such  as  raspberry filled Huon Hearts  ❤️❤️😍and Tassie Creams? The latter featured chocolate filling and were stamped with  a little map of Tasmania.   I don’t know when the last Huon Heart rolled off the production line, but they were among

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LACHLINA ELIZABETH SCOTT

LACHLINA ELIZABETH SCOTT

The grave of 37 year old  Lachlina Elizabeth Scott  Walker in Tasmania’s  Longford Pioneer Cemetery raises an interesting question. What was the origin of her unusual first name?     Here is the registration  of her birth; Now in my opinion Lachlina was named for a colonial

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