THE LARCOMBE CHAIRS; TASMANIAN HISTORY

THE LARCOMBE CHAIRS; TASMANIAN HISTORY

My great grandfather William Larcombe arrived in Launceston, Tasmania  in December  1856 aboard the ship Alice Walton. William was then aged 25. He was accompanied by his 20 year old  wife Sarah (nee Parker) and their two small children; Leah and Thomas. The family were  from Devon,

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Dolly Pegs

Dolly Pegs

A SMALL PIECE OF WOOD Apparently wooden ‘dolly pegs’ were originally  hand made by Gypsies in the UK, who sold them door to door.  Sometimes they were carved from hedgerow wood, sometimes they were just a couple of sticks  bound together with strips of tin. In Tasmania 

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BUSH AND BACKYARD CRICKET

BUSH AND BACKYARD CRICKET

 DEMON BOWLING OR DREADFUL BATTING? I recently came across the newspaper report of an 1893 cricket match between the rural communities of Exton and Reedy Marsh, in northern Tasmania. EXTON V REEDY MARSH A match was played on Saturday between the above clubs on the Exton Club’s

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UNDERGROUND MUTTON AND FLYING SHEEP

UNDERGROUND MUTTON AND FLYING SHEEP

THOUGHTS ON THE BUNNY RABBIT Rabbits had begun to breed in plague proportions in Tasmania as early as 1827. The Colonial Times and Tasmanian Advertiser reported: ‘…the common rabbit is becoming so numerous throughout the colony, that they are running about on some large estates by the

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REEDY MARSH PIE

REEDY MARSH PIE

My maternal grandparents James and Nora Larcombe raised a large family on a sheep farm at Reedy Marsh, seven miles from the small town of Deloraine in northern Tasmania. The pair married  in the  tiny Anglican church at nearby Exton just before WWI.  For some reason Archdeacon

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