‘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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THE LETTER HOME

THE LETTER HOME

Recently I came across a wonderful letter from my late father-in-law, Alan Conolly. In the early 1960s he was travelling the world for Silk and Textiles, the Hobart based company he worked for. Silk and Textiles was founded by Claudio Alcorso in Sydney. The factory relocated to

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THE SWATARA & THE TASMANIAN DEVIL

THE SWATARA & THE TASMANIAN DEVIL

In 1875 a Tasmanian devil left Hobart aboard the American ship Swatara, bound for San Francisco Bay. I was fascinated, and very moved by the background story. In the 19th century the USS Swatara was involved in transporting scientific parties to the South Pacific, to observe the

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CAPTAIN WATERSON & A DESPERATE ACT THAT BACKFIRED

CAPTAIN WATERSON & A DESPERATE ACT THAT BACKFIRED

For some years British born Captain William Waterson had been involved in an on-again, off-again relationship with Marion ‘Dorothy’ Jackson. Dorothy, 25 years old, lived with her wealthy, widowed mother Matilda at No. 2 Pillinger Street, Sandy Bay, an upmarket suburb of Tasmania’s Hobart. In 1922 the

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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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The Sloper and the Steeplechase

The  Sloper and the Steeplechase

FROM A STUMP JUMPER TO THE STEEPLECHASE Ally Sloper was  a big boned  chestnut  gelding with three white fetlocks. He  had been named after a British cartoon character; a likeable but  lazy schemer who sloped down alleys to avoid the debt collector. Although his name and his

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