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Reference to index of letters from W. Baguley, Smithton - August 12th 1914 & Irishtown - May 20th 1915

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Baguley, W (2010) Reference to index of letters from W. Baguley, Smithton - August 12th 1914 & Irishtown - May 20th 1915. University of Tasmania Library Special and Rare Materials Collection, Australia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

2 letters, signed W. Baguley, written from Smithton and Irishtown, addressed to 'Wilkie'. He describes attempts to establish a settlement in N.W. Tasmania: 'Blythe and I are at present squatted in the midst of a vast forest... ' They hoped to obtain a grant of 10,000 acres on condition 50 people were settled there within three years and has had a promise from 5 cabinet ministers to that effect. The organisation was to be known as 'The Tasmania Colonizing Association Ltd.' In the meantime they were clearing timber and living in an old surveyors' hut 24 miles from Smithton -'Smithton has a population of about 500, six stores, seven churches, 1 pub. 1 school, a sawmill, post-office etc. ' By the time Baguley wrote his second letter they had been joined by 3 men, wives and children from British Columbia, Canada, but the bill to authorise the land grant had been defeated (although they hoped to try again) and so they had taken various jobs, including road making. - Private Deposit H.15

Item Type: Other
Keywords: Tasmania, van diemens land, social history, history, colony, colonial, Australia, indexes, University of Tasmania, Library, private deposits, archives, Collections, catalogue, Special, index, Baguley
Publisher: University of Tasmania Library Special and Rare Materials Collection
Additional Information: University of Tasmania Library, Special and Rare Materials Collection - Private Deposit H.15
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2011 23:56
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2013 04:56
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/10840
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