Library Open Repository
Reference to index of letters from W. Baguley, Smithton - August 12th 1914 & Irishtown - May 20th 1915
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 (Unpublished)
Hocken_Library...pdf | Download (55kB)
Available under University of Tasmania Standard License.
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
|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|
|Collections:||Other Special Collections|
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|
|Item Statistics:||View statistics for this item|
Actions (login required)
|Item Control Page|