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Mitchell, Sarah and Mitchell, Catherine (1868) Visiting the Butlers at Courland. University of Tasmania Special and Rare Collections and The Royal Society of Tasmania, Australia. (Unpublished)

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Sketch from the scrapbook of Sarah E.E. Mitchell of Lisdillon on the East Coast of Tasmania 1874.

Sketch 94 - Taken about 1868 - by Catherine Mitchell.
Father & Kate P.M, rode to visit Apslawn. Mr John Lyne took them to Courland, by the sea, Mr Butler & his sister Miss Butler, lived there alone, & were nice but queer. No matter how warm her would put on a warm coat lined with plaid, his arms were very long, & big hands. She let the creepers grow over the front door that you had to stoop much to get in. A shoemaker came to measure her foot for boots, she kept the door chained & put her foot out. If parties of Lynes took friends to see them, she gave the best chairs to the men. They took Harriet Mayson & me once, the young men told me “Brother” would go up above the room & wash in a milk pan. Sitting at table we heard him go up & they signed to me, & I burst into laughter, Kate Lyne gave a push to her chair on purpose & it went down to hide my bad manners for which I always feel grateful.

The sketches by Catherine Penwarne (Kate), eldest daughter of John and Catherine Mitchell (of Cornwall, England, who settled at Lisdillon, East Coast Tasmania in 1852) were made between 1860 and 1876, and portray aspects of 19th Century social and domestic life. Catherine’s sketches were compiled by her sister Sarah. E.E.Mitchell. Derived from her own collection, from those of friends and relations, and from John Ball, Kate's husband, they were compiled sometime between 1928 and 1933. The sketches are mounted in an album, together with: locks of Kate's hair on red silk; a pressed fern arrangement; a coloured photograph of John and Catherine Ball; and coloured views of Buckland Churchyard in 1850, showing the grave of Paul Thomas Mitchell, aged 3 days, and in 1879 showing the grave of Catherine Penwarne Ball. The scrapbook was bequeathed to The Royal Society of Tasmania in 1946.
RS 32/4

Item Type: Other
Keywords: Sarah E.E. Mitchell, Catherine Mitchell, Tasmania, Australia, social history, 19th Century, Lisdillon, East Coast Tasmania, The Royal Society of Tasmania, visitors, Mr John Lyne, Apslawn, visits, Courland, Mr Butler, Miss Butler, shoemaker, Harriet Mayson, humour
Publisher: University of Tasmania Special and Rare Collections and The Royal Society of Tasmania
Copyright Information:

This is an unpublished literary work created between 1860 and 1875. Copyright subsists in this item.

Collections: Royal Society Collection > Mitchell Collection > Sketchbook Collection
Royal Society Collection
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When reusing this material, please provide the following acknowledgement: “Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections, The Royal Society of Tasmania and The Plomley Foundation”. Please be advised that using this acknowledgement is not an endorsement, authorisation or recommendation by the University of Tasmania. From The Royal Society of Tasmania Collection RS 32/4

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