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Mitchell, Sarah and Mitchell, Catherine (1871) Mr Richard Hichens from London comes to visit. University of Tasmania Special and Rare Collections and The Royal Society of Tasmania, Australia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

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

Sketch 128 - Taken 27 October 1871 - by Catherine Mitchell.
Mr Richard Hichens was a bother of Frank W.D. Mitchell’s friend in London, & so gave him a letter of introduction to our Father, as he was going to Tasmania. Mary Rose Meredith, made up some lines that I burnt, fearing he would see them & think we agreed – “Pretty Little Dicky sailed across the sea, But now he is going back again, to where he used to be. We’ll all be so lonely, when darling Dicky’s gone, Oh Dicky, Dicky darling you don’t know what you’ve done.”
He borrowed Kate’s horse & was drinking at Spring Bay & left from there I think. Kate, Amy, S.E.E.M., & Mark, Mary Meredith, & our kind fisherman is cooking for us, on his Island. His little hut behind. Mr Hichens is smoking, & telling us our brother Frank would never live out here, & not having his morning newspapers – Our fisherman used to keep a cat, and little dog, but they kept away when we came. When he left them for a few days, he hung fish on a tree. The cat ran up & let one fall, which the dog took. It had to go up again for another for itself. If either were ill, he gave them Beecham’s pill and wrapped them in flannel, & that cured them.

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, Mr Richard Hichens, visitor, London, Frank W D Mitchell, Mary Rose Meredith, poem, humour, Amy M J Mitchell, letter of introduction, fisherman, Fishermans Island, Little South Port, picnic, animals, sickness
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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This material may be requested from the Library for research and study purposes as provided for in the Copyright Act 1968. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact Special.Collections@utas.edu.au

When reusing this material, please provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections, The Royal Society of Tasmania, The Mitchell Family and The Plomley Foundation. From The Royal Society of Tasmania Collection RS 32/4”

Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2016 22:26
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2017 05:30
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