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Mitchell, Sarah and Mitchell, Catherine (1875) Mark looking for oysters at Fisherman’s Island. 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 (Unpublished)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 27 - Taken 19.4.1875 - by Catherine Mitchell.
Picnic at Fisherman’s Island, Little Swanport River. S.E.E.M, Minnie (Mary) Giblin, Kate, Amy M.J.M., Mark S Mitchell looking for oysters, found the water deep and Hamilton Radcliffe helped pull him up. Sometimes we went round in our boat, but oftener, rode & drove to Hand’s clearing lease farm & called for Fisherman William who brought his boat & took us about, & cook fish for us. Fisherman’s Island used to be claimed by Lisdillon Estate & let to men for a bag of oysters per annum. William died in Lisdillon kitchen on the couch, he said he would like to die there. He said he only wanted money to leave to Miss Kate – He left £30 with father but leaving no “will” after funeral expenses were paid – His boat was sold & the money was given to the Government, after trying to find his people in England.

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, Fisherman’s Island, Little Swanport River, Minne Giblin, Amy M J Mitchell, Mark S Mitchell, oysters, fish, farm, lease, rent, Hamilton Radcliffe, Fisherman William, kitchen, death
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
Additional Information:

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: 05 Sep 2016 05:59
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2017 05:31
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