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Mitchell, Sarah and Mitchell, Catherine (1873) Off to Hobart at 4am. 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 (Unpublished)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 13 - Taken May 1873 - by Catherine Mitchell.
Henry Meredith was 6ft 4 inches high & very thin & measured the Hops one year. We called him the Hop pole. He took the joke so well & said you might have taken a foot off my legs.
Kate, & Amy M., Henry Meredith, seeing myself, Minnie Giblin, Florence Dandridge & Mark S.M. who holds his horse “Norna”, for Minnie G to mount. He led our horses back from Triabunna 18 miles from Lisdillon where we started from need 4 oc A.M. – Met the mail cart at near 7 oc A.M., for Richmond by 8 oc. P.M., in the dark and rain, to start next morning near 4 oc. AM by coach over Risdon Ferry to Hobart – I stayed at old Van Diemen’s Land Bank with Minnie Giblin, Emily, Mabel, Wilfred, one year old Lewis, Arthur, Mr Thomas G. & Mrs T Giblin. He was the Manager of the Bank & lived there. In the garden there was a bath with fish, perch, and some were eaten when wanted. My horse, Garry, trotted 16 miles an hour, & trotting through Swansea, Mr W.J. Lyne said it was too fast, it kept Harriet Mayson’s pony at a hand gallop. Kate sent it on an envelope to me., & Mr Giblin said, they have sent a horse for you Miss Mitchell, we have stable, what shall we do? Then gave me the…

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, trip, travel, Henry Meredith, Minnie Giblin, Florence Dandridge, Mark S Mitchell, horses, riding, mail cart, Richmond, Risdon Ferry, Hobart, Van Diemen’s Land Bank, Giblin Family, Thomas Giblin, Garry, Mr W. J Lyne
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: 05 Sep 2016 05:58
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2017 05:31
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