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Mitchell, Sarah and Mitchell, Catherine (1873) Beached and drenched crossing the bar. 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 (Unpublished)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 16 - Taken May 1873 - by Catherine Mitchell.
Amy M.J. Mitchell did not like boating – she was to waters till we were over the Lisdillon Rivulet bar, then ride to Xmas Island, Mayfield & see which got there first sailing, & as we rounded the Island she rode down to the beach. Kate, self, Minnie Giblin & Florence Dandridge, Mark & Henry Meredith – we had not bait for fishing, but a piece of the hem of my red & black check woollen dress caught a fish, & that was used to catch others – A high sea & south wind made us late & darkness made Kate mistake the reef for the Bird Rock, & we were on the wave going on the reef when she saw it & told Mark & Henry to pull back for their lives & thank God they were able & beached over the bar. Mother had put a candle in the front door window which guided us. We girls walked over the water of the Creek arm in arm, while the boys took the boat – “Nautilus” to the boat house.

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, boating, Amy M J Mitchell, Christmas Island, Lisdillon Rivulet, Mayfield, sailing, riding, Minnie Giblin, Florence Dandridge, Mark S Mitchell, Henry Meredith, Mark Meredith, fishing, Nautilus, boat house, reef
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 05:57
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2017 05:31
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