Our trip to Swansea

Mitchell, Sarah and Mitchell, Catherine 1867 , Our trip to Swansea , University of Tasmania Special and Rare Collections and The Royal Society of Tasmania, Australia.

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Sketch from the scrapbook of Sarah E.E. Mitchell of Lisdillon on the East Coast of Tasmania 1867.

Sketch, not numbered or titled, taken 1867, by Catherine Mitchell, with subsequent notes in scrapbook by Sarah Mitchell, entered in 1935.

Kate, Sarah & Amy Mitchell walked from Lisdillon to Swansea & back. 1867 May 24th.
Going time 7 1/4 Having to dry Returning time 4 1/2
Our brothers Edwin & Mark used to say we could not do it. I (S.E.E.M.) rode ¼ mile over the lower stoney road at Rocky Hills, Miss Fanny Johnston & Miss Foselbroke rode to Kelvedon to meet us that we might ride if needed. We went sideways upstairs for days. Father met us at Mayfield & asked Kate where have you been: “To Swansea” “Teesh” Amy where have you been? “Swansea, Teesh” & then Sarah where have you been? Swansea,
It was 27 miles we thought the roads muddy & rough.

Our Trip to Swansea. 24-5-1869
Kate (C.P. Mitchell) S.E.E. Mitchell Amy M J Mitchell started off early on the Queen’s Birthday (in the dark, without telling of our parents) for Swansea. The Sun rose when we had walked 4 miles up the road. We got back to Lisdillon about 5pm. 28 miles walk Kate arranged with miss Johnstone (Governess) & miss Fosbrooke (State School Teacher) to ask for the horses to ride to Kelvedon 8 miles to meet us in case we were too tired – My (S.E.E.M.) feet were sore I got on the horse for the stony ground at Rocky Hills and Kate did the same, because I would not get on alone. My father (John Mitchell) riding met us at Mayfield 3 ½ miles from Lisdillon and said “Kate where have you been?” “To Swansea” “Tsh”! “Sarah where have you been”? “to Swansea-“ We were rather tired and our legs were stiff for days afterwards and we had to walk side-ways upstairs. Our brothers Edwin & mark used to say we could not walk so far.
By G.C.M. for S.E.E.M.

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
Authors/Creators:Mitchell, Sarah and Mitchell, Catherine
Keywords: The Royal Society of Tasmania, Tasmania, Social History, Lisdillon, Swansea, East Coast Tasmania, 19th Century, Catherine Mitchell, Sarah Mitchell, Amy Mitchell, walking, sibling rivalry, sisters, journeys, rain.
Publisher: University of Tasmania Special and Rare Collections and The Royal Society of Tasmania
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This is an unpublished literary work created in the late 19th century. Copyright subsists in this item.

Collections: Royal Society Collection > Mitchell Collection > Sketchbook Collection
Royal Society Collection
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