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Mitchell, Sarah and Mitchell, Catherine (1875) The Lisdillon Post Office. 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 (Unpublished)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 1875.

Sketch 89, taken 1875, by Catherine Mitchell, subsequent notes in later years by Sarah Mitchell.

Miss Wright, from Hobart, came to teach Lisdillon State School, about 40 on the books; and to take the Post Office its number was 109 of Tasmania’s Post Office. Kate came to River View to show her post work when the post was carried on horse-back by one of the Pykes, from Triabunna to Swansea &…….…..Myself (S.E.E.M) stuffed my handkerchief in my mouth to stop a peal of laughter, Mr Harry Grant hid his face, with his hat, & Kate got up & put the blind aside. It was a moonlight night., Mr Harold Wright & Mr Bockett, a lawyer from England, kept grave; Miss Wright said “ Ahem, ahem, Mr Bockett you wanted to know about Dr Bright of Hobart, don’t you?” They knew she would ask that & were teasing him as we came and said he would take his bride to England. They said, we will laugh. Post Office given up 1934.

Lisdillon Post Office East Coast Tasmania Opened 1866?
The State School was built before that.
Telephone installed 1881 I think
The Office was removed 3 miles North in 1905 or 6 and kept by Mrs Edwin Mitchell till 1926 when she died, & it was kept by Mrs C.E.S Mitchell till 1934 when the office was done away with & the telephone branch was carried on to Swansea Tasmania

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, post office, Miss Wright, Lisdillon school, Pykes, Mr Harry Grant, Mr Harold Wright, Mr Bockett, Dr Bright
Publisher: University of Tasmania Special and Rare Collections and The Royal Society of Tasmania
Copyright Information:

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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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: 28 Sep 2017 05:42
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2017 06:37
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