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Mitchell, Sarah and Mitchell, Catherine (1874) Father carving at the dinner table. 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 (Unpublished)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 46 taken 1874, by Catherine Mitchell. Depicts people at a dinner table. Father carving at the dinner table, and notes reflecting on John MItchell's role in the establishment of Point Puer boys’ prison at Port Arthur.

It was rare for Miss Jane Cruttenden to visit us at Lisdillon, so she made this sketch of our dining table. Father carving and Mother, S.E.E.M, Hamilton Radcliffe, Amy M.J.M, George Mace & Miss J Cruttenden with a cap. Emma Dodge, & Lizzie Bolton waiting at the table. This sketch like some other I told her about & where we sat- This table I have at Tirzah & the chairs made for my parents, at Port Arthur, by first rate cabinet maker. Father came out as Road Surveyor with a letter to Governor Arthur. He said there was none just then, but if he could oversee others without putting his hand to it, he could go under superintendent to Port Arthur. Then he was over the boys at Point Puer. He saw the evil of the boys being sent out with the men & wrote to the English Government through Tasmania’s Governor, it was stopped & he had & he had £70 per annum till his death. All of it he gave his mother & at her death to his sister Sarah Mitchell.

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, Miss Jane Cruttendon, visitors, sketch, food, Mr John Mitchell, father, Emma Dodge, Lizzie Bolton, Tirzah, chairs, cabinet maker, Port Arthur, road surveyor, Governor Arthur, Point Puer boys prison, English government, transportation, Sarah Mitchell.
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
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: 28 Sep 2017 04:31
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2017 06:50
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