Officers of a recently formed branch of the United Ancient Order of Druids at Wynyard in 1910. Back row from left to right: L L Stewart (VG), C N Holmes (RVAB), W J Camp (RAB), J P Hobbs (LAB), A T Powell (LVAB) and E F Ramskill (IG). Front row: A J Stutterd (secretary), W Stewart (PAD), E Burke (AD), W J Dowling (VA) and R G Cook (treasurer).
The Butter and Cheese Factory Managers Association of Tasmania (1912). Ernest Florestan Ramskill is seated third from left.
About Ernest Florestan Ramskill
Ernest was the eldest son of John Thomas Ramskill and Thirza Elizabeth White, born on 21 December 1881. At the age of 20, he joined the 2nd Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen to fight against the Boers in South Africa. On 19 January 1901, he and Harry Whiley left by coach to join the regiment at Hobart. There they met up with Ronald Harrison and Allan Neal, both of whom were also from the Table Cape district. Hardly a few days went by before they met with somewhat an inconvenient misfortune when Harrison was pitched off his horse onto his head, causing a gash requiring stitches, and both Neal and Ramskill were hospitalised, the former with influenza and the latter with bronchitis. Despite the mishaps, all four of them set sail with the regiment on 16 February 1901. Ernie returned to Hobart per the Manila on 15 June 1902. The 2nd Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen was the last regiment sent by the Colonial Tasmanian Government before Federation in 1901.
In his twenties, Ernie was active in political affairs serving as secretary since formation of the Wynyard branch of the Workers Political League. At the same time, he also worked at the Table Cape Butter Factory where he remained for 12 years before taking up a supervisory role at a butter factory in Hobart. It was not long before he became Commonwealth Butter Grader for Tasmania, a position he held for over 18 years. In 1943, he advanced to a new position as Acting Senior Grader in Victoria, before retiring three years later.
Ernie died on 6 March 1975 at the age of 93 and was interred at the George Town General Cemetery. He was married to Hyla Golding Morey and it is believed they had three children.
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