SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET
MERCHANTS OF SMITHTON
By the early 1920s, Smithton was regarded as a progressive town with about a dozen stores and a thriving timber industry. The town was advancing by leaps and bounds that it was decided to move the Council offices from Stanley to Smithton.
VIKINGS IN THE NORTHWEST - HOPE
SPURLING IN THE NORTHWEST
Of late I’ve come across some amazing pictures by Spurling. See if you can recognise some of these places.
Below is a photograph of the Neptune Hotel at Penguin. Captain James Taylor built the hotel in 1887. A year later he exchanged it for a ketch called Eveline owned by Captain Christian Anthon, who became the licensee until 1902.
Captain Christian was one of three Anthon brothers who commenced their seafaring life in the Baltic Sea before making their way to Australia in the 1860s. The other two brothers were Captain Jens and Captain Daniel Anthon.
ABOUT THE FRANKS
In 1884, Lewis Herbert Shepperd emigrated to Tasmania. He sailed together with Richard and Harry Franks and future sister-in-law, Sarah Jane Franks. Sarah’s fiancé and Lewis Herbert’s brother, Francis Henry Shepperd, was already residing in Tasmania. Previously he had been a clerk at Beckington, England, which is where the Franks family came from.
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