Lost in the Tasmanian Wilderness
Here are some of the stories of men who have mysteriously disappeared into the wilderness never to be heard from again.
MILLS AND FRASER
Captain William Holyman
In October 1945, Horace and Doris were notified that their second eldest son, Laurie Grey, had died from illness while prisoner of war in Thailand. They had last received correspondence from their son, Laurie, in October 1943, but he had already passed away from beri beri and amoebic dysentery on 16 September 1943.
A Quirky Tale in Smithton
In 1937 thousands of acorns were distributed throughout the British Empire to commemorate the coronation of King George VI.
As two of the oldest members of the community, Thomas Wilkins and Jane Ollington were nominated to plant the coronation oak, one at Forest and the other on the Esplanade at Smithton. Both Jane and Thomas were diligent in tending to their respective acorn until it began to germinate.
I profess to know nothing about engines so I go with the safe option to consolidate all images found thus far to provide a visual representation of the steam locomotive. The images below were published throughout 1908, another significant year in the history of the West Coast.
Photo of the Week
The Boer War section of the website is currently being updated and should be completed within a week. In the meantime, here is the latest Photo of the Week.
Yesterday I posted a photo of a school I had never heard of. I have since done a little research and found a rather interesting article relating to the school's closure in 1937.
In 1917, the idea of a Navy Day was first introduced for the purpose of raising funds to supply comforts to men on active service in the British and Australian Navy. The date was fixed for 24 May 1917, Empire Day.
In Penguin, “ladies were all over the place selling buttons, which bore the photos of Admiral Beatty and Jellicoe.” Unfavourable weather conditions, with heavy rain in the afternoon, did not dampen their efforts. They raised 10 pounds.
On the mainland, Navy Day was called Jack’s Day.
Clockwise from top left: (1) Sailor girls selling buttons on Navy Day (2) Decorating a returned soldier (3) Asking an engine driver for a contribution (4) Mrs Mather who has a son at the war
Now and Then in Ulverstone
Photo of the Week
James Overall's garden store in Zeehan. This two storey brick premises on Main Street was completed in 1900. The photo was taken by Claude Stutterd in 1902. James Overall can be seen standing in front of the store with his two sons, Hubert James (1889-1984) and Charles Rumley Overall (1894-1991). The woman at far right on the balcony is James Overall's wife, Emily Sarah Rumley (1859-1938). Standing alongside her are her parents, George Thomas Rumley and Jane Pidgeon. The girl standing at left on the balcony is Ivy Claris Rumley Overall (1892-1976). Their fourth child, Doris Sarah Rumley Overall (1903-1986) was not yet born.
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