Last month I posted a story about Uncle Leek’s Tea House at Mersey Bluff. The post included half a dozen photos taken between 1906 and 1910. Here is one more photo with presumably Uncle Leek himself. You can see all the wonderful details with an illustration of a bird in the top left corner, a rock garden at the bottom right and a seemingly brand new gramophone in the foreground. Clearly it was a popular and magical paradise for all to enjoy.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the past year and would like to thank all for following, commenting and encouraging me. I look forward to another year of researching and writing.
Recently I discovered a place called Nowhere Else, situated on Lake Barrington about eight kilometres west of Sheffield. The photo depicting the signage to Nowhere Else at right was taken during the 1960s by the renown American photographer, Maggie Diaz.
The following article is a brief overview of Devonport's history published in the Advocate in 1948:
"Patterson formed a colony at Georgetown in 1804, 12 months after the Risdon settlement. Some of Patterson's men sailed along the coast and named the Rubicon at Port Sorell, the first Western River and Mersey the second.
"In 1825, an English company (VDL) was formed to develop land in the Northwest. Hellyer, the surveyor, chose land to the east of Devonport in the first instance, but later moved along to Circular Head. In the early days, a track was made through the back country through Middlesex to Hampshire. One of Hellyer's men was named Frederick and the mouth of the Mersey was called Port Frederick.
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