About six months ago I published a blog, Lunch Fit for a Queen, which included two photos from Queen Elizabeth’s visit to the Tasmanian northwest in 1954. I now include two more photos in the hope that there may be at least one recognisable face among the crowd. Were you there in 1954?
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.
While there is much debate surrounding the date of Australia Day, did you know Australia Day was first celebrated on 30 July 1915? It was a sequel to Belgian Day held on 15 May 1915.
The first Australia Day was celebrated with carnivals and street processions and a variety of entertainments such as concerts and other novel events. The intent was to raise money on behalf of wounded and invalided soldiers.
Visit the Stanley Discovery Museum to see a photo of all the dust and smoke as a result of this explosion
Some time ago I came across Patrick Linnane in one of my genealogical searches and found his circumstances worth the while investigating.
Patrick Linnane was a former convict from Galway, Ireland. He was tried in 1849 for stealing sheep and transported on the Lord Auckland in September 1852, arriving in Tasmania in January 1853. He received his Conditional Pardon in 1855.
Patrick eventually made his way to the Table Cape district where he established himself as a farmer in Flowerdale. He had a brood of children before he finally married his de facto wife, Jemmima Sophia Davis on 2 October 1879. The minister presiding over the marriage ceremony was none other than Reverend Isaac Hardcastle Palfreyman.
The two were destined to meet again on a collision course that would inevitably lead to a tragic outcome.
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