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.
In last week’s Photo of the Week, I posted a photo that was described as a typical farm house in the northwest of Tasmania. I had wondered whether anyone knew where the photo was taken, and despite several suggestions, I was not able to find an answer.
There is a photo currently in circulation of Uncle Leek’s Teahouse at Mersey Bluff. The teahouse was a popular tourist destination in the early part of the 1900s.
To learn more about Uncle Leek, the following is an interesting account written by a tourist in 1908 after a visit to the Mersey Bluff Teahouse:
Did you know that once upon a time shops in Devonport traded only half a day on Wednesdays? The Shop Closing Act of 1911 enabled local councils to determine which day of the week was best for trading. For Stanley, Burnie and Latrobe, this meant Thursdays and for Devonport, Wynyard, Sheffield, Smithton, Ulverstone and Penguin Wednesday.
On 31 December 1887, Elizabeth Bauld, wife of James Byrne, left her home in the cool of the evening to visit her father, whose end was near. After spending a short time with her parents, Elizabeth complained of feeling unwell and notwithstanding the efforts of skilled aid she quickly passed away at the age of 43. John Bauld, who was unconscious at the time of his daughter’s death died two hours later.
Stereoscopic photo of grave and headstone for John Bauld and Elizabeth Byrne nee Bauld (TAHO NS2830/1/10: Atkinson Photographs)
Who knows? You just might find that elusive ancestor as some museums and heritage centres will also have genealogical and local history material as well as reading and research facilities. Refer to the following link for more information.
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