Over 85 illustrations - maps, documents, photos and lifestyle paintings. The reproductive clarity of most illustrations is quite outstanding and a credit to the printer.
Example illustrations from the early days of Port Dalrymple
Thomas Massey and the first 50 years of Launceston Tasmania -Biography
Portion of an Early Map of North Eastern Tasmania showing the settlements that made up Port Dalrymple - York Town and George Town, either side of the harbour mouth and Launceston at the junction of the North and South Esk rivers. Ringed is the location of the principal landholdings and homes of Thomas Massey, on the South Esk River, from about 1823. Principle roads are shown.http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-230643911
Location map of this story
York Town, Port Dalrymple, Van Diemen's Land 1808.As seen from the opposite bank of the Tamar estuary, three years after establishment.Copied around 1810 by J Lewin from an original work by G P Harris Deputy Surveyor at Port Dalrymple.
In the early days of settlement, before the steam driven circular saw, housing timbers and weather-boards were either split from very straight grained logs or more commonly sawn over a pit using a long 2-man ripsaw, with one man guiding the saw and pulling up from above (the topnotcher) and the second man in the pit pulling down. There were several variations on this idea, but on flat ground it was easier to roll a heavy log over a pit than lift it onto above ground trestles.
Early settler’s cottage - made from ‘pit sawn’ local timber - York Town, Port Dalrymple. Very likely similar to Thomas’ and Ann’s first home in the settlement.
Not all timber splits readily. The skill in splitting is selecting a straight grained log of a suitable species.
Most early huts and homes were built of sawn or split timber.
“Having a spell”Artist J. A. Turner
The best dogs could outrun a kangaroo. Artist: J. A. Turner
(Artist - William Owen, England 1769 - 1825)Art Gallery of New South Wales
Colonel William Paterson - Portrait 1799.
William Paterson FRS (1755-1810) was at heart a botanist. Born in Scotland he trained in hoticulture in London and started his working life collecting specimens in Cape Colony, South Africa, for Mary Eleanor Bowes, the wealthy Countess of Strathmore. Paterson published an account of his expeditions in Narrative of Four Journeys into the Country of the Hottentots and Caffraria(1789), [see Google books]. Mary lost control of her fortune to a new husband who refused to pay Patersons expenses. Disgruntled, impoverished and bitter, Paterson joined the army as an ensign – the lowest rank of commissioned officer. He served in India. In 1789 he was gazetted Captain in the New South Wales Corps, probably through the patronage of Sir Joseph Banks. He corresponded with Banks and rose to second-in-command of the NSW Corps. In 1798 he was gazetted lieutenant-colonel and elected a fellow of the Royal Society. King appointed Paterson lieutenant-governor. On occasions Paterson found himself Acting Governor of the Colony - a position he disliked and tried to avoid.
Silver Plate Goblet that family tradition states was given to Thomas Massey at the time of his reinstatement by Governor Macquarie.In view of the circumstances, this gift seems highly likely. Perhaps it was a Wedding Present. There is no hallmark or makers mark - the goblet could have been locally made.At the time of writing the goblet was still in possession of the family.
Macquarie Goblet - said to be given to Thomas Massey 1810
To His Excellency Lachlan Macquarie EsquireCaptain General and Governor in Chief in and over His Majesty's Territorys of New SouthWales and its Dependencies. &c. &c. &cMay it please Your Excellency, I make bold toapologise for the liberty of troubling yourExcellency with this address, but my staybeing wished on this Colony, that I mosthumbly solicit your Excellency that youwill be pleased to renew the lease of myHouse. I have been at a great expense toThe amount of £200 and by leaving it atan uncertainty will be a great disadvantageto me, previous to this Your Excellency isnot unacquainted with the inconveniences that I have met with, I hope Your Excellencywill be so condescending as to comply withthe request above stated. I remain with dueRespect Your Excellency's humbleobedient and devoted Servant atCommand, Thomas MasseyJan 22 1810
Thomas Massey1810 Memorial to Macquarie requesting renewal of the lease of his house. He refers to the fact Macquarie is “not unacquainted” with his case.The letter may have been written by a “hired pen”, but the handwriting is similar to that on the back of his daughter’s mirror in 1839 and suggests a good education .At the time of writing this request, Thomas would appear unaware of his reinstatement.
Third Governor of New South Wales 1800-1806.King likely knew Thomas Massey from the six months they spent together on the Voyage to Australia in 1791. King as a passenger, but a trained Naval Officer, used to assessing men, and Massey as a convict, pressed to serve as a member of the crew. It is unlikely that Thomas, with his training as a soldier, went unnoticed. Thomas received rapid preferment under King, receiving a conditional pardon in 1800, the year King became Governor of NSW, and a full pardon in 1802.It was probably King’s personal choice to promote Thomas to the Post of Chief Constable of the new settlement at Port Dalrymple.From a miniature in possession of his grandson The Hon. P.G.King M.L.C.
Governor Philip Gidley King
The third and final move to the Ben Lomond districtThe three stages of establishing a new holding: ( Artist J.A. Turner)1. The raw arrival. 2. Some simple comforts make a big difference.3. Happy in a home for all seasons. Gardens and fruit trees were an important feature for Thomas.