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  • Person
  • -1850

Yuranigh, a Wiradjuri man, accompanied early explorer and surveyor Sir Thomas Mitchell on an expedition into the tropical interior of Australia in 1846. When
Yuranigh died 4 years later, he was buried within a circle of carved trees, according to the traditional custom of his people. Out of respect, Mitchell also had a
headstone placed over his grave

Workers' Educational Association

  • Corporate body
  • 1903-1929

Workers' Educational Association (WEA) was formed in England in 1903 by Albert Mansbridge to provide higher education for the working class, whose needs had been abandoned by mechanics' institutes and then the University Extension movement. Mansbridge, who believed that the social order could be changed by education and not conflict, spread his message to Australia in 1913. In Tasmania the University was receptive and appointed Herbert Heaton, the secretary to the newly formed Board of University Extension, to teach history and economics to the newly created and voluntary WEA. Interest spread to the north and west and tutors were appointed. Student numbers rose to 540 in 1929.

Classes were held in subjects such as modern history, literature, psychology, industrial management, political science, economics, Australia and the Pacific, geology, the Middle East, Tasmania's economic problems, electricity and its applications, capital and capitalism, and law and democratic institutions. In the 1930s lectures and tutorials were supplemented by debates, play readings and lunchtime meetings at factories. One tutor, the communist Esmonde Higgins, remembered regularly talking to thirty men at the Launceston Railway Workshops about 'everything under the sun' related to current affairs. In the late 1930s Premier Albert Ogilivie felt the WEA was not providing workers with a suitable education, and government support waned. Weak leadership from the centre exacerbated ill-feeling. Government reports in 1945 and 1947 concluded that a new structure for adult education was needed and from the 1950s the Adult Education Board took over from the underfunded WEA as the main supplier of adult education.
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W.M. Bush

  • Person

Bill grew up on a farm on the fringes of Melbourne, Australia. He studied law at Monash University and subsequently international law at Cambridge University. After Monash, he worked as a solicitor in Melbourne. He joined the legal area of the Department of Foreign Affairs where for nine years he headed the treaties section, followed by the Antarctic section. He has written extensively on Antarctic international law and policy.

Winifred Curtis

  • Person
  • 1905–2005

Winifred Mary Curtis AM, botanist and teacher, was born in London and migrated to Tasmania in 1939. She was employed at the University of Tasmania, only the second woman appointed, until her retirement in 1966. Her major publications were Biology for Australian Students (1948–1962), a standard high school text for many years; The Student's Flora of Tasmania (1956–1994), the standard reference work on the flowering plants and conifers; and her most celebrated work, the six-volume Endemic Flora of Tasmania (1967–1975).

Winifred received extensive honours and recognition, with many plants named in her honour. Throughout her life she has worked with great humility and a dedication to precision, seeing her achievements simply as a job that needed to be done and a foundation for others to build on.

Wilson and Sons

  • Corporate body
  • 1870-

Wilson and Sons, shipbuilders, was founded by John Wilson (1842–1912), who began building wooden boats in 1863, at his home in Cygnet. The first boat was the Huon Belle, launched in 1864.

William Wood

  • Person
  • 1778- 1863

Captain William Wood, (1778- 1863) born at Hastings, England, buried at St Andrews Anglican Cemetery, Longford, Tasmania. Captain Wood served with a British Expeditionary Force in the West Indies and was present at the capture of the French island colony of Guadeloupe where he met and married his wife Marie Hyacinthe Genevieve de Gouges the only child of General Pierre Aubrey de Gouges, late Governor of French Guiana. Wood retired from the Army in 1824 after selling his commission for £1,800. Two years later he and his wife and five children emigrated to Van Diemen's Land under an inducement of the offer of land to retired military men. The family arrived at Hobart Town on 25 October 1829 aboard the brig, Mary Anne. Captain Wood took up a grant of 2,000 acres at Snakes Bank, now Powranna, and named his property Hawkridge after the family manor near Tiverton in Devon. He applied for a further grant of 2,000 acres and in time he had increased the size
Pageant / by G. B. Lancaster published by Endeavour Press in 1933 (Morris Miller-Fisher College Rare-Book PR 9619.3 .L321 P3 1933a) Is said to be the story of the Woods family with Captain Wood portrayed as Captain Comyn.

William Watchorn Perkins

  • Person
  • 1843-1903

William Watchorn Perkins, born on 23 May 1843, was one of 10 children born to John and Emmely Perkins (nee Watchorn). John was a draper and importer and began the emporium, Perkins and Watchorn, in Liverpool Street, Hobart.
William Watchorn Perkins became a solicitor and was articled to Samuel Westbrook. William was admitted to the bar in 1866 and soon after left for New Zealand. There he practiced as a solicitor and married Jane Eliza Winter in 1870. William and Jane had 8 children born in New Zealand.
The family returned to Tasmania in 1884 and Williams established the firm Perkins and Dear. A further 5 children were born between 1885 and 1893.
William purchased approximately 16 acres of land in Lower Sandy Bay from Sarah and Theresa Hogan on 22 May 1884.
That year he also commissioned architect Henry Hunter to build a house, which he named 'Mawhera'.
William served in many organisations - the Central Board of Health, Queenborough Board of Health and as one of the Commissioners of Fisheries. He became a Member of the Legislative Council in 1899, a position he held until his death in Melbourne on 19 January 1903.
From: Parliament of Tasmania web site; Mercury, 20 January 1903; Wills of William and Jane Perkins &

William Walker

  • Person
  • 1861-1933

Scholar, engineer, historian and bibliophile. He became an important benefactor of the Tasmanian Public Library (later the State Library of Tasmania) when, in 1923-24 and 1933, he presented his collection of books to that institution, thereby significantly enriching its collections, particularly in the field of Australiana and Tasmaniana.
William Walker was born in Hobart on 25 February 1861, to William Walker (senior) and Caroline Walker (née Cawston). William Walker senior was a sea captain working for the AA Guano Company, which mined and transported guano from Bird Island, off the Queensland coast with his ship the Wolverine. Walker was quiet and studious as a child.
He won his first scholarship at the age of twelve to attend The Hutchins School where he ‘showed his mathematical interests’. At the end of his secondary schooling Walker won a scholarship to the University of Melbourne to study Civil Engineering. Walker was awarded the Certificate of Engineering from the University of Melbourne in March 1883. In January 1884, he returned to Tasmania and joined the Lands and Works Department as an Engineer, living in Deloraine. He designed the railway bridge at Latrobe and the bridge at Corra Linn, and also supervised line-laying work on the north-western section of the expanding Tasmanian railways. Around 1882 Walker became engaged to Mary Ann Lumsden of Hobart, and married on 5 December 1885.
For more information see: Tasmanian Historical Research Association. Papers and proceedings, vol. 54, no. 3, Dec. 2007, pp. 107-127: Mr Walker's books, or how the Tasmanian public library founded a collection and forgot a donor, by Heather Gaunt.

William Vincent Legge

  • Person
  • 1841–1918

William Vincent Legge (1841-1918), soldier and scientist, was born on 2 September 1841 at Cullenswood, near St Marys, Van Diemen's Land, son of Robert Vincent Legge (d.1891) and his wife Eliza Graves, née de Lapenotierre; his grandfather was Michael Legge, barrister, of Dublin. His father had arrived in Tasmania on 12 August 1827 in the Medway with his five sisters, four of whom soon married; he was granted 1200 acres (486 ha) which he named Cullenswood after his home in Ireland.
He was commissioned in the Royal Artillery in 1862 and served with the imperial troops in Melbourne in 1867-1868.
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William Thomas Parramore

  • Person
  • 1797-1854

William Thomas Parramore (1797-1854), public servant, was born on 30 September 1797, the eldest son of George Parramore and Patience, née Allen, of Wetmore Hall, Derbyshire, and received a legal training at Gray's Inn, London. His father, a farm-agent and mine-manager, decided to emigrate with his family in 1822 and William accompanied him in the Woodlark, arriving in Hobart Town on 8 July 1823. Land was chosen at Ross and at once George Parramore began farming his 1000-acre (405 ha) grant, Wetmore, assisted by his sons who obtained adjoining grants.
In November 1827 he married Thirza Cropper, formerly a schoolmistress at Caen, Normandy. Their only child, William, died in infancy. On the enforced resignation of James Gordon in 1832, Parramore, in poor health due to the close confinement of the previous five years, accepted the less onerous situation of police magistrate and coroner of Richmond, and went to live at Anglewood. For more information see:

William Thomas Lyttleton

  • Person
  • 1786–1839

William Thomas Lyttleton (1786?-1839), soldier and settler, was a distant connexion of the well-known Lyttelton family of Hagley Hall, Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England. He used the family crest on his silver, gave a family name, Westcote, to one of his sons, and the name, Hagley, to his property in Van Diemen's Land and to the near-by village. Lyttleon arrived in Hobart with his wife (Ann Hortle) and family on 4 October 1825 and was granted 560 acres (227 ha) near Westbury and 800 acres (324 ha) in the Meander district. With William Archer he rented another 2560 acres (1036 ha) at Norfolk Plains. For more information see:

William Strutt

  • Person
  • 1825-1915

William Strutt (1825-1915) was born in Devon, England and studied art in Paris. He arrived in Melbourne on the HMS Culloden, in July 1850. Strutt published engravings in the first issue of the Illustrated Australian Magazine and designed, engraved or lithographed postage stamps, posters, maps, transparencies and seals and began to learn all he could about the history of the colony. His friend and patron John Pasco Fawkner encouraged him to record important colonial events. His works are represented in galleries in Sydney, Melbourne, Ballarat, Adelaide and Hobart. Among European collections, le Musée de Lucerne and the Peace Palace at The Hague hold important paintings. The Dixson and Mitchell libraries, Sydney, the National Library of Australia, State Library and the Parliamentary Library, Victoria, and the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, all hold extensive collections of his sketches, paintings or manuscript material.

William Sorell

  • Person
  • 1800 -1860

William Sorell (1800 -1860) was the eldest son of William Sorell (1775 -1848), who served as Lt. Governor of Van Diemen's Land 'from 1816 until May 1824, and Louisa Matilda (Cox), who was separated from her husband in 1807 and remained in England with their seven children. Young Sorell arrived in Hobart to see his father on 27 December 1823 and then stayed at Government House until his father's departure in May 1824. Shortly afterwards Sorell, with his friend William Fletcher, leased a house in New Town. In 1825 Sorell met Elizabeth Julia Kemp (daughter of Anthony Fenn Kemp) whom he married in September 1825 at St David's Cathedral.

William Sorell

  • Person
  • 1800-1860

William Sorell was the eldest son of William Sorell (1775-1848), who served as Lt. Governor of Van Diemen's Land from 1816 until May 1824, and Louisa Matilda (Cox), who was separated from her husband in 1807 and remained in England with their seven children. Young Sorell arrived in Hobart to see his father on 27 December 1823 and then stayed at Government House until his father's departure in May 1824. Shortly afterwards Sorell, with his friend William Fletcher, leased a house in New Town. In 1825 Sorell met Elizabeth Julia Kemp (daughter of Anthony Fenn Kemp) whom he married in September 1825 at St. David's Cathedral.

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William Sorell

  • Person
  • 1800-1860

William Sorell (1800-1860), registrar, was the eldest son of Lieutenant-Governor William Sorell who, when taking his appointment in Van Diemen's Land, had left his family in England. Sorell junior resented his father's disregard of his career and wrote in 1822 to Commissioner John Thomas Bigge stating his determination to go to the colony to assert his claims on his father's attention in person. To save the lieutenant-governor this embarrassment, Bigge appealed on the son's behalf to the Colonial Office. There his resentment was appeased and, with the blessing of Earl Bathurst and a recommendation to the notice of Colonel (Sir) George Arthur, Sorell reached Hobart Town in December 1823. Next month he received 1000 acres (405 ha) of land in the Hamilton district and in 1828 a town allotment. On the sudden death of the officer chosen by the Colonial Office to be registrar of the new Supreme Court of Van Diemen's Land, Sorell senior suggested his son to Lieutenant-Governor Arthur and to Governor Sir Thomas Brisbane. His qualifications and capacity for the position were approved by Chief Justice (Sir) John Pedder and as nominee he duly read the royal charter when the Supreme Court, separated at last from the court of New South Wales, was first opened on 10 May 1824. His appointment at £600 was confirmed by the Colonial Office in December. In the next thirty-six years his worth in the public service was shown in the variety of his additional posts. For more information see

William Seccombe

  • Person
  • 1796?-1864

William Seccombe (1796?-1864), surgeon, was born at Plymouth, England, the son of a surgeon. He became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1818 and next year a licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries.
In May 1824 he arrived in Hobart Town in the Adrian as surgeon to Lieutenant-Governor (Sir) George Arthur and his suite and was immediately appointed assistant surgeon at Pittwater with the privilege of attending the Colonial Hospital, Hobart.. More information see :

William Robert Giblin

  • Person
  • 1840–1887

William Robert Giblin (1840-1887), premier and judge, was born on 4 November 1840 at Hobart Town, son of William Giblin, clerk of the registrar of deeds and deacon in the Congregational Church, and his wife Marion, née Falkiner. He was educated by his uncle and at the Hobart High School but left at 13 to work for the legal firm of Allport & Roberts; he was later articled to John Roberts. Giblin studied not only law but in other fields, reading widely and developing a literary style in his prose and verse. In 1864 he was admitted to the Bar and became a partner of the Hobart barrister, Henry Dobson, brother of William. His success in the courts was immediate and enabled him on 5 January 1865 to marry Emmely Jean, daughter of John Perkins. For more information see:

William Richard Wade

  • Person
  • 1802-1891

William Richard Wade was a Baptist minister appointed Superintendant of the Church Missionary Society Mission press at Paihia and arrived at the Bay of Islands New Zealand with William Colenso in 1834. Wade devoted most of his time to missionary work until his unorthodox views on baptism forced him into retirement. In 1842 he left for Van Diemen’s Land to become minister of the Harrington Street Chapel, Hobart Town. There he published A Journey in the Northern Isle of New Zealand dedicated to Lady (Jane) Franklin, wife of the governor of Van Diemen’s Land. Wade was also a drawing teacher, curator and librarian, probably best known for his lectures and drawing classes. He showed considerable ability as an artist and made numerous water-colour sketches of New Zealand and Tasmanian.

William Pike

  • Person

On the 30th October 1822 Pike boarded the ship 'Thalia', under the command of Captain Munk, at Gravesend, with his wife Nancy and five children on a voyage to V.D.L. He was granted 1000 aces in 1823 for the quid-rent or sum of Twenty shillings on the proviso he he employed exclusively upon the land 10 transported convicts.
In 1842 William Pike and George Frederick Read were granted 930 acres in the Parish of York in the county of Monmouth for the quit rent or sum of £7 and 15 shillings. William Pike appointed in 1831 as stipendiary catechist to the first church at Jericho. Thursday 18th February 1857 due to declining health Pike auctioned, without reserve, the whole of his stock, farming implements and household furniture (

William Patten

  • Person

Prominent gentleman, member and on the committee of the Tasmanian Turf Club, subscribed to the building of a Presbyterian Church in Launceston c 1823. He also owned a sheep property at Norfolk Plains.
On His Majesty's Service: George Augustus Robinson's First Forty Years in England and Van Diemen's Land By Jacqueline D'Arcy

William Nicolle Oats

  • Person
  • 1912-1999

William Nicolle Oats (1912–99), educator, author and peace activist, was born in Kapunda, South Australia, educated as a teacher at Adelaide University, and was headmaster of The Friends' School, Hobart (1945–73). He also taught at Adelaide High (1935–38), Geneva International School (1938–1940) and the experimental school Koornong (Warrandyte, Victoria), and was headmaster of King's College (now Pembroke, in Adelaide) and co-director of the International School, Geneva (1949–51).

Oats' experiences in wartime Europe (1938–41) led him to become a Quaker and pacifist. He evacuated students from Geneva to south-west France and then to England, and was deputy chief escort on a boat for child evacuees to Australia. Throughout his life he worked for international co-operation and helped found the Tasmanian Peace Trust. After retiring he completed his PhD, and published nine books on Quaker history, values and education.

Oats is remembered for his concern for nurturing the human spirit and creating a sense of community, often through singing. He believed that a caring school community and teachers' good relationships with students are critical in helping children develop a sense of identity, security and worth, leading ideally to a life of service to others.

William Nevin Hurst

  • Person
  • 1868-1946

William Nevin Tatlow Hurst (11 April 1868 – 24 December 1946) attended the Hobart Town High School and Christ's College Hobart (before it became a university college) but did not pursue a university education. As a school-leaver aged 17, he chose to start work in the government Department of Lands and Surveys, as a junior draftsman. His qualifications did not include the certification needed to become a licensed surveyor and he was never registered as such. Instead, his career advanced via senior technical and clerical roles and then management roles within the department. At his retirement in 1938 he had been continuously employed in the department for fifty three years, having joined as a trainee draftsman on 1 July 1885. He lived all of his life in New Town, Hobart.
One of Hurst's intellectual passions was nomenclature, the naming of Tasmania's places (towns, streets etc.) and physical features (lakes, mountains, rivers etc.). The Tasmanian Nomenclature Board was not established until 1953;[39] before that there were no procedures, and no official collection of records.
He presented a scholarly paper on the subject in 1898, to a meeting of the Institute of Surveyors, Tasmania
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William Mawle

  • Person
  • 1801-1843

Inkeeper of Mawles Hotel, Baghdad married Mary Ann Wallas at Hobart Town in 1830 died 6 September 1843 at age 42.

William Marquis Kyle

  • Person
  • 1892 – 1962

Professor Kyle was highly involved in positions of leadership in the University, Saint Andrew’s Church and the wider community. He gave public lectures, wrote and reviewed newspaper articles and was well known as a broadcaster. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 1946 to 1950. He was an original member and President of the Twelfth Night Theatre. He was the author of several academic publications. He was the chief editor of An Account of the University of Queensland during its first 25 Years, published in 1935. For more information see:

William Manifold

  • Person

William Manifold and Mary, née Barnes, of Courthouse Farm, Bromborough emigrated to to Van Diemen's Land with their family, arriving 8 July 1831. Purchased ninety acres (36 ha) and built Kelso House

William Lewis May

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  • Person
  • 1861-1925

William Lewis May, otherwise known as Lewis, who was born in 1861 in South Australia, the eldest son of William and Mary May (nee Cotton) and together with the rest of his family created a fine orchard and homes in Sandford. He had many interests such as Egyptology, botany and gardening and traced the genealogical history of his own family. However it is for his shell collections that he is best known. For many years he concentrated on the study of shells amassing one of the best collections of English shells outside England and one of the best collections of Australian and Tasmanian shells in the world. He created exquisite drawings of shells which were published to illustrate his book on the subject. He also painted Tasmanian wildflowers and birds and found time to be Clerk of Monthly Meeting for 15 years, was on the Standing Committee of the Society and on the Committee of the Friends' High School.

William Levitt Wells

  • Person
  • 1853-1918

William Levitt Wells (1853-1918), and his wife Elizabeth (Bessie) Lucy Lidbetter (1852-1925), both Friends (Quakers), sailed for Tasmania in 1884 on the SS. Bonnington with their children, Edith (1879-1917), Frank (1880-1957), Arnold (1882-1938) and baby Mary (born 17 Sept. 1883). Two more children were born in Tasmania, Martin (1885-1965) and Hugh (1888-1922). W.L. Wells was the son of William Wells, draper and tailor of Kettering and his wife Mary (formerly Levitt) both members of the Society of Friends (Quakers). Bessie Lidbetter was the daughter of Martin Lidbetter headmaster of the Friends School, Wigton, Cumberland, where she also had been a teacher. The Wells family were accompanied by two Friends (ie Quakers), Margaret Elizabeth (Maggie) Greer (1854-1901) and Mary Ellen (Minnie) Greer (1859-1939), daughters of Thomas Jackson and Eliza Greer of Belfast. Maggie Greer married William Lewis May in 1887 and Minnie married Richard P. Furmage in 1888. On arrival in Hobart the family were welcomed by the Mather family, also Friends and relatives by marriage (lFrancis Mather had married Margaret Ann Lidbetter in 1874). William Wells worked in Mather's store for a time. In February 1886 Wells was appointed manager of the Don branch store of the Don Trading Company by John Henry, the owner, and about 1888 he took over the store, which became William Wells & Co. Wells moved to Latrobe in 1893.

William Lamond Allardyce

  • Person
  • 1861–1930

Sir William Lamond Allardyce (1861-1930), governor, was born on 14 November 1861 at Bombay, India, son of Colonel James Allardyce, military surgeon, and his wife Georgina Dickson, née Abbott. Allardyce was a career British civil servant in the Colonial Office who served as governor of Fiji (1901–1902), the Falkland Islands (1904–1914), Bahamas (1914–1920), Tasmania (1920–1922), and Newfoundland (1922–1928)

William Knibb Morris

  • Person
  • 1833-1912

William Knibb Morris (1833-1912), was born at Loughton, Essex UK, son of Thomas Morris (1800-1874) and Sarah (Allard 1803-1876). He and his father sailed in the Boomerang from Liverpool to Melbourne in 1855 and arrived in Hobart by the SS City of Hobart on 24 May 1855. His brother James had emigrated earlier in 1853 with his wife Elizabeth (Bryant) and baby Thomas and worked for J.B. Mather, who sponsored Thomas and William Morris as bounty emigrants and lent money for the fare (W. Morris mentions in a letter that he had not paid Mather for the tickets). Thomas Morris got a job with R.A. Mather and William started work for H.J. Marsh & Brother's ironmongers, serving in the shop and keeping the books. They lived at first in James Morris' home with his wife, father-in-law Bryant, and the babies, William James born in December 1853 and daughter Mary Elizabeth born 13 July 1855, the first child Thomas having died in Hobart in February 1854, and friend Isaac Cash. William wrote to his mother, however, that James was charging too much for their lodging. In 1861 his mother, Sarah Morris, came to join her husband. In 1859, after a year or two in a store at Falmouth as agent of the East Coast Steam Navigation Co of which J.B. Mather was manager, James Morris went to work for J.A. Graham in his store at Swansea and in 1869 purchased the store from Graham. After eighteen months in Hobart William K. Morris ran a store at Fingal. In 1860 he was managing a store in Sydney for Mr Beamis but this was closed when the owner Mr Beamis was dying in August 1860. He then went to Gayndah in Queensland to work in a store run by Beamis' son until May 1861. In October 1861 he was back in Sydney looking for work and in November went to Orange and then Forbes, on the N.S.W. goldfields, working for a storekeeper named Curran and in 1862 he worked in South Gundagai in Gasse & Co's store. About 1864 he opened a general store at Fingal. In 1869 he married Sarah Rebecca Rothwell and they had seven children between 1870 and 1882. In 1877 he sold his Fingal store and brought his family to Hobart, where he worked for the merchant Leo Susman and later for the Hobart Mutual Benefit Society.
Morris was interested in scientific discoveries including photography, especially methods of copying photographs on paper and there are many references to scientific matters in his letters to his brother Tom, who was also interested in photography and Tom's future wife, Jane Garman was a photographer. In August 1855 Morris wrote to his brother about another method, "besides the collodion" of "photographic pictures on paper described in Mr Woods of Cheapside's little book which is a very simple and good method, and when taken they can be waxed which renders them almost equal to those taken on waxed paper". He sent his brother "a small picture taken by the above process, a positive which I transferred to a piece of paper treated with the chloride sodium in the usual way". A Hobart photographer, Walter Dickenson, might have taken him as an assistant but Morris was afraid of the risk of leaving the commercial - life for the artistic. Morris does not seem to have done much photography himself when he was working as a storekeeper in Queensland, N.S.W. and Fingal, although he bought photo-slides to send to his brother. Indeed he may not have owned a camera at that time as he borrowed Clifford's camera to photograph his parents' house at Mangana and had his children's portraits done by professional photographers. His interests turned more to the development of the electric telegraph and the telephone, electric lighting and the microscope and there are many references to developments in Tasmania and on the mainland. In 1888 he became an active member of the newly formed Photographic Society in Hobart, especially in working various kinds of lantern projectors, and in 1891 he referred to his "little camera"

William Joshua Tilley Stops

  • Person
  • 1879-1956

With by far the longest tenure of all 31 UTAS Vice-Chancellors and Chancellors, William Joshua Tilley Stops was a home-grown administrator. Born in 1879, he attended the first lectures held at the University of Tasmania in 1894, when there were 13 students and three lecturers. He graduated in Law in 1896 and worked in partnership with Herbert Nicholls, later Chief Justice. Together they edited ‘Nicholls and Stops law Reports, 1897 -1904’ and ‘The Tasmanian Law Reports, 1905 -1917’.
As a prominent graduate and an enthusiast for the University, in 1900 Stops was elected to University Council, and remained a member for 47 years. In 1914 he was made Vice-Chancellor. He had no office in the University and did not seek an active role there; staff never took problems to him and the active day-to-day organiser was the competent registrar, JHR Cruickshank. But Stops worked hard as chairman of the University Council, and another member recalled lengthy meetings at Stops’ house over finances. Students neither liked nor disliked him, though they sent him up in Commemoration Day processions as ‘Willie Jostle’em Tillhe Stops’.
In 1933 Stops was made Chancellor, though there was some feeling that his position was not senior enough for this elevation. However, he was successful, and was a firm believer that the University should move to a larger site at Sandy Bay. When he retired in 1944, the University comprised 300 students, 12 professors and 19 lecturers - enormous (though expected) development over 50 years. Stops died in 1956.
Vice-Chancellor 27.10.1914 – 02.02.1933 and Chancellor 02.02.1933 – 25.02.1944

William Jones

  • Person
  • 1853 - 1926

Mariner and trader active in the late 19th century between Tasmania, Western Australia, New Zealand and England. Born in Leicestershire, England. Migrated to Van Diemens Land (Tasmania) in 1860.

William Johnstone

  • Person
  • 1820-1874

William Johnstone (1820-1874) arrived in Tasmania with his wife Martha on the barque "Arab" in November 1841 and by August 1842 he had secured a lease on a building in St John Street, Launceston and started the new business William Johnstone, Merchant. In the 1850s William Johnstone was appointed Agent for the Northern Assurance Co. and at the time of the 90th anniversary of Johnstone and Wilmot it is noted that Johnstone and Willmot were the oldest agents of the Insurance Company in the World (1932). Following the death of William Johnstone in 1874 his son William John Johnstone was joined by Stuart Eardley - Wilmot who had married Johnstone's daughter Rosa and from this date the firm was known as Johnstone and Wilmot. Following the death of William John Johnstone in 1891 Stuart Eardley Wilmot carried on the busines on his own until 1910 when the business was converted into a proprietary company. The managing directors being Eardley - Wilmot, W Stewart Johnstone and W P Dobson. In 1920 Commander Trevor Eardley Wilmot was taken into the Company. Frank Shaw was appointed the first Company Secretary, a positon he still held in 1932. Other employees include Robert Bain, William Stroud, Henry Bourke was the Accountant for many years, Arthur Davis, James Wallace and George Fletcher. On the 17 March 1921 a Branch House was opened in Devonport under the Management of George Saul. From: Examiner 12 August 1932 p11 Launceston Firm Celebrates 90th Anniversary

William John Turner Clarke

  • Person
  • 1805-1874

William John Turner Clarke (1805-1874), pastoralist and landowner, was born on 20 April 1805 in Somerset, England, the second son of William Clarke of St Botolf, Aldgate, London, and his wife Sarah, née Turner, of Weston Zoyland, near Wells, Somerset. A weak chest and a congenitally malformed hip as well as the prospect of new opportunities induced him to emigrate, and he arrived at Hobart Town with his wife in the Deveron on 23 December 1829. For more information see:

William John Johnstone

  • Person
  • 1844-1891

Son of William Johnstone and husband of Mary Elizabeth Groom (1841-1911) took over the firm after his fathers death and went into partnership with his brother in law Stuart Eardley Wilmot

William Holyman

  • Family
  • 1833-1919

William Holyman (1833-1919) arrived in Tasmania as a seaman in 1854. In 1861 he purchased his first ship, the schooner "Cousins", and traded along the north coast of Tasmania, with his son Thomas. The business expanded into a fleet of trading ketcches, originally flying a house flag of a white H on a red flag, but this was later changed to a white star on a red flag and the name "White Star Line" was used. In the 1890s steam ships were introduced and mainland trade and passenger services began. In 1899 Wiliam Holymanjr (1858-1921) became manager, assisted by his brother James (1862-1944). Air passenger services began in 1932, under James Holyman with his nephews (sons of William holyman jr.), Victor who had served in the Royal Naval Air Service in the war, and Ivan (1896-1957). Holyman Airways (later A.N.A) was formed in 1934 and continued unti11957..

William Henty

  • Person
  • 1808-1881

William Henty (1808-1881), the fifth of the nine sons of Thomas Henty (1775-1839) came to Tasmania in 1837 to join his father and brothers who had emigrated earlier. He travelled out with his wife, Susannah Matilda (Camfield), and a baby son who died on the voyage, on board the Fairlie which also carried Lt.Gov. Sir John Franklin and his lady and suite. Having been admitted as a solicitor in England in 1829 and practised in London and Brighton, Sussex, Henty entered into partnership with John Ward Gleadow in Launceston. He was a member of the Legislative Council for Tamar and was Colonial Secretary from 1857 until he left the Colony in 1862. Henty was secretary of the Launceston Horticultural Society and took an active part in church, education and other local affairs and played cricket. He wrote a pamphlet "on improvements in cottage husbandry" (Launceston 1849) suggesting suitable crops such as hemp, millet, mustard, cider, dried fruits. After he left Tasmania in 1862 with his wife and young daughter,Mary,he settled in Brighton, Sussex, U.K., where he took an interest in local charitable institutions, especially a home for blind children. He wrote several articles, including one on the youth of Shakespeare. For more information see :

William Henry Williams

  • Person
  • 1852-1941

William Henry Williams (1852-1941), scholar and critic, was born on 7 November 1852 at Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England, son of William Williams, merchant's clerk, and his wife Amelia Burley, née Arden. He attended Newark Grammar School and entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1872. In 1884 Williams took up the headmastership of Newington College, Sydney. The school's authorities described him as 'essentially a scholar of liberal outlook' who broadened the curriculum in arts and science.
In 1894 he became a lecturer and in 1896 the foundation professor of classics and English literature at the newly established University of Tasmania. He occupied the chair until his retirement in 1925. During part of that time he was dean of the faculty of arts and chairman of the professorial board. In March 1926 he was made professor emeritus. He was also a trustee of the State Library of Tasmania from 1921 to 1936.
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William Henry Nicholls

  • Person
  • 1885-1951

William Henry Nicholls was an Australian amateur botanist, authority on, and collector of Australian orchids. An accomplished photographer and watercolourist, he contributed almost 100 articles on orchids to The Victorian Naturalist, many of which described new species with line drawings
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William Henry Browne

  • Person
  • 1800-1877

William Henry Browne (1800-1877), Church of England clergyman, was born at Mallow, County Cork, Ireland, the eldest son of Henry Browne, barrister of Ballinvoher. He was educated at Charleville school and at Trinity College, Dublin, (B.A., 1822). He first studied medicine but turned to theology. In 1824 he was ordained deacon, appointed curate of Whitechurch, and priested. In 1828 he obtained the degree of LL.D., and, under the sign manual of George IV, was appointed colonial chaplain on 27 February; he sailed from Cork in the Coronet and arrived in Hobart Town in October. For more information see :

William Harris

  • Person
  • 1835-1906

William Harris (or Harrison c. 1835-1906) son of Thomas Harris, born in Leicestershire, U.K., served in the 14th Foot Regiment, 1858-1869, and settled in Tasmania in 1869 and married Martha Noone, Free Church, Hobart Town, 29 April 1869. The confusion of the name appears to have been accidental.

William Gunn

  • Person
  • 1800-1868

William Gunn (1800-1868), police magistrate and Superintendent of Prisoners' Barracks, was born in Newry, Ireland, son of Lieut. William Gunn and Margaret (Wilson). After service in the British army, he came to Tasmania in 1822 and received a grant of 400 acres of land in the Sorell district, called by Gunn "Bourbon" after his regiment. He was given occasional command of soldiers searching for bushrangers and in 1825 was wounded by a shot from one of Brady's gang and had to have his right arm amputated. In 1824 he was appointed superintendent of convicts at Birch's Bay (Channel).He served as Superintendent of Prisoners' Barracks in Hobart from 1826 ­1850 and Launceston 1850 - 1859 and remained Police Magistrate in Launceston until his death in 1868. On moving to Launceston he acquired Glen Dhu as his main residence. In 1829 William Gunn married at Sorell, Frances Hannah (Fanny) Arndell. They had three sons, William, Ronald Thomas and James Arndell, and 6 daughters, including Margaret who married Frank Allison in 1852 (see A2) and Frances (Fanny jr.) and Isabel (Issie). Gunn was an elder of St Andrews Church, Hobart, and later of Chalmers Church, Launceston. For more informationsee :

William Graham Robertson

  • Person
  • 1838-1923

Robertson was a conveyancer, he died on July 8, at Kismet, Bellerive, Tasmania. He was the eldest son of William Consett Robertson, formerly of Hobart, late of Melbourne.

William Gore Elliston

  • Person
  • 1798-1872

William Gore Elliston (1798-1872), schoolmaster and editor, was born on 17 October 1798 at Bath, England, the eldest son of Robert William Elliston, actor and theatre manager. After education at Martley, Worcestershire, he was admitted a pensioner at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1824. He then managed the reading room at Lymington and, for a time, the Royal Theatre, Drury Lane, London. For more information see:

William Edwin Fuller

  • Person
  • 1885 - 1960

W. E. Fuller was born in Hobart on 26 December 1885. His father was manager of Walch's book department, which W. E. Fuller joined in 1904. He later worked for a short time for Angus & Robertson in Sydney, where he met Frances Ruby Evans, whom he married in 1910. From 1915 to 1918 he served with the A.I.F. and was wounded.
In 1920 he opened his own bookshop (merging briefly with Oldham, Beddome &Meredith between 1930 and 1932). In 1961 after his death Fullers Bookshop moved from 103 Collins Street to Cat & Fiddle Arcade and in 1962 the business was purchased by three employees, Cedric and Ian Pearce and Lindsay Hay, and moved to Murray Street, 1975.
W. E. Fuller was a keen repertory actor, and helped to found and maintain a repertory theatre in Hobart. He was also one of the pioneer broadcasters with the A.B.C. in the 1930s, giving regular talks on books, and also other broadcasts. He wrote plays, short stories and children's stories and published a novel in 1919, "Love, London and Lynette".

William Edward Lodewyk Hamilton Crowther

  • Person
  • 1884–1981

William Edward Lodewyk Hamilton Crowther (1884–1981), studied medicine at the University of Melbourne, served as an army medical officer before, during and for many years after the First World War and practised medicine (specialising in obstetrics) in Hobart. Spurred by his deep interest in history – of medicine, of Tasmania and of whaling – he built an extraordinary collection of books and other historical material which he presented (as the W.L. Crowther Library) to the State Library of Tasmania. In 1964 he was knighted, in part for this act of generosity. For more information see:

William Ebenezer Shoobridge

  • Person
  • 1846-1940

William Ebenezer Shoobridge (1846-1940) of Bushy Park, J.P., fruit and hop grower and farmer, was the eldest son of Ebenezer Shoobridge (1820-1901) who purchased Valleyfield, New Norfolk, in 1851 for hop growing.
W.E. Shoobridge was educated at Horton College, where he was introduced to the study of hydraulics, chemistry and electricity, which he continued to study after leaving school in 1860, thinking of becoming an engineer. However in 1864 his father had the chance of acquiring Bushy Park estate with its water resources and W.E. Shoobridge, with his brothers, helped to develop it, later purchasing also Kentdale and Glenora and forming the firm of E. Shoobridge and Sons (later Shoobridge Brothers) with W.E. Shoobridge in charge of construction, his brother R.W.G. Shoobridge the general farming and brother L.M. Shoobridge the stock department. W.E. Shoobridge constructed an irrigation system for the hop fields on Valleyfield and later replanned and reconstructed the irrigation works on Bushy Park (originally made by the first settler of Bushy Park Mr Humphries). In 1908, with the help of his son, Marcus, who had trained in the Westinghouse Factory in Canada, W.E. Shoobridge installed a hydro-electric plant for the estate. W.E. Shoobridge was especially interested in the development of water conservation, irrigation and hydro-electric schemes for Tasmania. In 1914 he went on a trade mission to Canada and the United States to inquire particularly into hydro-electric power schemes and industries connected with them, including paper making, and irrigation schemes for closer settlement. He negotiated the transfer of the Hydro-Electric scheme from the Electrolytic Zinc Company to the State Government and also consulted Dr. Fortier of Berkley, California, about plans for the use of Tasmanian water although these were rejected by the Legislative Council.
W.E. Shoobridge also did much to develop the fruit industry, not only in irrigation and methods of pruning to allow the sun to shine equally on all fruit, but especially in developing a ventilated cool store system to prevent deterioration of apples through "brown heart". A cool store designed by Shoobridge was installed on a White Star liner. He developed suitable apples for export to Europe and expanded the British and European markets and started the Derwent Valley Fruit Growers' Association. He also introduced the Saaz drying system for hops and developed the process for drying or curing other fruit.
In 1892 W.E. Shoobridge became President of the Council of Agriculture. He introduced improvements in the dairy industry and started the export trade in butter. He was later able to persuade Messrs. W. & J. Cooper of the Cadbury Company that sufficient milk supplies would be available to start a chocolate factory in Tasmania. He also experimented with and advocated the introduction of alternative crops, including tobacco and sugar beet and recommended clearing and irrigating bush allotments for specialised crops and soldier settlements. In 1918 he investigated the use of gum wood for paper pulp and persuaded the directors of the Australian Wood Pulp and Paper Co. to try Huon district timber.
Shoobridge was a member of the Labour Party and was elected to the House of Assembly for Franklin in 1916, remaining a member for most of the rest of his life.
He married Ann Benson Mather, a Quaker, daughter of Robert Andrew Mather in 1869 and they had 6 daughters and 3 sons. He was made a justice of the peace in 1877 and in 1888 an Assessor for Capital Values. He was a member of the Methodist Church and a lay preacher for many years. For more information see

William Denison

  • Person
  • 1804-1871

Sir William Thomas Denison (1804-1871), governor-general, was born on 3 May 1804 in London, son of John Denison and his second wife Charlotte, née Estwick. In April 1846 Gladstone dismissed Sir John Eardley-Wilmot from Van Diemen's Land and appointed Denison as lieutenant-governor. Earl Grey, who succeeded Gladstone, endorsed Denison's appointment and had him knighted. After five months in the Colonial Office Denison sailed from Spithead and reached Hobart Town on 25 January 1847.
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William Dakin

  • Person
  • 1883-1950

Professor William Dakin was the Technical Director of Camouflage during WW2. Dakin was an academic from Sydney University, a zoologist with particular knowledge of Australian flora and fauna and the means by which living creatures escape their enemies. Although he acknowledged the importance of British methods of camouflage, he felt there was an urgency to develop designs and methods specific to the Australian environment, where “shadows are much darker, and it is the shadows of objects which are the greatest guides to observers in aeroplanes”. Noting that colours in Australia are more visible at a distance than in England, he helped devise a set of camouflage colours suited to the Australian landscape. For more information see: and

William Crowther Blyth

  • Person
  • 1837-1925

Born on 5 Mar 1837 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. He was baptised on 30 Mar 1837 in St Davids, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. He died on 6 June 1925 in Devonport, Tasmania. He was buried in Campbell Town, Tasmania, Australia. He was a School Master.

William Clark

  • Person
  • 1769-1851

William Clark (1769-1851) arrived in Tasmania in 1824 and settled near Bothwell at Cluny, and later acquired other property on the River Jordan at the Hunting Ground, later called Mauriceton. He had formerly served in the British army, was taken prisoner by the French in 1812. In 1821-1823 he served in South Africa but when his regiment was ordered to India he sold his captaincy to retire to Van Diemen's Land, as his health would not stand an Indian campaign. William Clark and his wife Ann (nee Elphinstone) had five sons and two daughters: Thomas Noble (1793-1853), Jane (1795-1873), Ann (1797-1868), William (1799-1825), George (1801-1827), Charles (1803-1833), John (1807-1852). Four of the sons followed their father into the army. William jr. and his wife Isabella (daughter of Thomas Berdmore) both died of yellow fever in Jamaica in 1825 leaving an infant son, William Sydney, who also died before he could be brought back to his Berdmore grandparents. George died in India at the age of 26 in 1827 and Charles was drowned in October 1833 in the Wreck of the "Lady Munro" on this way from India to join his parents in Tasmania.

William Cawston

  • Person
  • c1827-1916

William Cawston was a professional photographer, gilder and framer. At 17 he was transported to Australia on a seven-year sentence in 1845 and in 1856 opened a business in Launceston, Tasmania, as a picture frame maker. By 1862 he had a photographic studio, which continued to operate in Launceston until 1888, when it became Cawston & Sons. Cawston continued to work as a studio photographer until 1891, producing portraits and views of Launceston. He developed a reputation as an excellent photographer, winning an award for architectural and landscape views, which now make up an important record of the history of Launceston and the north of Tasmania. From

William Bryden

  • Person
  • 1904-1992

William Bryden (1904-1992), museum director, geneticist, and educator, was born on 30 December 1904 at Martinborough, New Zealand, son of Scottish-born James Bryden, bootmaker, and his English-born wife Amanda Helen, née Syvret. William attended Kaiapoi and Rangiora High schools, and Canterbury College (later the University of Canterbury), Christchurch (BSc, 1926; MSc, 1927). He was mathematics and science master at Christchurch Technical College until 1931, when he was awarded an overseas research scholarship. At the University of Edinburgh he completed a PhD in genetics (1933) and earned a rugby blue. Bryden was appointed director of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in 1953. Immediately embroiled in the controversy then raging over Truganini’s remains, he rejected calls to remove her skeleton from the museum on the grounds that her memory would be best served by conserving it for future researchers. He later published The Story of the Tasmanian Aboriginals (1960).
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William Bell Leake

  • Person
  • 1806-1886

William Bell Leake was the eldest son of John and Elizabeth Leake. After establishing Rosedale John Leake left its management to his eldest son William, while he acted as accountant in the Derwent Bank in Hobart, in 1830 John Leake resumed the management of the farm and his son William replaced him at the bank. William suffered bouts of insanity which began in 1863. He lived most of the time at New Norfolk, either at the Asylum or with Dr. Huston, the Superintendent and his family where he was happy and enjoyed gardening, fishing and reminiscing about Hull and Hamburg. His letters show he was usually quite rational, apart from occasional fantasies and extravagances, and his nieces all loved their "old Uncle Billy".

William Archer

  • Person
  • 1820-1874

William Archer (1820-1874) the second son of Thomas Archer (1790-1850) of Woolmers, Longford, studied architecture in England and after returning to Van Diemen's Land, designed among other buildings, the Hutchins School in Hobart, Mona Vale, at Ross, and Saundridge, Cressy, as well as the East window of Christ Church, Longford. For some years he was secretary of the Royal Society of Tasmania, a Fellow of the Royal and Linnean Societies of England, and a keen botanist, named many Tasmanian plants and assisted
Dr. Hooker who dedicated to him and Ronald C. Gunn, his work on the flora of Tasmania. From 1856 until 1858, he lived in England and worked at the Herbarium, Kew Gardens, presenting the library with a book of his drawings of Tasmanian orchids and mosses. He was a leading member of the anti-transportation movement, and a member for Parliament at various times between his election for Westbury in 1851 and retirement in 1866. For may years he lived at Cheshunt, Deloraine. He died at Fairfield, Longford, in 1874.

William Archer

  • Person
  • 1788-1879

William was the eldest son of William Archer of Hertfordshire. He arrived in Tasmania in 1821 on the ship Aguilar, where he settled at Brickendon - the second of the families two most famous homesteads - and began his farm with 30 merino sheep he had brought with him from England. He became a highly successful farmer and cooperated highly with his brother at neighbouring Woolmers. He was repeatedly asked to become a member of the Legislative Council but declined; he did however accept a position of Magistrate in 1835. During his life he became a noted anti-transportationist. He died on March 24, 1879. He was reported as leaving either three or four sons and one or two daughters, with his second son inheriting Brickendon and his first Saundridge.[16][17] His fourth son, G F Archer, became the Reverend of Torquay (modern Devonport).

William Alfred Pearce

  • Person
  • 1845 - 1930

Born 15 February 1845 at 'Poplarville', Risdon Road, New Town, Hobart. Died 27 July 1930 at Devonport, Tasmania aged 85 years. Son of Henry Pearce (1813-1901) and Mary Ann Heath (1826-1904). Captain of the barque "Wild Wave"

William Albert Cowan

  • Person
  • 1933-1984

William Albert Cowan was born in 1908 in Dunedin, New Zealand, and educated at Otago Boys' School and the University of Otago, graduating with first class honours in Latin and French despite struggling financially. He gained a further degree in classics at the University College, London, also with first class honours. On his return to New Zealand he taught for a short time in at Wellington College in NZ before being appointed University Librarian at the Barr Smith Library in 1933. For mor information see :

Wilfred Hugh Hudspeth

  • Person
  • 1874-1952

W.H.Hudspeth (1874-1952) son of Rev. Canon Francis Hudspeth and Lucy Hudspeth (nee Cogle), Grandson of John Maule Hudspeth (1792-1837), graduated B.A. at Melbourne University and was called to the Tasmanian Bar in 1898. He practiced for 30 years in partnership with N.E.Lewis and Tetley Gant. He was amateur historian, a member of the Royal Society, a trustee of the Tasmanian Museum and participant in the cultural life of Tasmania. He researched and wrote extensively on various aspects of Tasmanian history.

Wilfred Asten

  • Person
  • 1915-1970

Wilfred Asten (1915-1970) acting headmaster of the Friend School 1949-1951. Born in North-West England, Wilfred Asten moved to Tasmania in 1939 where he taught at the Burnie High School and later was appointed Vice-Principal of the Hobart Teachers’ College. Wilfred joined the teaching staff of The Friends’ School in 1947 and stayed as a member of the leadership team for 23 years. Wilfred had four children (Hilary, David, Jennifer and Michael) with his wife Dorothy, whom he met in England. Wilfred was awarded an MBE in recognition of his services to the United Nations Association. His love of geography and enthusiasm for teaching and cricket left an imprint on the thousands of students he met over his many years teaching.

Wauba Debar

  • Person
  • 1792–1832

Wauba Debar (1792–1832) was a female Aboriginal Tasmanian. Her grave is a historic site located in the east coast Tasmanian town of Bicheno, which memorialises her rescue of two sealers, one of them her husband, when their ship was wrecked about 1 km from shore during a storm. She assisting first her husband, then the other sealer safely to shore.
The grave site overlooks Waubs Bay and Warbs Harbour both of which were named after her, and is listed on the Tasmanian Heritage list.
Wauba Debar, as a teenager, was one of many Aboriginal women kidnapped and enslaved by sealers and whalers for sexual partners during the European colonisation of Tasmania. She was a strong swimmer.She died in a boat off the coast whilst travelling towards the Furneaux Group and her body was brought ashore and buried. Local settlers raised funds in 1855 to erect the headstone on her grave, immortalising her act of heroism.
From: also Mercury , Thursday 28 September 1893

Waterloo (Ship)

  • Corporate body
  • 1815-1842

Waterloo was a merchant ship built at Bristol, England in 1815. On her first voyage she suffered a short-lived mutiny. She then made one voyage under charter to the British East India Company (EIC). She made four voyages transporting convicts from England to Australia, and two voyages from Ireland to Australia. On her seventh convict voyage Waterloo wrecked on 28 August 1842 in Table Bay with great loss of life.

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Ware Street Undenominational Mission

  • Corporate body
  • 1932-1941

A mission hall was opened in Ware Street (later Feltham Street) by a small band of workers. An evening service and Sunday school held every Sunday and a Christian Endeavour Society and other activities took place some evenings. Poor homes were visited and parcels of clothing, books, groceries, milk, eggs, vegetables, etc. given to the needy and small Christmas gifts for the children. Miss R. Livingstone was the Superintendent, Mrs. J.W. Hawkes treasurer and Mr and Mrs J.T. Soundy, R.J. Soundy, and others, regular helpers and teachers. Supporters included Clemes College, whose scholars gave a Christmas party for the children, Messrs. Gibson who donated bags of flour for distribution, Sandy
Bay Baptists, Rex Townley, etc.

Walworth Baguley

  • Person

Walworth (Wallworth) Baguley was part of a company, Tasmania Colonising Association, formed to find land in Australia for the sole purpose of developing it with the help of Canadian and British immigrants. They found the required land in Tasmania, 20 miles from Smithton. There were strong protests from the locals who wanted the land kept for returned soldiers and 'native' Australians

Walter William Wilson

  • Person
  • 1875-1967

Walter Wilson was a designer and artist. Walter and his brother Sydney worked with their father, John Wilson at Wilson and Sons, boat builders. They built many well known sailing ketches and schooners and some steam and oil engine powered vessels. After John's death in 1912 Walter and Sydney carried on the business. Walter and his wife had several children, including Clifton, who assisted the boat building.

Walter William Stone

  • Person
  • 1910-1981

Walter William Stone (24 June 1910 – 29 August 1981), known as Wal Stone, was a noted Australian book publisher, book collector and passionate supporter of Australian literature. Walter was born in Orange, New South Wales. He spent the first 14 years of his life in Orange, before moving to Auburn, a western Sydney suburb, where his father wound down his career as a bookmaker. After completing his education at the Parramatta Boys High School, he was articled to a solicitor, but after the solicitor's death he held a number of depression-era jobs such as rent collector and door-to-door salesman. Partial deafness kept him out of the military during the Second World War. He worked as a clerk for General Electric and continued that occupation with another company after the war until 1956. Acting on his interest in book production, he bought an Adano press in 1951. During the next decade, as Talkarra Press (an Aboriginal word for "stone"), he produced ten innovative limited editions. A bibliophile from an early age, was a founding member of the Book Collectors Society of Australia (BCSA) in 1944, and was its major supporter for all his life. He edited and printed the journal of the society, Biblionews, from 1947 until his death in 1981. For more information see :

Walter Robson

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  • Person
  • 1842-1929

Walter Robson (1842-1929) was a British Quaker who acted as secretary-companion to his cousin, Joseph James Neave (1835-1913), when the latter made a lengthy journey to Australia in the years 1867 to 1871.

Walter Langworthy

  • 1831-1904

Walter Dinthorn Langworthy, master mariner and captain of the 182 ton schooner "Malcolm". Married Mary Leah Lyons 26 September 1859 and had four sons, Leslie William Saul, Arnol Augustus, Chester Thomas Percival and John Walter Langworthy. He died of heart disease on 5 August 1904 at his residence in Melville Street, Hobart. He owned numerous houses and allotments around Hobart in Melville Street, Argyle Street, Paternoster Row and Elizabeth Street.

Violet Bartlett

  • Person

Violet Bartlett was active in Sydney's eastern suburbs in the 1920's. A. friend of anthropologist and sketcher Olive Pink, she was part of the vibrant Sydney art scene in the years between the wars. An accomplished artist her specialty was native birds. She is also recorded through her greeting cards to friends.

Vernon Victor Hickman

  • Person
  • 1894-1984

Vernon Victor Hickman OBE, zoologist, was born and educated in Hobart. After graduating in science from the University of Tasmania (1914) he lectured at the Zeehan School of Mines before joining the AIF during the First World War.
Upon his return, Hickman became Head of the Chemistry Department at the Launceston Technical College. In 1932, he was appointed Lecturer in Biology at the University of Tasmania and, in 1943, Professor of Biology, a position he held until retirement in 1959. Hickman's zoological knowledge was broad and he wrote on topics ranging from small invertebrates to mammals. His special interest was spiders and he discovered many new arachnid species. Hickman's honours include the Medal of the Royal Society of Tasmania, Medal of the Royal Physiographical Society (Lund) and the Clive Lord Memorial Medal (Royal Society of Tasmania).
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Van Diemen's Land Company

  • Corporate body
  • 1824-2016

Nineteenth-century British businessmen were interested in developing colonial resources, and the Van Diemen's Land Company was formed in May 1824 to ensure a cheap supply of wool for British factories. The colonial experience of William Sorell and Edward Curr was enlisted. Directors sought a 500,000 acre land grant and Sorell suggested land between Port Sorell and Cape Grim. An 1825 Bill granted only half this area, 'remote from settlers'. No thought was given to the dispossession of Aborigines. A vanguard of officials left England in October assured of a company Charter, which was issued in November 1825. The chief agent (Curr), with Stephen Adey (superintendent), Alexander Goldie (agriculturalist) and Henry Hellyer (surveyor and architect), accompanied by surveyors Joseph Fossey and Clement Lorymer, arrived in Hobart in March 1826. Lt-Governor Arthur's reception was encouraging; however Arthur and Curr soon squabbled over the remote location of the grant.
The imminent arrival of the Tranmere carrying indentured servants, livestock and supplies pushed Curr into settling at Circular Head. For more information see:

University Studio Theatre

  • 1982-1999

The University Studio Theatre was located adjacent to The Stanley Burbury Theatre , University Centre on the Sandy Bay Campus. The theatre was octagonal and able to accommodate an audience of 150 on tiered seating which afforded an excellent view of the acting area. Access to the theatre was through a foyer shared with the University Centre. The theatre had a 14 metre diameter octagonal sprung floor, with all round access and surrounded by a 2.4 metre high balcony. Many different seating arrangements were possible and it was particularly suitable for theatre in the round and three-quarter staging. the theatre with its different style was intended to complement the traditional qualities of the Theatre Royal. It was available for theatre groups outside of the University.

University of Tasmania Women's Club

The University Women's Club was founded in the late 1940s or early 1950s to provide social contact between wives of staff members and women members of staff, and to welcome and assist wives of new members of staff and women staff arriving from other parts of Australia and over seas.

University of Tasmania Athletics Club

After going into recess in the early 1970’s, the University of Tasmania Athletics Club was reestablished in 2015. With the support of the Tasmanian University Union, the UTAS Athletics Club was affiliated with Athletics Tasmania on the 23rd April 2015. - More information

University of Tasmania

  • Corporate body
  • 1890-

Founded in 1890, the University of Tasmania has a rich and proud history which was celebrated in 2015, as part of our 125th anniversary. We're the fourth oldest university in Australia and this vintage earns us the prestigious title of a sandstone university; one of the nation's oldest tertiary institutions. For more information see;

University Club

  • Corporate body
  • 1923-1926

A club for gentlemen who were University graduates was established by a group of graduates of the University of Tasmania, after a preliminary committee meeting held on 15 November 1923. The first general meeting of the University Club was held on 10 December 1923. The club adopted rules similar to those of the Tasmanian Club, leased rooms in Murray Street, and formed itself into a company under the Companies Act of 1920. Officers were Sir. N.E. Lewis, President, G.H. Cunningham, Vice-President, W. Parker Listner, Hon. Secretary, and the committee included Prof. Alan Burn, C.S. King, J.R. Harvey, Dr. J.H.B. Walch, H. Warlow Davies, L.R.Thomas, E. Cox, H.H. Cummins.
The Club rooms with billiard room, card room, reading room etc. were open from 5 July 1924 and a stewart.was appointed to serve lunches, teas etc. Club notepaper was printed and cigarettes stamped with the club crest (the University seal design). Unfortunately even with over 100 members the Club was not financially viable and from January 1926 the Committee considered the possibility of amalgamating with other clubs, such as the Naval and Military. At the A.G.M. on 3 June 1926 the Chairman proposed that the facilities of the Club should cease and the Club assets realised to pay the debts, and at Extraordinary General Meetings of 15 July and 29 July 1926 it was resolved to close the Club and make arrangements to wind up the Company.

Trades and Labour Council

  • Corporate body
  • 1883 -

The Trades & Labor Council of Hobart was started in 1883. In 1917 it became known as the Hobart Trades Hall Council. In 1968, the separate Trades Halls of Hobart, Launceston and Devonport were amalgamated as the Tasmanian Trades & Labor Council. The Tasmanian Trades & Labor Council, also known as Unions Tasmania, is a representative body of trade union organisations in the State of Tasmania, Australia. It is the peak union body in Tasmania, made up of affiliated unions who represent some 50,000 workers. It is the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (the ACTU).

Tracks Dance Theatre


Tracks Dance Company is located in Darwin and produces original and contemporary dance works that celebrate an important part of Australian culture – the frontier of the Northern Territory. For more information see:

Torleiv Hytten

  • Person
  • 1890-1980

Torleiv Hytten (1890-1980) C.M.G. MA. was born in Norway and emigrated to Australia in 1910 and after working in various jobs, including journalism (1920-26) he was appointed lecturer in economics at the University of Tasmania in 1925. He was also Director of Tutorial Classes 1928-32. He was economic adviser to the Tasmanian Government 1929-35, economic adviser to the Bank of N.S.W. 1935-49, delegate to the 16th Assembly of the League of Nations 1935, Chairman of the Australian National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce 1949. He also served on other Government Committees and advised on other matters including the Tasmanian Commonwealth Grants, Tasmanian State Employment Council, Tasmanian Railways and Queensland transport problems. He received the C.M.G in 1953, Knight Order of St. Olav (Norway) in 1951, Chev. Order of the Crown of Belgium on 1957. For more information see :


  • Corporate body
  • 1931- present

Togatus is the independent student media at the University of Tasmania and is produced for students, by students. Published by the Tasmania University Union since 1931, Togatus produces four print editions each year and occasionally features student news on its website. For more information

Thomas Yardley Lowes

  • Person
  • 1798–1870

Thomas Yardley Lowes (1798?-1870), distiller, merchant and auctioneer arrived at Hobart Town from England in the Thalia on 27 April 1823, as a free settler, with his wife Anna Maria Theresa and infant daughter Mary Ann. He was joined by his parents in 1827. In 1825 Lowes was advertising as a general commission agent and three years later he was appointed cashier of the Bank of Van Diemen's Land. In 1832 he was actuary to the Van Diemen's Land Assurance Association, and became a licensed auctioneer in partnership with W. T. Macmichael; he also opened a wool mart in 1834. Later he acquired property at Lowes Park, Antill Ponds, and at Dairy Lands, Glenorchy, where he built Lowestoft.
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Thomas Sutton

  • Person
  • 1857-1925

Born 11 Dec 1857 in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Son of Daniel Sutton and Susannah Butler. Brother of John Henry Sutton, Albert Edward Sutton and Stephen William Sutton. Husband of Rebecca Annie (Gray) Sutton — married 11 Mar 1876 in Palmerston North, Wellington, New Zealand. Father of Thomas Buswell Sutton, Robert Buswell Sutton, Joseph Sydney Sutton, Horace Neve Sutton, David Barclay Sutton and Darien Neave Sutton. Died 9 Jun 1925 at age 67 in Castlecliff, Wanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

Thomas Sheehy

  • Person
  • 1840-1913

Thomas Sheehy (1840-1913) was a solicitor, barrister and proctor of Collins Street, Hobart. He was a younger son of John and Ellen Sheehy of Hobart and in 1860 was articled to his brother Stephen (d. 1879), a solicitor, and was admitted in 1865.
As a member of a leading Catholic family and brother of a priest, Thomas Sheehy had many Catholics among his clients. His business records include a letter book, diaries noting consultations and actions taken, drafts of documents, notes and apprenticeship indentures.

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