Collection C3 - Alexander Cheyne Papers

Index to C3 - Cheyne

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Alexander Cheyne Papers


  • 1777-1861 (Creation)

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1 file & 2 microfilm

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Alexander Cheyne (1785-1858), son of John Cheyne of Leith, Scotland, was a captain in the Royal Engineers. In 1834, after retiring from the army he emigrated to Australia and settled first in Western Australia put arrived in Hobart in December 1835 and became Director General of Roads and Bridges and in 1838 Director of Public Works. He was dismissed in 1848 partly owing to the personal animosity of the colonial secretary John Montague. He contracted to supply water to Launceston but suffered from' long delays in payment of bills by the Government. He then became supervisor of Launceston's. swamp draining but was injured and permanently lamed in a coach accident. In 1847 he was appointed director of Hobart Water Works but was dismissed in 1848. In 1852 he became assistant superintendent of road works.' . He was a Presbyterian, superintendent of the Sunday School and a friend of Rev. John Lillie and Dr. Adam Turnbull. for more information see :

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  1. Diary 1848-1850 - presented by F.C. Wolfhagen from the papers of the solicitors Simmons, Wolfhagen, Simmons & Walch, 195? (? possibly from solicitors Westrook & Butler who acted for A. Cheyne)
  2. Microfilm copy of Cheyne diaries in the Battye Library, Perth, W.A. .
  3. Microfilm copy of papers owned by Mr & Mrs Graham of Launceston (Cheyne Hall, 4 Hoblers Bridge Road, Newstead, Tas. 7250) c1964

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Collection contains a written diary of Alexander Cheyne and microfilms of diaries and papers belonging to the family

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May be consulted. Requests for copying or publication should be referred to the Battye Library (No.2) or to Mrs Graham (No.3)

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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HE Dec 17




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