Item Letter-149 - 2 Nov 1820 - Ann Johnston to cousin John Meredith

2 Nov 1820 - Ann Johnston to cousin John Meredith 2 Nov 1820 - Ann Johnston to cousin John Meredith 2 Nov 1820 - Ann Johnston to cousin John Meredith 2 Nov 1820 - Ann Johnston to cousin John Meredith

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AU TAS UTAS SPARC G4-A-149-153-Letter-149


2 Nov 1820 - Ann Johnston to cousin John Meredith


  • 1820 (Creation)

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1 four page letter

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(1800 -)

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John Meredith (1800- ) son of James and Sarah Meredith was George Meredith's young cousin who accompanied the family to Van Dieman's Land. He received land grants at Swanport and Jericho but returned to England in 1822, leaving his land in his cousin's possession

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Deposited by Mrs W V G Johnson Queensland 1962 & 1964 .
Also donated separately in May 2006 by Ian and Caroline Mackersey of Auckland New Zealand, photocopy of 'Memoir
of the late George Meredith' by his son, Edwin Meredith

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Letters from Ann Johnston to cousin John Meredith dated November 2nd 1820 and addressed to Post Office Vandiemans-Land. Stating her anxiety for his welfare, happiness and prosperity and urging him not to form an intimacy with any of the passengers until he knows them better as he is among a set of disappointed people whos fortunes have become desperate and and that self interest will be their and almost only thoughts. She urges him not enter into engagements lightly or hastily and not to let himself be influenced.

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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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Original inventory and descriptive notes can be found at :

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Other Meredith papers which remained at Cambria until it was sold were deposited in the Archives Office of Tasmania (State Archves) by Miss Violet Mace in 1965 (including some which had previously been lent to the University). The Meredith (Mace) papers include further family correspondence similar to the Meredith (Johnson) papers and also include papers relating to the property, house plans, accounts, etc.
They also include Hammond/Grant papers relating to J.M. Hammond's property and Maria Hammond. - NG123 MEREDITH FAMILY

A few odd papers were given to the Royal Society of Tasmania by various members of the family.
These include three letters of Louisa Ann (Twamley) Meredith (RS.33), a memoranda book of George
Meredith 1821 (RS.34) and two letters of George Meredith (RS.34,35).

John and James Grant Correspondence - G2

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HE Jan 2018




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