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Launceston Historical Society – Tony Marshall

September 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm


Two Edward Abbotts – father and son – each contributed to the development of Van Diemen’s Land in their own ways. The senior Abbott was the first judge in the colony, and later the Civil Commandant of Launceston. Abbott junior established the Hobart Town Advertiser, served for decades as a magistrate, sat in the House of Assembly for nearly a decade and compiled Australia’s first cookery book.

What connected them over several decades (apart from family) was the land grant – 210 acres of the Launceston Swamp – offered to Abbott senior, rescinded by Governor Arthur and successfully fought for by Abbott junior for twenty-eight years.

Tony Marshall worked for 36 years in the heritage collections of the State Libraries of Victoria and Tasmania. He is now an Adjunct Researcher at the University of Tasmania. His interests are largely biographical, focussing on obscure, eccentric and unjustly neglected characters of the nineteenth century. Edward Abbott junior has been in his portfolio for nearly thirty years.

All welcome. LHS Members free, $4 for visitors. Afternoon tea will be served.


September 15, 2019
2:00 pm
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