Early Tasmanians

The following are names listed in the publication "A Geographical Historical and Topographical Description of Van Diemen's Land" by George William Evans, published in London, England in 1822

List of Land Grantees

 

Name

Information

Arthur, George

Lieutenant Governor VDL 1824

Bass, George

Surgeon

Beaumont

Provost Marshall of VDL and sometime explorer

Beaumont

Farmed near Mount Direction

Bell, Major

C.B. Superintendent of 48th regiment

Acting Engineer and Inspector of Public Works at Hobart Town

Bigge, John Thomas

Commissioner of NSW visiting VDL in 1820

Black Mary

Aboriginal companion of bushrangers in company with Sefton & Geary

Bowen, John

Captain, Royal Navy

1803 - set up a small colony on the banks of the Derwent River

Brune

A Frenchman & Bushranger in company with Sefton & Geary

Cimetier, Lieutenant Colonel

Commandant of Port Dalrymple

Cockerell

Early settler in New Town - 2˝ miles north-west of Hobart

Coine, Thomas

Bushranger in company with Sefton & Geary

Collier, Richard

Bushranger in company with Sefton & Geary

Collins, Captain

Master of the "Duke of Wellington" carried sheep and cattle to Mauritius from Tasmania in 1818

Collins, Lieutenant Colonel -

Royal Marines, died 1810

Served aboard the "Norfolk"

Commander of first military attachment in NSW

Cook, James

Captain Royal Navy, commander "Endeavour"

Currie, Dennis

Bushranger, surrendered to Police in August

Davey, -

Lieutenant-Governor

Davey, Thomas

Lieutenant Governor, VDL

D'Entrecasteaux

French explorer

Donkin

Donkin, Hall & Gamble No. 30, Clement’s Lane, Lombard Street - purveyors of provisions for emigrant ships

Englefield, Sir Henry

Inventor of the "mountain barometer" for measuring the height of mountains

Evans

Early settler in New Town - 2˝ miles north-west of Hobart

Evans, George William

Author

Deputy Surveyor of Lands, Van Diemen’s Land, during the years 1812 to 1825

Born at Warwick, England 5 January 1780.

Migrated to Cape of Good Hope in 1798

Arrived in Sydney 1802, became Acting surveyor-General in 1803

Flinders, Matthew

Lieutenant, command of HMS Reliance

Captain of "Investigator"

First circum-navigator of Australia

Foster, Lieutenant

Farmer near Mount Direction

Furneaux

French explorer

Gamble

Donkin, Hall & Gamble No. 30, Clement’s Lane, Lombard Street - purveyors of provisions for emigrant ships

Gatehouse

Early settler in New Town - 2˝ miles north-west of Hobart

Geary, Peter

Confederate of Howe the bushranger in the Scantlings plains area

Geils, Colonel

Owner of the estates named Geilston and Risdon near Kangaroo Point four miles west of Clarence Plains

Gibson

Grazier at Henrietta Plains near South Esk

Godwin, Thomas

Author of "A Descriptive Account of Van Diemen’s Island" 1820

Grimes, Charles

Replaced as Surveyor-General of NSW in 1803

Gunning, G.W.

Early settler in New Town - 2˝ miles north-west of Hobart

Hall

Donkin, Hall & Gamble No. 30, Clement’s Lane, Lombard Street - purveyors of provisions for emigrant ships

Harris, George Prideaux

Surveyor - NSW

Hayes, Thomas

Lived at Bagdad, house attacked by bushrangers on 17 November 1816

Howe, Michael

Bush ranger in VDL

Humphrey

Magistrate

Jeffries, Lieutenant Charles

Royal Navy; Commander of HM brig "Kangaroo"

Johnson

Bushranger in company with Sefton & Geary

Jones, John

Bushranger in company with Sefton & Geary

Kelly

Discoverer of Port Davey

Kent, William

Captain, commander of HMS Buffalo 1803

Kiegan, Matthew

Bushranger, surrendered to Police in August

Kingdom, William

Author of "An Abstract of all the most useful information relative to The United States of America, and The British Colonies of Canada, The Cape of Good Hope, New South Wales, and Van Diemen’s Island" 1820

La Perouse

French explorer

Labillardiere

French Naturalist

Lemon

Notorious bushranger, shot to death while he slept in February 1808. His head was taken to Hobart Town by the men who killed him.

Lemoriere, Lucy Parris

Second wife of George William Evans

Lord

Storekeeper near Cross and Black Marsh on the Fat Doe River

Lord, Edward

Lieutenant, replaced Collins in 1810 as commander Royal Marines

Owned property named Orielton Park near the Sweet Water Hills

Luttrell

Early settler in New Town - 2˝ miles north-west of Hobart

Macquarie, Lachlan

Governor of NSW in 1820

Maum, William

Had 3 stacks of wheat destroyed by fire at his property at Clarence Plains - bushrangers were blamed for the fire

McArthur, John Esq.

Breeder of merino sheep in NSW

McCaig, Dennis

Bushranger in company with Peter Sefton

McCarthy

Sergeant of police

Meehan, James

Acting Surveyor General NSW 1809

Melville, Jennett

Wife of George William Evans

Miller

Farmer near Mount Direction

Mills, Peter Bernard French

Surveyor - NSW

Murray, Captain

73rd regiment, replaced Lord in 1811 as commander of Royal Marines

Noble, Doctor

Farmed near Mount Direction

Oxley, John

Surveyor-General NSW

Paterson, William

Lieutenant Governor of NSW

Founder of settlement at Launceston

Pitt

Early settler in New Town - 2˝ miles north-west of Hobart

Potaskie

Tennant at Kangaroo Point of Colonel Geils

Rollards

Bushranger in company with Sefton & Geary

Rose, David

Lived at Port Dalrymple - house attacked by bushrangers on 7 November 1816

Sefton, Peter

Septon, Peter

Bushranger

Attacked the house of David Rose at Port Dalrymple on 7 November 1816

Sorrell, William

Lieutenant Governor, VDL

Stocker, Mr & Mrs

In the premises of Thomas Hayes at Bagdad when it was attacked by bushrangers on 17 November 1816

Stones

Had cattle stolen by Howe & Co

Tasman, Abel

Dutch explorer after whom Tasmania was eventually named

Tray

Had cattle stolen by Howe & Co

Von Bibra, Lewis

Printer of Hamburg who printed a German version of Evans' book

Von Steiglitz, Karl Rawdon

O.B.E. (1893-1967), well-known for his radio and television lectures on Tasmanian history, was for many years official historian to the Tasmanian Government

Wade

Chief Constable of Hobart Town; In the premises of Thomas Hayes at Bagdad when it was attacked by bushrangers on 17 November 1816

Watts, George

An absconding convict from Coal River & Bushranger in company with Sefton & Geary

Wentworth, William Charles

Explorer & Author of "A Statistical, Historical, and Political Description of The Colony of New South Wales, and Its dependent Settlements in Van Diemen’s Land" 1819 &1820

West, John

Historian

Author of History of Tasmania (1852)

White

Early zoologist in the colonies who wrote about the fauna of the various areas

Whitehead

Early settler in New Town - 2˝ miles north-west of Hobart

Whitehead, Andrew

In the premises of Thomas Hayes at Bagdad when it was attacked by bushrangers on 17 November 1816

Williams, Captain

Master of the "Frederic" carried sheep and cattle to Mauritus on 29th July 1818

 

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