It is interesting to note in passing that within the last fortnight there has passed away two other old ship-builders —Messrs. Thomas Abel and Joseph Smith—both of whom worked for Mr. Lucas for many years. Deceased leaves several sons, one of whom is manager of the Commercial Bank at Wynyard, another, Mr. W. J. Lucas, following his father's profession of a ship-builder, and a third is chief officer of the Huddart, Parker, and Co. steamer Burrumbeet. The Hon. W. J. Lucas is his brother.
The treacherous waters of Bass Strait have claimed hundreds of ships and more than a thousand lives. Ever since Bass Strait was charted by George Bass and Matthew Flinders in 1798, many ship’s captains have decided to risk the dangerous passage to shorten the time to reach Sydney. Many have come to grief. The King Island Maritime Trail “Shipwrecks & Safe Havens" tells some of the stories of the shipwrecks, both heart-breaking and heroic. It also tells of the safe havens set up at Currie and Grassy, and of the welcome lighthouses built at Cape Wickham and Currie. In the words of keeper William Hickmott, “I suppose there are no lights in these waters so blest by sailors as the two upon King Island.”
"There were so few people living on the island and yet they formed a racing club. They haven't missed a season since."
Several lineages stem from William Thomas Calvert and John Calvert.
The family feature many well known sporting identities, and excelled in cricket and sailing.
Don Calvert is from the John Calvert lineage, and a second cousin to Lena Young.
This family owned the property "Ralphdene" at South Arm
He is in the Tasmanian Yachting Hall of Fame.
The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s Bruny Island Race has three handicap divisions, AMS, IRC and PHS, with AMS results deciding the overall winner of the race.
In 1984 Don built a new yacht, Intrigue, hoping to take his ocean racing further. "Intrigue is the a 40 foot ocean racing yacht that I still sail today". She was designed by Tony Castro and built by Noel Wilson and Rodney Goode from Tasmanian timbers.
In 1985 Don and his crew were lucky enough to be selected to represent Australia in the Admiral's Cup, the unofficial world championship of ocean racing. "Due to the great efforts of my talented Tasmanian crew we finished 10th overall and Australia finished 4th and we were lucky enough to be the top Australian yacht" he said.
As a result of this, Don was awarded the title of Australian Ocean Racer of the Year in 1985.
"We would never have been able to go to England had it not been for the RYCT members and the then Commodore, Olaf Herdberg, who initiated a great fundraising committee made up of members from all the yacht clubs"
Don Calvert joined the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania in 1952 as a junior member when he was 17 and as a senior member in 1961. Now over 70, his passion for sailing is just as strong and he shows no signs of slowing down.
Don first crewed in a cadet dinghy named Viking with his brother Hedley and the helmed the same boat with Picton Hay and Frank Ikin. The crew won the RYCT pennant and represented Tasmania in the Stonehaven Cup in 1953.
His son is Bruce Calvert, another Yachtsman of distinction, as was his son Bruce Calvert, who sadly died aged 43.
Just four weeks later, on 20 November Bruce died, six and a half months after being diagnosed with cancer. It was his final sail at the age of 43.
Bruce was a son of Don and Jill Calvert, Don a past Commodore of the RYCT, and with his brother David had taken over management of the family plastics packaging business down the d’Entrecastreaux Channel.
'His first Sabot was called Inflation – because you couldn’t keep up to it,' Don Calvert recalled with pride this week.
From Sabots, Bruce went on to sail Cadet dinghies, representing Tasmania in the Stonehaven Cup, then Fireballs and International Dragons in which he sailed Jock Robbie to an outstanding victory in the Prince Philip Cup, the national championship for the class in 1997.
Bruce went with his father to England as a member of the crew of Don’s One Tonner Intrigue, Tasmania’s first member of an Australian Admiral’s Cup in 1985. He also contested a number of Sydney Hobart Races, including the storm swept 1998 race aboard the Tasmanian yacht Computerland.
Bruce was renowned for his seamanship and boat handling capability when the going got tough. As John Saul, skipper of Computerland in the ’98 Hobart, said at his funeral, the only time he could sleep was when Bruce was on the helm – and they had a reasonable crew! Such was the trust in his ability to steer a boat.
His brother-in-law, Matthew Knight, who sailed with Bruce a lot, agreed. 'There was no one more controlled on a boat. I never heard him raise his voice in anger,' Matthew said.
'Bruce had the utmost respect for his crew and being able to do every job on the boat himself, he recognised when someone was under the pump or had made an error and never berated them for it or lost his cool. He just got on making the most of the situation. He was like this in life, too.'
The yacht broke its mast at the end of last season and Saturday, 20 October was Bruce’s first and last race with the new rig. His health declined rapidly afterwards.
Justly, Don and Jill are very proud of Bruce’s achievements as a sailor, a businessman with a natural bent towards electronics, as a family man and as a friend to many people. As Don said to me, Bruce Calvert will be sadly missed in Hobart.
Read more at http://www.mysailing.com.au/news/intrigue-wins-their-ninth-bruny-island-yacht-race#GRSPv71tOc7yfbAz.99
Calvert was appointed Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in April 1998. During his time as Secretary of the department, Calvert made significant contributions to the Doha Development Round trade negotiations and helped to secure a deal to launch negotiations for a free trade agreement between Australia, New Zealand and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (since concluded). Calvert retired from his Secretary role in January 2005.
In 2009, a street in the Canberra suburb of Casey was named Ashton Calvert Street to honour Calvert.
He was with Paul Keating on New Year's Day 1992 when the Australians put to George Bush senior the outline plan that was to become APEC, and with Keating at Balmoral when the then prime minister told the Queen that Australia didn't need her any more.
He was with John Howard in Washington on September 11, 2001, and close to the decision-making over the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Indian Ocean tsunami and the first Bali bombing. He regarded his involvement with East Timor's independence from Indonesia as the highlight of his career.
Ashton Trevor Calvert was born in Hobart to Reginald and Noreen Calvert and brought up on their apple orchard at Kettering. After primary school, he was educated at Hobart High and the University of Tasmania, graduating from a science degree with first-class honours in mathematics. He won a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford, earning a PhD in mathematics and becoming the first cox appointed president of the university Boat Club.
In 1997 Calvert became the government's Senate Whip. He became President following Margaret Reid in 2002, and was re-elected in 2005. Early in his presidency he tackled the archaic five department structure of the Australian Parliament, and achieved a streamlining to 3 departments – one for each Chamber and one looking after joint services.
On 7 August 2007 Calvert announced his intention to resign his position as President of the Senate on 14 August and to resign as a Senator for Tasmania before the Senate resumed on 10 September. He was succeeded as Senate President by South Australian Liberal Senator Alan Ferguson. He formally resigned as a Senator on 29 August 2007. In 2008 he was appointed a member of the Governing Council of Old Parliament House in Canberra.
As part of the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours list, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.
826, William was held the licence of the Union Tavern in Campbell Street
William Young went as far as New Zealand, Norfolk Island and other islands of the Pacific, looking for whales.
Rebecca died 4th February 1879. She is buried at Cornelian Bay.
William Young was the son of Samuel Young and Ann Eades
A RESIDENT OF TASMANIA, FOR FIFTY-TWO YEARS.
Obit December 27th., 1866
A GOOD man in every respect. An able colonist, a farmer who could plough, reap and sow.
A Mariner, that could sail a ship to any part of the world, a whaler, whose exploits are unequalled in the annals of daring; a Tasmanian in heart and soul, a loving husband, and a good father; and to sum up all -AN HONEST MAN. Mark his career, sons of Tasmania, and emulate his enterprise and his virtues.
William was buried in 1866 at St Davids in Hobart. No doubt Rebecca and William's descendants would, at one time, like to pay their respects to their ancestors. Well that will be highly unlikely you will be a hundred years too late.