|Redlands Estate - Whisky|
Family legend has it that he was born to the Prince of Wales and Maria Fitzherbert or the Prince and Sarah Read but no proof has been found.
He married Elizabeth Driver of Castlereigh St., Sydney, on the 13th March 1816 at St. Phillips, Sydney. They had one son and two daughters. Elizabeth died late August 1821, aged 24 years and 11 days.
He was educated at Richmond, Campbell Town, and New Town. Owing to ill-health he went to the New Norfolk district, and when sixteen years of age managed 'Ivanhoe', then the property of his father. On leaving there he took over 'Redlands', and remained there for forty-five years. Comprising an area of 1800 acres, some 230 were under cultivation, including hops and orchards. The remainder was devoted sheep-farming and cattle-raising. He had an excellent strain of stud merinos, comprising upwards of 150, along with haIf-breds. In one portion of the estate are the well-known Salmon Ponds.
He was one of the original Commissioners of Tasmanian Fisheries. At the 'Ponds' as they were familiarly called, rainbow trout, Loch Leven trout, brown trout and salmon trout were hatched, and the ova distributed in the different lakes and tidal streams throughout Tasmania. He was a Justice of the Peace and had been on the Bench from the age of twenty-six. He was for some years a member of the New Norfolk municipal council, and Commissioner of the Asylum. He was a member of the local Road trust for many years.
The picture depicts the remains of the Lachlan River mill. Much of Tasmania's history, when the State was known as Van Diemen's Land, came to us from pioneers' letters, but none has more graphically described his start in a new country than the writer of the letter mentioned. Many of his descendants have made, and are still making, their marks in the Derwent Valley. Accompanying photographs depict the relics of the Lachlan River mill and the Derwent River's highest shipping place, and Askrigg homestead.
And Salmon Ponds.
Stories of the past as so interesting when written by someone who lived in those times.
|The Duke's Coach 1868|
|The Duke of Edinburgh|