NameCharles HARBOTTLE J.P. , 2996
Birth11 Jun 1831, England
Birth MemoMemoirs of Charles Harbottle
Baptism9 Sep 1831, Newcastle upon Tyne, NBL Age: <1
Bapt MemoSt John
Death18 Jun 1918, Hobart, TAS, Australia Age: 87
Death MemoMercury Newspaper Index
FatherThomas HARBOTTLE , 2736 (~1804-1856)
MotherMary LAIDMAN , 2533, O1186 (1807-1857)
Misc. Notes
The Glamorgan/Spring Bay Historical Society has in its possession a manuscript of Charles Harbottle giving a wonderfully colourful description of Tasmanian society in the nineteenth century:

The Memoirs of Chas. Harbottle,
19 Swan Street [Hobart, Tasmania].

My parents arrived here in 1832. My first birthday being spent on board the ship ‘Medway’ in the harbour on 11th June in that year.

People of the present day have very little idea of the changes that have taken place since the days when I was young, they now have so many appliances to make life pass more easily, things that were not thought of then are now in every day use, take for instance the now indispensable Lucifer Match, our predecessors had to be content with flint and steel and a wooden stick with sulphur on the end. Matches were discovered by John Wright at Stockton on Tees in 1825, he made up boxes of 50 matches, with a small piece of sand paper for which he charged one shilling and four pence, but they were not manufactured on a commercial scale till 1852 and it would be some little time after that before they were introduced in to the Colony.

Then again steel pens were almost unknown, quill pens were almost invariably used, envelopes were unknown, letters were folded to leave part of the last page for the address and they were fastened down either by wafers or sealing wax. I recollect a hawker going his rounds in his basket he had some seals, he called upon a lady who wanted one, she asked the Motto and was told it was “While I Live I will Love”, to her disgust when using it she found it was “While I live I will crow”.

Postage stamps were not used here until 1853 the first used were engraved by Mr C.W. Coad, the postage on town letters was two pence and inland four pence. I have a letter from Melbourne written in October 1840 marked postage 1/6.

Many people will hardly realize the difference in lighting, tallow candles were principally used, but in better houses they had wax candles or lamps using sperm oil, Public houses were compelled by law to have a light burning at night over their front door.

When the Town Commissioners were appointed in 1846 one of their first acts was the decision to have the town lighted with oil lamps, the Gas Company was formed in 1854 and the Town was lighted with gas soon after.

There were no sewing or washing machines, telegrams, electric wireless or submarine, telephones, railways, motors, bicycles, kerosene and many other things that are now in every day use.

Punishments that have been done away with are the stocks, treadmill and the brutal punishment of the infliction of lashes, for in many instances very trivial offences, a tale is told of a settler sending his assigned servant to a Magistrate in one country district with a letter stating the man had been insolent, that he ordered so many lashes, the man had a suspicion of the contents of the letter and meeting a chum asked him to deliver the letter as he wanted a spree, the unfortunate delivered the letter and received the punishment.

Mr George Marshall of Sorell in 1871 speaking of the early days of the Colony and the flogging there used to be he instanced a man who was assigned to him who he knew was robbing him, he did not wish to report him but at last had to do so, he was flogged and twice subsequently was again flogged, he lost sight of him for some time when one day he was on the wharf, a ship had just arrived from Norfolk Island, some prisoners were landed and amongst them was this man, he spoke to Mr Marshall and said he was sorry for having behaved so badly to him. He also said that while he had been at Norfolk Island he had received 2000 lashes.

A Magistrate in the Country was generally called ‘None so dusty’ for when he sentenced a man to be flogged he invariably wound up with ‘and that is none so dusty my man’. A person told me he was sitting with the same Magistrate when a man came to make a Declaration, he was sworn, when he left the visitor said do you know that was not a Bible but a volume of Shakespeare you used, the reply was it is all right the man cannot read.

There is also a vast difference between the punishment meted out then and now. I sometimes think that although the punishment was too severe then, the swing of the ounishment in the opposite direction has been too great, what a man would now have to pay a small fine for or at most be imprisoned for a few hours, he would then receive a sentence of several years, for instance a man who had an ironmongery business doing a fair trade at the corner of Elizabeth and Melville Streets was shooting at New Town, having no luck, in returning he shot a turkey belonging to a person who resided just beyond the New Town Racecourse, he was seen, the Police were informed, he was arrested tried and sentenced to several years - before being sentenced he made over his property to a supposed friend with the understanding that when he was released it was to be again restored to him, but when he came out of prison the friend refused to do so, the Police could not find the turkey, his stock having been sold, it was discovered by the purchaser at the bottom of a large oil cistern, so the poor fellow was ruined.

I suppose it may be considered presumption on my part to criticize the decisions of learned Judges and Magistrates but I cannot help thinking that the framers of the “First Offenders Act” did so with the intention that when a person under a sudden temptation committed a first offence then he should not be branded as a felon, but where a person deliberately and systematically commits several offences and when found out has his first trial, I should hardly think the intention was that he should be considered a first offender to receive the benefit of that Act.

The cessation of the public execution of men at the gaol was certainly a step in the right direction. As a youngster I frequently took a walk before breakfast. One morning in going up Macquarie Street I noticed a number of people going towards the Gaol which was then in Murray Street occupying the frontage from Waterloo House and in Macquarie Street to what is now the Tasmania Club. I asked what was the matter and was told a man was to be hung, I went the other way, it used to be said that a Clergyman on going round the Gaol was shown the gallows when he remarked it would be too crowded for 1, but 5 could hang comfortably.

In June 1883 after completion of the Hospital Finance business the conversation drifted to the old days of the Colony. Mr Seabrook said his father was in charge of the Station at Port Cygnet, any offences out of the ordinary way were tried by Mr Kirwan, who as Magistrate visited the Station periodically, a punishment that was inflicted was called ‘Beaching’ there were some large boxes fixed upright at the low water mark on the beach, the man who was ordered to receive this punishment was gagged and fastened in the box at low water and left there for the night, when the tide came in the water would be up to his middle - Neither Mr Brownell or I had ever heard of this punishment.

Mr Brownell then told us of some events that had taken place when he was at Port Arthur - Point Puir was a place kept exclusively for young boys, but when they became too old or were unruly they were sent to Port Arthur - One young man had been taken there but when he arrived the prisoners had gone in for their dinner, a man came up to the boy and said he wanted some tobacco (the men were not allowed it and would be punished if any was found upon them) the reply was he had none but that he could have half his dinner if he wanted it, to which he replied ‘Damn your dinner - I don’t want any of it, take that’ and at the same time stabbed him in the back. The man was arrested, searched and put in prison, the next morning when Dr Brownell was going his rounds, he was told this man wanted to see him, the doctor went and asked what was the matter, he said his eyes were bad, the Doctor told him to kneel down so that he could better examine them, he did so, the Doctor stooped to look at them when the man made a dive at him with a knife he had managed to secrete. The Warder fortunately saw what he was doing and knocked his arm on one side but the Doctor was cut on the chin.

Another tale he told was of two men absconding, the first thing to be done was to get rid of the leg irons, one was trying to knock the irons off the other, when the stone he was using struck him on the leg, he cried ‘Damn you, if you do that again I will knock your brains out’, the other enewed his efforts but the stone slipped again, he was immediately killed, the murderer went to Mount Arthur and told what he had done, they could not take him into custody so he went to Port Arthur and gave himself up and then took the Police to where the body was.

The bad conduct men were placed to break stones in a part of the gaol that was partitioned off into small compartments about 6 feet wide, these were not covered, neither were they enclosed at the end, but just shut off from their neighbour, a heavy chain went along the bottom of these spaces to which the men were padlocked while they were at work, an overseer was stationed to see that the men did their task and if it was necessary he would unfasten the padlock to releasr the man if he wanted to go to the back, the overseer stooped to unfasten the padlock when his brains were knocked out with the man’s hammer.

After rain the men were brought from the Penitentiary to scrape the streets, they had iron scrapers with long handles. The long sentence men wore a magpie suit of black and yellow. They were under the supervision of an armed guard.

The men at Port Arthur dreaded the silent system punishment more than any other, the Clergyman said they were constantly making excuses to send for him or the Doctor for the sake of hearing a voice, the dark cells were terrible, not the slightest ray of light could penetrate them. I was once the guest of the Clergyman for a few days when I went all over the place.

In old St. David’s the pulpit was what was commonly called a three decker, the lower portion was for the club, the middle for the general service, the top division for the sermon, the Clergyman had a white surplice for the first part of the service but preached in a black gown (I think it was called the Geneva Gown), the pews were high with doors, the top pews on each side were very large, the one was for the Governor and his family, the opposite one for the Military Officers, there were galleries on the sides and end, the gallery at the one side was for the Soldiers, the other for the Assigned Servants who mustered before Church by Mr Muster, Master Mason in the Police Yard, after muster they went to the different churches, the Organ and Choir were in the end gallery.

Hymns were seldom sung at St. David’s, these only being printed in the Prayer Books the Morning, Evening, Communion, Christmas, Easter and a few other hymns. A Metrical version of the Psalms being generally used. Some years afterwards Jerusalem the Golden Chas Packers Christmas Hymn and a few others were added, all these were subsequently discontinued and Hymns Ancient and Modern substituted.


The first were always held on 1st December at Pavilion Point as it was then called, it was where Government House now stands, there was a large rustic pavilion in which flower shows were held on Regatta day, on one occasion some broken bottles had not been cleared away, the Governor Sir John Franklin would not allow it to be held there the next year, so it was held at Sandy Bay - Government House and grounds then occupied the space between the Public Offices and Argyle Street. Elizabeth Street terminated at Macquarie Street. A Ball was generally held in the large verandah at the back of Government House on Regatta Night, on the day the Regatta was held at Sandy Bay my Father was assisting the Private Secretary with some preparations for the Ball, I went to see him for some purpose and saw the Governor standing behind a tree watching the starting of the Flotilla, there was an accident at that Regatta - a Kangaroo Point upset and some of the crew were drowned.

At high tide the water was up to the fence from the lower end of Government House grounds and along by the Bondage Warehouse from there to the present wharves has all been made ground.

As there were so many whalers who made a point of coming in to refit at Regatta time the Whalers race was the principal event of the day, the boats had to be fitted out with harpoons, ropes etc just as if they were starting after a whale.

Subsequently the Ladies Purse was the race of the day, the Regatta has always been looked upon as the Peoples holiday, great interest was always taken in the rival crews of the Westbrooks and Lewis’.

After being held for many years on 1st December, the seasons seemed to have changed so that settled weather could not be looked for on that day, it was settled that the Regatta should be held at the end of January.


In my school days I was at Richmond for my holidays where I saw my first horse race.

Mr Kearney Jnr had a horse named Jim Crack and engaged a jockey who was known as “Absolutely Jack”, immediately after the horses started Absolutely fell off, pretending to be drunk, the owner caught the horse, jumped on and came first.

The same jockey at the New Town races rode a horse belonging to Lieut. Lochner who was A.D.C. to Sir William Denison, Lochner believed he had sold the race and horse whipped him on the course.

The racing on the New Town Course was very different to the ones at Elwick, some of the races were in heats and generally the distance run was very much longer the Ladies Purse being for gentlemen riders, Mr Dry (afterwards Sir Richard, Speaker of the House of Assembly) and Mr Read of Ratho were two of the riders I recollect in one race, and for the Steeple Chase Mr Smith (afterwards Sir Francis and Chief Justice) would come in first on his horse Boliver.

A pony race was frequently won by a horse called Dr Syntax, it must have been a very quiet one for on one occasion the mob carried it up to the stand.

There was a decided difference in the style of dress. Men when they put on their Sunday go to Meeting House clothes had on Swallow tail coats, trousers with straps that went under the boots keeping them very tight, the waistcoats were frequently white figured satin, cut velvet or embroidered, the old gentlemen wore stocks or long cravats that went twice round the neck, they were then bunched up in front, finished off with a fancy pin, younger people wore ties round their neck with large bows sticking out, frequently with embroidered ends. The old editions of London Punch give an excellent illustration of the dress of both men and women of the time. The dress of the ladies I would not attempt to describe except that they wore tremendous crinolines.

There were no Aldermen then, the Government appointed a Town Surveyor and other officers for the care of the Town - Commissioners were elected in 1846, they met at D. Taylor’s Auction Rooms on 29th September (these rooms were in Liverpool Street about where Mathers Drapery Establishment now is). One of the first measure adopted was the decision to have the Town lighted with oil lamps, the control of the Town remained in the hands of the Commissioners till 1853 when the first Aldermen were elected, William Carter being the first Mayor (Mrs Gant is his grand daughter).

The Mayor for 1858 was not a candidate when elected there were several aspirants for the office and as they could not vote for themselves, they all voted for Gillies and he was elected much to their disgust, he however went to Melbourne before his term expired when Mr D Lewis took the position.

About this time was the record number in the number of candidates for Aldermen there being 25.

Different from Mr Gillies I had the unique experience of being elected contrary to my wish [in 1887]. An informal meeting was held the evening before the Mayor was to be elected to select who should have the position, I was asked and declined saying if I had any desire for the office I would have accepted on the last occasion when pressed to do so but as this was the Jubilee of the Queen’s accession more would be expected from the holder of the office, the Meeting broke up without arriving at any decision, it afterwards transpired some of the members met and arranged to elect me against my wish, on the Saturday when the election took plce, to my astonishment I was elected, at first I refused to accept, saying I would pay the Penalty, which was then one hundred pounds, however so many citizens asked me to accept that three days after I agreed to do so.

On the opening of the New Market a banquet was held in January 1854. My father, Mr C W Coad (who engraved our first postage stamps) and myself went together to it, we did not stay late, Mr Coad stayed with me that night, we had not long been in bed when there was a cry of fire, it was the shops at the corner where Golding now has his shop, Coad and I were assisting to roll out some bales of goods from the corner shop when there was a tremendous explosion, Coad ran out but when I got to the doors I saw so many pots etc. coming down in front that I went back, as the explosion had sent so many pieces of wood pretty alight and sparks in all directions. I went back home to see if all was secure, on Wellington Bridge I found the roadway was partly covered with part of a roof, it was never known who had the powder causing the explosion, evidently there must have been a much larger stock than they were allowed to keep and the insurance would have been cancelled if it could have been proved who had it, it was generally believed it was in the store of either Tubby & Padman or Macgregor.

The commecement of that year was a disastrous one for our neighbourhood for in addition to the fire there were the worst floods known in February and March, buildings being allowed over the creek, in several instances they were carried away with the result that Wellington Bridge was blocked so that the water poured along Elizabeth Street and down our lane, we had stores and a bridge over the creek these were all carried away, there was six feet of water in our kitchen and lower rooms. A person trying to save something that was being carried down by the water near Murray Street fell in and was drowned. Sir William Denison ordered a gang of men from the Penitentiary to assist the people on the banks of the creek.

Goldings corner was also burnt down on a previous occasion, when we heard the cry of fire my brother and I got up and ran to Liverpool Street, there was so little appearance of fire that we would have gone past if there had not been two or three people at the door of Mr Lazarus, a jeweller, we then saw a reflection in the fanlight, the fire engines were manual ones the Superintendent came up with the engine belonging to the Tasmanian Insurance Co. He was commencing to smash in the door, he was asked not to do it but he did so and then it was found there was no water it had been turned off, when the door was opened it gave air to the flamesand in a few minutes the glass in the fanlight was broken, the flames caught the facia, the upper windows and under the roof which was of galvanized iron and before any one had any idea of it the fire had travelled under the roof and had burst over the creek end.


You would sometimes see a Corporals Guard of Soldiers going up the street fully equipped with provisions etc. and would then learn that Bushrangers were out, the ones that caused the most attention in my time were Cash, Kavanagh and Jones, while Cash was with them he never permitted any violence to be used, once they tied up all on the premises except the Mistress. She being so old they thought she could do no harm, however she went into her bedroom and got out of the window to alarm the neighbours when Kavanagh getting suspicious went to look after her and saw she was crossing a paddock, he put up his gun to shoot her when Cash came in and knocked up the guns, the plucky woman called out ‘fire away it will be a fine feather in your cap to say you shot an old woman’.

Cash came to town to get a pair of boots, he was recognised by some one in a shop in Elizabeth Street, a hue and cry was immediately raised, he ran up Brisbane Street where he was caught, he however shot one of the persuers. Kavanagh and Jones were out for some time after but were ultimately taken at a shepherd’s hut on the road between Richmond and the Tea Tree.

Cash served an additional sentence and afterwards had a small farm ar Glenorchy, one day some people came in to say there was a man drunk and asleep in the lane beside the shop, it was Cash.

Rocky Whelan was a bloodthirsty ruffian, he was alone, he shot Mr Axford who was waiting for the coach on Spring Hill, a Mr Carpenter near the Huon and I think someone else, he stuck up Mr Kearney on the Grass Tree Hill, presenting his gun at him ordering him to get off his horse, Kearney thought it was a joke and said “Mind that gun might go off”, Kearney had more money than he usually carried with him and had to hand it over, when being tried Whelan said he regretted he had not killed Kearney who was the principal witness, “as dead men told no tales”.

The following extract from a letter written to my father in February 1843 by a farmer will give some idea of the state of people in the country in those days:

Denmark Hill
7 February 1843

We have been in a state of some little excitement since Sunday noon being in constant anticipation of an attack of Bushrangers, they were in the Black Hills on that day, and on this day (Tuesday) they were seen by a boy on the hill in front of my house, one of them is said to have been a shepherd of mine and one that I punished. I write now with a strange accompaniment on my right hand a brace of pistols.

I have my men stationed in different places about the yrd, I have six stands of arms amongst them, two of them I believe will fight, the rest I fear are cowards and as the fighting partner has left I am inclined to think I shall not exhibit very much physical courage in myself, I close the doors at dark and take the charge of the inside of the house to myself. I shall do all I can to keep them out but if they once get in I shall sing small, I have had a great mind to send down to Town to buy a contribution of firearms from amongst friends.

For the first election of Members of Parliament a hustings was erected at the New Market, the Candidates were Thos D Chapman, John Dunn and Thomas Young, feeling ran very high, rotten eggs and other missiles were freely thrown at the Candidates when addressing the electors. On the day of the Election I saw people scrambling over the verandah of the Ship Inn into Elizabeth Street, it appeared that some of Young’s supporters had broken part of Eddingtons fence for staves and had driven Chapmans supporters away from their committee room. After the election the successful candidates, Chapman and Dunn were chaired when proceeding down Liverpool Street some of Youngs supporters again made a charge upon Chapman from the White Swan but a number of shipwrights formed a bodyguard for him and had sticks ready under Chapmans chair so they easily beat the assailants off.

Mr Chapman told me in 1882 that for his first election bills came in for three thousand three hundred pounds, but the Court knocked off six hundred pounds.

The Main Line Railway Bill had a narrow escape in the Legislative Council, the Bill as first introduced was passed in the Assembly but when brought to the Council in Committee it was thrown out by a majority of one except the preamble, so the Chairman (James Whyte) stated that he had nothing to report, the Government then made some trifling alteration in the sum named in the Bill to enable it to be reintroduced, it again passed the Lower House and the day it was brought on in the Legislative Council, T.Y. Lowes who was the one principally opposed to it was taken ill and could not attend, those interested hunted up the members on each side, and Audley Coote went up to see Mr Foster, he said he was too ill with dysentry to attend but after a great deal of trouble he was induced to go to the House but what was Cootes disgust when the division was coming on to see that Foster was missing, he got John Davies to assist him in the search, but he was not to be found, at last they thought of the W.C. and found him, while the Division bell was ringing they told him he must run. He said he could not stir, they got one on each side lifted up his trousers and carried him to the room, just in time before the door was closed, he gave his vote, his clothes were all unfastened his coat was wrapped in front of him, that vote gave the majority of one and the Bill passed. This was told by Mr Coote as we returned from the opening of the Devonport Railway.

The Telegraph and Submarine Cable are of comparative modern invention, the only way we had of communicating to a distance was the Semaphore to Port Arthur, it started from Battery Point, the next was at Mount Nelson, then at Pilot Station, at Mount Communication on the Peninsular and Port Arthur, in addition to reports from Port Arthur they were used for giving information of any vessel coming to the Port.

At the time of the Crimean War we were dependant upon arrival of the monthly Mail Steamer for news, I think it was when Sebasapol fell that a bookseller named Lawrence obtained one of the first telegrams from Launceston, he read it out to hundreds of people gathered round from the verandah of the Ship Inn.


The Critic announced lately that in 1828 the Derwent Steam Coy was formed but I have no recollection of steamers here until I think about 1840. My impression is that before then all business was performed by sailing vessels, the first steamer that ever called here was a yacht, I think called the ‘Sea Horse’ owned by a Mr Banjamin Boyd who it was said was killed by the natives of one of the islands in the Pacific.

Showing the advance that has been made in steamers of the present day the Hobart Town Courier of 27th July 1838 states that the Great Western is the largest vessel propelled by steam, she is 234 feet in length, 58 feet wide with engines and machinery of 450 horse power, her registered measurements being 1640 tons compared with the size of the White Star or the German Lloyd boats.

I had a letter from Monterey, Upper California dated 16 February 1852, it states that there are some splendid steam ships between San Francisco and Panama, among them the ‘Golden Gate’ ranks largest her burthen is 2200 tons, her first trip from Panama she made in 12 days with 1300 passengers.

All vehicles or horses crossing to Kangaroo Point were taken in large boats called horse boats but at Bridgewater a punt was used between the Causeway and the opposite shore. When the bridge there was completed my Father and I were invited to the opening.

Ship building was a very active business, the yards of McGregor, Ross Degraves and others turned out some fine vessels for the English, Colonial, Whaling and river trade.

When the whaling crews returned to port they generally had a good deal of money to spend and they got rid of it as quickly as possible, I was told by an old Ship Captain that on one occasion a vessel was only out six weeks, she returned with all her casks and every thing that would hold oil full.

Another Captain told me that in 1838 there were about 200 whalers in our harbour extending from the Domain to Sandy Bay Point, there were English, French, Dutch, American and Colonial Whalers.

The Kangaroo Point Steam Navigation Company was formed in in ten pound shares but the scrip does not state the Capital of the Company. I have one of the Scrip. It is dated 1854 but I do not know if that was when the Company was floated.

Shipping was very brisk at the time of the Victorian Diggings. I used to frequently take the reports from the Semaphore at Mr Nelson of an evening and on one occasion the report was about 30 vessels coming in, the wharves would be 2 and 3 deep with them at times.

The Tasmanian Steam Navigation Coy was formed in 1854. I was a shareholder from the start until it was disposed of to the Union Steam Coy.

The greatest change of all is in the Men of War. I just recollect the ‘Vindictive’ 74 guns laying off the Domain for a considerable time refitting, what chance would she have against the smallest war boat now afloat.

The arrangements for funerals have improved very much since my young days. The coffins were covered with black cloth, a heavy black pall was thrown over it. As the cemeteries were in the City the funerals were invariably walking ones, the bodies were kept much longer then than now with the consequences that those who carried the coffin who were under the pall at times were not in an enviable position. The Custom was for those attending were provided with silk hat bands, black kid gloves and refreshments thus it came such an expense that poor families had frequently to run into debt.

Very high interest had to be paid for money borrowed on Mortgages. In the Omnibus of December 1842, Mr D Taylor advertises for sale a property of 1200 acres at Clarence Plains subject to two Mortgages one of one thousand pounds another for four hundred pounds bearing interest of 12 1/2 per cent, both Mortgages now due.

Later than that date several properties were advertised for sale with amounts not paid in cash the bills given were to carry interest of 10 per cent.


My parents were both natives of Morpeth near Newcastle on Tyne, England. My Grandfather having brought up all his sons to his own business when they came to Man’s Estate they had to scatter. My father purchased a business at Jedburgh on the Scottish side of the border and in 1827 was married to Mary Laidman. I was born on 11th June 1831.

Captain Wight, the Captain and owner of the ship ‘Medway’ induced two of his relations at Jedburgh to come with him to Sydney where there was a good opening for business. My Father made up his mind to accompany them, before he left the Provost and Bailie’s gave him a testimonial of which the following is a copy:

We the Provost and Magistrate of the Burgh of Jedburgh Certify that the bearer Thomas Harbottle has resided in this Burgh for the last six years practising his profession of a House and Ornamental Painter in which branches he is perfect and has had as much success as the limited extent of the population of the district could allow - during the above period Mr Harbottle has been much respected, having conducted himself in a sober industrious and honourable manner and we also know that he was generally esteemed in the neighbouring County of Northumberland of which he is a native, where his connections are respected.

We therefore presume to recommend him wherever his lot may be cast as in every way worthy of encouragement and confidence.

Given under our hands this 22nd day of December, 1831 and the Burgh Seal hereto affixed:

Robert Rutherford, Provost
Wm Reith, Bailie’
Jas Jackson, Bailie’
Tom Brown, Bailie’
Thos Wight, Bailie’
George Hilson, Bailie’
Sam Wood, Town Clerk.

When they started to join the ship in London a gentleman who was in the Coach, seeing my Mother in distress, entering into conversation found her trouble was leaving her relatives as they were going to New South Wales, he said he had been Surveyor General of the Colony he would give Father some letters of introduction to people there that would probably be of service to him and he did so - the vessel was laid on for Hobart and Sydney it arrived in the Derwent early June 1832.

My father after staying six weeks on board was induced to remain at Hobart, as the Government were anxious to obtain free settlers. Sir G. Arthur said he would find a situation for him to enable him to look round to decide upon his future course, he was appointed Supt. Of [?] he only occupied the position for a few months and then started in business. I was educated principally at Mr Cowles Commercial Academy in Melville Street what is now Presland House. After leaving school I followed my father’s business and afterwards was taken in to partnership. I was married in 1855 to Eliza Ann daughter of J. K. Buscombe of Prospect, Richmond. I was several times asked to become a Candidate for the position of Alderman while in business but declined. I retired from business at the end of 1879 and [?]. However in December 1881 consented, was elected and remained in the Council for 6 years the last year I was elected Mayor against my express wishes. I have I think done my duty for the State having been here state...[?].

Arriving at Hobart 4 June 1832 my first birthday being spent in the harbour the only passengers I recollect hearing of as being for Hobart were Miss Strachan sister of L. Strachan a merchant on the old wharf who afterwards went to Geelong, she married Mr D. Barclay her son is the present Managing Director of the Coml. Bank and Miss Hudspeth an invalid who came out to her people at Jericho.

In September 1912 the Harbottle and Son paint and paper business at 63 Elizabeth Street was sold after 80 years in business to Messrs. Dwan and Harrington, the foreman and signwriter, respectively.

A newspaper (probably the Mercury) of 20 June 1918 states:
“We regret to announce that Mr. Charles Harbottle, of Hobart, died early yesterday morning. He retired to bed apparently in good health on Monday night, but in the early hours of yesterday he became ill, and expired about 2.30 a.m. Deceased, who was 87 years old, was a respected and honoured citizen of Hobart for many years. He arrived in Hobart in 1830, age six months, with his parents. Among his fellow passengers on the voyage out were well known people including Lord Talbot de Malahide, the late Sir Alfred Stephen (then a young solicitor), and the late Mr. Russell, the well-known musician.. The late Mr. Charles Harbottle carried on business in Elizabeth street in conjunction with one of his brothers, as painters and paperhangers. He became associated with several public institutions, and for 56 years he was a subscriber to the Hobart Regatta, which is a record. He sought election as an alderman in 1881, and was returned and retained the confidence of the rate-payers until 1888, when he retired. He was Mayor of Hobart in 1887, the Jubilee year. He became director of the Derwent and Tamar Assurance Company on January 14, 1889, and held office until his death, and succeeded the late Mr. Charles E. Walch as chairman in April, 1915. In 1894 deceased was appointed to the executive committee of the Hobart Savings Bank, and from 1904 till December 31, 1917, when the bank was incorporated, he was one of the trustees. He did good work as a member and chairman of the committee of management of the Hobart General Hospital, and for several years acted as secretary to the trustees of the Hobart Public Cemetery (Cornelian Bay). In February, 1900, he joined the directorate of the Hobart Gas Company, and was present at Monday’s meeting of the board. He was also a member of the Hobart Marine Board. In all his public capacities he gave excellent service, and was greatly esteemed by all citizens.”
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