Sunday, September 27, 2009

On the road with Sam Clifford and Thomas Nevin 1874

TRAVELLING PHOTOGRAPHERS 1874
TEMPLARS at BOTHWELL



Courtesy State Library of Tasmania
Countryside surrounding Melton Mowbray showing hotel and Midland Highway
Photographer Thomas Nevin 1874
Archives Office of Tasmania Ref: ADRI: PH30-1-896
https://stors.tas.gov.au/PH30-1-896

Tasmanian professional photographers Thomas J. Nevin and Samuel Clifford were close friends and business partners from the 1860s until Samuel Clifford's death in 1890. On this tour, they travelled on the main road north from Hobart to Launceston via Bothwell. In the final week of September 1874, while passing through Bothwell, 45 miles north of Hobart, they were enjoined to photograph the procession of Templars attending a large meeting. The Mercury reported their arrival in the town in a long account of the meeting, published on 26 September, 1874:

Clifford and Nevin in Bothwell 26 Sept 1874

Samuel Clifford and Thomas Nevin in Bothwell
The Mercury 26 Sept 1874


TRANSCRIPT
The members of the Order, according to their respective lodges then formed in procession outside the building, where a capital photograph was taken by Messrs Clifford and Nevin, photographers of Hobart Town, who were located in the township on a travelling tour. The township was then paraded, the band striking up some lively airs, but a smart shower coming down, the procession was speedily dispersed in every directions in quest of shelter.
Thomas Nevin photographed one of these Templars around the same time. This CDV features a senior member surrounded by the usual items of Nevin's studio decor, plus his big tabletop stereoscopic viewer.



Above: Freemason with Thomas Nevin's tabletop stereo viewer ca 1874
Courtesy The Lucy Batchelor Collection



The Templar procession caught in the rain
T. Nevin stereograph, Bothwell, September 1874
State Library of Tasmania Ref: LPIC147_1_126

Purposes of the Tour
1. Advertising for Samuel Page's Coachline between Hobart, Oatlands and Launceston.
Both photographers and their boxes of photographic equipment travelled on Samuel Page's coaches on this tour. Thomas Nevin had a commercial commission to produce advertisements for Samuel Page (an example is held at the QVMAG, Launceston). Samuel Page ran a service for the Colonial Government, carrying both the Royal Mail and prisoners from rural lock-ups who were destined for the Hobart Gaol.



Sam Page's license published in the police gazette
Tasmania Reports of Crime, James Barnard Gov't Printer 1874


2. Police photographs
Thomas Nevin had police business to attend to at the Bothwell Court House which included the delivery of duplicates of his photographs of habitual offenders for men wanted on warrants and believed to be in the region. He took this photograph of the court house exterior before departure.



Bothwell Court House
Courtesy Archives Tasmania

See this article: Working with police and prisoners

3. Scenic views for commercial sale
Clifford and Nevin produced stereographs of the River Derwent at New Norfolk, the Salmon Ponds at Plenty, and general scenic landscapes along the main route.



Images courtesy State Library of Tasmania
Refs: AUTAS001124850256; AUTAS001124075771




TMAG Catalogue notes (online until 2006)
Ref: Q1994.56.7
ITEM NAME: Photograph:
MEDIUM: sepia stereoscope salt paper print ,
MAKER: T Nevin [Artist];
DATE: 1870c
DESCRIPTION : Salmon Ponds at Plenty near New Norfolk
INSCRIPTIONS & MARKS: Impressed on front: T Nevin/ photo

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4. Preparations for the Transit of Venus
Samuel Clifford had arranged a meeting with Alfred Biggs at Campbell Town who was preparing for the visit of an American expedition to photograph the Transit of Venus in December, headed by Charles Raymond . With William Valentine who had made his home The Grange available to the expedition, school master, bank officer, astronomer and inventor Alfred Biggs would assist with the construction of the brick pier for the transit instrument and the wooden hut.




Source: New York Times


This photograph of fellow Wesleyan Alfred Biggs was taken during their visit, probably by Nevin.



Courtesy Archives Tasmania
Carte of Alfred Biggs
Ref: 30-2892c




Verso inscription on several cartes held in public and private collections, possibly an example of either Nevin's or Clifford's handwriting.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

The case of prisoner Francis SHEARAN

An eventful week .... June 26, 1879

Francis Shearan Tasmanian prisoner by Nevin

Francis Shearan,
Photo by T.J. Nevin 1878



The Hobart newspaper The Mercury of June 26, 1879 was a special edition in many ways for Thomas Nevin. It contained a dramatic account of the riot at the Town Hall the previous evening, details of which may well have been supplied to the reporter by Nevin himself who was not mentioned as the Town Hall Keeper probably because he was upstairs keeping the source of the trouble, the Canadian renegade Catholic Pastor Chiniquy, hidden from view of riot leader O'Shea downstairs in the "Irish Corner" of the Hall. Chiniquy did not deliver his scheduled lecture that evening, nor the next.



The Mercury, 26 June 1879

In the very next column of the newspaper appeared a report on an inquest conducted into the death of prisoner Francis Shearan, together with an eye-witness account of his death by another prisoner Ephraim Booth. Francis Shearan and Ephraim Booth were both photographed as prisoners by T.J. Nevin at various junctures of their careers as habitual offenders. Younger brother Jack Nevin, employed on salary at the Hobart Gaol, assisted Thomas Nevin in producing these photographs for the Gaol records plus duplicates for circulation to regional police and for the central registry of criminals held in the Town Hall at the Municipal Police Office.

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

Two different photographs of Francis Shearan are held at the State Library of NSW in the David Scott Mitchell Collection. These two are among the nine catalogued photographs by T.J. Nevin of Tasmanian prisoners at PXB 274.



Prisoner photos by T.J. Nevin 1870s
SLNSW
© KLW NFC 2009

The earlier one (left) is posed in similar fashion to another by Nevin of convict William Harrison (QVMAG; AOT; Kerr 1992) in which the prisoner is facing the camera with arms crossed. The darkened background of the oval vignette (on left) was used by Nevin more often than the softened edges and clear background (on right) for producing the final carte-de-visite print to be pasted to the criminal's record sheet, although both formats are common and evident in the portraits of his family members and private patrons.

The earlier photograph is a "booking photograph", the classic mugshot of today, taken on Shearan's arrest. He was still dressed in his own clothes, unshaven and in need of a haircut. He was "F.S" - free in servitude - serving an employer in the North West Bay area of the island prison which was Tasmania. Remanded and then sentenced, he was photographed again at the Hobart Gaol (aka the Campbell Street House of Correction) wearing the standard issue blue diamond patterned prison scarf. But which photograph was really taken when? The date transcribed on the verso of the booking photograph merely gives the year "1877". The date on the verso of the photograph on the right documents the date of the sentence handed down. The exact dates on which the photographs were taken cannot therefore be taken as necessarily those on the versos. The date of the sentence was transcribed from a police register or gazette, such as the police gazette records below, and probably by an archivist decades later (1900s).

Neither photograph is tinted, and neither bears any wording about "Port Arthur", a clear indication that Nevin's other cartes of prisoners which bear the inscription ""Taken at Port Arthur" on verso (QVMAG and NLA collections) were incorrectly labelled by someone in Tasmania after 1907, the year David Scott Mitchell acquired these photographs (among other items by Thomas Nevin's family) and bequeathed them to the State Library of NSW.



The photograph of Francis Shearan on the left is documented verso with the inscription:

" Francis Shearan, 'North Briton' Murder of Lawrence Fallon, 1877".



The photograph of Francis Shearan on the right is documented verso with the inscription:

" Francis Shearan, 'Murder, 8 years, 25-7-78".

Francis Shearan was transported as Francis Sheagan from Dublin, departing 20 December 1842, arriving Hobart on the convict ship North Briton, 4th April 1843, according to the convict shipping records held at the Archives Office of Tasmania:

63460
Sheaghan
Francis
04 Apr 1843
North Briton
20 Dec 1842
Dublin

It may be a coicidence that quite a few of his fellow transportees on that ship also died of "natural causes". Between 1870 and 1878, the police records show a number of inquests due to "natural causes" for North Briton convicts.

POLICE RECORDS: The Crime, The Warrant and The Sentence





Notice in the weekly police gazette, 15 February 1877.



Warrant for the arrest of Francis Shearan, 11th November 1877.





The warrant notice described Shearan much as he appeared in the booking photograph on left when arrested on 17th November 1877.

Francis Shearan was arrested on 17th November 1877. He was transferred from Kingston (a few miles south of Hobart) to the Hobart Gaol and photographed on being "received", the usual procedure for sentences longer than three months.

The police suspected Shearan aka Sheagan of deliberately setting fire to the huts with the intent of covering the death, possibly by shooting, of Lawrence Fallon, a felon with criminal records pertaining to illicit distillery. Yet Shearan had buried the body, and shooting was not established, so he was sentenced to only 8 years on a charge of manslaughter. It was Fallon who came to haunt Shearan in his dying days at the Campbell Street House of Correction 16 months later, looking at him and talking to him.

These notices appeared in the weekly police gazettes. On 15 May 1878, or thereabouts, Shearan was remanded for murder.He was 66 yrs old when sentenced for the manslaughter of Fallon.



Notice in the weekly police gazette, 2 August 1878.

Source of police records:
Tasmania Reports of Crime Information for Police, James Barnard Government Printer.

DEATH IN THE GAOL.

From The Mercury, June 26, 1879:

"An inquiry was held yesterday at noon at the Bird in-Hand Hotel, Argyle-street, before the coroner, Mr. W. Tarleton, and a jury, of which Mr. William Dove was foreman, into the circumstances attending the death of Francis Shearan, who was a prisoner serving a sentence in the Campbell-street House of Correction, and who expired in the institution on Sunday last, Shearan was sentenced In July last to eight years' imprisonment for the wilful murder of Laurence Fallon, [illegible] ... was known as the North West Bay murder. He was twice previously tried for the murder, but the juries were unable to agree.

Dr. E. O. Giblin, visiting Surgeon at the gaol, deposed to having been called in to see the deceased some six weeks since. He found him suffering from great weakness and debility, and ordered his removal to the hospital ward, where he had since remained in bed, only occasionally rising for an hour or so. He was suffering from no disease, except melancholy, being under the impression that the man he had been sentenced for killing was in the habit of coming to look and talking to him. Deceased gradually got weaker and weaker, and died on Sunday morning, the 22nd instant, from debility and old age, having had every attention and comfort that the case demanded. Deceased had only performed light work previous to his illness, and his death was from natural causes.

Ephraim Booth, a prisoner in the gaol, who waited on the deceased, also gave evidence as to his having died in his presence early on Sunday morning. Deceased was well treated, and made no complaint of any kind, though he often refused to take his food.

The Coroner said, addressing the jury, that there was one special purpose in the holding of these inquests on persons who died in gaol. It was expressed by an old author in the following terms :-" It is observable that this statute being wholly directory, and in affirmance of the common law, doth neither restrain the coroner from any branch of his power nor excuse him from the execution of any part of his duty not mentioned in it, which was incident to his office before ; and from hence it follows, that though the statute mention only his taking enquiries of the deaths of persons slain or drowned, or suddenly dead, yet he may and ought to enquire of the death of all persons whatsoever who die in prison, to the end that the public may be satisfied whether such persons came to their end by the common course of nature, or by some unlawful violence, or unreasonable hardships put on them by those under whose power they were confined." The Coroner was from this reason compelled to hold an enquiry, and had no discretionary power at all. There was in all probability not much danger now of such violence or hardships being inflicted, and the law was most likely but the remains of an ancient statute, absolutely necessary in olden times when gaols were conducted, as they knew, in a very different manner to the present custom. Although it might appear unnecessary to the jury that they should be called together in such instances, still there was the law, and it must be carried out. In this case the man's death was apparently caused by extreme old age and debility, and from the evidence it was shown that he was treated with every kindness, and furnished with due and proper nourishment. Therefore, he thought there was only one verdict he could direct them to return-that death arose from natural causes, and that there was no ground for attributing blame to anyone.

The jury then returned a verdict to that effect."

[end of newspaper article, The Mercury, June 26, 1879]

THE PHOTOGRAPHERS



Thomas J. Nevin (1842-1923)



Constable Jack (William John) Nevin (1852-1891)

Photos copyright © KLW NFC Imprint Private Collection ARR.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Apprentices: The Good, The Bad and The Careless

APPROPRIATION: Frank Miller



Above: the Elwick Racecourse photo, "stolen" by Alfred Winter's apprentice Frank Miller 1877.

Courtesy State Library of Tasmania
Title: Grand Stand Elwick
In:Self album No. 13
Publisher:Hobart, Tas. :[s.n.], 1878
Description:1 photographic print : sepia toned ; 11 x 16 cm.
Format: [picture]. Photograph
ADRI:AUTAS001126186972
Source: Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts
Notes: Exact measurements 102 x 155 mm
Lower left hand corner: A. Winter photo, Hobart Town.


Commercial photographer Alfred Winter (1837-1911) was fond of fashionable society and grand landscapes. On Saturdays and Sundays he would travel to beauty spots with his apprentice, Frank Miller, who had a prison record, and who ended up in Detective Connor's custody for the appropriation of Winter's photographs, valued at 6 shillings:



Alfred Winter's apprentice arrested for appropriation of goods
The Mercury 19 October 1877

Undoubtedly, this was a copycat theft of the very serious theft by Joshua Anson from his employer Henry Hall Baily earlier in the same year, 1877 (see below, and this article here).

One of the photographs in question was the one above, of the Elwick Racecourse.



The case of theft was dismissed by the judge because there was no positive evidence that Alfred Winter had lost any photographic views that had not been gifts to his apprentice. With the exception of Mr Needham at the Government Printing Office where the apprentice had taken some of Winter's landscapes - Alfred Winter held a commission with the Land and Works Department, hence his stamp in later years "By Appointment to His Excellency The Governor" - no other witness deposed in Winter's favour, despite claims that the apprentice had obliterated his employer's mark from the versos. In the months following, The Mercury reported continual harassment of Winter as he walked about the streets of Hobart by gangs of boys who knew of the charge.



The case against Winter's apprentice was dismissed
The Mercury, 25 October 1877


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DANGEROUS DRIVING: William Ross

Thomas Nevin's young apprentice William Ross was 15 years old when he was arrested in Glenorchy for driving a vehicle without lights and incarcerated for seven (7) days:



William Ross was discharged 26 April 1873
Tasmania Reports of Crime Information for Police


This apprentice had no previous conviction, he was "free" and Tasmanian born, yet his carelessness in driving (a horse and buggy?) one night without carriage lights earned him a criminal record. This photograph bearing Nevin's government stamp is possibly a portrait of his young apprentice William Ross (wearing Nevin's suit!).





A selection of Nevin's commercial and government studio stamps 1865-1880

Thomas Nevin had also served an apprenticeship with photographers Alfred Bock and Samuel Clifford from 1862-1865. From Alfred Bock he learnt studio portraiture and hand-tinting techniques. From Samuel Clifford, whose friendship endured for the next 30 years, he learnt stereography. On Alfred Bock's insolvency and departure for Victoria, Thomas Nevin formed a partnership with Robert Smith at Bock's former studio, 140 Elizabeth Street, Hobart Town, operating with the business name Nevin & Smith under the same studio name, The City Photographic Establishment. When the partnership with Robert Smith was dissolved in early 1868, Thomas Nevin took on apprentices, notably his younger brother Jack (William John) who maintained their studio in New Town into the 1880s, and who acted as his brother's assistant at the Hobart Gaol during the commission Thomas Nevin held for the photographic documentation of prisoner records, eventually becoming the principal photographer there from ca. 1880.



By 1872, less than a year after his marriage to Elizabeth Rachel Day and the birth of their first child, daughter May Florence, Thomas Nevin and his young family resided at 138 Elizabeth Street, Hobart Town, next door to the studio. Between the studio and the residence at 140 Elizabeth Street was the glass house with a residence attached, listed in The Hobart Town Gazette of 1872 with the address 138-and-a-half - 138½ Elizabeth Street, and tenanted by Nevin's young apprentice William Ross. The glass house was built by Alfred Bock and Nevin in the 1860s, and was eventually sold to photographer Stephen Spurling elder at the end of 1874 while Nevin concentrated on working in situ with the police. Spurling auctioned it when declared bankrupt one year later in November 1875:



Stephen Spurling elder, bankrupt, sale of photographer's glass houseThe Mercury 29 November 1875

As Nevin's work with the Municipal Police Office at the Town Hall, with the New Town Territorial Police, and with the Sheriff at the Hobart Gaol became the primary focus of his photographic activities in 1874 and 1875, the Nevins prepared for a move to the Town Hall, where Nevin would continue as Office Keeper for the City Corporation, and take up tenancy as the Town Hall Keeper. The property incorporating the studio, the residence, and the glasshouse area tenanted by Nevin, his family and his apprentice William Ross was advertised for sale. Its owner, Abraham Biggs, resided in Victoria.

Until recently, the site of the glasshouse was just a laneway between 138 and 140 Elizabeth St.

138  and 140 (laneway) Elizabeth St. Hobart, in 2005. Former studios of Alfred Bock (1857-1865) and Thomas Nevin (1865-1876) Photo KLW NFC Collection 2005.

138 and 140 and 138½, the laneway, Elizabeth St. Hobart, in 2005. Former studios of Alfred Bock (1857-1865) and Thomas Nevin (1865-1876).

Photo KLW NFC Collection 2005.

138 Elizabeth St, Hobart, in 2007. Dwelling and shop of Thomas and Elizabeth Nevin 1872-6. Photo copyright KLW NFC 2007

138 Elizabeth St, Hobart, in 2007. Dwelling, studio and shop of Thomas and Elizabeth Nevin 1865-76.

Photo copyright KLW NFC 2007.

The laneway between 138 and 140 Elizabeth St, which used to be Alfred Bock's glasshouse

The laneway is now spanned by a new glass-fronted office building (2008).
Photos KLW NFC 2005-2009 ARR



For Sale: the studio and residence(s) at 140 Elizabeth St, Hobart
The Mercury, 16 December 1874

MAJOR THEFT: JOSHUA ANSON's SENTENCE OF 14 YEARS WITHOUT BAIL

The most infamous of photographers' apprentices in 1870s Hobart was Joshua Anson. He stole cameras, photographic equipment, mounts, chemicals and albums from his employer Henry Hall Baily over five years between 1872 and 1877. He ordered the importation of glass negatives and mounts from London and Paris on Baily's account and without Baily's consent. He also reprinted albums by Samuel Clifford as his own work. The value placed on the goods far exceeded the court valuation of 180 pounds. Chief Justice Francis Smith informed the jury that theft on this scale warranted a sentence of 14 years. The Law Digest (1897) recorded the event with the normative 14 year sentence, and the refusal of bail. Anson was sentenced to just two years because he was young, 22 years old at the time of the trial in June 1877, and pleaded to be kept apart from the others prisoners on incarceration because he felt he was above them. Further details of the case are here on this site.



Digest of cases decided in Tasmania, 1856-1896 (1897)
Author: Hore, Leslie Fraser Standish, 1870-;
Southern Law society of Tasmania,
Hobart; Tasmania. Supreme Court
Subject: Law reports, digests, etc
Publisher: Hobart, Tasmania, Cox & co., printers
Year: 1897


The Launceston Examiner reported another theft by Joshua Anson on 30 May, 1896.



TRANSCRIPT
HOBART, Friday
At the City Court to-day Joshua Anson, photographer, was charged with having robbed Charles Perkins of £32 12s5d. Accused, who was not represented by counsel, stated he had had two epileptic fits since he was arrested, and his head was not now clear. He asked for a remand. After the evidence of the prosecution had been taken, the accused was remanded till Tuesday.
Beautiful spring-like weather is prevailing.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Zoological Curiosity at the Town Hall 1877

"The head and body and voice are decidedly pussy's; but there the relationship with that useful domestic animal ceases..."

john Gould's Tasmanian kangaroo rat 1863

Courtesy of Museum Victoria
John Gould print image of the Long-nosed Potoroo
Potorous tridactylus(formerly known as Hypsiprymnus apicalis)
Photo from Mammals of Australia, Vol. II Plate 68
Part of the 3 Volumes by John Gould, F.R.S.
Published by the author, 26 Charlotte Street, Bedford Square, London, 1863


The Waywardness of Nature
Photographer Thomas J. Nevin began exhibiting stereoscopic views and carte-de-visite portraits at Hobart Town Hall shows in the late 1860s. Once he became the Town Hall Keeper in 1876, and Office-Keeper in 1877, he not only managed a busy calendar of show events, he staged a few of his own. This newspaper article, published on 8 May 1877, invited the public to visit the Town Hall where he was displaying a mutant kangaroo rat, the only one in a litter of kittens bred from a domestic cat by Thomas' father John Nevin at Kangaroo Valley (near New Town, Hobart Tasmania).



A Zoological Curiosity at the Hobart Town Hall
Thomas Nevin's mutant kangaroo rat
Report in
The Mercury 8 May 1877

TRANSCRIPT
"A ZOOLOGICAL CURIOSITY. -- Mr. Nevin, Town Hall keeper, yesterday brought to our office what Artemus Ward would undoubtedly have christened "an interesting little cus." It is of the feline order, and has a perfect black coat. The head and body and voice are decidedly pussy's; but there the relationship with that useful domestic animal ceases. The legs belong to the order of kangaroo rat, and it is quite amusing to see the little stranger perch himself up on his haunches, or drag himself slowly along by the aid of the fore part of the fore legs, which instead of being erect, as in the cat, falls flat on the ground, and so produces that roundness of the body which is the marked feature in the kangaroo. The animal is one of a litter of kittens bred by Mr. Nevin's father, at Kangaroo Valley, and strange to say it is the only one in which are present the singular malformations which we have attempted to describe. Mr. Nevin will gladly show his curiosity to anyone who may call upon him during the next two or three days, and if there are many people in Hobart Town who take an interest in the waywardness of nature, he may expect to have quite an influx of visitors before he closes his show. " (The Mercury, 8 May 1877)
Artemus Ward
John Nevin would have been familiar with the writings of American humorist Artemus Ward  from his time spent in the Californian gold mines ca. 1854-1858, a lonely episode in his life which he remembered with bitterness in his poem, "My Cottage in the Wilderness" published in 1868. Read the full version of the poem in this article here.



"A. Ward and his grate show" (from the original sketch by George Hoyt
Source: Non Solus blog

John Nevin probably owned a copy of the works of American humorist Charles Farrar Browne (aka Artemus Ward), with this passage in mind when he spoke to the Mercury reporter:


TRANSCRIPT

ONE OF MR. WARD'S BUSINESS LETTERS.
To the Editor of the——
Sir—I'm movin along—slowly along—down tords your place. I want you should rite me a letter, sayin how is the show bizniss in your place. My show at present consists of three moral Bares, a Kangaroo (a amoozin little Raskal—t'would make you larf yerself to deth to see the little cuss jump up and squeal) wax figgers of G. Washington Gen. Tayler John Bunyan Capt Kidd and Dr. Webster in the act of killin Dr. Parkman, besides several miscellanyus moral wax statoots of celebrated piruts & murderers, &c., ekalled by few & exceld by none. Now Mr. Editor, scratch orf a few lines sayin how is the show bizniss down to your place. I shall hav my hanbills dun at your offiss. Depend upon it. I want you should git my hanbills up in flamin stile. Also git up a tremenjus excitemunt in yr. paper 'bowt my onparaleld Show. We must fetch the public sumhow. We must wurk on their feelins. Cum the moral on 'em strong. If it's a temperancecommunity tell 'em I sined the pledge fifteen minits arter Ise born, but on the contery ef your peple take their tods, say Mister Ward is as Jenial a feller as we ever met, full of conwiviality, &the life an sole of the Soshul Bored. Take, don't you? If you say anythin abowt my show say my snaiks is as harmliss as the new-born Babe. What a interestin study it is to see a zewological animil like a snaik under perfeck subjecshun! My kangaroo is the most larfable little cuss I ever saw. All for 15 cents. I am anxyus to skewer your infloounce. I repeet in regard to them hanbills that I shall git 'em struck orf up to your printin office. My perlitercal sentiments agree with yourn exackly. I know thay do, becawz I never saw a man whoos didn't.
Respectively yures,
A. Ward.
P.S.—You scratch my back &Ile scratch your back.
ARTEMUS WARD (1834-1867)Title: The Complete Works of Artemus WardAuthor: Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)

Thomas Nevin and his father brought another specimen from Kangaroo Valley into the newspaper offices six months after putting on display their mutant kangaroo rat. This time it was a wounded white Tasmanian goshawk which The Mercury duly noted in an article of 22 January 1878. The detailed references in that article to John Gould's Handbook of Australian Birds (1865) would indicate the family's keen interest in native fauna and ownership of several volumes of Gould's handsome books on birds and mammals. The Public Library housed in the upstairs rooms of the Town Hall was also part of Nevin's purview as Keeper, giving him ready access to such gloriously illustrated tomes. And out the back of the Town Hall was a paddock where he kept an emu, possibly a rare native specimen which died in 1878, also reported by The Mercury on 22 July 1878 as an Ornithological Disaster , another zoological item belonging to Mr. Nevin.

DISTRIBUTION and REFERENCE:
Tasmanian Rat-Kangaroo (Potorous tridactylis apicalis)



The Red List
PAPER
The Chromosomes of the Tasmanian Rat-Kangaroo (Potorous tridactylis apicalis)
Margery W. Shaw, R.S. Krooth
Department of Human Genetics, The University of Michigan Ann Arbor Michigan
Cytogenetics 1964;3:19-33 (DOI: 10.1159/000129795)



The Kangaroo Rat, 1790
Creator Stone, Sarah, ca. 1760 - 1844
Poto Roo or Kangaroo Rat ca. 1790
State Library of NSW Call no. PXA 909/27



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