By A; Warner, G Bennett

Tucked into the folds of Tasmanias wild panorama is an array of lovely ancient houses from a time whilst existence was once easier and grander - and maybe extra of an adventure.The early pastoral settlers of Tasmania have been a hardy and whimsical bunch: younger males out to make their fortunes; suffering households hoping for a clean commence; and feisty ladies desirous to make their very own mark. From the landed gentry to convicts whod received their freedom, those women and men created an antipodean England within the problematic Georgian and Victorian mansions they outfitted. Alice Bennett and Georgia Warner have accrued jointly the tales of those homes, and of the folk who've gone through them through the years.

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He was also noted for his engineering, mainly in regard to surveying and designing irrigation channels to provide water for domestic animals and for flood irrigation. It was at Cheshunt, in Meander Valley in Tasmania’s Central North, that he combined his passions. The mansion is the home that William Archer designed for himself; in its gardens he planted exotic trees, and 52 | 53 in the surrounding forest, wilderness areas and on river banks he collected many native plant species, some of which, such as the conifer Diselma archeri, bear his name.

Among the extensive outbuildings were a kitchen, brick stables and timber barn, along with a toilet building that boasted a three-seater loo, each one a different size. In 1841, Louisa and Charles set about building their own place at Spring Vale, just north of Swansea, but they then resettled at Port Sorell in the north-west, and later lived in various other parts of the state. 46 | 47 George Meredith died in 1856 and Cambria stayed in the Meredith family until it was leased, and later purchased, by the Bayles family.

Foote was forced to sell Calstock in the depression of the 1840s, and it subsequently became a property of the Field family. The family patriarch, William Field, had been transported to Australia for receiving nine stolen sheep as a butcher and made a fortune out of cattle farming in Tasmania after he was freed. 238 per cent of the country’s GDP—billions of dollars, in today’s terms—and he owned one-third of all the land and buildings in Launceston. Westfield, Enfield, Eastfield and Woodfield were among the Tasmanian properties William Field acquired.

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