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The country on both sides is highly cultivated.
Here are the farms of Mr. Cruttenden on the right, and among many others on the left may be mentioned those of Captain Glover J. Birchall, and still higher up the stream those of Mr. Gatehouse and Messrs. Counsel and Walker, ading which is the flour mill of Mr. The Mr. Walker above referred to, whose Christian name was John, was an English settler from the Cape of Good Hope, who settled in what is now known as the Wattle Hill district, then called Ironstone Rivulet.
He married a daughter of Samuel Wiggins of H. Regiment, then stationed at Hobart Town. She was born on June 7,on the site where St. David's Cathedral now stands, and was buried in the family vault in St. George's Churchyard, Sorell.
A son of that union was the late Mr. Thomas Walker, father of the late Mr. John Walker, who was born at Wattle Hill on March 17,and whose deeply-lamented death occurred recently at Sorell. The family name is still worthily represented in the district in the person of Mr.
Cyril H. Walker, a son of the last-named gentleman.
The Walker family home was remarkable for its fine gardens. Gatehouse, Wm. As disclosed by old records in the Education Department, an application from Dr. Blyth, then Warden of Sorell, was received on September 9,for assistance towards the establishment of a school at Ironstone Rivulet, afterwards called Wattle Hill, the great of wattles growing there suggesting the name. Evidently the request was not favourably considered, for in October of the following year Dr.
Crocker for the above amount. On September 9,the tender from a Mr. John Walker, about four miles fiom Sorell, on the Sorell-Nugent road. The school is still in good condition, being a substantial edifice of brick. Edgar in charge. In they were succeeded by Mr. Low and Miss Low, and in Mr. Hayes took up the duties of the school. Senator J.
Hayes, Messrs. Aubrey and H. Hayes, and Mrs. Ernest A. Eddington are four of their family.
In Mr. Edward Burton were appointed as teachers there, followed by Mr. Cole inMrs. Judd inMr. Wheeler inand Mr. Wells in Miss F. White is the present teacher. In my first article on Wattle Hill I referred to the original John Walker, who settled there in the early days, and married a daughter of Samuel Wiggins, of H. George's Church-yard, Sorell. Since writing that article I came across the following paragraph, which appeared in "The Tasmanian Mail" of November 17, —.
Walker, third and only surviving daughter of the late Mr. John Walker, sen. The funeral was a very representative one, the chief mourners being the nephews of the deceased, Messrs. James and L. Lee, of Hobart, Mr. John Walker, of Nugent, Sorell, and Mr. Walker Lee, of Ballarat, Victoria.
Miss Walker's mother is credited with being the first white woman born in Tasmania, she having been born on the site of the old St. David's Cathedral. The family, which consisted of five sons and five daughters, were all natives of the Sorell district, and well known throughout Tasmania. With the death of Miss Walker the whole family are now gone.
Miss Walker was a great favourite, and had many friends. Dairying, grain-growing, and root-cropping are extensively carried on on the rich volcanic soils of the district, and wool growing receives attention on the higher bush lands in the direction of Nugent and Forcett. Depasturing of stock on the large areas under cultivation and grass is a profitable venture, by reason of the productivity of the soils. The rearing of pigs is another branch of husbandry that proves very remunerative.
Therefore, the district contributes a fair quota of the fat stock marketed at the usual fortnightly Sorell sales, only about five miles distant. Among those controlling the farming interests in this fine agricultural and pastoral district may be mentioned Messrs. Batchelor, H. Bayles, E. Kingston, D. Hean, D. Hodgson, W. Newitt, A.
Wagner, J. Hayton, C. Mon, W. White, Jas. Quarrell, W. Jones, A. Wiggins fruitgrowingThos. Wiggins, and C. Besides the State School there is a good public hall. Weeding has charge of the post and telephone office, and keeps a small store. The mail service is a tri-weekly one Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdayconnecting with Sorell, and run in conjunction with Nugent. The Authors and Editors of Vandemonian Royalty acknowledge the First Tasmanian peoples as the Traditional and continuing Custodians of this island and their connection to land, sea, and culture.
The Authors and Editors pays respect to the resilience and strength of Ancestors and Elders past, present, and emerging and extends that respect to all First Tasmanian peoples.
Wattle Hill. From Dr. James Ross's "Hobart Town Almanack" of — "Leaving the town Sorelland proceeding to the Lower Settlement of Pittwater, at the distance of one mile, the road crosses a stream called the Ironstone Creek. Since writing that article I came across the following paragraph, which appeared in "The Tasmanian Mail" of November 17, — "The remains of Miss M. Log in to post comments. Acknowledgement of Country The Authors and Editors of Vandemonian Royalty acknowledge the First Tasmanian peoples as the Traditional and continuing Custodians of this island and their connection to land, sea, and culture.
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