Over 85 illustrations - maps, documents, photos and lifestyle paintings. The reproductive clarity of most illustrations is quite outstanding and a credit to the printer.

 Example illustrations from the early days of Port Dalrymple

Thomas Massey and the first 50 years of Launceston Tasmania -Biography
Thomas Massey biography - front cover image
Portion   of   an   Early   Map   of   North   Eastern   Tasmania   showing   the   settlements   that made   up   Port   Dalrymple   -   York   Town   and   George   Town,   either   side   of   the   harbour mouth   and   Launceston   at   the   junction   of   the   North   and   South   Esk   rivers.   Ringed is   the   location   of   the   principal   landholdings   and   homes   of   Thomas   Massey,   on   the South Esk River, from about 1823. Principle roads are shown. http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-230643911
Location map of this story
Map Port Dalrymple and Launceston district 1831 circled Thomas Massey holdings Overview Image - York Town, Port Dalrymple, Van Diemen's Land 1808
York Town, Port Dalrymple, Van Diemen's Land 1808. As seen from the opposite bank of the Tamar estuary, three years after establishment. Copied around 1810 by J    Lewin from an original work by G P Harris Deputy Surveyor at Port Dalrymple.
Enlarged Image - York Town, Port Dalrymple, Van Diemen's Land 1808
In    the    early    days    of    settlement,    before    the    steam    driven    circular    saw,    housing timbers   and   weather-boards   were   either   split   from   very   straight   grained   logs   or more   commonly   sawn   over   a   pit   using   a   long   2-man   ripsaw,   with   one   man   guiding the   saw   and   pulling   up   from   above   (the   topnotcher)   and   the   second   man   in   the   pit pulling   down.   There   were   several   variations   on   this   idea,   but   on   flat   ground   it   was easier to roll a heavy log over a pit than lift it onto above ground trestles.
Early settler’s cottage - made from ‘pit sawn’ local timber - York Town, Port Dalrymple. Very likely similar to Thomas’ and Ann’s first home in the settlement.
Not   all   timber   splits   readily.   The   skill in     splitting     is     selecting     a     straight grained log of a suitable species.
Pit sawing timber logs for building Early Tasmania Splitting timber early Australia - showing tools
Most early huts and homes were built of sawn or split timber.
Cottage similar to Thomas’ and Ann Massey first home at Port Dalrymple c1806
“Having a spell” Artist J. A. Turner
Kangaroo hunt early Australia - the chase Kangaroo hunt early Australia - good kangaroo dogs were greatly prized
The best dogs could outrun a kangaroo.  Artist: J. A. Turner
Kangaroo hunt early Australia - bailed up
(Artist - William Owen, England 1769 - 1825) Art Gallery of New South Wales
Colonel William Paterson - at heart a botanist
Colonel William Paterson - Portrait 1799.
William   Paterson   FRS   (1755-1810)   was   at   heart   a   botanist.   Born   in   Scotland   he trained   in   hoticulture   in   London   and   started   his   working   life   collecting   specimens in   Cape   Colony,   South   Africa,   for   Mary   Eleanor   Bowes,   the   wealthy   Countess   of Strathmore.   Paterson   published   an   account   of   his   expeditions   in   Narrative   of   Four Journeys   into   the   Country   of   the   Hottentots   and   Caffraria    (1789),   [see   Google   books]. Mary   lost   control   of   her   fortune   to   a   new   husband   who   refused   to   pay   Patersons expenses.   Disgruntled,   impoverished   and   bitter,   Paterson   joined   the   army   as   an ensign   –   the   lowest   rank   of   commissioned   officer.   He   served   in   India.   In   1789   he was    gazetted    Captain    in    the    New    South    Wales    Corps,    probably    through    the patronage   of   Sir   Joseph   Banks.      He   corresponded   with   Banks   and   rose   to   second- in-command   of   the   NSW   Corps.   In   1798   he   was   gazetted   lieutenant-colonel   and elected    a    fellow    of    the    Royal    Society.    King    appointed    Paterson    lieutenant- governor.   On   occasions   Paterson   found   himself   Acting   Governor   of   the   Colony   -   a position he disliked and tried to avoid.
Silver   Plate   Goblet   that   family   tradition   states   was   given   to   Thomas Massey at the time of his reinstatement by Governor Macquarie. In   view   of   the   circumstances,   this   gift   seems   highly   likely.   Perhaps   it was    a    Wedding    Present.    There    is    no    hallmark    or    makers    mark    -    the goblet could have been locally made. At the time of writing the goblet was still in possession of the family.
Macquarie Goblet - said to be given to Thomas Massey 1810
Silver plate goblet given to Thomas Massey by Lachlan Macquarie
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To His Excellency Lachlan Macquarie Esquire Captain General and Governor in Chief in and over His Majesty's Territorys of New South Wales and its Dependencies. &c. &c. &c May it please Your Excellency,                                            I make bold to apologise for the liberty of troubling your Excellency with this address, but my stay being wished on this Colony, that I most humbly solicit your Excellency that you will be pleased to renew the lease of my House. I have been at a great expense to The amount of £200 and by leaving it at an uncertainty will be a great disadvantage to me, previous to this Your Excellency is not unacquainted with the inconveniences that I have met with, I hope Your Excellency will be so condescending as to comply with the request above stated.                           I remain with due Respect Your Excellency's humble obedient and devoted Servant at Command,           Thomas Massey Jan 22 1810
Thomas Massey Memorial letter of 1810 to Governor Lachlan Macquarie Enlargement part Thomas Massey letter of 1810 to Governor Lachlan Macquarie
Thomas Massey 1810 Memorial to Macquarie requesting renewal of the lease of his house. He refers to the fact Macquarie is “not unacquainted” with his case. The letter may have been written by a “hired pen”, but the handwriting is similar to that on the back of his daughter’s mirror in 1839 and suggests a good education . At the time of writing this request,  Thomas would appear unaware of his reinstatement.
Thomas Massey Memorial to Macquarie of 1810
Third Governor of New South Wales 1800-1806. King   likely   knew   Thomas   Massey   from   the   six   months   they   spent   together   on   the Voyage   to   Australia   in   1791.   King   as   a   passenger,   but   a   trained   Naval   Officer,   used to   assessing   men,   and   Massey   as   a   convict,   pressed   to   serve   as   a   member   of   the crew.   It   is   unlikely   that   Thomas,   with   his   training   as   a   soldier,   went   unnoticed. Thomas   received   rapid   preferment   under   King,   receiving   a   conditional   pardon   in 1800, the year King became Governor of NSW, and a full pardon in 1802. It   was   probably   King’s   personal   choice   to   promote   Thomas   to   the   Post   of   Chief Constable of the new settlement at Port Dalrymple. From a miniature in possession of his grandson The Hon. P.G.King M.L.C.
Governor Philip Gidley King
Third Governor of NSW Philip Gidley King Early colonial Australia - the first homes were tents Early colonial Australia - the first homes with added simple comforts artist J A Turner Early settlers cottage, colonial Australia. Gardens and fruit trees were quickly established -  artist J A Turner
The third and final move to the Ben Lomond district The three stages of establishing a new holding: ( Artist J.A. Turner) 1. The raw arrival.  2. Some simple comforts make a big difference. 3. Happy in a home for all seasons. Gardens and fruit trees were an important  feature for Thomas.
10. 1822-1846 Evolution of Massey landholdings