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JOHN TERRY OF NEW NORFOLK TASMANIA

 

   

John Terry was born in 1771 in Askrigg, Yorkshire, England. He died in 1844. He married Martha Powell on 12 Jul 1797 in Hornby By Bedale, Yorkshire , England .  

THE TERRY FAMILY, 1819 AND THEIR MILL. From A History of New Norfolk and the Derwent Valley ,

by K.R. von Stieglitz, O.B.E. distributed by Fuller's Book Shop, Cat & Fiddle Arcade, Hobart , Tas.

The Hobart Town Gazette and Southern Reporter for Saturday the 11th December 1819 has the

following notice:-

"On Thursday last, 5th, arrived from Sydney via Port Dalrymple, which latter place she left 14 days

since, His Majesty's colonial brig Prince Leopold, Mr Chafe, commander, Passengers Mr and Mrs John

Terry with 3 sons and 8 daughters and 2 servants.  Mr Terry brings a pair of mill stones and a variety

of utensils for the purpose of erecting a water mill at this settlement, and the place fixed for that

undertaking we are informed is at New Norfolk".

The information received by the Gazette proved to be correct, and John Terry, encouraged by Gov.

Sorell, built his first little dwelling, the Lachlan Mill House, which stood between Tynwald and the

river, and is remembered by the oldest members of the Terry family as being used for a laundry,

storehouse and playhouse for the family then living at Tynwald.

Tynwald (now owned by Mr Plunkett) was given its name by the Hon. W. Moore (born on the Isle of

Man), who bought it and built several alterations, including the tower.  It was originally the home of

John Terry, and was inherited by his son Ralph, who carried on the family milling business. A

wooden cottage, still inhabited, but now in a neglected condition, stands further along the hillside

from Tynwald near the Millbrook Rise institution.  This was also built and used by John Terry.

Thomas Terry, another son, inherited SLATEFORD, which has been a Terry property since 1827,

when it was bought from George Brookes.  The original house was of stone, but there have been many alterations, and it is now divided in two, one section being the home of Mr Garrard Terry, the

other that of Mr Gadesden Terry.

Edward Terry inherited  ASKRIGG.  Of the pioneer Terry daughters, Margaret married Capt. George

Frederick Read.  Mary married James Walker of the old Barrack Street mill in Hobart, and Grace

married Borrodale Wilson, who owned Clarendon, at Gretna .

The MILL-RACE that John Terry built may still be traced quite easily.  It runs through varying types of

soil and clay and rocky ground to the ruined mill itself, which was built of warm, russet-coloured,

local mud-stone.  The three storeys are now nearly covered with ivy, and the remains of a miller's

house, also of mudstone, stands near by.  Fire burnt out all the mill's woodwork at the beginning of

this century.

The vegetable garden at Lachlan Park is watered from Terry's mill-race, which started at the foot of

the hiss by the bridge.

A second mill on the Lachlan rivulet, (run by Felix Murray in 1856) stood above the intake of Terry's

race.  Water was channeled to this mill from a quarter of a mile or so upstream.

John Terry, the man who built the famous mill, came from Yorkshire with the intention of settling in

NSW. (The Historical Record I, X state that "Mr Terry, free settler, his wife and eleven children, came

to Sydney in the ship Surrey , Cap. Thos. Raine, on the 4th March 1819). Finding, however, that the

climate and conditions there were not to his liking, he came to Tasmania in the following year.

Governor Macquarie granted John Terry 1,500 acres at New Norfolk, of which 100 were at the mouth

of the Lachlan , the other 1,400 being at Macquarie Plains, with a half mile on the Derwent, and

running back into Mount Belmont .  This property he named Askrigg, after the Yorkshire village where he had been born.

 

Submitted by Merilyn Pedrick

pedricks@ozemail.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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