The death of Mr. Joseph Archer, referred to in our last issue, removed one of the oldest colonists and pastoral pioneers of the island State of Tasmania. He was for many years well known as the owner of Panshanger, a fine estate near Longford, and died at the ripe age of 91 years.
He was the second son of the late Mr. Thomas Archer, and was born at Woolmers, Tasmania, in 1823. Educated in England, for a time he learnt farming in that country, but in 1842 returned to Tasmania, where he took up pastoral pursuits. His father subsequently gave him Fairfield Estate, and in the fifties Mr. Archer again visited England, where he remained for four years. The estates of Burlington and Panshanger he inherited from his uncle, Mr. Joseph Archer. In 1862 he was elected to the Legislative Council as representative for Longford, and continued to represent that constituency for ten years, when he retired.
Mr. Archer resided at Panshanger till 1908, when he sold the property to Mr. Wills, the present owner. Shortly after he disposed of Burlington to Mr. P. W. Grubb, while Fairfield was sold many years back to Mr. Walter Whitfeld. As a breeder of Merino sheep in the early days he was well known, and in the London wool market could always command top prices.
The late Mr. Archer was exceedingly fond of sport, and for three seasons he hunted in England, also following the hounds in Tasmania. He married Miss Weston, daughter of the late Hon. W. P. Weston, who was twice Premier of the State, and leaves a family of three sons and three daughters. His wife predeceased him some years ago.
'Archer, Joseph (1823–1914)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/archer-joseph-1158/text1153, accessed 18 June 2013.