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Harriet Williams (1817–1895)

An old and respected colonist in the person of Mrs. Harriet Williams, relict of the late Mr. George Williams, passed peacefully away at her residence, George-street, West Devonport, at an early hour on the morning of the 23rd inst. The deceased, who was 80 years of age, was a daughter of the late Mr. Thomas Quinn. Her father arrived at Sydney with the 73rd Regiment of Highlanders, with which he was connected, in 1809, and five years later was married at Government House to the eldest daughter of Dr. Luttrell, Governor Macquarie giving the bride away, and presenting the young couple with an estate in this colony, once known as Kerry Lodge, but now Strathroy, on which Mr. and Mrs. Quinn took up their residence in 1818. Mrs. Williams's late husband was a native of Sydney, and came to this colony in 1882 [sic] when nine years of age. The family settled in Launceston, and twenty years later Mr. Williams married the deceased. In the early forties Mr. and Mrs. Williams, with their young family, took up their residence at Burgess, Port Sorell, where Mr. Williams had built a commodious home, and afterwards opened an hotel. Mr. Williams being of an enterprising nature, and possessed of considerable mechanical talents, built some sailing craft, among them being the schooner Harriet. The settlements at Latrobe and the Mersey having diverted the trade from Port Sorell, the little township became almost deserted, and some years later Mr. Williams and his family removed to the Mersey, at which place he died some five years back. The deceased, who was held in high esteem, for her gentle nature and charitable disposition, leaves a family of eleven children, all of whom, we believe, are married.

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'Williams, Harriet (1817–1895)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 27 May 2024.

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  • Quinn, Harriet

Tasmania, Australia


23 May, 1895 (aged ~ 78)
Devonport, Tasmania, Australia

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