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Harpsden, Pass River, King Island, TAS



 



Tree: Tatham
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Harpsden was the homestead built in the early 1900s by Stanley George Tatham at Pass River, King Island. It was a modest dwelling which was added on to over the years – verandah on North and East sides and extra bedrooms and school room.
There were once big gum trees around Harpsden but they did not survive long. Fires in the first decade or so of 20th century killed much of the gum forests on King Island. The smaller tea tree was the dominant native scrub; it grew up in clumps which protected individual trees against the salt winds which damaged young gums. Settlers planted hedges of boxthorn which grew dense and prickly, covering and replacing fences and providing good shelter for stock in bad weather.
Harpsden was built near a lagoon which Stanley's nephew George in about the 1980s succeeded in having declared a wildlife sanctuary to keep shooters away.
There was a “scrub garden” in the scrub by the lagoon, which was fenced with wire netting around and over to keep possums off the fruit trees. Later on, vegetables were also grown on what had been the tennis court beside the house; presumably the dogs kept the possums away from them. The front (North) garden was filled with flowers.
Stanley's grand-daughter remembers him as a gentle caring man, who was "in tune" with the nature around him and encouraged her to appreciate it. He used to write her letters as a child telling her what the birds were doing on and around the lagoon, and how the water level was. There were photos of him in his garden with a bird perched on his spade handle beside him.

Address : Latitude: -39.7849, Longitude: 143.8956


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Photos
Harpsden, King Island, in 2006
Harpsden, King Island, in 2006
from north - much changed from its earlier appearance
Harpsden, King Island, in 2006
Harpsden, King Island, in 2006
from north-east. The 2006 photos show new cladding and aluminium windows, and the old palm tree, some remaining pines, and “Cabbage tree” still growing, but the garden gone; the house then rented out by its new owner, and feeling its age.
Harpsden, King Island, in 1900s
Harpsden, King Island, in 1900s
showing sheds & cattle
Harpsden, King Island, in 1954
Harpsden, King Island, in 1954
This 1954 photo from the east shows a modest dwelling which was added on to over the years – verandah on North and East sides and extra bedrooms and school room.
Harpsden, King Island, in 1900s
Harpsden, King Island, in 1900s
view from W

Birth

Matches 1 to 3 of 3

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Birth    Person ID   Tree 
1 Tatham, George Ralph  23 Jun 1911Harpsden, Pass River, King Island, TAS I1704 Tatham 
2 Tatham, Jessica Edith  10 Apr 1913Harpsden, Pass River, King Island, TAS I1705 Tatham 
3 Tatham, Percy Alfred  21 Feb 1909Harpsden, Pass River, King Island, TAS I1703 Tatham 

Residence

Matches 1 to 9 of 9

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Residence    Person ID   Tree 
1 Payze, Mary  Apr 1908 -Harpsden, Pass River, King Island, TAS I1702 Tatham 
2 Tatham, Elizabeth Agnes Mary  06 Jan 1921 -Harpsden, Pass River, King Island, TAS I1706 Tatham 
3 Tatham, Elizabeth Agnes Mary  - 1943Harpsden, Pass River, King Island, TAS I1706 Tatham 
4 Tatham, George Ralph  23 Jun 1911 -Harpsden, Pass River, King Island, TAS I1704 Tatham 
5 Tatham, George Ralph  abt 1945 - 1980Harpsden, Pass River, King Island, TAS I1704 Tatham 
6 Tatham, Jessica Edith  10 Apr 1913 -Harpsden, Pass River, King Island, TAS I1705 Tatham 
7 Tatham, Jessica Edith  1939Harpsden, Pass River, King Island, TAS I1705 Tatham 
8 Tatham, Percy Alfred  21 Feb 1909 -Harpsden, Pass River, King Island, TAS I1703 Tatham 
9 Tatham, Stanley George  1905 -Harpsden, Pass River, King Island, TAS I0852 Tatham