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The story behind…

The story behind...

On this page we'll be sharing the stories behind some of the interesting items to be found at the Tasman Historical Museum.

  • Locke’s idea for tree and stump pulling
    Locke's "Champion Self-Gripper Sampson" for tree and stump pulling The early settlers were often faced with big challenges, both physically and mentally. Building a home and clearing land for food and livestock were very hard physical work. Sometimes the settlers...
  • Roses from the Heart – Tasmania’s female convicts
    Roses from the Heart - convict women in Tasmania 25,566 female convicts were transported to Australia between 1788 and 1853.  They faced tough lives and uncertain futures at the various convict female factories in Hobart, Ross and Parramatta and, until...

Locke’s idea for tree and stump pulling

Patent registration for Locke's Champion Self-Gripper Sampson

Locke's "Champion Self-Gripper Sampson" for tree and stump pulling

The early settlers were often faced with big challenges, both physically and mentally. Building a home and clearing land for food and livestock were very hard physical work. Sometimes the settlers worked in collaborative teams but they were often alone or just with a friend or neighbour to help out.

This hardship frequently inspired ideas with new skills uncovered and practical minds prompting all sorts of ingenious contraptions to make work a little easier.

Thomas Locke of Impression Bay on the Tasman Peninsula was very keen to make clearing and moving trees a lot easier so designed his "Champion Self-Gripper Sampson"  for pulling stumps, trees and rolling logs . He duly registered a patent which can be seen in the Tasman Historical Museum along with the instrument itself.

Roses from the Heart – Tasmania’s female convicts

Convict bonnets created by Tasman Peninsula residents in honour of convict women. On display at the Tasman Historical Museum.

Roses from the Heart - convict women in Tasmania

25,566 female convicts were transported to Australia between 1788 and 1853.  They faced tough lives and uncertain futures at the various convict female factories in Hobart, Ross and Parramatta and, until relatively recently, their history was largely unseen and known.

In 2007 Christina Henri began a project to commemorate all those women inviting people to make a bonnet embroidered with the name of a female convict, the name of the ship she arrived on and the date she started her life as a convict on the other side of the world.

Over ensuing years thousands of bonnets have been created, often by descendants of the convict women themselves which in turn brought families closer to their own histories.

In 2015, Tasman Historical Museum held a ‘Blessing of the Bonnets” . These bonnets were made by local people in remembrance of their female ancestors and are on permanent display at the Tasman Historical Museum.

Read more on the incredible Roses from the Heart project here