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Tasmania - The first reported sighting of Tasmania by a European was on 24 November 1642, by the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. He named the island Anthony van Diemen's Land after his sponsor Anthony van Diemen, the Governor of the Dutch East Indies. The name was later shortened to Van Diemen's Land by the British. The first settlement was by the British at Risdon Cove on the eastern bank of the Derwent estuary in 1803, by a small party sent from Sydney [NSW], under Lt. John Bowen for the purpose of preventing the French from claiming the island. The early settlers were mostly convicts and their military guards, with the task of developing agriculture and other industries. Van Diemen's Land was proclaimed a separate colony from New South Wales, with its own judicial establishment and Legislative Council, on 3 December 1825.


(Convicts to Australia) Convict Ships to Tasmania 1812-1853

Vessel Arrived Port Sailed From Days Embarked Tasmania NSW Victoria Norfolk Is Master Surgeon
“Southworth (2)” 19 10 1830 VDL 26 06 1830 Sheerness 115 160 159 Jn Coombs Alex Stewart


Arrived Tasmania 2/August/1835 ASSIGNMENT LIST Male convicts embarked on this ship to VDL.

NAME CONVICTED WHEN TERM
COOMBS Robert Southampton Assizes 3/Mar/1835 Fourteen Years

MALE CONVICTS MANGLES 7 - Tasmania Gen Web


NUMBER NAME CONVICT SHIP

Tasmanian Convicts - Tasmania Gen Web


SPOUSE1----------- SHIP-----------SPOUSE2-----------SHIP---------Place of Abode--------Date

COOMBS Robert T.L.Susan 1 ROBINSON Mary T.L.Woodbridge both residing in Hobart Town August 1847

COOMBES Elizabeth FREE LEVY Isaac T.L.Equestrian 1 both residing in Hobart October 1850

COOMBES Laura FREE SIMMONDS Ralph T.L.Maitland both residing in Hobart October 1850

Convict Permission To Marry - Tasmania Gen Web


NAME OCCUPATION PLACE DATE
COOMBS Charles --- Ridgeway 1890-91

POST OFFICE DIRECTORY BUCKINGHAM COUNTY Tasmania 1890-1891 - Tasmania Gen Web

COOMBS Rev.Uriah Congregational Franklin 1890-91

POST OFFICE DIRECTORY KENT COUNTY Tasmania 1890-1891 - Tasmania Gen Web


NAME ADDRESS OCCUPATION
COOMBS Charles 47 Princes Street no occupation

West Hobart Commonwealth Electoral Roll 1913 - Tasmania Gen Web

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