About the author
(Dr) Patricia Martin is a third-generation Tasmanian, with Irish, Scottish and German ancestors all of whom settled in the Middleton-Gordon area of southern Tasmania from the mid-1850s, where they established berry-fruit farms and orchards.
Patricia went on to study geology in Tasmania, New Zealand and Canberra, specializing in marine micro-paleontology to interpret the record of ancient climate changes.
Since retirement in 2010, Patricia has undertaken art training through undertaking a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Tasmania’s School of the Arts, and is now a practicing print-artist. Since 2015, Patricia has published 5 books about her life growing-up in a close-knit rural farming-community in southern Tasmania.
Our Nanna, Mary Jane Webster, raised a family of 6 (3 boys, 3 girls) on a small apple orchard in Gordon, Tasmania. When she married (1908) her Scottish parents sent out a pretty tea set as a commemorative gift. Over the years, the tea-set has been divided among her large family, most of whom still live in Tasmania. This book is a compilation of the family’s memories of Nanna and her life in Gordon over the years 1908-1968. The book is lavishly illustrated with family photos, supplemented by newspaper clippings.
Summary: Mary Jane’s tea-set was a wedding gift from her Scottish parents, when she married into the Webster family of Middleton and Gordon, on the shores of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, in remote, rural southern Tasmania. The tea set is now widely distributed among her big family – and this book presents their memories of the family Matriarch and of her life over the period 1900-1960. It is richly illustrated with family photographs and newspaper-clippings of the time. This is a revised and enlarged version of the original book.
Below: an extract
Summary: This book describes the early history of Long Bay (Middleton), a small farming community on the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, in southern Tasmania, Australia. It describes the early days of settlement in the region, where British, Irish, German and Scots immigrants established industries in whaling, forestry and timbering(milling), fruit farming and orchards. The narrative, biographic text is supplemented with old newspaper clippings; original family photographs and illustrations by the author. (example below)
PM sketch – Middleton State School
Extraxt from the book:
This is the story of three sisters on a little farm and apple-orchard in Middleton, a remote, rural and close-knit farming community on the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, in southern Tasmania, Australia.
The three Martin sisters describe their experience of working the farm’s orchard; harvesting; its seasonal crops and its timber; fishing; playing in the bush, and attending the local one-room school, between 1940 to 1967. Sisters Keir and Paddy are both practicing artists and their illustrations are an important part of this book’s character.
This is the ongoing story (=Volume 2) of three sisters growing-up on a little farm and apple-orchard in Middleton, a remote, rural and close-knit farming community on the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, in southern Tasmania, Australia.It describes the sisters’ experiences in working the farm’s orchard; harvesting its seasonal crops and its timber; fishing; playing in the bush, and attending the local one-room school, between 1940 to 1967 (when the town and district was destroyed by bushfires).
Original illustrations by sisters Keir and Paddy are a features of this book.