We are currently drawing up this pattern just to have saved for possible use at another time and place – here’s the story so far . . . this photo taken of the air vent in a convict built church along the beautiful old side road at Jericho, Southern Midlands, V. Diemen’s Land. St James (Church of England – now deconsecrated and in the hands of our host for the visit – Steph Burbury). The church now houses a display of local family history, objects, pottery, *photos, ephemera all saved and gifted from local residents. The church itself is in a state of dis-repair where we found the graves and mementos of many of the founding families in the area. There are significant early colonial stained glass windows funded by early settler families but as far as their surviving relations are concerned no one, it seems, is prepared to put hard cash away to assist the building’s preservation. As we have found with our own building, often the locals would rather these old buildings just fall down, that way they can sell the sandstone and not be seen to have acted with indiscretion – no sooner they quickly build a modern 6 pack with all the mod-cons. History it seems doesn’t put a meal on the table in Tasmania. We support Steph in her single-handed effort!

Here’s a larger .pdf of the surrounding country side looking west from the remains of the church stables.

* Added the shot above: Tin Eye (Bug-eye) or Mother Brown a.k.a. the Westbury Tinker – Warwick Oakman tells us that there’s a small five page manila folder in the Archive Office of Tasmania on Mother Brown. In fact in 2003 he gave a 5 minute radio talk on her and tells us she made and sold – baking tins, tin coffee pots and very smartly-made household pegs that were her trademark. He says that Andrew Tilyard who we have met has some great tinker’s bits made by her. Warwick thankfully gave Barbara one of her pegs which hasn’t made my Urban Archaeology collection as yet . . .

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