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Tyler family

Poulson, Bruce

Date: 1996 -

Description: Edmund Tyler, convict and later a trusted guard, killed a runnaway convict boy at Creekton Bridge. He set up a brick kiln at a former convict station at Hythe (now Southport), and later a brick company at Brick Point, Ida Bay. His profession was as a pit Sawyer. He set up a timber mill at Ida Bay, built 'Cluan' homestead, and intermarried with the Jager family. Interesting family stories: Watt Handy Tyler built his coffin in advance and kept his onions in it; Edward Tyler, aged 14, was mutilated in a mill accident and his grandmother Elizabeth sewed him together again for burial. Baby Ernie playing on tram lines was saved from a tram by a horse which picked him up, and his father said "This horse will never work again!" In 1897, they lost everything in a bush fire. They built a new mill. The Tylers discovered the Ida Bay caves and a marble cliff and a company was established to quarry the marble. The first party of tourists to explore the caves was in the year 1893. Tyler graveyard still exists at Ida Bay.

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Object: research file

Tyler family

Subjects: convictstimber industrybrickmakingorchardsfishing industryshipbuildingcavesbullocksburial groundsquarrying

People/Orgs: Tyler familyTyler CompanyJager family

Places: Ida Bay, TasmaniaLune River, TasmaniaTylers Hill, Hastings, TasmaniaSugar Loaf Hill, Lune River, TasmaniaIda Bay Caves, Tasmania

Institution: Southport Community Centre

Object number: SCC_00045

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