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.
Format: Documents and books
Object: research file
Subjects: convicts; timber industry; brickmaking; orchards; fishing industry; shipbuilding; caves; bullocks; burial grounds; quarrying
People/Orgs: Tyler family; Tyler Company; Jager family
Places: Ida Bay, Tasmania; Lune River, Tasmania; Tylers Hill, Hastings, Tasmania; Sugar Loaf Hill, Lune River, Tasmania; Ida Bay Caves, Tasmania
Institution: Southport Community Centre
Object number: SCC_00045
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