A bonnet reveals a new layer of Tasmania’s history

Published on : Thursday, November 7, 2013

tourism-tasmania-logo-300x123The life of a female convict has been remembered at the historic estate of Shene at Pontville which dates back to 1822.

The Minister for Tourism, Scott Bacon, today unveiled a bonnet as a tribute to Sarah Thompson who was one of the thousands of convict women transported to Tasmania in 1838.

“She was assigned as a cook and housemaid at Shene.

“The bonnet is part of Dr Christina Henri’s ‘Making their Mark’ project which invites people to make a cloth bonnet in memory of the life of a convict ancestor.

“The project is a long-standing collaborative effort between Dr Henri and the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site.

“The bonnet will be permanently installed at Shene,” he said.

Mr Bacon said that special thanks should go to Shene’s current owners and custodians, David and Anne Kernke who have been terrific ambassadors of Tasmania’s historic heritage.
“David and Anne Kernke have done a tremendous job restoring Shene to its former glory and have uncovered its history beginning with Shene’s founder Gamaliel Butler.

“Although Shene is the Kernke’s home, it is also a tourist venture and part of Heritage Tasmania’s Open Doors program.

“This keeps our history alive and ensures our historic buildings continued to be restored, used and maintained.

“Tourism is an important industry in our state, and I commend the work of the Kernke’s and others like them in creating heritage tourism in Tasmania,” he said.

Source:- Tourism Tasmania

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