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Launceston 1999

Introduction

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Remnants

I retrace the steps of Tom and Lillie in Tasmania.

1999 John Glover's chapel, Deddington Tasmania - pastel on paper

I visited the grave site of artist John Glover. Tom had restored the headstone and dubbed the land around it 'Glover country'.

Tom had a long association with Tasmania. He met his future wife Lillian Williamson in Launceston when she was a young girl. There is a story that they met at Strathmore, home of her school friend Jean Boyes, who continued the friendship until Lillie's death. Jean then married Tom and moved into his house, Talisman, in Kallista, Victoria. Jean's family owned various large properties nearby Strathmore, including Lochmaben and Clarendon. My father Noel stayed at Lochmaben as a child for summer holidays with Jean, after Tom's death. Nigel Boyes, who died in a motorbike accident, had left a fishing rod which Noel used to catch his first fish (trout) in the lake. Noel used to walk across from Lochmaben to Clarendon to visit the people there.

Tom is buried in the Boyes family plot in the Illawarra chapel graveyard. Lillie is buried in her family's plot in Melbourne.