Badger Corner and Samphire River…….. a small community overlooking Franklin Sounds, nestled under the south-eastern flank of Mount Strzelecki, Flinders Island, Tasmania. The darker aerial header picture is Mt Strzelecki from the south-west (looking down on Trousers Point).

One of my favourite pictures found in the Briant family bible – written on the back ‘Taken at Badger Corner Robinson’s and Briant’s’.

My adventures in our family research started in earnest in January 2013. I have a lot of private documents, letters and photo’s from the original Briant, Stephens and Robinson family collections. What really interests me is not only sharing this information but attempting to reconstruct the history using what I have, along with what I have recently uncovered to thread with the oral history going back 3 – 4 generations. This information is already at risk of disappearing forever, I don’t know half of what Dad does. Dad has been really good about my purchasing a small recorder and annoying him about the old days!! The idea of keeping an electronic diary evolved and the ability to connect to a whole range of history through links appealing. I am a beginner and nervous about how it will go!! It’s been a crash course learning the nuts and bolts of ‘wanting’ to do and finally ‘being’ able to do. Living in Launceston close to the action of our history is a blessing and now I find myself frequenting the local Library, QVMAG and the Hobart History room locating the documents I need in piecing together the stories.

My siblings and I were raised at Samphire and Badger Corner and the Briant Homestead is still very much part of our lives. We also spent a lot of our early lives at the Robinson Homestead with Mr and Mrs Riddle who bought the home after Emily and James died, a long time before Dad was born. How lucky to have had Mr and Mrs Riddle in our young lives and how fortunate their home was so connected to our Robinson history. We were lucky to grow up surrounded by our Grandmother Maud, Great Aunts, Uncles and Cousins and lived the perfect carefree childhood over looking Adelaide Bay.

From the Briant’s I knew Great Uncle Morgan and Walter, Maud (Grandma) Great Auntie Elsie and May.

From the Robinson family I knew Great Uncle Tuck and Dick and Aunt Dolly.

If I could meet any four paternal ancestors: my Grandfather Horace first, (he died before we were born)  Ed Stephens, Mary Esther Stephens and Meg Youl.

This is my history, one shared with Dad, Sister and Brother……………..with slices of history intersecting with a large number of ‘other’ relatives and of interest to those folk also walking the path back in time.

Note; for those not familiar with blogging – you can click on the bold underlined words opening a links or enlarge photos/evidencing information. Comments, you are able to comment, first comments are private and only I can read them, I can either publish or leave private, as requested.


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  1. Hello,
    I just found you on a google search for ‘Cape Barren Island’ just for fun after dinner, as I am researching Tasmanian strings of shells and I interviewed William Brown’s daughter the late Sarah Rachael Mansell on Cape Barren in 1974 about shell stringing as she was a great stringer. If you have anything about shell strings in your research I would be grateful for a copy or the reference. I haven’t been able to find much about William Brown so anything would be v helpful. I will give the info to her son Stuart and daughter in law Annette Peardon who are still living on Cape Barren. Your site is really great. Is the Brownrigg in his book or did you find it elsewhere? I can send you the Cruise of the Beacon which I got online if you like.
    Kind regards,
    Annie Bickford.

    • Hi Anne
      Thank you for your kind interest. You can find a link to Trove list of Brownrigg articles alternatively the book Mission to the Islands under Home page heading ‘Canon Marcus Brownrigg’ I will keep you in mind regarding the necklaces. Yes printed off copies Cruise of the Freak and Beacon last year for Dad’s birthday gift which he enjoyed. kind regards Deb

      • Hi Ann I have looked and found several family letters, two references to shell strings. A letter written 18/2/1924 by my Great Grandmother, Adeline Briant (Samphire River) to her son Henry visiting his brother Morgan in Launceston as follows
        ‘Please ask Morgan to send me 2 yds of black silk ribbon about 1 inch wide, & to send it by post, I will send him a lovely string of Mariners for it, for his girl’
        The second reference a letter to Lily Briant from her Uncle Charles (Adeline’s brother) on 2/2/1934 as follows
        ‘Dear Lily and All, You gave Win quite a shock when she opened a parcel (addressed to her) a few days ago; and asks me to write on her behalf, and thank you for such a kindly thought. When I explained the process of shell gathering, cleaning, threading, she appreciated all the more, your kindly thought.’
        I have seen strings for sale at the QVMAG, they are stunning and of course the perfect gift!!

  2. G’day Deb,
    The old man just told me about this blog and it a very well done. This is a great way to capture the family history. It will help me teach the little one about Flinders and Tasmania while we move around the mainland.

    • Mick thanks for the feedback….had a great time with D and N yesterday – good to catch up and revisit the stories and photo’s. Hopefully you will learn a little about our wonderful older families…

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