Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Story of John Hornby - Part 4

Mary Hornby and the two children, Grace and Meg, sailed from London on a journey that took them firstly via a stopover at Plymouth, then on to Teneriffe (largest of the Canary Islands off the north-west coast of Africa), Cape Town and finally to Hobart.  On 23 May 1894, John left Zeehan for Strahan, where he then boarded the S.S. Banks Peninsula and sailed to Hobart to await the arrival of his family.

The S.S. Tainui arrived in Hobart on Thursday 31 May 1894. The weather in Hobart on that day was fine though overcast, with a light northerly breeze blowing and a maximum temperature of 55 degrees F (13 Celsius).

A joyful reunion no doubt played out at the wharf as Mary, Grace and Meg disembarked and made their way through the crowd to meet once more with John.

The family stayed overnight in Hobart, then boarded the S.S. Banks Peninsula on Friday 1 June 1894, which then departed for Strahan at 2.30pm. 

The little steamer arrived at Strahan at 5.00pm on Saturday 2 June 1894.

The family disembarked at Strahan.  Once their luggage was collected, they would have walked the few metres from the steamer across the wharf to either the railway station or to a hotel for lodgings for the night.  At Strahan, they would then have boarded the little train that took them the final leg of the journey to Zeehan.

Here's a picture taken soon after their reunion, approximately late 1894. John and Mary Hornby, with their two daughters Grace on the right and Margaret (Meg) on the left.

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