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Shoobridge Family
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Start Date:
01 Jan 1830
William Shoobridge (1781-1836) arrived in Van Diemen's Land in 1822 on the Denmark Hill. His wife and three of their children died on the voyage out. The surviving children were: Mary (born 1806), John (born 1808), Lydia (born 1810), Elizabeth (born 1813), Richard (born 1818) and Ebenezer (born 1820).
Richard Shoobridge and his father cultivated hops on their farm at Providence Valley (named Providence Valley because of William's fortuitous escape from a bushranger and was later North Hobart). He later developed lime kilns in West Hobart and then moved to 'Clydesdale' Glenorchy. Richard had a large family - one daughter Mary from his first marriage to Mary Johnson and 14 children from his second marriage to Mary Wood.
Ebenezer Shoobridge (1820-1901) purchased Bushy Park, an estate of some 2000 acres in 1865. He introduced hop growing (hops having been first introduced to Tasmania by his father William Shoobridge) and fruit orchards, principally apples. There was also a dairy farm and some grain and root crops. 
His eldest son William Ebenezer Shoobridge (1846-1940) pioneered irrigation, built hop kilns, cottages etc. and experimented with methods of pruning fruit trees, introducing the "pyramid principle" which allowed the sun to shine on all fruit equally. Both father and son were J.P.s and served on local councils and committees and supported the Wesleyan Church.
Robert Wilkins (1847-1936) took over the estate of Valleyfield near New Norfolk, producing apples. He was an active member of local government.
George Wood Shoobridge (born 1848), entered the Church of England and was ordained in 1872. He officiated as curate at St. Johns, Hobart, and next as incumbent of Green Ponds parish from 1872 to 1876. He was assistant curate of Holy Trinity Church, Hobart from 1876 to 1880, and then succeeded the late Archdeacon Davenport as rector. He remained rector of the parish from 1880 to 1911 when he retired. For years he had been a Bishop's chaplain and Canon of St. David's Cathedral since 1897. He was also a regular visitor to the Hobart Boy's Home and H.M. Gaol.
Louis Manton Shoobridge (1851-1939) was elected in 1921 to the Tasmanian Legislative Council as the Independent member for Derwent, serving until his retirement in 1937. He was an agriculturist and farmer, exporting apples from his Glenora estate. He was responsible for the early preservation of land near the later proclaimed Mt field National Park and involved in the planting of the Pioneer Avenue of trees between Hobart and Oatlands.
Information Sources:
Australian Dictionary of Biography
Functions Performed:
Family archives
Series Created By Agency:
NS5026 Bibles01 Jan 175701 Jan 1970

NS5019 Subject Folders25 Aug 182125 Aug 2006

NS5033 Family Manuscripts29 Apr 183801 Jan 1980

NS5010 Photograph Albums13 Mar 185101 Jan 1967

NS5025 Business Papers01 Jan 186401 Mar 1947

NS6535 Miscellaneous Letters01 Jan 187031 Dec 1877

NS5009 Family Photographs01 Jul 187001 Jan 1984

NS3890 Bushy Park Estate Ration Books01 Jan 187131 Dec 1884

NS6533 Letters from Deborah Lidbetter to Amy Lidbetter01 Jan 187131 Dec 1877

NS6534 Letters from Thomas Lidbetter to Amy Lidbetter01 Jan 187131 Dec 1877

LMSS520 Manuscript, 'Jottings from the Gaol, or Reminiscences of a Prison Chaplain's Work'01 Jan 1872

NS6532 Letters from Louis Manton Shoobridge to Amy Lidbetter01 Jan 187530 Sep 1877

NS3895 Bushy Park Estate Miscellaneous Expenditure Book01 Jan 187631 Dec 1877

NS3889 Bushy Park Estate Wages Ledgers01 Jan 187731 Dec 1936

NS5016 Diaries01 Jan 187926 Mar 1919

NS5030 Library23 Dec 189001 Jan 1993

NS3894 Bushy Park Estate Harvest Labour Record01 Jan 189131 Dec 1894

NS5031 Family Memorabilia01 Sep 189102 Aug 1987

NS3795 Copies of Articles and Letters to Newspaper Editors Mainly relating to Irrigation and Water Power01 Jan 189521 Jan 1948

NS3893 Bushy Park Estate Cash Book of Income and Expenditure01 Jan 190031 Dec 1908

NS3896 Bushy Park Estate - Fruit Expense Account01 Jan 190331 Dec 1924

NS3891 Bushy Park Estate Cash Account Books01 Jan 190631 Dec 1933

NS5023 Newspaper Cuttings27 Mar 190802 May 1992

NS3897 Bushy Park Estate - Meat Expense Account01 Jan 192031 Dec 1923

NS259 Shoobridge Family Tree Compiled by Kate Sarah and Vincent William in the Year 193701 Jan 1937

NS5044 Films01 Jan 196031 Dec 1991