Woolmers celebrates 200th birthday

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Peter Rae and Neil Chick delivered speeches at the beginning of the 200th anniversary celebrations. Picture: Stefan Boscia
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Peter Rae and Neil Chick delivered speeches at the beginning of the 200th anniversary celebrations. Picture: Stefan Boscia

Celebrations for Woolmers Estate’s 200th birthday kicked off on Saturday.

The bicentennial anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage site saw descendants of the original inhabitants and convict workers of Woolmers come together for the first time.

The birthday weekend began with Woolmers chairman Peter Rae addressing the visitors, before Neil Chick launched his new book on the founders of Woolmers – The Archer Heritage.

“It’s about the extended Archer family and the properties they held,” Mr Chick said.

Mr Rae said the book was an example of “prodigious” research.

“It’s a wonderful publication, with something in it for everybody,” he said.

“As Neil pointed out when he was speaking, almost everybody in Tasmania touches Woolmers or the Archer family one way or another.”

The day continued with a tour of the Woolmers, Brickendon and Panshanger properties.