Item F3300 - Mary Tiffin Scrapbook

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Mary Tiffin Scrapbook


  • 1855-1873. (Creation)

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[74] leaves; ill.; 38 x 27 cm.

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Mary Ann Haig was the second daughter of Captain Andrew Haig. She married Charles Tiffin on 1 January 1857 in Hobart. She died on 31 October 1923.

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Biographical history

Charles Tiffin (1833-1873) was born in Newcastle, England. He was a pupil of M. Thompson and later worked under John Edward Watson, both architects of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Tiffin emigrated to Australia in 1855. Soon afterwards, he entered into partnership in Hobart, with William Montgomerie Davenport Davidson, later to become Surveyor-General of Queensland. Tiffin was appointed Clerk of Works for Moreton Bay in May 1857, becoming Queensland's first Colonial Architect after Separation in 1859. He was responsible for designing and supervising the construction of more than 300 buildings throughout Queensland between 1857 and his resignation from his post in April 1872. He died in Sydney on 9 January 1873, at the age of 40. His widow, Mary Ann Tiffin, survived him by many years and lived in Brisbane until her death.

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Scrapbook belonging to Mary Ann Tiffin (nee Haig), who married Charles Tiffin, Queensland's first Colonial Architect, in Hobart on January 1, 1857. Includes architectural plans and drawings and other original drawings by Charles Tiffin. Also includes drawings by Charles Tiffin's mother, Jane Haig.
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Unrestricted access.

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Out of copyright. Able to be reproduced without permission. Please attribute the Fryer Library.

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  • English

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Item is extremely fragile. Conservation recommended.

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Material from this collection has been cited in:
Watson, Don, 1949-. Charles Tiffin: Public service 'con amore', Queensland History Journal, Vol. 23, No. 11, Nov 2018: 752-769.

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Many newspaper clippings and illustrations inserted loose in scrapbook.
Scrapbook has been fire-damaged.


Previously titled: Scrapbook, 1855-1873.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Revised, 13-Feb-2024, B.S.
Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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