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Dedicated to and in appreciation of the pioneer families who made our country, Australia, such a great homeland for their descendants.
Two of the three headstones together with unmarked graves in the private burial ground of the Tyler and Jager (Jaeger) pioneer settler families beside the Ida Bay Railway, near Southport in Southern Tasmania. It is a beautiful and touching resting place.
There are three headstones as follows:
Janet TYLER, wife of W H TYLER, died 3 April 1910, aged 53 years.
Edwin Henry TYLER, died 27 February 1885, in his 14th year.
Ernest Alfred TYLER, died 30 March 1888, in his 19th year.
The stones for the boys both state “erected by his brothers”.
The patriarch of the family, Edmund Tyler, born in Bisley, Gloucestershire in 1820 arrived in Tasmania in 1846 as a convict and later a trusted guard. He subsequently set up a timber mill at Ida Bay, built ‘Cluan’ homestead, and in 1856 married Elizabeth Palmer the then 16 year old daughter of a Welsh migrant family. They raised a large family that intermarried with the Jager family.
Janet, (nee Fulton), was the wife of Edmund and Elizabeth’s eldest son, Watt “Handy” Tyler. their daughter Christina married a Jager and had 21 children!
Edmund was know among the early settlers as “Honest Ned” and Elizabeth was a strong women who not only gave birth to 15 children but was renowned for practical knowledge and for her work travelling many miles as a nurse to settler families. Although not buried here at Ida Bay, they died in 1906 and 1924 respectively.
14 year old Edwin died when mutilated in an accident at the sawmill and his grandmother Elizabeth sewed him together again for burial.
The details of Ernest’s death are not recorded but he is likely to also be a victim of the harsh working conditions in timber felling and milling that claimed a number of early settlers.
In 1897, the family lost everything in a bush fire. They built a new mill. The Tylers discovered the Ida Bay caves and a marble cliff and a company was established to quarry the marble.
Taken with Pentax k-r on 20 January 2013.
Lens Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6