Woolmers Estate
Woolmers Estate is owned by the Woolmers Foundation Inc. and is situated 7 km from Longford in Northern Tasmania. Woolmers was continuously occupied by the Thomas Archer family from 1817 to 1994 and is acknowledged as one of the most outstanding examples of 19th century rural settlements in Australia. The site provides a rare insight into six generations of one family.
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The Archers of Hertford, England
Thomas Archer was the first of the Hertford, England, Archers to travel to Van Diemens Land. Arriving in 1813, he took up the Government position of Deputy Commissariat of the Stores at Port Dalrymple.
This marked the beginning of the Archer family history in Van Diemens Land and heralded the rise of Thomas Archer from middle-class tradesman to wealthy property owner.
The background to Thomas' departure to the colony remains something of a mystery, but it is known that his father, William, had managed to establish a position for him within the colonial administration.
William, a miller by trade, had travelled extensively looking for ways to improve his business, sourcing the best grains and equipment for milling flour. He had shaped his five sons' lives, by providing them with a sound education and ensuring that they understood the economics of the family business. However, the business was not capable of providing a future for them all and they were encouraged to travel abroad in search of opportunities. Of his five sons, three had travelled overseas - Joseph and Edward journeying to America, and Daniel to India.
It was inevitable that Thomas, too, would be sent off to seek business opportunities, and he set sail from Portsmouth, England, on 3 September 1811. His first destination was the English colony of New South Wales, where he briefly served as Deputy Commissary at Sydney.

Family Tree of Direct Male Descendants of Thomas Archer

Family Tree of Direct Male Descendants of Thomas Archer
Thomas Archer I (1790–1850)
Woolmers Estate was settle in 1817 by Thomas Archer the 1st. It has existed through six generations of Archers, until the death of Thomas William the 6th in 1994.
Thomas William Archer II (1818–1844)
Woolmers Cottage was built for him. He died of Scarlet fever at the age of 26.
William Chalmers Archer III (1840–1890)
Inherited Woolmers at age 10. The estate was held in trust for him while he was sent to England to be educated, so Woolmers was leased to tenant farmers. When he returned he entertained and leased out the farmland.
Thomas Cathcart Archer IV (1862–1934)
Having little interest in farming he also leased out the farmland. He is best remembered as a champion golfer who played in the Australian open.
Thomas Edward Cathcart Archer V (1892–1975)
Became an orchardist growing apples on the property for distribution locally and the mainland. The orchard utilized only a small portion of the estate. He purchased the 1913 Wolseley to take his wife Marjorie around Tasmania for their honeymoon
Thomas William Archer VI (1917–1994)
Continued to maintain Woolmers and left the estate and its contents to the Archer Historical Foundation Inc. (now called the Woolmers Foundation Inc.) as it was his wish to share this historical treasure with the public.
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