Sunday, July 17, 2016

Netherby Descendants Reunion, King Island, Tasmania, Australia

Dear all,

The four-day Netherby Descendants Reunion, King Island, Tasmania, Australia, will draw to a close on 18 July 2016.

Some 140 people gathered, many descendants, for the events which took us around the island to see everything there was to see.

The Townsend family was represented by Brian Raymond Townsend and myself.

The next reunion will most likely be in five years time and I can surely recommend it.

Today, during the Bush Dinner and Dance event, a new book "Cradled by Man" by Jennifer Cover (daughter of the writer Joyce Hammond), was launched about the family of the child "Netherby" that was born on the beach whilst the survivors were waiting to be rescued. The book is available through Amazon.

During the event we met up with Helen Vivian, the daughter of Cynthia Vivian, who will publish the  "Wreck of the Netherby" manuscript her mother had been working on for more than 20 years. John Townsend contributed over the years with fact-finding in England.

She is keen to have photographs of as many survivors in the appendix of the book for which I sent the photos I have on file. However,  I am short of a photo of Victor Louis Townsend as a boy and of Elisabeth Salmon Thomas, Captain William's third wife.

Should you have any of these, I would be most pleased to pass them on to Helen for inclusion of the book. She expects that the book, 25 x 20 cm, will have some 150 pages with over 60 photos.
If you want to pre-order a copy of the book, please send an e-mail to Helen on:

Best wishes,


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  2. CLARIFICATION: Helen Vivian is seeking photographs of survivors only. Hence I have submitted pictures of:
    Captain William, Edwin James, George Robert, Isabella Rachel and Mary Catherine Townsend.