Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Story of John Hornby - Part 4

Mary Hornby and the two children, Grace and Meg, sailed from London on a journey that took them firstly via a stopover at Plymouth, then on to Teneriffe (largest of the Canary Islands off the north-west coast of Africa), Cape Town and finally to Hobart.  On 23 May 1894, John left Zeehan for Strahan, where he then boarded the S.S. Banks Peninsula and sailed to Hobart to await the arrival of his family.

The S.S. Tainui arrived in Hobart on Thursday 31 May 1894. The weather in Hobart on that day was fine though overcast, with a light northerly breeze blowing and a maximum temperature of 55 degrees F (13 Celsius).

A joyful reunion no doubt played out at the wharf as Mary, Grace and Meg disembarked and made their way through the crowd to meet once more with John.

The family stayed overnight in Hobart, then boarded the S.S. Banks Peninsula on Friday 1 June 1894, which then departed for Strahan at 2.30pm. 

The little steamer arrived at Strahan at 5.00pm on Saturday 2 June 1894.

The family disembarked at Strahan.  Once their luggage was collected, they would have walked the few metres from the steamer across the wharf to either the railway station or to a hotel for lodgings for the night.  At Strahan, they would then have boarded the little train that took them the final leg of the journey to Zeehan.

Here's a picture taken soon after their reunion, approximately late 1894. John and Mary Hornby, with their two daughters Grace on the right and Margaret (Meg) on the left.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Story of John Hornby - Part 3: 'Working'

Following his arrival in Zeehan, I can only presume John found work fairly quickly.  I know he worked in one of the mines - the Mount Zeehan (British) mine.  Work probably occupied much of his time, but as he became settled into his new life, he found some time for recreation.

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In January 1893, work in the mines was ‘partially suspended’ during the holiday season. Special trains between Zeehan and Strahan were put on over the holiday period for miners to enjoy a day hunting at Malana or picnicing at the Ocean Beach on the coast. A cricket match took place in West Strahan between the Queen Cricket Club of Zeehan and the Strahan Cricket Club. Queen C.C. won the day, winning by 43 runs.  Hornby top scored with 24 runs! But not without injury – he was struck by the ball on the tip of the first finger of his left hand, which was “... almost crushed. Nevertheless, he manfully played out his innings and his pluck in so doing was much admired”. The Strahan men admitted they were beaten by worthy opponents.  The train home to Zeehan that night was drawn by two engines, consisted of 15 coaches and held almost 400 people.  A good day out!

John worked and saved his pennies with the aim of bringing his family to Zeehan to join him.  Clearly, economic conditions in Tasmania were better than in Dalton-In-Furness. By the end of 1893, John had saved enough to pay for Mary and the two girls to sail out from England. So by April 1894, it was Mary, Grace and Meg saying their goodbyes to family, friends and to England.  At 2.30pm on the 19th of April 1894, aboard the S. S. Tainui, they departed London. Destination: Zeehan!

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Time for a Holiday

Holiday time has arrived!  No thought of work (well, just an occasional one now and then as I slip into relax mode).

Soon, I'll have a chance to return to my Jack Reacher read-a-thon!  Echo Burning is on the go currently and I've not yet read Worth Dying For.

Bring it on!

Tom Cruise is not Jack Reacher. Tom Cruise is not Jack Reacher. Tom Cruise is not Jack Reacher. Tom Cruise is not Jack Reacher. Tom Cruise is not Jack Reacher. Tom Cruise is not Jack Reacher.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

One Shot - Tom Cruise is Jack Reacher

I just finished reading 'One Shot', another in the Jack Reacher series. Not a bad little yarn.

But now I've just discovered that Tom Cruise has signed on to play Jack Reacher in the movie version!

Oh C'MON!!!

Jack Reacher: 6 feet 5 inches tall, 220-250 lbs, 50-inch chest, straw coloured hair.  Lee Child wrote it thus; in every novel.

Expect us to believe Tom Cruise is Jack Reacher?  I think not!!

My suggestion: Daniel Craig.  Craig would make a much more credible Reacher.

Daniel Craig on a yacht in Venice during a bre...

My wife, who's never read a Jack Reacher novel, reckons even Brad Pitt would be better for the role than Tom Cruise!

Anyway, Robert Duvall is apparently also in the cast (presumably as the Zec), as is Rosamund Pike (to play Helen Rodin), so it could be O.K. I wonder who they'll choose to play Ann Yanni?
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