We purchased what was then ‘Cedar Heights’ a number of years ago. Having lived in Strahan for a long time, working at the local primary school and our own son now grown up with his own family. We felt this property was was a great way for my husband Graeme and I to share our love for the West Coast, our passion for golf and create a relaxed and safe place for families, friends and couples to stay when visiting the area.
My family originates from the East Coast, in and around the town of Swansea. A number of my relatives still live there today. We go back when we can and enjoy the contrast in environment; you can start your day here on the West Coast; below the wild and rugged mountains ranges. By late afternoon you can be walking along beautiful shorelines and white beaches on the East Coast.
Little did we know that when we purchased Cedar Heights all those years ago, the very street it sits on had a connection to my family. Renamed Meredith House and Apartments, the fact that our accommodation is located on Meredith Street is no coincidence. Our family connection between the East and the West is interesting to say the least, and it’s not so much the actual street name that connects us to that part of Tasmania as the actual stories and people behind the name Meredith, that do...
Famously historic in Tasmania, the Meredith’s date back to the early 1800’s. George Meredith (1778–1856) was an active settler and landowner and emigrated to Tasmania from the UK in 1821. He received land grants on the east coast and was involved in whaling, sealing and shipbuilding. He built his home near Swansea and ran livestock, with his family farming on the on the east coast until about 1915. George had a number of children. Probably his most famous was Charles who, married the naturalist Louisa Ann Meredith. They had two sons; Owen and George Campbell, which brings me to our first connection.
Owen and George Campbell Meredith were persistent explorers and prospectors. The brothers, so the story goes; made their way west in search for wealth after the hype from the Victorian gold fields died down. From the Heemskirk Fields near Zeehan they hand cut a track through thick scrub all the way to Strahan and pitched the first tent in the area. They then cut a track to Honeysuckle Plain, which undoubtedly led to the discovery of Mt Lyell. In all, the brothers contributed to the Silver, Gold, Copper and Tin booms of the Wild West. George joined the town board some years later and as a planner helped to map out the town of Strahan as we know it today. So yes, Meredith Street is named after him.
Our second connection to ‘Meredith’ runs through many generations on my side of the family, but that story is not one for here as it is rather scandalous! However, I do love a good chat and love sharing stories of family history, so if you’ve got a great yarn to trade you never know, you may be in luck. Come say hello if you see me out and about during your stay at Meredith House and Apartments.