Home Street, Invermay

May 31, 2019 | InvermayStreet & Suburb HistoryStreet Talk

The most likely contender for this street is Colonel Rodham CD Home of the 10th Hussars who arrived in Tasmania in the 1850’s after serving in the Crimean War.

He was appointed Commandant of the military establishment at George Town, but after his marriage to Ellen, sister of Sir Richard Dry, he resigned his position. After the marriage in St John’s Church, Launceston the couple lived in the lovely two-storeyed ‘Ivylawn’ (then known as ‘Dower House’) at Hagley (the gift of the bride’s father). The Dry’s owned a lot of land at Hagley and Invermay.

When the British Army withdrew from Tasmania in 1870, the Citizens Volunteer Rifle Corps was formed in Launceston, and the first commanding officer was Major Home. Later this unit was known as the Launceston Volunteer Artillery Corps.

EG Scott’s book on Hagley states that Home took a keen interest in church and community affairs – he was Secretary and Rector’s Warden of St Mary’s Church for over 30 years and president of the Hagley Ploughing Association.

‘Home Hill’ Devonport, where Joseph and Dame Enid Lyons lived, is said to have been named after Colonel Home.

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