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Store order from Matthew Ritchie


hand-written note on paper shaped to form envelope

Historical information

Matthew Ritchie (B.1830, d.1892) served as a Private in the 41st Regiment. He came to the colony as an Enrolled Pensioner Guard on the "Clyde" in 1863 with wife and child. He was granted to Pensioner Allotments at Greenough - G25 and G26.
Timothy Hayes (b.1838) arrived in the colony on the "Tartar" in 1863. He had been nominated by his cousin R. Gallop. From this letter we know that Hayes worked for Ritchie clearing land.



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202 mm
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164 mm
1 mm
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Champion Bay 24th May 1865
To Mr Maley Sir
Please to give the bearer Timothy Hayes Tea Sugar Tobacco & Flour as he is going to grub for me
I am your umble Servant
Mat Ritchie

Contextual Information

This letter is proof that Timothy Hayes was working in what is now the Mid West region of WA. Their are another two notes (both also 1865) from Ritchie mentioning Hayes in the collection.

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Store order from Matthew Ritchie
Letter written by Matthew Ritchie to John Maley requesting stores for Timothy Hayes 24/05/1865