Imprints 1835

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The Tasmanian Fortune Teller, and Dream Book.

Ferguson 1949a. No copies

Dream Book
From the True Colonist 18 Feb 1835






Advertised once only in True Colonist 18 Feb. 1835 price 1 s. Listed as ‘The Dream Book’ in Hobart Town Almanack 1835 as one of the publications from Mr. Bent’s Press during the year.



House of Assembly, Van Diemen’s Land: Public Meeting of the Colonists, Saturday, August 2, 1834. A. Bent, printer. J. D. Campbell, reporter.

22 p., 28.5 x 22 cm. Printed in 3 columns. Colophon: Hobart Town, Van Diemen’s Land: Printed by Andrew Bent.

Ferguson 1803.  Copies: ANL (FC and 1 other); Crowther (2 copies); VSL

House of Assembly 1
National Library of Australia.  FRM F1803


Report of the meeting reprinted from the first two issues of the True Colonist (5 and 12 Aug. 1834) followed by other articles (mostly ‘Hints for Mr. Hume’) which appeared between 2 and 16 Sep. Announced as forthcoming on 2 Sep. 1834, but not actually published until towards the end of Jan. 1835, when it was for sale at 2s. 6d. per copy.

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Greenwood again! Dreadful Torture at Van Diemen’s Land.

Broadside ca. 3 Apr. 1835.

Not in Ferguson. Copies: ML (A2189; AP v. 29 p. 166)

Submitted to the Colonial Secretary on 3 Apr. 1835 by Chief Police Magistrate Forster. The broadside, inflammatory in the extreme, reprinted a letter signed ‘a Subscriber in the Southern Hemisphere’ which had been published in the Sunday Herald in London, together with that paper’s horrified commentary, and some additional remarks added by ‘Ed. Col.’ It had been distributed about the town and Forster believed it was printed in Bent’s Office, although no proof could be obtained. Forster transmitted it as an additional reason why, as he had already suggested, convict printers should not be assigned to those who disseminated the vilest sedition and abuse of the government. Considered in Executive Council 4 May 1835, but Arthur wanted to determine the number and police characters of the convict printers, pressmen, and compositors in assigned service before making a decision. Arthur believed, probably correctly, that the original letter, giving a wildly exaggerated account of Greenwood’s flogging and subsequent hanging in 1834, had been written by Gilbert Robertson. Robertson, proprietor and editor of the True Colonist, went to gaol for libel shortly before this broadside was printed and his paper was being printed at Bent’s office. While Robertson was obviously responsible for the content of this print, Bent may well have had a hand in its production and it was printed with his equipment.

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Rules and Regulations of the Political Association of Van Diemen’s Land. 1835. Hobart Town: Printed by A. Bent, Elizabeth Street.

8 p.,  tp. 20.5 x 14 cm; sheet 41 x 27 cm.

Not in Ferguson. Copies: TSL (uncut copy on single folded sheet)

Political Association (1)
Libraries Tasmania TL P 324.946 POL

Bent attended the meeting which established the Political Association on 17 September 1835. While not a confident public speaker (he once declined to take the chair) he was an active member and regularly attended meetings. He was a member of the governing committee, rather pretentiously called the Political Council. He may have done other printing for them as well, as did Henry Melville. He later claimed that the Association never paid him for the printing he did and accused Melville and sub secretary Toby of appropriating the Association’s furniture in liquidation of their own claims for printing and clerkship. (BN 9 Nov. 1838)

The rules were read at a meeting of the Association on 5 Oct. 1835 and ordered to be printed (TC 9 Dec.)

The eleventh Report of the Wesleyan Auxiliary Missionary Society, of Hobart Town, Van Diemen’s Land. 1834. Hobart Town: Printed by Andrew Bent, Elizabeth-street. 1835.

Wes Mis Soc 11th rept ML
Mitchell Library. DSM/266/W



22 p., 21 x 13 cm.Bright blue paper wrappers.

Ferguson 2068a. Copies: ML




The eighth Report of the Van Diemen’s Land Missionary Society. 1834. With a List of Subscribers and Benefactors. Hobart Town: Printed by Andrew Bent, Elizabeth-street. 1835.

VDL Miss Soc report 8th 1834
TAHO  NS638/1/27



14 p., 8vo. Bright blue paper wrappers.

Ferguson 2066a. Copies: TAHO (NS638/1/27)




Van Diemen’s Land. To the Honourable the Commons House of Parliament. The Humble Petition of the Free Inhabitants of Van Diemen’s Land, in Public Assembly of the People, duly convened … [no imprint but Sep. 1835]

Possibly printed by Bent although Henry Melville is also possible.

Broadside, 40 x 16 cm. approx. Text printed in one long column on right hand side of the sheet.

Copies: TNA (CO280/72 f. 127)

petition Sep 1835
TNA CO280/72 f. 127

The petition, probably drawn up by Thomas Gregson, was discussed at a public meeting at the Ship Inn on 1 Sep. 1835. This was held to express indignation at the flogging of a free British sailor, Thomas Berry, for an allegedly trifling offence. The petition complained of the secrecy of the Legislative Council (which was unrepresentative and passed unconstitutional laws), and of the misapplication of Crown patronage in appointments to the magistracy. It concluded by asking that the free population of VDL might be governed by British Acts of Parliament until they could obtain a legislature of their own election. There was considerable delay in getting the petition to England (at least officially) but this copy must have been printed off immediately and  forwarded to England by the Laing. It was sent in to Secretary of State Glenelg by George Lewis (brother to Thomas Lewis) on 24 March 1836. The text of the petition was printed with the report of the meeting in both the TC 4 Sep. and CT of 8 Sep. 1835.



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