"Beautiful and calm. At 7.30am left for King River enroute to Flannigan's Flat to serve a Court of Request summons. At 9am entered King River and proceeded about 2 miles when we changed boats. I might mention that Peever and Davis were taking provisions to King River Store and the other man MacDonald was a miner going back to his claim.
At 5.30pm arrived at our destination. The River was very low and we had to get overboard and pull the boat over the Rapids of which there were about 24, and I was not at all sorry when we were done for the day. The scenery on this River is something worth seeing.
There is a good track cut which is a mile and 5 chains long, but it is fearfully steep in parts. We then descended another one with only a bush foot track. It must be a hard life, this gold-digging with such country and such tracks carrying tucker on one's back for 4, 5 and 6 miles. After winding and twisting about we arrived at the Flats about 1.30pm. I found my man (John Glover) hard at work, served him with a copy of summons and at 3.30 in company with J Lawlor left for King River Store, arriving at 6pm".
I wonder if this John Glover was a descendant of John Glover, the famous artist who has a statue at Evandale, and an art prize named after him. The artist arrived in Tasmania in 1831 and died in 1849. John, the policeman didn't say what the summons was for.
John didn't get on with his Superintendent at Macquarie Harbour and asked for a transfer back to Hobart. It finally came through. He received a telegram with the long-expected transfer on 9th March, "thank heaven it has come at last". He left Macquarie Harbour on 14th March 1889 and started work the next day at police headquarters in Hobart.
By this time he had married and had three children, John aged five years, Elizabeth Esther (Cissy) born in 1886 and Roy. He found a house to rent in Glebe Town for 10/- per week. His wife, Harriett Cawthray, was a Tasmanian born in Hobart. Her father was from Yorkshire and her mother was from Surrey in England. He was transferred to Franklin the following year on 26th July 1890.
Unfortunately, the next year in December 1891 John drowned in a boating accident. There was some mystery surrounding his death as he was a very strong swimmer and the boat was found only 80 yards from the shore and John's body 20 yards from shore.
The Mercury newspaper reported "On Wednesday 16th. December 1891, Constable John MA Quintal and William Muskett left Southport for Ida Bay, a distance of three miles, in the sailing punt Lily. They left at lunchtime and were expected home in the afternoon. It was found they did not reach Ida Bay and fears were held for their safety. A search party was sent out with grappling irons.
The body of Constable Quintal was found on 18 December, 50 yards from where the boat capsized and only 20 yards from the shore. It was a mystery he did not get to shore because he was an excellent simmer and very skilful in the management of boats".
John was only 38 years old when he drowned. He had come a long way from his mutineering ancestors.
John's daughter, Elizabeth (Cissy) must have owned the diary because it had E Robinson on the inside cover. I found an article in Trove about her. It said she was a Political Activist, Political Candidate and Women's Rights Activist. She married Henry Charles Robinson in 1913. The article said she sought parliamentary honours in the Newcastle district. At the time of her campaign, she had been a resident in Newcastle for five years and had founded the Women's Citizens Association to engage in the relief of distress. She was a well-known public speaker, both in Tasmania and Newcastle. She died in Newcastle in 1943. This could explain why my friend found the diary on the mainland.
I also found some information about Roy Quintal. He was killed in action in 1917.