This next bank cheque in the Tasmania series is from the Wynyard branch of the The National Bank of Tasmania Limited.
It is in very nice condition overall given that its more than a century old.
Dated 30 April 1908 the cheque is for Six pounds, seven shillings and 10 pence. point of payment has been altered to the Stanley Branch as was so common between banks in those early years.
Early records show quite a few people by the Medwin name in that area of Tasmania.
Best bet is probably this one as he would have been 39 years old at the time the cheque was raised.
Medwin, Edwin Henry
Born December 16, 1869 Black River, Tasmania
Died November 15, 1931 Latrobe, Tasmania
It would appear to be money passing hands between two family members as the surname of the Bearer and the cheque signatory are the same, Medwin. Possibly it is a part of a round robin of cheques within the family. This method of raising credit limits and improving bank credibility was quite common in in the early 1900’s.
In 1908 the population of Tasmania was less than 190,000 people. In 2006 Stanley had a population of 458 so it is safe to assume that in 1908 the population was a great deal smaller.
In this year Tasmania appointed an agent in India to encourage Anglo-Indians to immigrate and Immigration Bureaus are established in both Launceston and Hobart. Free rail passes are given to potential immigrants to allow them to inspect land and State school fees are abolished.
It was a time of growth and development state wide.