The Archer Family

Thomas Archer I (1790–1850)
Woolmers Estate was settled in circa 1817 by Thomas Archer the 1st. It has existed through six generations of Archers, until the death of Thomas William the 6th in 1994.
Thomas William Archer II (1818–1844)
Woolmers Cottage was built for him. He died of Scarlet fever at the age of 26.
Thomas William Chalmers Archer III (1840–1890)
Inherited Woolmers at age 10. The estate was held in trust for him while he was sent to England to be educated, so Woolmers was leased to tenant farmers. When he returned he entertained and leased out the farmland.
Thomas Cathcart Archer IV (1862–1934)
Having little interest in farming he also leased out the farmland. He is best remembered as a champion golfer who played in the Australian open.
Thomas Edward Cathcart Archer V (1892–1975)
Became an orchardist growing apples on the property for distribution locally and the mainland. The orchard utilized only a small portion of the estate. He purchased the 1913 Wolseley to take his wife Marjorie around Tasmania for their honeymoon
Thomas William Archer VI (1917–1994)
Continued to maintain Woolmers and left the estate and its contents to the Archer Historical Foundation Inc.(now called the Woolmers Foundation Inc.) as it was his wish to share this historical treasure with the public.


A step into the present 1935–1994

Thomas Edward Cathcart Archer was next to inherit the property. Unlike his father, Thomas had an interest in farming, though in a different style to his great grandfather. He became an orchardist, growing fine apples for distribution locally and on the mainland.


Gentlemen Farmers 1850-1890

The new era dawned at Woolmers when Thomas died in 1850. His wife, Susannah, continued to live on the estate but spent a great deal of time travelling to and from England. The Archers of Woolmers enjoyed the lifestyle of landed gentry, entertaining guests and leasing the land.


Thomas Archer - the settler circa 1817-1850

On 1 January 1817, hard work and loyalty to the Crown were rewarded when Governor Macquarie granted Thomas 800 acres of land on the banks of the Macquarie River.


Recreation and country living 1890-1934

On the death of Thomas Chalmers in 1890, his eldest son, Thomas Cathcart, inherited the estate. Like his father, farming held little interest for him, and he continued to lease out the farmland.


The Archers of the Norfolk Plains early 1800s

News of Thomas' success in obtaining land grants and establishing a vast estate in Van Diemens Land soon reached his family in Hertford.


The Archers of Hertford, England

Thomas Archer was the first of the Hertford, England, Archers to travel to Van Diemens Land. Arriving in 1813, he took up the Government position of Deputy Commissariat of the Stores at Port Dalrymple.


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