Mrs Meredith’s gun

From © The Private Collection of John and Robyn McCullagh 2005-2010 ARR.

This small weapon accompanied artist Louisa Anne Meredith (1812-1895) on her painting excursions into the bush. Why she needed it, and whether she ever used it to kill an animal, may well be documented in her writings such as –

National Library of Australia:
Author: Meredith, Louisa Anne, 1812-1895.
Title: Our island home : a Tasmanian sketch book / by Louisa A. Meredith.
Publisher: Hobart Town : J. Walch ; London : Marcus Ward, 1879.
Description: [iv], 44 leaves, 12 leaves of plates : ill. ; 38 cm.
Notes: “The plates painted in autotype, from the authors pencil drawings.”
Cited In: Ferguson 12513
Subjects: Tasmania–Description and travel–1851-1900.
Bib ID: 744895

Author: Meredith, Louisa Anne, 1812-1895.
Title: Tasmanian friends and foes, feathered, furred, and finned : a family chronicle of country life, natural history, and veritable adventure / by Louisa Anne Meredith.
Publisher: Hobart Town : J. Walch & Sons, 1880.
Description: 259 p., 8 leaves of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm.
Notes: “With coloured plates, from drawings by the author”.
Cited In: Ferguson, no. 12514.
Subjects: Zoology–Tasmania.Botany–Tasmania.
Bib ID: 1131158