Mr. Sharland was a Government Surveyor, and explored much of Western Tasmania in the earlv days. On the 8th March, 1832, he discovered Lake St. Clair, and subsequently examined the country as far as Frenchman's Cap. On returning from his survey tour he agreed to bring specimens of the flora for botanical friends, but did not himself collect.
Mrs. Sharland made large collections of algae near the mouth of the Tamar. She collected before Prof. Harvey's advent to these shores, for her collection of Tasmanian sea-weeds, sent to the International Exhibition of 1851, was awarded a bronze medal. The specimens were collected at Kelso, in the north.
"She was the daughter of Major Schaw, who served in the Peninsular War, and, after retiring from the Army was Police Magistrate at Richmond, Tasmania, for many years.
"She ,was, I believe, born at Jamaica, in the West Indies, 1813, and died at George Town, Tasmania,. 1859."
The Rev. F. B. Sharland, son of the above, has kindly furnished most of the above particulars.
Source: Maiden, J.H. (1909) Records of Tasmanian botanists. Papers and proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania for the year 1909. pp. 9-29.