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The story begins with the toppling of a premier, and ends with David Walsh, the man behind MONA, taking an eccentric stand against pokie machines and the political status quo. It is a story of broken politics and back-room deals. It shows how giving one company the licence to all the poker machines in Tasmania has led to several hundred million dollars of profits (mainly from problem gamblers) being diverted from public use, through a series of questionable and poorly understood deals. Losing Streak is a meticulous, compelling case study in governance failure, which has implications for pokies reform throughout Australia.
Flame Tip is a collection of short fictions that explore different realities and perceptions arising from the Tasmanian Black Tuesday bush fires of 1967. The pieces in this collection are as diverse in subject matter (infidelity, love, suicide) as they are in length. Despite the horror of one day of infernal terror, these stories reveal nuances of character and place through resilience, empathy, honesty and humour. February 2017 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Tasmanian Black Tuesday bush fires. There is also a universality to the pieces that should appeal to a wider audience. David Walsh, the controversial and high-profile owner of MONA, has written the foreword.
Lion: A Long Way Home
One evening, five-year-old Saroo left his poor village home in India to watch his older brother work at the next town's train station. Lost and alone on an unfamiliar train, he found himself taken across the country and deposited in a strange city, unable to explain who he was or where he was from. He'd arrived in Calcutta and was taken in by a government agency. After failed attempts to find his family, Saroo was adopted by an Australian couple, the Brierleys, and taken to start a new life in Hobart. As an adult he never forgot his Indian roots and kept trying to work out where he came from. With the advent of Google Earth, his long inquiry began to bear fruit: as the technology improved, he was able to find what he thought was his home neighbourhood of Ganesh Talai - and go in search of his family. Even more astonishingly, he found them.
The book we have been waiting for. Discovering Hobart looks at historic Hobart street-by-street, with photographs old and new. A well-priced gift for locals and visitors to our beautiful city.
Flames of Fear
A photographic and documentary history of the fear and devastation caused by bushfires in Tasmania since 1820. Covering the major bushfires which regularly devastated towns and rural farms during 1854, 1897-1898, 1933-1934, 1967, 2013, and Including previously unpublished material on the 1967 disaster.
From the Menu Hobart
Hobart is a city that is riding the crest of a wave of interest, expansion and positive energy. This change in attitude has been by eager restaurateurs with both hands. Bespoke restaurants, specialty farmers and producers, and hipster coffee shops work together to create a foodie destination that is drawing people from all over the country and from all over the world. This book will make the perfect gift for anyone with links to Hobart, and includes some stunning scenic photography interspersed with recipes from Hobart's key restaurants and vineyards.
The Abels Volume 1 (2nd ed.)
This highly anticipated and comprehensive guide is now released in its second edition, covering Tasmania's Mountains over 1100 metres high.
Coast - Tasmania
This brand new, large format coffee table book presents an innovative and dramatic view of Tasmania, and captures its freshness, wildness, and beauty.
Renowned Tasmanian photographer, Andrew Wilson, has spent many years documenting the entirety of the beautiful, dramatic coastline of Australia’s only island state, and this luminous book is the result. A wonderful complement to Andrew’s first two books, the swashbuckling Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania volumes 1 & 2.
A Bone of Fact
David Walsh - the creator of Mona in Hobart - is both a giant and an enigma in the Australian art world. A multi-millionaire who made his money gambling, David has turned a wild vision into a unique reality; he is in turns controversial, mysterious and idolised. A Bone of Fact is his utterly unconventional and absorbing memoir.
Winner of ABIA Australian Biography of the Year 2015.
Repression, Reform & Resilience: A history of the Cascades Female Factory
Repression, Reform & Resilience: a history of the Cascades Female Factory tells the story of the Cascades site: its beginnings as a whiskey distillery, through its grim time as a prison for female convicts, then as an institution for poor and unfortunate people ranging from orphans to lunatics and the elderly. From 1905 it was used for activities such as tennis and making aloe boxes and wine, but from 1977 the crumbling ruins were protected and restored. Today the Female Factory is a World Heritage site, popular with tourists and greatly prized for its historic importance.
Repression, Reform & Resilience: a history of the Cascades Female Factory is compiled by Female Convicts Research Centre members and edited by Alison Alexander.
Pufferfish - aka Detective Inspector Franz Heineken - remains haunted by his failure to apprehend the killer of a young Hobart woman. He absorbs himself in the mystery disappearance of Romeo Ferrari, whose bloodied clues - including a gun - link Romeo to the death of a cop and an international drug cartel war. Across the wilds of Tasmania, from the majestic Central Plateau to remote Arthur River and using his intimate knowledge of the the island's people, Pufferfish aims himself at the increasingly dangerous mystery of Romeo's gun, and at the evil predator stalking his patch.
Old Sea Dogs 2
After a much anticipated wait, bestselling author Andrew Wilson has finally completed his second book in the OLD SEA DOGS OF TASMANIA. BOOK 2 features a tender load of 'new’ Old Sea Dogs and seascapes from all around Tasmania, including remote destinations such as KING ISLAND, FLINDERS ISLAND, PORT DAVEY as well as stories on the world renowned Franklin Wooden Boat Town, The Australian Wooden Boat Festival, The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and much much more. Captured in glorious black and white and for the first time, colour photography, Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania 2 is a striking and beautiful book that includes 5 fold-out sections.
Locomotive Enginemen of Tasmania
Locomotive Enginemen of Tasmania is a tribute to the men at the coal face of Tasmania's railways, whose fascinating stories paint a vivid picture of days long gone, from a time when the 'iron roads' were crucial to the fortunes of the state. Stories from nine Tasmanian enginemen, who worked all manner of trains throughout the state from the 1940s to the 1980s are featured in this pictorial book. From Hobart suburbans to Fingal coal trains, to the glamorous Tasman Limited and from the Garratts of the Emu Bay Railway to the Mount Lyell Rack - these men saw it all. A wonderful addition to the library for the train enthusiast.
The Men Who Made the Celebrated Chairs
The Peddle Chair, as it became known, touched the lives of many Tasmanians. The Government Railways bought Peddle Chairs for their waiting rooms, they were to be found in schools, public buildings and commercial offices. They became prominent features of many a Tasmanian home and farmhouse. This is the story of how George Peddle and Harry Hearn bought the tradition craft of Windsor-chair making to Tasmania and how the chairs they created have become prized possessions for many a collector today.
The Field of Dreams
The Field of Dreams is the first book ever written about Mt. Field, Tasmania’s oldest national park and one of Australia’s most beloved. The book is a series of essays describing journeys on foot into this exceptional national park. They delve deeply into the personal and universal connection with natural places. The 29th of August 2016 marks the centenary of the proclamation of Tasmania's oldest national park and this book celebrates this historic occasion.
The Convict and the Soldier
This historical fictional tale begins in the 1850s in County Clare, Ireland. Young Irishman Michael Keogh, a shipwright, returns home to assist his father on his farm; simultaneously, a wealthy British Army Officer, John Hall, arrives at a posting in the town of Kilrush, County Clare. Both eventually travel to Australia in the eventful 1850s, together with an erratic and devious Colonel Paul Lang. During an eviction of a poor farmer, Michael is arrested charged and sentenced to seven years transportation to Van Diemen's Land, and endures a rough and eventful sea voyage to Hobart, where he is then shipped to Port Arthur. His prison ordeals highlight the penal system of that time.
At least thirty-seven per cent of male convicts and fifteen per cent of female convicts were tattooed by the time they arrived in the penal colonies, making Australians quite possibly the world's most heavily tattooed English-speaking people of the nineteenth century. Each convict's details, including their tattoos, were recorded when they disembarked, providing an extensive physical account of Australia's convict men and women. This book reveals a rich pictorial history. Simon Barnard was born and raised in Launceston, and spent a lot of time in the bush as a boy, which led to an interest in Tasmanian history. He is a writer, illustrator and collector of colonial artifacts.
Lure of the Thylacine
Speculation by an ever-growing band of Tasmanian tiger devotees that the thylacine still exists has not wavered, despite the dogmatic stance by the scientific fraternity that the animal is extinct. This collection of actual accounts and anecdotal yarns originated from discussions the author had with an old Tasmanian tiger trapper, Reg Trigg, who in the early days of the twentieth century established a mutual friendship with Lucy, a tiger he rescued from a trap. Covering a century and a half during which this animal's status has changed from being a despised sheep killer to a magnificent survivor, these enthralling stories are for both the curious and the enthusiast. A collection of wonderful stories, yarns and tales by Australia's pre-eminent tiger enthusiast.
The Last Wild Trout
The Last Wild Trout is an entertaining and intrepid adventure seeking out the last truly wild trout fisheries around the world. Casting his line in 20 far-flung locations, Greg takes in Tasmania, New Zealand, Iceland, the British Isles, Mongolia, Slovenia, British Columbia, Wyoming, California, Patagonia, Nevada, Alaska and Hokkaido all in search of the species that can still be called wild trout.
Each chapter in this evocative and beautifully-illustrated book focuses on one species or subspecies of trout, and includes a compelling human narrative in Greg’s gregarious and inimitable style. With the deft touch of an expert fisher, Greg beautifully balances the scientific with the personal, the practical with reverie, and the conservation with travel narrative.
Sixteen-year-old Stephanie West has been dragged from Sydney to remote Maatsuyker Island off the coast of Tasmania by her parents, hoping to come to terms with their grief over the death of Steph's twin brother. Cut off from friends and the comforts of home, Steph's saviour is Tom Forrest, a 19-year-old deckhand aboard a crayfishing boat. When the weather allows, Tom visits the island, and he and Steph soon form an attraction. Wildlight is an exquisite, vividly detailed exploration of the wayward journey of adolescence, and how the intense experience of a place can change the course of even the most well-planned life.
Field Guide To Tasmanian Birds
This comprehensive field guide combines information to aid the identification of birds found in Tasmania with photographs of each species in its natural habitat. Bird entries are organized into six groups: waterbirds; birds of prey; rails and hens; waders; gulls and terns; owls, parrots and kingfishers; and songbirds. Each entry includes: information on identification, behaviour, voice, habitat, and breeding, accompanied by a colour photograph and distribution map.
Corruption and Skullduggery
In 1805 Maria Riseley was single, poor, pregnant and working in a female factory. Then Edward Lord arrives. A lieutenant in the marines, he was posted to a tiny settlement called Hobart Town, where women are scarce. So he has come to Sydney, a much more promising field. This is a story not just about two people from different social classes making their way in a new society; Alison uses their story to shine a light on early government in Van Diemen's Land, exposing the corruption and skullduggery that went on at all levels of administration, from the top down.
Beyond the Sandstone
An account of the pioneering role played by the Parsons brothers of Caveside in the opening up of the Chudleigh Lakes area of Tasmania's Great Western Tiers to the world of fishing, tourism and adventure. Beyond The Sandstone tells a variety of stories about local people from the Highlands and Lowlands in the late 1800s and mid-1900s.
Award-winning cartoonist Jon Kudelka shares his sketchy love letter to Australia's southernmost capital city with a series of watercolours from the heart.
Musquito: Brutality and Exile
Musquito was an aborigine who was active in the resistance to white settlement in NSW and was exiled to Norfolk Island in 1813.
When Norfolk Island residents were moved to Van Diemen's Land he became a well known figure in and around Hobart and he became responsible for organising the Tasmanians against white settlement. He was hanged for his part in the murders that occurred at Grindstone Bay in 1825. This book explores the legend of this remarkable resistance warrior.
Tarkine Trails / takayna makuminya has 100 bushwalking trails complete with colour maps, 10 mountain bike trails and 17 paddling trips. This definitive guide has contributions from more than 30 experts including lead author Phill Pullinger, a foreword by Bob Brown, an introduction by Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary’s owner Greg Irons, and an essay on Aboriginal Heritage of takayna / Tarkine written by Ruth Langford.
Van Diemen's Land: An Aboriginal History
The history of Aborigines in Van Diemen's Land is long. The first Tasmanians lived in isolation for as many as 300 generations after the flooding of Bass Strait. Their struggle against almost insurmountable odds is one worthy of respect and admiration, not to mention serious attention. This broad-ranging book is a comprehensive and critical account of that epic survival up to the present day. Starting from antiquity, the book examines the devastating arrival of Europeans and subsequent colonisation, warfare and exile. It emphasises the regionalism and separateness, a consistent feature of Aboriginal life since time immemorial that has led to the distinct identities we see in the present, including the unique place of the islanders of Bass Strait. Carefully researched, using the findings of archaeologists and extensive documentary evidence, some only recently uncovered, this important book fills a long-time gap in Tasmanian history.
The Making of MONA
The inside story of Australia's most exciting museum. MONA has shaken up the art world by breathing life and delight back into the museum experience and is now hailed as the most important addition to the Australian cultural landscape since the opening of the Sydney Opera House. Visitors are flocking to MONA, but what is it about MONA that makes it such a transformative experience? And how on earth did an amateur private collector manage to set up one of the world's great art destinations on the edge of a remote island city? This is the inside story of how MONA came to be.
Day Walks Tasmania
Describes 40 walking areas around Tasmania with a total of 98 walk variations. For each walking area, one walk is described in detail and a series of variations based on the main walk are also given if appropriate. The book is a full colour production with colour topographic maps and includes a 6 page Walk Index designed to assist with selecting a walk. Areas covered range from Apsley Gorge, Wineglass Bay, Cape Raoul, Cape Huay, Mt Wellington, Hartz Mountains, South Cape Bay, Mt Field, Mt Anne, Cradle Mountain, Ben Lomond, Mt Arthur, Cataract Gorge, Asbestos Range, Liffey Falls, Meander Falls, Mersey Valley, Mt Roland, Black Bluff, Dial Range and Rocky Cape.
Optimism: Reflections on a Life of Action
This book reflects on the simple things, the moments that are meaningful, and the big questions that have concerned Bob Brown and inspired him to achieve. It is a powerful book as well as a meditation on the great and the small. Inspirational, compassionate, outraged, Bob Brown's stories are rich with metaphor, entertaining and full of warmth. A great promoter of activism he is keen for all to experience life as richly as he has. Although he has seen much of the world through the prism of politics he still believes that there is reason to believe that the changes he has pursued can be made and will be for the better. His stories reveal a complex man with a quick wit and a joy for life. "It is a fortunate life if a person feels more optimistic than ever before. That's me." Bob Brown
'At its core, The Black War is a story about two peoples who just wanted to be free of each other...sooner or later Europeans and Aborigines were bound to clash, but it was Tasmania's unique circumstances that turned this encounter into a 'war of extermination'.
Between 1825 and 1831 close to 200 Britons and 1000 Aborigines died violently in Tasmania's Black War. It was by far the most intense frontier conflict in Australia's history, yet many Australians know little about it. The Black War takes a unique approach to this historic event, looking chiefly at the experiences and attitudes of those who took part in the conflict. By contrasting the perspectives of colonists and Aborigines, Nicholas Clements takes a deeply human look at the events that led to the shocking violence and tragedy of the war, detailing raw personal accounts that shed light on the tribes, families and individuals involved as they struggled to survive in their turbulent world.
A novel of the cruelty of war, the tenuousness of life, and the impossibility of love. August, 1943, in the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, cholera, and beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.
Tasmanian Shipwrecks: Volume 1 1797-1899
As an island colony and later state of the Commonwealth of Australia, Tasmania has always been fundamentally dependent on shipping services to connect it with the outside world. However, lying in the path of the winds known as the 'Roaring Forties', the waters around Tasmania have proved treacherous to mariners. Since the wreck of the Sydney Cove in 1797, over 1000 vessels of all sizes are known to have been lost in Tasmanian waters. Studies carried out by the authors have gathered a wealth of material on these shipwrecks. Based on original documents, Tasmanian Shipwrecks: Volume1 is a comprehensive account of the circumstances of these losses up until the end of the 19th century.
Marjorie Bligh's Home: Hints on Managing Everything
In Housewife Superstar, Danielle Wood introduced us to the life and work of Mrs Marjorie Bligh: domestic goddess, original recessionista and inspiration for Dame Edna Everage. This follow-up collects the finest Marjorie moments in hints, advice, recipes, poems, gardening and travel, all reproduced as facsimile pages from her many famed self-published books - and with new photographs, celebrity appearances and a special foreword by the great lady, now ninety-five, herself. If you have yet to discover the wonder that is Marjorie Bligh, waste no more time - for, as she says, time is 'the greatest gift you have'.
In the early 19th century crofters and villagers streamed into the burgeoning cities of Scotland. Orphan girls, single mothers, women with feckless husbands and widows all struggled to feed and clothe themselves, and were left with few options other than theft and prostitution. Anxious to quell the rising tide of petty crime, the Scottish authorities imposed harsh sentences, consigning these women - and often their children too - for transportation to the Australian colonies.
Lucy Frost tells the stories of the lives of a boatload of women and their children who arrived in Hobart in 1838. While convict men of that period worked in road gangs, the women were assigned as domestic servants, seamstresses or to work in dairies, and were often ill-treated by their employers. Some managed to snare a good husband once they'd earned their tickets of leave, and became solid citizens. For others errors and disasters continued to plague their lives in the colony.
As I Was Saying is a swirling conversation with the reader on everything from travel to dogs and cats, from sport and swearing to the pleasures of idleness. Punctuated at regular intervals by talks Dessaix has given on a wide range of subjects, as well as by some of his most incisive journalism, the conversation invites the reader to join a leisurely guided tour of his chamber of curiosities, featuring pieces collected all over the globe from across the centuries.
Winner of the 2011 Australian/Vogel Literary Award, Tasmanian Rohan Wilson's novel is a surprisingly beautiful evocation of horror and brutality: a meditation on the intricacies of human nature at its most raw. The Roving Party is a historical novel tackling the story of John Batman in Tasmania in the 1830s.
The roving party consists of Batman, ruthless, singleminded; four convicts, the youngest still only a stripling; Gould, a downtrodden farmhand; two free black trackers; and powerful, educated Black Bill, brought up from childhood as a white man. Their purpose is massacre, and with promises of freedom, land grants and money, each is willing to risk his life for the prize.
Passing over many miles of tortured country, the roving party searches for Aborigines, taking few prisoners and killing freely, Batman never abandoning the visceral intensity of his hunt. And all the while, Black Bill pursues his personal quarry, the much-feared warrior, Manalargena.
Reynolds' book charts the history of Tasmania from the arrival of European maritime expeditions in the late eighteenth century, through to the modern day. By presenting the perspectives of both Indigenous Tasmanians and British settlers, he provides an original and engaging exploration of these first fraught encounters. The book explores how geography created a unique economic and migratory history for Tasmania, quite separate from the mainland experience, and offers an astute analysis of the island's economic and demographic reality.
In 1972 Lake Pedder in Tasmania's untamed south-west was flooded to build a dam. Wildlife photographer Olegas Truchanas, who had spent years campaigning passionately to save the magnificent fresh water lake, had finally lost. The campaign, the first of its kind in Australia, paved the way for later conservation successes, and turned Truchanas into a Tasmanian legend. Truchanas, a Lithuanian emigre, is a stalwart adventurer, loving family man, activist, thinker, survivor and artist. Through those who were closest to him, Truchanas emerges, as does his influence on early conservation in Tasmania, and the small group of landscape artists, the Sunday Group, who admired his passion for the lake and were inspired by it.
Stunningly illustrated with original Truchanas photographs from the 1950s, '60s and '70s, and artwork from the Sunday Group, Pedder Dreaming captures the brutality, raw beauty and vulnerability of the Tasmanian wilderness and the legacy of one man who had the vision to fight for it.
Peter Timms leads us on a journey through his adopted city of Hobart, Australia's smallest, most southerly, least prosperous, but arguably most beautiful state capital. He reveals a city in transition, shaking off its dark and troubled past to claim its special place in the contemporary world. From Hobart's convict legacy, its spectacular natural setting, heritage architecture and climate, to crime rates, economic hardship and the recent disfigurements of the developers, Timms brings a wealth of fresh insights, exploring the city with a mixture of affection, admiration, frustration and sadness, interviewing a wide range of residents along the way.
Those who have experienced Hobart as tourists will be surprised and intrigued by the lively, complex society this book reveals. Those who live here will surely discover their city anew.
Camping Guide to Tasmania (4th edition)
Experience the very best camping destinations in Tasmania with this full-colour, fully updated and detailed directory to over 200 campsites. It has a comprehensive listing of more than 50 parks, forests and reserves where you can pitch your tent, roll out your swag or unhitch your van. This edition provides concise and accurate details to camping areas throughout the state, including some of Australia's most celebrated bush and mountain areas such as Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair and Freycinet National Parks.
In Tasmania on holiday, novelist and Chatwin biographer Nicholas Shakespeare discovered a house on a 9-mile beach and instantly decided this was where he wanted to live. He didn't know then that his ancestor was the corrupt and colourful Anthony Fenn Kemp, now known as ‘the Father of Tasmania', or that he would find relatives living on the island.
Shakespeare interweaves his personal journey into a new-found paradise with a brilliant account of the two turbulent centuries of Tasmania's history in this fascinating and timely book.
William Burr, the son of an English settler in South America, had a steady job hunting mahogany pirates in British Honduras. One day, injured and recovering after a jungle skirmish, he receives a letter from John McQuillan, his old friend and now Chief Police Magistrate in Hobart Town, with the offer of a reward for the capture of a notorious outlaw: and so Burr sets sail for the Antipodes, though with little idea of what to expect. He arrives in Van Diemen's Land, the most isolated and feared penal colony of the British Empire, in 1830 to find a world of corruption, brutality and mystical beauty.
A brilliant and beguiling Australian Western by a writer of astonishing talent.
The Library at the End of the World
The Royal Society of Tasmania was founded in 1843and the artworks selected for this book are from the volumes held in the Rare Books Collection of The Royal Society of Tasmania Library. The science behind the magnificent volumes is examined, as well as considering the artists who created the beautiful images. The volume starts with an historical overview and is divided into sections on vascular plants, lichens, orchids, crustaceans, insects, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals with introductions from expects in those fields.
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