Shocking Catastrophe! The Explosion of the Little Nell
It was a clear and fine day, on Wednesday 18th February 1874. Steamer Little Nell departed George Town for Launceston, as she did thrice weekly. But the journey on this day was to be catastrophic.
Mole Hill Fantasy, Tasmania
Mainland Australia has big stuff. The big banana; the big merino; the big prawn. You get the picture. Tasmania though, well, we have little stuff. Miniature villages from Tasmazia to models of early colonial towns such as Hobart and York Town.
Looking Back, Queen Elizabeth II’s 1954 Tour of Tasmania
Queen Elizabeth II was the first reigning monarch to visit Tasmania. The Examiner editorialised after the Queen’s departure …now that the Queen has gone it can be said emphatically that the basis of allocation of time between Hobart and the rest of the state was most unjust to the majority of the people of Tasmania.The…
Now & Then – Church of the Apostles, Launceston
NOW & THEN – The Church of the Apostles in Margaret Street, Launceston. The foundation stone for the church was laid in September 1864. The nave and two aisles had been built by October 1866 and the church was opened the following month. Construction of the transept, sanctuary and sacristies occurred some years later. The…
From the Archives – Scottsdale, Tasmania January 1922
Looking back at the Tamar Valley and Northern Tasmania as it was in January 1922, via photos published in The Weekly Courier.This week, looking at the construction of the ‘Sideling’ between Scottsdale and Launceston. Of particular interest to me was to see images of women amongst the construction workers. A start has been made on…
Charlotte Badger, Australia’s only female pirate (but was she actually a pirate?)
Popular culture records Charlotte Badger as Australia’s only female pirate. According to one tale, under the captaincy of Badger – The Venus became the terror of Bass Strait. Frightful atrocities were committed; ships were captured, plundered and sunk.Elvie Williams, Australian Woman’s Mirror But was Charlotte Badger actually a pirate?
Museum Review: QVMAG (Royal Park) – First Tasmanians Exhibit
I have fond childhood memories of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) at the Royal Park, Launceston site. For years, it was the template I held for what a museum should be. It had lots of interesting corners to poke around in and a number of exhibits that I still miss. For now…
Now & Then – Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG), Royal Park
NOW & THEN – The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) at the Royal Park site, Launceston, Tasmania.
From the Archives – Longford Tasmania in January 1922
Looking back at the Tamar Valley and Northern Tasmania as it was in January 1922, via photos published in The Weekly Courier. This week’s photos are of Longford.
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