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.

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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 Examiner, 25 February 1954

Did Northern Tasmania get the raw end of the deal or was this Tasmania’s infamous parochialism raising its head?

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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?

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‘A.H. 1804’ – The Search for 19th Century Graffiti at the Supply River, Tasmania

This page in Hilda Johnson’s book, Bygone Days on the Tamar, piqued my interest. 19th century graffiti? That I’ve never come across despite walking at the Supply River often?

Bygone Days on the Tamar by Hilda Archer Johnson, p.26

Although I could see references to the graffiti online, a photograph – other than that in Johnson’s book – eluded me. I was determined to track down this carving though.

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Further Afield: Westbury Silhouette Trail

A walk around the Westbury Tasmania Silhouette Trail

Westbury has always been one of my favourite small towns in Tasmania. Beautiful old historic buildings and with a Village Green of a green rarely seen in Tasmania. I’m not sure how I came across information about the Westbury Silhouette Trail, but I decided to visit.

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