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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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 & then photos of the museum, see my post here.

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