TASMANIA is one of the most fascinating islands on earth, richly endowed with a variety of wilderness and pastoral landscapes, a sobering climate and a personal history to match.
Once known for its remote penal settlements and harsh environment, it attracted colonial settlers with the promise of free land grants issued by the government. Denigrated for wiping out its indigenous peoples and animal species such as the Thylacine (the Tasmanian Tiger), its wilderness now attracts walkers from all over the world. If you enjoy Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, good food, great natural scenery and tales of the old days, then this island will delight you.
THIS eBOOK is our INVITATION to you to set forth and explore Australia’s fascinating island state. This companion guide will help you familiarize yourself with the historical and cultural aspects of Colonial Tasmania.
We begin with a European history of Hobart and Risdon. Then look at life in Van Diemen’s Land during the rule of successive governors.
Tasmania’s story includes the brutal clashes between her Indigenous peoples and her European colonisers, and the development of a penal settlement. Lachlan Macquarie, governor of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821 visited his distant island colony twice, travelling the route between Launceston and Hobart, naming most of the places along the way. Tasmania probably has the greatest concentration of Georgian era buildings outside of Britain. You’ll love it!
We've put together our experiences of travelling through Van Diemen's Land to help you plan your journey. Of course, there's nothing like doing it yourself. EXPLORING Historic Tasmania includes:
We stayed in a variety of hotels and Bed and Breakfasts including Richmond, along with colonial cottages at Brickendon and Woolmers. All the accommodation we sampled was good and hosts friendly.
I was interested in the changes Macquarie had made, especially the place names. The historical background was really worthwhile.
Bernard S, 2013
We didn't have enough time to see all the places. Have to return next year. Thanks.
We have put together a comprehensive, illustrated journal of the highlights of our journey along the historic Heritage Highway in Tasmania. In this eBook you will find many of the places and sites of interest, both from a historical and a traditional perspective. Towns, such as Ross, Campbelltown and the marvellous Tasmanian countryside will encourage you to make this journey yourself.
We've detailed our experiences of life on Tasmania's Heritage Highway to help you plan your own journey. Of course, there's nothing like doing it yourself. EXPLORING Historic Tasmania includes:
This eBOOK works with any PDF compatible eREADER, including Macs and PCs. Once you order your copy through PAY PAL we send you a Download Link from which you can download your PDF eBOOK.
EXPLORING Historic Tasmania is 15 M in size and may take a few minutes to download.
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Details about our interactive one day courses preparing you for this and other journeys.
More information about exploring Australia's colonial history.