Category: History

The Torquay Swimming Baths

On Saturday the 11th of February 1888, a special meeting was held by shareholders of the Torquay Bathing Company, a company which had been created

Mining on the West Coast

In 1883, the first pegging of the Mount Lyell fields took place when three gold diggers staked a 50-acre claim in what is now known

Annie Cocker

Born in 1857 to David and Clara Cocker, Annie was one of eight daughters, two of whom died in infancy, and five sons.  David Cocker was one of the

Shroud cleats in red gum timber

Recreating Cleats

Today’s blogpost is from Gareth Gunn, master rigger of the Julie Burgess: I have been repairing and making wooden blocks for a few years now for Julie Burgess as

The Asturias

Built in Belfast by Harland and Wolff, the Asturias was the largest motor ship built at that time. Launched on the 7th July 1925, she

The Orion

With a keel of 31 meters in length, the Orion was the largest wooden steamship built in Tasmania. Miss Amelia Holyman broke a bottle on

The Dahlia Festival

On the 14th of April 1955 a public meeting was held at the Devonport Town Hall to consider holding a floral festival in Devonport. It had been suggested

The Bass Trader

The Bass Trader By Leah Johnson Designed by the Australian Shipbuilding Board to the requirements of the Australian National Line, the Bass Trader was built