Burial at Sea with Thomas Gunn

Join us for our first Maritime & History Talk of 2020!

Every one has heard of being buried at sea, and if you have watched enough period films or war documentaries you have probably seen it being performed. But what is the history of this event and is it still practiced today? Despite the ability to preserve bodies by the introduction of refrigeration, burials at sea are still commonplace. This talk will outline the history of the practice and its place in modern society, with reference to Australia and Tasmania in particular. Along the way you will be told myth busting tales and have a few urban myths unravelled.

Dr Thomas Gunn, a Launceston based historian and consultant, holds a PhD in Colonial History specialising in convicts. Having presented at over 20 conferences from the international down to the local he has also managed to find the time to write a number of books including the highly popular ‘366 Days of Tasmania’ which features an historic event for every day of the year. Thomas is also a major local conference convenor, including the Low Head Conference now in its 16th year, along with the Tasmanian Lighthouse Conference, a biennial event, which this year will be held in Hobart. In 2019 Thomas also organised the Hillwood Community Conference to celebrate the opening of their history room. In 2020 he is convenor for a conference on convicts in the north of Van Diemen’s Land, to be held in Ross.

When: Tuesday 11 February 2020, 7 pm
Where: 6 Gloucester Avenue
Cost: Gold coin donation
Bookings Essential: 03 6424 7100