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HOLYMAN'S OF BASS STRAIT: Shipping and Aviation Pioneers of Australia

 The White Star flag of Wm. Holyman and Sons flew proudly from mastheads and flagpoles across Australia and overseas for more than a century. This book traces the Holyman story from 21-year-old English seaman William Holyman who jumped ship in Van Diemen’s Land in 1854 to the huge shipping and aviation businesses built by his sons and grandsons.

Available from most Tasmanian Bookshops (click for list)


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 HOME OF PEACE, The Eskleigh Story

Tasmania’s first disability service provider, the Eskleigh Foundation, was established in November 1943, when Australia was at war, by a small group of people committed to creating a home for the care of people with incurable ailments. It was the idea of the Reverend Thomas Churchward Kelly, a recently returned Baptist foreign missionary, who saw that people with permanent disabilities and their families in Tasmania often had nowhere to go for care and respite.

Available from the author (please send email)

 and from Eskleigh Foundation, Perth, Tasmania                                                                                                                                                                                                                           $25

THE TAMAR YACHT CLUB: A History of Sailing in Launceston Tasmania from 1837

Based on the country’s longest navigable estuary, the Tamar Yacht Club has its origins in the convict days of Van Diemen’s Land. From river racers and dinghy sailors to solo circumnavigators, its members have made their mark on Australian yachting over the past 180 years. This book traces the history of sailing in Launceston from the first Tamar Regatta to the present day and covers the events and people who have shaped one of Australia’s oldest yacht clubs.

Available from the Tamar Yacht Club, Tamar Marine, the Hobart Bookshop and Petrarchs.


A WOMAN OF CHARITY: The Winifred Daphne Booth Story

It was Winifred Daphne Booth’s dying wish that her considerable estate should be used to help as many people as possible. Since it was established in 2001 the W. D. Booth Charitable Trust has distributed nearly $6 million to community groups and worthy causes in Tasmania. This is the story of the woman behind a wonderful legacy and her remarkable life.

Available from bookshops or the author (please send email)                           $25

In stock at the QVMAG Shop at Inveresk, Launceston


The Duck Reach Power Station was built by the Launceston Municipal Council and generated hydro-electricity almost continuously for 60 years – from 1895 to 1955. It was the first publicly-owned hydro-electric power station in Australia and one of the earliest in the world. This is the story of its conception, demise and rebirth.

Published by Christopher (Gus) Green OAM

Available from bookshops or online at                           $35

In stock at the QVMAG Shop at Inveresk, Launceston

WILLIAM GOW'S ANZAC DIARY: Serving with the 3rd Field Ambulance at Gallipoli

In August 1914 Bill Gow was among the first Tasmanians to answer the call of King and Empire for the war against Germany. As a member of the 3rd Field Ambulance he was trained in tending the sick and wounded in battlefield hospitals.


Available from the author (please send an email)                          $20

$25 posted to addresses within Australia


The OUTCOME of ENTERPRISE: Launceston's Waverley Woollen Mills

In 1874 an expatriate Scot named Peter Bulman claimed a £1000 Government bonus for producing the first woollen goods in Tasmania made from Tasmanian wool at his new Waverley mill on the banks of Distillery Creek. Bulman’s legacy of enterprise lasted more than a century and helped make textile manufacturing a major industry in Launceston employing more than 3000 people at it peak.


Available from the author (please send an email)                                                        $25

$30 posted to addresses within Australia


CRUEL WIND: Business Post Naiad and the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Disaster

Robert Matthews was at the helm of Tasmanian yacht Business Post Naiad both times it capsized in the 1998 Sydney to Hobart yacht race, the second time killing two of his crewmates. A decade after the disastrous race he tells his story in the book Cruel Wind.



Available from the authors (please send an email)                          $30

$35 posted to addresses within Australia


The Australian Three Peaks Race – The First 20 Years

The Australian Three Peaks Race is one of the country’s toughest endurance events and in 2008 celebrated its 20th anniversary. A huge fleet of local, interstate and international competitors entered the race. To celebrate this unique event and the hundreds of competitors and volunteers involved over the past 20 years the organisers commissioned the production of a history of the race. It has been produced by photographer Paul Scambler and journalist Julian Burgess.


Pulbished by and available from the AUSTRALIAN THREE PEAKS RACE COMMITTEE


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His Own Man: The Cecil Burgess Story

Cecil Burgess led a remarkable life. He was born in Launceston, Tasmania, in 1914 into a devout Catholic family. His father was the city health inspector and superintendent of the Launceston Abattoir. He was good at sport, an excellent scholar and accomplished public speaker. During World War II he was an RAAF navigator and served in Bomber Command in England where he completed 35 bombing missions and continued his accountancy studies. He was an accountant, orchardist, business owner and company secretary. He lived and worked in Launceston, on Thursday Island, in Cairns and Southport in Queensland.

Pulbished by Blurb and available by CLICKING HERE. 

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