A Cheapskate's Guide to
Exploring Tasmania By Car


The Travelling Library Series: Adult Fiction Section.


Australian History Section
Updated November, 2016


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A guide to travel, sightseeing and services - what to do, where to stay and a little history of Tasmanian cities and towns.

Front Page

The front page includes a guide to this guide as well how to Get to Tasmania and Touring Tasmania.

The Heritage Highway

The Heritage Highway looks at the Midlands Highway and its surrounds ~ covering the towns of Evandale, Longford, Cressy, Perth, Ross, Campbell Town, Oatlands and Richmond.

Launceston

Launceston's well preserved Victorian and Georgian buildings, together with its diverse collection of art-deco architecture, give the city an unusual period ambience ~ making it well worth the visit.

Download Free Map

This (external)l link will give you access to free maps of Tasmania, Hobart City Centre, Launceston City Centre, Burnie and Devonport to print or store on your device.

Fun Pages For Kids and their Adults

A range of free and low cost things to make and do, for kids and their adults, when driving or confined to camp.

Book List To download a book selection to your device: Click on the required work to open it, then SAVE AS to your chosen file.
Australian Colonial Intelligence A look at early Australian development through journals, official reports and newspaper excerpts of the day.
THE BLIGH MUTINY
Source: Historical Records of Australia.
As the free settlers became numerous and prosperous they became self-assertive, and the most energetic naturally fell foul of a tactless autocrat like Governor Bligh, who governed New South Wales as if all were of the same status.
THE BUSHRANGERS
Source: The Golden Colony (G.H. Wathen, 1855),
The combination of convictism in Tasmania and gold in Victoria and New South Wales produced bushranging on a large scale. Convicts now had a chance of living well if they escaped, and many took advantage of the opportunity.
DISCOVERY OF TASMANIA
Source: Tasman's Journal (edited by Heeres),
The Spaniard Torres was probably the first European to sight Australia (Cape Yorke); but Tasman was the first who consciously discovered the Great South Land. In his search for fresh fields for trade, he came upon Tasmania and New Zealand.
EMANCIPIST CONTROVERSY
Source: Historical Records of Australia.
A storm of protest was aroused among the free settlers by the action of Governor Macquarie in recognizing convicts as ordinary members of society directly their terms of imprisonment had expired.
ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS
Source: A Journal of a Tour of Discovery across the Blue Mountains,
N.S.W. (Blaxland, 1823),
For many years the settlement in N.S.W. was confined to the coastal plains, owing to the impassability of the Blue Mountains. In 1813 Gregory Blaxland, accompanied by Wentworth and Lawson, accomplished the passage, and opened vast plains for settlement.
THE BEGINNING OF THE WOOL INDUSTRY
Source: Historical Records of Australia.
The wool industry in Australia was founded by John MacArthur. Once established, the flocks increased rapidly in numbers and quality, and as it became possible to export wool, its manufacture was stimulated in the older countries. The annual value of Australia's wool export is now over £26,000,000.



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