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A Peopled Frontier: The European Heritage of the Tarkine Area

18 March 2009
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A Peopled Frontier: The European Heritage of the Tarkine Area" was launched in Smithton today by Premier David Bartlett.

The book is the first holistic historical sketch of the area known as the Tarkine. While seemingly a wild place, it is in fact an area with rich historical traditions including mining, forestry, fishing and recreation. The Tarkine is littered with the evidence of European activity that adds a new layer to thousands of years of Aboriginal settlement.

"A Peopled Frontier: The European Heritage of the Tarkine Area" will become the standard text on the European history of the area and makes a significant contribution towards a full understanding of north-west Tasmania.

It is particularly relevant to the modern representation of the Tarkine, which is presented as an untouched wilderness.

The 168-page book was researched and written by Tasmanian historian Dr Nic Haygarth*. It was commissioned by Circular Head Council and funded by both Circular Head Council and Waratah-Wynyard Council.

"The publication of this book represents an auspicious moment in Tarkine politics," said Circular Head Mayor, Daryl Quilliam.

"It will both inform and alter the debate."

 

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  • For further information contact Circular Head Mayor Mr Daryl Quilliam on 0408 543 927.

 

- For book distribution information contact Circular Head Council -

 

* Dr Nic Haygarth is an historian with a particular interest in the Tasmanian highlands. In 2003 he completed a PhD in History at the University of Tasmania. Major works include A View to Cradle: a History of Tasmania's Forth River High Country (1998), Baron Bischoff: Philosopher Smith and the Birth of Tasmanian Mining (2004) and The Wild Ride: Revolutions Which Shaped Tasmanian Black-and-White Wilderness Photography (2008).

 

 

Authorised for general media distribution by Greg Winton, General Manager, Circular Head Council on Wednesday 18 March 2009.

Office:     33 Goldie Street, Smithton, TAS 7330

Postal Address:     PO Box 348 Smithton, TAS 7330

Telephone:    (03) 6452 4800

Facsimile:   (03) 6452 4861

E-mail   council@circularhead.tas.gov.au

 

 

 

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