Nanowrimo 2019

As November comes along again, I am thinking of doing a Nanowrimo Journal. Where I can put thoughts about preparing, grumble out uncooperative characters and, in November, record progress. So I’ll be posting things here (which is this blog, but that category).

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Blooming Tasmania Flower & Garden Festival 2019

So this is the Flower & Garden Festival at the Albert Hall. I don’t know why they call them festivals, they’d do better with show or something. Anyway, whatever you want to call it, it has… lots of flowers and displays about native flora ( Pterostylis pedunculata, a native orchid) and fauna (Wedge-tailed eagle). and…

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British Hotel Theatre, 1834-5

Launceston Advertiser, 5 June 1834 MUSIC AND DRAMA Launceston As far back as the thirties there was a “theatre” in an upper room of the British Hotel, Launceston, but of it no traces are left, and there were other similar places where barn-stormers and embryo tragedians fretted their hour. The Mercury, 12 September 1903 The…

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When was Tasmania connected to the mainland by telegraph?

The first telegraphic connection was opened in September 1859. INTER-COLONIAL SUBMARINE AND MAGNETIC TELEGRAPH. The following are the messages which have been interchanged by the Governors of the colonies on the opening of the line :— Sir Henry Young to Sir Henry Barkly. Government House. September, 1859. Sir Henry Young uses the telegraph across Bass’s…

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Kaiser Stereoscopic Theatre

This rather cool thing is at the Pioneer Settlement at Swan Hill. Panel at entrance says: The Pioneer Settlement’s Kaiser Stereoscopic Theatre is one of only two [three or four maybe] in the world, and the only one which operates all day, every day. The theatre can be seen as an early version of cinema,…

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When the writing isn’t writing.

I don’t like using the term writer’s block. It’s a wish-washy term that’s used for those times when the story won’t work and those times when there is just no creating going on and even the thought of opening the word processor, and all the bits in between. I was going to write a few…

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The story behind Gibbet Hill, Perth

(Launceston Advertiser, 6 April 1837) “Mr. Joseph Edward Wilson, eldest son of Mrs. Thomas, of this town, left his home last Saturday afternoon on horseback, on his way to Hobart Town, and had reached within a mile of Perth, when a man rushed suddenly out of the bush, and discharged a piece at him, the…

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Inside Prince of Wales Battery, Battery Point, Hobart

By day… Prince of Wales Battery was one of a series of batteries erected on Battery Point about 1840 to protect the almost-city of Hobart Town from enemy ships. It was dismantled about 1880 and the area turned into a park, but the underground magazine remains. Usually it’s locked. But sometimes it’s opened…. At night!…

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Not Quite the Goldfields

The gold rush in Victoria attracted immigrants hoping to make a fortune from all over the world, including ten of thousands of Chinese. This isn’t that story, because it’s written about in many other places (but you can start here if you’re interested.) The Victorian government was keen on these migrants with their weird habits…

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Port Arthur Paranormal Investigation Experience

Last month, I did a post on the Post Arthur Ghost Tour, which is your standard ghost tour: a group of people follow the guide to each point, where they stand and listen while the guide tells a story, then onto the next one–stay together–don’t wander off. The Paranormal Investigation Experience is… not like that….

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