In Defence of Local History
I didn’t go overseas as a young man, partly ‘cos I was broke, but I just loved the place too much to leave. The true heart of Tasmania is in the local people and their history. Phillip Knightly in his book ‘Australia’ said “He had devoted his talent as a historian to examining the minutiae of the convict settlement in Tasmania. He knew everything about the convicts and their jailers… This was not just how many yards of roadway a convict gang could build in a day, but gripping social material.”
The practice of history
* ‘Young Hopeful Men’; Henry Hector MacFie 1869-1957. The life of Henry Hector MacFie and his wife Hannah Chapman in Devonport from 1886 to his death there in 1957.
A social History of Richmond, 1820 – 1855 – updated version in preparation
* Burtons Circus at Richmond 1855
* Harold Gatty: his Richmond and Cambridge Aerodrome connections, Tasmania.
Inns and Hotels of Richmond
* Irish-Catholics in the Coal River Valley, Richmond, Tasmania
Nugent Farm, Richmond: the history and restoration of the last Tasmanian home of William Smith O’Brien.
* Oral History and the Demise of Folk Culture in the Richmond District, Tasmania.
* Richmond Street Life – The lives of Emancipists, Paupers & Settlers 1870-1900 – taken from the Richmond Police Records.
* Silent Impact – the Irish in the Richmond District, Tasmanian
* Thomas Meagher, Sgt Daniel Murphy and the Bennett Family: Some Enduring Connections at Richmond, Tasmania.
* Changes and continuations: the post/ penal settlement of Tasman Peninsula, 1877-1914.
* Carnarvon Cemetery, 1877-19…?
Eagle Hawk Neck – Prison or Pleasure?
Letters from Lufra c 1900
Tasman Peninsula at War 1914-1918. The Impact of World War I on the Local Community