Oakwood Map

Here’s a hand-drawn map of the Oakwood / Stinking Bay area. Compiled from memories and recollections from older residents, it accompanies the article in Chronicle #17 on Pages 39-40. Note that North is to the bottom of the map!

Sawmilling Map
Hand-drawn map of the structures around Oakwood. Early Settlement.

‘Just Like Granny Made…’ Cookery Competition

Bake, decorate and present a plate of four different heritage goodies (e.g. jam drop, lamington, scone, slice, butterfly cake, jellycake). Add a family recipe for each goodie, and enter our competition.

Entries will be displayed at the Historical Society’s "It’s Never Done -130 Years of Women’s Work" – Exhibition at the Taranna Church Museum, (next to Federation Chocolate, South St Taranna) on the 3rd & 4th May 2013.

The winner of each category (junior, intermediate, open) will receive a $25.00 cash prize and recognition in local media.

Entries will be judged on taste, appeal and presentation. The judge’s decision is final.

Competition closes: 10.00 am Thursday 2nd May 2013
Exhibition: Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May 2013


Sadly Passing of…

The TPHS would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of lifetime Society member Maurice Hallam, a great friend and champion of local history. He will be sadly missed.

President’s Report 11th Feb, 2013

The Society has enjoyed another productive and eventful year marked by some significant events.

Early in the year Ethel made the suggestion to award Maurice and Doff Hallam Life Membership to recognise their outstanding contribution to the Society. This was duly done with unanimous support and Maurice and Doff were moved and delighted by the gesture.

We then got on with the business of preparing for our big exhibition in May – showcasing the inventiveness and resourcefulness of local people from early days until modern times. Our weekend exhibition titled “Inventions and Innovations” was extremely well attended and although it was a lot of hard work for society members, especially the indefatigable Secretary, Lys Ford, we all agreed it was well worth it, especially as it generated a lot of interest from locals and at least an hour of interviews on ABC local radio. We even offered good prizes for local inventors to invent something!

Not long after that, we had our annual Quiz Night – one of the best attended on the Peninsula – and a fundraiser for TPHS. As usual, it was very competitive, lots of fun and at times quite rowdy! Our quizmaster, Rob Rolfe, certainly had his hands full keeping us in check.

We also had a number of significant donations made to the Society – some books and records from the Koonya hospital, audio tapes from the PAVE audio project, “Beyond the Term”, a beautiful old gramophone, glass negatives, school books and more.

This resulted in several more working bees by the Collections committee – though there is still so much to be done to catalogue everything!

With so much going on, there wasn’t time to publish another Chronicle – although there is always onging work collecting stories ready for the next one. We will be sure to see Chronicle 16 published in the year ahead, there is just so much material already!

Of course, another truly successful event for the Society was the Port Arthur Memories Revisited project – originally conceived I think, by the PAHS Advisory Board. This was a tremendous collaborative peninsula project and was right in our target market – being the stories of settler familes who played a big part in Port Arthur history following convict times. Several of the committee as usual worked very hard on this project an we were rewarded with a very enjoyable weekend at the Port, and hopefully some pleasant memories for those who used to live and work there.

2013 is shaping up to be another busy year with a Chronicle definitely on the way, another exhibition to be staged at Laurie Tatnell’s museum at Taranna, competitions, quiz night, perhaps another bus trip as well as all the other loose ends to tie up.

The Society will update digital recording equipment to to facilitate the collection of more oral histories – these can be kept in digital audio form as well as being transcribed for use in future Chronicles as before.

It certainly has been a pleasure as well as a challenge to be part of such an indefatigable and dynamic Historical Society.

Well done and great team work!

Keith O’Hara

Innovations and Inventions Exhibition Summary

Two hundred and fifty visitors crowded into Premaydena’s Old CourtHouse over May 19 – 20 to view the Tasman Peninsula Historical Society’s Innovations & Inventions Exhibition, held to mark National Heritage Month and International Museum’s Day.

Fantastic weather, hand-delivered invitations to local farmers, and the little grey Fergie parked outside, undoubtedly contributed to the success of the event.

On display were innovations and inventions as diverse as the “Travelling Dairy” of the 1890s, which brought Peninsula farmers up to date with current advances in dairy hygiene; the inventions of Thomas Locke, including his stump-jump plough, contour plough, and “Locke Wire Strainer” patented in 1907, which revolutionised the fencing industry, Laurie Tatnell’s prize-winning waste-retrieval sieve for the Hydro, Wyn Westcott’s fish cage, now used by Tassal, Andrew Ponsonby’s chicken-poo spreader, and the plaster fruit models made by George Garnett which were shown Australian agricultural expos all over the world.
Knowledgeable locals presented short talks on inventions to which they have a personal connection. For example, Locke’s great-grandson, Dave MacDonald explained the science behind his own twenty-first century invention, the rubber horse-boots described by ABC’s Landline in 2001 as ‘running shoes for equine athletes’, which are now standard issue for the horses of the New York Metropolitan Police and the Royal Horseguards at Buckingham Palace.
It also celebrated some remarkable women: Mrs. Tom Jenkins, of Premaydena, whose energy made her a role model for rural women in the 1940s. According to a Hobart Mercury article of 1944, this ‘Home Industrialist’, was a ‘crack shot’, who got quail and other birds with her gun; ‘trumpeter, flathead, cod, conger eel and perch’ with her net in a ‘motorised dinghy’, and had a garden and ‘seed house’ so extensive and well thought-out that she could put ‘three vegetables on the table for 306 days in the year’.
Last, but not least, the exhibition honoured Dorothy Hallam, the first ABC camerawoman, who, with a camera recommended by Neil Davis, shot documentary films of rural life on the Peninsula. 

Visitors were treated to tours of the Old Police Residence by James Parker, and talks by locals about Peninsula innovators from the 1890s to the present day, with the awarding of prizes provided by Tassal to the Peninsula’s New Inventors.

First prize in the Kinder - Y6 category was won by a 10 year-old boy who invented a roof smoke sensor, while first prize in the Secondary School-age category went to a fourteen year old boy who made and demonstrated a collapsible bow from sections of plastic pipe. First prize in the Adult section was awarded to the inventor of the CarryPallet, a light, strong, durable and hygenic plastic pallet handsome enough to grace a showroom floor, with, as runner up, the ‘Septic Rose’, a carbon filter to cap household unwanted odors.

Something of the flavour of the exhibition is captured in the following photos, and in Chris Wisbey’s interviews, which were aired in his weekend ABC program on Sundays.

Lys Ford – Secretary

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