Martin Cash

A Short Summary There are gaps in the detail. A more comprehensive life story to follow. Martin Cash – Bushranger 1808 – 1877 born in Ireland, wealthy, literate Convicted: 7 years transportation: shot at a man who was flirting with Cash’s girlfriend 1828 – arrived Sydney On assignment in the Read more…

Contagious Hobart

The declaration of a public health emergency in Tasmania on 17th March 2020 meant that stronger powers and sanctions would become available to the director of Public Health. The Tasmanian Public Health Act, 1997, allows for the Tasmanian Director of Public Health to declare a public health emergency. These powers Read more…

Getting rid of the Governor

Over the past 216 years Tasmania has had 55 men and 1 woman in the role of governor. Originally the role was titled Lieutenant Governor (1803 – 1855). With responsible self-government, and the name change from Van Diemen’s Land to Tasmania, the role was titled Governor. Throughout this whole period Read more…

Get to church!

In the early days of Hobart, the only religious instructor permitted in the colony was the Church of England preacher, Robert Knopwood, who was in the employ of the governor. British settlement was seen as opportunity to instill in the convict population better moral habits and to convert the native Read more…