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  • Tasmanian Invention – 1909 Patent – Fred Dando (of Beaconsfield) Game of Skill

    Tasmanian Invention – 1909 Patent – Fred Dando (of Beaconsfield) Game of Skill

    British Patent no 19,390 by Fred Dando of Beaconsfield, Tasmania. Lodged 1908 and accepted ‘as patented” in 1909 – four pages of text and one double page with excleent drawings showing how the invention is constructed.

    The invention relates to an improved game of skill and apparatus for playing same the game being played preferably by two persons one against the other, from each end of a race or box whereat is located a compound lever designed when quickly depressed to project a marble or ball to the desired distance and height to strike and, if possible, displace one of a series of marbles or balls of similar size arranged centrally one each on a tier located transversely at about midway of the said race or box [Long sentences patented also!]

    The compound lever near each end of the box is designed to be struck by the players finger and thus cause its inner part upon which the marble is placed to project it forward with the object of striking on the before mentioned shelves and which latter are numbered 1 to 5 representing the players count when a marble is struck or displaced

    The apparatus is made in the form of a two part box hinged together under the tier of shelves and capable of being folded together while also pockets or recesses are provided at each end for the players marbles and further the edges of the box are perforated and numbered to receive count pins etc etc…

    Voyager considering making this device although probably not meet modern safety standard (hum) or have many digital application (ho hum) … but good marble chucking fun!

    Games ingenuity in Beaconsfield in 1909


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  • Tasmanian Tiger – Extinct or Merely Elusive – Andy Park – Australian Geographic 1986

    Tasmanian Tiger – Extinct or Merely Elusive – Andy Park – Australian Geographic 1986

    Dick Smith’s Journal the “Australian Geographic” was something special in the early editions. Here in Vol 1 No 3 of 1986 we have one of the great sources of Thylacine information in an special 18 page segment written by Andy Park and illustrated (so well) by Rod Scott.

    Great images of “Benjamin” the last tiger in captivity, sad images of early reward posters, turn of the century “Tiger Hunters” and an assessment of the Nullarbor mummy ( surely mis-dated). The then “Tiger Searchers” including Dr Eric Guiler and of course Peter Wright with his expedition headquarters near Lake Adelaide. And the sightings, and not just in Tassie. A nice chronology ends the piece to bring historical perspective to the article. Dr Bob Brown given credit for his contribution and well deserved.

    Just a Journal but no better Tassie Tiger


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  • Tasmanian Thylacine – Lydekker – 1896

    Tasmanian Thylacine – Lydekker – 1896

    Original wood cut print of the Tasmanian Thylacine from Richard Lydekker’s superb work on Marsupials.

    Lydekker identified the need for a reassessment of Australian Marsupials given that Gould’s magnificent work was even by then extremely rare and costly and that a number of “new” marsupials had since been dicovered.

    One of a few collectable 19th Century Thylacine images. The poor creature was already very scarce by the time this work was published.

    Framed in gilt within cream mat with black inner core.

    Voyager also have a good copy of the entire Lydekker work … search Lydekker ….


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  • Ernest Scott (Ed.) – “Australian Discovery” – in Two Volumes – “By Sea” & “By Land”

    Ernest Scott (Ed.) – “Australian Discovery” – in Two Volumes – “By Sea” & “By Land”

    The editor, Ernest Scott, presents “Australian Discovery”, an examination over two volumes.

    Volume 1 begins with an examination of the mystery of Terra Australis Incognita before moving on to, amongst a great many other important events; Torres and Quiros; Tasman’s discovery of Van Diemen’s Land and New Zealand; Pelsart and the wreck of the Batavia; a Dutch account of New Holland and Van Diemen’s Land; Dampier’s Voyages on the Cygnet, and the Roebuck; Cook in New Zealand and his discovery of Eastern Australia; Bligh and the mutiny on the Bounty; discovery of the Bass Strait; and, Flinder’s discovery of South Australia. Included in this volume are a great many portraits and maps and a chronology of important events covered in great detail throughout the volume.

    Volume 2 begins with Blaxland’s story of the crossing of the Blue Mountains before moving onward to; Evan’s journal of his journey to the Bathurst plains; Governor Macquarie’s report on the country beyond the mountains; Evan’s discovery of the Lachlan; Oxley’s subsequent exploration of the Lachlan and the Macquarie; Evan’s discovery of Castlereigh ; Allan Cunningham’s explorations; Hume and Howell’s journey to Port Phillip; Lockyer’s exploration of the Brisbane river; Sturt’s discovery of the Darling and Murray; Mitchell’s exploration of Australia Felix; Sturt’s journey into central Australia; Eyre’s journey from Fowler’s bay to Albany; The Burke and Wills expedition; Stuart’s journey to central Australia and then across the continent. Again, included in this volume are many delightful portraits and maps, as well as a chronology of these events.

    This two volume set represents a marvelous and comprehensive examination of the discovery and exploration of Australia. The people involved, their impetus and their journeys as their knowledge of the great southern island evolved.


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  • Poor Souls They Perished – Lemon & Morgan

    Poor Souls They Perished – Lemon & Morgan

    Published by Hargreenin 1986 a well researched and thoughtfully illustrated account in very good condition.

    In 1845 the Cataraqui went down in the Bass Strait with the loss of 400 souls – only 9 survived (saved by an ex-convict) despite the wreck being stranded just 150 yards from King Island.

    Worst Australian Wreck


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  • The Tasmanians – Robert Travers

    The Tasmanians – Robert Travers

    First edition published 1968 by Cassell in very good condition

    Travers’ honest account of the extinction of a unique race of people the Tasmanian aboriginal.

    A race extinguished


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