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Monday, April 03, 2006

Australia on the Map � Tasmanian program launched - - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Australia on the Map � Tasmanian program launched - - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

A program of 27 activities highlighting Tasmania’s role in the nation’s rich maritime history was launched in Hobart today.

The events – including community festivals and ship visits - are part of the Australia on the Map project aimed at enhancing knowledge and understanding of Australia’s maritime heritage, beginning in 1606 with the voyages of Janszoon and Torres.

It focuses on the many mariners who, whether by accident or design, charted the country’s coasts and put “Australia on the Map”.

Tasmanian program patron Sir Guy Green said that familiar names such as Tasman, Van Diemen, Du Fresne and D’Entrecasteaux show that Tasmania has always been aware of the diversity of its history.

“The Tasmanian program looks at this history, and considers not only the comings and goings of the Europeans, but a range of other themes,” Sir Guy said.

“These include the Tasmanian Aboriginal people, the difficulties and dangers of 17th and 18th century navigation and the geography of the many islands of Tasmania.”

The Maritime Museum of Tasmania, the State Library, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the Archives Office of Tasmania and the University of Tasmania are participating in the Tasmanian program.

There is a schools program, 10 new exhibitions and displays around the state, and a number of talks and presentations.

Community projects include this weekend’s (7 - 9 April) France to Freycinet goes Dutch festival. It will focus on the East Coast and include kite flying, drama, music and trips to Maria Island.

In November, Dunalley will host a community event to mark Abel Tasman’s only Tasmanian anchorage in 1642.

Two new maps are being produced including a new chart of 979 of Tasmania’s islands and rocks to be available in July from Tasmap.

Another map of great interest is Tasmania during the Ice Age showing the land bridge from the mainland to Tasmania when the Aboriginal people lived in a harsh and icy world. Produced by the Aboriginal Heritage Office, the map will be available in October followed by a new website and educational resource.

A highlight of the national program is the voyage of the Duyfken, which will make a year-long voyage to various coastal towns and cities of historic interest in all states.

The Duyfken is a replica of the Dutch ship which came to Australia in 1606, the first recorded time when Australian Aborigines met with people from the outside world. It was also the first recorded time when a part of Australia’s coastline was mapped.

The replica Duyfken was made using traditional materials, such as flax and hemp, and traditional construction methods including fire to bend the planks of the hull. Its visit to Tasmania in November and December this year will be of great interest to local boat builders and enthusiasts.

Australia on the Map media enquiries: Angela Bourke 6233 5741 0418 361 929

This initiative is part of the State Government’s commitment to progressing Tasmania Together Goal 21 – Value, protect and conserve our natural and cultural heritage.


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