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Tasmanian Books

Tasmanian Books

Tasmania’s rich history and scenic beauty has seen a phenomenal number of books published. Petrarch’s specialises in these Tasmanian books, both new releases and hard to find favourites from the past. 
From Cape to Cape

By Richard Bennett
$69.95


With beautiful colour pictures, From Cape to Cape presents a portrait of a unique and special place. The Southern Transit - South West Cape to South East Cape of Tasmania - concentrates all that is captivating and inspiring about the geomorphology and botanical richness of the Southern Tasmanian Wilderness.
The Anzac Tree

By Christina Booth
$24.95


Local Launceston Author and Illustrator Christina Booth has done it again. This time she brings us the beautiful book The Anzac Tree.

In 1916, two brothers planted two trees on their farm. They then headed far away to France to fight in the Great War. The Anzac Tree tells the story of a century of Australian generations who went to war, and the story of those who were left behind.
Tasmania's Forgotten Frontier

By John Beswick
$44.95


In his book Tasmania's Forgotten Frontier, John Beswick recalls the exploits of Bass and Flinders, Captain Charles Bishop, Captain James Kelly and George Augustus Robinson. He identifies and records in detail, for the first time, the settlers who braved the isolation to establish long term grazing ventures. These settlers and their families are the hitherto unrecognised pioneers of the true North-East.
Haunted Australia
Ghosts of the Great Southern Land


By J. G. Montgomery
$39.95

Australia has a dark side embedded in the landscape, deserts, convict-build gaols, museums, public houses and civic buildings. It has a harsh history of brutality and cruelty based on a convict past, so there is little wonder it is haunted.

Including 150 ghostly locations around Australia and including Tasmania.
Dr Edward Swarbreck Hall
Colonial Medical Scientist and Moral Activist


By Carey Denholm and Stefan Petrow
$39.95

Dr Edward Swarbreck Hall was a thorn in the side of the Establishment of Van Diemen's Land. For nearly fifty years after his arrival in 1833 he clashed with doctors, administrators, politicians and the clergy. As a doctor he protected the inmates of the convict system, the Cascades Female Factory and the Queen's Orphanage Asylum from oppression and mistreatment.
The Last Dog on the Island

By Steve Kelleher
$29.95


Detector Dog Elise and her handler, Steve Kelleher, were the only drug detection unit in Tasmania. Working for Customs, Tasmania Police, Federal Police and the Tasmanian Corrections Service, they hunted down marijuana stashes, caches of amphetamines and were instrumental in smashing an international Mafia drug ring.  Elise's keen sense of smell and Steve's ability to interpret her behaviour led to the seizure of millions of dollars in contraband.
The Road Winds On
Memoirs of L.G. Irby


Edited By Judith M. Flint
$35.00


Llewellyn George Irby's recollections as conservator of forests, adventurer and establisher of the beautiful settlement of Sisters Hills, are a treasure trove of insights into Tasmanian life between the world wars. His noble optimism, good humour and devotion to family shine through times of lost privilege and grinding poverty. The Road Winds On is a delightful cameo of Tasmanian history.
River & Coastal Vessels Trading Out of Hobart 1832-2015

By A.J. (Tony) Coen
$69.95


A comprehensive history of the rivercraft and coastal traders operating out of Hobart from the boom years of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, through the slow decline after World War II to the current rebirth. The people and companies that ran the shipping and ferry services are brought to life in this fascinating insight into the working port of Hobart.
Lost Mines of the Tamar

By Nigel Burch
$34.95


Forgotten mines, forgotten industries...

We've all heard of the Beaconsfield gold rush, but who remembers the rush to asbestos or the long search for coal? Do you remember sandsoap, or Loira and Dilston bricks? Did you know the best ochre in Australia is around the Tamar, and we used to have an ochre-based natural paint industry? This is the history of our great-grandparents' toils, and the mines (including gold) that were forgotten
The Convict Era in Van Diemen's Land

By David L. Hopkins
$59.95

BACK IN PRINT


Harsh British justice despatched felons to the other side of the world and provided a reluctant workforce for the early settlers. Van Diemen's Land received many thousands of convicts - all consigned to virtual slavery under embattled colonial administrators.

Renowned Tasmanian artist, illustrator and author David Hopkins, has compiled a graphic and fascinating insight in pictures and text of Tasmania's notorious and infamous convict era.
Woven Landscape
Connections in the Tasmanian Midlands


By Peter E. Davies
$24.95


The Tasmanian Midlands in a place of connection - across many scales and in many directions. This is an ideal place to see natural connections and to build a mental map of them. Woven Landscape of the Tasmanian Midlands around Ross. It serves as a case study, a starting point for seeing these connections in landscapes and places everywhere.
Blood, Sweat and The Sea

By Mike Swinson
$85.00


Blood, Sweat and the Sea is the biography of a remarkable man, a Tasmanian. A man who started from scratch, defied the odds and built an internationally successful business in spite of the obstacles. Robert John Muir (known as John) wasn't destined to be just another small time Australian manufacturer, he was destined for greatness in this globally competitive world. John Muir had the foresight, a dream to build the perfect winch. As the business grew so did the size and capacity of his winches. Many seafarers across the globe owe their lives to John's commitment to creating perfection. 
Tassie's Whale Boys: Whaling in Antarctic Waters

By Michael Stoddart
$29.95


In the 1920s the Norwegian whalers called into Hobart with their factory ships and harpoon guns. Their cruel slaughter eventually brought the huge fin and blue whales in the frigid water of Antarctica's Toss Sea to the brink of extinction. In October 1923, twelve young Tasmanian men signed on for 'the adventure of a lifetime' and altogether 132 Tasmanians joined the Norwegian whaling expeditions over the eight following summers. All of them sought adventure, and none was disappointed.

They called themselves 'Tassie's Whale Boys' and this is their story...
Flame Tip

By Karenlee Thompson
$21.95


Flame Tip is a collection of short fictions that are as divers in subject matter as they are in length, all tenuously (and sometimes obscurely) connected by the Tasmanian Black Tuesday Bushfires of 1967.


Fleeting Hopes
A History of Port Davey
South West Tasmania Vol. 1


By Tony Fenton
$49.95


Tony Fenton has woven ground-breaking research into an intriguing narrative that reveals an unexpected past alive with people and plans, set in an impressive but unforgiving landscape.

Port Davey, in Tasmania's rugged South West corner, is roadless even today. Such a wild landscape suggests an untrodden past, yet Tony Fenton has unearthed stories of human hopes and schemes, courage and folly, avarice and downright hard work.
Losing Streak
How Tasmania was Gamed by the Gambling Industry


By James Boyce


A jaw-dropping account of how one company came to own every poker machine in the state of Tasmania – and the cost to democracy, the public purse and problem gamblers and their families.
From the toppling of a premier, to David Walsh, the man behind MONA, taking an eccentric stand against pokie machines and the political status quo.

Losing Streak is a story of broken politics and back-room deals and is a meticulous, compelling case study in governance failure, which has implications for pokies reform throughout Australia.

Coast-Tasmania
Seascapes from the Roaring Forties


By Andrew Wilson
$79.95


Renowned Tasmanian photographer, Andrew Wilson, has spent many years documenting the entirety of the beautiful, dramatic coastline of Australia’s only island state, and this luminous book is the result.
This brand new, large format, coffee table-style photographic book presents an innovative and dramatic view of Tasmania, its freshness, its wildness, its beauty.

A wonderful complement to Andrew’s first two books: the swashbuckling Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania volumes 1 & 2.
Ted's Tales
Stories from a Country Policeman


By Ted Calvert
$24.95


Ted Calvert joined the Tasmanian Police in 1959 and retired in 2000; 41 years and 232 days of service.

Ted's Tales will bring you some laughs, some tears and some amazing insights into the life of a country policeman
Mountain Stories
Echoes from the Tasmanian High Country
Vol 1.

By Simon Cubit
$49.95


Mountain Stories is a fortnightly blog written by Simon Cubit based on a lifetime of research and personal experience in the Tasmanian high country. It is a unique series of historical musings about people, places, huts and events from that arc of country from the Great Lake west to the Vale of Belvoir near Cradle Mountain.

Flames of Fear

By Roger McNeice Oam
$75.00

A photographic and documentary history of the fear and destruction caused by bushfires in Tasmania since 1820.

Huge Fires struck in 1854, 1897-1898, 1933-1934, 1967, 2013.

Includes much unpublished new material on the 1967 disaster.
Repression, Reform and Resilience
A History of the Cascades Female Factory


Edited by Alison Alexander
$35.00


The history of the Cascades Female Factory in Hobart and the intriguing stories of many of the women who were sent there.
Enterprise, Risk and Ruin
The Stage-coach and the Development of Van Diemen's Land and Tasmania

By Steven Walker
$39.95


A broad picture of life in Van Diemen's Land and Tasmania from earliest European settlement right through to the 1920s with topics such as the changes in colonial society as former convicts moved into the mainstream, the roles played  by women in what was traditionally a man's field, the threat of bushrangers, the beginnings of tourism, the opening of access to remote areas rich in mineral resources, and the tussle with the developing railway network - and eventually, motor vehicles.

Hardcover also available $79.95
The Abels
Volume 1
2nd Edition


Edited By Bill Wilkinson
$39.95


Tasmania is world famous for its magnificent mountains.
Including a vast photographic collection and information sourced from a wide range of experienced bushwalkers The Abels Volume One captures the unique qualities of each summit

Hardcover also available $69.95
Musquito
Brutality and Exile


By Michael Powell
$39.95


Musiquito was an Aboriginal leader of resistance to white settlement in NSW and was exiled to Norfolk Island in 1813. When Norfolk Island residents were moved to Van Diemen's Land he became a well-known figure in and around Hobart. He was seen as a catalyst for resistance by the Tasmanians to white occupation and was hanged for his part in the murders at Grindstone Bay in 1825.

Dr Michael Powell is an Adjunct Researcher at the University of Tasmania who has depicted this important story in Tasmanian history.
A Place in the Stockyard
Tasmanian Women in Agriculture


By Fiona Stocker
$39.95


Celebrating Tasmanian Women in Agriculture A Place in the Stockyard sets out the group’s history and achievements, and features many of the women who have changed the culture of farming in Tasmania and the visibility of women on farms in the state.

366 Days of Tasmania

By Thomas Gunn
$45.00


Were you aware that Abel Tasman first sighted what would become Tasmania on 24 November 1642?

Or that Tasmania was the setting for one of the first actions of World War 1 when the German merchant ship the ss Oberhausen was boarded and seized in Port Huon on 5 August 1914?
Swamp Town
Invermay and it's People


By Barbara Rechberger
$24.95

From the first bridge over the North Esk , the first settlers, Swamp Town, Dorset Road Trust, the railway, churches and schools, tramways and the residents and characters on The Swamp.

All 'Swampies' and former Swampy Families will want Barbara's Book.


A Field Guide to Tasmanian Fungi
2nd edition

By Genevieve Gates and David Ratkowsky
$39.95


Eagerly awaited second edition.
A Field Guide to Tasmanian Fungi will enable readers to appreciate this diversity and the extraordinary variety of fungi that are present in the island state of Tasmania.
Featuring 650 species superbly illustrated with descriptions provided for each species.
Vanishing Towns
Tasmania's Ghost Towns and Settlements

By Michael Holmes
$49.95


Concealed by the passage of time, encroaching forest or dust of public roads are an amazing  number if Tasmanian towns and settlements that no longer exist.

Vanishing Towns is the first comprehensive yet concise book of such places. It provides a fascinating insight into these vanished communities.

Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania
Vol. 2


By Andrew Wilson
$49.95

This all new work from the author of Old Sea Dogs Vol. 1. features portraits, stories and seascapes from the remote coastlines of Flinders Island, King Island and Port Davey. It includes feature sections on The Australian Wooden Boat Festival, The Sydney to Hobart, Franklin Wooden Boat Town and Beyond.
The Men Who Made The Celebrated Chairs
Windsor-chair making in Tasmania


By Denis Lake
$99.00

The Peddle Chair touched the lives of many Tasmanians. The Government Railways had Peddle chairs in their waiting rooms; they were in schools, public buildings, and commercial offices. Most importantly they were at the heart of family life, set around the kitchen table in Tasmanian homes and farmhouses.

This book is an illustrated history of George Peddle and Harry Hearn and the traditional craft of Windsor-chair making in the Colony of Tasmania.
Locomotive Enginemen of Tasmania

By Nick Anchen
$49.95


New from railway historian Nick Anchen. Locomotive Enginemen of Tasmania is a tribute to the men at the 'coal face' of Tasmanian Railways whose facinating stories paint a vivid picture of days long gone, from the time when the 'iron roads' were a part of everyday life, and crucial to the fortunes of the state.

100's of colour photos included!
Tasmania's Table
A food lover's guide to Tasmania's fine food, drink and restaurants

By Paul County & Nick Osborne
$69.95


New and Revised Edition
Tasmania's Table is an indispensable culinary guide to one of the wildest and most beautiful produce-rich islands in the world.
A History of Some Small Towns and Villages around Launceston
A Tasmanian Sketchbook


By Elizabeth de Quincey
$49.95


Artist and author, Elizabeth de Quincey, sketches scenes from selected small historic towns surrounding Launceston. Deddington, Nile, Conara, York Town, Evandale, Bishopbourne, White Hills, Breadalbane, George Town, Lisle and Beaconsfield are all featured.

Elizabeth's insightful histories coupled with  her stunning sketches make this book a unique addition to any Tasmanian book collection.

Launceston
A sense of Place

By Phillip Kuruvita & Vicki Kuruvita
$49.95

At last! A book featuring the old buildings of our wonderful city of Launceston. This gift book is ideal for both ex-pats and Launcestonians alike.

All of Phillip's Books available in store now!
The Mathematics Book

By Helen Prochazka
$59.95


The Mathematics book is unique! A beautiful how-to-do-it book blended with a lavishly illustrated coffee table book, especially created for people who have not found mathematics easy or appealing. It will guide you through fundamental numeracy areas such as fractions, percentages, algebra, geometry, metric units and statistics. More than 2000 practical problems will help you to master skills and develop confidence.

Anyone can do it!
Wychwood

By Peter and Karen Cooper
$59.95


Wychwood has received nothing but glowing reports. It commemorates a garden 22 years in the making, detailing the journey of the garden, brought to life by Karen’s rich words and Peter’s stunning photography.

Karen has recently joined our staff at Petrarch's and henceforth signed copies are readily available.

A wonderful gift for any gardener. Signed Copies available.

A Far Microcosm
Building and Architecture in Van Diemen’s Land
1803 -1914

By Eric Ratcliff
$495.00
Limited Edition - 500 Copies Only


Dr Eric Ratcliff’s A Far Microcosm is a detail history of Tasmania’s beautiful and rich architectural heritage, its influences and styles, its materials and construction, its forms and building types and the adaptations made in response to climate, economic and social circumstances. Strictly limited to 500 copies – Four Volume Set.

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