Julian Burgess tells story of Tamar Yacht Club

HARD WORK: Author and journalist Julian Burgess has been working on a book about the Tamar Yacht Club since 2006. The book will be launched on Friday. Picture: Tarlia Jordan
HARD WORK: Author and journalist Julian Burgess has been working on a book about the Tamar Yacht Club since 2006. The book will be launched on Friday. Picture: Tarlia Jordan

The history of the state’s oldest sporting club has been explored in a new book set to be launched on Friday.

The Tamar Yacht Club has been penned by journalist and author Julian Burgess, who has been working on the book since 2006.

“[The yacht club] has been around around since 1837. So, I think it’s a history worth celebrating,” Burgess said. 

“This is one story that I’ve always wanted to do. There is no commercial benefit in these sorts of books.” 

Burgess said the book was filled with interesting characters that have been involved in shaping Tasmania’s past and the yacht club.  

“The early years of the club were guided by people like prominent landholder T. C. Archer, of Woolmers, lawyer R. M. Collins, of Douglas and Collins, Launceston shoe shop owner Tom Rule and businessman Bart Hutton, of Glasgow Engineering,” Burgess said.

About 50 people are expected to attend the book launch on Friday at the yacht club from 11am. The book will be sold at the yacht club, Tamar Marine and selected bookshops.