A book telling the tales of the state’s past has been launched by a well-known Tasmanian historian.
Historic Snippets from Tasmania’s Past is the 18th book published by Reg Watson.
Interesting tales of Tasmanian history are featured in the book, with stories ranging from those about colonial artists, identities such as Errol Flynn and Vincent Lade Hodgman, and Alexander Pearce, the first Tasmanian to introduce the cut-lunch.
Watson said the book began as history snippets broadcasted on radio.
“The snippets when aired have proven to be welcomed by the listener, and the feedback is good,” he said,
“However, once heard, it is not long before it’s forgotten.
“With a book, such stories are recorded for all time and can be referred to when the reader wishes.”
Watson said he hoped the book was not only informative, but also entertaining.
His first book, Churches of Van Diemen’s Land, was published in 1975.
Years prior, he had his first newspaper article published in the Saturday Evening Mercury in 1969.
“So, in October next year I have had 50 years of published experience,” he said.
“It has been a wonderful career, not easy but fulfilling, and hopefully as I desired I have given something to the state of Tasmania.”
The book was launched by Dr Frank Madill on Tuesday, October 9 at Launceston’s City Park Radio.
Dr Madill praised Watson’s book, saying it was marvelous and easy-to read with a relaxed format.
For more information about the book, or Watson’s previous books, visit regwatson.mydrive.me.
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