The history of one family and what Tasmania once looked like has been uncovered in a new book, soon to be released.
The Gatenby Saga: The story of Andrew Gatenby from Barton and his descendants life along The Pennyroyal Creek, Tasmania reveals the inner workings of the Gatenby family and their connection to Tasmania.
"One of the things our family have got is diaries that date back to the 1820s for 100 years," author David Gatenby said.
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"I thought we needed to put it into book form."
Gatenby said the interesting part about the book was that it talked about early colonial Tasmania, as well as farming and agriculture, the infamous Thylacine, the First Nations people, and places such as the Penny Royal flour mill.
The book took Gatenby six years to research with help from his co-author, Carol Bacon.
It also includes letters, account books, photographs and other historical items within its pages.
"The original idea was just to document all the family history, but the more you get into it, it's to the interest of more than just family," Gatenby said.
Signings will be held at The Book Cellar Campbell Town on March 7 at 1pm, and Petrarch's Bookshop in Launceston on March 20 at 10.30am.
The book will also be sold at the Window on the World Book Shop at Ulverstone and at Cracked and Spineless in Hobart.