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Living by the sword

The sword of myth and legend became obsolete in the early 20th century with the disappearance of cavalry on the battlefield and the final abolition of duelling.

The weapons and practice of swordplay transformed into sport fencing, using lightweight, electrified sabres, epees and foils designed to score points, not injure.

So it would be difficult to imagine a more unlikely occupation at the beginning of the 21st century than professional swordsman, but Tasmanian Stephen Hand has made a sucessful career as a internationally recognised teacher, scholar, author, fight choreographer and practitioner of Medieval and Elizabethan sword fighting.

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Spirits of Tasmania

Flying into Hobart for the first time in her life, Ami Onoe looked down from the plane and said to herself, “here is just heaven”. In what some would call an astonishing leap of faith, Ami, who was a successful potter artist living near Tokyo, decided in 1997 to make her home in Tasmania. Her story continues here

Olive’s Herb Garden

Stone walls do make a prison, but for a number of women incarcerated at Hobart’s Risdon prison, a herb garden backed by an escapist mural, became a symbol of a free and productive life in the future. More here

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