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Welcome to Tasmanian Stories, our forum for those special stories, often reader-driven — an emotive mix, entertaining, eclectic, and educational — that make up the fabric of this island state we love.

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Bluebells: a seasonal tale.


UNFENCED AND FREE | Contributing editor Matt Newton has launched his first book — Shack Life — a series of evocative photographs that are a tribute to an endangered but endearing symbol of Tasmania. Escape to “the shack” has been a ritual on weekends and holidays for many people in this state but, sadly, those days may be coming to an end. Make your own escape here

WHEN THEY TALK OF RIVERS | Matt Newton takes a mystical, magical voyage up the mighty Franklin River in a 60-year-old piner's punt, retracing the journeys of the hard men of old who tackled the wild river in search of Huon pine. Start here

Jessie Luckman

WILDERNESS PIONEER | GEOFF LAW talks to Jessie Luckman AO, who joined the Hobart Walking Club in 1936 and, when he spoke to her in her 90s, was still a member. Jessie fought to protect the wonderful untrod wilderness she helped explore. Some causes were lost but others, like the fight to save the Franklin, were won. Read more here.

THE GIANT SQUID | OLIVER ROBB, SHELLEY POWERS & LIZ TURNER explore the myths, facts and fantasies surrounding Architeuthis dux, a creature of the deep that can truly raise a stink. There's a lot more to it here, here and here.

MIGHTY DEMONS: TALK OF THE TOWN | ADAM QUARRELL spent the 2003 season following the North Hobart Football Club with his camera. The highs and lows are all here.


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