Centenary of Tasmanian Parks
This year marks the centenary of the state’s first national parks, Mount Field and Freycinet, reserved for the first time on 29 August 1916.
Events to celebrate
A summary of upcoming events to celebrate the centerary of national parks in Tasmania. See the
Events Calendar for full details.
|Sunday 31 July 2016||
World Ranger Day|
Celebration of the people behind parks
|We highlight the work of PWS and staff. |
Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 August 2016||
Bright Ideas – Innovation and Opportunities in Western Tasmania ||
Bright Ideas – Innovation and Opportunities in Western Tasmania is an extraordinary four day community event showcasing science, food, tourism, music, innovation and health & wellbeing.|
Saturday 27 – Monday 29 August 2016||Parks
part of the centenary celebrations, entry to all Tasmanian national parks will
be free between 27 and 29 August 2016. So why not get outdoors and reconnect with nature.|
Conditions apply. Read more
|Saturday 27th - Monday 29th August 2016|
Freycinet National Park Centenary Celebrations
|Join us for a weekend of fun and discovery. Community
showcase and trade stalls, fun team challenge, surprises on the
Wineglass Bay Lookout and Cape Tourville Walks, Aboriginal dancing,
dancing and craft workshops, Discovery Ranger activities, food and beverage, and lots more
Free park entry
|Saturday 27th August 2016||Breakfast with the birds & Wetlands guided walk ||A 1 hour bird viewing tour by our knowledgeable volunteers, followed by
a light breakfast at the centre with a gold coin donation. Tour starts at
7:30am and bookings are essential as numbers are limited. RSVP
your spot by August 24 on 6237 3964|
hour guided tour to Tamar Island discovering wetlands ecology, wetlands
wildlife and history of Tamar Island. Tour starts at 10:30am, bookings not
|Saturday 27th - Monday 29th August 2016||Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs -|
FREE entry to the Thermal Springs Pool
includes access to the thermal pool, barbeques and picnic shelters as well as
the 10 minute Platypus Walk and 30 minute Hot Springs Forest Walk.|
See more events...
Stories to tell - what's in a name?
Mount Field National Park was named after Barron Field, an early judge of the New South Wales Supreme Court. He was a keen amateur naturalist and in 1819 presided at the first sitting of the Van Diemen's Land Supreme Court.
Russell Falls was known as Brownings Falls from around 1856 after the original discoverer and local settler. They became known as Russell Falls after 1884 by which time they were already a popular tourist attraction. The original Russell Falls, named for a member of an exploration party in the Derwent Valley, was actually located on the Tyenna River, which was previously known as Russell Falls River.
Pictures to see
Assistant Parks Ranger Rupert Belcher at Mount Field National Park from the Jack Thwaites collection 1930 - 1976, courtesy Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office
View the Centenary of Parks Gallery...
and Wildlife Service is indebted to the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office (TAHO)
for providing most of the photographs on this website.
for relevant material has turned up some wonderful images as well as useful
information that has greatly assisted the Centenary project.
extensive collection of archival and heritage material is online at http://www.linc.tas.gov.au/archive-heritage
MacFie: Biography William George Crooke Australian Dictionary of Biography Supplementary
Volume (MUP) 2005 (Australian National University, Canberra); Mt Field -
The Evolution of Tasmania's First National Park (DPW&H)
Field Naturalists Club: Easter Camp-Out 1909 to Wineglass Bay, Freycinet
Wildlife Service website www.parks.tas.gov.au
coins, stamps, medal and collectables website http://www.thestampplace.com/information/stamps/tasmanian-pictorial-stamps.html
Tramp No 11 December 1939 (TAHO)