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.
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)