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The antiquarian mind: Tasmanian history and the Royal Society ofTasmania 1899-1927


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Petrow, S (2003) The antiquarian mind: Tasmanian history and the Royal Society ofTasmania 1899-1927. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 137. pp. 67-74. ISSN 0080-4703

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Between 1899 and 1904, and again between 1921 and 1927, enthusiasts of Tasmanian history formed the Historical Section of the Royal Society of Tasmania. They sought to highlight Tasmania's rich historical traditions. They were especially interested in the deeds of foundation heroes such as explorers, governors and pioneers, but tended to ignore convict and Aboriginal history. They sought to preserve historical documents, save existing monuments and erect new monuments to their heroes, celebrate key events in Tasmania's past, and ensure places were given suitably historical names. They held lectures and published papers on their favourite aspects of Tasmanian history. They believed that history could teach valuable lessons if properly studied. This paper considers the activities of history enthusiasts in Hobart and Launceston and concludes that in small ways these enthusiasts contributed to an understanding of Tasmania's past and helped to create a public awareness of early Tasmanian achievements.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 67-74
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information: Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 18 May 2012 04:26
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:32
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