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Shiplover: Harry O'May and the maritime history of Tasmania


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Petrow, S (2007) Shiplover: Harry O'May and the maritime history of Tasmania. Tasmanian Historical Studies, 12. pp. 43-58. ISSN 1324-048X

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When Harry O'May died in May 1962 the Mercury called him 'the "grand old man" of the Derwent'. I He captured 'forever the essence of Hobart's history in his books about Tasmanian ships and shipping'. This was a true and accurate assessment as far as it went but it underestimated O'May's contribution to the understanding of Tasmania's maritime past. Working through the Shiplovers' Society from 1931, O'May built models of famous Tasmanian ships and arranged exhibitions to show offthe models ofothers. He encouraged the publication of a book written by Will Lawson illustrating
Tasmania's maritime achievements.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Tasmanian Historical Studies
Publisher: Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies
Page Range: pp. 43-58
ISSN: 1324-048X
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:11
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:33
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