My 2020 lockdown project of transcribing the 1825 manuscript ‘Voyage to Van Diemen’s Land’ by Henry Hellyer led me down some unexpected paths. I found myself drawn into historical detective work. I rediscovered lost letters and paintings in a museum at Yale university and pieced together a hitherto untold tale of sex, violence and mutiny on the high seas…
My prize-winning essay ‘Insubordination and Improper Intimacy‘ is available online at FortySouth
The world’s largest freshwater invertebrate (Astacopsis gouldi) is named after Charles Gould. Hidden in the hills behind Scottsdale in northeast Tasmanian is ‘Gould’s Creek’ where Gould studied the lobster in the 1860s. But you won’t find Gould’s Creek on any modern map… Read about it in FortySouth Tasmania.
On Christmas Day 2020 I accompanied Invertebrate Biologist Niall Doran on an adventure up, down, around and inside kunanyi in search of some quirky prehistoric relics of Gondwana – the intriguing mountain shrimp and the elusive Tasmanian cave spider. Read about it in FortySouth Tasmania
Freshwater crayfish lurk beneath the surface of Tasmanian literature. Read about reading about lobsters in FortySouth Tasmania
Astacopsis tricornis, from south-west Tasmania, depicted as “Freshwater Crayfish” by W.B. Gould, from the Sketchbook of Fishes (c1832). A. tricornis features in Richard Flanagan’s novels ‘Death of a River Guide’ and ‘Gould’s Book of Fish’.