Lobster Tale #14 – Old Cobbers

Tasmania’s first and only Australian prime minister – Joseph Lyons – hailed from “lobster country” in the northwest. He and his lifelong pal Horace Pithouse spent many happy an hour fishing for lobsters and blackfish in the rivers and creeks around Smithton. Lobsters feature prominently in Pithouse’s “historical romance” The Luck of 1825 published in 1922.

Smithton Debating Society. Left-to-right: Chester Ward, Joe Morton, Edwin Poke, Joe Lyons, Horace Pithouse, George Allen, Alfred Heathorn, A E ‘Bert’ Grey. Front – Ernest Bonhote. Libraries Tasmania, eHeritage Collection