Northwest Van Diemen’s Land, February 1828. John Helder Wedge catches and eats the lobster. But that’s not all he captures on this expedition.
Everywhere I look, I see lobsters. Other people look in the same places and don’t notice them, but the lobsters are there. And I’ve found them in some unusual places. In old paintings and among the handwritten pages of diaries; in the journals of explorers and in colonial newspapers; and in people’s memories and family stories. I am talking about real lobsters, lutaralipina, Tasmania’s endangered giant freshwater crayfish. The more I learn about Tasmania, its people and its history, the more I find the lobster, and vice versa.
The Van Diemen Anthology 2019
Featuring ‘St Valentine’s Tears’ by Terry Mulhern
September 13-15, 2019
Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart
The Van Diemen Anthology 2019 is available at the Festival Bookstore, from Forty South Publishing online and good bookstores around Tasmania
The tragic story of Henry Hellyer, explorer and surveyor for the Van Diemen’s Land Company
by Terry Mulhern
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