1991-In the foothills of Tasmania’s Mount Wellington a Vietnam veteran, Joe Gilewicz is shot dead by a special police group. Their version is simple: he shot at us, we shot back. A ballistics... More > cop enters the killing zone and plants evidence to shore up the official police line…but he can’t go on with it. He confesses and expects prison.The dead man is a comrade in arms. Born in a Nazi concentration camp, Stan Hanuszewicz is a two-tour Vietnam Vet. The dead soldier’s parents, holocaust survivors too. They met behind the wire in a death camp.'I cannot watch when they pull my fingernails out,' she tells the author.'Swim from Gestapo' her friend calls as they make a bid for freedom in icy waters near the camp. ‘Disquiet’ is an unedited compilation of formal court statements and recorded family anecdote. Today Joe’s death is recorded as ‘justifiable homicide’. Disquiet is self-published on Lulu for the record.< Less
This volume is the prequel to the author's first book on the killing of Joe Gilewicz, by Tasmanian police in the winter of 1991. Tapp wrote of the killing, described by noted serial Commission of... More > Inquiry barrister, John Agius QC, as 'forensic journalism'. The book 'Disquiet, the Justifiable homicide of an Australian Vietnam veteran was central to a Commission of Inquiry. This book 'Build-up to a Disquiet' gives an account of what motivated the author to disbelieve police and write the book, his commitment to the memory of Veterans who fall in war defending notional democracy and his struggle to maintain that commitment. Essentially it is a record of an event that remains saturated in Disquiet.< Less
Vi Thompson arrives in Triabunna in the mid-1940's and gives 20 years of her life to the community as a bush nurse.
This book is a reproduction with elaboration and photographs of a formal interview... More > conducted in 1994 for the 'Our Pioneers' series of interviews of Tasmanian nurses. It was a record for the Tasmanian Chapter of the Royal College Of Nursing Australia. This book has been produced by Paul Tapp for the relatives of Mrs Viola Thompson of Triabunna, one of the many Bush Nurses of Australia, who carved their names into Australian military and medical history in the 20th Century. They were the Florence Nightingales of the Bush. This is one of those women, whose light ever-burned for those ever in need of a Bush Nurse.< Less
In the remote south west of Tasmania when the wind drops for a few days, the abalone divers head sou' west. The author accompanies Michael Lovett and his crew on a photoshoot...an extraordinary... More > insight into the exhaustion and even bravery of men who dismiss the inherent dangers ever-present in the pristine and outrageously beautiful environment of this part of that world. Remote and silent but for the ever-murmouring ocean in a Tennyson setting 'where no one comes or hath come since the making of the world'.The author documents the gruelling harvesting of this lucrative wild fishery in a remote Paradise and its short window of opportunity.< Less
In 1945, Tasmanian academic, teacher and philanthropist, A.L.Meston wrote an essay entitled 'The Halfcastes of the Furneaux Group'. Meston documented the union between aborigines and white sealers... More > and whalers and others of those islands in Bass Strait that issued from those relationships of the 19th century. The producer of this small booklet based essentially on Meston's paper with some pictorial elaboration, feels that present-day Tasmanian aboriginal activism has a decided reference to this academic study.< Less
This booklet has its origins in a the diary of John Dixon,a relative of Valda Buckley, when her husband Barry operated the Blue Waters Hotel at Orford. It gives a fascinating insight into the... More > conditions aboard those small ships that ventured into the sometimes terrifying Atlantic between Liverpool and London. Dixon made the voyage in 1868 when he and his family emigrated to America to start a new life. Through a piece of serendipity I discovered on the world-wide-web, an oil-painting of the same vessel on which he made the crossing, the Cunard steamship 'Tarifa'. The booklet also contains images sketched by artists of the time, which give a graphic account of cramped conditions on board, capturing also the terror of rough crossings. New York resident, Mrs Maggie Land Blanck, has kindly agreed to my use of these depictions she has posted on the web as a reminder of the brave pioneering spirit of those who filled America for new lives from across the globe.< Less
Burra is a boy of long-ago land, who reckons his boomerang is a toy. But he doesn't understand the law of his land. Don't make friends with animals. A little lonely Bunyip lad stays invisible to... More > watch the play...until Grampa B bellows his head off and sends the tribe into panic. While the tribe pack up, Burra makes his own way and comes face to face with the dreaded foe. Essentially a happy-ending non-scary story of the ancient Aussie outback.< Less
In the opening years of the nineteenth century the islands in Bass Strait were the happy hunting grounds of sealers, and such was the fame of the region that sealers from as far afield as Mauritius... More > and New England came to share in the rich harvest.
It was the practice of merchants of Hobart and Sydney to send gangs of sealers to live on the islands, providing them with some provisions, but expecting them in the main to subsist on the flesh of kangaroo, wombat, and emu.
The producer of this book initially set out to publish a record of the out-of-print essay of highly regarded anthropologist A.L.Meston, a Launceston teacher, historian and humanitarian. Because of the need to qualify for a quarto Lulu self-publishing format, it was necessary to include material from other out of print publications...a fortuitous requirement, given the result, an insight into an otherwise forgotten part of Tasmania's and indeed global history of the callous and shameful treatment of indigenous inhabitants.< Less
A composite of accounts of whaling and sealing, including the A.L.Meston essay on 'Half-castes of the Furneaux Group'. They came from across the globe in tall ships, in billowing sails, iconic of an... More > era hell-bent on supplying the colonies and the giant cities of the northern hemisphere with their insatiable industrial needs. The many out of print publications to which I have referred, are conservative in their appraisal of the sealing and whaling hey-day of Tasmania, particularly the expansive bays and estuaries of the south and the islands of Bass Strait, the Furneaux Group. But it was the universal expression of the day of those authors, not to paraphrase in any emotional terms, the end result of that period of exploitation.They came, they slaughtered and regarded their new-found paradise as no more than their 'happy hunting-grounds' & moved on...for no other reason than that of the industrial pragmatic...there was nothing left. This publication salvages works otherwise lost to posterity.< Less