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THe Cold Gold Divers By Paul Tapp
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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
Briar Earth By Paul Tapp
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Only a successful fox-hunt can save Manor Gray from financial ruin...its success, guaranteed by a decision to despatch the stunning Princess Peach to make her social debut at the hunt. Against his... More > will veteran soldier and trainee-diplomat Captain Thomas is her appointed escort, his job? To steer Peach from controversial discourse on the merits of the country's most popular blood-sports...a mission destined to failure...as though it were planned as a conspiracy all the way to the Queen, to bring and end to fox-hunting. Foxes, horses, hounds, heroism and defiance...and the animal folk of field and sky unwittingly play their part in bringing about the biggest bungled hunting event in history. But at the root of it all is a mystical ancient gift that once chose the country's monarchs, now resurrected and playing its part in a classic tale of old customs, simple justice and romance.< Less
Build-up to a Disquiet By Paul Tapp
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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
How Does The Crow Go By Paul Tapp
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High quality photos, taken by the author come together with little dramatic rhymes to thrill his grandkids, as young as 10 months. How does the crow go? Aaaark...aark...
The Plonkermaker By Paul Tapp
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A bush boy's only ambition is to follow his brother and mates into the mine. Bush horses, the mountain jay and hawk traps make up the isolated post-war canvas in which he thrives...until the... More > haunting train whistle to far away places becomes his reality.< Less
The Saturday People-Part One By Paul Tapp
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"...My dear Lizzie, 
We got your letter yesterday. Was surprised immensely, but it is simply impossible for us to receive Annie. We are now in the bush living in a shanty which is not... More > rain-proof … we have only one narrow passage for a kitchen. All the other rooms are bedrooms, no spare bed or bedding, not even a couch and very little food; bread and dripping and potatoes as our staple diet. I would rather Annie did not come to see me as she is more a stranger than my neighbours and poor as our home is, we try to be content and do not wish to be agitated by one outside our family circle. We have ceased to visit the outside world or receive visits. … We are now living in a shanty in the bush which is only fit for a cow shed. We have no spare bed. Every room is a bedroom and lets in the water. We have no substantial food to set before anybody and do not wish for any of our people to make us ask and by this sister, I like you, do not want anything but what God gives one..."< Less
The Gateway Cafe By Paul Tapp
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The Kent family of Hobart, iconic in achievements in business and indeed, the Olympic arena, relocated to the domain of the sea-eagle...Orford. The Gateway Cafe, modern and welcoming is the seaside... More > hamlet's legacy of enterprising vision...and something else. It is the repository of perhaps Tasmania's most diverse collection of memorabilia of those who left an imprint on the global sporting landscape. Fascinating and unique is the coffee experience of The Gateway Cafe, Orford, Tasmania.< Less
The Aborigines of Tasmania's Furneaux Group By Paul Tapp
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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
The Aborigines of Tasmania's Furneaux Group By Paul Tapp
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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
Bush Nurse By Paul Tapp
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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