Know Tasmania

KNOW TASMANIA is a series of short articles published in the Mercury newspaper during 1928 and 1929; probably in response to the following preliminary article -

Speaking at the annual meeting of the Royal Society, the Governor (Sir James O'Grady) put in a timely plea for the cultivation by Tasmanians, and especially young Tasmanians, of a wider knowledge of their state. Sir James has found Tasmania a country of absorbing interest. He has been here for only a little over a year, but he has seen more of it and knows more about it than the average Tasmanian. Make a liberal allowance for the fact that it is part of the recognised duty of a Governor to become acquainted with and study the features of the country in which he is the King's representative, and still Sir James O'Grady could give most Tasmanians a start and a beating in a test as to knowledge of the island, its charms, and its resources. His Excellency suggested, not in any puritanical sense, that in these days too much attention is paid to dancing and too little to the healthful pleasure obtainable from an endeavour to see and learn more of Tasmania. He considers that an effort should be made to get the young people, even at school age, interested in the features anddelights of their own country. In these days much is done to foster the travel spirit among the young. Parties of Young Australians visit the old country. Others tour Australia. A large party of boys is coming to Tasmania for Easter. Such trips are both popular and useful. It is an excellent idea then that Tasmanian tours should be popularised among Taasmanians. Why not ?. When our railway trains are so empty where is the dfficulty ?. Is at not one of those things the department might lay itself out to encourage. 1

Most articles starts with a similar introduction -

EARLY HISTORY AND PROGRESS. (By Our Travelling Correspondent.)

Realising that only too few of our own Tasmanian-born know Tasmania as it should be known, the writer purposes giving a series of brief articles on districts that he has visited, believing that by this means a better understanding will prevail, and thus enable them to become bigger Tasmanians, and worthier citizens of no mean country.

Editor's note - Artistic licence has been used in the layout format of these web-based articles, which varies from the original published printed version.

  • 1. KNOW TASMANIA. - Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954), 10 March, 1926, p. 4.