AS one of the first European settlements in Van Diemen’s Land, it comes as no surprise that the district of Lindisfarne boasts a rich and diverse history.
In an effort to share the interesting stories that have accumulated since the community’s settlement in 1803, the Lindisfarne Historical Society (LHS) has published its very own book, ‘Lindisfarne Heritage’.
Officially launched on 15 June at a special event attended by about 100 guests, Lindisfarne Heritage delivers a rare glimpse into the history of the area, as seen through the eyes of Lindisfarne residents.
Taking the form of a collection of articles from 40 contributors, the book covers a wide range of subjects including residents, houses, organisations, clubs, sporting groups, churches, war and monuments and geographical features.
Local historian and the editor of the volume, Reg Watson, said he was pleased Lindisfarne Heritage was finally finished and launched.
“It is good that the LHS has taken on the challenge of publishing this book, as it is an important contribution not only to the history of the local area but to the whole of Tasmania,” he said.
“I believe we have produced a worthy effort that contains various styles and formats which cover a whole range of subjects.
“I trust the humble effort will be valued for what it is meant to be – a record of life in Lindisfarne.”
Deputy Mayor of Clarence Jock Campbell, who officially launched the book, congratulated the LHS for having undertaken such a large task.
“This book really shows how many great stories there are to tell about Lindisfarne and its surrounds,” he said.
“Its strength is its wide collection of stories, meaning the reader can appreciate this area from many different perspectives.
“What shines through is the feeling that Lindisfarne is a wonderful, supportive and friendly place to live.
“This book will help preserve the social history of Lindisfarne and also the sense of a close-knit community, which will continue as new families come to the area and are able to read about its history.”
LHS president Philip Sweetingham said it was important that local and social history was preserved.
“Books of this type play a major role in preserving social history and the LHS committee is hopeful that Lindisfarne Heritage will be the first volume in an ongoing series,” he said.
“For those who have childhood memories of Lindisfarne, such as I, this book provides a flood of nostalgic memories.
“For those who are more recently acquainted with the area, hopefully these writings and photographs will help them to understand and identify with this wonderful district more deeply.”
Lindisfarne Heritage is available for purchase at the LHS ‘History Room’, located on the corner of Wellington Road and Lincoln Street, between the Unicorn Op Shop and the Dry Cleaners.
For more information, contact Philip Sweetingham on 6247 9025.