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Tassie On My Mind, September 2013 -- always enticing
September 02, 2013

Tassie On My Mind, September 2013
- always enticing

Welcome to the September 2013 issue of Tassie On My Mind, a free monthly newsletter keeping you informed of the latest news on what makes Tasmania such an attractive travel destination.

Remarkable history, interactive events, astounding artwork, good old fashioned family fun and sporting activities in the one beautiful island state - all this and more make Tasmania an always enticing place.

Read on to see what I mean...

This issue:

  • Convict women
  • Interacting in Launceston
  • Catch of the day
  • The taller the better
  • About and by Tasmanians

Plus... your chance to be a part of!

Convict women

Do you know which is Australia's most significant site associated with female convicts?

It's the Cascades Female Factory, one of eleven sites that comprise the Australian Convict World Heritage property.

The Cascades Female Factory opened in 1828 and operated as a:

  • prison and place of punishment for re-offending female convicts,
  • female labour hiring depot,
  • hospital,
  • nursery,
  • place for pregnant convicts and a workplace.
Located in South Hobart, the site is very easy to get to from Hobart CBD.

Visit the newly launched Female Factory website to find out more.

Interacting in Launceston

I'm not that artsy but I find it a lot easier to appreciate art when it's interactive...

Which is why Junction Arts Festival appeals to me.

According to the website, you can expect:

"site-specific live performance, theatre, visual and media arts, literature, music and dance with a focus on presenting participatory works that invite audiences to become active participants and collaborators".

With the theme of "Choose Your Own Adventure", you are invited to take on a role in "A Western" or participate in the "Blindness" virtual game using an iPod Touch.


Get more information, including the programme at the Junction Arts Festival website

Catch of the day

It's that time of the year again to come along and catch yourself a trout!

I'm talking about the Tasmanian Trout Expo...

Here's what you could be doing there:

  • catch Travis the tagged rainbow trout and win $10,000.00
  • win a prize of a Guided fishing tour
  • win a fishing pack
  • enjoy a picnic lunch
  • watch the Tasmanian Schools Trout Fishing Championships
Sounds like a weekend with lots of family fun!

Don't miss the Tasmanian Trout Expo on 21st to 22nd September at Brumbys Creek, Cressy.

The taller the better

I'm referring to Tall Ships Hobart 2013. The event suits Hobart very well with her docks located right in the centre of the city.

Here's what you'll get to enjoy:

  • ship tours,
  • river sailings,
  • exhibitions, activities and entertainment,
  • a Grand Parade,
  • fine Tasmanian food and wines,
  • a special schools program
and more...

A top attraction will be the the appearance of three Dutch tall ships Oosterschelde, Europa and Telca, which have sailed together across the Indian Ocean.

There will be a rare gathering of Tasmanian heritage vessels at Constitution Dock, and a visit from the Lord Nelson.

According to Festival director Paul Cullen,

"There are only two tall ships in the world designed for teaching disabled people to sail, and the Lord Nelson is one of them...She has a braille compass to allow blind people to steer her, lifts between the decks, and can even get people in wheelchairs up into the rigging."

It warms my heart to know that people with disabilities have the opportunity to sail ships!

Don't miss Tall Ships Hobart 2013 which runs from 20th to 25th September.

About and by Tasmanians

Come along and support Tasmanian art by attending the Tasmanian Portrait Prize event at the Salamanca Arts Centre.

It's your chance to appreciate the talents of our young Tasmanian artists.

Aspiring emerging Tasmanian artists aged 30 and under are invited to paint a portrait of a living Tasmanian who is important to them, including a statement describing the inspiration and meaning behind the artwork.

This event has opened doors for many of our budding artists. Past recipients now work in media such as digital, painting and photography.

Not only that, there are cash prizes to be worn, including a trip for two to the renowned Archibald Prize exhibition in Sydney.

I've had a look at some of the artwork and I tell you - these young people are pretty talented all right!

For more information and to submit your People's Choice entry, visit the Tasmanian Portraiture Prize website.

Well that's it for this issue.

Our beloved Tasmanian Devil was in the news again recently.

Devil Ark, a devil sanctuary located in New South Wales, is the largest and most successful Tasmanian devil breeding facility in Australia. They were reporting the beginning of another successful breeding season. Previous results have been extremely positive, with 26 joeys born in 2011 and 40 in 2012.

Good news for the Devil... Let's hope that continues...

See you in October!

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Here's your chance to be a part of!

One Day In Tasmania

What if you had just one day in Tasmania? Where would you go? What would you do?

Share your dream with us. If selected, your dream will appear as a page at

It doesn't matter if you have never been to Tasmania. I would love to hear your thoughts too. It's easy to find out about Tasmania, at or elsewhere.

This is your chance. Join in the fun. Share your thoughts with us.

We all gain so much from each other's ideas.

Hit us with your best shot

Your best wildlife shot, that is...

Have you ever been in just the right place at just the right time and snagged a great wildlife photo?

Share that photo with us. We would love to see it. Not only that, we would love to get your tips on how you got the photo.

How did you manage not to scare the animal away? What did you do to prepare for the shot?

If selected, your photo and story will appear as a page at

This is your opportunity to shine. Let's share our stories around.

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