Publications of the Anglo-Keltic Society

TASMANIAN CRIME STORIES

Tasmanian Crime Stories

 

By Reg. A. Watson. Eleven selected Tasmanian crime cases – and more, dealing with murder and missing persons. A unique and unusual book, all factual and most not previously dealt with. A fascinating look at this aspect of Tasmania’s history. A5 size. 115 pages with photographs... Includes the case of the last man to be hanged in Tasmania, Frederick Thompson, the 1922 triple murder in Swansea, The murder of Chinese man, Samuel Yick in 1913, the Tasmanian connection to the notorious Jack the Ripper and the murder of Eric Robinson at the Moonah Railway Station in 1941, besides others. Pdf : $30 with uo-to-date material on the Lucille Butterworth case.

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“HISTORIC SNIPPETS OF TASMANIA”

Historic Snippets of Tasmania

The book contains 66 short snippets of Tasmanian amazing historic past.  All taken from Reg's history programme aired on FM Radio, many varied subjects are carried from Errol Flynn to Bishop Nixon, to Alexander Pearce, to Tasmania's military history to colonial Tasmanian artists and architects.  Entertaining and informative. Very well illustrated.

Cost: $30.  Posted $38

 

“TASMANIAN WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT”

Written with Kate Carlisle. This box set contains three booklets, dealing from colonial women up to modern times. Includes among many, Lady Jane Franklin, Amy Sherwin, Doone Kennedy, Senator Shirley Walters, Lucy Purchas, Nurse Elizabeth Orr, Dolly Dalrymple and Kath Venn. $30 ($40 posted) A valuable social and historical contribution to the State’s heritage.

$20.  Posted $30

 

“THEY SERVED WITH DISTINCTION”
Compendium of Tasmanian Military History

 

They Served with Distinction

 

This latest book from REG.A.WATSON highlights the State’s military history. It tells of Tasmania’s involvement in The Anglo-Boer War, where Tasmania won its first Victoria Crosses. It substantially deals with this ‘forgotten war’ moving then to the First World War in which fourteen thousand Tasmanians served and nearly 2,500 lost their lives. The book then progresses to the Second World War, providing much detail on the State’s involvement and the sacrifice of its citizens. The Army, Navy and Air Force are all given equal prominence and many facts and figures are revealed. The book also contains moving stories of events and individuals. The Second World War section carries a comprehensive and important list of those Tasmanians who died, from whatever causes, between the years 1939-1945. It is a great source of reference material. Finally there is a section on Korea and briefly on Vietnam, carrying the Tasmanian names of those who died fighting for their country This book is an exceptional and valuable reference to the State’s military history. A4 size 224 pages, many photographs. RRP. $49-95. Posted: $57.

 

TASMANIA! A SAGA OF A PIONEERING FAMILY.

 

Tasmania! The Saga of a Pioneering Family

 

This amazing story deals with the history of Tasmania (Van Diemen’s Land) from the year dot until 1856 with the coming of Responsible Government. Written in a novel style, the book deals with the very early development and exploration of Tasmania. Contained in its pages are such pioneers as the Rev Bobby Knopwood, the Solomon Brothers, Richard Morgan and family, John Wade, Feltham Bold Wentworth and the early governors of Van Diemen’s Land, such as John Bowen and lover Martha Hayes, David Collins, William Sorell, George Arthur, John Franklin and others up until 1856. The book also deals with the early industry of live theatre in Tasmania and the building of the well known and famous Theatre Royals, both in Hobart and Launceston. Now only available in pdf RRP $20.

 

JOHN BOWEN AND THE FOUNDING OF TASMANIA

 

John Bowen and the founding of Tasmania

 

This is the book the Tasmanian State Government preferred not to see published.

Far from being politically correct, it deals with the founding of Tasmania in 1803 by Lt John Bowen RN. This was the first British settlement in Tasmania, an occasion the State Government wished never happened.

The book deals with the early European explorers of Tasmania, the Dutch, French and British, moving on to the settlement of Bowen and the 48 others who came with him. The settlement is discussed, followed by the coming of David Collins in 1804 and William Paterson in the north of the island. The book then deals with the demise of the Bowen settlement at Risdon Cove and the removal of it to Sullivan’s Cove, now Hobart. The final two chapters tell of the recent history of Risdon Cove, up to 1995. The final chapter reveals the politics behind the scenes with the handling over of the site of the first settlement at Risdon Cove to radical aboriginal activitists by successive State Governments, both Labour and Liberal.

The book is non-apologetic, in that it refers to Bowen’s arrival as the “British settlement” rather than the recently adopted and politically-correct term, “European invasion”

Good informative reading. Now only pdf $20 .. Foreword by Sydney academic and author, Keith Windschuttle. 130 pages, A5 size, together with pics and index.

 

WATSON’S TASMANIA

 

Watson's Tasmania

 

A selection of historical works on Tasmanian history, including military, social, aboriginal, crime, colonial, parliamentary and religious which Mr Watson had had published, elsewhere, in leading newspapers and magazines over a career exceeding thirty years. Murderers, scandals, cads, heroes, controversial figures, strange mysteries and UFOs – there’re all here and more! Material includes, Thomas Francis Meagher, Sean Flynne, Tasmanian POWs, Chubbie Miller, Captain Cook, Betty King and John Batman. With photos. A5 size. 160 pages. Excellent value! $20

 

NAMES OF ALL TASMANIAN PERSONNEL WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN WORLD WAR TWO. (FROM WHATEVER CAUSE, PLUS SUBSTANTIAL NOTES)

Nearly 1200 Tasmanians are included, from the ARMY, RAAF and RAN.
Information included: Rank; Death Date; Serial Number; Place of Death and Burial; Cause of Death; (and possibly although not in all cases) Religion; and Next of Kin. Information contains not only data but explanation notes, written material, code identification and list of sources.

AVAILABLE IN BOOK FORM OR COMPUTER DISC. Book Spiral Bound A4 Size 100 Pages. $25. Disc 3�”. $21.

 

HEROES ALL

 

Heroes All

 

Tasmanian Casualties in the Boer War. By well known Tasmanian historian and author, Reg. Watson.
This most important historical book is a must for all lovers of history, militaria and researchers. Thirty three Tasmanians died in that war at the turn of the century and the book carries profiles on all of them, beside a number of others. The book also contains photographs of those that died, explanatory notes, and index.

A4 size, 72 pages, attractively bound, this unique work is available now. Soft cover $25.00, PDF version $15.00 .

 

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THOMAS FRANCIS MEAGHER – Irish Exile to Van Diemen’s Land. A Biography.

 

The Life and Times of Thomas Francis Meagher

The Life and Times of Thomas Francis Meagher

Thomas Francis Meagher was an Irish exile to Van Diemen’s Land. Involved with the Young Ireland Movement, he, with six other Irish political exiles, was transported to the penal isle for the rest of his life. Thomas was sent to the Midlands and after a period of time married a beautiful Tasmanian girl, Catherine Bennett. In 1852, Thomas escaped and made his way to the USA. Catherine after giving birth to their only son (who died three weeks later) went to join him, but Thomas had changed and virtually rejected her. Catherine, broken in spirit, travelled to Ireland where she died giving birth to a second son. In the meantime, Thomas had become a celebrated hero in his newly adopted home. When the Civil War broke out, he became a General for the Union Cause. Afterwards he became Acting Governor for the (then) Territory of Montana. He died mysteriously in 1867 and is much revered in the State of Montana.

The book is a historical biography. perfect binding, A5 size. Several photos. $$25.

 

THE SCANDALOUS ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN FREDERICK WENTWORTH WATSON – A Tasmanian Cad and Rake. Papers edited by Reg. A. Watson.

 

The Scandalous Adventures of Captain Fredrick Wentworth Watson

 

Tasmania will never be the same. Based on the “scandalous” adventures of a Tasmanian rake, the book is divided into four sections:

i. “Tasmania’s Civil War”

ii “The Duke of the Duchy of Flinders Island”

iii “Frederick Meets the Breaker” (Morant).

iv. Chubbie Miller, female aviator, and Captain Frederick.

v. Freddie and the Titanic.

For those who like a rollicking laugh over the exploits of an unbelievable character, based against a historical background, this is a must. Material from which telemovies are made! A5 size $20

 

THE COMPLETE LIST OF TASMANIAN SOLDIERS WHO SERVED IN WORLD WAR I

A4 size with 90 odd pages. Contained in this attractively spiral bound volume are nearly 13,000 names, including rank, day of enlistment, discharge and whether a casualty. Seven pages of explanatory notes. A must for all historians, genealogists and record holders. Edited by Reg. A. Watson. $18:65. Imperfect copies. Now $8.00

 

GOVERNOR WILLIAM AND JULIA SORELL

A family history against the background of frontier Van Diemen’s Land, until the cessation of transportation and establishment of the Tasmanian Constitution. The first published biography of Julia Sorell, who left for England in 1856, as the wife of Thomas Arnold, an inspector of Tasmanian Schools, who accepted Chairs at Oxford University and Dublin. Julia was the grandmother of Dr. J. Huxley of UNESCO and writer Aldous Huxley (“Brave New World”), etc.

By Jane Sorell, collateral descendant of Julia and modern Tasmanian authoress and educator. A5 size. 192 pages which includes a number of photographs and index. $25.00.includes postage.

 

LIEUTENANT WALTER OLIPHANT ARNOT

The tragic story of Lt. Arnot, a South Australian who, despite having a wonderful military career in the Australian Army during the South African War (1899-1902), took his life by his own hands. Conveniently forgotten by officialdom at the time, he is now buried in a remote spot in that far off land, his grave tended to by the respectful villagers. Why did Arnott take his life? Mystery still surrounds this sad affair. Now it is time to remember this brave, but unfortunate hero. Interesting reading for all concerned. In Essay form, together with photos. A4 size. $6.

 

A TASMANIAN’S PARTICIPATION IN THE FORGOTTEN WAR

An essay. Taken from Private Robert’s diary of the Boer War. A4 size. 20 pages. $6.

 

DISTINGUISHED TASMANIAN HISTORICAL PARLIAMENTARIANS

By Reg. A. Watson. A5 size, 30 pages with photos. The booklet highlights a number of historical local parliamentarians who have played a major, albeit often forgotten, part in Tasmania’s parliamentary history. $5.

 

TASMANIAN WAR (1830)

 

Tasmanian War

 

Confrontation between the Aborigines and the Whites. A detailed report on the steps leading up to the Black Line of 1830 and the aftermath. A4 size with photos. $6.

 

WATSON FAMILY HISTORY – Reg Watson Family History

 

Watson Family History

 

With photographs and charts. Traces this particular Watson line way back from Rutland England and in detail the existence of the family in Australia, dating from 1823. A4 size. $20. Based on decades of research.

 

PIONEERS OF VAN DIEMENS LAND

 

Bowen Memorial

Bowen Memorial

A dossier on 43 prominent pioneers of the isle State, including wealthy businessmen, Henry Reed and Henry Hopkins, early Jewish settlers, Judah and Joseph Solomon, the first Anglican minister, Rev `Bobby’ Knopwood,and Tasmania’s first-born Premier, Sir Richard Dry. Others included are Bishop Nixon, Martin Cash (bushranger), John Wade, Richard Morgan, Amy Sherwin, John Glover – artist – The Merediths, Joseph Darling and Dr William Valentine, Errol Flynn – and many more. Together with selected number of photographs. A4 size. 100 pages. Attractively bound. $25. pdf

 

CANADIAN/AMERICAN EXILES TO VAN DIEMENS LAND

 

Canadian American Rebels in Van Diemens Land

 

An essay on this most significant, little known episode, in Tasmania’s history. 92 rebels from Canada arrived to endure five long brutal years until pardoned. Two monuments exist in Hobart to their memory. With some photographs, $8.00 A4 size.

 

THE PAYNE FAMILY LINE IN TASMANIA

 

The Payne Family Line in Tasmania

 

This essay documents the Payne family in Tasmania. Descending from Thomas Payne, it embraces the coming together of the Burnett and Miller families. A number of pics. Spiral bound. $7.50

 

STRANGE HAPPENINGS OVER THE SKIES OF TASMANIA AND BASS STRAIT

Contained in this most interesting report are various mystery disappearances and observations during the twentieth century over the waters of Bass Strait and Tasmania. The work also includes the mysterious disappearance of Frederick Valentich on October 21 1978, believed to have had a close encounter with a UFO. Other Tasmanian, but equally intriguing stories are included. $15.

 

RICHARD MORGAN AND THE HISTORIC BARN AT ROSNY

Richard Morgan and his family were the first settlers on Hobart’s eastern shore, arriving in 1806. In 1813 the stout barn was built which still stands today, making it the oldest existing building still standing in Tasmania. Spiral bound. $6.

 

LINDISFARNE HERITAGE

Lindisfarne Heritage

 

Lindisfarne Heritage deals with the complete history of the Lindisfarne area which stretches from Rose Bay to Risdon. Beginning with a brief account of pre white history, it continues with the British settlement at Risdon Cove, under Lt. John Bowen RN in September 1803 to modern times. It not only deals with colonial times, but also with local military history, churches, sports, communal, agricultural, families and local identities. It begins with a chronological time chart and moves on from there. Carries 40 individual stories, contributed by various authors with many historical photos. It is a valuable aid to understanding Tasmanian history. Published by the Lindisfarne Historical Society.
$35 + postage $4 = $39.

 

LINDISFARNE WORLD WAR I

Lindisfarne at War

 

This booklet is a concise history of Lindisfarne and its surrounds prior toand during World War One. The contribution of the community to the over all war efforts was substantial especially taking into account its small size at the time i.e. 700 individuals. It also contains a list of all those men who died as a result of their service who lived at one time in the community.
$12 posted.

 

THE DISGRACE OF RISDON COVE. DVD

Produced by the Bowen Association, this provocative and thought-provoking disc will inform viewers of the deplorable modern history and neglect of one of our most valuable historic sites. $20.

 

A VIOLENT AFFAIR

On three 60 minute cassettes. A novel centering around the exploits and experiences of a Tasmanian trooper in the Anglo-Boer War. $12 per set. By Reg. A. Watson. Recorded professionally. O/S

 

TASMANIAN WAR FATALITIES FROM THE ZULU WAR ONWARDS

Deals with Tasmanian casualties in all wars from the Zulu War to Afghanistan, including the Sudan, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Malaya and the Indonesian Confrontation.. Four thousand and three hundred names contained in 436 pages. Also lists those Tasmania killed and where buried at Gallipoli, Boy Soldiers and those Tasmanians who went down on the HMAS Sydney and HMAS Parramatta - and much more!

Cost:

  • Download PDF format - $30
  • USB and post - $35
  • Disc and Post - $30

 

PARRAMATTA, - TASMANIA COLONIAL CONNECTIONS

Parramatta
The book deals with the many colonial connections between the two early colonies and colonialists such as John Batman, James Kelly, Colonel William Paterson, the 99th Foot, Governor Lachlan Macquarie, HMAS Parramatta, Reverend Samuel Marsden, Father John Therry and others.
 
Reg visits Parramatta on a regular basis as one of his daughters lives in the city.  Taking advantage of his time in Parramatta, he quickly saw the opportunity to record the many historic connections.  “If the book is successful,” he states, “I will do even a larger volume two edition as more connections have come to light”.
 
Foreword by Gwen Hardstaff, President of the Hobart Town (1804) First Settlers Association and Brian Powyer, President of the Parramatta & District Historical Society.
The book is the first ever on the subject, bringing the City of Parramatta and the state of Tasmania together.
 
A5 Size, Perfect bound.
Cost: $20.  Posted: $28

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