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News from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival

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Paul Cullen from the AWBF has sent us a link to all the latest news...

Greetings, All
We hope you are keeping warm as our Tasmanian winter puts a crisp chill in the air, but there are still plenty of sails out there on the Derwent on the weekends.  Tassie sailors are a hardy lot.  Here's the July AWBF newsletter with links to some great video and photography, some interesting results from our Visitor Survey and news of our friends on the other side of the Pacific, in Port Townsend, Washington.  As ever, if you would like your story to reach our 4,000 subscribers, just drop us a line with a few good photos and we'll do the rest.
Best regards,
Paul Cullen
General Manager, AWBF Inc.

To the AWBF newsletter in your browser click on this link   http://bit.ly/2vNrkqH

Turning Gretchen

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Graham Wright keeps us updated about the ongoing work of the legendary Tuesday Group.
Here is the latest...

An interesting day in the shed today as Brett and the Thursday group, after 2 years and 2 weeks turned Gretchen over ready for prep and painting.

Lots of ropes and straps with a few block and tackles and of course sheer genius from the crew.

A few more weeks and Gretchen will be back in the water.

Vale Greg Guy

posted Aug 15, 2017, 9:51 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Aug 15, 2017, 9:55 PM ]

Members will be saddened to learn of the passing of Master Mariner Greg Guy. 

Greg will be remembered as a great supporter of all the good things we do here at the LBT, a man who always had a smile and a friendly "how are you going?" even when he wasn't feeling the best himself. Many of us had the benefit of his boating wisdom and he was always willing to share his vast nautical knowledge with others.   We are the better for having known him.

Perhaps Greg will be best remembered for the incredible effort and enthusiasm he put in to help make the community ownership of the Wooden Boat Centre a reality through his involvement as a foundation member of the Franklin Working Waterfront Association.

A service of farewell will take place at Huonville Cemetery, next Monday the 21st of August at 2pm.
Casual dress, with donations to the Cancer Council in lieu of flowers.

A wake will be held at the Wooden Boat Centre from 3pm, please bring a plate to share as we celebrate Greg's life and the wonderful contribution he has made to Franklin.


posted Aug 11, 2017, 5:47 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Aug 11, 2017, 5:48 PM ]

The last Monday of every month is BYO dinner at the Living Boat Trust so bring a plate of food to share.  
 Try that new recipe you’ve been thinking about and bring it along or something to fling on the barbie, a nice loaf of bread and a bit of cheese always goes down well.   
The cost is a gold coin donation to cover the electricity & heating costs.


posted Aug 8, 2017, 11:13 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Aug 8, 2017, 11:15 PM ]


Paul Cullen of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival writes...

Many of you would know Rosemary Miller, former CEO of the Salamanca Arts Centre, where we have our office.  Rosemary has always been a fantastic supporter of the AWBF, and gave us help with a generous lease and favourable references.  Rosemary is still in the arts business, now working on freelance projects, including this one with the Burnie Art Gallery.  Rosemary is looking for eight small boats (well, hulls, really) for an art project that will travel around the country.  They do not have to be seaworthy.  They will be transformed into works of art by Tasmanian artists.

The Burnie Regional Art Gallery is currently planning an exhibition to be launched in late 2018; one that will travel to 3 other regional galleries in Australia (Lismore, Townsville, Mt.Gambier) before returning to Burnie in 2020. 

The exhibition needs eight small wooden boat hulls (tenders are perfect)) so that eight Tasmanian artists will make work for each of the boats. It doesn’t matter if the boats can’t float – they will each be re-designed so that they can carry the artwork produced for them.  The boats can be collected from locations within a generous radius from Hobart and Burnie, or delivered to nominated storage sites in these centres.

The 8 artists who have been chosen to work on the project are leading Tasmanian contemporary visual artists. The curators, Pat Hoffie and Rosemary Miller, are working with Contemporary Art Tasmania( CAT) to tour the works (packed in a shipping container) to our partner regional galleries

If you or your friends are willing to donate a little row-boat or hull to the project, please contact Rosemary Miller on 0417 546 102  or Randolph Wylie at Burnie Regional Gallery on 6430 5874

The name of the owners donating to this project, titled The Partnershipping Project, would be listed in the room brochures, in online information regarding the project and its exhibitions, and in the exhibition catalogue.

Rosemary is looking for anything at the small end of the scale – unwanted tenders, project boats that never quite made it, old hulls in the bottom of the garden.  It’s a good chance to have that old boat removed (at no cost to you) and re-purposed for a good project.  If you have one, or know someone who does, please send Rosemary an email or call:  RMillerHobart@gmail.com
Mob: +61 (0)417 546 102

Photo courtesy of Pixabay (creative commons)

New Navigation Markers (with pictures)

posted Aug 7, 2017, 6:53 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Aug 7, 2017, 6:55 PM ]

Further to last weeks announcement about the new navigation markers in the Huon, here are some pics to help you find your way... 
(See here for location details)  http://bit.ly/2vyxltG

Exhibition at the Maritime Museum

posted Aug 7, 2017, 6:36 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Aug 7, 2017, 6:38 PM ]

John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum of Tasmania writes...

The MMT has some exciting news!!

  Over the last few weeks, we have been very, very busy.   And now the efforts of our fine volunteers and staff have paid off with the opening last Friday of our next major exhibition – “THE TURNING TIDE, Australia’s War at Sea in 1942” in the Carnegie Gallery.

 This exhibition looks at Australia's naval war in the Pacific and south-east Asia during the dark days of 1942 - a pivotal year during the Second World War.  Not only does the exhibition deal with the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942 and other key naval engagements, it also deals with the war effort in Tasmania.  We have found some wonderful material dealing with wartime industries like the Zinc Works, local naval defence efforts, and visiting troopships to Hobart. And there are the little known stories including German mines laid in Storm Bay and Bass Strait, and the Japanese reconnaissance flight over Hobart!  

  Many thanks to all our volunteers for their help.  Thanks also to Navy Headquarters Tasmania, Brian Morrison (Warships and Marine Corps Museum), Rex Cox, Graeme Broxam, Roger Dewar, the Minett family and the RAAF Museum for loaning paintings, photographs, objects and models.  Also a big thanks to the Australian National Maritime Museum for loaning two videos, which run continuously through the exhibition. The exhibition has been made possible through a grant from the State Government Centenary of Anzac program, in part to acknowledge the significance of the Battle of the Coral Sea.

  We hope that you can come and inspect the exhibition. Open every day 9-5 from now until 3 November. SEE YOU ALL VERY SOON.

By the way, if you would like to have a group visit and/or a guided tour of the exhibition, please contact us.

Maritime Museum of Tasmania

Corner Argyle and Davey Streets, Hobart TAS 7000 

POSTAL ADDRESS: GPO Box 1118 Hobart Tas 7001

  Ph (03) 6234 1427 for the Maritime Museum or me on 0417 487 289

Please note I normally work Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at the MMT, but am available on mobile at other times

Photo source: navy.gov.au  http://bit.ly/2vyh6wO

Music for a Cause

posted Aug 5, 2017, 10:07 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Aug 5, 2017, 10:15 PM ]

Living Boat Trust member Zainab Clark sends an invitation to all those who might be interested...

Hosted by Rural Australians for Refugees and Amnesty Southern Group, a community musical event for a very worthy cause. Great music, food and fun.  
Sunday 13th. August from 1pm unto 7 pm.  Cygnet Town Hall. 
Please see poster attached.  

©2017 ClipartPanda.com

Franklin Progress Association AGM

posted Aug 5, 2017, 4:21 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Aug 5, 2017, 4:26 PM ]

Bec Enders, President of the Franklin Progress Association, has sent the following notice...

Dear valued members,

Please find attached the 2017 AGM Agenda for the Franklin Progress Association (FPA) to be held on 29 August.  You will note that the FPA is proposing some changes to their Constitution.  The marked up version of the Constitution is attached.  http://bit.ly/2uuWaSA

 If possible it would be great if you could arrive a little earlier as we will be starting at the advertised time of 7pm.

 Position vacant - Secretary - If you think you may like to be on the FPA management committee in the 2017/18 year, and would like to know more about what is involved, then we would love to hear from you.  On our management committee is Dave Tardy, Martin Riddle, Deb Combes, Stuart Mears, James Doyle and me.  

 If you have some time to spare, we would like you to stay for refreshments and nibbles, which is a tradition after the AGMs business has concluded. New members welcome.

  Kind regards,



Franklin Progress Association Inc

PO Box 69


Mob: 0498 213 515

Email: info@franklintasmania.com.au


New Navigation Aids in the Huon

posted Aug 4, 2017, 5:06 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Aug 4, 2017, 5:06 PM ]

Notice No.:             M101-17

Title:                      Aids to Navigation -  Huon River

Valid From:           4/8/2017

Valid Until:            Perpetual

Mariners are advised that there are five new aids to navigation established in position on the Huon River as follows:


·         Number 1 -  lit port pile in position 43 degrees 05.927S, 147 00.493E.  Light characteristic - Fl R 5s

·         Number 2 – lit starboard pile in position 43 degrees 06.344S, 147 00.197E.  Light Characteristic - Fl G 5s

·         Number 3 – port pile in position 43 07.156S, 146 59.873E

·         Number 4 – starboard pile in position 43 07.366S, 146 59.912E

·         Number 5 – starboard pile in position 43 degrees 07.914S, 146 59.563E


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