John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes:
Tony Fenton is crowdfunding the publication of his book, A History of Port Davey, volume one: Fleeting Hopes. This is a varied and detailed look at the early history of that magnificent waterway. Tony is following in his grandfather Deny King's shoes with his passion for the place. He has been researching for this book for many years and, with your help, he will be able to share the amazing history of Port Davey with us all. This book complements two biographies associated with the area: King of the Wilderness: the life of Deny King by Christobel Mattingley and Win & Clyde: side by side in Tasmania’s far south-west by Janet Fenton. Fleeting Hopes tells the story of Port Davey before Deny, Win and Clyde’s time.
To quote from the foreword for Tony’s book, written by Christobel Mattingley: “Exploration,
shipping and shipwrecks, whaling, pining, boatbuilding, prospecting and
mining are … described in detailed chapters covering the history of the
area until the First World War, with comprehensive endnotes and
impeccable acknowledgement of sources. So the volume is a treasure trove
for future researchers, while the general reader will be rewarded with
stories of optimism, enterprise, avarice, ingenuity, desperation, dogged
determination, courage and heroism. And all readers will enjoy the
occasional flashes of the author’s humour.”
To find out more about it and to make a pledge, please go to: https://pozible.com/project/publication-of-fleeting-hopes .