The next Launceston Historical Society talk will be held at the
Meeting Room, Queen Victoria Museum at Inveresk.
Nigel Burch: 'Some early social history of Beaconsfield'.
Biography: Nigel is a retired company director with a passion for Tasmanian history.
Having served as an adviser on mining to the Tasmanian and Bosnian governments, Nigel naturally has an interest in both mining and government. He has written five major books on mining in the Tamar region and is about to release a definitive 600-page biography of Thomas Daniel Chapman, whom he regards as our greatest Premier.
Though his latest book is not out yet, it has already had two interesting consequences. In tracing Premier Chapman’s family tree, Nigel discovered an 1839 portrait of the Premier as a young man. It was owned by an elderly lady in Langley, British Colombia. She said the painting wasn’t appreciated in Canada and decided to donate it to QVMAG! It is now undergoing restoration.
Research into the biography also uncovered a wealth of new and largely adverse information on the Lt-Governor in office during Tom Chapman’s time – Sir William Denison. Nigel gave a presentation of the new information to the Electoral Commission, resulting in them changing the Denison electorate name to Clark late last year.
Abstract: Nigel’s talk, Some early social history of Beaconsfield, will look at how the Ilfracombe district was settled, and the town of Beaconsfield began, focusing on the social side rather than mining. What was Beaconsfield like, and what made it special?
Picture: Tasmania Mine, main shaft 1902. From the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre collection.
All welcome. Free to LHS members. $4 for visitors. Afternoon tea will be served.