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Military history in Tasmania

October 27th, 2005

I’ve enjoyed being in Hobart for the first time in more than 20 years. I walked over to Battery Point yesterday morning and enjoyed the historical marker, which said in part

“During the Crimean War panic, a third battery was constructed. Following tradition, it was poorly sited and constructed, and inadequately equipped … More was spent on uniforms and prizes for the volunteer artillery company than on maintaining the guns”

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  1. October 27th, 2005 at 08:23 | #1

    Tasmania is a Gothic delight. We’re getting a mini-getty or tiny-guggenheim style museum up the irver in a couple of years apparently.

    the saddest thing is how badly we dress these days. Unlike the good old days.

  2. wilful
    October 27th, 2005 at 09:49 | #2

    Puts the innumerable DoD cockups such as rusty landing ships, collins class subs and 40 year old helicopters in a bit of context doesn’t it! Just being respectful of their heritage.

  3. Katz
    October 27th, 2005 at 09:51 | #3

    The history of the course of the Tasmanian Front of the Crimea War would suggest that the battery was a more than adequate response to the military threat posed by the Russian Bear.

    However, those natty uniforms probably only exacerbated Tasmania’s troubled history in relation to “the love that dare not speak its name”, and by extension, the state’s lamentably low birthrate.

  4. Paul Norton
    October 27th, 2005 at 12:49 | #4

    This item reminds me of a comment by Barrie Unsworth – in 1986 when the Cold War was still on – that our Colonial ancestors had shown great foresight in constructing Fort Denison on Pinchgut Island in the middle of Sydney Harbour as a defence against Russian aggression.

  5. October 27th, 2005 at 16:36 | #5

    Actually, Russian aggression – in the sense of raids, both at sea and amphibious – were a realistic possibility in terms of the military technology of the time. After all, western powers managed to make realistic threats to Japan and Korea at about that time (the USA was far more east coast then than it is now). You needed real defences to slow them down to the point where they couldn’t do raids (“incursions”); it was only full blown invasions that were unrealistic. Hey, the British raided Kamchatka during that war.

  6. October 27th, 2005 at 19:42 | #6

    There’s great insight to be had from the microcosm of Tassie. And with such rich history it’s simply absolutelty fascinating!

    From the Old Families/Old Money/New Money rivalries, to the bush vs. city debates, including health spending, environment & jobs debates, housing, employment, youth & immigrants, etc. you can see the same bigger issues develop in an earlier concentrated form.

    Remember the grassroots green movements that grew from the anti-damns campaigns over 30 years ago…

    Latham should have learned to develop such appreciation and prevent Howard’s insightful maneuvers with local CFMEU unionists attacking Labor, etc.

    If you are willing to hear what locals have to say, it’s worth gold!

    That’s why (plus vote buying!) companies like Telstra keep a keen eye on the small local market, it reflects fairly well a conservative middle ground Australia. Other places like Newcastle also spring to mind, with plenty of even international corporations looking for such research.

    Even the Environment Minister knows it:
    “Emerging from a bushwalk through the Tarkine forest in northwest Tasmania, Environment Minister Ian Campbell told The Australian that argument about the causes and impact of global warming had effectively ended…”

    He said during a “Bushwalk: Federal Environment Minister Ian Campbell, left, and Peter Pullinger of the Tarkine National Coalition…”

    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,17049194%255E2702,00.html

  7. homosapiens.y
    October 29th, 2005 at 18:22 | #7

    Tasmania a Gothic Horror ?

    Have you seen New Zealand (drivers) ?

    homospiens.y

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