Living in History
Tasmania's historic homes, the people who built them, and those who live in them now
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A beautiful journey in colour to some of the most spectacular and historic houses in Tasmania, filled with surprising stories of the people who inhabit them.
Tasmania's first European settlers were a diverse and eclectic lot-men and women from all walks of life who ended up cast together in a far-flung colony at the end of the world, where adversity was commonplace but opportunity abounded.
From former convicts to the highly privileged, they forged their own ways in Van Diemen's land - as farmers, traders, publicans, whalers, businessmen, politicians and more. As they, along with the colony, prospered, they built places of residence and business that stand today as a testament to the quality of Tasmania's early craftsmanship, the wealth of some of its first European residents, and their desire to recreate a piece of home in their new surrounds, no matter how hostile the environment.
Tasmania is blessed that so many of these buildings are intact today. Some have been in the same families since the 1820s, others have been saved from ruin or converted into homes after previous lives as anything from hop kilns to coach houses and public schools. All have fascinating stories to tell that reflect the diversity of those early settlers, the adversities they faced and the opportunities they harnessed, as well as of the characters that inhabit them today.
Living in History tells some of these stories through sumptuous photos of Tasmania's most historically and architecturally significant buildings, complemented by text that transports the reader back in time and takes them through to the present, where the current generation of homeowners is literally living in history.
Georgia Warner studied in Germany on a language scholarship before becoming a print journalist and newspaper editor in her home state of Western Australia. She moved to Tasmania to work as a journalist and then spent eight years as a media and senior political adviser. Georgia's love of history and human interest stories helped inspire her first publication with Alice Bennett, Country Houses of Tasmania. The book was a Tasmanian best-seller and led to Georgia and Alice's second collaboration, Living in History. Georgia and Alice are close friends who look forward to further projects together.
Alice Bennett has established a reputation as an accomplished photographer in a diverse range of disciplines-weddings, portraiture, landscapes, aerial photography and ocean racing. After studying photography in Queensland, Alice started her own photography business in 1998, and was awarded her Master of Photography by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography in 2004. Alice's first book, Africa, was published in 2008, and her second book, Country Houses of Tasmania, a best-seller published by Allen & Unwin, was released in 2009. Alice was awarded the 2007 Bride Tasmania AIPP Tasmanian Wedding Photographer of the Year. She is now focusing on her books and commercial photography. Alice lives at Fulham in southeast Tasmania with her husband Tom.
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