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"The Norfolk Plains:  A History of Longford, Cressy, Perth and Bishopsbourne Tasmania" by author Dr Nic Haygarth

This book is an important comprehensive record of the Norfolk Plains, people, events and stories.  This project has been three years of extensive research, interviews and writing.  Beautifully designed by Forty Degrees South, and the foreword by Northern Midlands Mayor, Kim Polley, Dr Nic Haygarth’s book is sure to delight.  Cost $59.95



Commemorative Medallion

Here is your opportunity to own a stunning medallion created to celebrate Longford, Tasmania’s 200 years. Order your limited edition medallion now, so you don't miss out.  Cost $25.00 (plastic pouch), $30.00 (black case)



Longford Souvenir Booklet

Pictorial book showcasing Longford's landscape and built heritage.  Cost $10.00

Longford Postcard

Cost $1.00

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Voices From the Grave

Take a self-guided walk through Christ Church graveyard at Longford.  Explore the graves and hear the stories of 14 people from different classes and walks of life who lived, worked and died in this area.  The companion book tells each one's story in more detail.  Cost - Disk $5.00 and Book - $10.00




Stories from Sandstone

Cost $5.00






Land and Landscapes - Artists of Tasmania's Midlands

Cost $5.00






Three crimes were committed in Tasmania in the 1830s... they will be solved in the 21st century. Will YOU be the one to unravel the mysteries of the past?  Play the detective game series 'Skulduggery' to test your skills as a super sleuth, as a history buff or just for hours of family fun and entertainment.


First game in the series - Forgery for Fools - is a nineteenth century detective story for all rambling coves, likely lads and sharp witted misses. Follow in the footsteps of John James convict constable and master sleuth, as he investigates as authentic case of Van Diemonian skulduggery. Learn about Oatlands and uncover the nefarious dealings of George Dudfield, publican, gaoler, trickster and black-guard.


Can you better constable James? Can you catch your man?


The second in the series - The Arch Villains - again sets you in the footsteps of John James. Discover why the Bridge at Ross took so long to build, grapple with the mysteries of Dr Zweigle's code breaker, and find the sinister truth behind the 1834 Christmas day riot.


The third in the series - Where There's Smoke... - again sets you in the footsteps of John James. Learn about the historic village of Longford and the sinister forces that laid waste to Joseph Archer's wheat stacks.


Set in the beautiful and historic Heritage Highway towns of Longford, Ross and Oatlands in 1830s, Skulduggery taps deep into the Heritage Highway region's identity and history.


The game's characters and events have been meticulously and authentically resurrected from the archives of Van Diemen's Land.


Follow the "real-life" adventures of Skulduggery's enigmatic central character - Convict Field Policeman, John James - who ranged the Highway investigating crimes while simply trying to survive in those turbulent times.


Expect to become addicted! ... And have a lot of fun in the process!


Cost $10.00 each OR $25.00 for the set of three




The Essential Doggy Guide

For all dogs travelling the Heritage Highway Region with their humans.  Full colour , 92 page quality paperback, this fun book of things to do in the Heritage Highway region is told from a canine perspective.  Cost  $19.95

Resources We Recommend

What A Racket - The Illustrated Story of the Alexander Patent Racket Co Ltd 1925 - 1961

(author Christopher "Gus" Green OAM)


This is an amazing book about a little known part of Launceston's history.  The Alexander Parent Racket Co were world renowned for their racquets.  Jack Crawford used a "Cressy Wizard” (flat top)  to win Wimbledon in 1933.  The company also produced many other pieces of sporting equipment and even furniture.  William (Bill) Joseph Sheehan was born at Cressy and became an all-round sportsman both on land and water.  In tennis he won numerous club singles and Northern Tasmanian championships along with State titles, including Singles Champions in 1921 and 1923. He started work for the company in 1927 as their General Manager, in 1949 he retired as General Manager at the age of 74 years.


This book appeals to those interested in tennis, local history and those who love a great read.  We can highly recommend it.  Cost $45 plus postage for soft cover.  Also a limited edition (leather bound and cased) is available for $120 plus postage.


Contact details are email:

post:  PO Box 1080, Launceston  Tas  7250



What happened to the Aboriginal Tasmanians of Kangaroo Island? This book takes us on an extraordinary journey through their hidden history, revealing a story of loss and discovery that emerges from the land. Rebe Taylor's "Unearthed", a modern classic, is now published in this revised edition.


"A powerful and passionate exploration of cross-cultural history... Rebe Taylor skillfully interweaves experiences and memory, narrative and genealogy, politics and place so that this island saga becomes a history of the national psyche." Tom Griffiths


RRP $34.95 Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery Shop at Inveresk, phone first before going over to make sure they have it in stock, or order via their website.




Around every corner: the photographs of DG Wherrett Launceston Tasmania in the 1940s includes 72 black and white images of Tasmanian-born Wherrett´s documentation of the city. In response to an unusually early concern about the disappearance of many old landmarks, Wherrett systematically photographed inner city street corners over a 10-year period during the war years. The series in the book is part of a larger collection of 200 photographs showing Launceston streets and associated architecture and reveal much about everyday life in the 1940s.


The book was published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same title, part of the four part series Launceston through the eyes of artists and photographers. This series has been shown at QVMAG at Inveresk throughout 2006.  Price $19.95 72 b/w photographs.  Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery Shop at Inveresk, phone first before going over to make sure they have it in stock, or order via their website.





From 1848 to 1854 the Ross Female Factory processed hundreds of women transported to Van Diemen's Land, providing "a complete institution for the exploitation of female convicts in the service of the great houses of the Midlands."


But, as the members of the Female Convicts Research Group (Tasmania) remind us in this compelling book, many convict women who passed through the Ross Female Factory also found way to challenge the convict system, to make their mark.


Includes information on: Catherine Toole, Mary Britcliffe, Mary Cullen, Charlotte Scott, Elizabeth Kenny, Mary Eagan, Ellenor Onions, Margaret Aitcheson, Lucilia de la Constantine, Mary Sherriff, Helen Leslie, Margaret Knaggs, Agnes Kane, Eliza Kirwan, Margaret Butler, Flynn Family, Hanna and Catherine Cotter, Catherine O'Neal, Amelia McCabe, Mary Donnolly, Julia Rigby, Bridget Lee, Elizabeth Capel and Margaret O'Meara.


Lucy Frost, editor


Available from the Tasmanian Wool Centre, Ross, email:

or telephone (03) 6381 5466.


Cost $25.00




Pateena Road - Families and Farms of the Pateena District (2008)

Mary MacRae and Mary Dadson


Enquiries and orders to:

Mary MacRae

10 Latour Street








Northern Midlands Council

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PO Box 156

Longford  Tasmania  7301


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