The rise and fall of the Tasmanian high country hunting industry

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Very interesting article Simon. The research I am currently doing on European occupation of Surrey Hills covers the snaring trade as well. You may or may not be aware of a couple of site, particularly skin sheds. There is a hut still standing at Thompsons Park which was built in 1902 by W.H. Atkinson and it had an adjoining stable and I believe skin shed. I am in possession of a photo provided by Ross Hills taken by his father Cyril who stayed at the hut in the 1950s to snare and it shows this adjoining building with some furs nailed to the exterior. I arranged to have the hut patched up in return for its use for hunting trips as part of a Management Plan I prepared in consultation with an archaeologist. There is also a skin shed located at Burghley which is rapidly deteriorating. I tried to get funds and generate interest to have it restored when I worked in Tasmania with Gunns. I would encourage you or Nic to look at this site and record its details before it completely collapses. I may have some photos of it in my records, or they may be at the Ridgley office.

Robert, we share similar concerns about these fragile buildings. After a lot of unsuccessful effort over many years trying to motivate land managers to look after them, I changed strategy and nominated a number of those still standing to the Tasmanian Heritage Register. Those nominations were successful. One of the recognised values were their rarity. These must mean that subsequent nominations are likely to be successful.

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