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New picnic facilities for Penny's Lagoon


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Southwest ecological burns important for orange-bellied parrot conservation


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New banners for Deal Island Museum


Seven banners interpreting the stories and images of the Deal Island lighthouse will feature in the Kent Group Museum on Deal Island in Bass Strait, thanks to the Wildcare Inc group Friends of Deal Island.

The new banners were made possible from funding by the Arts Tasmania Small Museums and Collections Program to develop the Kent Group Museum Interpretation Plan.  The program provided the assistance of a roving curator and graphic designer. The museum, Tasmania’s most remote small museum, is located in the former superintendent’s cottage on Deal Island. The museum includes stories and images of some of Australia’s earliest maritime history. The Deal Island lighthouse dates from 1848 and is the highest lighthouse in the southern hemisphere.

The five double-sided and two single-sided interpretation banners include stories and images of the lighthouse, the 1890 visit to the Kent Group islands by the Victorian Field Naturalists, the wreck of the Karitane, the ‘Erith Mob’ and works by artists Fred Williams and Philip Wolfhagen.

The banners were launched last week at a function at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, attended by The Friends of Deal Island, Arts Tasmania, Parks and Wildlife Service, Wildcare Inc, Heritage Tasmania, Marine Heritage Tasmania, Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery, Small Museums Tasmania and descendants of lighthouse keeper families.

New banners for Deal Island Museum

Wildcare Inc board members Will Forsyth and Sally Salier with one of the banners.

New banners for Deal Island Museum

A banner tells the story of the shipwreck of the Karitane.