Welcome Roger Findlay!
Regular readers would know I’m a born-again Tasmanian, living the dream life after a sea-change from the mainland. Our feature writers (who are “real” Tasmanians) research things to do and annual events; places to eat & drink and great shopping experiences in order to write their reports. From guest authors and die-hard enthusiasts, we extract as much information as legally possible about their local secrets. And we also bring you articles from Mike Fry, professional photojournalist and passionate west coast resident.
Get the Real Tasmania: Tourist Version
But what if we’re all blinded by bias and parochialism? Yes. I’ll admit, that’s definitely possible. So who could give us a true picture of what you can expect when you spend your holiday in Tasmania? Tourist… come on down!
We are delighted to introduce the latest contributor to Think Tasmania. Giving us his impressions as the genuine Tasmanian tourist, Roger Findlay has agreed to reveal the reasons he is so passionate about the island state. And as you can see from his profile, Roger is nothing if not passionate about his holidays in Tassie.
Who is Roger Findlay?
Let’s ask the man himself.
Hi, my name is Roger Findlay. I am an Englishman. I came to Australia in 1981 after spending four years under the apartheid regime of South Africa. My wife, Jeanette, is from Cape Town and we had to leave the country to marry.
I have a mechanical engineering background and all of my 46 years in the workforce have been in that field. I am edging closer to retirement now and have an ideal job at TAFE.
I am an avid Liverpool F.C. supporter and, despite being so far from home, I see every game.
With regard to travel, I was a bit of a lager lout in Spain and Italy but my only ambition now is to enjoy more holidays in Tasmania until the time comes to retire there. I never travel north and haven’t been in England since 1977.
Tasmania is the only place for me!
Roger Findlay: Tasmanian Tourist For Now
So there you have it. Roger Findlay is currently a tourist in Tasmania with plans to settle here one day. Who could be more perfect to write articles for Think Tasmania? He has practically all our bases covered! Roger’s first assignment will be to write about his experience in Stanley on the north west coast. I have a sneaking suspicion his photos are going to be a knock-out.
Articles by Roger Findlay
- Stanley & The Nut
- Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin
- Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans
- ABT Railway & Empire Hotel Queenstown
- Big Tree & Dip Falls, Tarkine
- Mole Creek Caves
- the Spirit of Tasmania Sailing
- King Island Bull Sale
- Roger & his Walking Regime by Jeanette Findlay
- Caroline Kininmonth – King Island Wonder
- Life’s an Adventure – Bay of Fires Walk
- Douglas River – Accommodation near Bicheno
- Cradle – Mountain National Park
- Casaveen– Knitwear made in Oatlands
- The Spirit of Hobart at Christmas
- Bruny Island – an Introduction
- Wind Generators – Woolnorth & King Island
- Currie – Lighthouse Tour
- Reliquaire – from the Dentist’s Chair!
- Ten Things That Attract Me to Tasmania
- Naracoopa Holiday Cottages
- Naracoopa Cottages – Part Two!
- Kelp – King Island
- Scallop Pies – Irish Style with Guinness
- Hot Weather – Sea-change to Tasmania
- Crazy for Tasmania – A Week in the Life of Roger
- Lakeview Cottage – Convict-Built Sandstone, Oatlands
- Tasmanian Border – Bass Strait Islands
- Lake St Clair National Park – Wilderness Hotel
- Engineering – the Tiger’s Tale, Sheffield
- David Foster – True Tasmanian Champion
- Tassielink – Taking the Bus Around Tasmania
- ANZAC Day – Flinders Island
- Wind – Turbine on Flinders Island
- Blue Rocks – Soap Handmade by Kath Dallas
- Hannah Gadsby – Tasmanian Comedian
- Strzelecki National Park – Flinders Island
- Rowena – Flinders Island Car Rentals
- Palana Retreat – Flinders Island Accommodation
- Furneaux Freight – Bridport to Flinders Island
- Only in Tasmania – History by Sandra Huett
- Wybalenna – Aboriginal Friendly Mission, Flinders Island
- Buses – Tassielink Network
- Pungenna – Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Dunalley
- Fish and Chips – Dunalley and Sandy Bay
- Cray – Fishing from Triabunna
- Royal Oak – Folk Musicians, Launceston
- Madjak – Music at the Royal Oak Hotel
- Masonic Temple – The Market, Hobart
- Bonnets – Blessing; Dr Christina Henri
- Daryl Butler – Host of Palana Retreat, Flinders Island
- Petty Sessions – Gourmet Cafe, Franklin
- Farm Gate Market – Beef Dripping
- Female Factory – Cascades, South Hobart
- Sandy Bay – Walk via Battery Point, Hobart
- Ethos Eat Drink – Hobart Restaurant
- Transition Program – Holly Barnewall
- Deloraine Craft Fair – Annual Event
- Penguin High School – North West Fisheries Association
- Garlic – Brymworth Farm, Flinders Island
- Fish Stocks – Douglas River and Triabunna Fishing
- Ship – Spirit of Tasmania Ferry
- Drinking – Shipwright’s Arms Hotel, the Bar
- Leatherwood Restaurant – Spirit of Tasmania
- Port Davies – Lillie’s Bay, Flinders Island
- Breakfast – Dining Out in Hobart
- Tasmanian Beach – Mystery Location
- Derwent – River and Hobart History
- Town of Waratah – Possible New Home
- Goodies – Tasmanian Produce to Savour
- Footy – AFL in Hobart and Launceston
- Hobart to the East Coast – via Oatlands and Buckland
- Tasmanian Aborigines – Pungenna Art, Dunalley
- William McHenry – Tasmanian Whisky, Port Arthur
- Casey Overeem – Old Hobart Distillery
- Lenah Game Meats – Launceston
- Knapp Lewer – Pot Stills for Whisky
You can also read a little about Roger’s daughter Carly Findlay.
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