Sue Atkinson is a Tasmanian museum consultant. We crossed paths back in 2011 when Think Tasmania published an article about Tucker’s Tennis Museum. Now Sue has launched a book called Tasmania Island of Treasures detailing the local history rooms and museums she has helped, including the one privately owned by Denis Tucker in Launceston. And trust me when I tell you… the title is very appropriate for such an amazing book.

Tasmania Island of Treasures - Think

Tasmania Island of Treasures by Sue Atkinson

Tasmania Island of Treasures

The book itself is beautiful. Anyone would be proud to display a copy of Tasmania Island of Treasures front and centre on the coffee table, and hope it stays in pristine condition forever. Tasmanian heritage buffs will embrace this book as a comprehensive guide to the 133 historical collections held in many towns and all regions of Tasmania. Pages are devoted to small history rooms managed by volunteers as well as the large, world-famous variety (yes, I do mean MONA).

Tasmania Island of Treasures - Book of History Museums

Tasmania Island of Treasures by Sue Atkinson

Think Tasmania has featured the history of several Tasmanian towns on the website, thanks in no small part to Carol Haberle and her passionate interest in the topic. The Waddamana Power Station springs to mind, along with tales of Wilmot, Waratah, Tullah and Bothwell to name a few.

There are however, many museums covered in this book that Think Tasmania is yet to touch on. In fact, following the state-wide history trail provided by Sue Atkinson could well provide inspiration for a whole host of new articles. Each entry details the location, website, contact details and admission conditions of the museum. Devotees of Carol’s work are bound to be impressed by Tasmania Island of Treasures.

Tasmania Island of Treasures - History Collections

Tasmania Island of Treasures by Sue Atkinson

Sue Atkinson, Museum Consultant

With the support of the Tasmanian Community Fund, Sue Atkinson worked as a museum consultant on a special project from 2009 to 2012. During that time, she spent four to six days with each local history group to help catalogue their resources, design education programs and engage the interest of the broader community. It takes great dedication and commitment to manage collections to acceptable museum standards, for which Sue is quick to acknowledge the work of many volunteers.

Tasmania Island of Treasures - Museum Consultant

Tasmania Island of Treasures by Sue Atkinson

The text and many of the photographs in the book were provided by the organisations who worked with and learned from Sue. As a museum consultant, Sue spent her time during the three-year project visiting, advising and training volunteers. As a result, much of the cultural heritage of Tasmania has now been preserved and can be maintained and displayed for future generations to appreciate.

Tasmania Island of Treasures - Museum Launch

Tasmania Island of Treasures launch (photo supplied)

Buy a Copy of Tasmania Island of Treasures

Tasmania Island of Treasures has a recommended retail price of $58-00 and can be purchased from information centres and selected book shops. Each of the museums and history groups listed in the book will receive copies at cost price, and can retail the book to assist in sustaining their museums.

Tasmania Island of Treasures - Sue Atkinson & Premier Lara Giddings

Sue Atkinson with Premier Lara Giddings (photo supplied)

Tasmania Island of Treasures is also being sold online for the special web price of $49-00 (plus postage and handling if delivered outside of Tasmania). You can order a copy of the hardback book by contacting Sue Atkinson or you can download just part one of Tasmania Island of Treasures online.

We realise many of you will have to buy a copy of this book straight away. We totally understand that, because it’s quite a joy to behold. However, for those of you who can wait, Think Tasmania will have a signed copy of Tasmania Island of Treasures to give away to one lucky reader really soon.

25 March 2013 ~ And now you can enter the giveaway to win a copy here….

Tasmania Island of Treasures was launched at Narryna Heritage Museum in Hampden Road, Battery Point by Premier Lara Giddings on January 25. Photos from the launch provided to Think Tasmania by Sue Atkinson.

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