The Saturday People

Category: Historical,  Religious,  Australia & Oceania,  Social Science

Keywords: Hood family, Tasmania, hermits, SDA

Published: 03/15/2013

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The Saturday People

Memories in the rubble - a Tasmanian hermit family


Who of us don't wonder as we pass by properties lost and crumbling to time? Who lived there? What where they like? The silence and isolation and the wondering disappear with the rapid passing...but not in this case. The author found a diary and thought it that of an insane person. With persistence the jumble of letters became words and the words told stories...through the eyes of a hermit farmer's cows. And then the scraps of paper, all scribbled ... and eventually deciphered. And other diaries, of lonely sisters, virgins to their graves. The Hood family of Tasmania. This is a rough assembly of those artefacts strewn in the rubble of an abandoned house. In corners, boxes and with other people, almost 400 diaries, kept from the turn of the 20th in State archives. Some of them, letters, diaries and scribbled notes,protected from rats by snakes, tell the story...otherwise lost to the world.

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About the Author

Aug 06, 2012

Paul Tapp, born in 1945, is an Australian award-winning broadcast investigative journalist, whose work in retirement is mainly non-fiction. One such works, described as 'forensic journalism' by prosecutor, John Agius QC, was central to a Commission of Inquiry into the police killing of a fellow Vietnam Veteran. Tapp uses these skills to flesh out his characters and give them reality-perspective. His early years in a mining hamlet with bush horses, hawk-traps and hunting with dogs, has influenced his first major works in fiction, his style in writing true to syntax construction.

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