Alison Alexander: The Communist Party of Tasmania
Tasmania is possibly the place where the Communist Party has received the least support anywhere, despite spirited attempts. Alison Alexander looks at Party attempts to gain influence and why it never really succeeded.
Dr Alison Alexander is a seventh-generation Australian, with convict ancestors in the first, second and third fleet. She has worked as a freelance historian and as a lecturer and tutor in history at the University of Tasmania. Alison has written some 30 books about Tasmania's history. In 2014 she won the Australian National Biography Award for The Ambitions of Jane Franklin. Her most recent book is The O’Connors of Connorville.
The Ida Bay Railway is the last operating bush tramway in Tasmania and also has the distinction of being the most southerly railway in Australia.
We will be travelling on the 12:30 train trip. The train driver will explain the history of the local area, the convicts, the early settlers and their industries, with a stop at the cemetery on the way into Deep Bay. We will spend some short time at Deep Bay to walk to the beach and examine the area before the return trip. Shelter and toilet facilities are available at Deep Bay.
Each way of the train trip, with the one stop on the way in, covers some 7kmand takes around 50 minutes. Suitable warm clothing could be necessary depending on the weather.
The cost to THRA members, because of our group booking is $25 adults, Children $12, payable at the Ida Bay Train Station on the day.
As there only two train carriages available at the moment, we will be limited to a maximum of 40 participants, thus the first 40 to apply via the following method can only be accommodated.
Average drive time from Hobart to Ida Bay is 1 hour 40 minutes. However, you should allow for you own driving abilities, the weather conditions, unexpected traffic, as well as time to purchase take away food if necessary for lunch from the variety of facilities on the way.
Otherwise bring your own picnic lunch.
Some food is available at the cafe at the Ida Bay Railway Station.
Food can be consumed on the train which does travel relatively slowly.
The journey to Ida Bay will give you a great opportunity to admire the beautiful Huon district with magnificent views of the Huon River. The drive takes you through fascination farming communities and historical towns like Franklin, Geeveston and Dover.
However, we must be at Ida Bay Railway station by at least 12:10 to allow for check in.
So if you are meeting for car pooling you will need to depart Hobart around 10:15
We should be back at the Ida Bay Station shortly before 3pm to commence our return to Hobart.
A maritime evening