The East Coast Heritage Museum in Swansea has a new exhibition starting
soon. It will be opened by Friends' School Principal, Nelson File at 11am on
the 7th December 2014. The exhibition will run until the end of June 2014
and will include a launch of Jane Cooper's new book:
'The Cotton Papers - Lands of the Sleeping Gods"
A SECRET FAMILY ARCHIVE REVEALED.
This book opens a wholly new window on one of Australian history's most
The life of the Tasmanian Aborigines was smashed by white settlement before
it could even be properly described, and much of their story has been
considered lost to history.
Now comes an extraordinary treasury of new evidence, handed down through
five generations of a Tasmanian East Coast family.
From the time the Cotton archive came into being in the early 19th
its Quaker compilers felt bound to keep most of it hidden - so the
fascinating and often startling material in this book adds vastly to the
sparse public record.
The exhibition will tell the story of the Cotton Family and Dr George
Fordyce Story who were early settlers to the East Coast and also the early
Many of Dr Story and Cotton papers/books etc. are online at:
Recently I undertook a trip to Utas and photographed some of Dr Story's case
notes. The information contains the medical treatment of convicts and
settlers as well as musters, lists and inquests.
ABC Radio will be interviewing the author Jane Cooper & Swansea locals
between 2-4pm Wednesday 27th November.
For further information please contact me off list.
Maureen Martin Ferris
East Coast Heritage Museum