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Dr. Nic Haygarth

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  • PhD , History
    University of Tasmania
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Nic Haygarth: plenty of ..., 21 Sept 2013 [cached]
Nic Haygarth: plenty of mining fodder for this Tasmanian historian
Nic Haygarth's idea of utopia is roaming through the Tarkine searching for old mine sites.
As this area in the State's remote North West contains the history of 140 years of mining and something like 600 mines, there is obviously the potential for lots more discovery for this Tasmanian historian.
"I try to get into the Tarkine once a week, it's my way of staying sane and it's amazing what you find... It's amazing how nature reclaims itself," Nic says.
As a renowned historian of the Tarkine region, Nic has written numerous books and articles on mining, including his PhD, a biography on the legendary prospecting figure, James 'Philosopher' Smith.
"The Mount Bischoff tin mine had a profound effect upon Tasmania's economy and social structure," Nic writes in his article: 'Grey gold': James Philosopher Smith and the creation of a Tasmanian Mining Culture.
"It gave great impetus to minerals exploration which resulted in further major discoveries such as the Zeehan-Dundas-silver-lead field, the Mount Lyell copper mine and the Renison tin mine. Within three decades of Smith's discovery (around 1900) mining represented 60 per cent of Tasmania's export earnings. In 2013, it still does.
Nic found Philosopher Smith's "incredible" papers and correspondence in the Library Archives.
Nic says that as a historian you learn that people are not heroes. Sounding like part historian and part psychologist, he says: "Smith was driven by the stigma of convict parents and his mother deserted him. He had low self esteem."
He believes that the reason for Smith's success was his dogged determination and self-belief in making a significant mineral discovery. "Smith devoted the decades leading up to his discovery of the Mount Bischoff tin to the pursuit of minerals," Nic writes in his Grey Gold article.
While Nic prefers not to comment publicly on Federal Minister Burke's recent heritage listing of the Tarkine region, he says that he is very pleased that the aboriginal middens have been protected.
In his article 20th Century Tasmanian Osmiridium Mining, Nic says that though the State's osmiridium deposits were small, so was the worlds' demand. The demand for osmiridium soon stalled after World War 2 with the advent of the ball point pen and synthetic substitute.
"I love both industrial heritage and nature, and that I love to see how nature reclaims industrial heritage," Nic says.
Centre for Fortean Zoology Australia: February 2011, 1 Feb 2011 [cached]
However, according to Dr Nic Haygarth, an historian at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, mystery and fear surrounded the thylacine in years past.
Mineral prospectors, for example, lived in fear of thylacines in the Tasmanian wilderness. "These guys were alone in the bush, during the 1850s to 1870s, when there was no infrastructure," Nic explains. "A thylacine could take their food, in which case they'd be in a desperate situation. But there was also genuine concern that a thylacine would kill, or bring its mate back and there would be two to deal with."
There were reports of instances in which thylacines followed people for extended periods, Nic says.
This new book by professional historian ..., 27 Aug 2013 [cached]
This new book by professional historian and author Dr Nic Haygarth about the Norfolk Plains has recently been published by the Northern Midlands Council.
Tasmanian Heritage Council | Heritage Tasmania :: [What's New?], 27 Mar 2006 [cached]
That was a challenging question posed by Tasmanian historian, Dr Nic Haygarth, at a recent lunchtime seminar hosted by Heritage Tasmania.
Dr Dianne Snowden | Mr Kim ..., 29 Jan 2013 [cached]
Dr Dianne Snowden | Mr Kim Evans | Ms Michele Moseley | Mr Brad Williams | Mr Peter Cripps | Dr Nic Haygarth | Mr Peter Button | Dr Stuart King | Mr Alex van der Hek | Mr Chris Tassell | Ald. Sandra French | Mr Frazer Read | Dr Tony Brown | Mrs Mary Ramsay | Ms Sarah Lebski | Rev J Allan Thompson
Dr Nic Haygarth
Dr Nic Haygarth
Nic is an experienced and recognised freelance historian, and an Honorary Associate of the University of Tasmania (UTAS) who is particularly known for his work on the history of rural, regional and remote areas of Tasmania. Nic's PhD was awarded by UTAS in 2003. He is also a prolific published author.
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