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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.
Tasmanian historians Nic ..., 11 Mar 2014 [cached]
Tasmanian historians Nic Haygarth and Simon Cubit have drawn on Tasmania's rich photographic archive to assemble a remarkable book that showcases 20 historic Tasmanian mountain huts and their stories.
Nic Haygarth also has a PhD in history from the University of Tasmania at which he is an honorary associate. A prolific published author, he is passionate about the rural, regional and remote areas of Tasmania including the mining fields and high country. His books include The Wild Ride: Revolutions That Shaped Tasmanian Black and White Wilderness Photography (2008) and A Peopled Frontier: the European Heritage of the Tarkine Area (2008).
Historical Tasmanian Mountain Huts will be launched at Devonport LINC on Wednesday 5 November at 5 pm; there will be a book signing at Petrarch's Bookshop, Launceston, on Friday 7 November at 12 noon; and another launch at Hobart Bookshop, on Saturday 8 November at 4 pm.
Historical Tasmanian Mountain Huts by Nic Haygarth and Simon Cubit
Photo: by Henry Montgomery supplied by Nic Haygarth.
Tasmanian Heritage Council | Heritage Tasmania :: [What's New?], 23 May 2012 [cached]
The above talk by Tasmanian historian and Tasmanian Heritage Council member Nic Haygarth and General Manager of the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) Peter Mooney was well received by audiences in Hobart and Launceston this month, as part of the Tasmanian
Nic Haygarth: plenty of ..., 1 July 2013 [cached]
Nic Haygarth: plenty of mining fodder for this Tasmanian historian
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