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Launceston Historical Society October Meeting

October 17 @ 2:00 pm


Nigel Burch, The Little Skipper: Sir John Evans

Sir John (Captain Jack) Evans served as Premier from 1904 to 1909, only because he couldn’t find anyone to take the job!

It is often said that nice guys finish last. Fortunately, it’s not always true. He was a kind and humble man, who introduced the Hare-Clark voting system and free education, as well as serving on the committee to select an Australian flag and initiating the hydroelectric industry.

His Premiership was a period of courtesy, prosperity, and stability. Until recently he was the longest serving MP in Tasmanian history: 40 years an MHA, 16 as Speaker, then Lt-Governor for 10. He died aged 87 in 1943.

Nigel is a retired company director with a passion for Tasmanian history and lives in Launceston. Having served as an advisor on mining to the Tasmanian and Bosnian governments, Nigel naturally has an interest in both mining and government. He has written five books on mining in the Tamar region, and three major biographies of Tasmanian Premiers.

He is also a regular contributor to The Sunday Examiner ‘Our History’ page. Through local history takes up most of his time, Nigel also volunteers in several capacities. At one time he was a national director of the RSPCA and a director of the TFGA.

This is a Seniors Week event. All welcome: LHS members free & visitors $4

Sunday 17th October, 2021, 2 pm at the Meeting Room, Queen Victoria Museum in Inveresk.



October 17
2:00 pm
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