Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - BOOKS - By David Hop­kins

TAS­MA­NIAN artist, il­lus­tra­tor and au­thor David Hop­kins has re­leased an en­hanced and ex­tended edi­tion of his land­mark 1991 ti­tle, Tas­ma­nia’s Golden Years.

Printed in Tas­ma­nia by Fo­cal Print­ing for Peregrine Pub­lish­ing, Tas­ma­nia’s Golden Years Re­vis­ited is a beau­ti­fully pre­sented cof­fee ta­ble book of more than 400 pages.

Hop­kins has gath­ered im­ages from archival and pri­vate col­lec­tions to com­pile a chron­i­cle of Tas­ma­nia’s golden past.

In up­dat­ing the ear­lier pub­li­ca­tion, Hop­kins had more than 2000 im­ages digitally en­hanced for the best re­pro­duc­tion pos­si­ble.

The book re­tains the orig­i­nal fore­word, writ­ten by the late Eric Reece, as well as a new in­tro­duc­tion by Saul Es­lake, who de­scribes the work as a record of de­ter­mi­na­tion, in­ge­nu­ity and adapt­abil­ity.

Tas­ma­nia’s Golden Years Re­vis­ited will be launched at the Sad­dlers Court Gallery in Rich­mond on Septem­ber 15 at 2.30pm and sells for $ 99.85.

A pre­view of the book is avail­able on­line at http://tas­ma­ni­as­gold­enyears.com.au

BACK IN TIME: J H Wenn and Martin Wells at work be­hind the counter of their Em­po­rium- style store W L Wells and Co in La­trobe in 1905.

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