Van Diemen's Land: Hell in Heaven by E.T. Emmett | PB
History, adventure, drama, romance and humour
Prior to his death in 1970 Evelyn Temple Emmett, known as ‘The Father of Tasmanian Tourism’, had published two books about Tasmania and contributed to many other publications. This previously unpublished book was the result a chance discovery of the forgotten manuscript languishing on a shelf of a grandchild.
Sourced from the copious letters and journals written by Emmett’s forebears, this historical account, written in the style of a novel, is based on the lives of three generations of Emmett’s pioneering Tasmanian family (the family arrived in Hobart Town in 1819 on the first ship of free settlers).
It recounts incidents and adventures of his ancestors and their interactions with famous historical figures, convicts and aborigines. Some of the well-known characters and events Emmett’s ancestors were involved with include the cantankerous Captain Kemp; the hard-drinking Reverend Knopwood; ‘the conciliator’, George Robinson and his friend Truganini; the famous convict/explorer Jorgen Jorgenson; the infamous ‘Black Line’; and ‘the ship that never was’, the Frederick.
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