Australiana Society tour of Tasmania 2018, Scott Carlin
“Bring forty members to Tasmania to celebrate the Australiana Society’s 40th anniversary” was president Jim Bertouch’s brief. The new Tasmanian Chapter of the Australiana Society accordingly set to work under the leadership of chairman Colin Thomas to emulate the success of the Society’s 2015 Tasmanian tour. The eight-day tour from 7 to 14 March was designed as a rich and varied experience of Australiana in its many permutations – art, design and social history, public and private collections and collections seen in the contexts for which they were made, as well as showing how they were underpinned economically by maritime and rural industries. The tour provided opportunities to meet custodians of historic places and collections, dealers and fellow collectors.