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Revealing the documentary evidence for Tasmania's recent climate history prior to the commencement of official meteorological records in 1840

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Evans, K, Revealing the documentary evidence for Tasmania's recent climate history prior to the commencement of official meteorological records in 1840, Royal Society of Tasmania, Hobart. Papers and Proceedings, 146 pp. 1-8. ISSN 0080-4703 (2012) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

The establishment of the Rossbank Observatory at Hobart in October1840 marked the commencement of official weather recording in Tasmania. Little is known of Tasmania’s weather history prior to this. A perusal of a range of historical documentary material, including ships’ logs, official records, diaries, letters and early meteorological reports can assist in building a picture of Tasmania’s weather history in the early years of European settlement, including occurrences of drought, flood, storm and bushfire. Historical sources for the period 1803–1840 are outlined, their uses and limitations discussed, and some of the findings summarised.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate, Tasmania, history, Rossbank Observatory
Research Division:History and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical Studies
Research Field:Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Understanding Past Societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's Past
Author:Evans, K (Mrs Kathryn Evans)
ID Code:81692
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2012-12-21
Last Modified:2014-05-06
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