Derwent Valley stories

Maree Rieper - Derwent Valley Medieval Festival
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Maree Rieper

Meet Maree Rieper. Maree Rieper of Lachlan is one of the passionate volunteers in the Derwent Valley Project Group, the committee behind the Derwent Valley Medieval Festival. In its second year, the 2017 festival (28th and 29th of October) aims to further build on the positive community spirit the first event generated.   It’s not

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Derwent Valley Medieval Festival October 2017
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Derwent Valley Medieval Festival

Medieval Festival. Image by Leslie J Dee If you’re into everything medieval, from frocks, forging and general frivolity — then look no further than the Derwent Valley Medieval Festival. The event is held at Kensington Park, New Norfolk and will see the racing track converted into a pop-up village complete with castle entry gates, banquet

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Maydena Derwent Valley Tasmania
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5 NEW Bucket Listable Experiences

5 New Bucket List Experiences. The locals know that the Derwent Valley is Tasmania’s best kept secret. It is their secret. Their own perfect piece of the world. Perfectly, sublimely beautiful. Pristine and vast, with warm pockets of civilisation.   The Valley is in close proximity to Hobart and has always offered a tranquil and

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Flywheel New Norfolk in the Derwent Valley Tasmania
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Rachel James

Meet Rachel James from Flywheel. Flywheel is a small and interesting letterpress and stationery store on New Norfolk’s main street, which first opened in 2012. The building itself is much older, its first incarnation as a bakery evidenced by the original baker’s oven out the back. Its past iterations as a florist and then the Kodak

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Remembering John Terry
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John Terry

Remembering John Terry. There is a tendency to assume that all who came to Tasmania in the early days were unwilling participants – convicts, their ‘keepers’ and the black sheep of the English gentry who, because of some indiscretion, were sent as far away as possible to avoid further embarrassment to their families. But, like

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Meet Freya Downie
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Freya Downie

Meet Freya Downie. Freya loves the freedom of being on the land in the Derwent Valley. Her family home, Clarendon Estate in Gretna, is a historic property established in 1821. The property’s current incarnation is as a dairy farm supplying Fonterra. Together with her 2 sisters and 1 brother, Freya is the fourth generation of

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Black Swans on the River Derwent
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The Black Swan

Black Swans of the Derwent. I don’t know why I thought that the Black Swan of Tasmania was an introduced species. I just did. I had thought of the swan as ‘European’, and had jumped to the assumption that it had been introduced to Tasmania by the European settlers, probably for sport, much as the

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Maree Bean Hawthorn Lodge Lazy Teas
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Marie Bean

Meet Marie Bean. Being a professional running coach and making endless batches of scones may seem incompatible occupations, but such is the life of the unstoppable Marie Bean.   Marie Bean bought the historic Hawthorn Lodge in Bushy Park in 2015 with her husband David. It was their dream to run a bed and breakfast in

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Jennifer Kent Director of The Nightingale
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The Nightingale

  The Nightingale – Movie 2018. Jennifer Kent – Writer/Director. This week, the cast and crew of the movie The Nightingale (2018), left the Derwent Valley after filming here for more than a month. The movie tells the story of the revenge of a young convict woman in Tasmania, and the director Jennifer Kent said

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