Wild island. Fascinating history.

Wild island. Fascinating history. Stunning photos. Great stories. . . Join the equally fascinating, stunning, wild and great Friends of Tasman Island‘s Carol, Erika and Chris in this video presentation of the history of the infamous landing for the Tasman Island lighthouse station from 1906 to the recent restoration completed in 2019.

Friends of Tasman Island – April News

Friends of Tasman Island

The April Newsletter from Friends of Tasman Island is great reading – with historical and contemporary reflections from people who have loved this island.  A new book ‘Keepers of the Light: A family’s life on Tasman Island’ by Rachel Chesmer is announced (now available for $20 incl. postage within Australia in the Wildcare Shop) and there’s […]

Keeping our Heritage Alive – Tasman Island

Friends of Tasman Island

KEEPING OUR HERITAGE ALIVE TASMAN ISLAND Erika Shankley – originally written for Maritime Times, appearing in their Autumn 2020 edition. Preserve, protect and enhance the natural and cultural values of Tasman Island for current and future generations. Strategic Plan, Wildcare Friends of Tasman Island, 2014 Photos by Erika Shankley   Tasman Island’s bulk stands guard at […]

Another Milestone for Friends of Tasman Island

Friends of Tasman Island

Another Milestone for Friends of Tasman Island Erika Shankley In 2005, the sad spectacle of the Tasman Island light station keepers’ quarters – abandoned since 1977 – was the catalyst for the formation of the Wildcare group Friends of Tasman Island.  Fast forward 14 years and the group has now celebrated its 30th working bee […]

Island Branches at Wooden Boat Festival

Friends of Deal Island

Wildcare Island Branches at Wooden Boat Festival By Erika Shankley Thanks to financial assistance from Wildcare – Friends of Deal, Maatsuyker and Tasman Islands have had a long association with the biennial Australian Wooden Boat Festival. At our first Festival in 2011 we shared a tent with both Tasmar Radio and the Maritime College but […]

WILDCARE LIGHTHOUSE ISLAND GROUPS AT AWBF

Friends of Tasman Island

                          WILDCARE LIGHTHOUSE ISLAND GROUPS AT AWBF The three lighthouse island Wildcare groups – Friends of Deal, Maatsuyker and Tasman Island – will again have a presence at the biennial Australian Wooden Boat Festival.   Located on Franklin Wharf, we will be tucked behind Mure’s seafood restaurant and next door to Ushi Iceccream.  Go to […]

TASMAN ISLAND Expressions of Interest

Friends of Tasman Island

Friends of Tasman Island are now planning their next series of working bees. The first is set for 18-27 April this year.  The main focus will be the restoration of the verandah and sunroom on Lightkeepers’ Quarters No 3 as well as continuing with work to eradicate Californian thistle.  If you’re interested in volunteering for […]

Tasman Island’s 1st time Volunteer & Poet

Friends of Tasman Island

Article by Erika Shankley, Poetry by Mike Manning, Photography by Amanda Thomson and Brett Hall Brick Layer and Poet, Mike Manning  I’m on the way to Tasman I get picked up on the way I would have taken my own car But they have no parking bay. Up in this chopper An exciting time to […]

Who is Erika Shankley?

Friends of Bass Strait Islands

Erika Shankley is a Wildcare volunteer whose unbounded enthusiasm contributes to Wildcare efforts across the Board (literally – Erika is a current Wildcare Board member). In this changing world, Erika hopes to be able to find emerging opportunities to further enhance the natural values of Tasmania’s wild areas. We hope you will join her. Erika […]

Winner Announcement

CRAIG SAUNDER’S PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED! This year’s Craig Saunders Photographic Competition attracted a range of wonderful entries from across the state highlighting what people consider to be at the heart of Wildcare.  A big thank you to all who entered.  All your photos are valuable to us and as hard as it was to […]


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