TAHO holds a range of items such as photographs, letters and diaries from some of Tasmania’s greatest wilderness pioneers. Discover what’s within the TAHO collections from archival film or get a taste of our photographic collections featuring Deny King, Tenzing Norgay, Edmund Hillary and work from Smithies and Thwaites in Flickr.
Frederick Smithies (1885 - 1979) was a Tasmanian conservationist, bush-walker, wilderness explorer and photographer exploring the rugged West coast, Frenchman's Cap, the Florentine and Rasselas Valley and walked from Queenstown to Cradle Mountain. Mr Smithies donated much of his collection to the Archives Office of Tasmania in 1975.
John Barras Thwaites (Jack Thwaites 1902-1986) was a conservationist and founding member of the Hobart Walking Club, Youth Hostels Association and secretary of the Scenery Preservation Board. He had a keen interest in photography, amassing a significant collection of his own images as well as a small number of nineteenth and twentieth century images from other photographers.
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