Irene Schaffer O.A.M.
Historian & Private Researcher.
I have set up my website to share with others what I have discovered over the years while researching early Tasmanian and Norfolk Island history.
I have also published a number of books and small leaflets, but there are other interesting subjects sitting in my files that I would like to share with you. Some of these short stories and leaflets I will place on this website, some I have updated, others I have copied as they were first printed.
I have found having my own website a wondereful media to make contact with those whose interests are simular to mine.
The new website (still being set up) goes a lot further than my previous ones, in that I can have blogs where I can have smallish posts telling what I have been doing and have feedbacks from those of you who wish to comment. Also being able to search will help.
Now that I am not so active as I used to be and not having a car, I find I spend even more time at my computer. (what a wonderful thing to have found all those years ago) With my website I need not lose touch with my fellow researches and friends.
I now sell all my books from this website and find it saves me a lot of time and shoe leather.
Please feel free to contact me at anytime, I am always willing to help.
Norfolk Islanders to Norfolk Plains 1813
Important news for the descendant's of those who arrived in
VDL between 1807-1813.
Norfolk Islanders to VDL 1813.
The last of the Norfolk Islanders sailed to the Tamar River in
To celebrate this event there is to be a gathering ot the
Norfolk Plains from 1st March 2013till 3rd March at Longford
and surrounding districts.
For more information click on Norfolk Islanders,
then go to Norfolk Islanders to VDL 1813 on this site.
Roses of the Heart Project
Most of you will be aware of this project and the wonderful work of Christina Henri. Last week I was invited to a talk at the Cascades Female Factory Historical Site to hear Deborah Swiss speak about her book The Tin Ticket. It was a cold night and it made us all aware of how life must have been for all those convict women and their babies in that cold damp spot.
After Deborah talk Christina gave us an up to date on the her bonnet project. Over 21,566 bonnets have been made from all over the world (even at a women's prison in America and the Isle of Man in the UK) Christina dream is to have 4,000 bonnets by mid-2013, making a total of 25,000.
This would be a wonderful time for anyone wishing to make a bonnet, for their own convict ancestor and have Christina have her dream come true.
Paterns and more information can be found on Christina website or from the Cascade Site.