Monthly Archives: January 2015

Wanted – billeting for a few visitors from interstate or overseas

Do you live in or near Penguin and have a spare room? If you can accommodate a permaculture-minded guest (or two) for the period 9-12 March (or possibly a few days either side of that), we would be very appreciative – you do not need to be attending the Convergence yourself. We even have someone who is prepared to offer return accommodation in her home country of Mongolia. If you are interested please contact


Music among the tombstones – Penguin’s twilight celebration of the dead – this Wednesday!

A one-hour musical spectacular – Wednesday January 7 @ 7pm

Penguin General Cemetery

(This event is funded by the Australian Government’s Better Access to Palliative Care across Tasmania Program, through the Tasmanian Association for Hospice and Palliative Care ‘Networking End of Life Care’ Project.)

Music among the tombstones will showcase Penguin’s heritage like no other event has previously ever done. It is unique across Tasmania and indeed Australia according to Mr Google. A musical tribute to life.

A rare event, uniquely orchestrated – all music, no speeches. And in one of only three heritage cemeteries in Tasmania’s North West.

Cemeteries house and preserve as well as open the gateways to a community’s history like no other repository can.

People are invited to meander among the 1800 burials entertained by a variety of performances:

  • Pipers from the Burnie Highland Band
  • Colorado flautist Coty Dennis
  • Violinist Madeleine Hartley
  • Ulverstone vocalist Christine Barstad, and
  • Rosebery vocalists Kerrie Maguire & Geoff Lliff.

Each performance will showcase a particular tombstone or landmark:

  • Eliza Ann Hales, the first recorded burial
  • The centenary-old mystery of the cemetery’s Irish unknown
  • The Rowthorne obelisk, a father’s memorial to his son killed in France in WW1
  • A convict burial
  • Penguin’s academic historian Lloyd Robson, and
  • The memorial garden dedicated to the tens of the cemetery’s unnamed babies and children.

The spectacular will end with the beautiful and moving butterfly release overlooking Bass Strait.

So many of the tombstones are badly decayed, and many a burial has no tombstone. Consider adopting a grave.

The event begins at 7pm sharp, irrespective of weather conditions.