Our story begins on Tasmania’s
A place ofClean airFresh waterFertile volcanic soil
The birthplace of Alfred Gough
Alfred’s hard work and business
sense meant he could enjoy
some of the finest things in life.
Photo courtesy Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office
They made it for the 1952 Apple Festival in Cygnet – a massive pie that took 635 kg of apples, 225 kg of flour and 90 kg of sugar. Baked in 36 sections in Hobart, it arrived with an escort of police motorcycles and proud bakers in crisp white uniforms. The Apple Queen of the day cut the first slice with a 1.6 m knife!
Alfred Gough’s business success enabled him to own prestige motor vehicles – Daimler was a favourite marque. He lived within easy walking distance of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania but he much preferred to pilot the Daimler to the club for dinner.
Photo by Anthony Tong Lee
Hobart Town’s first governor David Collins praised the rivulet as ‘a run of clear, fresh water.’ But before long it was an open sewer, as early industries dumped their wastes. Today, the rivulet runs in a sandstone channel, directly beneath city shops and offices.
Photo courtesy The Flight magazine archive from Flightglobal via Wikipedia
This amphibious aircraft flew commercial services between Melbourne and Hobart during the 1930s. Alfred Gough was among the first Tasmanians to enjoy the spacious passenger cabin – which had room to practice your golf swing! Fortunately he was not aboard when the plane’s undercarriage was damaged in a rough landing on King Island.
Photo courtesy Phil Crombie
The town’s name means ‘mutton bird’ in the Tasmanian Aboriginal language, although Alfred Gough’s birthplace is far from the Bass Strait islands where these seabirds nest among steep-sided dunes and windswept tussocks.