Walking Wild Tasmania
DYKT or “Do You Know Tasmania” was a slide show put on for the public and organised by members of the Launceston Walking Club, showing and highlighting Tasmania and it’s natural beauty and wilderness. The show was first held in the 1950s.
A new multimedia show returned for public viewing in Launceston during late October 2021. The new production was called “Walking Wild Tasmania” (WWT).
Features of this WWT show included a story of bush fires in National Parks, a collection of interviews of some walkers who have climbed all ‘the Abels’ and a few recent walking and paddling trips by club members.
Our third set of DVDs were released at our 46th “Do You Know Tasmania” show in Launceston in October 2013, Vols 3 & 4, at our 45th show in October 2011, and Vols 1 & 2 officially “launched” by Senator Bob Brown on opening night at our May 2009 “Do You Know Tasmania” 44th show in Launceston.
Copies can be purchased by posting a cheque or money order to the club at PO Box 273, Launceston, TAS 7250, adding $4.50 for each set of 2 DVDs, for postage and packing anywhere in Australia. For International Postage, please email the club for a quotation.
Scroll down to view the DVD contents.
1. “They Built a Hut” tells the story of the building of the Scott-Kilvert Hut at Lake Rodway - 1966 - 23:23
Ever wondered how our wilderness huts came in to being? This movie documents the building of one such remote hut in the Cradle Mountain region using methods, muscle power, and machinery available in the 1960’s. It was a community venture organised by the Launceston Walking Club and Riverside High School, to provide a facility for bushwalkers near Cradle Mountain. This hut is a memorial to club member Ewan Scott, and Riverside High student David Kilvert, who both perished in a blizzard at Cradle Mountain on 20th May 1965.
2. “Scott-Kilvert Memorial Hut” extras - 1966 - 4:57
This material did not make it into the movie, but it has been paired with a 1966 recording of the “Rodway Hut” song that was composed and sung by club members, during the six month construction period.
3. “The Hut” a Mad Movie - 1979 - 10:14
One of our most popular comedy films was another story about the building, and de(con)struction of a bush hut. All rules about building sturdy shelters, care for the environment, and respect for the danger of fire from within and without, are thrown out the window, when these bumbling builders have a go at building a hut in the bush.
4. “Beaufront Deer Park” - 1974 - 9:04
A documentary covering a day out at the Deer Park near the historic town of Ross. The camera takes us up close to these and other wildlife living in the park.
5. “Tin Miners of Port Davey” - 1983 - 13:03
Rare and now historic footage of the pioneer tin miners and their way of life in remote SW Tasmania, are captured in this film. It includes a guided tour with Deny King of the first worked claim by his father Charles, at Cox’s Bight. We see the mining methods employed by Peter and Barbara Willson, as they seek to restore their workings back to nature-as they mine. Footage is also included of LWC members assisting Deny to build a new walkers hut, and erect a tower to enable vital weather reports to be transmitted to the outside world.
6. Voyage on “Eye Of The Wind” - 1987 - 17:10
Join this square rigger on a voyage to remote SW Tasmania to take place in the second Port Davey Regatta. Deny King and his home at Melaleuca are featured, and club members attempt an exploration of Bathurst Harbour and Port Davey using inflatable dinghies after the races are over.