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Frenchmans Cap - one of the world's great wilderness destinations - comes vividly to life in this collection of stories which define the mountain's journey from its geological genesis through colonial times to the modern era. Along the way, a colourful procession of personalities join in: escaping convicts and bushrangers, explorers and gold fossickers, miners and piners. More recently, this towering quartzite peak has increasingly attracted photographers, rock climbers and bushwalkers. It has been a journey often accompanied by struggle and controversy, as protesters and nature lovers from all over the world fought to preserve this unique wilderness for future generations. A well known feature to the Tasmanian Aboriginal people, Frenchmans Cap continues to both challenge and inspire today.
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Foreword xv Introduction xviii 1A Mountain in Time 1 2 The Coming of the White Man 10 3 'The Cap of Liberty' 19 4 Calder and Strzelecki 27 5 The Franklins' Journey 34 6 The First Ascents 42 7 The Lure of Gold 48 8 'The Prince of Tasmanian Explorers' 56 9 John Ernest Philp 66 10 Along the Crotty Track 76 11 More Ascents from the West 86 12 'The White Mountain Which Beckons from Afar' 95 13 Davern and Anderson Find Philp's Track 108 14 A New Era 116 15 More Trips along the Track to Frenchmans Cap 125 16 The Frenchman's Cap National Park 145 17 Frank Hurley Visits Frenchmans Cap 153 18 'The Sodden Loddons' 161 19 'Up the Cap We Meandered' 167 20 The First Rock Climbers 174 21 Bushfire! 183 22 At Lake Tahune 191 23 At Lake Vera 196 24 'No Dams' 203 25 Flashpoint 208 26 ;Towards a New Millennium 216 27 Probing the past 219 28 A Future for Frenchmans Cap 222 Frenchmans Cap Timeline 230 Appendix I - Frenchmans Cap Nomenclature 234 Appendix II - Flora and Fauna 242 Appendix III - Bush Travel in the Late 19th Century 247 Further Reading 250 Acknowledgements 254 Endnotes 258

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