Jewelled Nights: The Surprising Story of Two Tasmanian Women and their Lost Silent Film

Almost a century ago, two Tasmanian women wrote and produced a lost classic of Australian cinema.

The novelist Marie Bjelke Petersen and the silent film actress Louise Lovely worked together on Jewelled Nights, which was shot on location in Tasmania’s Western Wilderness in 1924. To mark International Women’s Day, the Reading Room on the second floor of the Hobart LINC has a display featuring their amazing story.

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Bird Woman: Elizabeth Gould and the Birds of Australia

If you’ve been through the Allport gallery recently, you will have noticed the birds. They are familiar birds, with all of the endemic Tasmanian species represented – many visitors will recognise them from their own backyard. And they are lovely. But the thing that convinced us that it was worth getting these prints out for display is the controversy – whose hand created them?

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