Charles Whitham

Charles Whitham

Charles Whitham was the author of the oft reprinted Western Tasmania: A land of Riches and Beauty - which was a comprehensive study of the geographical features of West Coast, Tasmania and the conditions of the region in the 1920s. It is a mix of geographical and historical information about the west coast - and includes sections on Macquarie Harbour and the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company. His nephew Lindsay wrote a biographical essay in his book Railways. mines. Pubs and People... in 2002. The text originally appeared in the Geographical Journal, Vol. 69, No. 1 (Jan., 1927), p. 83, and was printed in book form in 1949.[citation needed].

Whitham had personally travelled to a lot of the locations and features that he described as well as to most of the peaks of the West Coast Range. His photographs in the State Library of Tasmania attest to some of the places that he had visited.

His earlier volume on the West Coast was produced in 1917.

It was not until the writing of Geoffrey Blainey's 'The Peaks of Lyell' in the 1950s that the history and geography of the west coast of Tasmania - was thoroughly reviewed - and showed the important contribution of Whitham's earlier work.


  • (1917) The book of Mount Lyell and the Gordon : a land of riches and beauty. Queenstown, Tasmania: Mount Lyell Tourist Association, (Hobart : John Vail, Government Printer)
  • Western Tasmania: A Land of Riches and Beauty.
2003 edition - Queenstown: Municipality of Queenstown.
1949 edition - Hobart: Davies Brothers. OCLC 48825404; ASIN B000FMPZ80
1924 edition - Queenstown: Mount Lyell Tourist Association. OCLC 35070001; ASIN B0008BM4XC

External links

Further reading

Whitham, Lindsay (2002). Railways, Mines, Pubs and People and other historical research. Sandy Bay: Tasmanian Historical Research Association. ISBN 0-909479-21-6.

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