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History out and about during the holidays …

While cataloguing the Frank Heyward collection of Tasmanian Aboriginal stone tools I came across two examples marked: C Coghlan, Lake Leake, 1937.

A search of Trove showed that Mr Cyril W Coghlan ran the Government Accommodation House at Lake Leake and made regular reports to the The Examiner on the numbers of trout landed by visiting anglers. The Lake Leake Visitors Book (also held by QVMAG) records the Coglans taking over on 1 October 1920.

Obviously this warranted a ‘field trip’ to Lake Leake to explore the old accommodation house, now the Lake Leake Inn.

Such luck – another visitor just happened to be a Coghlan descendant and he pointed out ‘Coghlan Cottage’, still standing amongst the trees near the camping area. Imagine bringing up a young family in this two-roomed shack! The Lake Leake Community Social Club has taken over the lease and intends to restore the building.

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Jai Paterson
Honorary Research Associate, History

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