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Friday the 7th of March 2014

11:47 PM

Why is the Pieman River named "Pieman"?

On the first day of the trip, classmates were talking  about Alexander Pearce (also known as Pierce), a cannibal convict who escaped twice from Sarah Island, and the name "Pieman" was related to him. Both times he escaped with other convicts and was the only survivor.

Today is the last day of the trip and I have the chance to google and find out whether the story is true. There is another saying that another convict Thomas Kent, who was a pastry maker, also escaped to this area and thus the river was named "Pieman". According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, "it was long thought that the river was named for one Alexander Pierce, but it is now widely believed that the honour belongs to another convict, Thomas Kent, who is thought to have been a baker".

Regardless of which version is true, stories like this add an interesting aspect to the area.

The Fatman ferry at the Pieman River

On our way back to Launceston, we passed a mining site at Salvage River. I would say it a nameless town because  it is certainly much bigger than the town of Corinna (6, 7 years ago when we crossed the Pieman on the Fatman ferry, the ferryman told us that the population in Corinna was 7 and fewer in winter). The only name that can identify this "town" is Grange Resources, the mining company there. Magnetite is mined from here.

The highlight of the day must go to Chloe. She woke up at 4 in the morning to find a possum ate through her tent, day pack and plastic bag to finish all her nuts! And this was a brand new tent.
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