Friday, 11 May 2012

Hand feeding a Tasmanian tiger

John Austwick recalls a conversation with Frank Castle who looked after a Tasmanian tiger for three months before it was sent off to a buyer on the mainland.

Frank was only a young boy at the time, which was around 1910 and it wasn't long after this time that the Tasmanian tiger became extinct.

In 1888 the government offered a bounty of one pound for an adult tiger. Seeing as that amount of money was the same paid for shearing 100 sheep, trapping became an easy way to supplement the income.

This interview was recorded with the help of Maureen Martin Ferris from the East Coast Heritage Museum and Visitors Centre.

Hand feeding a Tasmanian tiger from ABC Open Southern Tasmania on Vimeo.

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