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Kate Legge - A Cradle Mountain Love Story

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“Enthralling, deeply touching and superbly researched. Kate Legge renders the staggeringly magnificent landscape as alive as the people who brought it to the world.” — Quentin Bryce

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Behind the World Heritage listing of Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain — a place now visited by 250,000 people a year — is a remarkable love story.

He was an Austrian immigrant; she came from Tasmania. He grew up beside the Carinthian Alps; she climbed mountains when few women dared. Their honeymoon glimpse of Cradle Mountain lit an urge that filled their waking hours.

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Others might have kept this splendour to themselves, but Gustav Weindorfer and Kate Cowle sensed the significance of a place they sought to share with the world. When they stood on the peak in the heat of January 1910, they imagined a national park for all. 

Kindred: A Cradle Mountain Love Story traces the achievements of these unconventional adventurers and their fight to preserve the wilderness where they pioneered eco-tourism.  

Meet the author of this wondrous story, Kate Legge in conversation with Gordon Peake.

Tickets: $15 (includes a complimentary glass of house wine or juice)

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Kate Legge writes for The Weekend Australian Magazine. She has covered politics and social affairs in Australia and America. She has published two novels: The Unexpected Elements of Love (long listed for the Miles Franklin Award) and The Marriage Club.

Gordon Peake’s memoir Beloved Land: Stories, Struggles & Secrets from Timor-Leste was winner of the ACT Book of the Year 2014. His current writing project is a book about colonial ghosts in the island of New Guinea. He is a visitor at the at the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University.

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