King River Press is a boutique, not-for-profit hobby publisher named after the King River, located in the remote West Coast region of Tasmania. Given this region’s amazing beauty, it’s a popular tourist destination for nature and adventure travellers. The area is known for its rugged wilderness, whitewater and sadly, its degradation from the felling of Huon Pine and pollution from its history of gold and copper mining.
In 2016, University of Tasmania PHD students undertook research to establish the current condition and possible methods of rehabilitation of, what the Tasmanian government formerly referred to as, one of the most polluted (link was since removed) rivers in Australia. The Environmental Protection Authority of Tasmania described the condition of the lower King River, due to the Mt Lyell area mining, as biologically dead.
Although the history of the King River is somewhat sad, there are lessons to learn from its story. Despite its underlying condition, it is still a magnificent and gorgeous river; and the general area is still very much worth exploring. You can read more about exploring the the King River and surrounds through Trip Advisor, King River Rafting and on Jack & Jude’s great site.
King River Press was established at the beginning of 2018. Our main focus is nature inspired poetry, local history, culture and conservation. Our books are held at the National Library of Australia in Canberra and in the Decatur Haiku Collection at Millikin University, Illinois, USA.
***Header images courtesy of TAHO – Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office (commons collection). Image 1: Photograph – Postcard – King River Bridge, Mt Lyell Railway, Teepookana, Tasmania. Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office: LPIC147/1/195 Image 2: Miners at a picnic on the King River. Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office: NS3245/1/264
***Page image – King River and Lake Burbury between Jukes and Huxley from JarrahTree…commons.wikimedia.org
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