Relatives and friends of one of Tasmania’s most popular political and literary figures, the late Nick Evers, will gather at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania in Sandy Bay at 3 pm on Friday September 6 to recall his life and times.

Evers, drafted into Premier Robin Gray’s star line-up for the 1986 election, went straight into his ministry as Minister for Primary Industry and was seen by Gray as a likely successor to the premiership.

Following the defeat of the Gray government in 1989, Evers lasted in Opposition only until July 1990 when he resigned, citing “a lack of privacy and low pay”.

Not only had he a sharp wit and a wicked pen, but also he served Australia in senior diplomatic and trade posts and chaired the Australian Tourism Commission.

Nick Evers died on July 27 at the age of 75.

Earlier on TT: Gentle, into that good night … here, includes links to all Nick Evers’ brilliant columns on Tasmanian Times