Tasmanian Times

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


First Day April …

*Pic: of Peter Cundall by Karen Brown …

First published April 1

And today is legendary horticulturalist, conservationist, author, broadcaster and television personality Peter Cundall’s 90th birthday. TT reckoned you wanted to wish him all the best for this incredible milestone (thanks Simon) …

All about Peter Cundall …

And … in keeping with our theme of celebrating the natural world on the first day of every month, here’s Richard Glazebrook’s celebration of Kunanyi (Mt Wellington) …





ABC: Memorable moments to mark Peter Cundall’s 90th birthday

*Lindsay Tuffin has been a journo since 1969, mainly in Tassie apart from a few years elsewhere in Oz, and in Pomland where he had a brief stint as a youth worker and where for five years he edited ‘Buzz’ – a magazine dealing with church and social issues and which was beaten in audit circulation only by the Specialist Interest category of Aero Modeller magazine …!

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  1. anthony john

    April 8, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    We should never under-estimate the role Peter played in combatting the madness that was the Tamar Valley pulp mill proposal. With a juggernaut fuelled by unconditional major political party support rolling across the State, his unwavering opposition,and mantra “never give in”gave strength and a public voice to the many effectively silenced by corporate, media and government controls. A now thriving northern region economy is, in part, testimony to his courage and sense of public duty.
    A true warrior for the cause – and long may it be so.
    Go well, Peter.

  2. Jenny Murchie

    April 3, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Happy Birthday, Peter Cundall!!!
    You have inspired, guided and taught me through Gardening Australia and through your many accessible publications. Your advice is sensible and generous and takes the fear factor out of gardening. You should see my vege garden! All credit to you!
    And I in turn have passed on your knowledge to so many others. When my children were small, Gardening Australia was their favourite show.
    You have made an immense difference to gardening practices in Austraia
    I hope you have had a wonderful day.
    Warmest best Wishes,

    Jenny Murchie

  3. PHilip Lowe

    April 3, 2017 at 6:00 am

    manchesters best export—–people.Self opinionated,bolshy,stubborn,immovable people.

  4. john hayward

    April 3, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Russell, # 22. TGC’s “moronic comments” at #18 happen to represent those of Tassie’s dominant moronic demographic … Show the appropriate respect.

    John Hayward

  5. TGC

    April 3, 2017 at 12:20 am

    #16 appears to be quoting PC when he attributes to PC that parliament-presumably the Tasmanian- is a “cesspit”
    #19.#21,#22 may care to analyse that remark given that ‘parliament’ is people-not a building.
    And each may care to refer to #4

  6. tess lawrence

    April 2, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Dear Russell, actually it is a fitting and great tribute to Peter that the GMO lobby/supporters feel so intimidated and threatened by him that they must plant their ill-spent and malevolent seed in this lovely birthday card.

  7. Russell

    April 2, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Re #14
    “Still no-one poisoned by this important and proven science.”

    Really? It depends how you interpret “poison.”

    Proven fact: GMO stock grains caused infertility in pigs. It seems only charities operating in countries of famine will accept USA’s excess GMO grains (at a price, it’s still not donated).

    And just how do you explain the explosion in the incidences of Asthma, ADHD and other disorders, and life-threatening food allergies since the inception of GMOs? How come warnings of soy products have to be on processed ‘food’ labels?

    Do you make a point of only seeking out your precious GMO foods to take home?

  8. Russell

    April 2, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    TGC. You are such a wet blanket!

    Lindsay, why do you allow his moronic comments on what is supposed to be a celebratory article?

  9. Ted Mead

    April 2, 2017 at 11:40 am

    # 18 – he has, and always will have more guts than those who criticise him!

  10. Keith Antonysen

    April 2, 2017 at 11:12 am

    When talking about gardening with neighbours, invariably advice that Peter has provided is mentioned. Peter is a great inspiration in many fields.

  11. John Maddock

    April 2, 2017 at 10:56 am

    #18. Playing the man, TGC. Not fair.


  12. TGC

    April 2, 2017 at 1:03 am

    #16 No stomach for the fight?

  13. Anne

    April 1, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Happy birthday indeed Peter – and excuse the belated good wishes since I’m a day late. Hope you had a wonderful day with family and friends. It’s an honour to know you, and it’s always a joy to receive your irregular emails ruminating on life, politics, the environment, and shared thoughts on stopping polluting pulp mills. All the best for many more birthdays to come.

  14. Ted Mead

    April 1, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    #15 Actually Peter was asked to stand as a Green many years ago and admirably replied along the lines of that he wouldn’t be seen anywhere near that ‘cesspit’ of parliament house.

  15. TGC

    April 1, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    #10 “You (Peter Cundall) should’ve been in parliament to keep the bastards well honest”
    That wouldn’t have worked- neither for PC nor for governance. As the present Federal Parliament – especially the Senate- demonstrates the capacity to negotiate and compromise are necessary political requirements- not always apparent-and it’s unlikely PC would accept either.

  16. Mark H

    April 1, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    A lovely man no doubt. I hope someone buys him a book on GMOs. Still no-one poisoned by this important and proven science Mr Cundall. Plenty of kids could sure use some Golden Rice, be great for you to support it.

  17. Russell

    April 1, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Happy Birthday Peter, and many more to come. Keep fighting the good fight.

  18. john hayward

    April 1, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Peter is no doubt lamenting that TGC and his friends were unable to realise their dream of leaving a rich ash bed over the entire state.

    John Hayward

  19. Clive Stott

    April 1, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Happy Birthday Peter!

  20. Catherine

    March 31, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    You are a national hero, a man with principles and not afraid to speak up. You should’ve been in parliament to keep the bastards well honest. All power to you.

  21. William Boeder

    March 31, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    A splendid day and evening for you to celebrate this occasion of your 90th birthday Mr Peter Cundall.
    Your name and your contribution to the lives of the mighty magnitude of we the Australian people continues to flourish in our hearts.
    We see you as a man deserving the highest respect and have thereby elevated you to the stature of being our proudest living legend.

    A happy and deliciously sumptuous birthday wish for you Mr Peter Cundall.

    Fondest regards,
    William Boeder.

  22. tess lawrence

    March 31, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Dear Simon, onya for the beaut suggestion – and because it is April 1st thought I’d wish the whole world Happy Birthday in my exuberance for Peter’s Birthday !!!

  23. Simon Warriner

    March 31, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Peter Cundall is a force of nature. It has been a privilege to witness him go about his work among use with humour, humility and grace. There are few I would ever announce as my heroes, he is certainly in that number.

    A great life, well lived. May it long continue in health and happiness.

    Happy Birthday, Peter.

    PS, Tess, it was my suggestion, not my birthday. But thanks anyway.

  24. Tim Thorne

    March 31, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Happy birthday, Peter. I am proud to have known you as a friend for more than half of those 90 years. Never give in!

  25. Chris

    March 31, 2017 at 10:55 am

    A great world citizen.
    Happy birthday.

  26. TGC

    March 31, 2017 at 10:41 am

    #1 It’s probably worth a mention that generations of Tasmanians have been “grow(ing) their own food (vegetables,fruit) in a healthy fashion” long before Peter Cundall made it a media imperative.
    Blood and bone and animal manures were the ‘foundation’ of most vegetable gardens – still the case with no prompting.
    (Not to disparage Peter at all- he has been an inspiration)

  27. Pete Godfrey

    March 31, 2017 at 10:06 am

    For a man who had the wrong voice for television shows you have done bloomin great.
    Thanks for your wonderful passion over the years.
    Hope you have many more birthdays to come.
    Pete Godfrey

  28. tess lawrence

    March 31, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Happy Birthday Peter Cundall, you Darling man!
    Happy Birthday Linz, Happy Birthday Richard.
    Happy Birthday Simon.

  29. Frank Strie

    March 31, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Happy Birthday my good friend Peter!
    The timing of your special day over the weekend is perfect for all the many inspired garden and nature lovers. You have achieved that the young and no longer so young have learned to work with nature and are keen to grow their own food in a healthy fashion.
    Thank you also for your tireless support in soil carbon action, it is amazing how many people telling me at the Launceston Harvest Market how much they have learned from your explanations.
    You are a true achiever!

    Looking forward to the big Garden Party tomorrow.
    With a big smile

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