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*Kim Peart …

When launching a Viking Society in Tasmania in 1975, someone suggested I read the book, The Viking of Van Diemen’s Land. Could there be any greater contradiction, or any more accurate a statement? The book is about the Danish adventurer Jorgen Jorgenson, who ruled Iceland for two months in 1809, and ended up in Van Diemen’s Land as a convict. His life reads like a Viking saga. I organised a Tasmanian bicentenary event in Ross in 2004 in the theme of Jorgensen, believed to be the king carved on the Ross Bridge. Now I live in Ross and pursues a love of history and heritage, in a town surrounded by farms, and that rather amazing bridge.