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DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE HAS BEEN A TASMANIAN FOOTBALL CLUB IN BERLIN, GERMANY SINCE 1900?


DID YOU KNOW THAT SOME POST-WAR DUTCH PEOPLE SETTLED AND BUILT THEIR OWN VILLAGE CALLED LITTLE GRONINGEN AT KINGSTON IN TASMANIA?



DID YOU KNOW THAT PRIOR TO WORLD WAR 2 THE GREEK COMMUNITY IN TASMANIA CONSISTED OF TWO FAMILIES AND NOW BELIEVED TO NUMBER 3,500 PEOPLE?


DID YOU KNOW THAT ANTONI MARTINI WAS TRIED IN PORTUGAL IN 1811 AND SENTENCED TO 14 YEARS TRANSPORTATION? HE HAD SEVERAL CONVICTIONS IN THE COLONY OF TASMANIA BUT BECAME A LANDHOLDER AND A LICENSEE OF THE SAWYERS ARMS. HIS ROYAL OAK HOTEL STILL STANDS ON THE CORNER OF BRISBANE AND TAMAR STREETS, LAUNCESTON.


DID YOU KNOW THAT THE CHINESE WERE THE LARGEST NON-EUROPEAN ETHNIC COMMUNITY IN 19TH CENTRUY TASMANIA? JAMES CHUNG GON CAME TO AUSTRALIA WITH A SHILLING, BECAME A FAMOUS MARKET GARDENER IN LAUNCESTON AND HAD ELEVEN CHILDREN?



DID YOU KNOW THAT A CZECH MIGRANT IN HIS RETIREMENT, RUNS MARATHONS FROM NORTH TO SOUTH AND EAST TO WEST OF THE CONTINENT OF AUSTRALIA RAISING FUNDS FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER?



DID YOU KNOW THAT A ROMANIAN MIGRANT ESCAPED SOVIET RULE TO COME TO TASMANIA AND WORK ON THE WEST COAST? HE WAS IN BRASS BANDS AND SPORTING TEAMS AND BUILT MANY SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES IN WEST COAST TOWNS.



DID YOU KNOW THAT GERMAN CONTRACTORS IN 1951 ARRIVED TO WORK AT LIAWENEE AND HAVE HAD MANY REUNIONS TO REVIVE MEMORIES AND FRIENDSHIPS? ONE MIGRANT SAID AFTER BEING IN A POW RUSSIAN CAMP THAT LIAWENEE WAS QUITE PLEASANT.


DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS A FAMOUS POLISH CARPATHIAN BRIGADE WHICH TOOK ITS NAME FROM THE MOUNTAINS OF A HOMELAND WHICH THEY HOPED TO RETURN AFTER WORLD WAR TWO? THESE BRAVE MEN FOUGHT BESIDE OUR OWN AUSSIES IN TOBRUK.


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TASMANIA - an island far away