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Opening Doors

Opening Doors was a book inspired by an idea borne in photographer Rob Burnett’s mind to recognise the contributions of a wide cross-section of Launceston’s community as part of the city’s 200 years’ celebration.

Within these pages, individuals, couples, families and community group members are featured who have helped shape Launceston as people enjoy it in 2006. Launceston writer Mary Machen has joined with Rob Burnett to develop a book whereby photography combines with material gathered from interviews to give a diverse “personal voice” as to what makes Launceston tick on a day-to-day basis.

Where author/journalist Michael Jacobson, for example, is candid about his passion for Launceston and leather-clad Simon Hrycyszyn explains the good deeds of the local motorcycle group Satan’s Riders, other interviews among the 36-strong collection swing the spotlight away from personal stories to more specific quiet achievements within the community. Aurora account manager John Lovell talks of his pride in being a “puppy raiser” for the Royal Guide Dogs of Tasmania, while Dr John Morris tells of the exciting medical developments at the Clifford Craig Medical Research Trust, made possible by the financial generosity of the community of Launceston.

Privilege was taken with the inclusion of `Mad’ Harry Murray. This Digger’s story appears as a tribute to the courage and dedicated service given by he and other men and women in the defence forces since World War I.

All the stories reflect how Launceston has “opened doors” to allow each of them to fulfil personal aspirations. Each story is symbolic of how they and so many others contribute to strengthen the fabric of the community that makes Launceston such a wonderful city.

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Don Pitt

Don Pitt

Retailer

Graeme Wilkinson

Graeme Wilkinson

Footballer

Stephen King

Stephen King

Vet

Rex Sainty

Rex Sainty

Bus Driver

Jacqueline Horne

Jacqueline Horne

Theatre

Jo Chromy

Jo Chromy

Businessman

"Mad" Harry Murray

"Mad" Harry Murray

Soldier

Owen Hughes

Owen Hughes

Photographer

Elizabeth Jack

Elizabeth Jack

Champion Swimmer

Stephen Hortle

Stephen Hortle

Policeman

Stephanie Sowerby

Stephanie Sowerby

Singer Musician

Roger Sculthorpe

Roger Sculthorpe

Businessman

Dim Briffa

Dim Briffa

Singer

Jonathan Phillips

Jonathan Phillips

Pilot

Desmond Tyson

Desmond Tyson

Minister

Arthur Hayward

Arthur Hayward

Businessman

Les Hodge

Les Hodge

Gardener

John Gay

John Gay

Businessman

Bob Bevis

Bob Bevis

Service Station Operator

The Herron Family

The Herron Family

Sam Hallam

Sam Hallam

Cyclist

David Boon

David Boon

Cricket Champion

Jo Cornish

Jo Cornish

Newsreader

George Boag

George Boag

Boags Brewery

Doug Martin

Doug Martin

Horse Trainer

John Morris

John Morris

Glenn Smith

Glenn Smith

Architect

Michael Jacobson

Michael Jacobson

Journalist

Peter Sculthorpe

Peter Sculthorpe

Composer