The Lighthouse Kids of Maatsuyker Island

A True Tasmanian Adventure.

by Jonah Wiltshire, Evie Wiltshire & Sheryl Hamilton.

Forty South Publishing. Soft cover.

Awards: Notable Book - the Children's Book Council of Australia.


This is the story of seven-year-old Jonah and four-year-old Evie's adventure living on remote and rugged Maatsuyker Island.

Maatsuyker Island, about 10km off the south coast of Tasmania, is part of the South West National Park and Wilderness World Heritage Area.

The island has the most southern lighthouse in Australia. Since the departure of the last lightkeeper in 1998, the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) have managed a volunteer caretaker program for the island.

Jonah and Evie were lucky to be the first children in more than 10 years to live on the island, exploring and discovering the 'magic of "Maat"'. They were there from February to May 2010 with their mum and dad, Sheryl Hamilton and Al Wiltshire, who were volunteer PWS caretakers as well as Bureau of Meteorology weather observers.

Jonah and Evie created all the drawings and models in this book while living on Maatsuyker. Some of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Friends of Maatsuyker Island (FOMI).


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