Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary

Chauncy Vale, which was gazetted as a Tasmanian wildlife sanctuary in 1946, is located 40 Km north of Hobart and 4 Km east of the town of Bagdad. It is recognised as a valuable heritage and natural environment site. The house of Chauncy Vale named "Day Dawn" was the home of the distinguished Tasmanian children's author, Nan Chauncy (1900-1970). It has been opened to the public as a small Museum to display all her published children's books and their translations and her memorabilia and the furnishings of her time.

Address: 
Chauncy Vale Road, Bagdad, TAS
Tel: 
0362235469
Hours: 
Property - daily. House; 1st Saturday of every month 2pm - 4pm
Admission: 
Adults $2 to property, additional $2 per head to house.
Collection: 
This bushland home of Tasmanian author Nan Chauncy has been opened as a small Museum to present a display of all 12 of her published children's novels, their translations, her children's book awards and her memorabilia. The house which has never had electricity has kept her furnishings of the 1960's.
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Items

Books

Collection of Children's books and their awards and many translations.

Creator:
Nan Chauncy
Description:
12 children's novels and their translations.
Date:
1948 - 1970

Tasmania, Bagdad, Chauncy Vale

Original Olympia Typewriter

Description:
Purchased by Nan Chauncy in 1932 in Denmark or Germany. This was possibly the first portable typewriter. The author used it for typing all ten professional work right up to the end of her life in 1970.

Tasmania, Bagdad, Chauncy Vale

Ship's Captain's desk

Description:
This was brought out to Australia in the 1840's and given to the author by a family named Palmer.

Tasmania, Bagdad, Chauncy Vale

Toys, Games and Books

Collection of toys, games and books plus early Australian picture books.

Description:
These would have all been used by children in the house prior to 1950 when Nan's daughter Heather left to go to boarding school. Some would have been brought out by the Masterman family who migrated here in 1912.

Tasmania, Bagdad, Chauncy Vale

Macrocarpas Tree

Macrocarpas Tree

Description:
Planted by the Masterman family to commemorate the Armistice of 1918, the vast tree now shelters the house.

Tasmania, Bagdad, Chauncy Vale