T. B. Moore

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Thomas Bather Moore (1850 to 1919) was a pioneer explorer of Western and South West, Tasmania, Australia.


He was born at New Norfolk and died at Queenstown. He was buried at the graveyard Strahan overlooking Macquarie Harbour.[1][2]

He was appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. He had been a prospector,[3] track cutter, botanist, geographer and geologist - all mainly in West Coast, Tasmania area.[4][5]

His tracks were legendary routes through parts of the South West Wilderness, as well as the West Coast Range.[6] He had been considered one of the most experienced of Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company's track cutters.

Western Tasmania was dedicated to his memory. In part of the dedication Charles Whitham states:

Thomas Moore was the first in place, though not in time, of those who have explored Western Tasmania. He traversed every portion of the territory, sometimes as a prospector.... his knowledge of this region was never equalled by any other, and will never be surpassed.

Naming of Tasmanian landscape[edit]

He named many features including Mount Strahan, the Thureau Hills and the Tofft River which runs between those hills and Mount Huxley.[7]

Whitham says in his book T.B. Moore that Moore "laid it down that all western lakes must have feminine names", which Whitham guessed would be ignored by bureaucrats in Hobart. Hydro Tasmania has since created lakes which have names that do not follow Moore's suggestion.

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  1. ^ Ian McShane (1982), Library catalogue entry for University of Tasmania Dept. of History thesis: T. B. Moore: a bushman of learning 
  2. ^ "Family Notices.". Zeehan and Dundas Herald (Tas. : 1890 - 1922). Tas.: National Library of Australia. 16 August 1919. p. 2. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "WEST COAST SILVERFIELD.". Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842-1899). Tas.: National Library of Australia. 2 October 1888. p. 3. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  4. ^ McShane, Ian (1983). T. B. Moore : a bushman of learning (Thesis (B.A.(Hons.)). University of Tasmania. 
  5. ^ "WEST COAST NEWS.". The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860-1954). Hobart, Tas.: National Library of Australia. 17 September 1932. p. 6. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Binks, C. J. (1980). The Last Explorer. Explorers of Western Tasmania. Launceston: Mary Fisher Bookshop. pp. 219–230. ISBN 0-908291-16-7. 
  7. ^ For a letter by Thomas Bather Moore regarding the naming of the features along the south west coastline see - "PORT DAVEY TO MACQUARIE HARBOUR.". The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860-1954). Hobart, Tas.: National Library of Australia. 13 August 1898. p. 3. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  8. ^ IPNI.  T.B.Moore. 


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